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Legislature

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/shapiro-dem-lawmakers-hear-experiences-of-racism-discrimination/

EITC, explained: How Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits are used, who benefits, and more
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/eitc-explained-how-pennsylvanias-educational-tax-credit-program-works/

Sen. Dan Laughlin seeks tougher smoking ban for Pennsylvania
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190614/sen-dan-laughlin-seeks-tougher-smoking-ban-for-pennsylvania

Senate Republicans still don’t want to fund Wolf’s voting machine upgrades
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/06/senate-republicans-still-dont-want-to-fund-wolfs-voting-machine-upgrades.php

Support lacking for new PIAA playoff bill lacking at McDonald’s All-Star football Classic
https://www.mcall.com/sports/varsity/mc-spt-piaa-mcdonalds-reaction-20190614-z5duaomqpjaifnuahksxixer4y-story.html

Tie road work into utility jobs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/tie-road-workinto-utility-jobs-1.2495977

Administration

Wolf meets with protesters outside his home to talk General Assistance
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/06/wolf-meets-with-protesters-outside-his-home-to-talk-general-assistance.php

Budget

Size of Pennsylvania budget surplus may be less important than whether it actually exists
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-revenue-surplus-20190620-rp7jbkmi55az5h6lbtwrr2mfia-story.html

Simple math: A $15 minimum wage won’t make anyone rich. But it is a livable wage | Aryanna Berringer
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/simple-math-a-15-minimum-wage-wont-make-anyone-rich-but-it-is-a-livable-wage-aryanna-berringer/

Business

A year after the tornado, Kurlancheek opens new store in Forty Fort
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747098/a-year-after-the-tornado-kurlancheek-opens-new-store-in-forty-fort

Business update: Reopened, relocated one year after tornado
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business-update-reopened-relocated-one-year-after-tornado-1.2496013

Fairgrounds Square Mall redevelopment back on
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/fairgrounds-square-mall-redevelopment-back-on

Crime/Punishment

DA: Suspect in Ortiz shooting likely wanted in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/13/Suspect-Ortiz-shooting-likely-wanted-in-Pennsylvania-Luis-Rivas-Clase/stories/201906130093

Two more Lower Southampton officials sentenced to federal prison on corruption charges
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/bernard-rafferty-robert-hoopes-sentencing-lower-southampton-20190613.html

2 Western Pa. doctors found not guilty of alleged Suboxone scheme
https://triblive.com/local/regional/2-western-pa-doctors-found-not-guilty-of-alleged-suboxone-scheme/

Education

State office again says Highlands must name disciplined employees
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/state-office-again-says-highlands-must-name-disciplined-employees/

Harrisburg school solicitor tries ‘nuclear option’ in defending against state takeover
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/harrisburg-solicitor-tries-nuclear-option-in-defending-district-against-state-takeover.html

Gaming

Pennsylvania approves first mini casino; Westmoreland Mall site still on track
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-approves-first-mini-casino-westmoreland-mall-site-still-on-track/

Local News

Leadership W-B committee completes renovation of Dress for Success
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747101/leadership-w-b-committee-completes-renovation-of-dress-for-success

Dress for Success gets a makeover
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dress-for-success-gets-a-makeover-1.2495991

Divided council OKs mayor’s appointments, but administrator backs out
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747084/divided-council-oks-mayors-appointments-but-administrator-backs-out

Most county departments online after cyber attack
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/most-county-departments-online-after-cyber-attack-1.2495988

Land development tops CAN DO activity
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/land-development-tops-can-do-activity-1.2495987

Volunteers sought to help with planting at new Harrison rain garden
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/volunteers-sought-to-help-with-planting-at-new-harrison-rain-garden/

Wireless service in Unity villages to get boost
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/wireless-service-in-unity-villages-to-get-boost/

Berks County commissioners face questions about future of Allegheny Aqueduct Park
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-commissioners-face-questions-about-future-of-allegheny-aqueduct-park

Chester seeks potential buyers for Chester Water Authority
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/chester-seeks-potential-buyers-for-chester-water-authority/article_b236067e-8e28-11e9-b5d5-e775830cfc21.html

National News

Bishops approve changes in how they police themselves
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/06/13/Bishops-approve-changes-in-how-they-police-themselves/stories/201906130131

Chinese tariffs could impact future firework sales
https://triblive.com/local/regional/chinese-tariffs-could-impact-future-firework-sales/

It took 26,000 Post-It notes to make this Pride mural on a Cincinnati skyscraper
https://triblive.com/local/regional/it-took-26000-post-it-notes-to-make-this-pride-mural-on-a-cincinnati-skyscraper/

