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Legislature

Pa. legislative committee rejects request to conduct election audit
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/23/Pennsylvania-legislative-committee-rejects-request-conduct-election-audit-Trump-Biden/stories/202011230107

In rare move, bipartisan panel rejects Pa. House request to audit 2020 election
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/spl/pennsylvania-2020-election-audit-gop-legislature-kathy-boockvar-20201123.html

With audit rejected, lawmakers shift focus to future changes to Pa.’s election code
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/with-audit-rejected-lawmakers-shift-focus-to-future-changes-of-pa-election-code/

It’s not too late: RGGI can help PA combat climate change By Senator Katie Muth and Amanda Lapham
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/its-not-too-late-rggi-can-help-pa-combat-climate-change.html

PennDOT says it’s out of cash, needs to borrow $600M to continue road, bridge projects
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/23/PennDOT-PA-Legislature-borrow-600-million-delay-projects-Transportation-Committee/stories/202011230117

Hundreds of Pennsylvania road projects to halt next week without PennDOT funding; senators seek answers
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-road-projects-funding-20201123-q257mzrqjbguhkbl5nn5lx42nu-story.html

Deana’s Law withers in state House
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/deanas-law-withers-in-state-house/article_75f73cb1-5a6b-5f7a-a05c-390f02ee0d1c.html

Criminal justice and college applications
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/11/24/Criminal-justice-and-college-applications/stories/202010280049

Proposed EV tax inevitable
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/proposed-ev-tax-inevitable/article_1a8b8230-4474-55fc-9a96-1527e139287c.html

Heffley tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/coronavirus/heffley-tests-positive-for-covid-19/article_a333b98a-c5c0-5906-bd7b-621447c78e99.html

Budget

Wolf signs no-new-tax budget bills for rest of fiscal year
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/11/23/Pennsylvania-budget-no-new-tax-bills-2020-21-fiscal-year-Governor-Tom-Wolf/stories/202011230119

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. bans alcohol sales on eve of Thanksgiving, places new orders on schools; keeps eye on ‘fragile’ economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/23/COVID-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-hospitalizations/stories/202011230095

As Thanksgiving nears, Pa. tells people to stay home and bars not to serve Wednesday night
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-surge-orders-stay-at-home-restrictions-thanksgiving-bars-nj-philly-20201123.html

Pa. to ban alcohol sales at bars, restaurants for 1 night
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-to-ban-alcohol-at-bars-and-restaurants-for-1-night/

Wolf, Levine announce new COVID mitigation efforts
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810913/wolf-levine-announce-new-covid-mitigation-efforts

Wolf administration orders 5 p.m. last call for alcohol on Thanksgiving Eve
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-administration-orders-5-p-m-last-call-for-alcohol-on-thanksgiving-eve/article_f226a9bf-de5d-51d9-b259-75e7cdff2d77.html

Wolf, Levine ban drinking at bars, restaurants on Thanksgiving eve
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/wolf-levine-ban-drinking-at-bars-restaurants-on-thanksgiving-eve/article_1120fc59-136d-5457-9210-2cdb368aa270.html

New Pennsylvania coronavirus measures: What you need to know about stay-at-home advisory, gathering limits, enforcement and more
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-coronavirus-new-measures-what-to-know-20201123-hr4lp4owpbgu3gdyajaxjlavea-story.html

COVID-19 volunteer program, facing multiple hurdles, aims for spring 2021 launch
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/covid-19-volunteer-program-facing-multiple-hurdles-aims-for-spring-2021-launch.html

Experts say valve masks don’t stop virus’s spread and if you see one, keep your distance
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/11/22/valve-masks-danger-exhalation-covid-19-pandemic-coronavirus-CDC/stories/202011220043

Allegheny County adds 962 new covid cases in 2 days, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-adds-962-new-covid-cases-in-2-days-no-new-death/

Pennsylvania adds nearly 12,000 new covid cases in 2 days
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-adds-nearly-12000-new-covid-cases-in-2-days/

Berks County has 203 new coronavirus cases, the highest 1-day increase since April
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-has-203-new-coronavirus-cases-the-highest-1-day-increase-since-april/article_a958181e-2dc1-11eb-86bc-b3008703bfe3.html

Bucks County reports 17 new deaths, record 2,074 new coronavirus cases
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/11/24/bucks-county-covid-cases-17-new-deaths-record-new-coronvirus/6404422002/

COVID-19 pandemic is not halting everyone’s Thanksgiving travel plans
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/thanksgiving-travel-philadelphia-amtrak-30th-street-phl-airport-20201124.html

UPMC to public: Don’t let guard down in stopping spread of COVID-19 during holiday season | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/upmc-to-public-dont-let-guard-down-in-stopping-spread-of-covid-19-during-this-holiday-season.html

Tokyo governor: Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/olympics/2020/11/24/Tokyo-governor-Japan-can-host-Olympics-despite-virus-spike/stories/202011240113

