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Legislature

Pennsylvania Republicans held on to the state legislature. But Democrats still feel good about redistricting. Here’s why.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-redistricting-republicans-democrats-20201123.html

Pa. lawmakers target COVID-19 lawsuits, look to tack on fees for electric cars
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/pa-lawmakers-target-covid-19-lawsuits-look-to-tack-on-fees-for-electric-cars.html

Quinn’s pipeline safety bill moves to governor’s desk
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/quinns-pipeline-safety-bill-moves-to-governors-desk/article_6d7bab74-2c1f-11eb-99e3-eb18a2bd9bec.html

Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/pa-conservative-hopes-for-subpoena-fueled-election-investigation-quashed-by-political-reality/

Grove, Keefer foster doubts about election after voting firm abandons hearing
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/politics/2020/11/20/grove-keefer-fosters-doubts-election-after-voting-firm-abandons-hearing/6355229002/

Fetterman’s flags fly in the face of some Pa. lawmakers
https://triblive.com/news/world/fettermans-flags-fly-in-the-face-of-some-pa-lawmakers/

State boosts broadband, thus economy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/state-boosts-broadband-thus-economy/article_ce49bd91-1678-51c5-82a7-602dcd491595.html

State Sen. Judy Schwank will temporarily shut down district office to reduce rising coronavirus cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/state-sen-judy-schwank-will-temporarily-shut-down-district-office-to-reduce-rising-coronavirus-cases/article_f8ba27b4-2b4e-11eb-8d78-e31fd6131590.html

Budget

Pa. budget doesn’t raise taxes or bail out industries hit by the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-budget-coronavirus-relief-aid-cases-35-billion-20201120.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

State program to aid nursing homes in fighting COVID-19 falling short of goals, some home officials say
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/state-program-to-aid-nursing-homes-in-fighting-covid-19-falling-short-of-goals-some/article_1db53a7b-b30b-50da-a947-13e41a02f401.html

Brighton’s Plight: Managing internally
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/brighton/part7-managing-internally.php

Financially distressed Pa. towns faring better than expected, while others in pain
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/municipalities-financial-distress-act-47-tax-hikes-budget-pandemic-20201122.html

With the coronavirus raging, Pa. charities face make-or- break situation
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/with-the-coronavirus-raging-pa-charities-face-make-or-break-situation.html

Too much or just enough? Western Pennsylvanians divided over latest COVID-19 guidance
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/11/23/Pennsylvania-COVID-19-restrictions-Allegheny-County-Debra-Bogen-Rachel-Levine-updated-orders-coronavirus/stories/202011200135

New COVID-19 cases and related closures hit Philly area; Montco schools begin a two-week shutdown
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-coronavirus-school-closure-deaths-health-board-20201122.html

Philadelphians brace for a long coronavirus winter: ‘It’s a fog that surrounds us all’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-coronavirus-second-wave-winter-2020-20201123.html

COVID-19 death toll rises in Luzerne, Wyoming counties
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-death-toll-rises-in-luzerne-wyoming-counties/article_5a5849a3-a106-5175-90bf-967af314ef77.html

Berks County hospitals prepared for coronavirus resurgence as hospitalizations, case numbers increase
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-hospitals-prepared-for-coronavirus-resurgence-as-hospitalizations-case-numbers-increase/article_7a3e8554-28da-11eb-962d-d3eea22ed5e8.html

Demand lessens for COVID-19 tests on second day
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/demand-lessens-for-covid-19-tests-on-second-day/article_b6ef4d5c-bf44-5ae7-ace9-7c686b9024af.html

Looking to get a covid-19 test? Here are some of your options
https://triblive.com/local/regional/looking-to-get-a-covid-19-test-here-are-some-of-your-options/

A COVID Christmas? Experts suggest ways for kids, families to cope this holiday season
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/a-covid-christmas-experts-suggest-ways-for-kids-families-to-cope-this-holiday-season/article_8a11dbab-bfc8-5759-9c5c-a7f1613de7a4.html

Jury duty? Many are refusing because of COVID-19, forcing trials to be delayed
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/11/jury-duty-many-are-refusing-because-of-covid-19-forcing-trials-to-be-delayed.html

