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Legislature

Pa. Senate moves to slow down the replacement of voting machines
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/04/pa-senate-moves-to-slow-down-the-replacement-of-voting-machines.html

House, Senate committees approve ‘PA GI Bill’ providing college grants for state National Guard families
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/house-senate-committees-approve-pa-gi-bill-providing-college-grants-for-state-national-guard-families/

Bills would give National Guard families college benefits for re-enlisting
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190501/bills-would-give-national-guard-families-college-benefits-for-re-enlisting

Sen. Muth: End Pa. death penalty
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/sen-muth-end-pa-death-penalty/article_958323f4-6b78-11e9-a62b-abb366511364.html

Pa. Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier to sue municipalities over local gun laws
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-senate-committee-approves-bill-that-makes-it-easier-to-sue-municipalities-over-local-gun-laws/

These two party bosses used to oppose open primaries. Now, they’re all in.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/these-two-party-bosses-used-to-oppose-open-primaries-now-theyre-all-in/

Top environmental official’s reconfirmation hearing delayed over pipeline concerns
https://www.penncapital-star.com/energy-environment/top-environmental-officials-reconfirmation-hearing-delayed-over-pipeline-concerns/

Supporters of change in use of force law take Antwon Rose’s cause to the capitol
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/04/30/antwon-rose-rosfeld-police-shooting-harrisburg-pittsburgh/stories/201904300301

Fate of state centers for people with intellectual disabilities debated in Harrisburg
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/04/30/Pennsylvania-state-centers-Harrisburg-Human-Services-Committee/stories/201904300291

Baseball illegal on Sunday afternoons? Pa. legislators target ‘blue laws’ and other outdated rules.
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania-blue-laws-sunday-phillies-eagles-baseball-football-20190430.html

Berks schools, programs share $2 million in safety grants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-schools-programs-share-2-million-in-safety-grants

State Rep. Sara Innamorato held a transit town hall on a public bus
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/state-rep-sara-innamorato-held-a-transit-town-hall-on-a-public-bus/Content?oid=14837958

Republicans move to pick judges by region, but clash on details
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/05/republicans-move-to-pick-judges-by-region-but-clash-on-details.php

Bill that would allow governor to pick own running mate passes Pa. Senate
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-lieutenant-governor-bill-selection-20190430-pla6di25rncgbndkgeglckzfwm-story.html

Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/rep-metcalfe-pushes-bill-requiring-doctors-to-treat-unvaccinated-kids/

Metcalfe leads anti-vaccine rally for bill that would penalize medical practiconers
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/metcalfe-leads-anti-vaccine-rally-for-bill-that-would-penalize-medical-practiconers/

COLTS urging residents to contact state legislators over privatizing ride-share programs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/colts-urging-residents-to-contact-state-legislators-over-privatizing-ride-share-programs-1.2476664

Editorial: New retirement option worth pursuing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-an-option-for-those-without-a-retirement-savings-plan

State needs consensus on climate
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/state-needs-consensus-on-climate-1.2476753

Pa. government’s bustin’ out all over | John Baer
https://www.philly.com/opinion/john-baer-pennsylvania-legislature-energize-turzai-cutler-wolf-20190430.html

Pipelines

Sunoco buys two Chester County homes along Mariner East pipeline
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/mariner-east-pipeline-sunoco-lisa-drive-sinkholes-chester-county-exton-20190430.html

Business

Workers in Pa. deserve better protection at work
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2019/05/01/Workers-in-Pa-deserve-better-protection-at-work/stories/201904300292

Voodoo Brewery to open in New Kensington
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/voodoo-brewery-to-open-in-new-kensington/

Region’s jobless rate drops to 4.8%
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/region-s-jobless-rate-drops-to-4-8-1.2476868

Harte Hanks to lay off 28 in Hanover Twp.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/harte-hanks-to-lay-off-28-in-hanover-twp-1.2476777

Berks jobless rate falls slightly to 3.8%
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/berks-jobless-rate-falls-slightly-to-48

After four years without a supermarket, a Giant relief for Walnutport
https://www.mcall.com/business/retail-watch/mc-biz-giant-opening-soon-at-former-pathmark-in-walnutport-20190430-yng24ag4vzgvtay33juzb2zcly-story.html

