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Legislature

Pa. road and bridge construction projects could be shut down in days, putting thousands out of work
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/in-days-pa-road-and-bridge-construction-projects-could-be-shut-down-putting-thousands-out-of-work.html

PennDOT’s $600 million funding shortfall threatens thousands of jobs; Pennsylvania lawmakers look for solution
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-penndot-needs-money-20201124-zznlplibunfwdaqrqfqeeyodjq-story.html

Trump plans to attend GOP election hearing with Giuliani in Gettysburg
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/25/Trump-Republican-election-hearing-Giuliani-Gettysburg/stories/202011250128

Reports: President Trump to appear at Gettysburg on Wednesday
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2020/11/25/reports-president-trump-appear-gettysburg-wednesday/6419109002/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

As COVID cases surge in Pa., contact tracers frustrated by lack of cooperation
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/24/covid-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-hospitalizations-surge/stories/202011240127

Pa. officials urge people with covid to cooperate with contact tracing
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-officials-urge-people-with-covid-to-cooperate-with-contact-tracing/

Burdened by surging cases, Pa. rationing contact tracing efforts
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/25/burdened-by-surging-cases-pa-rationing-contact-tracing-efforts/

DCNR sends out-of-state park visitors without a negative COVID test packing
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/dcnr-sends-out-of-state-park-visitors-without-a-negative-covid-test-packing/

Pennsylvania adds 6,669 new covid-19 cases
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-adds-6669-new-covid-19-cases/

Pa. reports 3,900 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Cases increase in Philly, New Jersey.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philly-pa-nj-thanksgiving-hospitalizations-surge-vaccine-20201124.html

Allegheny County reports 1st child death from covid-19, new record 7-day case total
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-reports-record-new-7-day-covid-19-case-total/

COVID-19 risk substantial for Luzerne County gatherings
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-risk-substantial-for-luzerne-county-gatherings/article_08a992ca-2c56-58d1-98e5-9ff04e9fa141.html

How much of a risk is Thanksgiving? Researchers in Georgia may have an answer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/how-much-of-a-risk-is-thanksgiving-researchers-in-georgia-may-have-an-answer/article_569a25ab-be00-5020-a93a-dd0042bd556b.html

Westmoreland County sets records for 3 covid-19 statistics
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-sets-records-for-3-covid-19-statistics/

169 more coronavirus cases for Berks County in state reporting
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/169-more-coronavirus-cases-for-berks-county-in-state-reporting/article_83ef2702-2e5c-11eb-a70d-5f1990512b93.html

Five more residents die from COVID-19 at Cumberland County nursing home: officials
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/five-more-residents-die-from-covid-19-at-cumberland-county-nursing-home-officials.html

State plans new testing sites as new COVID-19 cases remain high
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/state-plans-new-testing-sites-as-new-covid-19-cases-remain-high/article_eddf6d08-fb80-5c9f-b7d8-d90f06de0a99.html

Rite Aid updates COVID-19 testing program
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810995/rite-aid-updates-covid-19-testing-program

First 6.4 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine could go out in mid-December to health-care workers
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine-mid-december-frontline-health-care-workers-20201125.html

My 88-year-old patient said COVID-19 wasn’t keeping him from a holiday party. Here’s how I responded. | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-coronavirus-family-holiday-gatherings-20201125.html

Give thanks for frontline workers who keep our loved ones, society, and democracy alive | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/thankgiving-philadelphia-2020-coronavirus-elections-frontline-workers-20201125.html

School public on COVID vaccines
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/school-public-on-covid-vaccines/article_8369b57c-b3a1-57c5-af33-8efbe515c3ab.html

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania certifies its presidential election results, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-certification-2020-presidential-election-vote-20201124.html

Pennsylvania certifies election; Biden wins by 80K votes
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-certifies-election-biden-wins-by-80k-votes/

Pa. attorneys urge court to toss petition of Rep. Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-attorneys-urge-court-to-toss-congressman-mike-kelly-parnell-petition/

