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Budget

Pa. House narrowly passes short-term budget with no tax increases
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/pa-house-narrowly-passes-short-term-budget-with-no-tax-increases.html

Pa. state House passes stopgap budget measure in close vote, sending it to Senate
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/pa-state-house-passes-stopgap-budget-measure-in-close-vote-sending-it-to-senate/

Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid coronavirus uncertainty
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-preps-short-term-budget-amid-virus-uncertainty/

Legislature

Philly lawmakers provide masks, gloves to fight COVID-19
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/philly-lawmakers-provide-masks-gloves-to-fight-covid-19/

More stimulus to Main Street
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/more-stimulus-to-main-street-1.2632142

Liquor privatization gets another push in Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/liquor-privatization-gets-another-push-in-pa.html

Pa. senators pressure Gov. Wolf to allow Pocono Raceway NASCAR races
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/pa-senators-pressure-gov-wolf-to-allow-pocono-raceway-nascar-races.html

State lawmakers frustrated area counties aren’t going ‘green’
https://www.heraldstandard.com/news/covid-19/state-lawmakers-frustrated-area-counties-arent-going-green/article_6c7dbd10-9f8a-11ea-92ff-fb4e74a39225.html

Pennsylvania legislators need to step up and protect their constituents who have pre-existing health conditions | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/05/pennsylvania-legislators-need-to-step-up-and-protect-their-constituents-who-have-pre-existing-health-conditions.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Sources: Two top officials at a Pa. veterans nursing home hit by 37 coronavirus deaths are suspended amid an investigation
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rohan-blackwood-debra-mullane-southeastern-veterans-center-chester-county-coronavirus-20200526.html

Pennsylvania’s covid-19 cases ‘trend downward,’ but health official says social distancing still critical
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-reports-13-more-coronavirus-deaths-451-new-cases/

No new COVID-19 deaths in Western Pa.; state death toll climbs by 13
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/26/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-14/stories/202005260061

Allegheny County adds 11 coronavirus cases, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-adds-11-coronavirus-cases-no-new-deaths/

Luzerne County has 11 new COVID-19 cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-has-11-new-covid-19-cases-1.2632066

Free COVID-19 testing available throughout Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/26/Free-COVID-19-testing-available-symptoms-Allegheny-County-Pittsburgh-Mercy/stories/202005260079

Allegheny County community health clinics offering free covid-19 testing
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-community-health-clinics-offering-free-covid-19-testing/

Mysterious children’s illness popping up in Pa.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mysterious-children-s-illness-popping-up-in-pa-1.2632148

We need to get creative to protect nursing home residents during a pandemic. Here’s how | Simon F. Haeder
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/we-need-to-get-creative-to-protect-nursing-home-residents-during-a-pandemic-heres-how-simon-f-haeder/

Montgomery County officials seek public’s cooperation in coronavirus contact tracing effort
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-officials-seek-publics-cooperation-in-coronavirus-contact-tracing-effort/article_dadf9843-bee9-5aad-811b-644da2af6f12.html

Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/trump-republicans-wearing-coronavirus-masks-divided-20200527.html

Reopening

Gov. Tom Wolf, Dr. Rachel Levine talk about coronavirus and reopening Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/gov-tom-wolf-dr-rachel-levine-coronavirus-and-reopening-pennsylvania-watch-live.html

Declining Pennsylvania coronavirus case counts ‘very good news,’ as counties reopen, officials say
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-gov-wolf-briefing-20200526-oyfpoae7kfgn5i6se7z5o7cpiq-story.html

N.J. and Delaware approve outdoor graduations, lift other restrictions as Pa. moves cautiously
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-philadelphia-new-jersey-delaware-graduations-reopening-restrictions-gatherings-shore-20200526.html

Pedri: County will start to reopen next week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-county-will-start-to-reopen-next-week-1.2632189

Cranberry moves to open parks and recreation facilities
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2020/05/26/Cranberry-Township-reopening-parks-facilities-open-community-field-closed-COVID/stories/202005260130

Hempfield supervisors ask Gov. Wolf to end phased plan and reopen economy
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-supervisors-ask-gov-wolf-to-end-phased-plan-and-reopen-economy/