Lake City company to add 249 jobs
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190430/lake-city-company-to-add-249-jobs

Crime/Punishment

Warminster home hid ‘heroin mill’ that operated for months, prosecutors say
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/warminster-heroin-house-bust-bucks-county-20190430.html

Education

Still no deal between New Kensington-Arnold School District, teachers union
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/still-no-deal-between-new-kensington-arnold-school-district-teachers-union/

Hempfield Project 18 students to host local election forum Thursday
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-project-18-students-to-host-forum-ahead-of-election/

Highlands fails in argument to keep employee’s name secret
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highlands-fails-in-argument-to-keep-employees-name-secret/

Crestwood School Board approves $3.4 million in contracts for field house
https://www.timesleader.com/news/741823/crestwood-school-board-approves-3-4-million-in-contracts-for-field-house

Allentown teachers union president to teachers: Take lump sum at end of school year
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-allentown-schools-teachers-lump-sum-20190501-tejdv7mlozh2jogcsp7algfb2e-story.html

Anti-consolidation appeal to state is several inches thick
https://www.timesleader.com/news/741772/anti-consolidation-appeal-to-state-is-several-inches-thick

W-B Area officials raise concerns over Facebook post
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-area-officials-raise-concerns-over-facebook-post-1.2476855

T/E board votes to push back high and middle school start times
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/t-e-board-votes-to-push-back-high-and-middle/article_ae090568-6b48-11e9-a68e-fb722df33680.html

Paving company showcases equipment, jobs to area students
https://www.timesonline.com/entertainmentlife/20190501/paving-company-showcases-equipment-jobs-to-area-students

Clarion University will relaunch a stand-alone School of Education
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/04/30/Clarion-University-education-PASSHE-State-System-of-Higher-Educaton-Pehrsson-Gent-Price/stories/201904300268

Ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier’s conviction tossed, one day before he was to report to jail
https://www.philly.com/news/graham-spanier-conviction-thrown-out-jail-penn-state-jerry-sandusky-20190501.html

A day of sweet farewells and diverse attractions at Wilkes U.
https://www.timesleader.com/news/741798/a-day-of-sweet-farewells-and-diverse-attractions-at-wilkes-u

Report: UCLA offered to double Jay Wright’s salary to become its head coach
https://www.philly.com/college-sports/villanova/jay-wright-ucla-coaching-rumors-villanova-20190430.html

A brief history of student sit-ins at Swarthmore that have protested frats, fossil fuels, and football
https://www.philly.com/news/swarthmore-sit-in-history-fraternities-sexual-assault-black-enrollment-football-program-delaware-county-20190430.html

Decision day: How the region’s students picked their college
https://www.philly.com/education/college-choice-admission-may-1-decision-20190501.html

Elections/Politics

Luzerne County Republicans continue to pick up voters, new statistics show
https://www.timesleader.com/news/741833/luzerne-county-republicans-continue-to-pick-up-voters-new-statistics-show

Reading’s Democratic mayoral candidates participate in bilingual forum
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/democratic-mayoral-candidates-participate-in-bilingual-forum

Allentown mayoral candidate Q&A: Priorities and management style
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-mayoral-candidates-qa-priorities-day1-20190501-wk2mldy6qzdupbpaenjncjnxr4-story.html

Health Care

Costs for lifesaving drugs have skyrocketed. Experts blame ‘over-patenting’ to prevent generic competition.
https://www.philly.com/health/consumer/drug-costs-generic-humira-lyrica-patent-20190430.html

UPMC to offer free skin cancer screenings at Harmar office
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/upmc-to-offer-free-skin-cancer-screenings-at-harmar-office/

Here’s a simple way to reduce the price of prescription drugs: Pay for what works | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/prescription-drug-costs-america-plan-20190430.html

Local News

Auditor: City should repay $18K in aid
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/auditor-city-should-repay-18k-in-aid-1.2476872

Wright Twp. to consider new fireworks rules
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wright-twp-to-consider-new-fireworks-rules-1.2476850

County commission working on 4 ethics complaints
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-commission-working-on-4-ethics-complaints-1.2476847

