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Legislature

Reproductive rights, abortion top political agenda as Legislature returns next week

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/reproductive-rights-abortion-top-political-agenda-as-legislature-returns-next-week.html

State doctors rail against law that proposes gives nurse practitioners independence

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/state-doctors-rail-against-law-that-proposes-gives-nurse-practitioners-independence-1.2560003

Catholics halt adoption, foster care programs in Greensburg, Pittsburgh over state rule

https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/catholics-halt-adoption-foster-care-programs-in-greensburg-pittsburgh-over-state-rule/

Talks On Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Heat Up Before Deadline

https://hosted.ap.org/thetimes-tribune/article/342116cbdb9f47869ff89d799292e36e/talks-pennsylvania%E2%80%99s-minimum-wage-heat-deadline

State

Study: More than 500M pieces of litter strewn along Pennsylvania roads

https://triblive.com/local/regional/study-more-than-500m-pieces-of-litter-strewn-along-pennsylvania-roads/

Administration

Gov. Wolf pushes STEM education in Interboro

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/gov-wolf-pushes-stem-education-in-interboro/article_02a7c378-07ef-11ea-a467-931cb3e3db6a.html

Business

GE to close Georgia plant, move work to Pennsylvania

https://www.pennlive.com/business/2019/11/ge-to-close-georgia-plant-move-work-to-pennsylvania.html

DEP orders Charleroi gasoline station to clean up spill

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/dep-orders-charleroi-gasoline-station-to-clean-up-spill/article_1e9db7e6-07e4-11ea-ab35-ebd021349c0c.html

Hi-tech equipment, land leasing, age-old practices keep today’s farmers growing

https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/hi-tech-equipment-land-leasing-age-old-practices-keep-todays-farmers-growing/

Report: Pennsylvania performance contributed to record natural gas growth in 2018

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/report-pennsylvania-performance-contributed-to-record-natural-gas-growth-in-2018/

Mountain View Care Center staff on strike over wages, benefits, working conditions

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/mountain-view-care-center-staff-on-strike-over-wages-benefits-working-conditions-1.2560011

Education

Penn State to release report on fraternities and sororities nationwide, the good and the bad

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/penn-state-to-release-report-on-fraternities-and-sororities-nationwide-the-good-and-the-bad.html

Faculty union members at Pa. state universities overwhelmingly approve contract

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/faculty-union-members-at-pa-state-universities-overwhelmingly-approve-contract.html

With fewer available high school graduates, Penn State is increasing efforts to get them

https://www.inquirer.com/education/penn-state-board-recruitment-declining-enrollment-20191115.html

Push on for growth of Pennsylvania’s community college system

https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20191115/push-on-for-growth-of-pennsylvanias-community-college-system

Elections/Politics

Boyertown School Board member to challenge for state House seat in 147th District

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/boyertown-school-board-member-to-challenge-for-state-house-seat-in-147th-district

Dauphin County commissioners defy state orders to buy new voting machines, for now; but can this position stand?

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/dauphin-county-commissioners-defy-state-orders-to-buy-new-voting-machines-for-now-but-can-this-position-stand.html

No changes in winners following Northampton County vote canvass

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/elections/2019/11/no-changes-in-winners-following-northampton-county-vote-canvass.html

Healthcare

Caregivers in Pa. and N.J. provide $31 billion in free care. AARP says that’s ‘unsustainable.’

https://www.inquirer.com/health/caregivers-pennsylvania-new-jersey-provide-billions-free-care-aarp-report-20191115.html

Crime/Punishment

Missing Californians found dead at Pennsylvania rest stop

https://www.mcall.com/news/nation-world/mc-nws-missing-california-couple-found-dead-in-pa-20191116-p26urvfuprbcfiwkd55odwxouq-story.html

Police Not Pursuing Charges Against Browns’ Myles Garrett

https://hosted.ap.org/standardspeaker/article/8da7be10db094ca2b3a4ed15810e3fb7/police-not-pursuing-charges-against-browns%E2%80%99-myles-garrett

Sean Kratz guilty of murder in grisly slayings on Bucks County farm, jury says

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/sean-kratz-guilty-bucks-county-pa-murders-cosmo-dinardo-20191115.html

Monroe County judge suspended, fined for viewing pornography at work

https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20191115/monroe-county-judge-suspended-fined-for-viewing-pornography-at-work

Pittsburgh

Memorial honoring Allegheny County’s fallen police officers dedicated

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/memorial-honoring-allegheny-countys-fallen-police-officers-dedicated/

Free air quality education kits available to Allegheny County middle schools

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/free-air-quality-education-kits-available-to-allegheny-county-middle-schools/

Proposed BRT system between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh moving to final design

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/11/15/Port-Authority-Bus-Rapid-Transit-Oakland-Downtown-Pittsburgh-electric-buses-exclusive-lanes/stories/201911140166

A smooth descent — Pittsburgh International airline costs to hit lowest point in nearly 20 years

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/11/15/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-airlines-cost-per-enplanement-modernization/stories/201911150148

Local

Safe Berks receives nearly $198,000 grant from state coalition

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/safe-berks-receives-nearly-198000-grant-from-state-coalition

Two weeks later, Ridley Creek State Park still recovering from tornado

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/two-weeks-later-ridley-creek-state-park-still-recovering-from/article_caf30924-06f9-11ea-be69-df6f9fb74ea3.html

Bag it Chester: New push to avert plastic bags in city launched

https://www.delcotimes.com/bag-it-chester-new-push-to-avert-plastic-bags-in/article_4a7c91ae-0800-11ea-aceb-438043280135.html

City business license renewals include 5% late fee

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/city-business-license-renewals-include-5-late-fee-1.2560099

Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority buys former Sheesley Supply Co. property

https://www.tribdem.com/news/cambria-county-conservation-recreation-authority-buys-former-sheesley-supply-co/article_7c00d5ce-0827-11ea-a0a0-5bb2363be8e7.html

There will actually be a hemp festival in Lancaster County next year

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/there-will-actually-be-a-hemp-festival-in-lancaster-county/article_f577a93e-0645-11ea-bc29-2f465748ec1d.html

Union Township awarded state grant for park improvements

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/union-township-awarded-state-grant-for-park-improvements/article_d5a4414e-07d5-11ea-9d8e-6f49d6c191e9.html

Struggling to save for a down payment? Your county government might be able to help

https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/first-time-homebuyer-loan-philadelphia-bucks-chester-montgomery-delaware-20191116.html

Tinseltown in Coatesville: Vacant Thorndale Kmart among locations for HBO series staring Kate Winslet

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/tinseltown-in-coatesville-vacant-thorndale-kmart-among-locations-for-hbo/article_be54e994-d997-5956-b553-62936b49cb01.html

State announces $700K in parks, trail grants

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/state-announces-k-in-parks-trail-grants/article_d85780b4-0725-11ea-93a0-4316404ca540.html

Region’s power grid operator ready for winter

https://www.pottsmerc.com/business/region-s-power-grid-operator-ready-for-winter/article_585eb87a-06f6-11ea-888e-cbefcd8cfc87.html

Scranton 2020 budget drops $300 trash fee to $250, and folds it into property tax bill

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-2020-budget-drops-300-trash-fee-to-250-and-folds-it-into-property-tax-bill-1.2559935

Traffic changes, park improvements are in store for Centre Square. Here’s where to learn more.

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/2019/11/traffic-changes-park-improvements-are-in-store-for-centre-square-heres-where-to-learn-more.html