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Legislature

Chesco pipeline decision draws praise, scorn
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chesco-pipeline-decision-draws-praise-scorn/article_1301ff68-3d0b-11e9-bfee-4f1cecf8448b.html

Municipalities without local departments may be charged for state police presence
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/03/paying-for-police/

Educators support pre-K proposal
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/03/educators-support-pre-k-proposal/

Tax plan fills in ‘black hole’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/tax-plan-fills-in-black-hole-1.2452212

Tax-Exempt Properties

Determining ‘not-for-profit’ designation can be difficult
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/determining-not-for-profit-designation-can-be-difficult-1.2452532

Their fair share: Uncovering tax-exempt status
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/their-fair-share-uncovering-tax-exempt-status-1.2452438

Other findings: Number of tax-exempt properties climbing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/other-findings-number-of-tax-exempt-properties-climbing-1.2452432

Tax-exempt properties grow in Lackawanna County
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/tax-exempt-properities-grow-in-lackawanna-county-1.2452404

Business

Mt. Pleasant plastics business hit by fire
https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/mt-pleasant-plastics-business-hit-by-fire/

Crime/Punishment

Warden continues to push for body scanner at Lackawanna County Prison
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/warden-continues-to-push-for-body-scanner-at-lackawanna-county-prison-1.2452683

West Reading councilman was on probation at time of election, robbery
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/west-reading-councilman-was-on-probation-at-time-of-election-robbery

Education

A school in a troubled district finds success: ‘They aren’t waiting for anyone to get further behind’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/02/Woodland-Hills-Academy-James-Harris-elementary-school-students-achievement-gap/stories/201901290120

Woodland Hills High plans ‘pathway’ to help students prepare for the future
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/02/Woodland-Hills-High-School-plans-pathway-students-prepare-for-future/stories/201903030085

Advocates: Local schools fail to feed students
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190303/advocates-local-schools-fail-to-feed-students

4 local high schools exceed state SAT average
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/4-local-high-schools-exceed-state-sat-average-1.2452485

Chief juvenile defender: Glen Mills threatened boys to say they want to stay
https://www.philly.com/news/glen-mills-schools-pa-abuse-letter-philadelphia-pittsburgh-remove-students-investigation-20190302.html

Muslim advocacy groups call for Old Forge School Board president’s resignation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/muslim-advocacy-groups-call-for-old-forge-school-board-president-s-resignation-1.2452598

Plum School District warns parents of internet ‘Momo Challenge’
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/plum-school-district-warns-parents-of-internet-momo-challenge/

Northwest appoints new school director
https://www.timesleader.com/news/735188/northwest-appoints-new-school-director

Junior League of Reading summit teaches young women confidence, concern for others
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/junior-league-of-reading-summit-teaches-young-women-confidence-concern-for-others

Snow days prompt New Kensington-Arnold to shorten spring break, extend school year
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/snow-days-prompt-new-kensington-arnold-to-shorten-spring-break-extend-school-year/

Erie School District set to issue bonds for renovations
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190303/erie-school-district-set-to-issue-bonds-for-renovations

Elections/Politics

GOP state lawmaker becomes party favorite for U.S. House seat in northern Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/03/02/GOP-state-lawmaker-US-House-election-pennsylvania-fred-keller-congressional-race/stories/201903020073

GOP picks Snyder County state rep to run in special election for Tom Marino’s seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/gop_picks_state_house_member_t.html

Gaming

Slot profits from mini-casino in Caernarvon Township would help balance budget, say officials
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/mini-casino-expected-to-bring-benefits-say-officials

Health Care

UPMC’s irony of ironies: It’s just all part of an unconscionable plan
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/03/03/UPMC-Highmark-health-care-Pittsburgh-unconscionable-plan/stories/201903010042

Local News

Pittston goes all Irish for St. Patrick’s Day parade
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/735129/pittston-goes-all-irish-for-st-patricks-day-parade

Nanticoke man quits day job, starts urban farm
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/nanticoke-man-quits-day-job-starts-urban-farm-1.2452283

Partnership to own over 400 acres near proposed third leg
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/partnership-to-own-over-400-acres-near-proposed-third-leg-1.2452385

