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Legislature

‘We’re ready for some change’: Pa. educators want to see climate change included in new Pa. science standards
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/were-ready-for-some-change-pa-educators-want-to-see-climate-change-included-in-new-pa-science-standards/

‘We need to make a profit first’: What’s at stake in proposed gas tax credit for Pa.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/energy-environment/we-need-to-make-profit-first-whats-at-stake-in-proposed-gas-tax-credit-for-pa/

Health Secretary: Cannabidiol proliferation confusing public
https://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/health-secretary-cannabidiol-proliferation-confusing-public/article_4f3be6ba-50ee-58c5-9380-11b3ec091e3d.html

Another Iowa?: Delays in counting mail-in votes are concerning
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/03/04/Another-Iowa-Delays-in-counting-mail-in-votes-are-concerning/stories/202002270083

Coronavirus

Pa. state lab can now test for coronavirus, but its capability is limited
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-testing-state-labs-20200303.html

COVID-19 testing now underway at state lab in Chester County
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/03/Pennsylvania-Department-Health-COVID-19-testing-samples-lab-Exton-CDC/stories/202003030110

Pa. Health Department begins testing for coronavirus; UPMC races for its own test
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/upmc-races-to-develop-its-own-test-for-novel-coronavirus-for-faster-results/

State lab now able to test for coronavirus; still no cases reported in PA
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200303/state-lab-now-able-to-test-for-coronavirus-still-no-cases-reported-in-pa/1

A possible coronavirus case in Philly is under investigation, city health department says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-covid-19-first-test-case-investigation-20200304.html

Coronavirus prep: Supplies dwindle at Western Pa. stores as officials urge readiness
https://triblive.com/local/regional/coronavirus-prep-some-supplies-dwindle-at-local-stores-as-officials-urge-readiness/

Pitt cancels spring break study abroad programs; calls students home from three more countries
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/03/University-of-Pittsburg-COVID-19-novel-coronavirus-study-abroad-international-spring-break/stories/202003030135

If coronavirus spreads, could local colleges move education totally online?
https://www.inquirer.com/education/college-students-coronavirus-penn-temple-drexel-online-20200303.html

Coronavirus fears change life in Northeast Philly’s Chinese community
https://www.inquirer.com/news/china-coronavirus-northeast-philadelphia-infection-chinese-20200304.html

Despite pleas from health officials, public demand grows for masks, sanitizers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/03/coronavirus-COVID-19-face-masks-pittsburgh-surgical-masks-home-depot-lowes-CVS-rite-aid/stories/202003030118

Westmoreland officials, Excela have plans in place for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-officials-excela-have-plans-in-place-for-coronavirus/

Diocese of Scranton to take measures to prevent spread of coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/diocese-of-scranton-to-take-measures-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-1.2602790

Travel at your own risk,’ colleges caution students as spring break coincides with coronavirus outbreak
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-colleges-coronavirus-20200304-bkbojwj6xzc6ta6jjyfnevaoce-story.html

Coronavirus concerns fuel Lehigh Valley shoppers to stock up on cleaning, other products
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-news-coronavirus-store-supplies-shortage-20200304-fbpge3hwvzh53jgbaezhwbj4p4-story.html

UPMC ‘ready’ for coronavirus
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/03/upmc-ready-for-coronavirus/

Pa. Sen. Casey calls for ‘accurate information’ on coronavirus as Dems slam Trump response
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-sen-casey-calls-for-accurate-information-on-coronavirus-as-dems-slam-trump-response/

Virus exposes poor policy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/virus-exposes-poor-policy-1.2603009

Don’t let Big Pharma capitalize on coronavirus | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/dont-let-big-pharma-capitalize-on-coronavirus-opinion/

Crime/Punishment

Family of man found dead in Fox Chapel says police missed major suspect
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/03/Human-remains-woods-Fox-Chapel-Adam-Rosenberg-Jeremy-Dentel-charged-homicide-Baldwin/stories/202003030121

Pa.’s top prosecutor has taken over the case of an alleged ‘fake news’ reporter in Delaware County
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nik-the-hat-hatziefstathiou-delaware-county-yc-news-racist-email-20200303.html

Gangs of Harrisburg: Police battle daytime shootings linked to shadowy conflicts
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/gangs-of-harrisburg-police-battle-daytime-shootings-linked-to-shadowy-conflicts.html

Education

Apollo-Ridge improves access to school breakfast, far more kids participate
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/apollo-ridge-improves-access-to-school-breakfast-far-more-kids-participate/