Chris Kelly: For Bond properties, it’s hurry up and wait
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/chris-kelly-for-bond-properties-it-s-hurry-up-and-wait-1.2476907

Sweeney’s Beach: What was once a dumping ground tangled with knotweed is now an ideal festival site
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/sweeney-s-beach-what-was-once-a-dumping-ground-tangled-with-knotweed-is-now-an-ideal-festival-site-1.2476936

Courthouse Square sidewalk replacement underway in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/courthouse-square-sidewalk-replacement-underway-in-scranton-1.2476661

Turnover, delays cited in 2017 city financial audit holdup
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/turnover-delays-cited-in-2017-city-financial-audit-holdup-1.2476830

Chabad-Lubavitch of Berks County hosts memorial for synagogue shooting victims
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/unity-good-deeds-theme-of-reading-service-honoring-shooting-victims-of-the-chabad-of-poway

Reading City Council begins search for managing director
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-council-begins-search-for-managing-director

Berks County re-entry advocates honored, encouraged to ‘keep playing the ball’
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-re-entry-advocates-honored-encouraged-to-keep-playing-the-ball

Reading planners OK plan for counseling facility’s expansion
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-planners-ok-plan-for-counseling-facilitys-expansion

National News

North Carolina campus shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 injured
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/north-carolina-campus-shooting-leaves-two-dead-and-four-injured-20190430.html

It’s time to get much tougher on the anti-vaccine crowd | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-get-much-tougher-on-the-anti-vaccine-crowd-opinion.html

Opioid Crisis

Opioid presentation draws crowd to Dupont VFW
https://www.timesleader.com/news/741822/opioid-presentation-draws-crowd-to-dupont-vfw

Philly

May Day: Immigration activists to march for an end to big-tech, local services contracts with ICE
https://www.philly.com/news/immigration-tech-march-amazon-nec-arrests-deportations-20190501.html

SEPTA will use in-house talent to remake Philadelphia’s bus network
https://www.philly.com/transportation/bus-service-redesign-septa-philadelphia-traffic-congestion-20190430.html

Skinhead laureate: How Philly poets feel betrayed by former revered poet with white nationalist past
https://www.philly.com/news/nationalist-punk-skinhead-cancel-race-poetry-20190501.html

Philly ranks 6th in the nation for monthly household bills. Here are the biggest expenses
https://www.philly.com/business/philadelphia-cost-of-living-monthly-expenses-ranking-doxo-20190430.html

Cockfighting raid nets 22 arrests in Kensington, police say
https://www.philly.com/crime/cockfighting-arrest-philadelphia-kensington-cruelty-animals-20190430.html

Philadelphia job openings in April grew faster than in New York, San Francisco, L.A.
https://www.philly.com/business/philadelphia-jobs-openings-metro-ranking-glassdoor-20190430.html

In charge of Philly elections, commissioner lost notary license for violating the law
https://www.philly.com/news/lisa-deeley-city-commissioner-fraud-sanctioned-department-of-state-20190501.html

Former court-appointed Philly guardian charged with stealing from three families
https://www.philly.com/news/gloria-byars-guardian-arrest-theft-charges-district-attorney-larry-krasner-20190430.html

Philadelphia is making progress, but city has ways to go before everyone benefits | Editorial
https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/poll-inquirer-issues-election-primary-2019-philadelphia-20190501.html

Pitt

Measles case confirmed in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/04/30/Measles-confirmed-Pittsburgh-Allegheny-county-vaccine-giant-eagle-aldi/stories/201904300319

Measles confirmed in Pittsburgh, health officials say
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/measles-confirmed-in-pittsburgh-health-officials-say/

YWCA to cut more than 60 jobs after child care grant goes to Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/04/30/YWCA-jobs-layoffs-funding-child-care-Allegheny-County/stories/201904300246

Falls Township votes down contentious wastewater processing project
https://www.philly.com/news/falls-township-elcon-rejected-hazardous-wastewater-processing-20190501.html

Appellate panel backs retired Allegheny County judge who alleged prosecutorial misconduct
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/04/30/pennsylvania-superior-court-prosecutorial-misconduct-allegheny-county-sachs-james-byrd-mcdaniel/stories/201904300306