Gov. Tom Wolf confirms Centre County will move to green phase on Friday
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/27/gov-tom-wolf-confirms-centre-county-will-move-t-green-phase-on-friday/

Montgomery County prepares to reopen courts with coronavirus precautions
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-prepares-to-reopen-courts-with-coronavirus-precautions/article_a26a290f-44eb-5ec8-8f26-0d1c2557bdbc.html

Editorial: Move to yellow a beginning, not an end
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-move-to-yellow-a-beginning-not-an-end/article_c95ec7d0-9f4f-11ea-b2af-c7b1db1d2563.html

Administration

Wolf says graduations need social-distancing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/wolf-says-graduations-need-social-distancing-1.2631921

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease, Wolf says he’ll meet face-to-face with press starting Friday
https://papost.org/2020/05/26/as-coronavirus-restrictions-continue-to-ease-wolf-says-hell-meet-face-to-face-with-press-starting-friday/

Business

Giant Eagle customers with breathing problems sue company over mask policy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/26/Giant-Eagle-customers-breathing-problems-sue-company-covid-19-facemask-policy/stories/202005260086

COVID-19 and its side effects have kept rural Pa. real estate agents busy
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-rural-city-realestate-realtor-20200527.html

Federal funds available for farmers impacted by covid-19 pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-offering-aid-for-farmers-impacted-covid-19-pandemic/

Danko’s fitness center will face citations as it begins operating in state’s red phase
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/danko-s-fitness-center-will-face-citations-as-it-begins-operating-in-state-s-red-phase-1.2632193

Changes ahead as local stores set to reopen
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/changes-ahead-as-local-stores-set-to-reopen-1.2632197

Aid to jobless workers in Pennsylvania reaches $10.6B
https://triblive.com/local/regional/aid-to-jobless-workers-in-pennsylvania-reaches-10-6b/

From shutdown to rebound: When will car sales in Pa. pick up again?
https://www.pennlive.com/reopeningpa/2020/05/from-shutdown-to-rebound-when-will-car-sales-in-pa-pick-up-again.html

State police cite Lehigh Valley gym owner who reopened in defiance of coronavirus closure orders
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-lehigh-county-gym-owner-cited-for-opening-20200526-aaj3nazo3navbl7kvczuxjuxxu-story.html

‘Not camera shy’: Pa. businesses trying to survive make video pitches for emergency aid
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/27/not-camera-shy-pa-businesses-trying-to-survive-make-video-pitches-for-emergency-aid/

Crime/Punishment

UPDATE: Fugitive UConn senior suspected of two homicides may have stolen an SUV in East Stroudsburg area, police say
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-manfredonia-manhunt-update-20200526-blwxu5hdcbfq3hcg2yprms46xe-story.html

Education

20% of teachers probably will not return to classrooms if schools reopen this fall, poll finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/20-teachers-probably-will-not-return-classrooms-if-schools-reopen-this-fall-poll-finds-20200526.html

Learning Curve: Teacher and parent from St. Nicholas-St. Mary’s Elementary agree: Kids miss school
https://www.timesleader.com/news/785145/learning-curve-teacher-and-parent-from-st-nicholas-st-marys-elementary-agree-kids-miss-school

Scranton School District faced with uncertainties amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-faced-with-uncertainties-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-1.2632215

East Penn teachers, administrators take pay freeze to help district through coronavirus financial strain
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-east-penn-teachers-freeze-20200527-mjtzzo63xncbdacv4wy5pnq64i-story.html

Alvernia University takes to the streets to welcome new students amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/education/alvernia-university-takes-to-the-streets-to-welcome-new-students-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/article_349ad592-9f6f-11ea-8f40-0fefc77b75c3.html

Pa.’s community college have a crucial role to play in emerging from COVID-19 | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-s-community-college-have-a-crucial-role-to-play-in-emerging-from-covid-19-opinion/

Elections/Politics

A longtime pastor and a returning candidate face off in Democratic primary in Pa. Senate’s 15th District
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/05/a-longtime-pastor-and-a-returning-candidate-face-off-in-democratic-primary-in-pa-senates-15th-district.html

