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Legislature

PA lawmaker: Ban hand-held cellphone use while driving. Neighboring states already do
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-cell-phones-20191126-l77rqekqlffjnhtxgn2tebfeni-story.html

Domestic violence groups say impact of new Pa. gun law is hard to measure
https://papost.org/2019/11/25/domestic-violence-groups-say-impact-of-new-pa-guns-law-is-hard-to-measure

Pa. Senate unanimously passes proposal to help ex-offenders get professional licenses
https://www.witf.org/2019/11/25/pa-senate-unanimously-passes-proposal-to-help-ex-offenders-get-professional-licenses/

Pennsylvania lawmakers, judges getting raises in 2020
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-lawmakers-judges-getting-raises-in-2020/

State should study health, fracking
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/state-should-study-health-fracking-1.2564008

Youth luncheon features Happy Meals, reading by Sen. Langerholc
https://www.tribdem.com/news/youth-luncheon-with-happy-meal-reading-by-sen-langerholc/article_dc3063e4-1004-11ea-a0c4-c33c0759bb34.html

Administration

Gov. Wolf to sign anti-child abuse measures
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/11/26/Pennsylvania-governor-wolf-anti-child-abuse-legislation-bills-catholic-church/stories/201911260114

Wolf Administration offers Thanksgiving safe cooking tips
https://www.timesleader.com/news/763764/wolf-administration-offers-thanksgiving-safe-cooking-tips

Business

Arts and crafts chain A.C. Moore to close all of its stores, including 2 in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-ac-moore-to-close-all-stores-20191126-lwacdl54nzfj3blx7juv2rex6q-story.html

Crime/Punishment

2 people killed at Union Township fire were bludgeoned to death, investigators say
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/two-people-found-dead-at-a-union-township-fire-saturday-night-were-killed-by-hammers

Berks County enters into deal with Centre County to house inmates should the need arise
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-enters-into-deal-with-centre-county-to-house-inmates-should-the-need-arise

Education

State transitional loan for Penn Hills School District’s recovery efforts approved
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/state-transitional-loan-for-penn-hills-school-districts-recovery-efforts-approved/

Neshaminy School District can keep ‘Redskins’ name, but must educate students to prevent stereotypes, state commission says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/neshaminy-redskins-name-pennsylvania-human-relations-commission-native-americans-20191125.html

Pa. state commission: Bucks County school district can keep controversial nickname
https://www.witf.org/2019/11/26/pa-state-commission-bucks-county-school-district-can-keep-controversial-nickname/

Teachers contract negotiations to resume at West Side CTC
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/teachers-contract-negotiations-to-resume-at-west-side-ctc-1.2564073

A boost for Cheyney University: The school will keep its accreditation
https://www.inquirer.com/education/cheyney-university-accreditation-middle-states-finances-20191125.html

Cheyney University told it will keep its accreditation, thanks to its improved ‘financial outlook’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/cheyney-university-told-it-will-keep-its-accreditation-thanks-to-its-improved-financial-outlook.html

Cheyney University to keep its accreditation
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/state_and_region/cheyney-university-to-keep-its-accreditation/article_8552ef5c-b1f2-5170-9dce-ac705a4800c7.html

Alvernia University president meets with Reading officials about downtown plan
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/alvernia-university-president-meets-with-reading-officials-about-downtown-plan

Elections/Politics

Yough School Board president running for state rep.
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/yough-school-board-president-running-for-state-rep/

Jessica Benham picks up five progressive endorsements in state Rep. race against conservative Democrat
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/jessica-benham-picks-up-five-progressive-endorsements-in-state-rep-race-against-conservative-democrat/Content?oid=16243972

Health Care

Although operating income down, UPMC announces expanded services planned in the north
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/11/26/UPMC-North-Hills-Passavant-Operating-Income-services/stories/201911250109

