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Legislature

Bills seek to establish independent process for handling sexual misconduct claims against lawmakers
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/bills-seek-to-establish-independent-process-for-handling-sexual-misconduct-claims-against-lawmakers.html

State legislators introduce new #MeToo bills
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/state-legislators-introduce-new-metoo-bills/article_7063d0a0-4f44-11e9-8794-3f1491453d4c.html

Pa. House panel votes to end cash assistance to Pa.’s poorest citizens
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/pa-house-panel-votes-to-end-cash-assistance-to-pas-poorest-citizens.html

State Sen. Vogel bill creates Election Law Advisory Board
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190325/state-sen-vogel-bill-creates-election-law-advisory-board

Senate OKs Killion bill aimed at preventing child heatstroke deaths in vehicles
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/senate-oks-killion-bill-aimed-at-preventing-child-heatstroke-deaths/article_2343da62-4fbd-11e9-9bb3-ff45d91a7d66.html

UPDATE: PIAA director to meet with state lawmakers Wednesday
https://www.dailyitem.com/news/update-piaa-director-to-meet-with-state-lawmakers-wednesday/article_c142cf76-4f2b-11e9-b26e-8375279a950c.html

State targets vaping sales to minors
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/state-targets-vaping-sales-to-minors/article_901cc34e-6282-55cc-89ac-85acba8306de.html

Rep. Stephanie Borowicz’s prayer in Pennsylvania House generates backlash
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/rep-stephanie-borowiczs-prayer-in-pennsylvania-house-generates-backlash/

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/opening-prayer-sparks-controversy-in-pa-house-of-representative-on-day-it-swore-in-its-first-muslim-member.html

On 1st day, Pa. House’s only Muslim woman deals with ‘blatant Islamophobia’
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/03/the-pa-houses-only-muslim-woman-spent-her-first-day-addressing-blatant-islamophobia.php

Preserve public school libraries
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/preserve-public-school-libraries-1.2461702

Closing nuclear plants is a bad deal for Pennsylvanians | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-nuclear-plants-bailout-20190325.html

Administration

Wolf tours Lansford, touts natural gas tax fund plan
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/wolf-tours-lansford-touts-natural-gas-tax-fund-plan-1.2461795

Gov. Wolf pushes for severance tax during Erie County visit
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190325/gov-wolf-pushes-for-severance-tax-during-erie-county-visit#

Antwon Rose

Antwon Rose’s mother addresses Woodland Hills students; tells them to stay in school
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/25/Antwon-Rose-II-mother-Michelle-Kenney-addresses-Woodland-Hills-students-Pittsburgh-walkout/stories/201903250058

Jury foreman in Rosfeld trial says ex-cop ‘has a right to do what he did’
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/of-michael-rosfeld-trial-jury-foreman-says-this-was-not-a-complex-case/

Business

A French company arrives in Shaler and promises to keep business as usual at family-owned plant
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/03/24/French-company-Addev-Materials-Shaler-Walco-sale-family-business-adhesives/stories/201903210008

Century III Mall to lose another anchor store as Dick’s Sporting Goods shutters
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/03/25/Century-III-Mall-bankruptcy-Dick-s-Sporting-Goods-close-Moonbeam-Capital/stories/201903250063

Laundry Love to open Westmoreland location in Irwin
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/laundry-love-to-open-westmoreland-location-in-irwin/

W-B business invests in new printer to enhance capabilities
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-business-invests-in-new-printer-to-enhance-capabilities-1.2461770

Bankruptcy court approves initial loan to keep Reading Eagle Company operating
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/bankruptcy-court-approves-initial-loan-to-keep-reading-eagle-company-operating

Meadery set to open in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/meadery-set-to-open-in-reading

Two local plants part of $1.2 billion acquisition by South American company
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190325/two-local-plants-part-of-12-billion-acquisition-by-south-american-company

Crime/Punishment

As Pa. prisons ban tobacco, new informal currencies arise: chips, ice cream tickets, ramen
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania-prison-department-corrections-wetzel-smoke-free-cigarettes-currency-20190326.html

Education

Pa. Department of Education agrees to changes in alternative education programs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/25/U-S-Department-Justice-Pennsylvania-Department-of-Education-alternative-programs-students-disabilities/stories/201903250076

