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Legislature

Lawmakers want to strike ‘good moral character’ from occupational licensing criteria
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/lawmakers-want-to-strike-good-moral-character-from-occupational-licensing-criteria/

Growing up through the cracks: Bid to shift state funding threatens Allegheny County family support centers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/05/20/Funding-shift-threatens-Allegheny-County-family-support-centers-Pennsylvania/stories/201905170128

Sunday hunting proposal pits Pennsylvania farmers against outdoor enthusiasts
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/20/sunday-hunting-proposal-pits-pennsylvania-farmers-against-outdoor-enthusiasts/3693234002/

THE COST OF ABUSE | House-passed abuse bills now in Senate
http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/the-cost-of-abuse-house-passed-abuse-bills-now-in/article_adf15d9c-7a51-11e9-b140-fb487b27847f.html

Prepare now for the 2020 census
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/prepare-now-for-the-2020-census-1.2485130

Student debt is delaying progress for an entire generation | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/student-debt-is-delaying-progress-for-an-entire-generation-opinion/

Open primaries
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/open-primaries-1.2485163

Clearly something is amiss in Pennsylvania | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/05/clearly-something-is-amiss-in-pennsylvania-opinion.html

Administration

Wolf recognizes local employess for work on April 2018 landslide
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/wolf-recognizes-local-employess-for-work-on-april-2018-landslide/

Lt. Gov. Fetterman on his 67-county cannabis tour: ‘A significant majority’ of Pennsylvanians support legalization
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/lt-gov-fetterman-on-his-67-county-cannabis-tour-a-significant-majority-of-pennsylvanians-support-legalization/

Business

Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs
https://www.philly.com/cars/ford-is-cutting-7000-white-collar-jobs-20190520.html

Pennsylvania’s April jobs report sets more records
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvanias-april-jobs-report-sets-more-records/

Greater Reading Chamber Top 50: The fastest growing businesses in the region
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/greater-reading-chamber-top-501-riverview-financial-corp

Accounting firm hopes to get Pa. factory workers’ jobs back, if they become stockholders
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/offer-to-buy-wood-mode-will-be-made-if-employees-commit-to-becoming-stockholders.html

Education

Penn Hills School District’s recovery plan includes cuts, furloughs and tax hike
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/program-cuts-furloughs-and-tax-hike-all-part-of-penn-hills-school-districts-recovery-plan-and-budget/

Lake-Lehman furloughs 5 teachers, 8 aides, raises taxes above state limit
https://www.timesleader.com/news/744709/lake-lehman-furloughs-5-teachers-8-aides-raises-taxes-above-state-limit

WVW: Tax-hike budget OK’d, 3rd Ave. move considered
https://www.timesleader.com/news/744704/wvw-tax-hike-budget-okd-3rd-ave-move-considered

Highlands School District to appeal ruling requiring release of teacher’s name
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highlands-school-district-to-appeal-ruling-requiring-release-of-teachers-name/

Carbondale Area board reduces number of planned teacher furloughs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-area-board-reduces-number-of-planned-teacher-furloughs-1.2485266

Scranton School Board considers policy on vacancies, meeting participation, crowdfunding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-considers-policy-on-vacancies-meeting-participation-crowdfunding-1.2485166

College graduates from Harrisburg, York are more likely to have student debt in Pa: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/college-graduates-from-harrisburg-york-are-more-likely-to-have-student-debt-in-pa-report.html

Elections/Politics

It’s primary election day. You have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/05/21/primary-election-allegheny-county-voters-city-council-school-board/stories/201905210026

Primary Day in Luzerne County: What you need to know
https://www.timesleader.com/news/744711/primary-day-in-luzerne-county-what-you-need-to-know

What Westmoreland voters need to know for Tuesday’s primary election
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/what-westmoreland-voters-need-to-know-for-tuesdays-primary-election/

Municipal, county and state races will be decided in primary
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/municipal-county-and-state-races-will-be-decided-in-primary-1.2485222

It’s time for voters to decide
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/it-s-time-for-voters-to-decide-1.2485310

What you need to know for primary election day in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/what-you-need-to-know-for-primary-election-day-in-berks-county

‘We have saved America,’ Trump says at Pa. rally ahead of special election for Congress, primary
https://www.philly.com/news/president-donald-trump-montoursville-joe-biden-pennsylvania-primary-20190520.html

