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Legislature

Local Democrats push for wider safety net, want state to ‘re-imagine’ policies quickly
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/06/22/Pennsylvania-state-legislators-post-COVID-19-economy-Pittsburgh-area/stories/202006220017

Video gambling pushed as possible lifeboat for bars
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/video-gambling-pushed-as-possible-lifeboat-for-bars/article_d0312628-b27f-11ea-a9df-1337e792bb1e.html

Electing a new Pa. House speaker expected to lead toward leadership shake-up in GOP caucus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/electing-a-new-pa-house-speaker-expected-to-lead-toward-leadership-shake-up-in-gop-caucus.html

Pa., N.J. must improve vote-by-mail | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/vote-by-mail-primary-general-pennsylvania-new-jersey-trump-november-20200622.html

Proprietary nonsense from PLCB
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/proprietary-nonsense-from-plcb/article_f453cd57-81ad-57f9-a24f-2bbb1fa26866.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania hopes to avoid coronavirus surge seen in other states
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-hopes-to-avoid-coronavirus-surge-seen-in-other-states/

Inspection at Beaver County nursing home found residents were in ‘Immediate Jeopardy’
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/06/21/Inspection-at-Beaver-County-nursing-home-found-residents-were-in-Immediate-Jeopardy/stories/202006180171

Experts say U.S. still in first wave of COVID-19 cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/21/second-wave-Fauci-experts-say-first-wave-COVID-19-outbreak-isnt-over-yet/stories/202006210118

Yes, wearing masks helps. Here’s why
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/22/yes-wearing-masks-helps-heres-why/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 464 new cases; including four deaths
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-sunday-report-20200621-ydryytasuvhp7addkme5rcxnzq-story.html

Allegheny County reports 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 0 new deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/21/covid-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-30/stories/202006210117

Allegheny County reports 17 more covid-19 cases, 2 new hospitalizations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-17-more-covid-19-cases-two-new-hospitalizations/

Westmoreland County reports 11 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-11-new-covid-19-cases-no-new-deaths/

Three more virus cases, no new deaths in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/three-more-virus-cases-no-new-deaths-in-county-1.2639787

Region sees COVID-19 case-count increase by 12 on Sunday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/region-sees-covid-19-case-count-increase-by-12-on-sunday/article_d953f46f-ea9d-5649-af93-404019d0fa7d.html

COVID-19 drains blood supply to historic low in Harrisburg area
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/covid-19-drains-blood-supply-to-historic-low-in-harrisburg-area.html

WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases: 183,000 in 24 hours
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/who-reports-largest-single-day-increase-in-coronavirus-cases-183000-in-24-hours.html

Reopening

What going green will mean in Chester Count
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/what-going-green-will-mean-in-chester-county/article_7b92e28e-b31d-11ea-9a52-673cce4db245.html

Business

‘It’s holding up our future’: Frustrated Pa. residents wait months for unemployment payments
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/06/21/pennsylvania-unemployment-frustrated-residents-wait-months-payments/3233466001/

Convenience store chains push to sell alcohol as industry newcomers disrupt the norm
https://www.inquirer.com/news/wawa-sheetz-alcohol-beer-wine-pennsylvania-ambler-plcb-20200622.html

Whole Foods employees demanding the right to wear Black Lives Matter apparel at work
https://www.inquirer.com/news/whole-foods-black-lives-matter-protest-employees-masks-starbucks-20200621.html

Restaurants ready to welcome patrons back into dining rooms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/restaurants-ready-to-welcome-patrons-back-into-dining-rooms/article_71f8736e-7097-58e0-9cf4-26672b381f21.html

Crime/Punishment

More local officials considering body cams for police
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/more-local-officials-considering-body-cams-for-police-1.2639827

Policy on filing police complaints not always clear
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/policy-on-filing-police-complaints-not-always-clear-1.2639845

Defunding the police would undercut accountability, Berks law enforcement officials, educator, say
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/crime/defunding-the-police-would-undercut-accountability-berks-law-enforcement-officials-educator-say/article_ca8dca96-b239-11ea-9f84-a728d6428825.html

Reading FOP leader: City force already defunded
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-fop-leader-city-force-already-defunded/article_e9309a6c-b240-11ea-8668-831eab508906.html

Education

With eyes on the fall, some schools to bring in students for summer instruction
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/21/Some-schools-to-bring-in-students-for-summer-school/stories/202006180117

Four districts remain at top in Grading Our Schools analysis
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/four-districts-remain-at-top-in-grading-our-schools-analysis/article_826a6de7-9ff0-5a5b-8eaf-1ed8d2b4be35.html

For adult students, the journey to a degree can be long — and rewarding
https://www.inquirer.com/education/lasalle-villavova-adult-students-graduates-coronavirus-20200622.html

Elections/Politics

Voter registration remains stable in Pennsylvania through the pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/06/21/Voter-registration-remains-stagnant-in-Pennsylvania-through-the-pandemic/stories/202006180129

