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Legislature

Officials tout severance tax to fund infrastructure projects
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officials-tout-severance-tax-to-fund-infrastructure-projects-1.2454508

At city school, Mullins pledges support as Scranton financial recovery plan advances
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/at-city-school-mullins-pledges-support-as-scranton-financial-recovery-plan-advances-1.2454454

10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/10-years-later-pas-open-records-law-has-improved-access-but-some-say-the-law-has-its-flaws.html

Pa. looking for new ways to fight spotted lanternfly
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/03/pa-looking-for-new-ways-to-fight-spotted-lanternfly.php

State Rep. Rob Matzie’s bill would require paper ballots across Pennsylvania
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190307/state-rep-rob-matzies-bill-would-require-paper-ballots-across-pennsylvania

Turnpike Commission debt situation ‘just a mess’
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190308/turnpike-commission-debt-situation-just-mess

Lebanon County state rep wants to end daylight saving time in Pennsylvania
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/lebanon-county-state-rep-wants-to-end-daylight-saving-time-in-pa

Like Pa., New Hampshire debates a ‘red-flag’ bill to toughen gun laws
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/03/new-hampshire-debates-red-flag-bill-to-toughen-gun-laws.php

Partially pay for transit: End freebies
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/partially-pay-for-transit-end-freebies-1.2454478

Administration

Gov. Wolf orders review of Glen Mills over abuse allegations
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-orders-review-of-glen-mills-over-abuse-allegations/

Gov. Tom Wolf returns to Schuylkill County with a plan for flood prevention and recovery
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/wolf-returns-to-schuylkill-county-with-a-plan-for-flood-prevention-and-recovery

Business

Sears at Westmoreland Mall set to close March 17
https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/sears-set-to-close-on-march-17/

Retail store set to reopen at Lord & Taylor warehouse
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/retail-store-set-to-reopen-at-lord-taylor-warehouse-1.2454504

Dry cleaner owner defends failed venture, former owner snaps back
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/dry-cleaner-owner-defends-failed-venture-former-owner-snaps-back-1.2454488

Company recycles old Mack Trucks plant in Allentown, using it to divert construction debris from landfills
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-revolution-recovery-recycling-construction-waste-allentown-mack-plant-20190304-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Could a Philly killer’s appeal lead Pa. Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty?
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania-supreme-court-case-ban-death-penalty-20190308.html

Education

Deer Lakes principal recognized for healthy school breakfast initiatives
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/deer-lakes-principal-recognized-for-healthy-school-breakfast-initiatives/

Frank Scavo voted out as Old Forge school board president over controversial Facebook posts
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/frank-scavo-voted-out-as-old-forge-school-board-president-over-controversial-facebook-posts-1.2454537

Residents ask McKeesport school board to create black student union
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2019/03/07/Residents-ask-McKeesport-school-board-to-create-black-student-union/stories/201903070003

West Mifflin school board to determine fate of suspended superintendent next week
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/07/West-Mifflin-School-District-Daniel-Castagna-board-vote-firing/stories/201903070161

Ex-Scranton school business manager pleads guilty, gets three years of probation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/ex-scranton-school-business-manager-pleads-guilty-gets-three-years-of-probation-1.2454429

Harrisburg school, under investigation over grant money, must give job, grading info to state
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/harrisburg-school-under-investigation-over-grant-money-must-give-job-grading-info-to-state.html

Video shows officer hitting Hazleton student in head
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/video-shows-officer-hitting-hazleton-student-in-head-1.2454623

Unintended consequences seen in new state requirements
http://buckscountyherald.com/unintended-consequences-seen-in-new-state-requirements-p1113-175.htm

Valley View Middle and High schools were lockdown over weapon threat
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/valley-view-middle-and-high-schools-were-lockdown-over-weapon-threat-1.2454407

2 teen suicides from same Pa. high school spark bullying backlash by students
https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/03/2-teen-suicides-from-same-pa-high-school-spark-bullying-backlash-by-students.html

Why Penn, Drexel are recruiting retailers, not just students
https://www.philly.com/business/penn-drexel-campus-stores-retail-university-city-west-philly-20190307.html

Kutztown University approves $5.2 million upgrade to Keystone Field
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/kutztown-university-approves-52-million-upgrade-to-keystone-field

Gaming

Sports betting has come to Pennsylvania. So when do internet-based games arrive?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/sports-betting-has-come-to-pennsylvania-so-when-do-internet-based-games-arrive.html

Local News

Several local officials acknowledge contact with ACT for America
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/several-local-officials-acknowledge-contact-with-act-for-america-1.2454635

Alleged hate group weighs in on Leandri controversy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/alleged-hate-group-weighs-in-on-leandri-controversy-1.2454646

