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Legislature

Sen. Tim Kearney: Will we change this time?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2020/06/09/Tim-Kearney-racial-injustice-hard-truths-Pennsylvania/stories/202006090009

In party-line vote, Pa. Senate panel votes to end Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/in-party-line-vote-pa-senate-panel-votes-to-end-wolfs-covid-19-emergency-declaration/

Legislators commandeer House to demand action on policing
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/legislators-commandeer-house-to-demand-action-on-policing/

Members of Black Legislative Caucus take over rostrum in Pa. House with demand for action on stalled police reform bills
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/06/members-of-black-legislative-caucus-take-over-rostrum-in-pa-house-with-demand-for-action-on-stalled-police-reform-bills.html

Black Dems take over Pa. House floor; Turzai calls for special session on police reform
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/black-dems-takeover-pa-house-floor-turzai-calls-for-special-session-on-police-reform/

Senate approves Killion’s dangerous dog bill
https://www.phoenixvillenews.com/senate-approves-killions-dangerous-dog-bill/article_43c73be2-cdad-507c-a167-94b56cd44a23.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Wolf orders nursing home testing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-orders-nursing-home-testing-1.2636701

PA Dept. of Health orders coronavirus testing in all nursing homes
https://www.timesleader.com/news/787043/pa-dept-of-health-orders-coronavirus-testing-in-all-nursing-homes

Nursing homes have until July 24 to test residents, workers for coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nursing-homes-have-until-july-24-to-test-residents-workers-for-coronavirus-1.2636502

Pennsylvania chooses new vendor for health care emergency preparedness efforts
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-chooses-new-vendor-for-health-care-emergency-preparedness-efforts/

State task force seeks answers on health disparity in coronavirus’s impact
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/covid-19/2020/06/08/PA-COVID-19-Response-Task-Force-for-Health-Disparity-Fetterman/stories/202006040122

As Jersey Shore coronavirus cases prove value of contact tracing, post-protest testing in Philly could be scarce
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-bucks-county-jersey-shore-contact-tracing-20200608.html

Pennsylvania sees lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases since late March, as Wolf administration outlines $225 million in aid for small businesses
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pennsylvania-tom-wolf-small-business-funding-20200608-45cp43t5l5ad3kmpwewpxyctei-story.html

Active COVID cases down to 16 at Brighton Rehab, but staff cases spike over 100
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200609/active-covid-cases-down-to-16-at-brighton-rehab-but-staff-cases-spike-over-100

Allegheny County again reports no COVID-19 death
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/08/COVID-19-coronavirus-Western-Pennsylvania-Allegheny-County-cases-deaths-data-pandemic/stories/202006080060

Allegheny County reports no new coronavirus deaths, 5 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-no-new-coronavirus-deaths-5-new-cases/

County adds 1 virus death, no new cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-adds-1-virus-death-no-new-cases-1.2636547

Can coronavirus spread in community pools? Should I wear a mask to go swimming?
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/06/can-coronavirus-spread-in-community-pools-should-i-wear-a-mask-to-go-swimming.html

Public health leaders should address African Americans’ coronavirus vaccine concerns now | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-vaccine-hesitancy-african-americans-public-health-20200608.html

Shutdowns prevented 60 million coronavirus infections in the U.S., study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-shutdowns-study-20200608.html

Administration

Wolf launches small business COVID-19 relief programs
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200608/wolf-launches-small-business-covid-19-relief-programs

State giving small businesses $225M to offset covid-19 losses
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-giving-small-businesses-225m-to-offset-covid-19-losses/

Gov. Tom Wolf announces $225 million statewide grant program to help small business impacted by coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/gov-tom-wolf-announces-225-million-statewide-grant-program-to-help-small-business-impacted-by/article_cbec82ce-a9b5-11ea-8a8f-fb9e0c7fc898.html

Jobless benefits to come via debit card
https://triblive.com/local/regional/jobless-benefits-to-come-via-debit-card/

How close is your Pa. county to fully reopening? A new state dashboard offers insight
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/how-close-is-your-pa-county-to-fully-reopening-a-new-state-dashboard-offers-insight.html

Budget

Major Republican donors are getting a $25 million marijuana permit in the Pa. budget
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/pennsylvania-marijuana-grow-permit-bay-llc-agrimed-20200608.html