Hazard pay approved for Westmoreland election workers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hazard-pay-approved-for-westmoreland-election-workers/

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections | Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/how-state-political-parties-helped-big-money-pay-for-this-years-elections-analysis/

Administration

The ‘cult’ of John Fetterman has a national following. What could that mean for his political future?
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/24/the-cult-of-john-fetterman-has-a-national-following-what-could-that-mean-for-his-political-future/

Business

Law enforcement prepares to enforce alcohol bans at bars, restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/25/pennsylvania-covid-19-thanksgiving-eve-alcohol-ban-bars-restaurants-police-law-enforcement/stories/202011240169

Western Pa. bar, restaurant owners rankled over ban on Thanksgiving Eve alcohol sales
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/western-pa-bar-restaurants-owners-rankled-over-ban-on-thanksgiving-eve-hooch-sales/

Thanksgiving eve beer and alcohol sales restrictions deliver another blow to Lehigh Valley bars and restaurants, owners say
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-coronavirus-measures-friendsgiving-20201124-qgckfema6jhnbicrdbcirlbifi-story.html

Poconos ski industry optimistic, despite coronavirus, mild winter forecast
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/poconos-pennsylvania-skiing-coronavirus-climate-change-ski-season-winter-20201125.html

Some restaurants volunteer to close dining rooms, resort to online ordering as COVID cases spike
https://www.pennlive.com/food/2020/11/some-restaurants-volunteer-to-close-dining-rooms-resort-to-online-ordering-as-covid-cases-spike.html

Shell reports 77 active cases, doubles holiday testing capabilities
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/11/24/shell-77-active-cases-holiday-testing-doubled/6414735002/

Crime/Punishment

Former Chester County sheriff and her boyfriend charged with theft for improper K-9 unit comp time
https://www.inquirer.com/news/carolyn-welsh-chester-county-k9-unit-harry-mckinney-sheriff-20201124.html

SCI Mahanoy reports first death of inmate with COVID-19
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/cops-and-courts/sci-mahanoy-reports-first-death-of-inmate-with-covid-19/article_07d73807-b9f3-5651-8859-c0690521fcff.html

Allenwood Federal Penitentiary on virtual lockdown amid spike in COVID-19 cases
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/allenwood-federal-penitentiary-on-virtual-lockdown-amid-spike-in-covid-19-cases.html

Shootings

Man dies in McKees Rocks shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/25/One-dead-after-shooting-in-McKees-Rocks/stories/202011250129

Bicyclist shot in Downtown after alleged argument with motorist
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/24/cyclist-shot-Pittsburgh-vehicle-accident-shooting-Downtown-crash-7th-Fort-Duquesne/stories/202011240168

2 men killed in separate Philly shootings
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-homicide-shooting-strawberry-mansion-olney-20201124.html

‘He did the right thing and they killed him for it’: Mom says son was shot in Center City for testifying
https://www.inquirer.com/news/shooting-clothespin-khaleaf-sistrunk-witness-intimidation-fedex-driver-easter-sunday-shooting-20201124.html

Education

Online or in school? Districts weigh options before telling Pa. their plans under new COVID-19 rules
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/online-or-in-school-districts-weigh-options-before-telling-pa-their-plans-under-new-covid-19-rules.html

More schools go remote as state guidelines tighten
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/24/Western-Pennsylvania-schools-remote-guidelines-virtual-online-learning-education/stories/202011240150

Lincoln University awarded grant to expand study abroad
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/lincoln-university-awarded-grant-to-expand-study-abroad/article_c9c07d88-e48e-5cec-9b5f-7741048d281c.html

MCCC offers tuition assistance program to help unemployed students
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/mccc-offers-tuition-assistance-program-to-help-unemployed-students/article_58049927-9f04-51ea-88a9-8679acf973ba.html

Wilkes University reports 35 students with COVID-19, 112 in isolation or quarantine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/wilkes-university-reports-35-students-with-covid-19-112-in-isolation-or-quarantine/article_7e7ebcee-239d-53c3-b9df-67141aa6686e.html