UPMC targets North Hills suburbs for major expansion in services for cancer, cardiac care
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/upmc-targets-north-hills-suburbs-for-major-expansion-in-services-for-cancer-cardiac-care/

He didn’t know he had a preexisting condition — until his insurer rejected his $35,000 hospital bill
https://www.inquirer.com/health/consumer/pre-existing-conditions-aca-lawsuit-health-insurance-20191125.html

What are you consenting to when you sign a patient consent form?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/11/24/Hospital-patient-consent-form-general-anesthesia-medical-students/stories/201911240056

Local News

Local basketball coach, mentor John Bucci dead at 57
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/local-basketball-coach-mentor-john-bucci-dead-at-57-1.2563933

Scranton City Council asks administration for ‘Plan B’ in case budget initiatives fail
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-asks-administration-for-plan-b-in-case-budget-initiatives-fail-1.2564065

Notarianni and Domenick announce transition team leaders
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/notarianni-and-domenick-announce-transition-team-leaders-1.2563925

Luzerne County Drug and Alcohol Director resigns
https://www.timesleader.com/news/763726/luzerne-county-drug-and-alcohol-director-resigns

Wilkes-Barre Sewer Authority intact, five appointees still on board
https://www.timesleader.com/news/763774/wilkes-barre-sewer-authority-intact-five-appointees-still-on-board

Pedri to hire new director of elections next month
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-to-hire-new-director-of-elections-next-month-1.2564000

Letter demands citizen drop legal action against Luzerne County council chair
https://www.timesleader.com/news/763769/letter-demands-citizen-drop-legal-action-against-luzerne-county-council-chair

Ex-Westmoreland chief deputy sheriff sues county, alleging discrimination
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/ex-westmoreland-county-chief-deputy-sheriff-sues-county-alleging-discrimination/

Latrobe OKs 2-year contract, $75K salary for new city manager
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/latrobe-oks-2-year-contract-75k-salary-for-new-city-manager/

Reading Charter Review Commission proposing to limit mayor’s power
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-charter-review-commission-proposing-to-limit-mayors-power

Beaver County communities receive state grants for comprehensive plans
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191126/beaver-county-communities-receive-state-grants-for-comprehensive-plans

National News

Family of fifth veteran who died at Clarksburg VA searches for answers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/11/25/Clarksburg-West-Virginia-VA-Louis-Johnson-Russ-Posey/stories/201911250099

Philly

Philadelphia has decriminalized marijuana, but those who get high on probation still risk incarceration
https://www.inquirer.com/news/inq/probation-parole-pennsylvania-philadelphia-marijuana-criminal-justice-system-20191126.html

Philly judge rails against DA Krasner over appeals to disqualify the judge from hearing criminal cases
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-district-attorney-larry-krasner-judge-scott-diclaudio-supreme-court-appeal-20191125.html

Bankrupt Philly refinery seeks millions more for executive bonuses ahead of potential sale
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/philly-refinery-executive-bonus-pes-fire-bankruptcy-20191125.html

This Fox Chase Boy and his courage brought down the house | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/fox-chase-boy-clergy-abuse-pa-gerad-argeros-brzyski-maria-panaritis-20191126.html

Report on youth in residential placement shows improvements needed | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/youth-residential-programs-glen-mills-wordsworth-academy-20191126.html

Let’s get moving on Center City congestion | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/traffic-congestion-center-city-septa-trash-trucks-cyclists-20191126.html

Warren ‘Pete’ Musser, longtime Pennsylvania investor, dead at 92
https://www.inquirer.com/business/warren-pete-musser-safeguard-scientifics-dead-obituary-20191125.html

Bicyclist hit by SEPTA bus in Northeast Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/septa-bus-bike-accident-bustleton-comly-20191126.html

Trump’s pick to lead the Navy is a Penn grad and former suburban Philadelphia councilman
https://www.inquirer.com/news/kenneth-braithwaite-naval-secretary-donald-trump-philadelphia-penn-20191125.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media closes Regent Square Theater, lays off staff
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/11/25/Pittsburgh-Center-Arts-and-Media-lays-off-names-new-director-shrinks-campus/stories/201911250104