Tough budget decisions ahead
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/06/09/Pennsylvania-budget-tough-fiscal-decisions/stories/202006040053

Business

Utz, the family-owned Pa. snack food giant, will become a publicly traded company
https://www.inquirer.com/business/utz-potato-chip-maker-going-public-20200608.html

Macy’s reopens at Wyoming Valley Mall
https://www.timesleader.com/news/787045/macys-reopens-at-wyoming-valley-mall

Reopening your small business amid COVID-19? Lawsuits loom. Here’s how to do it safely.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/small-business-liability-lawsuits-safety-philadelphia-coronavirus-covid-reopening-20200608.html

First weekend back, Lackawanna County restaurants report booming business and compliance with new rules, mostly
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/first-weekend-back-lackawanna-county-restaurants-report-booming-business-and-compliance-with-new-rules-mostly-1.2636513

Best way to help now: Buy local
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/best-way-to-help-now-buy-local-1.2636616

Erie County businesses prepared to wait for green
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200609/erie-county-businesses-prepared-to-wait-for-green

Crime/Punishment

A former guard at Bucks County jail smuggled in opioids to help an inmate drug ring, the DA says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bucks-county-correctional-facility-drugs-ring-joseph-jennings-officer-20200608.html

Education

Catholic schools: State unjustly distributed funds
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/catholic-schools-state-unjustly-distributed-funds-1.2636680

School budget deadlines are looming. Here’s what Lehigh Valley school districts are proposing, including tax hikes, in wake of coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-school-budgets-roundup-20200608-5wrjr5afundhjfmhmmgrrbvazm-story.html

Pa. charter school coalition leader departs after ‘insensitive’ Facebook post about protests
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/08/Pennsylvania-charter-school-coalition-Ana-Meyers-departs-insensitive-Facebook-post-protests/stories/202006080057

Northeastern principal allegedly called Black Lives Matter ‘leftist lie’
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2020/06/08/northeastern-probing-principals-alleged-social-media-post-black-lives-matter/5320816002/

Petition against ‘militarized’ policing at University of Pennsylvania reaches 10,000 signatures
https://www.inquirer.com/news/university-pennsylvania-petition-campus-police-toorjo-ghose-philadelphia-inquirer-20200608.html

Star player who expressed interest in going to an HBCU may shake up how athletes select a college | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/star-player-who-expressed-interest-in-going-to-an-hbcu-may-shake-up-how-athletes-select-a-college-opinion/

Elections/Politics

Shanna Danielson wins tight Democrat primary for 31st state Senate seat after release of Cumberland County mail-in counts
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/06/shanna-danielson-wins-tight-democrat-primary-for-31st-state-senate-seat-after-release-of-cumberland-county-mail-in-counts.html

Primary Election 2020: Cappalletti ousts Leach and Pruet beats Jordan in Delco’s top races
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/primary-election-2020-cappalletti-ousts-leach-and-pruet-beats-jordan-in-delcos-top-races/article_e49f4eb6-a9cc-11ea-a85e-47b25ecffdd1.html

Kane defeats Burman in 9th Senate District race; Andrew defeats Spahr in 160th House District race
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/kane-defeats-burman-in-9th-senate-district-race-andrew-defeats-spahr-in-160th-house-district/article_b058fa60-a9c4-11ea-b746-c79d43af5f97.html

Luzerne County election tally changing as part of ongoing ballot review
https://www.timesleader.com/news/787093/luzerne-county-election-tally-changing-as-part-of-ongoing-ballot-review

Berks poll workers removed from posts on Election Day for making inappropriate comments, official says
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-poll-workers-removed-from-posts-on-election-day-for-making-inappropriate-comments-official-says/article_088be0ba-a9b8-11ea-a631-532049173054.html

Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/poised-for-progress-w-pa-women-score-primary-night-wins-analysis/

Tom Brier concedes Pa.’s 10th Congressional Democratic primary as mail-in count is completed
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/06/tom-brier-concedes-pas-10-congressional-democratic-primary-as-mail-in-count-is-completed.html

Room for moderates: Pennsylvania race shows Republicans don’t have to blindly support Trump to win
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-rep-brian-fitzpatrick-2020-primary-muschick-20200609-w3zzw52nbveqje2hbv4t4kfcfu-story.html

