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Reopening

Your View by state Sen. Lisa Boscola: Why can’t we reopen barbershops, restaurants and gyms?
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-open-valley-businesses-boscola-20200604-o4dzh6uohfhrvbxwtk5ygblw6e-story.html

Wolf lifts stay-at-home order, renews disaster declaration
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-lifts-stay-at-home-order-renews-disaster-declaration/

As Lackawanna County moves to yellow phase, residents say they’re hopeful but cautious
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/as-lackawanna-county-moves-to-yellow-phase-residents-say-they-re-hopeful-but-cautious-1.2634758

What businesses can expect when Delco goes yellow Friday
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/what-businesses-can-expect-when-delco-goes-yellow-friday/article_cf4cbaea-a5ca-11ea-af1e-73395473c439.html

Lehigh Valley businesses begin to reopen Friday: Here’s what to expect at area retailers, restaurants and child care providers
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-lehigh-valley-gets-ready-to-enter-yellow-phase-20200604-g6xwhqbf45dkrls2f4vfhepo5u-story.html

Yellow phase means unusual summer for children
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/yellow-phase-means-unusual-summer-for-children-1.2635034

Officials remind people to continue safe COVID-19 practices ahead of green phase
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/03/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-20/stories/202006030091

Protests not changing health department plans as Allegheny County moves to green
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/protests-not-changing-health-department-plans-as-allegheny-county-moves-to-green/

York City mayor rescinds all of his COVID-19-related restrictions
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2020/06/03/york-city-mayor-rescinds-all-his-covid-19-related-restrictions/3139740001/

Dental offices trying to reopen show how hard back-to-work can get
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/dental-offices-trying-to-reopen-show-how-hard-back-to-work-can-get.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

State covid-19 counts at nursing homes disputed by centers in Allegheny, Westmoreland
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-covid-19-counts-at-nursing-homes-disputed-by-centers-in-allegheny-westmoreland/

Dept. of Health releases updated COVID-19 data for nursing homes
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dept-of-health-releases-updated-covid-19-data-for-nursing-homes-1.2634791

Pa. DOH exceeds COVID-19 testing goal for May, plans to increase efforts
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200603/pa-doh-exceeds-covid-19-testing-goal-for-may-plans-to-increase-efforts

County has 16 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-has-16-new-covid-19-cases-2-new-deaths-1.2634773

Nine new coronavirus deaths reported in Northeast Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nine-new-coronavirus-deaths-reported-in-northeast-pennsylvania-1.2634704

25 more coronavirus positives for Berks County, state says
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/25-more-coronavirus-positives-for-berks-county-state-says/article_13218c96-a5ad-11ea-b9b9-9b1bc658ff1d.html

Coronavirus testing available for more Montgomery County residents
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/coronavirus-testing-available-for-more-montgomery-county-residents/article_6dcbf852-6aeb-5ab7-8989-e89c331002fc.html

Small towns are hurting
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/06/04/Small-town-America-hurting-economy-COVID-19-pandemic/stories/202006030018

Speed data on long-term care
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/speed-data-on-long-term-care-1.2634882

Legislature

Pa. House committee hearing presents dire picture for state tourism industry
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/pa-house-committee-hearing-presents-dire-picture-for-state-tourism-industry.html

Legislators offer comment on opening mail-in ballots early
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786383/legislators-offer-comment-on-opening-mail-in-ballots-early

Bobby McAuliffe: Sick leave bill protects Pa. workers, economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2020/06/03/Bobby-McAuliffe-Sick-leave-bill-protects-Pennsylvania-workers-economy-Dan-Miller/stories/202006020014

George Floyd Protests

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf marches with George Floyd demonstrators in Harrisburg
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/tom-wolf-march-harrisburg-george-floyd-20200603.html

Wolf marches for Black lives, but crowd demands more answers
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/wolf-marches-for-black-lives-but-crowd-demands-more-answers/

Feds charge man with arson during George Floyd protests in Erie
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/03/Erie-protest-George-Floyd-death-Melquan-Barnett-charged-arson-State-Street/stories/202006030164

