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Legislature

Blair could see the end of vehicle emissions tests
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/05/blair-could-see-the-end-of-vehicle-emissions-tests/

Turzai lends support to gift ban after activists shower lawmakers with dollar bills, get arrested
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/turzai-lends-support-to-gift-ban-after-activists-shower-lawmakers-with-fake-dollar-bills-get-arrested/

The brain drain is an old problem for Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/brain-drain-is-an-old-problem-for-pennsylvania-the-numbers-racket/

Bernstine introduces bill to eliminate concealed-carry permit
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190506/bernstine-introduces-bill-to-eliminate-concealed-carry-permit/1

Gun rights activists rally at state Capitol, cheer call for Peduto’s impeachment
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/05/06/Gun-rights-activists-rally-pennsylvania-pittsburgh-peduto-metcalfe/stories/201905060101

Second Amendment rally packs Pa. state Capitol
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/second-amendment-rally-packs-pa-state-capitol.html

Daryl Metcalfe wants to impeach Pittsburgh’s mayor over guns. House leadership isn’t interested
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/daryl-metcalfe-wants-to-impeach-pittsburghs-mayor-over-guns-house-leadership-isnt-interested/

Pennsylvania may ask feds to crack down on robocalls
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-may-ask-feds-to-crack-down-on-robocalls

Democratic Pa. lawmaker films himself berating abortion protester
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/democratic-pa-lawmaker-films-himself-berating-abortion-protester.php

Not OK: Rep. Brian Sims’ harasses rosary-praying Planned Parenthood protesters | Christine Flowers
https://www.philly.com/opinion/brian-sims-video-planned-parenthood-protest-20190506.html

Cure primary care shortage
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/cure-primary-care-shortage-1.2479092

EDITORIAL: Rally around Pa.’s new climate goals
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2019/05/07/editorial-rally-around-pa-s-new-climate-goals/1116951001/

Administration

Labor and Industry rep tours West Side CTC
https://www.timesleader.com/news/742682/labor-and-industry-rep-tours-west-side-ctc

Business

Weis Markets expanding Wright Twp. location, remodeling 14 stores
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/weis-markets-expanding-wright-twp-location-remodeling-14-stores-1.2479132

Crime/Punishment

Pa. prisons to extend medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction to incoming inmates
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/05/06/pennsylvania-state-prisons-allow-medication-assisted-treatment-drug-addiction/stories/201905060119

W-B drug crackdown yields dozens of arrests
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-drug-crackdown-yields-dozens-of-arrests-1.2479235

State commission leader says Berks County district judges violating U.S. Constitution
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-commission-leader-says-berks-county-district-judges-violating-us-constitution

Sheriff enlists social media to track down Berks Most Wanted
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sheriff-enlists-social-media-to-track-down-berks-most-wanted

Education

Scranton School District’s financial recovery plan due next month
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-s-financial-recovery-plan-due-next-month-1.2479186

State: Scranton School District’s recovery plan could be ‘catalyst’ for more state funding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-scranton-school-district-s-recovery-plan-could-be-catalyst-for-more-state-funding-1.2479037

South Scranton Intermediate School teacher named finalist for state Teacher of the Year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/south-scranton-intermediate-school-teacher-named-finalist-for-state-teacher-of-the-year-1.2479064

Upper Darby schools break lease with Clifton Heights in controversial push for new middle school
https://www.philly.com/news/upperdarby-cliftonheights-fieldofdreams-middleschool-lease-20190507.html

Gaming

The $700 million Stadium Casino’s Pennsylvania license is expiring, but it isn’t even open yet
https://www.philly.com/news/cordish-philadelphia-stadium-casino-seeks-pennsylvania-license-renewal-20190507.html

Local News

Agreement will keep Penguins at arena for 10 more years
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/agreement-will-keep-penguins-at-arena-for-10-more-years-1.2479192

Paving the way: WB seeks bids for six street projects
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/742708/paving-the-way-wb-seeks-bids-for-six-street-projects

Demolition to breathe life into dormant WB development plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/742719/demolition-to-breathe-life-into-dormant-wb-development-plan

Leadership Wilkes-Barre project to benefit preschoolers
https://www.timesleader.com/news/742693/leadership-wilkes-barre-project-to-benefit-preschoolers

Lt. Col. Harvey: ‘We can never thank you enough’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lt-col-harvey-we-can-never-thank-you-enough-1.2479215

New state liquor store planned in Plains Twp.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-state-liquor-store-planned-in-plains-twp-1.2479233

Parking kiosks expected to replace meters, go live in Scranton by Oct. 1
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/parking-kiosks-expected-to-replace-meters-go-live-in-scranton-by-oct-1-1.2479149

Scranton backs plan to convert former warehouse into commercial/apartments
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-backs-plan-to-convert-former-warehouse-into-commercial-apartments-1.2479219

Thornhurst Twp. seeks to shut down commercial rental
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/thornhurst-twp-seeks-to-shut-down-commercial-rental-1.2479071

Meetings set for economic study of Laurel Highlands water improvements
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/meetings-set-for-economic-study-of-laurel-highlands-water-improvements/

Get back to nature on the Butler-Freeport Community Trail
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/get-back-to-nature-on-the-butler-freeport-community-trail/

Local SWAT team to help northern Westmoreland County communities
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/local-swat-team-to-help-northern-westmoreland-county-communities/

Children’s Home of Reading celebrates 135th anniversary
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/childrens-home-of-reading-celebrates-135th-anniversary

Reading council agenda item concerns parking authority workers
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-council-agenda-item-concerns-parking-authority-workers

Bethlehem Township garners safety upgrades, cash haul in agreement with pipeline company
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-nws-bethlehem-township-20190507-ogdccv2wenh5fbdpic5logqofq-story.html

