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Legislature

Firing bad cops is harder in Pennsylvania because of a law that ties the courts’ hands

https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-police-discipline-arbitration-20200614-zytjrnbsh5fenbm3csuqlvdobe-story.html

COVID-19

Health Department reports 463 new coronavirus cases in state

https://observer-reporter.com/news/health-department-reports-463-new-coronavirus-cases-in-state/article_ef594910-ada5-11ea-b47f-53ca689c7f0b.html

Coronavirus has kicked off a ‘massive’ economic shift and no one knows where it’s going

https://www.inquirer.com/economy/philadelphia-nonessential-business-coronavirus-future-20200614.html

Antibody testing for COVID-19 not as helpful as hoped

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/14/Antibody-testing-for-COVID-19-not-as-helpful-as-hoped/stories/202006100101

Study finds mask-wearing prevented tens of thousands of infections

https://triblive.com/news/study-finds-mask-wearing-prevented-tens-of-thousands-of-infections/

Coronavirus onslaught stresses parks and trails but might recruit nature advocates

https://lancasteronline.com/sports/coronavirus-onslaught-stresses-parks-and-trails-but-might-recruit-nature-advocates/article_df01c4e8-abe3-11ea-9a16-bfc0d7a2e27e.html

School districts, universities preparing for return to classes in the fall

https://observer-reporter.com/series/coronavirus/school-districts-universities-preparing-for-return-to-classes-in-the-fall/article_52986d10-ab3c-11ea-a865-c7a7424fe233.html

As COVID cases rise in Chester County’s mushroom capital, officials and community groups work to protect a vulnerable population

https://www.inquirer.com/news/kennett-square-mushroom-workers-latinos-coronavirus-20200614.html

Western Pa. store owners say high beef prices should drop soon

https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-store-owners-say-high-beef-prices-should-drop-soon/

Allegheny County reports 11 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-11-new-covid-19-cases-no-new-deaths/

Tourist sites in NEPA remain closed, but hopeful

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/tourist-sites-in-nepa-remain-closed-but-hopeful-1.2638448

Data shows home water consumption leaped during shutdown

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/data-shows-home-water-consumption-leaped-during-shutdown-1.2638136

Road and bridge repairs, the bane of summer, resume

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/road-and-bridge-repairs-the-bane-of-summer-resume-1.2638343

YMCA opens its doors to kids, takes steps to curb COVID for camp and childcare

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/06/ymca-opens-its-doors-to-kids-takes-steps-to-curb-covid-for-camp-and-childcare.html

Crime/Punishment

Child sexual abuse thrives in shame and secrecy, experts say

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/child-sexual-abuse-thrives-in-shame-and-secrecy-experts-say/article_8363210c-adbb-11ea-8d36-af6f55193cac.html

Elections/Politics

Challenger demands special election in Lehigh County race decided by 57 votes

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/allentown/2020/06/challenger-demands-special-election-in-lehigh-county-race-decided-by-57-votes.html

Philly

Peaceful protests continue in Philly as demonstrators demand an end to police funding

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-protest-black-lives-matter-defund-the-police-columbus-statue-20200613.html

Gas prices in Philly region keep creeping upward as coronavirus restrictions ease

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-gas-prices-philadelphia-new-jersey-aaa-20200613.html

South Philly residents surround Columbus statue as demonstrations unfold across the city

https://www.inquirer.com/news/christopher-columbus-statue-marconi-plaza-vandalism-threats-protest-20200613.html

Local, Protests

Protesters hold central Pa. town’s first march for racial equality: ‘Let’s not be silent and blind’

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/protesters-hold-central-pa-towns-first-march-for-racial-inequality-lets-not-be-silent-and-blind.html

Car caravan protest around Capitol planned for Sunday, highlighting injustices of systemic racism

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/car-caravan-protest-around-capitol-planned-for-sunday-highlighting-injustices-of-systemic-racism.html

A call for change, action, unity: About 300 attend Black Lives Matter gathering in New Kensington

https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/a-call-for-change-action-unity-about-300-attend-black-lives-matter-gathering-in-new-kensington/

Over 1,000 attend Black Lives Matter protest in Scranton

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/over-1-000-attend-black-lives-matter-protest-in-scranton-1.2638428

Young people discuss diversity, inclusion at Wyoming Area event

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/young-people-discuss-diversity-inclusion-at-wyoming-area-event-1.2638279

Protesters take a knee on West Chester Pike in Upper Darby

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/protesters-take-a-knee-on-west-chester-pike-in-upper-darby/article_263ea3f0-adb3-11ea-af31-b3831f0c3aaa.html

Hazleton Mayor Cusat: Trust built on basic principle

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-mayor-cusat-trust-built-on-basic-principle-1.2638261

2 local chiefs say many police reforms already in practice in area

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/2-local-chiefs-say-many-police-reforms-already-in-practice-in-area-1.2638258

Movement afoot to reform Allentown, Bethlehem police departments, make use-of-force policies public

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-police-reform-20200613-yktykkq66ra2zmkfougnhlinji-story.html

Several Luzerne County police departments have policies against chokeholds

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/several-luzerne-county-police-departments-have-policies-against-chokeholds-1.2638231

Foster Twp. officials discuss sewer system sale, other topics at meeting

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/foster-twp-officials-discuss-sewer-system-sale-other-topics-at-meeting-1.2638201

National

Protesters in U.S. call attention to deaths of more black men

https://www.tribdem.com/news/protesters-in-u-s-call-attention-to-deaths-of-more-black-men/article_ff4827b2-20d3-52a2-8325-3ac21b9581cc.html

Video has changed police accountability. Now citizen filmmakers are getting organized.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-676-protest-vine-street-expressway-video-brutality-pepper-spray-20200614.html

North Carolina coronavirus hospitalizations set record; spike linked to reopening

https://triblive.com/news/north-carolina-coronavirus-hospitalizations-set-record-spike-linked-to-reopening/

Defund or invest? Congress looks to power of federal dollars to reform police departments

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/06/14/Police-reform-Congress-law-enforcement-George-Floyd/stories/202006140007