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Legislature

Support grows to toughen penalties in Pennsylvania for boating while under the influence
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/support-grows-to-toughen-pa-penalties-for-boating-while-drunk/

Bill that could shed light on coronavirus shutdowns stalls in Harrisburg; lawmaker calls Wolf stoppage on Right-to-Know responses ‘unacceptable’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-open-records-shutdown-20200605-urrals4rgrezjcbeglu66abz4u-story.html

#BlackLivesMatter rally in Harrisburg: ‘We will get police reform in the state of Pennsylvania’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/blacklivesmatter-rally-in-harrisburg-we-will-get-police-reform-in-the-state-of-pennsylvania/

School safety, county block grants and Head Start: How Pa. is spending that $2.6B in CARES Act Money | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/coronavirus-relief-appropriations-part-1-of-2-the-numbers-racket/

This one change could help to keep healthcare workers safe | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/this-one-change-could-help-to-keep-healthcare-workers-safe-opinion/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The road less traveled: Conventions, tourism take cataclysmic hit from COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/bop/2020/06/08/conventions-tourism-VisitPittsburgh-David-L-Lawrence-Convention-Center-travel/stories/202006070004

Coronavirus pandemic likely to scramble finances of Berks County municipalities for years
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coronavirus-pandemic-likely-to-scramble-finances-of-berks-county-municipalities-for-years/article_d8a9743e-a6ab-11ea-91a6-17018f59a572.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 506 new cases bring total to 75,592
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus–20200607-guqa3sgfrndtbcu7azoi3kuua4-story.html

With 14 new cases of COVID-19, Allegheny County eclipses 2,000 mark
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/07/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-deaths-cases-data-pandemic-4/stories/202006070102

Allegheny County adds 14 new covid cases, no deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-ciounty-adds-14-new-covid-cases-no-deaths/

Westmoreland County adds 2 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-adds-2-new-covid-19-cases-no-new-deaths-2/

2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786839/2-new-covid-19-cases-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-no-new-deaths

A dozen Pa. coronavirus cases traced to Jersey Shore ‘house gatherings,’ official says
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/a-dozen-pa-coronavirus-cases-traced-to-jersey-shore-house-gatherings-official-says.html

Free COVID-19 testing for all coming to Harrisburg and some outlying locations
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/free-covid-19-testing-for-all-coming-to-harrisburg-and-some-outlying-locations.html

Berks County coronavirus contact tracing to begin this week
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-coronavirus-contact-tracing-to-begin-this-week/article_3a4d8e8a-a1b3-11ea-8c84-d39752d2397f.html

Pandemic far from over in nursing homes | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/nursing-home-residents-employees-deaths-infections-coronavirus-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200608.html

Pregnant women rarely are in medical studies. Penn wants moms-to-be in its coronavirus trials.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-plasma-trials-penn-include-pregnant-women-20200608.html

Here’s how managing your money will change because of COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/here-s-how-managing-your-money-will-change-because-of-covid-19-1.2636175

Reopening

New formats await summer day campers in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/new-formats-await-summer-day-campers-in-berks-county/article_d288a0a8-a41b-11ea-b599-7fb66e2f1c49.html

Summer camps go socially distant, both online and in person, as the coronavirus continues
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/06/summer-camps-go-socially-distant-both-online-and-in-person-as-the-coronavirus-continues.html

Schuylkill County park beaches now open
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-park-beaches-now-open-1.2636244

George Floyd Protests

Unity rally in Harrisburg calls for an end to racial injustice; ‘Today’s the day we make strides to unify’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/unity-rally-in-harrisburg-calls-for-an-end-to-racial-injustice-todays-the-day-we-make-strides-to-unify.html

In wake of large peaceful rallies in Lehigh Valley, community leaders see hope for change, but long road ahead
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-allentown-police-george-floyd-rally-calming-the-crowds-20200607-j67tlhlkirekbp776oc45tnevm-story.html

‘I saw myself:’ Hundreds march for justice in Beaver Falls
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200607/lsquoi-saw-myselfrsquo-hundreds-march-for-justice-in-beaver-falls