Attorney: Dunmore can’t collect more than $230,000 paid to retired firefighter
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/attorney-dunmore-can-t-collect-more-than-230-000-paid-to-retired-firefighter-1.2454468

Former Scranton school director Casey plans challenge to DiBileo for Lackawanna County Controller
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-scranton-school-director-casey-plans-challenge-to-dibileo-for-lackawanna-county-controller-1.2454421

Carbondale Twp. residents oppose volunteer fire department’s possible relocation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-twp-residents-oppose-volunteer-fire-department-s-possible-relocation-1.2454697

Vandergrift seeks loan to keep its pool open this summer
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/vandergrift-seeks-loan-to-keep-its-pool-open-this-summer/

Racist flyer targeting Hanover mayor, borough council distributed in town
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2019/03/07/hanover-borough-pa-mayor-officials-react-to-racist-flyer/3094237002/

Marijuana

Pennsylvania is taking research applications from cannabis firms. Again
https://www.philly.com/business/weed/medical-marijuana-cannabis-pennsylvania-cr-acrc-curaleaf-solterra-columbia-care-knox-20190307.html

National News

Manafort sentence prompts debate over judicial system’s ‘blatant inequities’
https://www.philly.com/politics/paul-manafort-sentence-debate-judicial-system-inequities-20190308.html

Suing for student safety: Courts may determine schools’ liability
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/03/08/Suing-for-student-safety-Courts-may-determine-schools-liability/stories/201903080033

Binge drinking changes your DNA, and that matters for treating addiction
https://www.philly.com/health/addiction-binge-drinking-changes-dna-genetics-opioids-20190308.html

New Jersey

N.J. lawmakers advance bill easing sex-abuse statute of limitations
https://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/new-jersey-sexual-abuse-victims-damages-court-judiciary-committee-20190307.html

Opioid Crisis

Why aren’t slots for opioid treatment filled? City tries to turn the tide. | Editorial
https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/awarness-campaign-bupernorphine-methadone-access-medication-assisted-treatment-mat-20190308.html

Back off, big brother: Feds’ opioid warning to doctors crosses a line
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/03/08/Feds-opioid-warning-doctors-crosses-line/stories/201903080032

Philly

Kenney proposes spending plan without tax increases. Council likes it but wants changes.
https://www.philly.com/news/kenney-budget-taxes-schools-philadelphia-city-council-election-20190307.html

Kenney announces $2.5 million more for Free Library; City Council members and advocates push for more
https://www.philly.com/politics/kenney-budget-free-library-funding-fund-libraries-20190307.html

Filthadelphia no more? Kenney seeks to ‘vastly’ increase street cleaning
https://whyy.org/articles/filthadelphia-no-more-kenney-seeks-to-vastly-increase-street-cleaning/

SEPTA cops’ strike touches on a national issue: Who should see body camera footage?
https://www.philly.com/transportation/septa-transit-officer-strike-body-camera-policy-police-20190307.html

The difference between the SEPTA police strike and the recent teachers’ strikes — and why it matters
https://www.philly.com/news/septa-police-strike-social-justice-unionism-bargaining-for-common-good-20190307.html

City Council passes bill to allow multifamily redevelopment at Fishtown’s historic St. Laurentius Church
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/housing/city-council-passes-bill-rezone-st-laurentius-historic-catholic-church-fishtown-20190307.html

After getting shot, a Philly lawyer is looking for a safer place for his family to live | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.philly.com/columnists/spencer-hill-ballard-spahr-shot-philadelphia-jenice-armstrong-20190307.html

Philly DA charges Point Breeze man with stealing properties from the dead
https://www.philly.com/news/housing-theft-robert-stokes-district-attorney-larry-krasner-20190308.html

Durst closes marina to advance Delaware River development plans, leaving boaters high and dry
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/commercial/philadelphia-marine-center-marina-durst-organization-delaware-river-columbus-boulevard-20190307.html

This teenager’s heart stopped, and a teacher grabbed the one thing that might save him: an AED
https://www.philly.com/health/aed-defibrillator-school-heart-cardiac-arrest-cpr-philadelphia-franklin-high-20190307.html

Pitt

‘Let’s do something great’ — Penguins unveil big new vision for former Arena site
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/03/08/Let-s-do-something-great-Penguins-unveil-big-new-vision-for-former-Arena-site/stories/201903080071

Scenic groups say too many power lines are blocking view of city
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/03/07/Scenic-America-utility-lines-billboards-Lamar/stories/201903070127

Autism Speaks prepares for 20th annual walk to benefit those with autism
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/03/07/Western-Pa-Chapter-Autism-Speaks-Autism-spectrum-disorder/stories/201903070002