As deer season approaches, Pa. hunters adjust camp traditions in light of COVID-19
https://www.ydr.com/story/sports/outdoors/2020/11/23/pa-deer-rifle-season-hunting-2020-covid-19-safety-precautions/3776034001/

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/washington-at-a-standstill-as-states-face-the-loss-of-federal-help-amid-the-worst-part-of-the-crisis/

China tests millions after COVID-19 flareups in 3 cities
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/11/23/China-tests-millions-after-coronavirus-flareups-in-3-cities-coronavirus/stories/202011230067

Business

Biz owners can’t deduct expenses paid with PPP loan money — at least for now
https://www.inquirer.com/news/sba-ppp-forgiveness-irs-tax-deductible-expenses-20201123.html

This small Pa. turkey farm processes 4,400 turkeys in four days. It’s not for the weak-hearted.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/turkey-thanksgiving-covid-howe-farm-downington-20201123.html

Roadside America in Shartlesville to close permanently
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/roadside-america-in-shartlesville-to-close-permanently/article_0cb7b364-2ce2-11eb-88eb-67c1568e6823.html

Crime/Punishment

18-year-old killed, one wounded in Tarentum shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/23/18-year-old-killed-Tarentum-shooting/stories/202011230068

1 person dead, another in critical condition after Wilkinsburg shooting, police said
https://triblive.com/local/1-person-dead-another-in-critical-condition-after-wilkinsburg-shooting-police-said/

Teen dead, another injured in Monroe County robbery, shooting
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-teen-dead-another-injured-in-monroe-county-shooting-20201123-usxc7ibaiza5vjd6otfv3nfjhi-story.html

Education

The list: Pittsburgh-area school districts shift back to remote learning as COVID-19 cases surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/22/Pittsburgh-western-pennsylvania-schools-close-remote-virtual-learning-COVID-19-cases-online/stories/202011220194

A look inside schools’ reopening decisions
https://triblive.com/local/regional/a-look-inside-schools-reopening-decisions/

In Palmerton, parents and students protest to keep schools open during pandemic
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-palmerton-parent-protest-reopen-schools-20201121-6cck4gxsdnfjjpxj65fch2lxpi-story.html

Rupprecht family encourages Deer Lakes to implement ‘Hope Squad’ suicide prevention program
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/rupprecht-family-encourages-deer-lakes-to-implement-hope-squad-suicide-prevention-program/

Monday Update: More than 500 Wayne County property owners apply for rebates from North Pocono School District
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/monday-update-more-than-500-wayne-county-property-owners-apply-for-rebates-from-north-pocono/article_fd568188-b61c-5a1d-b676-845b9193bb12.html

Region’s international student enrollment declined with global pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/regions-international-student-enrollment-declined-with-global-pandemic/

Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
https://www.inquirer.com/education/rhodes-scholar-university-of-pennsylvania-mackenzie-fierceton-lafayette-20201122.html

As colleges empty for Thanksgiving, students and staff aim for COVID-safe return home
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/23/colleges-covid-19-safe-travel-thanksgiving-break-pittsburgh-coronavirus-holiday-families/stories/202011230024

Elections/Politics

Nearly all Pa. counties expect to sign off on election results by Monday despite Trump’s attempts to delay certification
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-elections-certifies-by-county-20201121-di7l2rtkzvb3robss4lnhlmeqy-story.html

Biden supporters in Pennsylvania look ahead to a ‘traditional presidency
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/23/biden-supporters-in-pennsylvania-look-ahead-to-a-traditional-presidency/

Edwardsville, Forty Fort flip from Trump to Biden
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/edwardsville-forty-fort-flip-from-trump-to-biden/article_f5bf9042-3fc8-573f-9974-cdc97b95fcb4.html

‘Stop golfing and concede’: Trump, Md.’s governor spar again after president criticizes South Korean tests
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/stop-golfing-and-concede-trump-mds-governor-spar-again-after-president-criticizes-south-korean-tests.html

Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/22/Donald-Trump-Pennsylvania-court-ruling-appeal-vote-counting-voter-fraud-Rudy-Giuliani-Election-2020-Joe-Biden/stories/202011220197