Racial injustice protest planned in Irwin Park
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/racial-injustice-protest-planned-saturday-in-irwin-park/

WB’s mayor, police chief take a knee at peaceful protest
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786338/wbs-mayor-police-chief-take-a-knee-at-peaceful-protest

Hundreds unite on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre for Black Lives Matter rally
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hundreds-unite-on-public-square-in-wilkes-barre-for-black-lives-matter-rally-1.2634996

Hundreds attend peaceful Wilkes-Barre protest organized by 3 high school students
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786393/hundreds-attend-peaceful-wilkes-barre-protest-organized-by-3-high-school-students

Peaceful protest in Spring Township a call for equality and justice
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/peaceful-protest-in-spring-township-a-call-for-equality-and-justice/article_7be2c94e-a5f7-11ea-820f-13ee8f0ceb03.html

Protest in Vandergrift canceled after organizers say they received threats
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/protest-in-vandergrift-canceled-after-organizers-say-they-received-threats/

African American Chamber of Commerce’s Donovan West on his members’ suffering amid Floyd protests
https://www.inquirer.com/news/donovan-west-african-american-chamber-commerce-pa-nj-de-philadelphia-george-floyd-coronavirus-20200603.html

Why I march: I don’t want police violence supported by my tax dollars | Malcolm Jenkins
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/george-floyd-frank-rizzo-statue-malcolm-jenkins-protests-20200603.html

A letter to my white friends | Perspective
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/george-floyd-protests-black-lives-matter-essay-20200603.html

Officer stabbed, 2 shot in Brooklyn, hours into New York City curfew
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/04/Officer-stabbed-2-shot-in-Brooklyn-attack-New-York-curfew-George-Floyd/stories/202006040112

Unidentified law enforcement officers are a new factor in an uneasy moment
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/protests-george-floyd-washington-dc-unidentified-officers-military-donald-trump-20200604.html

Business

Pandemic support group: Small business owners push each other to get out of pajamas
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/06/04/COVID-19-entrepreneurs-support-small-business-Pittsburgh-Mansmann/stories/202006040057

PLCB expedites process for license approval
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/plcb-expedites-process-for-license-approval-1.2634813

Education

Preparing for best and worst: Before reopening, Pa. schools must develop safety plans to deal with COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/before-reopening-pa-schools-must-develop-health-and-safety-plans-to-deal-with-covid-19-concerns.html

Pennsylvania says in-class teaching can resume July 1, but schools still have issues to resolve
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pennsylvania-philadelphia-schools-coronavirus-reopen-tom-wolf-college-elementary-education-guidelines-20200603.html

Officials: Pennsylvania schools can reopen in-person teaching on July 1
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/officials-pennsylvania-schools-can-reopen-in-person-teaching-on-july-1/

Pennsylvania offers phased reopening guidelines
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200603/pennsylvania-offers-phased-reopening-guidelines

Elementary and secondary schools may resume in-person classes beginning July 1
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/elementary-and-secondary-schools-may-resume-in-person-classes-beginning-july-1-1.2635006

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf adjusts to online learning
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/western-pennsylvania-school-for-the-deaf-adjusts-to-online-learning/

To reopen our schools safely, Pennsylvania needs Congress’ help | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/to-reopen-our-schools-safely-pennsylvania-needs-congress-help-opinion/

School reopening plans should focus on disease control | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-schools-reopen-plan-pennsylvania-covid-19-20200604.html

LCCC preparing to bring students back on campus in the fall, some sooner
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786391/lccc-preparing-to-bring-students-back-on-campus-in-the-fall-some-sooner

Elections/Politics

19th Senate District race: ‘We have to wait to see’
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/19th-senate-district-race-we-have-to-wait-to-see/article_d46582aa-a5bb-11ea-89db-6bbffbd3eb37.html

Allegheny County: Ballot scanning a ‘tiring’ process, but election went ‘fairly smooth’
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/06/03/Allegheny-County-votes-election-night-ballots-scanning-results/stories/202006030125

