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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania counts 479 new covid-19 cases Sunday
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-counts-479-new-covid-19-cases-sunday/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: New cases drop below 500 for first time since June 29
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-july-5-update-20200705-v432rur7sfg6rkwbzgpxgpjw2u-story.html

Allegheny County reports 127 new cases of COVID-19; Western Pa. reports 0 new deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/05/covid-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-35/stories/202007050115

Westmoreland County counts 27 new coronavirus cases Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-counts-27-new-coronavirus-cases-sunday/

State: Washington, Greene counties see increase in COVID-19 cases
https://observer-reporter.com/news/state-washington-greene-counties-see-increase-in-covid-19-cases/article_a1a5b034-befb-11ea-81e1-cbfd27f8551b.html

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 479 statewide
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790595/479-new-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed-statewide

Cases climb as new local COVID-19 deaths stall for second day
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/cases-climb-as-new-local-covid-19-deaths-stall-for-second-day/article_2a682207-584a-5544-9f2d-9881b7591bc0.html

Seven new Berks coronavirus cases reported today
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/seven-new-berks-coronavirus-cases-reported-today/article_779b9c50-bed7-11ea-9ed3-e32c35a271e1.html

Where coronavirus experts in Pittsburgh think pandemic is headed
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/where-coronavirus-experts-in-pittsburgh-think-pandemic-is-headed/

Bethlehem firm’s spit test for COVID-19 is coming closer
https://www.inquirer.com/news/spit-test-covid-coronavirus-orasure-fda-hiv–20200706.html

Southern covid-19 hot spots continue to draw local air passengers
https://triblive.com/local/regional/southern-covid-19-hot-spots-continue-to-draw-local-air-passengers/

The COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes is still going on. You can help | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-coronavirus-nursing-homes-residents-healthcare-workers-20200706.html

Period poverty is an unknown consequence of coronavirus shutdowns | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/period-menstrual-supplies-pads-tampons-coronavirus-covid-20200706.html

Legislature

Meet Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler: A farmer, a triathlete, a leader who never forgets his mistakes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/meet-pa-house-speaker-bryan-cutler-a-farmer-a-triathlete-a-leader-who-never-forgets-his-mistakes.html

Prescription for sick system
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/prescription-for-sick-system/article_0f1c85e9-db41-5d56-b78c-b2920ba9a885.html

Budget

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for k-12 schools and higher ed. | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/a-look-at-the-2020-2021-stopgap-budget-how-pa-is-paying-for-schools-and-higher-ed-the-numbers-racket/

Business

How do hotels function during the pandemic? First of all, some of them don’t.
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/07/05/hotels-adapting-pandemic-pittsburgh-bed-and-breakfasts/stories/202007010127

Outdoor attractions pushed as region’s tourism industry copes with covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/regional/outdoor-nearby-attractions-pushed-as-regions-tourism-industry-copes-with-covid-19/

Penn Hills Shop ’n Save closes after 4th employee tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/penn-hills-shop-n-save-closes-after-4th-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Knoebels opens for summer with virus precautions in place
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/knoebels-opens-for-summer-with-virus-precautions-in-place/article_f8d1d3f8-a1de-5d66-be73-8275ee1fa2a5.html

Crime/Punishment

Westmoreland among the counties that charge inmates a fee to be locked up
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-among-the-counties-that-charge-inmates-a-fee-to-be-locked-up/

Bill Cosby citing systemic racism as he fights assault conviction
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/07/05/Bill-Cosby-citing-systemic-racism-as-he-fights-assault-conviction/stories/202007050119

Keeping prisoners with dementia behind bars is cruel | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/dementia-prison-jail-compassionate-release-20200706.html

‘Thank you, Jesus’: Gary Heidnik, ‘House of Horrors’ killer, was the last person to be executed in Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2020/07/thank-you-jesus-gary-heidnik-house-of-horrors-killer-was-the-last-person-to-be-executed-in-pa.html

Father, son charged in Lancaster County shooting that injured four overnight
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/father-son-charged-in-lancaster-county-shooting-that-injured-four-overnight.html

Education

Youth specialists to replace security at Penn Hills middle school
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/03/Youth-specialists-replace-security-Penn-Hills-Linton-Middle-School-reform/stories/202007030085

Atmosphere improved at Woodland Hills H.S. as police presence phased out, superintendent says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/06/Woodland-Hills-high-school-education-improvement-police-presence-decreased-phased-out/stories/202007030105

Marchers: Allen High, other schools fail Black students; demand more funding, mandatory Black history curriculum
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-blm-students-education-20200706-2d7r3zqtznex5bav6qyzjm6ymq-story.html

Don’t cut library funding
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/06/Library-funding-budget-cuts-South-Park-School-District-education/stories/202006270001

3 steps to ensure that Pa.’s private and Catholic school students can go back to class | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-shutdown-catholic-school-cares-act-20200706.html

Should Election Day be a holiday? Lehigh University students push to make it one.
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-lehigh-petition-close-school-election-day-20200706-45yeoymcmbdebbl25qla6fbgn4-story.html

Health Care

Doctors say their PPE supply could run dry in weeks
https://www.citizensvoice.com/doctors-say-their-ppe-supply-could-run-dry-in-weeks/article_36c7b1f0-7da3-5107-b870-37bd5eb05f11.html

