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Pittsburgh pols, workers implore Legislature to help decimated service industry
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/pittsburgh-pols-workers-implore-legislature-to-help-decimated-service-industry/

President Trump invited Pa. lawmakers to the White House. Then everyone went silent.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/president-trump-invited-pa-lawmakers-white-house-then-everyone-went-silent-20201126.html

As Pa. crosses a grim COVID-19 milestone, Republicans throw a taxpayer-funded campaign rally | John L. Micek
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/as-pa-crosses-a-grim-covid-19-milestone-pa-republicans-throw-a-taxpayer-funded-campaign-rally/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

COVID-19 update: Pennsylvania adds 118 more deaths, over 8,000 new cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/26/COVID-19-update-new-cases-pennsylvania-pittsburgh-deaths-pandemic/stories/202011260153

Pennsylvania, region report largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/pennsylvania-region-report-largest-daily-increase-in-covid-19-cases/article_d8d5d8ec-9b07-5ed7-84c3-24f3e1b5f980.html

Allegheny County adds 555 new covid cases, 12 deaths
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-adds-555-new-covid-cases-12-deaths/

249 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Thursday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/249-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-luzerne-county-on-thursday/article_25f0c576-2d13-541b-9583-08b02d71d462.html

Exhausted health care workers ‘scream into the abyss’ about rising coronavirus cases
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/healthcare-workers-heroes-coronavirus-thanksgiving-2020-20201126.html

As covid cases rise, overwhelmed case investigators and contact tracers forced to adapt
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/as-covid-cases-rise-overwhelmed-case-investigators-and-contact-tracers-forced-to-adapt/

Reading Hospital says it has plenty of capacity for coronavirus patients needing extra care
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-hospital-says-it-has-plenty-of-capacity-for-coronavirus-patients-needing-extra-care/article_cd5fb1aa-2ff5-11eb-9791-1b468784cad4.html

12 staff members at Westmoreland Manor test positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12-staff-members-at-westmoreland-manor-test-positive-for-virus/

After admitting mistake, AstraZeneca faces difficult questions about its vaccine, plans new trial
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/26/Admitting-Mistake-AstraZeneca-Faces-Difficult-Questions-Vaccine-coronavirus/stories/202011260149

Dallas woman was reinfected with COVID-19 after 4 months. ‘You’re absolutely not immune,’ she says
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/dallas-woman-was-reinfected-with-covid-19-after-4-months-youre-absolutely-not-immune-she-says.html

Redistricting

Republicans didn’t just win Legislatures, they won the power to influence elections for years to come| Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/republicans-didnt-just-win-legislatures-they-won-the-power-to-influence-elections-for-years-to-come-analysis/

Administration

Wolf vetoes bills on firearms during emergency and on gas drilling
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/wolf-vetoes-bills-on-firearms-during-emergency-gas-drilling.html

Business

Sunoco Pipeline’s plans to cut Mariner East through a Delco apartment complex arouses protests
https://www.inquirer.com/business/sunoco-mariner-east-pipeline-glen-riddle-drilling-safety-20201126.html

Few people venture out early for Black Friday deals
https://triblive.com/local/regional/few-people-venture-out-early-for-black-friday-deals/

Crime/Punishment

Domestic violence continues through the pandemic
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/domestic-violence-continues-through-the-pandemic/article_08dbe20e-7a7d-54af-abe2-5ec40bbdf90f.html

Shootings

Man shot during dispute in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crime-emergencies/man-shot-during-dispute-in-wilkes-barre/article_3e13680f-3db9-5701-ac0a-220cfc6acf79.html

Police investigating after man arrives at Shadyside hospital with gunshot wounds
https://triblive.com/local/police-investigating-after-man-arrives-at-shadyside-hospital-with-gunshot-wounds/

Education

New standards in play for in-person learning during substantial COVID-19 transmission
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/new-standards-in-play-for-in-person-learning-during-substantial-covid-19-transmission/article_ace872a4-9eff-5964-8807-d5c82eca4946.html

4 school closures in 10 years: This family has been hit especially hard by shrinking Catholic schools
https://www.inquirer.com/education/catholic-school-closure-st-basil-mcdevitt-family-20201126.html

Living on an hourly wage and worrying
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/11/25/State-System-of-Higher-Education-Pennsylvania-union-food-Greenstein-United-Workers-dining-hall/stories/202011230105

Luzerne County Community College learns colleges that don’t have residence halls are not required to test for COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/luzerne-county-community-college-learns-colleges-that-dont-have-residence-halls-are-not-required-to/article_9895485b-a323-57c1-85f6-d1da80feab9a.html