Gaming

Sneak peek: Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino set to reopen after ‘eerie’ 3-month closure
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/sneak-peek-pittsburghs-rivers-casino-set-to-reopen-after-eerie-3-month-closure/

Health Care

State waiver helps AHN keep construction on track for new hospitals in Pine, Harmar
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/state-waiver-helps-ahn-keep-construction-on-track-for-new-hospitals-in-pine-harmar/

Local News

Scranton lights on to remember George Floyd
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-lights-on-to-remember-george-floyd-1.2636746

Recorder of Deeds Office to reopen Wednesday, restrictions in place
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/recorder-of-deeds-office-to-reopen-wednesday-restrictions-in-place-1.2636729

Berks County libraries prepare to reopen with curbside pickup, no browsing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/berks-county-libraries-prepare-to-reopen-with-curbside-pickup-no-browsing/article_43a92dc2-a901-11ea-b08d-078565671ef2.html

‘Phased reopening’ of Montgomery County parks begins June 10
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/phased-reopening-of-montgomery-county-parks-begins-june-10/article_4c5cfe28-3acf-558c-9e4b-a0c7b3eb27d7.html

Black Lives Matter protest scheduled in Monroeville
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/black-lives-matter-protest-scheduled-in-monroeville/

Plum officials address racism and police at Monday night’s council meeting
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/plum-officials-address-racism-and-police-at-monday-nights-council-meeting/

Tarentum to pay less for electricity, but residents won’t see savings on bills
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/tarentum-to-pay-less-for-electricity-but-residents-wont-see-savings-on-bills/

Overdoses continue to drop in Westmoreland, but traffic deaths jump 50%
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/overdoses-continue-to-drop-in-westmoreland-but-traffic-deaths-jump-50/

Westmoreland Fair officially canceled because of coronavirus restrictions
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-fair-officially-cancels-due-to-coronavirus-restrictions/

Housing authority to pay Latrobe police for extra coverage at apartments, townhouses
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/housing-authority-to-pay-latrobe-police-for-extra-coverage-at-apartments-townhouses/

Wilkes-Barre man cited for fireworks violation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-man-cited-for-fireworks-violation-1.2636546

Schuylkill County PAC pushes home rule, claims over taxation
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-pac-pushes-home-rule-claims-overtaxation-1.2636631

Middletown councilman says he won’t quit over Facebook posts on George Floyd, Rachel Levine
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/middletown-councilman-says-he-wont-quit-over-facebook-posts-on-george-floyd-rachel-levine.html

National News

‘We’re losing our kids’: Black youth suicide rate rising far faster than for whites; coronavirus, police violence deepen trauma
https://www.timesonline.com/zz/news/20200608/were-losing-our-kids-black-youth-suicide-rate-rising-far-faster-than-for-whites-coronavirus-police-violence-deepen-trauma

George Floyd, whose death energized a movement, to be buried today
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/09/George-Floyd-police-killing-death-energized-movement-funeral-houston/stories/202006090062

Officers slashed tires on parked cars amid Minneapolis protests, 2 agencies acknowledge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/06/08/Minneapolis-police-slash-tires-parked-cars-protests-George-Floyd-Minnesota-State-Patrol-Anoka-County-Sheriff/stories/202006080111

Philly

City Council asks Mayor Kenney for 15 police reforms; on a quieter Monday, public defenders march through streets
https://www.inquirer.com/news/george-floyd-protests-philadelphia-police-reform-black-lives-matter-public-defenders-20200608.html

Your new SEPTA commute: Staggered work shifts, masks, and blocked seats
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-commute-yellow-green-face-masks-social-distancing-20200609.html

Report: Philadelphia among worst counties for children; N.J. counties among the top
https://www.inquirer.com/news/save-the-children-report-poverty-wealth-philadelphia-new-jersey-20200608.html

Black Philadelphians need a stimulus plan now | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-black-lives-matter-george-floyd-protests-police-budget-20200609.html

‘Black lives matter at work’: City sanitation workers to rally for safer conditions on the job
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/sanitation-workers-protests-philadelphia-20200609.html

The Wilma to stream ‘Kill Move Paradise,’ about black men slain by police, to benefit Black Lives Matter Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/wilma-theater-kill-move-paradise-james-ijames-philadelphia-police-deaths-20200608.html

