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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Some nursing homes in state reducing COVID-19 deaths because of new state definition
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/05/Some-nursing-homes-in-Pennsylvania-reducing-COVID-19-death-counts-because-of-new-definition/stories/202007030121

Pennsylvania moving closer to 90,000 coronavirus cases; adds 3 deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-moving-closer-to-90000-coronavirus-cases-adds-3-deaths/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 634 new cases Saturday
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-july-4-update-20200704-i2c3clo7ebenhbxocxmrhvp4sq-story.html

Allegheny County reports 150 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-150-new-coronavirus-cases-no-new-deaths/

11 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790433/11-new-covid-19-cases-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-no-new-deaths

2 more coronavirus cases for Berks; southwest overtakes southeast in cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/2-more-coronavirus-cases-for-berks-southwest-overtakes-southeast-in-cases/article_93b798e6-be08-11ea-9218-331e0860ab20.html

Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/07/04/Governors-stress-personal-responsibility-over-virus-orders/stories/202007040059

200 scientists warn we’re ignoring important evidence about how coronavirus spreads through air
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/200-scientists-warn-were-ignoring-important-evidence-about-how-coronavirus-spreads-through-air.html

Administration

DHS encourages choices to protect individuals with disabilities
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790435/dhs-encourages-choices-to-protect-individuals-with-disabilities

Wolf signs bill to reform work license requirements for rehabilitated criminals
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200705/wolf-signs-bill-to-reform-work-license-requirements-for-rehabilitated-criminals

Business

Local businesses in no hurry to bring employees back to the office amid COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/07/05/Office-COVID-19-coronavirus-PNC-Mellon-Peoples-Gas-Highmark/stories/202007050024

Employees at Harmar Target test positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/employee-at-harmar-target-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

Microgrant program raises more than $50K for small businesses affected by COVID-19
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/microgrant-program-raises-more-than-50k-for-small-businesses-affected-by-covid-19-1.2641441

Education

With only five ‘non-white’ teachers, Scranton School District hopes to increase diversity
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/with-only-five-non-white-teachers-scranton-school-district-hopes-to-increase-diversity/article_59bb5be8-fd88-5422-a285-87f1c7d98f72.html

Bucks County schools push to address systemic racism
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200705/bucks-county-schools-push-to-address-systemic-racism

More questions than answers: What will school be like for immunocompromised students?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/05/What-will-school-be-like-for-immunocompromised-students-during-COVID-19/stories/202007030092

‘A lose-lose situation’: Schools try to plan their reopening amid conflicting coronavirus guidelines
https://www.inquirer.com/news/schools-reopening-coronavirus-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200705.html

Elections/Politics

Democrats’ registration advantage declines in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/democrats-registration-advantage-declines-in-lackawanna-luzerne-counties/article_9977a454-336c-5341-95a6-dd0b31872328.html

Pa. officials worry mail-in ballot surge, new rules could delay November election results
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200705/pa-officials-worry-mail-in-ballot-surge-new-rules-could-delay-november-election-results

Up to 200,000 mail-in ballots are expected to be cast in Lehigh Valley in November: Will elections officials be prepared?
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-elections-certified-lessons-20200703-mrr5fc3zdjhltc2eoscvmy5kna-story.html

Biden offers counterpoint to Trump’s message on nation’s birthday
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/07/04/Biden-offers-counterpoint-to-Trump-s-message-on-nation-s-birthday/stories/202007040062

Local News

Pre-pandemic, region experienced some net job growth over last few years
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790451/pre-pandemic-region-experienced-some-net-job-growth-over-last-few-years

Demolition of Frank Clark building raises questions about protecting city’s historic structures
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790459/a-wake-up-call

People celebrate at Kirby Park despite event cancellation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/people-celebrate-at-kirby-park-despite-event-cancellation/article_b23e12b2-f74f-5d6b-94a6-0060963ff4b2.html

National News

Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/columbus-statue-toppled-by-baltimore-protesters.html

Philly

A plan to control development in North Philly heightens gentrification fears: ‘Everything is in jeopardy’
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/american-street-philadelphia-gentrification-development-latino-black-real-estate-20200705.html

Brian Abernathy is one of the most powerful people in Philly. Coronavirus and protests put him in the spotlight.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-managing-director-brian-abernathy-20200705.html

Protests, not parades, mark Philly’s July Fourth
https://www.inquirer.com/news/protests-philly-july-fourth-police-abu-jamal-liberty-bell-20200704.html

Pitt

Port Authority to add weekend service on 10 routes in November
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/07/05/Port-Authority-weekend-service-Pittsburghers-for-Public-Transit/stories/202006300005

With no fireworks, parades or taverns, the Fourth was different this year
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/07/04/Pittsburgh-fireworks-Fourth-of-July-Trump-Boat-Rally-Black-Lives-Matter-movement-Beaver-County-BOOM/stories/202007040060

The life of Three Rivers Stadium captured by two incredible passions
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2020/07/05/three-rivers-stadium-reflections-50-years-later-mark-woods-alvin-church-pirates-steelers/stories/202006300090

Tensions flare for Trump supporters, Black Lives Matter activists in Independence Day demonstrations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/trump-supporters-clash-with-black-lives-matter-activists-during-independence-day-demonstrations/

Health, safety and livelihoods
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/05/Hospitality-industry-COVID-19-pandemic-economy/stories/202007020061

Shootings

4 injured in overnight shooting in Lancaster County
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/4-injured-in-overnight-shooting-in-lancaster-county.html

Man found at Trout Creek Park in Allentown dies of gunshot wounds
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-shot-trout-creek-park-20200704-xfxpv5d44jayplzuylkuveg6vy-story.html

York City teen killed in Fourth of July shooting
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/07/04/july-fourth-shooting-leaves-one-dead-york-city/5376133002/

Man shot in Arlington
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/04/Man-shot-in-Arlington-pittsburgh-mt-oliver-police-station/stories/202007040047

One dead, one injured in Homewood shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/04/One-dead-one-injured-in-Homewood-shooting/stories/202007040067

Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in S.C. nightclub shooting
https://www.timesleader.com/news/breaking-news/790518/sheriff-2-dead-8-hurt-in-s-c-nightclub-shooting

State News

Historians assess ‘troubling’ Confederate monuments at Gettysburg
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/07/05/Confederate-monuments-Gettysburg-slavery-Civil-War/stories/202007050011

Report on population and income growth not the whole story, officials say
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/report-on-population-and-income-growth-not-the-whole-story-officials-say/article_5c21d497-f7ce-5755-b2c3-130893bf4c1c.html

New conservation officer excited to patrol Lake Wallenpaupack region
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/wildlife/new-conservation-officer-excited-to-patrol-lake-wallenpaupack-region/article_e382ec21-58db-56bc-9f99-20347843ad1d.html

Dozens, some armed, come to Gettysburg to guard against rumors of Antifa violence
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/dozens-some-armed-come-to-gettysburg-to-guard-against-rumors-of-antifa-violence.html

Pa. schools, unemployment recipients the victims of data breaches, scams
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/pa-schools-unemployment-recipients-the-victims-of-data-breaches-scams/

Washington

Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-confederate-symbols-republicans-election-20200704.html