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Legislature

‘Karen’s Law’ to help victims of sexual assault
https://local21news.com/news/local/karens-law-to-help-victims-of-sexual-assault

Experts say new laws needed after Pittsburgh alligator encounters
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/experts-say-laws-need-tightened-after-pittsburgh-alligator-encounters/

Bill calls for elimination of property taxes collected by school districts
https://triblive.com/local/regional/bill-calls-for-elimination-of-property-taxes-collected-by-school-districts/

Eliminate Pennsylvania school property taxes? Expect fresh debate after new bills go out in July
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-property-tax-20190610-67fss4e2ofgknpndomeqslcxmq-story.html

In Pa. Capitol, calls continue for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign
https://www.inquirer.com/news/daylin-leach-resign-expulsion-metoo-senate-investigation-20190610.html

While some Pa. lawmakers demand Sen. Daylin Leach’s resignation, he plans to run for re-election
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/while-some-pa-lawmakers-demand-sen-daylin-leachs-resignation-he-plans-to-run-for-re-election.html

‘Time’s up, Daylin’: Democrats want Leach to resign. Will they expel him if he doesn’t?
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/times-up-daylin-democrats-want-leach-to-resign-will-they-expel-him-if-he-doesnt/

Davidson takes aim at harassment in new proposals
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/davidson-takes-aim-at-harassment-in-new-proposals/article_aec1d904-8bbd-11e9-92bc-5715858c25d6.html

School CPR bill awaits approval
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20190609/school-cpr-bill-awaits-approval

Calls for criminal justice reform in Pa. are gathering broad support
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/calls-for-criminal-justice-reform-in-pa-are-gathering-broad-support.html

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, other advocates highlight re-entry efforts for former inmates
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190610/state-sen-camera-bartolotta-other-advocates-highlight-re-entry-efforts-for-former-inmates

Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/democrats-plot-legislative-end-run-to-pass-wolfs-infrastructure-plan-while-internal-debate-continues/

Distracted drivers, beware: House advances bill to create $200 fine for cell phone use behind the wheel
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/distracted-drivers-beware-house-advances-bill-to-create-200-fine-for-cell-phone-use-behind-the-wheel/

State Rep. Bernstine to offer bill for separate public, private high school sports playoffs
https://www.timesonline.com/sports/20190610/state-rep-bernstine-to-offer-bill-for-separate-public-private-high-school-sports-playoffs

Separate public, private PIAA playoffs? Latest legislative action to try and create it to be unveiled Tuesday
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/06/separate-public-private-piaa-playoffs-latest-legislative-action-to-try-and-create-it-to-be-unveiled-tuesday.html

Lawmaker to introduce legislation to create separate PIAA playoffs for public, non-public schools
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/state-legislator-to-introduce-high-school-athletics-parity-bill

Bar child marriage
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/bar-child-marriage-1.2494649

For lawmakers, full-time should mean full-time
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/for-lawmakers-full-time-should-mean-full-time-1.2494704

Administration

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman uses prime state Capitol real estate to make a gay pride statement
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/lt-gov-john-fetterman-uses-prime-state-capitol-real-estate-to-make-a-gay-pride-statement.html

Budget

Editorial: It’s time for the Harrisburg budget two-step
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/editorial-it-s-time-for-the-harrisburg-budget-two-step/article_cf5aaf5a-8b96-11e9-bdfa-f3bcb77b467f.html

Catholic Church

A Vatican guideline rejects the concept of gender fluidity
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/06/10/Vatican-gender-document/stories/201906100148

Prosecutors crack down on clergy abuse as bishops gather
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/bishops-conference-clergy-sex-abuse-racketeering-20190611.html

Crime/Punishment

Critics question police tactics, use of dog, during arrest in Penn Hills
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/10/penn-hills-police-excessive-force-arrest-pennsylvania-attorney-general-rayquane-bowles-wilds/stories/201906100109

Phone scam targets, solicits money from registered sex offenders in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/10/new-phone-scam-registered-sex-offenders-pa/stories/201906100104

‘I’ve completely betrayed your trust’: Corrupt ex-Bucks judge gets 6½ years in federal prison
https://www.inquirer.com/news/john-waltman-judge–20190610.html