Diaz, Lehman competing for Democratic nomination in June 2 election for 13th Senatorial District seat
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/diaz-lehman-competing-for-democratic-nomination-in-june-2-election-for-13th-senatorial-district-seat/article_599a94e8-9f94-11ea-b216-8be3fb23a994.html

Joe Biden gets endorsement from Gov. Tom Wolf
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/joe-biden-gets-endorsement-from-gov-tom-wolf.html

Six Democrats vying for party’s nomination in Pa.’s auditor general’s race
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/six-democrats-vying-for-partys-nomination-in-pas-auditor-generals-race.html

Suburban Pittsburgh counties say they are ready for June 2 primary
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/05/26/Pittsburgh-region-Beaver-Butler-Washington-Westmoreland-Fayette-counties-voters/stories/202005260116

Montgomery County sent 2,000 Pennsylvania voters the wrong ballots for next week’s primary
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/montgomery-county-pa-wrong-primary-ballots-20200526.html

Montgomery County goes to court to extend Pennsylvania’s deadline for mail ballots
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/montgomery-county-pa-court-mail-ballot-deadlines-20200526.html

Suit argues to extend mail-in voting deadline as Delaware County rushes to meet demand
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/suit-argues-to-extend-mail-in-voting-deadline-as-delaware-county-rushes-to-meet-demand/article_4a860918-9fa5-11ea-a5b0-d3243e8430da.html

8th District candidates: Marsicano sees jobs as top priority for NEPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/8th-district-candidates-marsicano-sees-jobs-as-top-priority-for-nepa-1.2632061

8th District candidates: Haas cites experience in run for Congress
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/8th-district-candidates-haas-cites-experience-in-run-for-congress-1.2632057

Berks County voter registration figures show a favorable trend for the Republican Party
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-voter-registration-figures-show-a-favorable-trend-for-the-republican-party/article_13fb7072-9f69-11ea-a058-9bcc66468a3d.html

Coronavirus response looms large in 106th state House GOP primary race
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/coronavirus-response-looms-large-in-106th-state-house-gop-primary-race.html

Health Care

A PPE fee at the dentist? New requirements could raise prices for patients.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-dentists-ppe-fee-20200526.html

Local News

Cognetti administration, council discussing residency waiver for OECD official
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/cognetti-administration-council-discussing-residency-waiver-for-oecd-official-1.2632207

Reading is getting ready for climate change
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/environment/reading-is-getting-ready-for-climate-change/article_45d87daa-961e-11ea-bb33-2f4d92bbbf84.html

Greensburg pool to remain closed for season
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greensburg-pool-to-remain-closed-for-season/

Westmoreland tire recycling event meant to help control mosquito numbers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-tire-recycling-event-meant-to-help-control-mosquito-numbers/

Food box delivery to bring U.S. agriculture secretary to Westmoreland Fairgrounds
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/food-box-delivery-to-bring-u-s-agriculture-secretary-to-westmoreland-fairgrounds/

Body of Tobyhanna teen recovered from Francis E. Walter Dam
https://www.timesleader.com/news/785190/body-of-tobyhanna-teen-recovered-from-francis-e-walter-dam

Wilkes-Barre council to consider resolution to expedite outdoor seating at restaurants
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-council-to-consider-resolution-to-expedite-outdoor-seating-at-restaurants-1.2632067

Upper Allen Twp. gives residents more time to pay property taxes because of COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/05/upper-allen-twp-gives-residents-more-time-to-pay-property-taxes-because-of-covid-19.html

National News

4 Minneapolis police officers fired after death of black man
https://triblive.com/news/world/black-man-dies-after-video-shows-officer-kneeling-on-neck/

Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2020/05/27/2-horses-trained-by-Bob-Baffert-fail-drug-tests/stories/202005270070

Philly

Coronavirus budget cuts are a threat to the November election, Philly elections chief warns
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philly-elections-budget-cut-2020-election-20200526.html

6,000 Philly educators weighed in on reopening schools in September with the pandemic still in play. Here’s what they said.
https://www.inquirer.com/education/coronavirus-return-to-school-philadelphia-school-district-jerry-jordan-20200526.html