In Pennsylvania, Trump touts 2020 chances, swipes at Biden
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/in-pennsylvania-trump-touts-2020-chances-swipes-at-biden/

E-Slate to be retired after election
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/05/e-slate-to-be-retired-after-election/

Local News

Meuser still wants answers from EPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-still-wants-answers-from-epa-1.2485225

Wednesday grand opening set for recovery support center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/744702/wednesday-grand-opening-set-for-recovery-support-center

No vote on feral cat ordinance by Wilkes-Barre City Council
https://www.timesleader.com/news/744707/no-vote-on-feral-cat-ordinance-by-wilkes-barre-city-council

Former Planters Peanuts building gets new crack at historical preservation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/former-planters-peanuts-building-gets-new-crack-at-historical-preservation-1.2485235

Local Veterans of Vietnam War post closes after national group shutters
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-veterans-of-vietnam-war-post-closes-after-national-group-shutters-1.2485233

Family pleads for return of bicycle memorializing cyclist killed in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/family-pleads-for-return-of-bicycle-memorializing-cyclist-killed-in-scranton-1.2485309

Memorial fund set up for family of Dorrance Twp. explosion victims
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/memorial-fund-set-up-for-family-of-dorrance-twp-explosion-victims-1.2485177

Fountain on tap for pond at Everhart Museum in Nay Aug Park in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fountain-on-tap-for-pond-at-everhart-museum-in-nay-aug-park-in-scranton-1.2485252

Bail reduced for former Derry mayor accused of pointing gun at kids in park
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/bail-reduced-for-former-derry-mayor-accused-of-pointing-gun-at-kids-in-park/

Man linked to Rachael DelTondo case found unconscious along Aliquippa road
https://triblive.com/local/regional/man-linked-to-rachael-deltondo-case-found-unconscious-along-aliquippa-road/

A plan to redevelop Fairgrounds Square Mall has been scrapped
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/fairgrounds-square-mall-redevelopment-scrapped

County shuts down Harrisburg housing court
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/harrisburg-housing-court-shut-down.html

Expert checks 4 peregrine falcons in nest on a ledge of Reading office building
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/expert-checks-4-peregrine-falcons-in-nest-on-a-ledge-of-reading-office-building&template=ourcityart

Editorial: A graduation we all can celebrate
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-a-graduation-we-call-can-celebrate

National News

Lightfoot promises ‘reform is here’ as she becomes Chicago’s mayor
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/lori-lightfoot-chicago-mayor-first-black-gay-reform-20190520.html

A 5th migrant child since December dies after his detention by U.S. border agents
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/05/20/Guatemalan-migrant-dies-Monday-Border-Patrol-fifth-child-US-custody-December/stories/201905200134

Abortion debate revives question: Are the unborn being favored over children born into poverty?
https://www.philly.com/news/abortion-anti-abortion-pro-abortion-poverty-federal-budget-cuts-trump-children-20190520.html

New Jersey

N.J. lawmakers advance medical cannabis, expungement bills
https://www.philly.com/business/weed/nj-lawmakers-advance-medical-cannabis-and-expungement-bills-20190520.html

Opioid Crisis

Health care community comes together against opioids
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/health-care-community-comes-together-against-opioids-1.2485141

Philly

Are you ready to vote in Philly’s primary? Here’s a guide to help you catch up.
https://www.philly.com/politics/inq/primary-election-2019-philadelphia-mayor-city-council-candidates-voters-guide-20190422.html#/

Philadelphia primary election 2019: Live updates
https://www.philly.com/politics/election/philadelphia-philly-election-2019-primary-live-updates-20190521.html

Everyone has a great teacher they remember forever. Here are 3 of Philly’s finest.
https://www.philly.com/news/lindback-teachers-philadelphia-school-district-excellence-prize-20190521.html

Who are Philly’s best teachers? Here are 60 who shine.
https://www.philly.com/education/lindback-award-winners-teachers-2019-excellence-philadelphia-school-district-20190521.html

First defendant in feds’ case against ‘Johnny Doc’ and Local 98 gets 18-month sentence
https://www.philly.com/news/local-98-mjk-electric-george-peltz-sentencing-johnny-doc-dougherty-20190520.html

Which 2019 Council at-large candidates have the most union support and what the pols have said about workers
https://www.philly.com/news/city-council-at-large-2019-primary-labor-unions-endorsements-campaign-contributions-20190520.html