Punishment with bite: Attacks on dogs deserved jail time, not probation
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/06/11/Punishment-with-bite-Attacks-on-dogs-deserved-jail-time-not-probation/stories/201906100026

Operation Nighthawk: Regional sweep nets 121 DUI arrests
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/operation-nighthawk-regional-sweep-nets-121-dui-arrests-1.2494735

Education

State takeover of Harrisburg schools may need to last a decade or more | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/06/state-takeover-of-harrisburg-schools-may-need-to-last-a-decade-or-more-pennlive-editorial.html

Council Rock support staff union pushing for new contract
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190610/council-rock-support-staff-union-pushing-for-new-contract

Devon Prep’s finance director charged with using school’s money to take vacations, buy Ambien
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/john-sullivan-devon-prep-credit-card-fraud-20190610.html

Gaming

States should embrace ‘National Safety Exchange’ to safeguard online sports gambling | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/sports-betting-phil-murphy-new-jersey-ruling-20190610.html

Pa. Gaming Control Board could approve Morgantown casino this week
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/pa-gaming-control-board-could-approve-morgantown-casino-this-week.html

Health Care

Court arguments in Shapiro’s case against UPMC focus on ‘modification’ issue
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/06/10/UPMC-Shapiro-Commonwealth-Court-Highmark-modification-argument/stories/201906100101

AG Shapiro begins making case for blocking UPMC-Highmark split
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/day-1-ag-makes-case-in-harrisburg-for-blocking-upmc-highmark-split/

A Reading Hospital initiative will create a registry of automated external defibrillator locations
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/heartsafe-berks-creates-registry-of-aeds

Local News

Study of West Pittston flood-control options underway
https://www.timesleader.com/news/746890/study-of-west-pittston-flood-control-options-underway

Ongoing county computer issues impact LCCF inmates
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ongoing-county-computer-issues-impact-lccf-inmates-1.2494793

Meals on Wheels launches first-ever fundraising campaign
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meals-on-wheels-launches-first-ever-fundraising-campaign-1.2494713

Wyoming names Mercavitch chief
https://www.timesleader.com/news/746880/wyoming-names-mercavitch-chief

W-B YMCA to again offer free program
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-ymca-to-again-offer-free-program-1.2494714

Planning commission approves new stand-alone Panera Bread
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/planning-commission-approves-new-stand-alone-panera-bread-1.2494797

Scranton may soon start seizing unregistered landlords’ rent
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-may-soon-start-seizing-unregistered-landlords-rent-1.2494792

McKeesport’s Swin Cash taking front office job with NBA’s Pelicans
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-basketball/2019/06/10/swin-cash-new-orleans-pelicans-nba-cbs-mckeesport/stories/201906100080

Tarentum Bridge continues to attract peregrine falcons
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/tarentum-bridge-continues-to-attract-peregrine-falcons/

Latrobe, Derry Township pursue study of flooding along Sulphur Run
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/latrobe-derry-township-pursue-study-of-flooding-along-sulphur-run/

Forbes State Forest tour will focus on management of Fayette division
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/forbes-state-forest-tour-will-focus-on-management-of-fayette-division/

Sewage expansion, trail project on hold in Derry Township
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/sewage-expansion-trail-project-on-hold-in-derry-township/

Ligonier Township, Ligonier Valley join Westmoreland County Land Bank
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/ligonier-township-ligonier-valley-join-westmoreland-county-land-bank/

Residents of 3 A-K Valley areas brainstorm for future
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/residents-of-3-communities-brainstorm-ways-to-better-their-future/

Berks County official creates gallery of historical photos of Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-official-creates-gallery-of-historical-photos-of-reading

Reading council, parking authority hammer out financial agreement
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-council-parking-authority-hammer-out-financial-agreement

3-alarm fire at Perry Township chemical facility forces second evacuation of residents
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/breaking-news/2

Neighbors of Bulk Chemical evacuated to fire company, hotel
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/neighbors-of-bulk-chemical-evacuated-to-fire-company-hotel