Kelly, Parnell challenge some mail-in voting in court complaint
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/11/21/Mike-Kelly-Sean-Parnell-lawsuit-Pennsylvania-block-mail-in-election-votes/stories/202011210061

Supporters of Trump election, Black Lives Matter engage in war of words in Greensburg
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/supporters-of-trump-election-black-lives-matter-engage-in-war-of-words-in-greensburg/

Luzerne County election board to certify vote from Nov. 3 election on Monday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/luzerne-county-election-board-to-certify-vote-from-nov-3-election-on-monday/article_27e1a7a7-efa1-57c0-ac79-b5328974843d.html

Health Care

State’s new ‘Pennie’ health exchange in jeopardy if Trump’s ACA lawsuit prevails
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/states-new-pennie-health-exchange-in-jeopardy-if-trumps-aca-lawsuit-prevails/

Local News

Scranton gas card use plummeted after investigation exposed lack of oversight
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-gas-card-use-plummeted-after-investigation-exposed-lack-of-oversight/article_c4bdc83f-af0b-5924-8b14-92767c5c6f85.html

Queen City to receive royal treatment with million-dollar revitalization
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/queen-city-to-receive-royal-treatment-with-million-dollar-revitalization/article_953c348f-3c6c-5667-b12f-d505c326620e.html

Berks Nature’s State of the Environment focuses on healing through nature
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/berks-natures-state-of-the-environment-focuses-on-healing-through-nature/article_635fcf5a-2a79-11eb-9c24-874dab67d8c3.html

Delco budget calls for no tax hike in 2021
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-budget-calls-for-no-tax-hike-in-2021/article_62c626a0-2c15-11eb-8311-5f34d69c50ab.html

Philly

Philly man has served 38 years for robbery of $1,200. Witnesses say he wasn’t even there.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/dennis-mckeithan-philadelphia-police-robbery-39th-district-scandal-conviction-integrity-unit-20201123.html

Philly opens its annual Christmas Village and Holiday Market amid worsening COVID-19 conditions
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid19-coronavirus-christmas-village-philadelphia-shopping-holiday-20201121.html

From wage taxes to red tape, here’s why Philadelphia is one of the hardest cities to do business
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-business-taxes-regulations-rank-talent-amazon-20201122.html

Employers tell what Philly needs and lacks if the city wants to create more jobs
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business-philadelphia-taxes-growth-economy-poverty-comcast-penn-health-labs-20201122.html

Vision Zero remains crucial to curbing traffic violence in Philly | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-traffic-fatalities-spike-vision-zero-bike-lanes-20201123.html

Solving Philly’s poverty problem requires radical thinking — and realism | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/poverty-philadelphia-city-council-pandemic-unemployment-20201122.html

Biden’s COVID-19 strategy should prioritize low-income communities like Philly’s | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-poverty-plans-philadelphia-joe-biden-20201121.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh votes to increase police oversight
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/11/23/Pittsburgh-votes-to-increase-police-oversight/stories/202011110038

Food pantries have adjusted to increased need, but they anticipate a surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/11/23/food-pantries-coronavirus-Greater-Pittsburgh-Community-Food-Bank-need-insecurity/stories/202011210004

Pittsburgh public relations group establishes Black Excellence Award
https://triblive.com/local/prsa-pittsburgh-establishes-black-excellence-award/

Homewood church calls for community unity in response to vandalism
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/11/22/Pittsburgh-church-vandalism-Bethesda-Presbyterian-Church-Homewood/stories/202011220203

Port Authority scheduling to address missed trips, extend service to Forbes Hospital
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/22/Port-Authority-missed-trips-unscheduled-operators-Forbes-Hospital/stories/202011220067

State News

State officials urge those in need to use food pantries and other services to avoid hunger
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/11/22/food-insecurity-bucks-county-thanksgiving-aid-coronavirus/3777504001/

Transportation

New taxes and tolls ahead? PennDOT is looking for additional funding sources
https://www.goerie.com/story/business/transportation/2020/11/21/taxes-tolls-penndot-revenue-transportation-roads-bridges/3763151001/

Washington

Under Trump, hundreds of small changes in immigration rules have had a huge impact
https://www.inquirer.com/news/no-blank-space-trump-aila-hias-uscis-ice-changes-forms-fees-policies-regulations-20201123.html