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Wilkes University completes $3.3M Campus Gateway Project
https://www.timesleader.com/news/725348/wilkes-university-completes-3-3m-campus-gateway-project

Wilkes celebrates completion of Campus Gateway Project
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-celebrates-completion-of-campus-gateway-project-1.2412892

John Morganelli won’t seek re-election as Northampton County district attorney; at least one interested in job
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-john-morganelli-district-attorney-election-20181119-story.html

No more excuses. Fix Pa. pension funds | Editorial
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/state-workers-pensions-school-pensions-pa-funds-editorial-20181120.html

Forecast calls for reforms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/forecast-calls-for-reforms-1.2412880

Bill White: Why increasing taxes is sometimes the right action
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/white/mc-opi-pennsylvania-tax-increase-white-20181116-story.html

EDITORIAL: Pa. Republicans face hard choice — work with Wolf or against him
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/11/20/editorial-pa-republicans-face-hard-choice-work-wolf-against-him/2054650002/

Judge reimposes $19K restitution on ex-Rep. Mike Veon for corruption conviction
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/11/judge-reimposes-19k-restitution-on-ex-rep-mike-veon-for-corruption-conviction.html#incart_river_index

Business

Dick’s Sporting Goods latest store to reopen after tornado
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dick-s-sporting-goods-latest-store-to-reopen-after-tornado-1.2412974

Crime/Punishment

Son of Taiwanese celebrities to be released, deported after Delco school shooting threat
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/peng-sun-son-shooting-threat-high-school-bonner-20181119.html

Man who officials say threatened to ‘shoot everybody’ at Washington County polling place will stand trial
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/19/christopher-queen-pa-election-day-threat-shoot-everybody-washington-county-polling-place/stories/201811190126

Kate McClure says she ‘had no part’ in GoFundMe scam to support homeless Johnny Bobbitt
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/kate-mcclure-johnny-bobbitt-jr-gofundme-scam-mark-damico-phone-call-20181119.html

Feds: Johnstown addiction clinic office staff wrote Suboxone prescriptions — even the cleaning lady
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/19/opioid-prescription-clinic-ruth-jones-suboxone-johnstown-sks-associates-pill-mill-plea/stories/201811190110

Education

Debate over arming Tamaqua Area teachers erupts on social media
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/debate-over-arming-tamaqua-area-teachers-erupts-on-social-media-1.2412914

Scranton School Board approves proposed budget with $7.4 million deficit
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-approves-proposed-budget-with-7-4-million-deficit-1.2413018

Conservative groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt Boyertown’s transgender policy
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/conservative-groups-ask-us-supreme-court-to-halt-boyertowns-transgender-policy

Women are more likely to work in Pa. public schools, but less likely to lead them
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/11/women-are-more-likely-to-work-in-pa-public-schools-but-a-lot-less-likely-to-lead-school-districts.php

Elections/Politics

Democratic candidate files court challenge in Bucks County state Senate race
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/pennsylvania-senate-election-tomlinson-davis-bucks-county-20181119.html

Candidate petition seeks to delay certification of midterm election results
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20181119/candidate-petition-seeks-to-delay-certification-of-midterm-election-results

Midterm voter turnout in Pa. keeps up with historic national levels
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/11/midterm-voter-turnout-in-pa-keeps-up-with-historic-national-levels.html#incart_river_index

Gaming

Two planned Western Pa. mini-casinos will provide hundreds of jobs
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/11/19/Pennsylvania-mini-casinos-Westmoreland-Beaver-gaming-board-revenue-jobs-hearings/stories/201811190109

Local News

Luzerne County Children and Youth expenses rising
https://www.timesleader.com/news/725367/luzerne-county-children-and-youth-expenses-rising

New hire’s past troubles not an issue for Wilkes-Barre
https://www.timesleader.com/news/725335/new-hires-past-troubles-not-an-issue-for-wilkes-barre

Hoyt Library repairs near completion; will reopen soon
https://www.timesleader.com/news/725345/hoyt-library-repairs-near-completion-will-reopen-soon

Pro-life group sends letters as Planned Parenthood seeks new location
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pro-life-group-sends-letters-as-planned-parenthood-seeks-new-location-1.2412967