Regent Square, Harris theaters shuttered; Pittsburgh Center for Arts closes main building
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-center-for-arts-and-media-shutters-movie-theaters-closes-main-building/

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris calls for regulation of alligators, crocodiles and venomous snakes
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/11/25/Pittsburgh-City-Councilwoman-Darlene-Harris-regulation-alligators-crocodiles-venomous-snakes-reptiles/stories/201911250090

Pittsburgh ordinance would regulate reptile ownership
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-ordinance-would-regulate-reptile-ownership/

Ritter’s Diner turns into movie set for new Amazon film
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/11/25/Ritter-s-Diner-turns-into-movie-set-for-new-Amazon-film-im-your-woman-brosnahan/stories/201911250139

Landlord moves ahead with eviction of Arnold’s Coffee & Tea
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/11/25/Arnold-s-Coffee-and-Tea-Historic-Deutschtown-Development-Corp/stories/201911250096

Hello Neighbor, local refugee mentoring agency, creates national network
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/11/25/Hello-Neighbor-Network-Sloane-Davidson/stories/201911250002

Bright lights, big hill: LeMont Restaurant adds LED display
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/11/26/LeMont-Restaurant-Ed-Dunlap-Mount-Washington/stories/201911260090

Aid for a necessity: Sign up now for help with city water bills
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/11/26/Pittsburgh-Water-Sewer-Authority-PWSA-water-bills-program/stories/201911140061

Mayor Peduto should be ashamed
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2019/11/26/Mayor-Peduto-should-be-ashamed/stories/201911260029

State News

Game Commission says Saturday hunting doesn’t present added danger
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/11/25/deer-hunting-Pennsylvania-law-enforcement-opening-day/stories/201911220158

The census isn’t always right. Here’s what cities can do when they think it’s wrong.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/2020-census-incorrect-population-counts-20191126.html

Pa., all 67 counties declared ‘storm ready’ by National Weather Service
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-all-67-counties-declared-storm-ready-by-national-weather-service/

More people than you think are battling substance abuse, and they struggle most around the holidays | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/11/more-people-than-you-think-are-battling-substance-abuse-and-they-struggle-most-around-the-holidays-pennlive-editorial.html

November is National Youth Homelessness Prevention Month. Here’s how you can help | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/november-is-national-youth-homelessness-prevention-month-heres-how-you-can-help-opinion/

‘I thought I’d die in prison:’ Commuted lifers will celebrate Thanksgiving at home this year
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/i-thought-id-die-in-prison-commuted-lifers-will-celebrate-thanksgiving-at-home-this-year/

Beaver County Conservation District to allow hunting
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191125/beaver-county-conservation-district-to-allow-hunting

Transportation

Good weather expected for 55 million to hit the roads for holiday travel despite higher gas prices
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/11/25/Thanksgiving-travel-55-million-highest-since-2005-AAA-Pennsylvania-Turnpike-PennDOT/stories/201911250122

Arnold Palmer runway widening to begin at night thanks to $1.5M FAA grant
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/arnold-palmer-runway-widening-to-begin-at-night-thanks-to-1-5m-faa-grant/

Fencing installed on South Valley Parkway overpasses
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/fencing-installed-on-south-valley-parkway-overpasses-1.2564072

Police to conduct roving patrols, DUI checkpoints through end of year
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/police-to-conduct-roving-patrols-dui-checkpoints-through-end-of-year-1.2564006

Washington

Reaching across the aisle to fix infrastructure in Pennsylvania and beyond | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/brian-fitzpatrick-brendan-boyle-infrastructure-pennsylvania-20191126.html

Boyle bill pushes PFAS standards
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191126/boyle-bill-pushes-pfas-standards