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Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania is here to stay as a swing state
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-swing-state-20201116.html

Trump campaign jettisons major parts of its legal challenge against Pennsylvania’s election results
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-election-lawsuit-results-pennsylvania-20201115.html

What a group of Pennsylvania voters thinks of Biden’s 2020 election win over Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-voters-2020-election-results-biden-trump-20201115.html

Philadelphia’s suburbs helped deliver crucial Pennsylvania for Biden
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/16/philadelphias-suburbs-helped-deliver-crucial-pennsylvania-for-biden/

How these Pennsylvania counties helped Biden win, and what it means for 2022 and 2024 elections
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/16/how-these-pennsylvania-counties-helped-joe-biden-win-presidency/6284994002/

Joe Biden tipped Dauphin County a deeper hue of blue; election officials laud a clean election
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/11/joe-biden-tipped-dauphin-county-a-deeper-hue-of-blue-election-officials-laud-a-clean-election.html

After Biden, Pennsylvania’s blue wave crashed into a red wall; how did GOP hold the line below Trump?
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/11/after-biden-pennsylvanias-blue-wave-crashed-into-a-red-wall-how-did-gop-hold-the-line-below-trump.html

Philly was supposed to turn out huge for Biden. It didn’t. What happened?
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philadelphia-2020-election-turnout-biden-trump-20201115.html

From Erie to Philly and in between, 12 Pa. mayors share their hopes for how Biden will change our state | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-mayors-biden-priorities-covid-federal-funds-infrastructure-20201113.html

What did we learn from an election like no other?
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/what-did-we-learn-from-an-election-like-no-other/article_4aa7e02d-7f35-5c76-870f-683ef8e3cea0.html

Biden’s tax plan would target the wealthy
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-biden-pennwharton-budget-model-economic-tax-plan-senate-georgia-20201116.html

James Buchanan not a tough act to follow for Biden as 2nd president from Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/buchanan-not-a-tough-act-to-follow-for-biden-as-2nd-president-from-pennsylvania/

It’s time for President Trump to concede | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/its-time-for-president-trump-to-concede-opinion.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Region braces for new restrictions as COVID-19 cases soar
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-coronavirus-pennsylvania-new-jersey-restrictions-surge-cases-20201115.html

COVID-19 and the commonwealth: A dive into the third wave in NEPA
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/11/15/covid-19-and-commonwealth-dive-into-third-wave-nepa/6286793002/

Allegheny County Health Department: Rise in COVID-19 cases is ‘beyond concerning’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/15/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-cases-health-department-all-time-high-coronavirus/stories/202011150184

Allegheny County reports ‘beyond concerning’ record 527 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-reports-beyond-concerning-record-527-new-coronavirus-cases/

Region reports most single-day COVID-19 deaths since early July
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/region-reports-most-single-day-covid-19-deaths-since-early-july/article_bd64e3fe-c5f9-55bc-9645-448f77d15e48.html

Brighton: Behind the deadly COVID-19 nursing home outbreak
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/brighton/

Luzerne, Wyoming counties see spike in nursing home COVID-19 cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/luzerne-wyoming-counties-see-spike-in-nursing-home-covid-19-cases/article_b90047a0-a3cf-5951-bd35-d23ebe46e47b.html

In report, Reading among 13 cities where coronavirus vulnerability and poor mental health conditions overlap
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/in-report-reading-among-13-cities-where-coronavirus-vulnerability-and-poor-mental-health-conditions-overlap/article_f688f1b6-2372-11eb-a36b-4f63aff3eabb.html

Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809974/poll-workers-contract-virus-but-election-day-link-unclear

Study: As COVID-19 continues to thrive, more international college students staying away
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/16/international-students-Pitt-Penn-State-COVID-19-Carnegie-Mellon-Open-Doors-colleges/stories/202011130146

Time to discuss potentially unpleasant side effects of covid-19 shots? Scientists say yes
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/time-to-discuss-potentially-unpleasant-side-effects-of-covid-19-shots-scientists-say-yes/

Biden advisers to meet vaccine firms as Trump
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809967/biden-advisers-to-meet-vaccine-firms-as-trump

College students may be bringing COVID along with dirty laundry when they return home for Thanksgiving
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-college-students-coronavirus-thanksgiving-20201116-iedjzczpyzalzd2wn3alnvxlf4-story.html

A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/a-new-data-driven-model-shows-that-wearing-masks-saves-lives-and-the-earlier-you-start-the-better/

