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Legislature

Police reform measures to get hearing in Pennsylvania Senate

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/police-reform-measures-to-get-hearing-in-pennsylvania-senate/

Measures approved to rename roads, bridges in Washington, Greene after departed heroes

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/measures-approved-to-rename-roads-bridges-in-washington-greene-after-departed-heroes/article_1f5b8304-ac0b-11ea-9285-8bd839fd50f5.html

Editorial: Turzai’s goodbye is premature

https://triblive.com/opinion/editorial-turzais-goodbye-is-premature/

Scranton Mayor, legislator concerned about new law on financially distressed cities

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-legislator-concerned-about-new-law-on-financially-distressed-cities-1.263786

COVID-19

State’s new cases dropping; Wolf declares success against coronavirus

https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/states-new-cases-dropping-wolf-declares-success-against-coronavirus/article_f8210eba-acc5-11ea-9e48-c7926259a601.html

As restrictions relax, focus turns to testing, tracing coronavirus

https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/as-restrictions-relax-focus-turns-to-testing-tracing-coronavirus/article_21261e84-ad1d-11ea-b35e-1bdd802c0766.html

Wolf asks high court to intervene in fight over reopening

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/12/COVID-19-western-pennsylvania-pittsburgh-allegheny-deaths-cases-pandemic/stories/202006120094

Health officials encourage use of masks in green phase

https://observer-reporter.com/series/coronavirus/health-officials-encourage-use-of-masks-in-green-phase/article_8361e78e-acbb-11ea-b117-b3c3e5a83e83.html

Editorial: Future under ‘green phase’ is as clear as mud

https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/06/13/Green-phase-Pennsylvania-Allegheny-County-unclear/stories/202006090014

Coronavirus contact tracing program up and running in Berks County

https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-contact-tracing-program-up-and-running-in-berks-county/article_6d0ec01e-ace4-11ea-996b-7f4dc045950b.html

It’s been three months since the first coronavirus case was reported in the Lehigh Valley. Here’s a look back at key events

https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-timeline-three-months-20200612-i6nlqejpsrehbcnyslgvf5men4-htmlstory.html

CDC coronavirus guidelines: New facemask rules, tips for gatherings, more

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/cdc-coronavirus-guidelines-new-facemask-rules-tips-for-gatherings-more.html

CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday risk

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/12/CDC-posts-long-awaited-tips-for-minimizing-everyday-risk/stories/202006130029

Carbon County enters green, least-restrictive reopening phase

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-county-enters-green-least-restrictive-reopening-phase-1.2637923

York County nursing home has big COVID-19 outbreak — 48 cases since May 25

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/06/12/coronavirus-pa-york-county-nursing-home-has-covid-19-outbreak/3179543001/

Lancaster County mom is guinea pig in race to develop COVID-19 vaccine

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-county-mom-is-guinea-pig-in-race-to-develop-covid-19-vaccine/article_76535e56-acde-11ea-8530-efa8faff7c00.html

Susquehanna County commissioner seeing red over county remaining yellow

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/susquehanna-county-commissioner-seeing-red-over-county-remaining-yellow-1.2637791

County going green next Friday

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-going-green-next-friday-1.2638073

State

Coronavirus exploited failure of Pa. health officials to improve problems with nursing home oversight

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/the-coronavirus-exploited-failure-of-pa-health-officials-to-improve-long-standing-problems-with-nursing-home-oversight.html

Farmers market, roadside stand vouchers available for seniors

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/farmers-market-roadside-stand-vouchers-available-for-seniors-1.2637847

Glitches in Pennsylvania’s jobless benefits system leave some self-employed workers in the lurch

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/glitches-in-pennsylvanias-jobless-benefits-system-leave-some-self-employed-workers-in-the-lurch/article_2f62dea4-aced-11ea-ac95-ef8815357d5d.html

Calls to report child abuse dropped significantly since Pa. coronavirus shutdown began

https://www.witf.org/2020/06/12/calls-to-report-child-abuse-dropped-significantly-since-pa-coronavirus-shutdown-began/

‘Nursing homes as we know them are over’: COVID-19 fuels push to home-based care

https://www.witf.org/2020/06/12/nursing-homes-as-we-know-them-are-over-covid-19-fuels-push-to-home-based-care/

Business

Minority-owned businesses navigating the virus

https://observer-reporter.com/business/minority-owned-businesses-navigating-the-virus/article_cf747abe-a9a6-11ea-b1f9-e39c8da6fd54.html

Hersheypark to reopen July 3

https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/hersheypark-to-reopen-july-3/article_9661ea96-ad01-11ea-b3fd-ff4da1aa8e37.html

A Q&A with Wind Creek’s CEO: Casino hopes to call back all workers but reconsiders water park

https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-wind-creek-ceo-jay-dorris-talks-about-bethlehem-casino-20200613-22uyenfjmje43o5vjjnbr3czya-story.html

COVID-19 a factor in the closing of old Sunbury textile mill; 101 employees losing their jobs

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/covid-19-a-factor-in-the-closing-of-old-sunbury-textile-mill-101-employees-losing-their-jobs.html

Humane Pennsylvania president and CEO placed on administrative leave after racially offensive social media post

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/humane-pennsylvania-president-and-ceo-placed-on-administrative-leave-after-racially-offensive-social-media-post/article_55e27aee-ace3-11ea-b5bc-7f14c80800af.html

Will we have to pay coronavirus surcharges to businesses as they reopen? Is that legal?