Pennsylvania education department settles discrimination claims in alternative education programs
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-pa-education-alternative-education-discrimination-settlement-20190325-story.html

State orders ‘emergency removal’ of remaining boys at Glen Mills Schools after abuse revelations
https://www.philly.com/news/glen-mills-schools-boys-removed-pennsylvania-dhs-20190325.html

Pa. orders all students removed from Glen Mills Schools
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/pa-orders-all-students-removed-from-glen-mills-schools/article_54c7beae-4f23-11e9-a99e-9f501d3c23ed.html

Educators back lowering mandatory school age
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/03/educators-back-lowering-mandatory-school-age/

Penn Hills parent seeks crack down on fighting, cyber bullying at Linton
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/penn-hills-parent-seeks-crack-down-on-fighting-cyber-bullying-at-linton/

Penn Hills school board member resigns to devote more time to fighting injustices
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/penn-hills-school-board-member-resigns-to-devote-more-time-to-fighting-injustices/

Scranton School Board appoints new board member, discusses possible elimination of preschool
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-appoints-new-board-member-discusses-possible-elimination-of-preschool-1.2461833

Notes to students inspire kindness in Scranton school
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/notes-to-students-inspire-kindness-in-scranton-school-1.2461940

Editorial: Clifton pride rises up to oppose loss of beloved fields
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/editorial-clifton-pride-rises-up-to-oppose-loss-of-beloved/article_c56e72c6-4efe-11e9-890d-13bf2724c7a2.html

Springdale High School educator is an ‘All Star Teacher’
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/springdale-high-school-educator-is-an-all-star-teacher/

Mahanoy Area School District releases statement on court ruling
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/mahanoy-area-school-district-releases-statement-on-court-ruling-1.2461797

LCCC hosting Women in STEM lecture today
https://www.timesleader.com/news/737777/lccc-hosting-women-in-stem-lecture-today

Robert Morris University symposium to focus on women’s leadership
https://triblive.com/local/regional/robert-morris-university-symposium-to-focus-on-womens-leadership/

Lehigh University students, staff stage silent protest over handling of professor sexual misconduct case
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-lehigh-protest-peterson-misconduct-case-20190325-story.html

Gaming

Proposed casino in Shippensburg called both an economic boom and a community bust
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/shippensburg-residents-show-a-split-opinion-on-proposed-casino.html

Local News

Debate about Scranton City Hall renovation, relocation involves PenFed building
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/debate-about-scranton-city-hall-renovation-relocation-involves-penfed-building-1.2461852

Face-off over Jessup ‘downzoning’ plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/face-off-over-jessup-downzoning-plan-1.2461946

Taxing bodies to share appraisal cost in Dunmore hotel tax appeal case
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/taxing-bodies-to-share-appraisal-cost-in-dunmore-hotel-tax-appeal-case-1.2461947

Commissioner Cerilli won’t comment on campaign money from dead man tied to massage parlor prostitution ring
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/commissioner-cerilli-wont-comment-on-campaign-money-from-dead-man-tied-to-massage-parlor-prostitution-ring/

Latrobe names Gray interim city manager
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/latrobe-names-gray-interim-city-manager/

CDC officials will roll out ‘MeetMurrysville’ app at April panel discussion
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/cdc-officials-will-roll-out-meetmurrysville-app-at-april-panel-discussion/

Reading council presents developer Alan Shuman with a commendation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-council-presents-developer-alan-shuman-with-a-commendation

Exeter Township misused Reading Country Club bond funds, officials told
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/exeter-township-misused-reading-country-club-bond-funds-officials-told

Reading Parking Authority blames bad contracts for lawsuit by Royals
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-parking-authority-blames-bad-contracts-for-lawsuit-by-royals

Marijuana

Marijuana legalization talk attracts big Perry County crowd, many arguments for and against
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/marijuana-legalization-talk-attracts-big-perry-county-crowd-many-arguments-for-and-against.html

National News

Coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, putting Earth in ‘deep trouble’
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-coal-plants-putting-earth-in-deep-trouble-20190326-story.html

New Jersey

Those seeking legal weed in New Jersey will have to wait as key vote delayed
https://www.philly.com/business/weed/new-jersey-legalization-vote-marijuana-cannabis-delivery-permits-20190325.html