Gaming

Few dozen on hand for grand opening of Live! Casino at Westmoreland Mall
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/people-line-up-for-grand-opening-of-live-casino-at-westmoreland-mall/

Local News

Scranton to test wastewater to help stop spread of COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/scranton-to-test-wastewater-to-help-stop-spread-of-covid-19/article_dcdedc1e-a4e1-5ff0-a0a7-ce40e1f43f4d.html

Scranton mask makers help Santa’s elves stay safe during pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/scranton-mask-makers-help-santas-elves-stay-safe-during-pandemic/article_b34bbb3c-32fd-55a0-83dc-2416537eaf23.html

Farmers market has great season
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/farmers-market-has-great-season/article_617211e4-bc56-5413-b170-149de9dfb07b.html

As the pandemic threatens to leave many in Berks County hungry, Helping Harvest steps up to feed them
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/as-the-pandemic-threatens-to-leave-many-in-berks-county-hungry-helping-harvest-steps-up/article_5a1e662a-2d37-11eb-9610-9f45bf4f3f37.html

Delaware County computer network disrupted; officials investigating criminal activity
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-county-computer-network-disrupted-20201124.html

Luzerne County Council approves sale of former juvenile detention center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/810974/luzerne-county-council-approves-sale-of-former-juvenile-detention-center

Wilkes-Barre City Hall employee says he lobbied for mayor’s budget on own time
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811000/wilkes-barre-city-hall-employee-says-he-lobbied-for-mayors-budget-on-own-time

Westmoreland plans $345M budget for 2021 without increasing taxes
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-plans-345m-budget-for-2021-without-increasing-taxes/

New Jersey

N.J. cops must wear body cameras under new laws the state’s governor just signed
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/nj-cops-must-wear-body-cameras-under-new-laws-the-states-governor-just-signed.html

Philly

Philly’s Black-led charter schools are treated unfairly, new group says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/african-american-coalition-charter-schools-philadelphia-20201124.html

Small business Saturday will be vastly different this year but special discounts will still hold
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/small-business-saturday-philly-chestnut-hill-reading-terminal-amazon-20201125.html

PGW is at crossroads — and that should concern everyone | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-gas-works-pgw-energy-20201125.html

University of the Arts faculty in Philadelphia have voted to unionize
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/university-of-the-arts-uarts-union-vote-philadelphia-20201124.html

Teen to face trial for murder in stabbing deaths of his foster mother and a 20-year-old man
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-xavier-johnson-murder-preliminary-hearing-renee-gilyard-jimmy-mao-20201124.html

Philly Council delays plan to arm all city cops with tasers
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/philly-city-council-hits-the-brakes-on-plan-to-arm-all-city-cops-with-tasers/

Pitt

Property taxes unchanged under budget approved by Allegheny County Council
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/11/24/Allegheny-County-Council-2021-budget-no-property-tax-increase-Rich-Fitzgerald-Hallam/stories/202011240174

‘We wish we had a crystal ball’: Food bank leader expects heightened need to persist
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/11/25/We-wish-we-had-a-crystal-ball-Food-bank-leader-expects-heightened-need-to-persist/stories/202011250036

Black-led community spotlight: Anti-poverty group Circles is getting a new start, channeling focus to boosting Black homeownership and entrepreneurship
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/black-led-community-spotlight-anti-poverty-group-circles-is-getting-a-new-start-channeling-focus-to-boosting-black-homeownership-and-entrepr/Content?oid=18430210

New design of massive Strip District office complex gets some support
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/11/25/Strip-District-JMC-Holdings-New-Federal-Cold-Storage-smiling-fish-sign/stories/202011240173

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster donates Thanksgiving meals to seniors
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/steelers-juju-smith-schuster-donates-thanksgiving-meals-to-seniors/

State News

Pa. has a State Plan on Aging? Here’s what you need to know about this important document | Ray E. Landis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-has-a-state-plan-on-aging-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-this-important-document-ray-e-landis/