Peduto backs challenger to Councilwoman Harris
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/03/07/Peduto-backs-Bobby-Wilson-in-campaign-to-represent-Pittsburgh-s-1st-District/stories/201903070096

Peduto endorses North Side man for Pittsburgh City Council seat
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/peduto-endorses-north-side-man-for-pittsburgh-city-council-seat/

Former Republican County Councilman Matt Drozd to announce challenge to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/03/07/allegheny-county-executive-council-republican-drozd-fitzgerald/stories/201903070126

Chelsa Wagner jailed in Detroit after police altercation, attorney says
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/chelsa-wagner-jailed-in-detroit-after-police-altercation-attorney-says/

Detroit police expected to file charges against Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/03/07/Sources-Allegheny-County-Controller-Chelsa-Wagner-detained-Detroit-police/stories/201903070158

Networking event at Pitt opens Pa. contracting opportunities to small businesses
https://triblive.com/news/regional/networking-events-opens-contracting-opportunities-to-small-businesses/

Students rally in Oakland a day before International Women’s Strike
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/07/Students-rally-in-Oakland-a-day-before-International-Women-s-Strike/stories/201903070176

Police chief marks 50th year serving, protecting Penn Hills
https://triblive.com/neighborhoods/police-chief-marks-50th-year-serving-protecting-penn-hills/

Chrissy Teigen shouts out local restaurant after visit to city: ‘If you are ever in Pittsburgh, go there.’
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2019/03/07/Chrissy-Teigen-shouts-out-local-restaurant-after-visit-to-Pittsburgh-driftwood-oven-lawrencville/stories/201903070194

A local rapper hopes the song that landed him in prison will find its way to the high court
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2019/03/07/Pittsburgh-rapper-Jamal-Knox-Supreme-Court-lyrics-threat-Meek-Chance-Killer/stories/201903070172

Pa. Labor Relations Board rules Pitt graduate students entitled to hold union vote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/03/07/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-union-labor-grad-student-union-PLRB-election-college/stories/201903070121

Pa. Labor Relations Board rules for Pitt graduate researchers, teaching assistants
https://triblive.com/news/regional/labor-relations-board-rules-for-pitt-graduate-researchers-and-teaching-assistants/

State News

PennDOT addressing waiting times for REAL ID customers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/03/07/PennDOT-REAL-ID-waiting-times-driver-s-license-identification-card/stories/201903070173

Transportation

CAT faces multi-million dollar shortfall as lawsuit over Pa. Turnpike tolls lingers in court
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/03/cat-faces-multi-million-dollar-shortfall-as-lawsuit-over-pa-turnpike-tolls-lingers-in-court.html

Pothole patching season again keeps crews busy around Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/pothole-patching-season-again-keeps-crews-busy-around-westmoreland-county/

Lane closure on I-81 postponed to next week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lane-closure-on-i-81-postponed-to-next-week-1.2454624

Renovations will force lane restrictions on Butler-Logan Road bridge, Route 28 in Frazer
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/renovations-will-force-lane-restrictions-on-butler-logan-road-bridge-route-28-in-frazer/

PennDOT to repair landslide along Route 422, work to take about a month
https://triblive.com/news/regional/penndot-to-repair-landslide-along-route-422-work-to-take-about-a-month/

COLTS buses free on St. Patrick’s Parade day
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/colts-buses-free-on-st-patrick-s-parade-day-1.2454425

PennDOT official: Number of crashes on I-78 only slightly above the rate on similar high-traffic interstates
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/penndot-official-number-of-crashes-on-i-78-only-slightly-above-the-rate-on-similar-high-traffic-interstates

Westbound Route 422 ramps open at Stowe interchange, ending long stretch of traffic difficulties
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/westbound-route-422-ramps-open-at-stowe-interchange

PennDOT opens second Lehigh County driver’s license center
https://www.mcall.com/business/retail-watch/mc-biz-penndot-driver-license-center-opens-whitehall-20190307-story.html

SEPTA Regional Rail set to return to Coatesville
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/septa-regional-rail-set-to-return-to-coatesville/article_6da699ba-4120-11e9-a87a-cbb866b9a0c2.html

Washington

House broadly condemns hate after anti-Semitism dispute
https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/house-resolution-condemning-anti-semitism-bigotry-ilhan-omar-nancy-pelosi-20190307.html

Rep. Susan Wild weighs in on controversial comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar on Israel
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-susan-wild-ilhan-omar-israel-20190307-story.html

Democrats should issue clear stance against anti-Semitism | Christine Flowers
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/house-resolution-anti-semitism-ilhan-omar-20190307.html

Brian Fitzpatrick co-sponsors legislation to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190308/brian-fitzpatrick-co-sponsors-legislation-to-reauthorize-violence-against-women-act