Luzerne County budget hearing attracts no interest
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-budget-hearing-attracts-no-interest-1.2412946

Scranton council preliminarily OKs mayor’s proposed 2019 budget
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-preliminarily-oks-mayor-s-proposed-2019-budget-1.2413042

Thankful to have food for the table
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/thankful-to-have-food-for-the-table-1.2413015

Commissioners plan to vote on county budget Wednesday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/commissioners-plan-to-vote-on-county-budget-wednesday-1.2412846

Deputy sheriff sues Lackawanna County for racial harassment
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/deputy-sheriff-sues-lackawanna-county-for-racial-harassment-1.2412913

State auditor general to begin audit of Delmont Volunteer Fire Department finances
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14313096-74/state-auditor-general-to-begin-audit-of-delmont-volunteer-fire-department-finances

Pa. National Guard to help remove Monessen blight
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/pa-national-guard-to-help-remove-monessen-blight/article_c2881870-ec2d-11e8-8954-0b2f803c86b7.html

Reading asks for public’s help to fight crime
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-asks-for-publics-help-to-fight-crime

Erie land bank gets $414,000 to combat blight
http://www.goerie.com/news/20181120/erie-land-bank-gets-414000-to-combat-blight

Erie off worst list for black residents; issues persist
http://www.goerie.com/news/20181120/erie-off-worst-list-for-black-residents-issues-persist

Leaders: Consolidation about communities, not schools
https://www.tribdem.com/news/leaders-consolidation-about-communities-not-schools/article_f0f6e0ba-ec7d-11e8-848c-43aad34412a8.html

National News

Cutting social media time can lessen depression and loneliness: study
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/social-media-consumption-depression-loneliness-penn-facebook-instagram-snapchat-20181120.html

Domestic dispute leads to deadly shooting at Chicago hospital
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/11/argument-at-chicago-hospital-erupts-into-deadly-shooting.php

Philly

City announces hiring of new library staff, expanded branch hours
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/mayor-kenney-free-library-closures-fundourlibraries-campaign-20181120.html

How a Philadelphia developer made $165,000 flipping city-owned lots with help from his friend, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/kenyatta-johnson-councilman-felton-hayman-house-flip-profit-philadelphia-20181120.html

4 found ‘executed’ in West Philly basement
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/4-found-slain-execution-style-in-west-philly-20181119.html

How a small Philadelphia record company gave an Oscar contender its sound
http://www2.philly.com/entertainment/green-book-music-jamie-records-20181119.html

Glenside man, 23, charged with assaulting Philly police captain at rally
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/protestors-charged-rally-independence-hall-police-20181119.html

Judge dismisses case against 2 cops charged with illegally detaining man
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/philadelphia-police-officers-matthew-walsh-marvin-jones-judge-dismisses-charges-20181119.html

Write-in votes for Gritty are in across Philly, burbs
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/gritty-election-results-write-in-votes-new-jersey-nick-foles-20181109.html

Philadelphia school board to consider three new charters
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/charter-school-applications-philadelphia-school-board-string-theory-tacony-academy-american-paradigm-20181116.html

Philly man who led violent robbery gang gets life in prison
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/philly-man-who-led-violent-robbery-gang-gets-life-in-prison-20181119.html

British 4-year-old begins T-cell therapy in Philadelphia
http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/british-4-year-old-begins-t-cell-therapy-in-philadelphia-20181119.html

Showing up is half the battle when it comes to change. Here’s what comes next | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/on-the-table-philly-conversation-philadelphia-foundation-20181120.html

After HQ2, Philadelphia should know not to cave to companies like Amazon | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/amazon-hq2-philadelphia-corporate-tax-subsidies-20181119.html

The SEPTA Key system punishes poor commuters | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/septa-key-commuters-low-income-transit-access-20181119.html

Philly doctors join national debate with NRA over gun safety
https://whyy.org/articles/philly-doctors-join-national-debate-with-nra-over-gun-safety/

Pitt

Couple killed in crash driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/11/19/Joseph-Kearney-Kathryn-Schurtz-couple-killed-chain-reaction-crash-Pittsburgh-Interstate-78-wedding/stories/201811190098