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/will-consumers-face-coronavirus-surcharges-from-businesses-as-they-reopen-is-that-legal.html

Chuck E. Cheese on the brink of bankruptcy, report says

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/business/2020/06/chuck-e-cheese-on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy-report-says.html

Education

Under suggested new boundaries, some Allentown elementary school kids would have to walk a mile to school

https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-allentown-school-board-20200612-saedp56etvbj3blcul4qszbuf4-story.html

500+ Manheim Township students, alumni sign letter urging district to improve race instruction

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/500-manheim-township-students-alumni-sign-letter-urging-district-to-improve-race-instruction/article_c7f4bcb8-acdf-11ea-b1dc-a7084c25e8ef.html

EDITORIAL: Class of ’20 graduating into world of turmoil, opportunity

https://observer-reporter.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-class-of-20-graduating-into-world-of-turmoil-opportunity/article_f29277ce-a9ad-11ea-ad57-b304c977eb71.html

Will kids be in Easton Area schools this fall and how will it work? Here are the options.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/06/will-kids-be-in-easton-area-schools-this-fall-and-how-will-it-work-here-are-the-options.html

Crime/Punishment

Feds: 38 indicted, accused of operating meth ring across western Pa.

https://www.tribdem.com/news/feds-38-indicted-accused-of-operating-meth-ring-across-western-pa/article_d59232ea-ace1-11ea-a3f8-c71c3625da55.html

Range Resources pleads no contest to environmental crimes

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/range-resources-pleads-no-contest-to-environmental-crimes.html

Range Resources to pay $50,000 in fines and $100,000 in contributions for Washington County well violations

https://triblive.com/local/regional/range-resources-to-pay-50000-in-fines-and-100000-in-contributions-for-washington-county-well-violations/

Philly

Teens across the Philadelphia region speak out on racism in virtual town hall

https://www.inquirer.com/news/george-floyd-protests-teenagers-racism-pccy-town-hall-20200612.html

Philadelphians experiencing homelessness build protest encampment on Ben Franklin Parkway: ‘We all matter’

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-protest-encampment-ben-franklin-parkway-tents-20200612.html

Pittsburgh

Children hear message of racial unity at kid-friendly rally in Monroeville

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/children-hear-message-of-racial-unity-at-kid-friendly-rally-in-monroeville/

Pittsburgh to create Office of Community Health and Safety

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-to-create-office-of-community-health-and-safety/

Protesters call for complete investigation into May 26 death of Aaliyah Johnson

https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/06/12/Protesters-call-for-complete-investigation-inquiry-into-May-26-death-of-Aaliyah-Johnson-Mckeesport-trans-woman/stories/202006120152

Coalition calls for removal of police from Pittsburgh Public Schools

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/12/Coalition-calls-for-removal-of-police-from-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools/stories/202006120115

Local

Reading celebrates Pride month by raising a flag outside City Hall

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-celebrates-pride-month-by-raising-a-flag-outside-city-hall/article_21c5d6bc-ad00-11ea-828b-8f3fb5d10a6d.html

Protests cost Harrisburg $50,000 in police overtime, thousands more in vehicle damage

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/protests-cost-harrisburg-50000-in-police-overtime-thousands-more-in-vehicle-damage.html

Yeadon, Lansdowne officials make statement on unity

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/yeadon-lansdowne-officials-make-statement-on-unity/article_4c50fb20-ad08-11ea-8158-7f3e4f872292.html

Floodwater pumping continues in Gilberton

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/floodwater-pumping-continues-in-gilberton-1.2637961

A rural Pa. prosecutor on how the George Floyd protests led him to call on fellow Republicans to ditch Trump

https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/matt-fogal-george-floyd-protests-trump-20200613.html

Murrysville Black Lives Matter protest set for Sunday

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/murrysville-black-lives-matter-protest-planned-for-sunday/

Montgomery County officials still counting primary election ballots

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/montgomery-county-officials-still-counting-primary-election-ballots/article_b3e678c2-ac23-11ea-9930-374427137964.html

Teens organize rally for reform

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/teens-organize-rally-for-reform-1.2638008

W-B NAACP won’t back review board proposals

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-naacp-won-t-back-review-board-proposals-1.2637995

National

Pence brings ‘Great American Comeback Tour’ to Pa. amid a mix of national problems

https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/pence-brings-great-american-comeback-tour-to-pa-amid-a-mix-of-national-problems.html

Several states hit pause, others press on amid spike in coronavirus

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/several-states-hit-pause-others-press-on-amid-spike-in-coronavirus.html

Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/trump-administration-revokes-transgender-health-protection.html

Ford recalls 2 million vehicles due to doors that can open while driving

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/ford-recalls-2-million-vehicles-due-to-doors-that-can-open-while-driving.html

White supremacists and other extremist groups are using protests and a pandemic to amplify their message

https://www.inquirer.com/news/white-supremacist-extremists-reopen-rallies-black-lives-matter-protests-20200613.html