Next steps: Protesters planning forums for elected officials
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200607/next-steps-protesters-planning-forums-for-elected-officials

Kutztown residents stand in solidarity to end racism
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/kutztown-residents-stand-in-solidarity-to-end-racism/article_b5f36aa8-a8fe-11ea-92cb-1fd3368dbf33.html

Haverford marchers demand change in stand against racism
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/haverford-marchers-demand-change-in-stand-against-racism/article_730913dc-a90d-11ea-ae89-d73c53f69eb8.html

Silent solidarity for Black Lives Matter in Birdsboro
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/silent-solidarity-for-black-lives-matter-in-birdsboro/article_190d1264-a90a-11ea-b347-97041da21367.html

Largely peaceful protests against police brutality march on
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/george-floyd-protest-police-brutality-nationwide-20200607.html

Black Lives Matter protests continue in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/black-lives-matter-protests-continue-in-wilkes-barre-1.2636330

Anti-racism protesters rally around world, topple statue of slave trader
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/global-protests-black-lives-matter-slave-trader-statue-down-20200607.html

Business

Left out: More workers now losing hope of getting back jobs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/786901/left-out-more-workers-now-losing-hope-of-getting-back-jobs

Retail rage is new reality for workers in age of coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/06/retail-rage-is-new-reality-for-workers-in-age-of-coronavirus.html

Crime/Punishment

One man dead, another critical in Westmoreland County shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/07/South-Huntingdon-shooting-man-dead-Mendon-Road-Westmoreland-County/stories/202006070130

Police: Man shot in the head overnight in Baldwin Borough
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/08/Man-shot-in-head-Baldwin-Borough-shooting-east-carson/stories/202006080043

2 men shot, 1 man killed in South Huntingdon shootout
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/2-men-shot-1-man-killed-in-south-huntingdon-shootout/

Education

Many school leaders say they won’t be able to resume normal operations by July 1
https://triblive.com/local/regional/many-school-leaders-say-they-wont-be-able-to-resume-normal-operations-by-july-1/

Bucks County schools plan for fall reopening
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200607/bucks-county-schools-plan-for-fall-reopening

District expects summer sale for closed West Scranton school
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/district-expects-summer-sale-for-closed-west-scranton-school-1.2636365

Coronavirus may have lasting effects on high school athletic budgets
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/high-school/coronavirus-may-have-lasting-effects-on-high-school-athletic-budgets/article_62085240-a503-11ea-b43a-6b672c74f52f.html

Sports might return sooner if schools prepare COVID-19 plans now, PIAA director says
https://www.mcall.com/sports/varsity/mc-spt-piaa-guidelines-sports-returning-20200607-lppjfbdw25hh7frdx7wfhjduye-story.html

Feeding students at home
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/06/08/Feeding-students-at-home/stories/202006040078

No roommates, smaller class sizes planned as higher education prepares to reopen
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/no-roommates-smaller-class-sizes-planned-as-higher-education-prepares-to-reopen-1.2636401

Paying for College: How Erie County will fund proposed community college
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200607/paying-for-college-how-erie-county-will-fund-proposed-community-college

Elections/Politics

Comitta’s lead in 19th holds up for win
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/comittas-lead-in-19th-holds-up-for-win/article_a16513b8-a8c0-11ea-85e2-ef8dba1ef679.html

County officials expect to wrap up ballot count early this week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-officials-expect-to-wrap-up-ballot-count-early-this-week-1.2636281

Vote reveals youth on rise
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/vote-reveals-youth-on-rise-1.2636176

Amid pandemic and upheaval, new cyber risks to the presidential election
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-pandemic-voting-presidential-election-risks-20200608-blitkoei3fhwppuy2atk5w5f7i-story.html

In a polarized election, ‘guardian women’ could be key swing voters
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/08/in-a-polarized-election-guardian-women-could-be-key-swing-voters/

Local News

Plans for expanded outdoor business may include temporary Scranton street closures
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/plans-for-expanded-outdoor-business-may-include-temporary-scranton-street-closures-1.2636358

Scranton City Hall, Memorial Stadium and other sites lighting up for George Floyd
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-hall-memorial-stadium-and-other-sites-lighting-up-for-george-floyd-1.2636384