Elections/Politics

Biden’s faith made history without much fanfare. His Catholic supporters say that’s a good thing.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-second-catholic-president-reaction-john-kennedy-20201126.html

Trump, for first time, pledges that he’ll leave if Electoral College seats Biden
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/11/26/Donald-Trump-Electoral-College-Joe-Biden-election-2020-White-House-inauguration-Georgia-runoff/stories/202011260171

Trump doubles down on allegations of election fraud in Pennsylvania as Biden begins transition
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/trump-doubles-down-on-allegations-of-election-fraud-in-pennsylvania-as-biden-begins-transition/

Angry Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/11/angry-trump-promises-rally-in-battleground-state-of-georgia.html

Allegheny County certifies 2,300 mail-in ballots without dated envelopes
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-certifies-2300-mail-in-ballots-without-dated-envelopes/

Pennsylvania’s top court expected to act quickly on appeal to let state proceed with election certification
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/25/wolf-administration-asks-pa-supreme-court-to-dismiss-lawsuit-aimed-at-throwing-out-mail-in-ballots/

Vote validation affirms strength of democracy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/vote-validation-affirms-strength-of-democracy/article_02622295-1346-572f-ae6b-6951d3d2c208.html

Health Care

UPMC reports $17B revenue despite pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/upmc-reports-17b-revenue-despite-pandemic/

Local News

Scranton pitches possible switch to payroll tax
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-pitches-possible-switch-to-payroll-tax/article_94b33910-8184-5a69-9851-ccb82db8f477.html

Scranton’s required contribution to pensions increases by $1.2 million for 2021
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scrantons-required-contribution-to-pensions-increases-by-1-2-million-for-2021/article_ee2d4f1b-7d2e-53fe-a84c-da4c3184ec1a.html

Luzerne County 911 staffing shortages hurting morale, agency head says
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811085/luzerne-county-911-staffing-shortages-hurting-morale-agency-head-says

New Luzerne County visitors guide spotlights safe local activities in COVID-era
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811083/new-luzerne-county-visitors-guide-spotlights-safe-local-activities-in-covid-era

Schuylkill County releases CARES Act distributions
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-releases-cares-act-distributions/article_9e51b0ad-8ddc-5be0-aa12-c4541fd33d9f.html

Tales of unorthodox Thanksgivings in the Lehigh Valley: Zoomgivings, food handoffs and early outdoor celebrations
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-thanksgiving-plans-lehigh-valley-20201127-mglpfn6zhbc75i457ikj3q2qkm-story.html

Lehigh County poised to add Juneteenth as an official paid holiday
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-county-juneteenth-20201125-awxhowrps5gdhluh7wli4zhgsy-story.html

National News

Cuomo attacks Supreme Court’s emboldened majority over virus ruling
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/26/Cuomo-attacks-supreme-court-ruling-coronavirus-restrictions-new-york/stories/202011260158

New Jersey

New Jersey moves to strengthen Black history education mandates
https://www.inquirer.com/education/nj-education-black-history-curriculum-amistad-legislation-cherry-hill-mcknight-angela-assembly-20201125.html

Philly

As COVID-19 surges, so does the risk to the Philly region’s Black community
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-black-pandemic-risk-pennsylvania-new-jersey-coronavirus-testing-20201127.html

Philly’s bright art scene gets dimmer amid COVID shutdowns | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/covid-coronavirus-shutdown-philadelphia-arts-music-concerts-live-entertainment-20201127.html

Northeast Philly business owners go from ‘couch commandos’ to forming security patrols after looting in May and October
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/northeast-philly-town-watch-small-business-george-floyd-walter-wallace-looting-20201127.html

Disarm Philly’s police union from the weapon of secret arbitration | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-fraternal-order-of-police-union-fop-contract-act-111-20201127.html

Pitt

Inmate dies in Allegheny County Jail
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/26/inmate-dies-Allegheny-County-jail-pittsburgh/stories/202011260156

Light of Life Rescue Mission partners with NBC Sports to provide Thanksgiving sustenance
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/11/26/Light-of-Life-Rescue-Mission-Pittsburgh-volunteer-Thanksgiving-NBC-Sports/stories/202011260151

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster delivers turkeys to seniors after Thanksgiving game canceled
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/steelers-juju-smith-schuster-delivers-turkeys-to-seniors-after-thanksgiving-day-game-is-canceled/

State News

Pennsylvania firearms hunting season for bear closes as 2020 bear kill tops 3,100
https://triblive.com/sports/pennsylvania-firearms-hunting-season-for-bear-closes-as-2020-bear-kill-tops-3100/