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Advocates push for Pa. to take action on climate change in a virtual rally
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/advocates-push-for-pa-to-take-action-on-climate-change-in-a-virtual-rally.html

Questions arise anew over pandemic restrictions
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/questions-arise-anew-over-pandemic-restrictions/article_8716a4ee-e60b-5311-976d-14463c04f24b.html

Merge PennDOT, Turnpike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/merge-penndot-turnpike/article_b5ac15d9-b292-5422-aba6-3dd9aa2a1ea0.html

Proposed legislation would make “upskirt” photos of minors a felony in Pa.
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200617/proposed-legislation-would-make-upskirt-photos-of-minors-felony-in-pa

Scoring political points the wrong prescription
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/scoring-political-points-the-wrong-prescription-1.2638811

Pa. lawmaker introduces resolution to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/pa-lawmaker-introduces-resolution-to-impeach-gov-tom-wolf.html

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe reveals 5 articles of impeachment against Gov. Tom Wolf
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/rep-daryl-metcalfe-reveals-5-articles-of-impeachment-against-gov-tom-wolf/

Berks lawmaker Barry Jozwiak backs resolution to impeach Gov. Wolf
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-lawmaker-barry-jozwiak-backs-resolution-to-impeach-gov-wolf/article_071a6d66-afdd-11ea-b761-1360c490bda6.html

Bernstine co-sponsors articles of impeachment against Wolf
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200616/bernstine-co-sponsors-articles-of-impeachment-against-wolf

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce resolution calling for impeachment of Gov. Tom Wolf
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-pa-lawmakers-impeachment-governor-wolf-20200617-vq5gp72eurf3tab3mj7ygjhriq-story.html

Officials must prepare mail-in voting for November
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/06/17/Pennsylvania-mail-in-voting-prepare/stories/202006160037

Former Speaker Mike Turzai starts as Peoples’ general counsel
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/former-speaker-mike-turzai-starts-as-peoples-top-legal-eagle/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Health officials: Some Lyme, covid-19 symptoms are similar
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/health-officials-some-lyme-covid-19-symptoms-are-similar/

Union miners sue Trump administration over COVID-19 workplace protections
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/06/16/United-Mine-Workers-America-Steelworkers-Trump-administration-MSHA-COVID-19/stories/202006160091

A Philly pediatrician’s advice on swimming in the summer of COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-is-swimming-safe-for-children-20200617.html

Pa. reports 34 new COVID-19 deaths; 44 new cases in Western Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/16/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-27/stories/202006160095

Pa. sees 3rd straight day of under 400 infections
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788224/pa-sees-3rd-straight-day-of-under-400-infections

5 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/5-new-covid-19-cases-1-more-death-in-county-1.2638887

Beijing’s new outbreak raises fears for rest of the world
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/beijings-new-outbreak-raises-fears-for-rest-of-the-world/article_774119bc-0f13-56d9-aaaf-f2f4fdb7a462.html

Business

The Philly area’s biggest mall owner furloughed employees and got coronavirus cash. Executives aren’t feeling the pain.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-preit-stock-executive-compensation-20200617.html

Medical marijuana CEOs tout jobs in newly opened dispensaries, count on legalization for adult use
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/marijuana-dispensaries-cresco-juschi-columbia-care-sunnyside-beyond-hello-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200617.html

At an Ohio BBQ joint cashing in on Pa. customers, Gov. Wolf named its ’employee of the month’
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2020/06/16/Breakwall-BBQ-Conneaut-Ohio-restaurant-Tom-Wolf-employee-month-COVID-19-restrictions-green-phase/stories/202006160146

Hempfield restaurant donates 100 meals to state police thanks to grant program
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-restaurant-donates-100-meals-to-state-police-thanks-to-grant-program/

McDonald’s franchises look to hire 1,700 in Western Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/regional/mcdonalds-franchises-look-to-hire-1700-in-western-pennsylvania/

Lackawanna County business relief grant recipients grateful for funding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-business-relief-grant-recipients-grateful-for-funding/article_2c78c40b-e865-5241-8006-bc24b11ef0f8.html

Aunt Jemima brand changing its name, image because of origins based on ‘racial stereotype’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/aunt-jemima-brand-changing-its-name-image-because-of-origins-based-on-racial-stereotype.html

Crime/Punishment

Delaware County forms a task force to reform policing in the suburbs
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-county-criminal-justice-reform-jack-stollsteimer-20200616.html

Delaware County forms task force to address criminal justice reform
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delaware-county-forms-task-force-to-address-criminal-justice-reform/article_3af8b70e-b01f-11ea-b7c6-97b453af481a.html