Mail-in ballots and the Pa. Primary | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/mail-in-ballots-and-the-pa-primary-the-numbers-racket/

Tulsa rally draws 6,200; shows Trump vulnerabilities heading into election
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/tulsa-rally-draws-6200-shows-trump-vulnerabilities-heading-into-election.html

Gaming

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County plans to reopen Monday
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-mount-airy-casino-reopening-20200618-cf6mv6tnfvhu3kdlmr6xe4kvou-story.html

Local News

Lackawanna County drug court gets $2 million grant
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-drug-court-gets-2-million-grant/article_9df87e48-c23a-571b-b3eb-941c650261c8.html

Scranton Civil Service Commission belatedly adds firefighter to promotion list
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-civil-service-commission-belatedly-adds-firefighter-to-promotion-list/article_d03ce298-d585-5299-83a3-514cb914189b.html

Lackawanna County Historical Society receives 400 submissions for pandemic project
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-historical-society-receives-400-submissions-for-pandemic-project/article_048148d3-cb16-5a59-b8b3-b5f56147a6be.html

Lower Makefield could fetch up to $56M for sewer system
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200622/lower-makefield-could-fetch-up-to-56m-for-sewer-system

New Luzerne County 911 emergency radio system advancing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788874/new-luzerne-county-911-emergency-radio-system-advancing

Freedom Fighters march in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788879/freedom-fighters-march-in-wilkes-barre

Luzerne Bank and Gould’s Supermarket donate to Valley Food Pantry
https://www.timesleader.com/news/788904/luzerne-bank-and-goulds-supermarket-donate-to-valley-food-pantry

National News

Noose found in stall of Bubba Wallace at Alabama NASCAR race
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/bubba-wallace-noose-alabama-nascar-race-20200621.html

Another shooting – the second in 48 hours – in Seattle ‘CHOP’ protest zone leaves 1 wounded
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/22/Another-shooting-in-Seattle-protest-zone-leaves-1-wounded-CHOP/stories/202006220050

Police say 2 dead, at least 7 wounded in shooting at North Carolina block party
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/22/Police-dead-wounded-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina-shooting-Beatties-Ford-Road/stories/202006220051

Teddy Roosevelt statue to be removed from New York’s Natural History museum
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/teddy-roosevelt-statue-to-be-removed-from-new-yorks-natural-history-museum.html

Philly

On Father’s Day, protesters call for love, justice and fairness on the 23rd straight day of protest in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-queer-trans-black-lives-matter-protest-demonstration–20200621.html

The despair of being a Black cop in Philly: ‘We’re ostracized from two sides’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-black-lives-matter-protests-racism-20200622.html

Northeast Philadelphia native, brother of police captain, killed in British terrorist attack
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ritchie-london-terrorist-police-stabbed-to-death-northeast-philadelphia-20200621.html

‘This is a protest’: Philly Pride march draws hundreds to rally for Black trans lives
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/22/this-is-a-protest-philly-pride-march-draws-hundreds-to-rally-for-black-trans-lives/

Meet the youth rap group bringing songs of racial justice to the streets of Philly protests
https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/music/young-flames-philadelphia-youth-rap-guns-down-george-floyd-20200622.html

Pitt

Calls increase to remove police officers from Pittsburgh Public Schools; rally planned today
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/22/Calls-increase-remove-police-officers-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-rally/stories/202006220009

Big fish are getting bigger in Pittsburgh’s rivers
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/06/22/fishing-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-flathead-catfish-muskellunge-muskie/stories/202006220016

Port Authority to study development along East Busway
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/06/21/Port-Authority-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-East-Busway-development-planning-grant-Federal-Transit-Administration/stories/202006210018

Allegheny County Council committee hears arguments on paid leave law
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/06/22/Allegheny-County-Council-committee-hears-arguments-for-against-paid-leave-law/stories/202006190096

State News

Could 6 acres at Blue Marsh Lake hold an answer to killing spotted lanternflies?
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/could-6-acres-at-blue-marsh-lake-hold-an-answer-to-killing-spotted-lanternflies/article_d70b5652-acfe-11ea-b0fd-53a1eeef88fc.html

There’s a new, and some say better, spotted lanternfly trap that can be made at home
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-spotted-lanternfly-circle-trap-20200622-g2tlvsgv45hkvalnao4njtked4-story.html

Hunting licenses sales starting for 2020-21, including Pennsylvania’s 1st big-game Sundays
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/06/hunting-licenses-sales-starting-for-2020-21-including-pennsylvanias-1st-big-game-sundays.html

Washington

A joke no longer? Infrastructure gains steam as Congress looks to economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/06/22/Infrastructure-package-Conor-Lamb-Guy-Reschenthaler-Donald-Trump/stories/202006170089

Independence Park, Valley Forge, Pinelands could benefit from bill with billions for conservation
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/great-american-outdoors-act-congress-independence-national-park-valley-forge-pinelands-20200622.html

Wild and fellow reps introduce $120B act to help independent restaurants
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200622/wild-and-fellow-reps-introduce-120b-act-to-help-independent-restaurants