N.J. won’t be getting legal weed soon. Here’s what went wrong.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/03/nj-wont-be-getting-legal-weed-soon-heres-what-went-wrong.html

Philly

SEPTA keeps bleeding bus riders. It may take years to stanch the losses.
https://www.philly.com/transportation/septa-bus-ridership-transit-loss-20190326.html

At VisionQuest youth agency in Philly, board chairman demands: ‘Stop speaking Spanish’
https://www.philly.com/news/vision-quest-immigrant-youth-spanish-speak-english-20190326.html

3 Philly dental offices closed due to risk of infections
https://www.philly.com/news/trieu-dental-health-infections-philadelphia-20190326.html

An enormous Confederate flag is going on display in Philly this week — here’s why
https://www.philly.com/news/confederate-flag-truce-battle-sonya-clark-fabric-workshop-20190325.html

Philadelphia can’t afford the price of hiring bias | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/job-discrimination-laws-criminal-record-20190325.html

Pitt

PWSA flushing city hydrants before new lead corrosion treatment
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/03/25/PWSA-flushing-city-hydrants-before-new-lead-corrosion-treatment/stories/201903250096

County to examine Children’s Fund for early learning, after school programs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/03/25/County-group-will-examine-Children-s-Fund-for-early-learning/stories/201903250095

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner pleads not guilty in Detroit criminal case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/03/25/Allegheny-County-Controller-pleads-not-guilty-in-Detroit-criminal-case/stories/201903250077

Advocates tell feds: Proposed change to food stamp rule would be harmful
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/03/25/Food-stamps-Advocates-Just-Harvest-USDA-SNAP-proposed-changes-hunger-government-Trump/stories/201903210100

Second eagle egg hatches at Hays
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/03/25/second-bald-eagle-egg-hatches-nest-cam-hays-pittsburgh/stories/201903250093

Chemical spill closes Pittsburgh postal distribution center
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/chemical-spill-closes-pittsburgh-postal-distribution-center/

Excessive force by former Pittsburgh police sergeant could cost city $77,500
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/03/25/Excessive-force-Pittsburgh-police-sergeant-Heinz-Field-Gabriel-Despres-Stephen-Matakovich/stories/201903250061

State News

State Police Troop A, Indiana station, moving to new building
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-police-troop-a-indiana-station-moving-to-new-building/

Bucks drug rehab fraud made millions off patients’ relapses, Pa. attorney general charges
https://www.philly.com/health/drug-treatment-fraud-liberation-way-bucks-county-pennsylvania-attorney-general-20190325.html

Treatment firm accused of exploiting addicts, insurers
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/treatment-firm-accused-of-exploiting-addicts-insurers/

Liberation Way operated several schemes, committed fraud, Pennsylvania’s AG says
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-issues-indictments-in-liberation-way-investigation

State officials urge farmers to apply for disaster relief aid
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-officials-urge-farmers-to-apply-for-disaster-relief-aid/

A Bucks woman’s claim to descend from the 1619 ‘African Landing’ reflects changing narratives of U.S. slavery
https://www.philly.com/news/african-landing-th-anniversary-slavery-marion-lane-angela-white-lion-20190325.html

Tackling the climate crisis: Moving Pennsylvania from fossil fuel giant to clean energy powerhouse
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/03/tackling-the-climate-crisis-moving-pennsylvania-from-fossil-fuel-giant-to-clean-energy-powerhouse.html

Three Mile Island fuels debate over climate change, carbon emissions and the future of nuclear energy
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/three-mile-island-fuels-debate-over-climate-change-carbon-emissions-and-the-future-of-nuclear-energy.html

Transportation

Airlines adding flights at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/airlines-adding-flights-at-wilkes-barre-scranton-airport-1.2461760

Washington

Republicans are satisfied with Mueller report summary; Democrats want full document
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/03/25/Mueller-trump-Republicans-democrats-joyce-casey-pennsylvania/stories/201903250083

Casey, other lawmakers weigh in on Mueller probe
https://www.timesleader.com/news/737773/casey-other-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-mueller-probe

Casey hopes Biden will run, stops short of endorsement
https://www.timesleader.com/news/737775/casey-hopes-biden-will-run-stops-short-of-endorsement

Proposed federal cuts to libraries send wrong message | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/budget-library-funding-20190326.html