Erie police officer seen kicking seated protester suspended, mayor says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/06/17/Erie-police-officer-seen-kicking-seated-protester-suspended-mayor-says/stories/202006170072

Three men critically wounded in shooting in Mount Oliver
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/16/Mount-Oliver-PA-shooting-three-men-shot-Stamm-Avenue-critical-police-investigate/stories/202006160158

Western Pa. police chiefs support some reforms in Trump executive order, question others
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/local-police-chiefs-support-some-reforms-in-trump-executive-order-question-others/

Courtdale police chief suspended for Facebook post
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/courtdale-police-chief-suspended-for-facebook-post-1.2638932

Education

State to spread $157 million to help schools pay for cleaning, get ready for classes
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-to-spread-157-million-to-help-schools-pay-for-cleaning-get-ready-for-classes/

School safety grants to cover laptops, hand sanitizer in 2020
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/school-safety-grants-to-cover-laptops-hand-sanitizer-in-2020/

Western Pa. high schools honored for voter registration efforts
https://triblive.com/local/regional/local-high-schools-honored-for-voter-registration-efforts/

LCCC reshapes space to allow return of students this fall
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788207/lccc-reshapes-space-to-allow-return-of-students-this-fall

Temple gets NIH grant to develop therapy for cocaine addiction
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/clavulanic-acid-temple-university-cocaine-addiction-grant-20200617.html

Penn State faculty want final decision on where, how to conduct classes in the fall
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/16/Penn-State-University-fall-classes-COVID-19-academic-freedom-petition-Townsend-Berube-Barron/stories/202006160077

What if students won’t wear masks in class? Professors want assurances that universities will enforce a mandate.
https://www.inquirer.com/education/college-classes-fall-semester-face-masks-covid-19-20200617.html

Penn State ex-president argues conviction properly tossed
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/16/Penn-State-ex-president-argues-conviction-properly-tossed/stories/202006160121

Lock Haven University announces initial plans for reopening
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/lock-haven-university-announces-initial-plans-for-reopening.html

ESU to hold first in-person classes in July
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200616/esu-to-hold-first-in-person-classes-in-july

Elections/Politics

More Republican women than ever are running for congress: Here’s why
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/17/more-republican-women-than-ever-are-running-for-congress-heres-why/

Gaming

Internet gambling revenue doubled
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/internet-gambling-revenue-doubled-1.2638816

Health Care

Tower Health is cutting 1,000 jobs as coronavirus losses mount
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/tower-health-hospital-layoffs-covid-19-20200616.html

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Tower Health to cut 1,000 positions
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/citing-the-coronavirus-pandemic-tower-health-to-cut-1-000-positions/article_dc766ebe-afcf-11ea-a229-3b35d01219e6.html

The Wright Center offers clinics to make sure kids are caught up on vaccinations
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/the-wright-center-offers-clinics-to-make-sure-kids-are-caught-up-on-vaccinations-1.2638851

Local News

Scranton revenue could drop by $6-10M as a result of pandemic, officials estimate
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-revenue-could-drop-by-6-10m-as-a-result-of-pandemic-officials-estimate/article_edb0358b-fb96-5a8c-9aed-3a295a17e8c7.html

Westmoreland officials planning to dole out $30 million in pandemic relief money
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-officials-planning-to-dole-out-30-million-in-pandemic-relief-money/

Scott residents ask commissioner to resign for health secretary comments
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/scott-residents-ask-commissioner-to-resign-for-health-secretary-comments/

Luzerne County hotel tax revenue declining due to coronavirus travel impact
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788222/luzerne-county-hotel-tax-revenue-declining-due-to-coronavirus-travel-impact

Brown: Advisory board ‘a work in progress’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788220/brown-advisory-board-a-work-in-progress

Little League teams get OK to play
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/little-league-teams-get-ok-to-play-1.2638940

Flood authority solicitor to explore imposing levee fee on all county properties
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/flood-authority-solicitor-to-explore-imposing-levee-fee-on-all-county-properties-1.2638846

Will Hazleton’s Columbus statue be the next to go?
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/will-hazleton-s-columbus-statue-be-the-next-to-go-1.2638868

Harrisburg grieves loss of another community leader to COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/harrisburg-grieves-loss-of-another-community-leader-to-covid-19.html

Greater Valley YMCA laying off about 300 employees due to the coronavirus crisis
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-greater-valley-ymca-layoffs-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-20200616-rlyxb6qpvnf4bduwuvr4wtymfu-story.html

National News

Another Confederate statue torn down in Richmond, Va.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/17/Another-Confederate-statue-torn-down-in-Richmond-Va/stories/202006170075

Natural Gas

Zoning an issue in battle over shale gas well proposal at Edgar Thomson site
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/06/16/Zoning-battle-Marcellus-shale-gas-unconventional-drilling-well-US-Steel-Edgar-Thomson-Merrion/stories/202006160114