Elections/Politics

Pa. Supreme Court allows count of 2,000 ballots challenged by Nicole Ziccarelli
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/23/Pa-Supreme-Court-allows-count-ballots-challenged-Nicole-Ziccarelli-jim-brewster/stories/202011230112

Pa. Supreme Court says undated mail-in ballots in Nicole Ziccarelli case can be counted
https://triblive.com/local/pa-supreme-court-says-undated-mail-in-ballots-in-ziccarelli-case-can-be-counted/

Most Pa. counties certify election results by deadline; a few will take longer
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/23/most-pa-counties-certify-election-results-by-deadline-a-few-will-take-longer/

Philly region certifies election results as Trump legal challenges continue to falter
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/23/philly-region-certifies-election-results-as-trump-legal-challenges-continue-to-falter/

Westmoreland judge tosses more than 200 ballots elections board wanted counted
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-judge-tosses-more-than-200-ballots-elections-board-wanted-counted/

Pennsylvania counties certify election results despite isolated pushback from Trump allies
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-certification-election-results-third-circuit-trump-counties-20201123.html

Allegheny County certifies election results
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/11/23/Allegheny-County-certifies-election-results-pennsylvania-biden-trump/stories/202011230078

Luzerne County Election Board certifies Nov. 3 general election results
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810818/luzerne-county-election-board-certifies-nov-3-general-election-results

Lackawanna County certifies election results, Biden wins county by 9,657 votes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/lackawanna-county-certifies-election-results-biden-wins-county-by-9-657-votes/article_b618f415-aefa-50aa-b5a8-5d2ee2bb35ee.html

Schuylkill County certifies election results
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/schuylkill-county-certifies-election-results/article_0b781bb5-507a-5b9c-b48e-4dcec249f856.html

Chesco officials certify historic victory for Joe Biden
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chesco-officials-certify-historic-victory-for-joe-biden/article_994047ba-2db4-11eb-9cf2-7791908e1ba2.html

The GOP warned Susquehanna County voters that Biden would ban fracking. Few believe it will happen.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fracking-shale-biden-trump-shale-pennsylvania-20201124.html

Michigan certifies Biden win despite Trump’s GOP overtures
https://triblive.com/news/despite-trumps-prodding-michigan-to-consider-certifying-biden-win/

Biden transition gets government OK after Trump out of options
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/11/23/General-Services-Administration-GSA-Joe-Biden-transition-begins-Emily-Murphy-Donald-Trump-2020-election-White-House/stories/202011230126

Pa. Supreme Court hands Trump another setback, rules ballots can be counted even if voter didn’t completely fill out the envelope, report
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-supreme-court-hands-trump-another-setback-rules-incomplete-ballots-can-be-counted-report/

Congressman Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell seek injunction to stop Pa. election certification
https://triblive.com/local/regional/congressman-mike-kelly-sean-parnell-seek-injunction-to-stop-pa-election-certification/

Vanquished W. Pa. congressional hopeful, who’s part of of GOP ballot suit, praised mail-in voting earlier this year
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/vanquished-w-pa-congressional-hopeful-whos-part-of-of-gop-mail-in-ballot-suit-praised-mail-in-voting-earlier-this-year/

Tony Norman: Pa: From COVID-19 hot zone to voter disenfranchisement hot mess
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2020/11/24/Election-fraud-Pennsylvania-failed-Trump-ratification-electors-GOP-cowardice/stories/202011240029

Administration

Labor & Industry still battling UC-related fraud
https://observer-reporter.com/business/labor-industry-still-battling-uc-related-fraud/article_8cd1e6ec-2d95-11eb-855a-7fef80be62be.html

Business

Big Marijuana company Jushi to triple cultivation in Pa. as cannabis sales continue to rise
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/medical-marijuana-pennsylvania-demand-rockets-jushi-holdings-expands-scranton-cultivation-20201123.html

Cannabis operator to expand in Scranton; create more than 100 new jobs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/cannabis-operator-to-expand-in-scranton-create-more-than-100-new-jobs/article_22fbacea-7ced-5158-8af5-7dcfe63732fb.html

Shootings

Tarentum shooting leaves 18-year-old dead, other teen injured
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/tarentum-shooting-leaves-18-year-old-dead-other-teen-injured/

Man shot in chest after carjacking in Knoxville
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/24/Police-investigate-carjacking-and-shooting/stories/202011240110

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/

‘Why my baby?’ asks the mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead in Frankford
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-frankford-12-year-old-boy-shot-sadeek-clark-harrison-20201123.html

Dominican group pleads with city after store owner killed in North Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/north-philadelphia-homicide-shooting-store-owner-dominican-dario-rodriguez-20201123.html

Education

Pennsylvania sets new health measures for K-12 schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/23/pennsylvania-new-health-measures-K-12-schools-covid-19-mitigation-education-levine/stories/202011230110

School districts must sign off on covid-19 safety procedures or go virtual by month’s end
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/area-school-districts-must-sign-off-on-covid-19-safety-procedures-or-go-virtual-by-months-end/