Nonprofit group raises concerns about team prayer at Lackawanna Trail
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nonprofit-group-raises-concerns-about-team-prayer-at-lackawanna-trail-1.2602953

Wilson High School raises $91,827 at Mini-THON events to benefit Four Diamonds Fund
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/wilson-high-school-raises-at-mini-thon-events-to-beneft/article_c410e6d6-5d8d-11ea-a0b0-ff7a40373fb5.html

Exeter School District pioneers stop-arm cameras to monitor other drivers; Wilson conducting trial run
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/exeter-school-district-pioneers-stop-arm-cameras-to-monitor-other/article_9aa9ef8a-5c94-11ea-b052-27f6505658a4.html

My son was bullied so much, we had to put him in a cyber charter school | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/03/my-son-was-bullied-so-bad-we-had-to-put-him-in-a-cyber-charter-school-pennlive-letters.html

Elections/Politics

Super Tuesday’s surprise winner: Pennsylvania, because the primary should matter after all
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/super-tuesdays-surprise-winner-pennsylvania-because-the-primary-should-matter-after-all.html

Joe Biden scores big Super Tuesday wins as Bernie Sanders takes California
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/super-tuesday-results-joe-biden-bernie-sanders-20200304.html

‘It’s game time!’ Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter campaigns for Mike Bloomberg in California.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/michael-nutter-mike-bloomberg-california-campaigning-super-tuesday-20200303.html

Bloomberg to reassess after disappointing Super Tuesday results
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/bloomberg-to-reassess-after-disappointing-super-tuesday-results.html

ANALYSIS: Trump is coming to Scranton to mine Democrats
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/analysis-trump-is-coming-to-scranton-to-mine-democrats-1.2602986

Health Care

Flu season may be peaking in Pennsylvania, Health Department says
https://triblive.com/local/regional/flu-season-may-be-peaking-in-pennsylvania-health-department-says/

Local News

Scranton City Council seeks attendance records from Courtright years following DeSarno audit report
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-seeks-attendance-records-from-courtright-years-following-desarno-audit-report-1.2603064

Scranton makes sweeping changes in city-issued gas cards, vehicle purchases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-makes-sweeping-changes-in-city-issued-gas-cards-vehicle-purchases-1.2602975

Chris Kelly: A common-sense approach to putting the brakes on administrative abuse
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/chris-kelly-a-common-sense-approach-to-putting-the-brakes-on-administrative-abuse-1.2603216

Reading hires a capital projects manager to help move the city forward
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-hires-a-capital-projects-manager-to-help-move-the/article_d0ace086-5d7c-11ea-bd32-1b60bbcd8882.html

Delco sets up Sustainability Commission to save money, help the environment
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-sets-up-sustainability-commission-to-save-money-help-the/article_dcdd05fa-5d6a-11ea-931f-9f5f9d180194.html

Judge: No asphalt plant at Rockhill Quarry
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200303/judge-no-asphalt-plant-at-rockhill-quarry/1

Dedication set for New Kensington playground with memorial to murdered girl
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/dedication-set-for-new-kensington-playground-with-memorial-to-murdered-girl/

Wilkes-Barre sewer meeting set for March 18 at King’s College
https://www.timesleader.com/news/774986/wilkes-barre-sewer-meeting-set-for-march-18-at-kings-college

Casey Avenue cleanup set for Saturday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/774984/casey-avenue-cleanup-set-for-saturday

Mayor: Erie could get $101 million from water prepayment deal
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200304/mayor-erie-could-get-101-million-from-water-prepayment-deal

Natural Gas

Criminal investigations target shale gas industry
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/03/shale-gas-fracking-pipelines-industry-PA-attorney-general-investigations/stories/202003030152

Philly

Philly man on death row 23 years for killing 4-year-old Northeast girl is ‘likely innocent,’ DA Larry Krasner says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/walter-ogrod-death-row-larry-krasner-philadelphia-da-likely-innocent-exoneration-20200303.html

City Councilmember Kendra Brooks wants to bring rent control to Philly. It won’t be easy.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/kendra-brooks-rent-control-philadelphia-20200304.html

Philly City Council wants to lift 100,000 residents out of poverty. Here’s its plan.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-poverty-plan-20200303.html

Philly’s ‘moonshot moment’ plan outlines how to lift 100K from poverty
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/04/phillys-moonshot-moment-plan-outlines-how-to-lift-100k-from-poverty/