Philly

Mayor Kenney declares Juneteenth an official Philly city holiday
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/mayor-kenney-declares-juneteenth-an-official-philly-city-holiday/

Protest observers say police allowed South Philly Columbus ‘defenders’ to assault them
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columbus-statue-black-lives-matter-krasner-philadelphia-marconi-vigilantes-20200616.html

The fight over South Philly’s Christopher Columbus statue has gone to court: ‘It’s not mob rule’
https://www.inquirer.com/business/columbus-statue-marconi-remove-ironworkers-20200616.html

South Philly police captain removed after Columbus statue protests, amid larger shakeup
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/16/south-philly-police-captain-removed-after-columbus-statue-protests-amid-larger-ppd-shakeup/

Philly restaurants that disregard COVID-19 rules could jeopardize outdoor dining, officials warn
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-nj-restaurants-20200616.html

Philly elections officials caught 40 cases of double voting. It’s not fraud, but it’s still a problem.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-primary-election-mail-ballots-double-voting-20200616.html

Philly protests call for defunding police in favor of arts and affordable housing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-protests-defund-police-george-floyd-arts-affordable-housing-essential-workers-20200616.html

Philadelphia Orchestra adds its first black woman musician, a Girls High and Temple grad. She’s the new music librarian.
https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/philadelphia-orchestra-adds-its-first-black-woman-musician-girls-high-temple-grad-shes-new-music-librarian-20200616.html

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was the target of racist threats, U.S. Attorney says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/danielle-outlaw-threatened-racist-email-peter-fratus-william-mcswain-20200616.html

Philly Mag editor to step down after newsroom discussions on race
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-mag-editor-resigns-philadelphia-magazine-diversity-race-george-floyd-tom-mcgrath-20200616.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh LGBT workplace protections exceeded federal standards for years
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/16/Pittsburgh-employment-protections-LGBT-gender-identity-sexual-discrimination/stories/202006160120

City planning commission objects again to proposal to raze Froggy’s, other Downtown buildings
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/06/16/Froggy-s-Pittsburgh-planning-commission-Trioiani-Properties-Market-Street-First-Avenue-Firstside-Historic-District/stories/202006160147

Reporter sues Post-Gazette on race and retaliation counts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/16/Reporter-Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette-lawsuit-race-retaliation-protests-alexis-johnson/stories/202006160143

Labor group holds rally on racial injustice, lack of health protections
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/16/Labor-group-SEIU-Local-32BJ-rally-pittsburgh-black-lives-matter/stories/202006160093

Pittsburgh City Council overwhelmed with calls for police reform
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-city-council-overwhelmed-with-calls-for-police-reform/

Pittsburgh residents decry grant funding for city police
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-residents-decry-grant-funding-for-city-police/

YWCA to sell Downtown headquarters on Wood Street
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/06/16/YWCA-Pittsburgh-Downtown-headquarters-sale-Wood-Street/stories/202006160092

Us: Freedom Corner Memorial’s creator wants protesters to come
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/neighborhood/2020/06/17/Us-column-Freedom-Corner-Hill-District-Pittsburgh-1968-MLK-Gammage-George-Floyd/stories/202006170060

State News

Court ordered to look at Pennsylvania State Police social media policy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/06/16/Pennsylvania-State-Police-court-ordered-look-social-media-policy/stories/202006160122

Visits to state parks skyrockets by an average of 36% in region during pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/visits-to-state-parks-skyrockets-by-an-average-of-36-in-region-during-pandemic/

State offers $1,500 to help cover dairy farmers’ losses
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-offers-1500-to-help-cover-dairy-farmers-losses/

Pennsylvania announces $40 million relief program for dairy farm losses due to coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-announces-40-million-relief-program-for-dairy-farm-losses-due-to-coronavirus/article_a8870c52-aff3-11ea-b481-3b6865255ec8.html

With focus on diversity and inclusion, Pa. rolls out new contractor policies
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/with-focus-on-diversity-and-inclusion-pennsylvania-rolls-out-new-contractor-policies/

$260M in CARES Act funding to go to Pa. autism, intellectual disabilities services providers
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200616/260m-in-cares-act-funding-to-go-to-pa-autism-intellectual-disabilities-services-providers

Washington

Senate GOP to propose policing changes in ‘JUSTICE Act’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/senate-republicans-gop-justice-act-policing-george-floyd-20200617.html

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild proposes $120 billion in federal aid for smaller, most endangered restaurants
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-congress-susan-wild-restaurant-aid-bill-20200616-o2wxzya3lvetnm7xcflejyvyge-story.html