Relic locomotive heading to Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/relic-locomotive-heading-to-scranton-1.2636406

Protesters converge on Montco official Joe Gale’s home for calling BLM a ‘hate’ group
https://www.inquirer.com/news/black-lives-matter-montgomery-county-commissioner-joe-gale-plymouth-township-20200607.html

Lower Burrell officials criticized for not closing roads for high school senior parade
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/some-critical-roads-werent-closed-for-burrell-high-senior-parade/

Harrisburg prepares for large rally Monday despite cancellation of gun demonstration
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/harrisburg-prepares-for-large-rally-monday-despite-cancellation-of-gun-demonstration.html

Mayor: Erie City Hall could be closed to public through summer
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200608/mayor-erie-city-hall-could-be-closed-to-public-through-summer

National News

Houston to hold 6-hour public viewing for George Floyd
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/08/Houston-public-funeral-service-memorial-George-Floyd-police/stories/202006080042

FBI looks for link between 2 ambush killings of Calif. Officers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/07/FBI-investigation-Santa-Cruz-sheriff-deputy-Damon-Gutzwiller-Dave-Patrick-Underwood-Steven-Carrillo-Air-Force/stories/202006070121

Most of Minneapolis City Council moves to disband police force, create ‘systems that actually keep us safe’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/07/Minneapolis-Police-Department-to-be-dismantled-ending-City-Council-George-Floyd-police-brutality-reform-defund/stories/202006070122

Why do police unions talk and act like the Mafia? How can we stop them? | Will Bunch
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/police-unions-defend-brutality-george-floyd-protests-20200607.html

Philly

Shooting death of ‘brilliant’ musician Mouhamed Cisse, 18, rocks a close-knit community
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mouhamed-cisse-shooting-west-philadelphia-musician-alex-moll-cello-drums-20200608.html

Two killed, two hospitalized in separate shooting incidents in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fatal-shooting-west-philadelphia-police-five-times-20200607.html

Three years after a fatal police shooting in Philadelphia, glimpses of change
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/david-jones-ryan-pownall-philadelphia-police-larry-krasner-joseph-bologna-20200608.html

Temple to seek meeting with Philadelphia police to discuss student concerns
https://www.inquirer.com/news/temple-student-police-university-beating-baton-20200607.html

Temple has said it will review 2017 offensive social media posts by Inquirer editor’s son
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-reviews-students-racist-posts-inquirer-editor-son-20200607.html

Joe Biden says Frank Rizzo ‘should have never had a statue’ in Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-biden-frank-rizzo-statue-philadelphia-kenney-20200607.html

Pitt

9th day of protests in Pittsburgh as marchers call for police reform
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/9th-day-of-protests-in-pittsburgh-as-marchers-call-for-police-reform/

2 Pittsburgh demonstrations target police brutality and call for action
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/07/Pittsburgh-protest-community-Sunday-George-Floyd-Breonna-Taylor-march/stories/202006070132

Pittsburgh police chief explains why he took a knee during Beechview protest
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittburgh-police-chief-explains-why-he-took-a-knee-during-beechview-protest/

Walkabout: Ready to be an ally? Then, listen and learn
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2020/06/08/Black-Lives-Matter-white-ally-privilege-racial-justice-racism-Pittsburgh-history/stories/202006080014

Fire destroys playgrounds at Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/fire-destroys-playgrounds-at-imani-christian-academy-in-pittsburgh/

State News

Western Pa. churches split along denominational lines on reopening
https://triblive.com/local/regional/area-churches-split-along-denominational-lines-on-reopening/

Regional approach eyed in managing invasive species
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/regional-approach-eyed-in-managing-invasive-species-1.2636284

Washington

Congressional Democrats’ legislation would overhaul police accountability
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/07/Democratic-police-legislation-Justice-in-Policing-Act-Congress-Senate-Karen-Bass-Cory-Booker-Kamala-Harris-George-Floyd/stories/202006070124

Congress updates PPP loan rules, making them more business friendly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ppp-ppfa-congress-trump-coronavirus-loans-small-business-administration-sba-20200608.html