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Pa. Senate returns leadership teams for 2019-20 session

Senate Republicans, Democrats re-elect leaders with little fanfare

Meet the Pennsylvania Legislature’s leadership teams

Legislative session ends without reform to laws for child sex abuse victims

In Pa. House, Philly-area Democrats gain political muscle, Allegheny County loses clout

Pa. House Democrats revamp leadership team with Philly tilt

State Sen. Kim Ward, ‘red-blooded woman,’ went for gun to ward off intruder

Lauren Book: Shame on senators for failing sexual abuse victims


Gov. Tom Wolf, state officials keep stiff upper lip on Amazon defeat amid some calls for self-examination


Biomanufacturing: These 30 gene-therapy firms employ more than 3,000 in Philly area

The farce is over: Amazon played everyone

Here’s the Lehigh Valley HQ2 pitch Amazon dismissed

Siemens boosts efficiency at consolidated East Huntingdon plant

Catholic Church

Catholic bishops acknowledge credibility issues while releasing statement against racism

U.S. Catholic bishops leave Baltimore conference without acting on sex abuse reforms

Cambria County man joins federal suit that says Catholic hierarchy covered up abuse

Archbishop Charles Chaput: ‘You saw the job they tried to do on me?’ My run-in with the peeved prelate. | Maria Panaritis

Timlin’s stunning tone-deafness


W.Va. man indicted in Western Pa.’s largest-ever meth seizure

After prison board meeting, officials respond to corrections union’s vote of no confidence

Experts disagree over Melvin Knight’s mental capacity to face death penalty

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services helps those coming out of prison to acclimate

Hate crimes rose sharply in 2017, FBI says


Union sues Tamaqua school district over armed teachers policy

Tamaqua teachers say no to guns

Beaver County school district debunks fake paper tax after confusion over class assignment

Amid black landscape, site of new Wilkes-Barre Area high school takes shape

Suspended Scranton baseball coach ‘Skip’ Roskos sues district

Advocates for separate playoffs meet resistance from PIAA, non-boundary schools


Winner in 6th District state Senate race will come down to overseas, military ballots

Cook, Toprani separated by a dozen votes; election board to judge validity of 19 challenged provisional ballots

County vendor probing problems with some electronic polling books

Scanlon is first woman in Pennsylvania delegation since 2014

Editorial: Reading must build on improvement in voter turnout

Absentee ballots missing birth dates must be counted in Georgia, a federal judge orders

Health Care

State cites WB General Hospital for staffing, other violations

W-B General cited over staffing issues

State insurance laws for breast screenings fall short

Local News

George won’t approve federal plan unless city board moves up sprinkler project

Fate of developer’s Blue Ridge project will be decided next month

Ali Baba Liquor Lounge management scrutinized at hearing

Metal detectors coming to arena early next year

Wyoming borough manager resigns

New planning, zoning director named for Luzerne County

City budget takes shape, EIT hike a go

Safe sidewalk coming to connect Lackawanna River trail to downtown

Black Creek supervisors to apply for $250K grant

Developer postpones Marywood South proposal

County announces Lackawanna Winter Market plans

Archbald bans tobacco in parks, playgrounds

Plum Council to hold the line on property taxes in 2019

Allegheny Township community building expansion included in next year’s budget

Tarentum facing $12K increase in dues as electric association eyes bigger role

Before gentrification, there’s opportunity in Reading

Reading City Council divided on proposal to fill vacancies

United Way of Berks County raises more than $10.9 million

Customers Bank gives $250,000 to support Alvernia’s literacy initiative in south Reading

National News

Man tied to synagogue shooting suspect arrested

The death toll rises to 56 in Northern California’s Camp wildfire


It’s official: Alan Butkovitz is running for mayor of Philadelphia

What the triumphant return of Philly’s former Metropolian Opera House means for North Broad Street | Inga Saffron

Former Nutter aide Peterkin Bell loses board memberships, teaching gig after felony charges

Feds charge retired Philly cop after alleged sexual assault while on duty

District school? Charter? Private? Philly school-choice advocates want streamlined applications

Public corruption: In Philly, it’s déjà vu all over again | Editorial

Philly dodged a ‘prosperity bomb’ when Amazon didn’t pick us. Be very grateful | Will Bunch

If Philadelphia wants to protect kids from lead, it should join lawsuits against paint companies | Opinion

Gerry Lenfest, Philly’s greatest philanthropist of all time | Opinion

A landowner who’s an ally, not a bully? In Philly? | Ronnie Polaneczky


Allegheny County DA withdraws charges in Pagans bar brawl with police

Charges dropped against Pagans in bar brawl with undercover cops, FBI investigating

In Pittsburgh, cancer professionals and survivors are working to eliminate racial disparities in treatment

Painted stones, crayon drawings, heartbreaking messages – all moved inside Tree of Life

CMU, Duquesne add graduate programs to its offerings for Pittsburgh Promise alumni

Cirque du Soleil will return to Pittsburgh in January

30-foot inflatable cheese sculpture floats rivers for hunger awareness

Another Democrat to challenge Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus

Pittsburgh preparing for first winter weather blast

Pittsburgh suspends employee ‘tobacco surcharge’ until 2020

State News

Army Corps of Engineers: $500 million Parks Township nuclear waste removal project is a ‘go’

Officials don’t know what caused explosion that leveled 9,000-square-foot Pa. mansion

Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania: 4 steps to get access to the drug

Special investigation: Worst nursing homes continue to fail the frail despite lawsuit, promises


North Washington Street bridge replacement in Wilkes-Barre still years away

Bridge work timeline infuriates W-B residents


Democrats have a majority and wave of new members from Pa. and N.J. What will they do with it?

Bob Casey enters third term with eye on infrastructure, preserving Mueller investigation

Flake won’t vote for Trump’s judicial nominees until the Senate acts on a Mueller bill

Trump endorses bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill

Aide who crossed the first lady is removed from White House role