How Trump’s immigration policies are affecting one of Pittsburgh’s busiest restaurants
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/everyday-noodles-immigration-chinese-restaurant-mike-chen/

SUV crash knocks out Washington Boulevard floodgate system
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/11/19/Washington-Boulevard-floodgates-broken-pittsburgh-Highland-Park-Wendell-Hissrich/stories/201811190114

CDC task force to help AFM investigation; two more suspected cases reported in region
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/11/19/AFM-Allegheny-County-Health-Department-CDC-Task-Force-acute-flaccid-myelitis-symptoms-cases-pa/stories/201811190133

Pittsburgh fire chief credits sprinklers with containing high-rise blaze
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/19/Fire-chief-darryl-jones-sprinklers-ebenezer-Hill-District-high-rise-fire-contained/stories/201811190113

Residents remain displaced from fire-stricken Hill District apartments
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14314262-74/residents-remained-displaced-from-pittsburgh-apartment-building-following-weekend-fire

Former Saks site getting one of the state’s Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/11/20/Wine-Spirits-liquor-store-to-open-at-former-Saks-redevelopment-pittsburgh-downtown/stories/201811200063

Woman claims BNY Mellon fired her for Antwon Rose-related Facebook post because she’s white
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14314918-74/woman-claims-bny-mellon-fired-her-for-facebook-post-because-shes-white

South Oakland pothole leaves drivers with flats
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14316335-74/south-oakland-pothole-leaves-drivers-with-flats

Pittsburgh offers free parking during holiday season
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14313851-74/pittsburgh-offers-free-parking-during-holiday-season

State News

State police plan sobriety checkpoints in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler counties
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14312564-74/state-police-plan-sobriety-checkpoints-in-allegheny-armstrong-and-butler

Power outages linger in Western Pa. days after winter’s first blast
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14316348-74/power-outages-lingering-in-pittsburgh-area-days-after-snowfall-brought-down-trees

Fayette County mine reclamation project scheduled for Dec. 12 hearing
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14313469-74/fayette-county-mine-reclamation-project-scheduled-for-dec-12-hearing

Editorial: A disappointing report card on state’s infrastructure
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-a-disappointing-report-card-on-states-infrastructure

Deadline looms on U.S. bill that could affect thousands of low-income Pa. residents
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/deadline-looms-on-u-s-bill-that-could-affect-thousands/article_e23800f4-da23-5715-9a2d-bf5f73cb93b2.html

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks clergy abuse probe, restored office integrity
https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pennsylania-josh-shapiro-pa-press-club-20181119-story.html

Transportation

More than 54 million to travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/11/19/Thanksgiving-travel-AAA-congested-roads-Pennsylvania-Turnpike-lower-gasoline-prices/stories/201811190033

Road conditions in West Reading investigated
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/road-conditions-in-west-reading-investigated-[ask-the-eagle-reports]

Washington

In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership
http://www2.philly.com/wires/ap/threat-pelosi-dems-say-theyll-back-new-leadership-20181119.html-2

Where do Pennsylvania’s congressional Democrats stand on Nancy Pelosi as House speaker?
https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-house-democrats-nancy-pelosi-20181119-story.html

Trump sets off storm by criticizing retired Navy admiral
http://www2.philly.com/wires/ap/trump-sets-off-storm-by-criticizing-retired-navy-admiral-20181119.html-2

Ivanka Trump used personal email account for government business
http://www2.philly.com/politics/ivanka-trump-personal-email-government-business-hillary-clinton-20181120.html

Judge bars U.S. from enforcing Trump asylum ban
http://www2.philly.com/news/nation-world/trump-asylum-ineligible-judge-ruling-mexico-caravan-20181120.html

Senate Democrats sue to block Trump’s acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/11/19/Senate-Democrats-sue-appointment-Trump-acting-attorney-general-Matt-Whitaker/stories/201811190169

The 2019 White House correspondents’ dinner won’t feature a comedian
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/11/19/White-House-correspondents-dinner-break-tradition-stand-up-comedian-historian/stories/201811190173

Invest in grid connections
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/invest-in-grid-connections-1.2412882