Opioid Crisis

New initiative in opioid battle
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/new-initiative-in-opioid-battle-1.2494705

Philly

Philly’s departing Mexican consul made sure services were ‘within the reach of women’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-mexican-consulate-services-womens-program-20190611.html

Curious Philly: Are flocks of New Yorkers moving to Philadelphia (and what does it mean if they are)?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-york-philadelphia-real-estate-curious-philly-fishtown-20190611.html

Medical Examiner’s Office: Deputy sheriff killed himself
https://www.inquirer.com/news/dante-austin-philadelphia-sheriff-office-suicide-gay-lgbtq–20190611.html

Charter High School for Architecture and Design agrees to close after next year
https://www.inquirer.com/news/charter-high-school-architecture-design-chad-closing-philadelphia-20190610.html

Roche’s giant deal with Philly-based Spark is delayed by FTC queries
https://www.inquirer.com/news/roche-spark-gene-therapy-philadelphia-takeover-20190610.html

Changing police culture: Study shows Philly officers’ troubling social posts
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/06/11/Changing-police-culture-Study-shows-Philly-officers-troubling-social-posts/stories/201906100009

Minority firms face too little progress | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philly-report-minority-share-city-contracts-20190610.html

Get menacing off-roaders off the streets | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/atv-dirt-bike-city-traffic-camden-philadelphia-editorial-20190611.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust increasing security for Three Rivers Arts Festival after weekend theft
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/10/Pittsburgh-Cultural-Trust-increasing-security-for-Three-Rivers-Arts-Festival-after-weekend-theft/stories/201906100070

Beechview alligator owner claims his pet went ‘see you later’ while he was cleaning enclosure
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/11/Beechview-alligator-owner-pittsburgh/stories/201906100155

Testimony begins in first drug overdose death tried in county
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/10/Testimony-begins-in-first-drug-overdose-death-tried-in-county/stories/201906100130

Lawyers ask that jailed suicidal woman be released from solitary
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/10/suicidal-woman-Allegheny-County-jail-solitary-confinement-lawsuit-federal/stories/201906100088

Lawsuit seeks to remove Allegheny County Jail inmate from solitary
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/lawsuit-seeks-to-remove-allegheny-county-jail-inmate-from-solitary/

Pittsburgh will use grant money to add to its electric vehicle fleet
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/10/Pittsburgh-grant-money-Alternative-Incentive-program-electric-vehicle-fleet/stories/201906100089

State News

5-county United Way sees growth in services, outreach in 2018
https://triblive.com/local/regional/5-county-united-way-sees-growth-in-services-outreach-in-2018/

Pennsylvania ranked as 8th most ‘fun’ state
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-ranked-as-8th-most-fun-state/

Pa. nursing homes get ’F’ from national group
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/pa-nursing-homes-get-f-from-national-group.html

Dems write pipeline resolution
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/dems-write-pipeline-resolution/article_77e75e10-8ba2-11e9-b53b-1b5b07f9b56f.html

Transportation

Local officials, turnpike to state: Stop making the turnpike pay for transit, and let us raise the money locally
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/06/10/Local-officials-turnpike-to-state-Stop-making-the-turnpike-pay-for-transit-and-let-us-raise-the-money-locally/stories/201906100119

DEADLIEST ROADS: Luzerne County has highest number of pedestrian fatalities in NEPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/deadliest-roads-luzerne-county-has-highest-number-of-pedestrian-fatalities-in-nepa-1.2494790

DEADLIEST ROADS: Scranton streets have high number of pedestrian fatalities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/deadliest-roads-scranton-streets-have-high-number-of-pedestrian-fatalities-1.2494837

Washington

House committee acts to save Chinook upgrades in Ridley Township, but the military remains opposed
https://www.inquirer.com/business/chinook-helicopter-boeing-ridley–20190610.html

House Democrats gain little traction on impeachment after detour to Watergate
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/john-dean-congressional-hearing-donald-trump-richard-nixon-impeachment-20190611.html

Bob Casey: Extend food stamp program to 6-year-olds to avoid preschool gap
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-wic-legislation-20190610-jamobw2ocrgzveoqs5gfucdphe-story.html