Montgomery County officials carve out Thanksgiving guidance amid pandemic
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-officials-carve-out-thanksgiving-guidance-amid-pandemic/article_30e0859a-3b01-5f51-af56-3eabfcebdd2c.html

Michigan halts high school classes, indoor restaurant dining
https://triblive.com/news/michigan-halts-high-school-classes-indoor-restaurant-dining/

Michigan’s governor suspends football, fall tournaments and winter sports amid new lockdown restrictions
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/michigans-governor-suspends-football-fall-tournaments-and-winter-sports-amid-new-lockdown-restrictions.html

Cuomo threatens Trump with legal action over vaccine distribution plan
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/cuomo-threatens-trump-with-legal-action-over-vaccine-distribution-plan.html

Legislature

Feds reject Pa.’s plan to spend up to $300M in stimulus money for school property tax relief
https://www.inquirer.com/education/spl/pennsylvania-budget-property-tax-relief-coronavirus-relief-funding-20201116.html

Make cyber charters accountable
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/columnists/make-cyber-charters-accountable/article_ed923393-d529-590b-9b28-dfb7209d25b2.html

Women rise in politics, sports
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/women-rise-in-politics-sports/article_f3b4a008-8f5c-5a7e-8502-ba9d04c7c6b3.html

Scarnati’s records are your records
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/scarnatis-records-are-your-records/article_8f58328e-dcf3-5e01-8d77-37016824a833.html

State agencies push for wildlife corridors to help species survive
https://lancasteronline.com/sports/state-agencies-push-for-wildlife-corridors-to-help-species-survive-column/article_fbc50138-24fd-11eb-a797-47c3d1be1902.html

Business

From fist bumps to reservations, the funeral home industry has adapted to make room for a pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/11/16/Funeral-homes-affected-by-social-distancing-rules/stories/202011150047

PNC to buy U.S. operations of Spanish bank BBVA in $11 billion deal
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/11/15/PNC-BBVA-purchase-deal-sale-report-Pittsburgh-bank-Bill-Demchak/stories/202011150200

Walmart to start counting customers in stores as COVID-19 cases break records: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/walmart-to-start-counting-customers-in-stores-as-covid-19-cases-break-records-report.html

The decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/the-decades-long-decline-of-manufacturing-jobs-in-pa-the-numbers-racket/

Crime/Punishment

Reading police partnering with local organizations to receive diversity training
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-police-partnering-with-local-organizations-to-receive-diversity-training/article_e80b6572-2568-11eb-80c7-07cfd1abbcbc.html

2 men injured in McKees Rocks shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/15/McKees-Rocks-shooting-Island-Avenue-Churchill-Street-two-men-injured/stories/202011150199

Pittsburgh police seek suspect in fatal shooting in Carrick on Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/city-police-seek-suspect-in-fatal-shooting-in-carrick-on-sunday/

Fighting crime during COVID: State, Erie police report drop in calls for service
https://www.goerie.com/story/news/crime/2020/11/16/state-erie-police-see-crime-reductions-during-covid-19-pandemic/5914122002/

Education

Closure announcements for area school districts continue as COVID-19 cases spike
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/15/Pittsburgh-area-schools-COVID-19-closings-districts-November-15-2020/stories/202011150183

Parents denounce Montgomery County COVID-19 school closures in two weekend protests
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/montgomery-county-schools-closed-parents-protest-covid-19-20201115.html

Going remote, and back again
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/11/15/Going-remote-and-back-again-Education-Coronavirus-School-Pennsylvania-Teachers/stories/202011130053

As record number of students seek cyber charter school options, school districts struggle with costs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/as-record-number-of-students-seek-cyber-charter-school-options-school-districts-struggle-with-costs/article_be74d6d6-58de-5e04-815c-5efdfcfb0501.html

Cyber charter school costs skyrocket in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/cyber-charter-school-costs-skyrocket-in-luzerne-county/article_ab4ea284-8643-5c97-a44c-346ee49b5494.html

Health Care

By any other name, is a Blue Cross health insurance plan a ‘nothingburger’?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/11/16/highmark-blue-cross-blue-shield-alabama-lawsuit-tentative-2-67-billion-settlement/stories/202011150034

Lehigh Valley Health Network restricting visitors due to COVID
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809945/lehigh-valley-health-network-restricting-visitors-due-to-covid

Why unions need the Affordable Care Act | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/why-unions-need-the-affordable-care-act-opinion/

Local News

Lackawanna County to provide $4.725 million in COVID-19 relief to small businesses
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-to-provide-4-725-million-in-covid-19-relief-to-small-businesses/article_05c1d3f1-aa26-536f-8cf9-7b3084058ab0.html