Mayor Kenney, please raise our taxes | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-budget-mayor-jim-kenney-wealth-tax-20200608.html

Philly Police Inspector Joseph Bologna applauded by fellow officers as he surrenders on charges of assaulting a protester
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joseph-bologna-charges-philly-police-assault-charges-bail-larry-krasner-john-mcnesby-20200608.html

With lessons from Palestine and Ferguson, Philly clergy act as buffers between protesters, police
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/09/with-lessons-from-palestine-and-ferguson-philly-clergy-act-as-buffers-between-protesters-police/

Krasner fights impending $8.7M budget cut to DA’s Office
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/krasner-fights-impending-8-7m-budget-cut-to-das-office/article_1f2d4a56-39ea-5415-8c95-be9419e94223.html

Pitt

About 500 Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers, staff march to protest George Floyd’s death
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/08/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-staff-protest-march-George-Floyd-police-killing/stories/202006080050

Downtown ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural welcomed by Pittsburgh officials
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/downtown-black-lives-matter-mural-welcomed-by-pittsburgh-officials/

Allegheny County officials propose banning tear gas, rubber bullets
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-officials-propose-banning-tear-gas-rubber-bullets/

Mayor Peduto says he has a ‘hard time believing that we’d be a safer society without police officers’ during interview Monday
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/mayor-peduto-says-he-has-a-hard-time-believing-that-wed-be-a-safer-society-without-police-officers-during-interview-monday/Content?oid=17427413

DA’s office will not prosecute 39 arrested in connection to Pittsburgh protests
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/08/Pittsburgh-protests-criminal-charges-withdrawn-police-evidence-conduct-39/stories/202006080101

Pitt planning to reopen for in-person classes on Aug. 19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/08/University-Pittsburgh-fall-semester-COVID-19-Patrick-Gallagher-Ann-Cudd-classes/stories/202006080102

What if a player tests positive for COVID-19? A detailed look at Pitt football’s return to campus
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2020/06/09/Pitt-football-COVID-19-return-to-campus-Pat-Narduzzi-NCAA-Oversight-Committee/stories/202006080108

Man shot multiple times in Garfield in late-night shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/09/pittsburgh-garfield-shooting/stories/202006090061

Playgrounds, organized sports on verge of returning to Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2020/06/08/playgrounds-organized-sports-courts-ball-fields-reopen-Allegheny-County-COVID-19/stories/202006080105

Pittsburgh playgrounds, courts and ballfields to reopen
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-playgrounds-courts-and-ballfields-to-re-open/

Pittsburgh diocese names school that will replace four merged South Hills schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/06/08/Ave-Maria-Academy-elementary-school-Roman-Catholic-Diocese-Pittsburgh-parishes-merger/stories/202006080087

Five Carnegie Library locations offering curbside service in late June
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/08/Carnegie-library-reopening-five-branches-for-curbside-checkout-and-return/stories/202006080081

Union demands Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rescind ban on some journalists covering protests
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/union-demands-post-gazette-rescind-ban-on-some-journalists-covering-protests/

Pitt asks for federal lawsuit by former officer Michael Rosfeld to be dismissed
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pitt-asks-for-federal-lawsuit-by-former-officer-michael-rosfeld-to-be-dismissed/

State News

Area veterans learn the basics of beekeeping — for honey and for peace of mind
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2020/06/08/veterans-learn-beekeeping-basics-bee-bootcamp-ptsd-honey/stories/202006080035

Transportation

Several bridge projects underway in Luzerne County
https://www.timesleader.com/news/787095/several-bridge-projects-underway-in-luzerne-county

Design work begins on Scranton bridge replacement projects
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/design-work-begins-on-scranton-bridge-replacement-projects-1.2636707

Roads in Brackenridge scheduled for work this year
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/roads-in-brackenridge-scheduled-for-work-this-year/

Washington

Congress to debate unemployment benefits as businesses reopen
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/06/08/Congress-unemployment-benefits-compensation-businesses-reopen-Pennsylvania-cash-stipend/stories/202006090006

Democrats propose sweeping police overhaul; Trump criticizes
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/congress-democrats-police-overhaul-george-floyd-protests-20200608.html