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Legislature

State officials debate pros and cons of Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747040/state-officials-debate-pros-and-cons-of-gov-wolfs-restore-pennsylvania

Bucks, Montgomery county lawmakers consider Wolf’s $4.5B infrastructure bill
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190613/bucks-montgomery-county-lawmakers-consider-wolfs-45b-infrastructure-bill

Juneteenth commemoration passes Pa. House and Senate, awaits governor’s signature
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/juneteenth-commemoration-passes-pa-house-and-senate-awaits-governor-s/article_d0a9cf09-94e9-5325-af03-9f333df68640.html

Southeast Pa. ralliers flood Capitol, push for a shift in education funding
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/06/southeast-pa-ralliers-flood-capitol-push-for-a-shift-in-education-funding.php

Pennsylvania Senate backs bill to expand role of nurse practitioners
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-senate-backs-bill-to-expand-role-of-nurse-practitioners/

Charter school bills win Pa. House passage but don’t touch the controversial funding issue
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/charter-school-bills-win-pa-house-passage-but-dont-touch-the-controversial-funding-issue.html

House passes charter school package, but funding conundrum remains
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/06/house-passes-charter-school-package-but-funding-conundrum-remains.php

Is 2019 the year local cops in Pa. will get radar?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/is-2019-the-year-local-cops-in-pa-will-get-radar.html

State Senate committee advances emissions bill that would eliminate testing in 7 counties, including Cambria
https://www.tribdem.com/news/state-senate-committee-advances-emissions-bill-that-would-eliminate-testing/article_6cb08cd2-8d74-11e9-acdb-53613727925c.html

Pa. Senate panel votes to end most annual car emissions tests
https://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/senate-panel-votes-to-end-most-annual-car-emissions-tests

Rep. Matzie’s bill making pharmacy benefit manager practices more transparent passes committee
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190612/rep-matzies-bill-making-pharmacy-benefit-manager-practices-more-transparent-passes-committee

Pennsylvania 5G bill that failed twice springs back to life in Harrisburg
https://www.inquirer.com/business/technology/5g-small-cell-antennas-pennsylvania-att-verizon-wireless-20190612.html

PIAA, lawmaker quarrel over whether PIAA was asked to be part of playoff bill process
https://www.mcall.com/sports/varsity/mc-spt-pa-bernstine-proposal-20190612-zpoq64djgrdh7dx5fgoha7p3ki-story.html

Bill narrowly considers ‘level field’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/bill-narrowly-considers-level-field-1.2495521

Editorial: Legislation on high school sports needs work
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/legislation-on-high-school-sports-needs-more-work

General Assistance is critical for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Lawmakers need to preserve it | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/general-assistance-is-critical-for-pennsylvanians-living-with-disabilities-lawmakers-need-to-preserve-it-opinion/

Administration

Pa. Gov. Wolf to veto $100M private schools bill
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-gov-wolf-to-veto-100m-private-schools-bill/

Budget

In Pa., public health won out over Big Tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/in-pa-public-health-won-out-over-big-tobacco-but-it-could-lose-in-this-years-budget-opinion/

Business

Amid anger, Lockheed agrees to meet with pols over doomed Sikorsky helicopter plant | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/sikorsky-helicopter-closing-lockheed-coatesville-chrissy-houlahan-pa-maria-panaritis-20190613.html

Kennywood to bring back Heinz ketchup
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/kennywood-to-bring-back-heinz-ketchup/

Two Sheetz to the wind: Plains Twp. store second in county set to be replaced with new design
https://www.timesleader.com/news/746996/two-sheetz-to-the-wind-plains-twp-store-second-in-county-set-to-be-replaced-with-new-design

Discount store opens in former Toys R Us
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/discount-store-opens-in-former-toys-r-us-1.2495662

UE ratifies Wabtec contract in Erie
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190612/ue-ratifies-wabtec-contract-in-erie

Crime/Punishment

33 indicted federally in heroin, cocaine, marijuana distribution conspiracy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/12/federal-drug-gun-raid-pittsburgh-southwestern-pennsylvania-heroin-cocaine-marijuana-conspiracy-dea/stories/201906120091