Vote yes on Philly’s two ballot questions in 2020 primary | Endorsement
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/2020-primary-election-philadelphia-ballot-questions-charter-amendments-20200527.html

Community College of Philadelphia will start fall with online classes
https://www.inquirer.com/education/community-college-fall-classes-coronavirus-online-20200526.html

Thoughts ahead of SEPTA’s fare changes? Now’s the time to speak up.
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-fare-proposal-transfer-hike-coronavirus-hearings-20200526.html

When you can’t march on City Hall, can you demand accountability? Advocates are finding out.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-hall-coronavirus-city-council-budget-hearings-court-watching-20200527.html

Boy, 9, fatally shot in East Germantown
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homicide-philadelphia-boy-child-shot-east-germantown-20200526.html

4 wounded in North Philly shooting
https://www.inquirer.com/news/north-philadelphia-shooting-quadruple-four-men-shot-diamond-20200527.html

Walk-up food ordering and food trucks return in Philadelphia as city eases coronavirus restrictions
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-takeout-food-trucks-restaurants-20200526.html

Why not add social distancing circles like NYC’s to Philly parks? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/parks-social-distancing-circles-human-parking-spots-nyc-philly-20200526.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh Diocese sets 25% capacity for Mass
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/05/26/Pittsburgh-Catholic-Diocese-rules-Mass-church-capacity-coronavirus-covid-19/stories/202005260102

Allegheny County is dramatically reducing its polling places over COVID-19 safety concerns
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/allegheny-county-is-dramatically-reducing-its-polling-places-over-covid-19-safety-concerns/

Sale of Kaufmann’s falls through amid residents’ maintenance woes, lack of amenities
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/05/27/Kaufmanns-Macys-Core-Realty-Fontainebleau-Downtown-Pittsburgh-Smithfield-Street/stories/202005270059

Gutted by pandemic, Airbnb hosts consider options moving forward
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/26/Airbnb-COVID-19-Pittsburgh-area-house-operators-hosts-cancellations/stories/202005200106

Federal grant to support organizations that bore brunt of Tree of Life massacre, aftermath
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/26/Tree-of-Life-Synagogue-Jewish-Community-Center-Rauh-Archives-AEAP-grants/stories/202005260113

Tree of Life to donate $200K to Pittsburgh Public Safety
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/26/Tree-of-Life-donation-money-Pittsburgh-Public-Safety-first-responders/stories/202005260075

Doughboy vandalism likely a reference to Peru communists
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/05/26/Doughboy-statue-memorial-vandalized-Pittsburgh-Shining-Path-GoFundMe/stories/202005260101

Pitt approves $1M base salary for new medical school dean plus bonus pay
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/05/26/Anantha-Shekhar-University-of-Pittsburgh-Indiana-health-sciences-medical-school-trustees-salary/stories/202005240110

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to receive SNAP benefits to make up for missed school lunches
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/05/26/PPS-distributing-SNAP-benefits-students-pittsburgh-public-schools-pandemic/stories/202005260049

Keeping people fed: Food bank program delivers to homes
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/27/Greater-Pittsburgh-Community-Food-Bank-program-delivery/stories/202005090025

Pittsburgh overpays police officers more than $250,000
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-overpays-police-officers-more-than-250000/

State News

McConnells Mill State Park manager emphasizes safety after fourth person injured
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/26/McConnells-Mill-State-Park-manager-emphasizes-safety-after-fourth-person-injured-on-trail/stories/202005260094

State offers to help farmers pay for personal protective equipment
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-offers-to-help-farmers-pay-for-personal-protective-equipment/

State to issue some funds via mail to avoid unemployment scams
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200526/state-to-issue-some-funds-via-mail-to-avoid-unemployment-scams

Transportation

Westmoreland Transit gets $7M in federal money to cover pandemic losses
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-transits-gets-7m-in-federal-money-to-cover-pandemic-losses/

Washington

Trump said Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb backed Nancy Pelosi for House speaker. That’s not true.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/donald-trump-conor-lamb-nancy-pelosi-fact-check-20200526.html