National News

There are now more than 760 measles cases in the U.S.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/05/06/764-measles-cases-reported-US-New-York/stories/201905060147

San Francisco to join Philadelphia and others in banning cashless stores
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/san-francisco-to-join-philadelphia-and-others-in-banning-cashless-stores.php

Philly

Philly leaders want to end cash bail. Can they agree on how?
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-end-cash-bail-black-mamas-community-bail-fund-20190507.html

Anthony Hardy Williams gives another run for Philadelphia mayor, this time as an insurgent instead of favorite
https://www.philly.com/politics/philadelphia/mayor-philadelphia-anthony-hardy-williams-violence-poverty-taxes-20190507.html

Mayor Jim Kenney missing from joint events with rivals as primary approaches
https://www.philly.com/news/mayor-jim-kenney-sen-anthony-hardy-williams-alan-butkovitz-primary-20190507.html

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney shrugs toward primary, with history on his side
https://www.philly.com/politics/philadelphia/mayor-jim-kenney-primary-election-anthony-hardy-williams-alan-butkovitz-soda-tax-local-98-20190507.html

Former Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz seeks return to public office in challenge to Mayor Jim Kenney
https://www.philly.com/politics/philadelphia/mayor-jim-kenney-city-controller-alan-butkovitz-2019-primary-20190507.html

Mayor Jim Kenney defends Philly voting machine selection as city controller pursues ‘full investigation’
https://www.philly.com/news/philly-mayor-kenney-new-voting-machines-20190506.html

Why some in City Council are trying to regulate the parking industry
https://www.philly.com/news/parking-industry-regulation-bills-seiu-32bj-parkway-corporation-20190506.html

As construction starts at Philly’s Schuylkill Yards, New York’s Hudson Yards serves as a cautionary tale | Inga Saffron
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/inga-saffron/schuylkill-yards-philadelphia-hudson-yards-urban-mega-project-towers-20190507.html

End abatements, air-condition the schools, say Philly teachers, parents pushing for more education money
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-school-district-budget-tax-abatement-lead-20190506.html

After 13 years in prison and four trials, inmate who defended himself acquitted in 2006 West Philly murder
https://www.philly.com/news/hassan-bennett-acquitted-fourth-trial-murder-ford-english-pitts-20190506.html

As Philly officials kick off renovation of Columbus Square, native peoples protest against honoring the explorer
https://www.philly.com/news/christopher-columbus-genocide-park-protest-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-20190506.html

Stones fall from crumbling Fishtown church, prompting school next-door to close for the day
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia/st-laurentius-fishtown-church-building-falling-stones-school-closes-20190506.html

Philadelphia’s Center City growth can and must expand to other neighborhoods | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/phl-neighborhood-growth-project-philadelphia-chamber-of-commerce-20190506.html

Pitt

Allegheny Health officials report family with measles passed through five public places
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/05/06/Family-measles-health-contagious-Allegheny-County-locations-symptoms/stories/201905060115

Possible measles exposure at 3 more Pa. locations, including National Aviary, Squirrel Hill
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/possible-measles-exposure-at-3-more-pa-locations-including-national-aviary-squirrel-hill/

Push for $2 trillion infrastructure bill comes to Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/05/06/trump-infrastructure-spending-pittsburgh-pa-us-house-transportation-committee-peter-defazio/stories/201905060112

Grant to “demystify” self-driving vehicles draws skepticism
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/05/06/Knight-Foundation-grant-to-help-Pittsburgh-teach-residents-about-self-driving-car-technology/stories/201905060086

Pittsburgh receives $400k grant to ‘demystify’ self-driving cars
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-receives-400k-grant-to-demystify-self-driving-cars/

EQT fined more than $330,000 for environmental violations in Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/05/06/EQT-fine-environmental-violations-Allegheny-County-DEP-erosion-natural-gas-well/stories/201905060118

Marathon wrap: Running pierogi plans to submit race to Guinness for world record
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/marathon-updates-running-pierogi-plans-to-submit-race-to-guinness-for-world-record/

Women ministers to gather in Pittsburgh for centennial celebration
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/women-ministers-to-gather-in-pittsburgh-for-centennial-celebration/

State News

Pa. agencies collect 39K pounds of medication in Take Back Day
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-agencies-collect-39k-pounds-of-medication-in-take-back-day/

Bureau of Forestry probes wildfires around Nanticoke
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bureau-of-forestry-probes-wildfires-around-nanticoke-1.2479201

Hope grows in lanternfly-killing fungi found near Berks fruit farm
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/hope-grows-in-lanternfly-killing-fungi-found-near-berks-fruit-farm

While most banks pass on marijuana money, a Lebanon County institution welcomes the business
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/most-banks-watch-as-cannabis-industry-grows

Transportation

State ranks No. 2 in U.S. for bad bridges, with three in central Pa. among most structurally deficient: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/three-heavily-traveled-central-pa-bridges-among-most-structurally-deficient-report.html

Editorial: All of us must act to keep roadsides clean
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-all-of-us-must-act-to-keep-roadsides-clean

Washington

Tiger Woods is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/golf/2019/05/06/golfer-Tiger-Woods-awarded-Presidential-Medal-Freedom-Trump/stories/201905060130

Trump pardons a former soldier who was convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/05/06/Trump-pardon-soldier-former-Army-lieutenant-convicted-murder-Iraqi-prisoner-2009/stories/201905060149

‘We have a serious problem’: Congressional task force visits Montco, pushes for action on tainted water
https://www.philly.com/news/pfas-contamination-bucks-montco-upper-dublin-epa-dean-kildee-20190506.html

Madeleine Dean, colleagues promise House action on PFAS chemicals
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190507/madeleine-dean-colleagues-promise-house-action-on-pfas-chemicals