Berks sheriff looking into possible connection between shooting in Reading and David Ortiz shooting in Dominican Republic
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-reading-ortiz-connection-20190613-j7sk3l2ge5hzbbfbdlj5ezhds4-story.html

Education

Would Harrisburg’s school superintendent keep her job? Q&A on state takeover of district
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/would-harrisburgs-school-superintendent-keep-her-job-11-questions-and-answers-about-receivership.html

Scranton School District may pay legal fees of grand jury witnesses
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-may-pay-legal-fees-of-grand-jury-witnesses-1.2495514

LCCC, Keystone OK transfer plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lccc-keystone-ok-transfer-plan-1.2495746

Elections/Politics

Supporters gather around as Tay Waltenbaugh announces state Senate run in Jeannette
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/supporters-gather-around-as-tay-waltenbaugh-announces-state-senate-run-in-jeannette/

Gaming

Pa. gaming board approves new casino in Morgantown
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/pa-gaming-board-approves-new-casino-in-morgantown.html

Gaming Control Board approves license for Penn National casino in Caernarvon Township
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/gaming-control-board-approves-license-for-morgantown-casino

Truck stop gambling rolling towards a summer start in Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/truck-stop-gambling-rolling-towards-a-summer-start-in-pennsylvania.html

Health Care

Some Pa. residents receiving ‘unexpected’ medical bills, organization says
https://triblive.com/local/regional/some-pa-residents-receiving-unexpected-medical-bills-organization-says/

Penn State Health St. Joseph receives $425,000 gift for nursing education lab in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/penn-state-health-st-joseph-receives-425000-gift-for-nursing-education-lab-in-reading

Local News

City controller discovers $30,000 in claims
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-controller-discovers-30-000-in-claims-1.2495679

Crucial Luzerne County assessment database still inaccessible due to cyber attack
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747036/crucial-luzerne-county-assessment-database-still-inaccessible-due-to-cyber-attack

Bloomsburg may serve as model for West Pittston flood protection
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bloomsburg-may-serve-as-model-for-west-pittston-flood-protection-1.2495680

West Pittston residents hear first stages of feasibility study
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747042/west-pittston-residents-hear-first-stages-of-feasibility-study

NAACP’s annual picnic ‘on hiatus’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/naacp-s-annual-picnic-on-hiatus-1.2495660

Eugene Kelleher to resign from Luzerne County Council
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747027/eugene-kelleher-to-resign-from-luzerne-county-council

Blown away: Reporter recalls fear, devastation when twister struck
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747031/blown-away-reporter-recalls-fear-devastation-when-twister-struck

Tie-breaker nominee announced by Luzerne County election office
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747033/tie-breaker-nominee-announced-by-luzerne-county-election-office

City officials end agreement with feral cat advocacy groups, sparking anger
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-officials-end-agreement-with-feral-cat-advocacy-groups-sparking-anger-1.2495638

Penn State Extension to offer free drinking water testing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/penn-state-extension-to-offer-free-drinking-water-testing-1.2495661

Scranton zoning board denies exception for drug treatment center near Lake Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-zoning-board-denies-exception-for-drug-treatment-center-near-lake-scranton-1.2495642

Farmers market voucher program returns with new features, aims to address seniors’ nutritional needs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/farmers-market-voucher-program-returns-with-new-features-aims-to-address-seniors-nutritional-needs-1.2495546

City council gives preliminary approval to federal CDBG budget
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/city-council-gives-preliminary-approval-to-federal-cdbg-budget-1.2495602

Irwin manager resigning; borough to seek replacement
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/irwin-manager-resigning-borough-to-seek-replacement/

Turtle watch program seeks participants in Loyalhanna Watershed
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/turtle-watch-program-seeks-participants-in-loyalhanna-watershed/

New Kensington to install more LED streetlights
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-to-install-more-led-streetlights/

Officials take to streets to get ideas on comprehensive community plan
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/comprehensive-plan-group-plans-outreach-efforts-on-web-streets/

Public input vital to New Kensington’s ‘SmartGrowth,’ officials say
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/public-input-vital-to-new-kensingtons-smartgrowth/

Sacred Heart Villa retirement home in Muhlenberg Township is closing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sacred-heart-villa-retirement-home-in-muhlenberg-township-closing