At 40% participation, Tuesday’s primary turnout exceeded Allegheny County’s expectations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/at-40-participation-tuesdays-primary-turnout-exceeded-allegheny-countys-expectations/

Westmoreland officials look to improve election process as last mail-in ballots are counted
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-officials-look-to-improve-election-process-as-last-mail-in-ballots-are-counted/

Ballot count continues in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ballot-count-continues-in-county-1.2634975

Vote count continues in Bucks
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200603/vote-count-continues-in-bucks

Berks County final election results delayed as mail-in ballot count continues
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-final-election-results-delayed-as-mail-in-ballot-count-continues/article_07e1cd38-a5bb-11ea-9d95-43a894cbcb86.html

Incumbent Adam Ravenstahl loses Dem nod in House District 20 to newcomer Emily Kinkead
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/06/03/Adam-Ravenstahl-House-District-20-Emily-Kinkead-Democratic-nomination/stories/202006030151

Quick appears victor, but awaits final tally
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/quick-appears-victor-but-awaits-final-tally-1.2634985

Bognet claims GOP primary win; Daniels wants ‘every vote counted’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786411/bognet-claims-gop-primary-win-daniels-wants-every-vote-counted

Pa.’s 10th District Congressional Democratic primary results were frozen in place for the day; here’s why
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/pas-10th-district-congressional-democratic-primary-results-were-frozen-place-for-the-day-heres-why.html

Pa. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick beats a Trump fan in Bucks County GOP primary
https://www.inquirer.com/news/us-house-congress-brian-fitzpatrick-bucks-county-president-donald-trump-andrew-meehan-20200603.html

Luzerne County election board chairman resigns
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-election-board-chairman-resigns-1.2634976

Gaming

As the casinos reopen, no valet parking and lots of hand sanitizer
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/06/03/Meadows-Racetrack-Casino-to-reopen-Tuesday/stories/202006030128

Rivers Casino, The Meadows to reopen next week
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/rivers-casino-to-reopen-june-9-will-have-new-hours/

Local News

Lackawanna County’s Courthouse Square fireworks, 3-on-3 basketball tournament canceled because of pandemic
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-s-courthouse-square-fireworks-3-on-3-basketball-tournament-canceled-because-of-pandemic-1.2634700

Scranton to end contract with the former Northeast Revenue at end of year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-to-end-contract-with-the-former-northeast-revenue-at-end-of-year-1.2634767

Revenue for Scranton’s parking operator plunges amid pandemic, enforcement to resume Friday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/revenue-for-scranton-s-parking-operator-plunges-amid-pandemic-enforcement-to-resume-friday-1.2634931

Non-profit programs get over $400K in funding
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/non-profit-programs-get-over-400k-in-funding-1.2634771

Hazleton receives grant to help boost police roster
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-receives-grant-to-help-boost-police-roster-1.2634779

’Our community is wounded’: In heated meeting, public blasts South Whitehall commissioner’s remark about Trump supporters; board member suggests vote of no confidence
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-south-whitehall-trump-comment-backlash-meeting-20200604-ilyw46mbbrcltpvlrtoy7amapa-story.html

Delco council pulls the plug on DELCORA
https://www.delcotimes.com/business/delco-council-pulls-the-plug-on-delcora/article_0c98a494-a603-11ea-84bd-9f97824a806d.html

National News

Saints QB Drew Brees’ anthem comments draw backlash from teammates, others
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/03/Saints-QB-Drew-Brees-anthem-comments-draw-backlash-from-teammates-others/stories/202006030166

Philly

As Pa. stay-at-home order ends, Kenney casts uncertainty that Philly will enter ‘yellow’ reopening phase
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-new-jersey-cases-reopening-yellow-phase-20200603.html

On a hot and stormy fifth day, Floyd protests cross the city as Philadelphians say they’re hopeful for lasting change
https://www.inquirer.com/news/george-floyd-protests-philadelphia-demonstrations-march-rizzo-statue-art-museum-20200603.html