Scranton’s walkability study stalls
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scrantons-walkability-study-stalls/article_2ef48526-800c-5f3a-ac74-250ea8238258.html

Former Lackawanna County building gets facelift
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-lackawanna-county-building-gets-facelift/article_b7fd30b0-c9a0-5281-b5d6-581a0c6c1d46.html

Three more lawsuits alleging sexual abuse filed against Diocese of Scranton
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/three-more-lawsuits-alleging-sexual-abuse-filed-against-diocese-of-scranton/article_25ae63c0-1c2b-58f0-a304-fdb5a84dc58c.html

Reading Area Water Authority closes office after employee tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-area-water-authority-closes-office-after-employee-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/article_d2617ca2-278e-11eb-8fb3-d7a12c8e4cfb.html

Receiver’s reports spotlight serious Chester fiscal ills
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/receivers-reports-spotlight-serious-chester-fiscal-ills/article_1a60a548-268e-11eb-979f-2bacbeb40740.html

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry presents annual awards
https://www.dailylocal.com/business/chester-county-chamber-of-business-and-industry-presents-annual-awards/article_7eee0bc5-a10e-548c-a3aa-b0a37491ed09.html

Luzerne County tax sale figures released
https://www.timesleader.com/news/809938/luzerne-county-tax-sale-figures-released

Administrator details double-digit tax increase in draft budget for Hazleton
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/administrator-details-double-digit-tax-increase-in-draft-budget-for-hazleton/article_1fd955c3-b01e-5224-9bd2-9e3e282720fe.html

W.Pa. borough to vote Monday on removing native slur from local trail, street and waterway
https://www.penncapital-star.com/featured/w-pa-borough-to-vote-monday-on-removing-native-slur-from-local-trail-street-and-waterway-names/

Eddystone splits on state rep’s office request
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/eddystone-splits-on-state-reps-office-request/article_6b62e79a-27af-11eb-8d1f-1b4a1d0ebf77.html

National News

Walkabout: A discussion on sacrifice and who owns the wind
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2020/11/16/David-McDermott-Hughes-walkabout-renewable-energy-wind-common-sacrifice-fossil-fuels/stories/202011160019

Philly

‘A feeling of dread’: How burnout from COVID-19 and the election is affecting Philadelphians
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-pandemic-election-coronavirus-burnout-stress-20201116.html

This might be the worst time to lose paid sick leave, but many could if Council doesn’t act | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-paid-sick-leave-city-council-gig-workers-editorial-20201116.html

With climate challenges looming, Seth Shapiro faces a tough balancing act at Philadelphia’s gas utility
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-pgw-gas-seth-shapiro-lng-fracking-climate-change-20201115.html

As partial shutdown looms in Philadelphia, one Latin-American business owner is prepared to weather the storm
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/16/as-partial-shutdown-looms-in-philadelphia-one-latin-american-business-owner-is-prepared-to-weather-the-storm/

Plan to give tasers to all Philly cops could come this week, Mayor Kenney says
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/plan-to-give-tasers-to-all-philly-cops-could-come-this-week-mayor-kenney-says/

Pitt

Port Authority wants big ideas from the public on future transit
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/15/Port-Authoriy-long-range-plan-NEXTransit-public-hearings/stories/202011150115

Iron City Beer ad returns to Mt. Washington billboard for 1st time in 66 years
https://triblive.com/local/iron-city-beer-ad-on-mt-washington-billboard-for-the-first-time-in-66-years/

State News

Dirt bikes, ATVs on streets help revitalize ex-coal town
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/15/Dirt-bikes-ATVs-on-streets-help-revitalize-ex-coal-town/stories/202011150018

Pennsylvania’s Sunday hunting set to debut; ‘This turns opening day into more of an opening weekend.”‘
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvanias-sunday-hunting-set-to-debut-this-turns-opening-day-into-more-of-an-opening/article_d03a9cd4-2521-11eb-9cff-afb3736769a3.html

Transportation

Speed wars: States take aim at motorists who drive too fast
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/15/PennDOT-speeding-Governors-Highway-Safety-Association-National-Highway-Traffic-Safety-Administration/stories/202011150081

State seeks to add Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Amtrak train
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-seeks-to-add-pittsburgh-to-harrisburg-amtrak-train/

State offers new plan but no money for NYC passenger train
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/state-offers-new-plan-but-no-money-for-nyc-passenger-train/article_a83fbd5b-bd13-5e73-9395-83269d8bb582.html