Tulpehocken awards road repair project of nearly $40,000
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/tulpehocken-awards-road-repair-project-of-nearly-40000

Delco OKs resolution to seek moratorum on Mariner East 2 operation
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-oks-resolution-to-seek-moratorum-on-mariner-east-operation/article_b647e82e-8d4a-11e9-9d8c-67f62f6ca42e.html

Warrington water, sewer sale is battle between savings and control
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190613/warrington-wate-sewer-sale-is-battle-between-savings-and-control

National News

Illinois’ governor signs a sweeping abortion protection bill into law
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/06/12/Illinois-abortion-Governor-Pritzker-signs-bill-law/stories/201906120183

3 priests caught up in scandal involving former W.Va. bishop resign from their posts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/06/12/West-Virginia-Bishop-Bransfield-church-priests/stories/201906120139

California court: Prison pot is OK — if inmates don’t inhale
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/california-prison-marijuana-pot-cannabis-legal-not-inhale-20190613.html

Soccer parity long overdue
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/soccer-parity-long-overdue-1.2495115

New Jersey

N.J. death renews concerns over rare tick-borne illness
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/n-j-death-renews-concerns-over-rare-tick-borne-illness-1.2495624

Opioid Crisis

Lackawanna Recovery Coalition holds first of three opioid education meetings
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-recovery-coalition-holds-first-of-three-opioid-education-meetings-1.2495643

Philly

Philadelphia finds lead contamination at two more playgrounds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-lead-playground-east-poplar-disston-chew-20190613.html

The Kimmel Center is getting escalators, thanks largely to one generous 90-year-old patron
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/kimmel-center-philadelphia-escalators-donation-20190613.html

Philadelphia City Hall has one gender-neutral bathroom, and it’s hard to find. Under new legislation, that would change.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-hall-gender-neutral-bathroom-bill-require-one-on-every-floor-20190613.html

How bad are Philly streets? One West Philly neighborhood made ritual offerings to a sinkhole.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-potholes-sinkhole-baltimore-avenue-street-repair-20190612.html

Records show how much St. Charles Borromeo Seminary property fetched in last month’s sale
https://www.inquirer.com/business/main-line-health-buys-st-charles-borromeo-seminary-property-20190612.html

Fashion District Philadelphia, former Gallery mall, is part of ‘the focus of retail,’ PREIT CEO says at event
https://www.inquirer.com/business/fashion-district-gallery-market-east-new-shopping-construction-philadelphia-preit-20190612.html

Bear sightings in Philly area: This time of year, the animals are ‘not unusual’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/bear-sightings-what-to-do-bucks-montgomery-20190611.html

A few ways to reform how public land is sold and developed | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/councilmanic-prerogative-reform-land-bank-transparency-city-council-philadelphia-20190612.html

New bike lane bill gets to the heart of one of Philly’s biggest issues | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/protected-bike-lanes-philadelphia-transportation-20190612.html

Pitt

Pitts-BUR-uh? Man lobbies for Scottish pronunciation of Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/Man-tells-council-change-pronunciation-of-Pittsburgh-council-also-set-to-approve-data-agreement-with-Ford/stories/201906120116

Finally, there will be apartments at Allegheny City Stables site on the North Side
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/Allegheny-West-Allegheny-City-stables-redevelopment-Go-Realty/stories/201906120085

Historic Allegheny City public works stable to become apartments
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/historic-allegheny-city-public-works-stable-to-become-apartments/

Brian O’Neill: Playing a game of bus route roulette in Morningside
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2019/06/13/Bus-route-roulette-Pittsburgh-Port-Authority-water-sewer-Morningside-Jancey-Vilsack/stories/201906130007

Allegheny County receives extension on summer gasoline exemption
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/epa-gas-summer-blend-allegheny-county-waiver-temporary/stories/201906120163

Cheaper summer gas in Allegheny County continues as EPA extends fuel waiver
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/cheaper-summer-gas-in-allegheny-could-be-here-to-stay-as-epa-extends-waiver/

Heinz Endowments gives $1 million to Pittsburgh Promise
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/06/12/Pittsburgh-Promise-scholarship-program-students-Heinz-Endowments-education/stories/201906120117