Allegheny County: Key air quality measure improved last year
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/04/30/PM-2-5-Monitors-Allegheny-County-air-quality-particulate-matter-pollution/stories/201904300283

Tired no more: Landlords pour $300 million into Downtown properties over five years
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/04/30/Downtown-Pittsburgh-Partnership-buildings-millions-housing-Waldrup-Strip-landlords/stories/201904300310

Pittsburgh employment dips, a continuing challenge for employers
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/04/30/Pittsburgh-unemployment-jobs-workers-construction-labor/stories/201904300317

Son of late Mayor Flaherty donates inaugural Pittsburgh Marathon poster to city
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/son-of-late-mayor-flaherty-donates-inaugural-pittsburgh-marathon-poster-to-city/

State News

Pennsylvania sees online sales taxes soar after court ruling
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/04/30/Pennsylvania-sees-online-sales-taxes-soar-court-ruling-revenue-marketplaces/stories/201904300287

Saturday start to 2019 deer hunting season might not be permanent
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/firearms-deer-season-switch-to-saturday-after-thanksgiving-may-not-be-permanent/

Cicada swarm to emerge this month across Western Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/regional/cicada-swarm-to-emerge-this-month-across-western-pennsylvania/

Hemp-growing permit deadline passes for Pennsylvania farmers
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/hemp-growing-permit-deadline-passes-for-pennsylvania-farmers/

Here’s why a State Supreme Court decision in a short-term rental case could affect your Airbnb listing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/here-s-why-a-state-supreme-court-decision-in-a-short-term-rental-case-could-affect-your-airbnb-listing-1.2476981

Trail closed at Glen Onoko Falls
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/trail-closed-at-glen-onoko-falls-1.2476781

Researchers find 2 fungi killed spotted lanternflies in Berks
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/researchers-find-2-fungi-killed-spotted-lanternflies-in-berks

PFAS toxin levels decline in central Pa. community, more testing under way
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/04/pfas-toxin-levels-decline-in-central-pa-community-more-testing-under-way.html

Horse racing’s uncomfortable truth: Horses die — at a rate of more than one per week in Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/horse-racings-uncomfortable-truth-horses-die-at-a-rate-of-more-than-one-per-week-in-pa.html

Race horses die of broken legs: Why?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/race-horses-die-of-broken-legs-why.html

Transportation

After deaths, Chester County residents push for improved pedestrian safety
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/malvern-paoli-pedestrian-killed-traffic-safety-20190430.html

Hearing planned on proposed Lehman Twp. Roundabout
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hearing-planned-on-proposed-lehman-twp-roundabout-1.2476876

Turnpike tunnel to close
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/turnpike-tunnel-to-close-1.2476673

Heading on Route 422 west into Reading? Leave extra early
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/heading-on-route-422-west-into-reading-leave-extra-early

Washington

Should President Trump be impeached? We asked Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-congress-mueller-report-trump-impeachment-20190430-zj6u2t47qjf3hm5sgshp3wk54e-story.html

Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture the ‘context’ of his probe
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/04/30/Mueller-complained-letter-Barr-summary-report-Congress-Trump-investigation/stories/201904300341

Trump’s plans to nominate Moore to the Fed board face solidified GOP resistance
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/04/30/Trump-nominee-Moore-Federal-Reserve-board-Republican-senators-economy-cut-rates/stories/201904300350

A college student says he was recruited for a Buttigieg smear
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/04/30/Democratic-presidential-Pete-Buttigieg-student-false-claims-Jacob-Wohl-smear/stories/201904300354

Bob Casey’s anemia: The senator makes wan effort for UPMC’s oldest victims
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/05/01/Bob-Casey-wan-effort-UPMC-Highmark-Pittsburgh-health-care-Pat-Toomey/stories/201905010051

Rep. Brendan Boyle introduces bill to force EPA to create PFAS chemical standard
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190501/rep-brendan-boyle-introduces-bill-to-force-epa-to-create-pfas-chemical-standard

World News

Clashes rock Venezuela as Pompeo says Russia stopped Maduro leaving for Cuba
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/04/30/Venezuela-s-Guaido-takes-to-streets-in-military-uprising/stories/201904300269