The bankrupt Philly refinery is off the hook for millions owed in renewable fuel obligations
https://www.inquirer.com/business/pes-phladelphia-refinery-renewable-fuel-obligations-20200603.html

Italian Market and Manayunk business owners hired armed security agents to scare off looters
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/italian-market-security-guards-looting-protests-philadelphia-manayunk-20200603.html

How Mayor Jim Kenney abruptly ended years of delays to remove the Frank Rizzo statue
https://www.inquirer.com/news/frank-rizzo-statue-remove-philadelphia-jim-kenney-george-floyd-20200603.html

The Rizzo statue disappeared overnight. Philadelphia is still unpacking its legacy.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/frank-rizzo-statue-george-floyd-protests-municipal-services-plaza-kenney-20200603.html

Frank Rizzo leaves a legacy of unchecked police brutality and division in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-frank-rizzo-police-violence-legacy-shootings-20200603.html

An apology to our readers and Inquirer employees
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-inquirer-black-lives-matter-headline-apology-20200603.html

Rent protections are key in fight for equality in Philadelphia | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-housing-rental-protection-helen-gym-jamie-gauthier-kendra-brooks-20200603.html

Pitt

Peduto urges probe, Police Review Board ‘swamped’ with complaints after East Liberty protest
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/03/Pittsburgh-citizen-police-review-board-protest-east-liberty-tear-gas-floyd/stories/202006030102

Peduto orders investigation into police actions at East Liberty protest
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/peduto-orders-investigation-into-police-actions-at-east-liberty-protest/

Protesters’ arrests spotlight scrutiny of Allegheny County’s bail system
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/03/protesters-bail-judges-court-set-amounts-bonds-Allegheny-County-magistrate/stories/202006030140

Woman claims police tried to intimidate her after she shared video of East Liberty protest
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/03/East-Liberty-protest-Abigail-Rubio-says-Pittsburgh-police-intimidated-video/stories/202006030158

Hundreds unite against racism, discrimination in hushed vigil at East Liberty Presbyterian Church
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/06/03/george-floyd-vigil-East-Liberty-Presbyterian-Church-pittsburgh-protest/stories/202006030121

Authorities identify Duquesne man, 19, killed in North Braddock shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/04/Duquesne-man-19-killed-in-North-Braddock-shooting-demond-scott/stories/202006040117

Pittsburgh Zoo will reopen Friday with timed ticket system, safety modifications
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/03/Pittsburgh-Zoo-PPG-Aquarium-reopening-Friday-coronavirus-timed-tickets-cleaning-safety/stories/202006030118

State News

Hearings set on shale gas drilling air pollution regulations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/06/03/Hearings-set-on-shale-gas-drilling-air-pollution-regulations/stories/202006030105

Boys & Girls Clubs will shift operations to schools in Duquesne and Sto-Rox
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/06/03/Boys-and-Girls-Clubs-of-Western-Pennsylvania-operations-Duquesne-Sto-Rox-schools/stories/202006020153

Local National Guard deployed to Philadelphia area
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-national-guard-deployed-to-philadelphia-area-1.2634789

Lanternflies are back, and conservation organizations need your help
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/south-schuylkill-news/lanternflies-are-back-and-conservation-organizations-need-your-help/article_92b97066-a00f-11ea-ba39-ebdd4a90d4ce.html

Gun rights rally set for Monday at the Pa. Capitol postponed
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/gun-rights-rally-set-for-monday-at-the-pa-capitol-postponed.html

Transportation

Panama Street project gets grant
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/panama-street-project-gets-grant-1.2634772

Washington

Democrats in Congress preparing police reform bills after George Floyd death
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/police-reform-congress-democrats-cory-booker-kamala-harris-20200604.html

Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Trump for dividing Americans
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/mattis-trump-20200603.html

Casey, Toomey weigh in as Trump threatens military force
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/casey-toomey-weigh-in-as-trump-threatens-military-force/