Heinz Endowments donates $1M to Pittsburgh Promise
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/heinz-endowments-donates-1m-to-pittsburgh-promise/

Pittsburgh Police host first Kayak with Cops event
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/Pittsburgh-Police-Kayak-with-Cops-allegheny-river/stories/201906120158

CCAC Juneteenth activities to include honoring slain rapper Nipsey Hussle
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ccac-to-host-juneteenth-event-to-feature-local-entrepreneurs-honor-slain-rapper-nipsey-hussle/

South Park neighbors resolve dispute over heavy smoke, stinky manure and pesky flies
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/Horses-Unlimited-pony-camps-barnfires-manure-flies-South-Park/stories/201906120143

Two killed in triple shooting at Hill District Airbnb rental
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/12/Hill-District-triple-shooting-fatal-Airbnb-party-pittsburgh-homicide-McNeil-Place/stories/201906120138

New city public art project includes charging stations, free Wi-Fi
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/12/Pittsburgh-public-art-project-Tustin-Park-Bluff-Uptown-charging-stations-free-Wi-Fi/stories/201906120137

Two foundations award $169,000 in grants to 15 local artists
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/06/12/Pittsburgh-foundations-invest-15-local-artists-169-000-Heinz/stories/201906120097

City should join clean-energy revolution
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2019/06/13/City-should-join-clean-energy-revolution/stories/201906130024

For the first time in 60 years, no Shriners circus in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/for-the-first-time-in-60-years-no-shriners-circus-in-pittsburgh/

Learning to Fly: It’s lift-off for Pittsburgh Hays bald eaglet No. 9
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/learning-to-fly-its-lift-off-for-pittsburgh-hays-bald-eaglet-no-9/

State News

Find a tick on your body? In Pa., you can get it tested — for free.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/tick-lymes-climatechange-ticks-disease-hiking-camping-outdoors-20190613.html

3.4 magnitude earthquake hits Central Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/06/12/3-4-magnitude-earthquake-hits-central-Pa-county/stories/201906120174

Small earthquake affects areas around Harrisburg
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/small-earthquake-affects-areas-around-harrisburg.html

Pennsylvania has had seven earthquakes so far this year. Here’s where they’ve occurred.
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-pa-seven-earthquakes-so-far-2019-locations-20190613-a2kayzqjzfex5lwcocnheur3oq-story.html

Fewer people getting food stamps
https://www.inquirer.com/news/trump-food-stamps-economy-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20190612.html

Western Pa. Methodists elect conservative delegation to next conference
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/06/12/Western-Pa-Methodists-LGBT-gay-ordination-marriage/stories/201906110163

Study: Pennsylvania in lower half of states for life expectancy
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/study-pennsylvania-in-lower-half-of-states-for-life-expectancy/

Leave roaming bear alone, officials advise, ‘don’t try to take a selfie with it’
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/leave-roaming-bear-alone-officials-advise-dont-try-to-take-a-selfie-with-it/

Western Pa. soccer coaches split on U.S. women running up score in World Cup
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/western-pa-soccer-coaches-split-on-u-s-women-running-up-score-in-world-cup/

Pennsylvania court ruling may open door for future clergy sex abuse suits
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/blair-county-court-ruling-may-open-door-for-future-clergy-sex-abuse-suits/

Here’s how Pa. ranks in terms of women’s rights
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/heres-how-pa-ranks-in-terms-of-womens-rights/

Where’s the best place to live? Pennsylvania isn’t tops, but it isn’t bottom, either
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/wheres-the-best-place-to-live-pennsylvania-isnt-tops-but-it-isnt-bottom-either.html

EDITORIAL: Protect abortion providers in Pa.
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2019/06/13/editorial-protect-abortion-providers-pa/1432566001/

Transportation

Bridge project to reduce Greensburg Road to 1 lane in Lower Burrell
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/bridge-replacement-to-reduce-greensburg-road-to-one-lane-in-lower-burrell-starting-next-week/

Two structurally deficient Lackawanna County-owned bridges to be replaced
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/two-structurally-deficient-lackawanna-county-owned-bridges-to-be-replaced-1.2495510