New Jersey

Gov. Murphy: New Jersey will soon dethrone Nevada as America’s sports-betting capital
https://www.inquirer.com/business/tourism/new-jersey-sport-betting-capital-gov-murphy-atlantic-city-20190613.html

Philly

Low-wage workers score win with bump in funding to enforce labor laws
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-office-labor-enforcement-funding-20190613.html

Philly workers who prep airline food vote to join a nationwide strike, but there’s a catch
https://www.inquirer.com/news/lsg-sky-chefs-strike-philadelphia-unite-here-20190614.html

City Council passes $5 billion budget for 2019-20. Spending has grown $1 billion in 4 years.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-mayor-kenney-budget-2020-billion-20190613.html

U.S. attorney pushes back against Philadelphia supervised injection site’s religious liberty argument
https://www.inquirer.com/health/safehouse-mcswain-lawsuit-religious-liberty-20190614.html

Parents fuming after their kindergartners are booted from South Philly elementary to make room for kids from wealthier school
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-schools-meredith-nebinger-overcrowding-kindergarten-seats-20190613.html

Frankford football coach Bill Sytsma opens his locker room on Friday nights so his players are safe from Philadelphia gun violence
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-gun-violence-frankford-football-coach-bill-systma-friday-night-high-school-20190614.html

As new developments continue in the David Ortiz shooting, Philly Dominicans talk about the implications
https://www.inquirer.com/news/david-ortiz-dominican-big-papi-mlb-shooting-philadelphia-20190614.html

Philly’s elusive black bear tranquilized after a day roaming Upper Roxborough
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bear-sightings-roxborough-east-falls-philadelphia-20190613.html

Souls Shot: Portraits of Philadelphia gunshot victims celebrate young lives lost
https://www.inquirer.com/health/gun-violence-gunshot-victim-portrait-souls-shot-einstein-medical-center-philadelphia-20190613.html

Tracey Gordon has a story to tell about winning the Philadelphia Register of Wills primary … but won’t tell it | Clout
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/tracey-gordon-register-of-wills-ron-donatucci-primary-david-oh-charter-schools-john-fetterman-20190614.html

Jefferson plans new patient tower in South Jersey, hints at outpatient facility in Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/jefferson-health-system-standard-poors-downgrade-20190614.html

CHOP community grants get a funding boost
https://www.inquirer.com/health/childrens-hospital-of-philadelphia-chop-cares-citizens-bank-wellness-health-financial-hunger-20190613.html

Council approves $60 million LNG plant in South Philly over climate activist opposition
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/philly-city-council-approves-pgw-passyunk-lng-plant-liberty-energy-trust-20190613.html

Philly school board votes to close CHAD; rejects creation of new charter authority
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-charter-high-school-for-architecture-design-chad-closing-20190613.html

Hey, Mayor Kenney: Here are the buildings that Philadelphians want historically preserved
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/mayor-kenney-buildings-philadelphians-want-preserved-historic-register-list-designation-demolished-20190614.html

Lead poisoning is a crisis Philadelphia can actually fix | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/toxic-city-lead-poisoning-flint-philadelphia-20190614.html

Philly’s animal shelter dissed in confidential Ivy League vet school report | Stu Bykofsky
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/stu-bykofsky-acct-animal-shelter-cornell-university-dogs-susan-russell-ed-rendell-allan-domb-20190613.html

Pitt

Keeping the grads in town: Pittsburgh Passport aims to retain young talent
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/06/13/interns-allegheny-conference-retain-graduates-jobs-pittsburgh-passport/stories/201906130057

No circus in Pittsburgh this year, Shriners say
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/13/no-syria-shriners-circus-pittsburgh-animal-laws/stories/201906130133

Authority approves funds for affordable housing in Lawrencville, Oakland and Hill District
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/13/affordable-housing-URA-funding-Lawrencville-Oakland-and-Hill-Disrict/stories/201906130128

Part of old Allegheny Dwellings reopens as mixed-income housing in the North Side
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/13/Allegheny-Dwellings-reopens-as-mixed-income-housing-Sandstone-Quarry/stories/201906120088

Mount Washington library to close Saturday for major expansion
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/13/mount-washington-carnegie-library-closing-for-expansion-4-1-million/stories/201906130126

‘No More’ event gathers pledges to fight domestic violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/13/No-More-event-gathers-pledges-to-fight-domestic-violence-father-s-day-pittsburgh/stories/201906130101

Mother of Hill Airbnb shooting victim has now lost two sons to violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/13/hill-district-triple-homicide-victim-identification-alexus-chester-tyrese-smith-police-pittsburgh/stories/201906130104