Council’s Poverty Action Plan is a ‘moonshot.’ Philadelphia will need follow-through to achieve it. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-city-council-poverty-action-plan-basic-income-20200303.html

She took sanctuary from deportation in a Philly church with her 4 kids for 554 days. She’s about to leave.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/suyapa-reyes-sanctuary-philadelphia-church-20200304.html

Ex-teammates and coaches devastated by the loss of former Temple running back Zaire Williams
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/temple/zaire-williams-killed-in-a-shooting-temple-football-kareem-ali-delvon-randall-ed-foley–20200304.html

2 shot at West Philly market, a year after owner fatally shot a masked armed robber there
https://www.inquirer.com/news/double-shooting-west-philadelphia-wyalusing-corner-store-police-gun-violence-20200303.html

Kenney nominates 8 education veterans and a public school grad with charter ties for his new school board
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mayor-jim-kenney-school-board-second-term-charter-school-philadelphia-school-district-20200303.html

Philly City Council wants to lift 100,000 residents out of poverty. Here’s its plan.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-poverty-plan-20200303.html

An aide to Philly’s new sheriff says he questioned ‘slush fund’ spending — and she fired him
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-sheriff-rochelle-bilal-fires-brett-mandel-20200303.html

Philly battle over same-sex foster care exposes an unequal system | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/supreme-court-same-sex-couples-foster-care-philadelphia-20200303.html

In South Philly and beyond, communities have the right to reject supervised injection sites | Solomon Jones
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/supervised-injection-site-south-philly-canceled-community-outreach-20200303.html

After botched supervised injection site rollout, there’s a path forward | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/supervised-injection-site-philadelphia-overdose-safehouse-war-drugs-20200303.html

Pitt

Wilkinsburg’s 1st black female mayor seeks to change perception of community riddled by crime
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2020/03/04/History-in-the-making-Marita-Garrett-Wilkinsburg-first-black-female-mayor/stories/202002280002

‘Trauma is the lens through which many people in our community see the world’
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/03/03/Neighborhood-Resilience-Project-trauma-response-Hill-District/stories/202002270180

Pittsburgh ranked top 5 best cities to go for St. Patrick’s Day
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/03/03/Pittsburgh-best-city-st-patrick-s-day-parade-celebrations/stories/202003030095

Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to honor late public safety director Glenn Cannon
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburghs-st-patricks-day-parade-to-honor-late-public-safety-director-glenn-cannon/

Pittsburgh rehab-services provider ordered to pay $400,000 for violation of overtime law
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/03/03/Pittsburgh-Heart-II-Heart-LLC-Toni-Duncan-Wage-Hour-Division-400000-settlement/stories/202003020117

State News

As lanternfly proliferates, quarantine imposed on companies traveling through Allegheny, Beaver counties
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/03/03/Spotted-Lanternfly-Pennsylvania-quarantine-zone-Allegheny-Beaver-counties-invasive-insect/stories/202003030133

Luzerne County added to lanternfly quarantine list
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-added-to-lanternfly-quarantine-list-1.2603040

Spotted lanternfly quarantine zone expands
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/03/spotted-lanternfly-quarantine-zone-expands/

Pennsylvania county restricts immigration agents after courthouse arrest captured on video
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/immigration-agents-courthouse-arrest-northampton-county-pennsylvania-20200304.html

‘Unbelievably disturbing’: ICE agent’s arrest of undocumented defendant prompts Northampton County executive order demanding warrant
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-ice-agents-arrest-dui-defendant-20200303-bv3ssnsr6rcnhngyukkd3w55gi-story.html

Active-shooter church security training returning to W.Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/active-shooter-church-security-training-returning-to-w-pa/

PA should abandon fossil fuels for clean, renewable energy | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/03/pa-should-abandon-fossil-fuels-for-clean-renewable-energy-pennlive-letters.html

Transportation

Local municipalities receive PennDOT liquid fuel payments
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-municipalities-receive-penndot-liquid-fuel-payments-1.2603092

County plans bridge replacements
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-plans-bridge-replacements-1.2603088

Airport may have new Florida airline
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/airport-may-have-new-florida-airline-1.2602984

Interstate 78 drivers beware: Automated ticketing for speeding in work zones starts Monday
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/interstate-drivers-beware-automated-ticketing-for-speeding-in-work-zones/article_f7ff170e-5d76-11ea-8f79-136c599f86d0.html

Starting today, you can get fined for speeding in Pennsylvania work zones
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-pa-work-zone-speed-cameras-enforcement-begins-20200304-cbfrfeve25fhrpxayqms2ulote-story.html