Local News

Public invited to weigh in on comprehensive plan for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790605/public-invited-to-weigh-in-on-comprehensive-plan-for-luzerne-and-lackawanna-counties

Scranton Public Library surveys community on next chapter
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-public-library-surveys-community-on-next-chapter/article_df861692-bcb6-57be-9483-d6e5d0bb16f2.html

‘There’s so much beauty in being Black from Scranton’: Meet the historian who’s now an advocate for her community
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/theres-so-much-beauty-in-being-black-from-scranton-meet-the-historian-whos-now-an-advocate-for-her-community/

For many, coronavirus fallout lands on top of already struggling Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/for-many-coronavirus-fallout-lands-on-top-of-already-struggling-berks-county/article_158e560e-bbc8-11ea-9be7-e3c0d070ec17.html

Bethel-Tulpehocken Library becomes first in Berks to allow in-person browsing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/bethel-tulpehocken-library-becomes-first-in-berks-to-allow-in-person-browsing/article_9c7eacb8-bf01-11ea-aa67-fbf711bbd06d.html

Delco council gives preliminary OK to gift ban
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-council-gives-preliminary-ok-to-gift-ban/article_d0330540-be1b-11ea-81cf-6b434ee1b1ef.html

Chester County controller finds new billing problems with pipeline lawsuit
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chester-county-controller-finds-new-billing-problems-with-pipeline-lawsuit/article_6c00b268-be1e-11ea-bb3b-e30c4d3226f5.html

Union contracts on Luzerne County’s radar
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790602/union-contracts-on-luzerne-countys-radar

Santa Squad gears up for 2020 Christmas season
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/790639/santa-squad-gears-up-for-2020-christmas-season

Us: Washington, Pa., Marine runs with an American flag for unity
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/neighborhood/2020/07/06/Us-column-Marine-Reserves-Dheaven-Kelley-American-flag-George-Floyd/stories/202006300076

National News

Have a penny, share a penny
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/06/US-coin-shortage-mint/stories/202007030037

Duke, Dominion energy developers cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline over cost concerns
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/atlantic-coast-pipeline-developers-abandon-multi-state-natural-gas-project-20200705.html

Philly

Independent police oversight could be coming to Philly, but funding is still a question
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-citizens-police-oversight-commission-20200706.html

6-year-old boy among 5 fatalities in 5 shootings in Philly in 1 afternoon; 11-, 15-year-old among injured
https://www.inquirer.com/news/6-year-old-boy-fatally-shot-philadelphia-20200705.html

Protesters again take over Vine Street Expressway
https://www.inquirer.com/news/protesters-vine-street-expressway-tear-gas-philadelphia-20200705.html

Philly kids and adults are skipping routine immunizations, even as search for COVID-19 vaccine goes on
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccinations-routine-immunizations-measles-20200706.html

Philly planned to roll out a new anti-violence strategy in the spring. With summer underway, questions remain.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-group-violence-intervention-delayed-shootings-homicides-20200705.html

Pitt

Ripe for the picking: Produce terminal developer lands more Strip District real estate
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/07/06/produce-terminal-McCaffery-Interests-Rugby-Realty-Benkovitz-Seafood-Strip-District/stories/202007060017

Fireworks trigger fights and fires across Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/fireworks-trigger-fights-and-fires-across-pittsburgh/

Pittsburgh Public Schools warehouse employee tests positive for covid-19; Fulton school employee may have been exposed
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-public-schools-warehouse-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19-fulton-school-employee-may-have-been-exposed/

Forest Hills closes pool for a week to comply with county crowd size
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/forest-hills-closes-pool-for-a-week-to-comply-with-county-crowd-size/

State News

Internet speeds were awful, so these rural Pennsylvanians put up their own wireless tower
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rural-broadband-internet-covid-wireless-fcc-20200705.html

Facebook groups pivot to conspiracy theories on Black Lives Matter in Pa., N.J., and other states
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/facebook-groups-spread-disinformation-conspiracy-theories-about-coronavirus-shutdowns-black-lives-matter-protests-20200705.html

Got chipmunks? This has been a banner year for them in the Philly region. Thank the acorns.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/chipmunks-acorns-population-explosion-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200706.html

Coming to a head: End of evictions moratorium in Pennsylvania leads to concerns of sweeping homelessness
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coming-to-a-head-end-of-evictions-moratorium-in-pennsylvania-leads-to-concerns-of-sweeping/article_456a0634-ba10-11ea-8b73-836be34181dd.html

Pennsylvania summer camps hit hard by COVID-19 and visa restrictions
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/05/pocono-summer-camps-hit-hard-by-covid-19-and-visa-restrictions/

Pennsylvania Housing Assistance programs are now accepting applications
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/06/pennsylvania-housing-assistance-programs-are-now-accepting-applications/

Transportation

COVID-19 prompts local airport to take a closer look at cleanliness
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-prompts-local-airport-to-take-a-closer-look-at-cleanliness/article_4a2d1230-21ee-5f79-80ef-74611a3d75a6.html

Washington

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in coronavirus boom
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-connected-lobbyists-coronavirus-money-20200706.html