‘Potholes & Pierogies’: City hosting two free dinners and discussions on 2020 capital budget
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/06/13/Potholes-Pierogies-City-hosting-two-free-dinners-and-discussions-on-2020-capital-budget/stories/201906130095

Robin’s Home: A haven for homeless female veterans in Butler
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2019/06/13/Robin-s-Home-Nest-for-homeless-female-veterans-Butler/stories/201905230002

Lawsuit alleges Uber leaves people with disabilities stuck on the curb
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2019/06/13/Uber-handicapped-disability-wheelchair-access-pittsburgh-lawsuit-carlson-lynch/stories/201906110078

Friday is Flag Day in Pittsburgh and beyond
https://triblive.com/local/regional/friday-is-flag-day-in-pittsburgh-and-beyond/

The story behind that photo of Pittsburgh Councilwoman Harris on horse
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/the-story-behind-that-photo-of-pittsburgh-councilwoman-harris-on-horse/

Trustees raise tuition for Community College of Allegheny County students
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/trustees-raise-tuition-for-community-college-of-allegheny-county-students/

Pittsburgh self-driving safety firm Edge Case announces $7 million in funding
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-self-driving-safety-firm-edge-case-announces-7-million-in-funding/

State News

Two people struck by lightning and killed in Westmoreland Co
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2019/06/13/Two-struck-by-lightning-killed-in-Westmoreland-County/stories/201906130137

Lightning strike kills 18-year-olds at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Twp.
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/2-hit-by-lightning-at-mammoth-park-in-mt-pleasant-township/

How hackers used little-known credit-card feature to defraud Lansdale woman, $1.99 at a time
https://www.inquirer.com/business/google-storage-credit-card-fraud-capital-one-visa-account-updater-20190613.html

Payments to clergy sexual abuse survivors in Philadelphia, Scranton top $20 million
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/payments-to-clergy-sexual-abuse-survivors-in-philadelphia-scranton-top-20-million/

Retired federal Judge Edwin Kosik dead at 94
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/retired-federal-judge-edwin-kosik-dead-at-94-1.2495929

Civil Air Patrol has command change before move
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/civil-air-patrol-has-command-change-before-move-1.2496073

Pennsylvania auditor general investigating Berks Residential Center
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pa-auditor-general-investigating-berks-residential-center

Abuse claims prompt Pennsylvania auditor general to examine Berks center for immigrant families
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-berks-auditor-general-20190613-bnnukssjjfchtlqzesjj7iblhi-story.html

Medical marijuana permit process marked by ‘significant errors and irregularities,’ records show
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/medical-marijuana-docs-reveal-permit-process-marked-by-significant-errors-and-irregularities.html

Little League CEO would like to see major league game in Williamsport made an annual event
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/little-league-ceo-would-like-to-see-major-league-game-in-williamsport-made-an-annual-event.html

Editorial: A time to honor unity, freedom and the path to equality
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-a-time-to-honor-unity-freedom-and-the-path-to-equality

Region not used to quake activity
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/06/region-not-used-to-quake-activity/

Transportation

Emergency landslide repairs to halt Metz Road work in Fawn
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/emergency-landslide-repairs-to-put-off-metz-road-work-in-fawn/

Papermill Road Bridge closed for 3 months
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/papermill-road-bridge-closed-for-3-months

Almost 1,200 people died in Pa. crashes last year. Who’s to blame?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/06/traffic-deaths-ticked-up-in-pennsylvania-in-2018-pedestrian-accidents-senior-citizendrivers-are-two-reasons-why.html

Bucks, Montco are ground zero for turnpike toll dodgers
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/state_and_region/bucks-montco-are-ground-zero-for-turnpike-toll-dodgers/article_85ac0aca-fbfc-5225-b8e1-4795cddfbee3.html

Washington

Congress looks at changing the rules on IRAs and some aren’t happy
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/06/13/Congress-looks-at-changing-the-rules-on-IRAs-and-some-aren-t-happy/stories/201906040092

Kellyanne Conway should be removed from job for violating Hatch Act, watchdog agency says
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-kellyanne-conway-special-counsel-hatch-act-violation-20190613.html

Barletta not ruling out 8th Congressional District run
https://www.timesleader.com/news/747094/barletta-not-ruling-out-8th-congressional-district-run

Cartwright lacks challengers so far
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-lacks-challengers-so-far-1.2496067

Out of the spotlight, Pennsylvania Congresswoman Susan Wild sidesteps Capitol Hill drama, so far
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-susan-wild-congress-20190614-litawp7vabbshlzxg43x26weqy-story.html

Defense bill includes funding for PFAS cleanup, phaseout
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190614/defense-bill-includes-funding-for-pfas-cleanup-phaseout