Covid-19 claims Jeannette elementary school secretary
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/covid-19-claims-jeannette-elementary-school-secretary/

Norwin reports 13 more coronavirus cases; pushes total to 78
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/norwin-reports-13-more-covid-19-cases-pushes-total-to-78/

COVID-19 killed some Pa. high school sports seasons, boosted others: ‘We gave it our all’
https://www.pennlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/11/covid-19-killed-seasons-for-some-teams-boosted-others-but-pa-high-school-sports-still-drew-cheers.html

Health Care

The Medicare for All fight should continue in Pennsylvania | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/medicare-for-all-pennysylvania-teamsters-unions-congress-20201123.html

Local News

Cognetti participates in virtual mayoral conference about pandemic with Biden, Harris
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/cognetti-participates-in-virtual-mayoral-conference-about-pandemic-with-biden-harris/article_d20cff81-f3bd-54f7-aa84-65037be45fd4.html

2 Reading restaurants close and another one could open, Downtown Improvement District board learns
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/2-reading-restaurants-close-and-another-one-could-open-downtown-improvement-district-board-learns/article_16329c5c-2dcc-11eb-b8b7-fb6d899e91ee.html

Reading cuts proposed tax increase in half
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-cuts-proposed-tax-increase-in-half/article_67000578-2dec-11eb-ab4c-8b33a143a447.html

Luzerne County Council to discuss state-requested pollution reduction plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810911/luzerne-county-council-to-discuss-state-requested-pollution-reduction-plan

Proposed COVID-19 relief program to offer assistance for WB residents
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810907/proposed-covid-19-relief-program-to-offer-assistance-for-wb-residents

County, municipalities receive DEP recycling grants
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/11/24/county-municipalities-receive-dep-recycling-grants/6402032002/

Philly

The Philly board that reviews police shootings hasn’t met in a year, worrying advocates
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-shootings-use-force-review-board-officers-danielle-outlaw-20201123.html

City board charged with oversight of Philly police shootings hasn’t met for a year
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-board-charged-with-oversight-of-philly-police-shootings-hasn-t-met-for-a-year/article_f28919cd-01ef-591d-9308-07200740208b.html

An urban farm feeding the poorest part of Philly fights to stay alive and growing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/urban-farm-north-philadelphia-food-insecurity-supermarket-desert-20201124.html

Philly’s reserve funds could be dangerously low by July. City officials hope for more federal aid.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/tax-revenue-budget-cares-act-stimulus-philadelphia-20201124.html

Philadelphia has an affordable-housing crisis. Biden’s platform has a simple, but radical, solution. | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/philadelphia-affordable-housing-rental-assistance-section-8-vouchers-biden-policy-parkway-encampment-trump-20201124.html

Federal prosecutors charge 15 alleged Philly mobsters with racketeering, drug dealing and extortion
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-mob-drug-trafficking-extortion-20201123.html

Patricia Carlin Sperling, early proponent for equality and social justice, dies at 98
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/patricia-carlin-sperling-volunteer-social-justice-american-friends-service-new-hope-dies-died-obituary-obituaries-20201123.html

Pitt

Steelers will limit fans again after Thanksgiving game against Ravens
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2020/11/23/pittsburgh-sports-covid-fan-restrictions-heinz-field-steelers-pitt/stories/202011230125

Rust Belt revival? Developer hoping exodus from big cities will help fill Strip District apartments
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/11/24/Strip-District-Merlinos-Oxide-Real-Estate-Polish-Hill-Lawrenceville-Penn-Avenue-32nd-Street/stories/202011240092

Area soup kitchens redefine holiday celebrations this year
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/11/24/East-End-Cooperative-Ministry-Rainbow-Kitchen-Community-Kitchen-Pittsburgh-Thanksgiving-COVID-19/stories/202011240022

At Allegheny County Jail, 10 workers test positive for COVID-19, another 50 quarantined
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/23/Allegheny-County-Jail-10-workers-test-positive-COVID-19-another-50-quarantined-orlando-harper/stories/202011230108

City to pay $95,000 to settle property negligence suit in Homewood
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/11/23/pittsburgh-pay-settlement-property-negligence-homewood-Ira-ritter-michele-ritter-crawford/stories/202011180145

Mayor Peduto proposes adding COVID-19 sick leave under local ordinance
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/11/23/pittsburgh-bill-Peduto-proposes-adding-COVID-19-sick-leave-local-ordinance-response-impact-health/stories/202011230075

Pittsburgh City Council passes covid sick leave resolution, historical designations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-city-council-passes-covid-sick-leave-resolution-historical-designations/

Two Pittsburgh nightclubs closed by health department for COVD-19 problems
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/11/23/nightclubs-Allegheny-County-health-department-COVD-19-Tilden-Bridgez/stories/202011230102

State News

Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores to be opened Wednesday evening, closed Thanksgiving: PLCB
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/11/fine-wine-good-spirits-stores-to-be-opened-wednesday-evening-closed-thanksgiving-plcb.html