My Turn: Could I become homeless? The answer is scary
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/my-turn-could-i-become-homeless-the-answer-is-scary

Developer wants Allentown Lehigh Landing site added to the NIZ, putting swap process to the test
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-niz-transfer-lehigh-landing-20190228-story.html

Marijuana

Local residents weigh in on marijuana at lieutenant governor’s listening tour at Penn State Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/local-residents-weigh-in-on-marijuana-at-lieutenant-governor-s-listening-tour-at-penn-state-scranton-1.2452689

National News

29 parents separated from their children and deported last year arrive at US border to request asylum
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/parents-separated-their-children-deported-last-year-arrive-us-border-request-asylum-20190303.html

New Orleans police: 2 killed, 6 injured after car hits crowd
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/new-orleans-police-killed-injured-after-car-hits-crowd-20190303.html

2 Sacramento cops who shot Stephon Clark won’t face charges
https://triblive.com/news/world/2-sacramento-cops-who-shot-stephon-clark-wont-face-charges/

EPA’s plan to regulate chemical contaminants in drinking water is a drop in the bucket | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/03/epas-plan-to-regulate-chemical-contaminants-in-drinking-water-is-a-drop-in-the-bucket-opinion.html

‘We are still hurting’: Life still difficult after hurricane
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/03/we-are-still-hurting-life-still-difficult-after-hurricane.php

Natural Gas

Buffer zones debated for drilling near state’s dams
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/03/02/Hundreds-of-shale-gas-wells-near-dams-in-Pennsylvania-pittsburgh/stories/201902180104

Opioid Crisis

Overdose deaths in Pittsburgh region decline sharply; experts wary of saying opioid epidemic has subsided
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/overdose-deaths-in-pittsburgh-region-decline-sharply-experts-wary-of-saying-opioid-epidemic-has-subsided/

Philly

A nighttime rescue leads to a surprise Villanova game for Philly teen
https://www.philly.com/news/villanova-basketball-deputy-sheriff-mike-terry-lost-teen-kyle-tucker-20190302.html

‘It’s part of our history’: Storyteller leads walk exploring sites from Philly’s slave trade
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-slave-trade-ports-valentine-20190303.html

A groovy turnout: Crowds jam opening day of Philadelphia Flower Show
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-flower-show-convention-center-tourism-20190302.html

Pitt

The Giving Trees of Life: Honoring the 11 victims of the Tree of Life shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2019/03/03/The-Giving-Tree-of-Life-synagogue-shooting-Pittsburgh-Kevin-Kirkland-Next-Page/stories/201902110002

Hundreds of miles to a better life: Pittsburgh group rescues 10,000th animal, says demand still high
https://www.post-gazette.com/pets/pet-tales/2019/03/02/Pittsburgh-animal-transport-organization-rescues-shelter-strays-dogs-cats-PAART/stories/201903020071

State News

Are 18-year-olds minors? Pennsylvania judges urge review of case that could affect hundreds of young lifers
https://www.philly.com/news/avis-lee-juvenile-lifers-lwop-pennsylvania-pittsburgh-abolitionist-law-center-incarceration-20190301.html

Harris Wofford is remembered at Howard University, where his civil rights career began | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.philly.com/opinion/harris-wofford-memorial-service-howard-university-20190303.html

Capitol Roundup: Pa. official visits Dallas High to discuss career program
https://www.timesleader.com/news/735200/capitol-roundup-pa-officials-visit-dallas-high-to-discuss-career-program

Declining water quality and litter in Buffalo Creek watershed among concerns in upcoming report
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/declining-water-quality-and-litter-in-buffalo-creek-watershed-among-concerns-in-upcoming-report/

Winter chill won’t affect mosquitoes, ticks
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/winter-chill-won-t-affect-mosquitoes-ticks-1.2452556

How much longer can dairy farmers endure?
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/how-much-longer-can-dairy-farmers-endure-1.2452355

Transportation

Expected storm leads to road restrictions
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/expected-storm-leads-to-road-restrictions-1.2452720

PennDOT to fix potholes on state highways in Philadelphia region
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/penndot-to-fix-potholes-on-state-highways-in-philadelphia-region/article_04521ea9-f9d8-5b59-980e-3567dae5194a.html