Head of Jewish Museum resigns
https://www.philly.com/arts/national-museum-american-jewish-history-philadelphia-ivy-barsky-director-resigns-20190520.html

4 dead, 4, wounded in weekend shootings
https://www.philly.com/crime/philadelphia-shootings-homicides-violent-weekend-20190520.html

Widow waits for justice for Philly man shot by cop 17 months ago
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphiapolicedepartmentofficerericruchcommissionerrichardrossdistrictattorneylarrykrasneron-dutyshootingsarrested-20190520.html

Philly public defender offices evacuated due to threat
https://www.philly.com/news/philly-public-defender-office-evacuate-bomb-threat-20190520.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh agrees to postpone gun ban enforcement
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-agrees-to-postpone-gun-ban-enforcement/

Pa. auditor general seeks information from Pittsburgh Public Schools amid Cuba trip questions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/05/20/Pa-auditor-general-to-look-into-Cuba-trip-by-Superintendent-Anthony-Hamlet/stories/201905200130

Health Department says 119 responded to measles vaccine drive
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/05/20/measles-Allegheny-County-Health-Department-vaccine-outbreak-clinic-mmr/stories/201905200114

Longtime Allegheny County Councilman Chuck Martoni dies
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/05/20/Allegheny-County-councilman-Charles-Chuck-Martoni-dies/stories/201905200083

Amid crackdown on seasonal visas, landscapers look to build local workforce in skilled trades
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/05/20/Workforce-jobs-landscapers-visas-apprenticeships-careers-trades/stories/201904300166

Downtown stalwart Specialty Luggage set to close in mid-July, factory to move to Wilkinsburg
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/05/20/Specialty-Luggage-Downtown-Pittsburgh-stalwart-closing-mid-July-2019/stories/201905200074

Steelers appeal denial of advertising within Heinz Field seats
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/steelers-appealing-heinz-field-seating-bowl-signage-sacking/

Pittsburgh attorney who concealed friend’s overdose death gets house arrest, probation
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-attorney-who-concealed-friends-overdose-death-gets-house-arrest-3-years-of-probation/

State News

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Pa., two dozen cases in Allegheny Co. since Jan 2018
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/05/20/Hepatitis-A-outbreak-declared-in-Pennsylvania-with-Philadelphia-among-hardest-hit-areas/stories/201905200121

Allegheny County leads Western Pa. in hepatitis A cases amid statewide outbreak
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-leads-western-pa-in-hepatitis-a-cases-amid-statewide-outbreak/

Hepatitis A outbreak declared by Pa. health officials
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/hepatitis-a-outbreak-declared-in-pa-officials.html

Feds certify Pennsylvania’s Real ID system meets standards
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/05/20/Feds-certify-Pennsylvania-s-Real-ID-system-meets-standards/stories/201905200094

Pennsylvania’s census commission asking state to spend $1 per head on the 2020 Census
https://www.philly.com/news/2020-census-funding-pennsylvania-undercount-wolf-20190520.html

Census advocates request $12.8 million in funding, or $1 for every person in Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/census-advocates-request-128-million-in-state-funding-for-outreach-education.html

National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Lancaster County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/witnesses-say-they-saw-funnel-cloud-in-lancaster-county-it-got-quiet-then-i-heard-this-massive-noise

DEP accused of ‘foot-dragging’ on 2-year-old request to regulate PFAS chemical
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/dep-accused-of-foot-dragging-on-2-year-old-request-to-regulate-pfas-chemical.php

Transportation

Turnpike Commission approves $800 million in bonds for public transit payments
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/05/20/Pa-Turnpike-Commission-approves-bonds-public-transit-payments-penndot-port-authority-pittsburgh/stories/201905210063

PennDOT to unveil plans for Route 30 improvements from North Huntingdon to North Versailles
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/penndot-to-unveil-plans-for-route-30-improvements-from-north-huntingdon-to-north-versailles/

PennDOT centers to close for holiday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/penndot-centers-to-close-for-holiday-1.2485212

Washington

Cohen claimed Trump’s lawyer shaped his false statement to Congress
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/05/20/Michael-Cohen-told-House-testimony-Trump-lawyer-Jay-Sekulow-Moscow-Tower/stories/201905200147

Feds: DeVos used personal emails for work in ‘limited’ cases
https://www.philly.com/education/feds-say-education-secretary-devos-used-personal-emails-for-work-in-limited-cases-20190520.html