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Legislature

Immediate action needed to curb climate change, panel is told in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2018/11/28/climate-change-pittsburgh-pa-senate-hearing-department-environmental-protection/stories/201811280157

Pennsylvania State Lawmakers To Continue Climate Change Fight After Trump Rolls Back Rules
http://www.wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-state-lawmakers-continue-climate-change-fight-after-trump-rolls-back-rules#stream/0

State facing crisis in recruiting volunteer firefighters, report says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/11/28/State-facing-crisis-in-recruiting-volunteer-firefighters-report-says/stories/201811280194

Lawmaker on Pa. firefighter issues, ‘I’m telling you we are in a crisis right now’
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2018/11/firefighter-shortage-im-telling-you-we-are-in-a-crisis-right-now-pa-lawmaker-says.html#incart_river_index

Report warns of crisis in Pennsylvania fire, rescue services
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14346246-74/report-warns-of-crisis-in-pennsylvania-fire-rescue-services

Report floats recommendations to bolster fire departments
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/report-floats-recommendations-to-bolster-fire-departments

Administration

Wolf says he’d like to re-examine transportation funding, reduce turnpike tolls
http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2018/11/wolf-says-hed-like-to-re-examine-transportation-funding-reduce-turnpike-tolls.php

Stabilize tolls on turnpike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/stabilize-tolls-on-turnpike-1.2416225

Business

After being closed for five months, PetSmart set to reopen Friday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/726125/after-being-closed-for-five-months-petsmart-set-to-reopen-friday

Berks unemployment rate remains at 4.3%
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/berks-unemployment-rate-remains-at-43

Crime/Punishment

Judge denies former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s last-minute plea to delay jail
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/28/Kathleen-Kane-attorney-general-pennsylvania-seeks-more-time-before-reporting-to-jail/stories/201811280153

Kathleen Kane is headed to jail. But no penalty restores the public’s violated trust | Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/11/kathleen-kane-is-headed-to-jail-but-no-penalty-restores-the-publics-violated-trust-editorial.html#incart_river_index

Pa. AG charges four with passing 264 forged prescriptions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/28/forged-prescriptions-opioid-pennsylvania-attorney-general-allegheny-westmoreland-butler-county-charged/stories/201811280150

Nurse accused of stealing Tarentum doctor’s pad, forging prescriptions for 12,000 opioid pills
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14347562-74/nurse-accused-of-stealing-tarentum-doctors-pad-forging-prescriptions-for-12000-opioid

Suspect: Friend’s WB shooting death ‘a big accident’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/726089/teenager-charged-in-wilkes-barre-fatal-shooting

Firefighter accused of stealing from department
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/firefighter-accused-of-stealing-from-department-1.2416280

Judge refuses to recuse herself from prison sex abuse case
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-refuses-to-recuse-herself-from-prison-sex-abuse-case-1.2416367

Education

Tamaqua implements metal detectors as litigation looms over policy to arm staff
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-tamaqua-security-metal-detectors-20181128-story.html

Reading School Board passes immigration resolution
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-school-board-passes-immigration-resolution

Scranton School District attempts to reduce $5.7 million budget gap by end of year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-attempts-to-reduce-5-7-million-budget-gap-by-end-of-year-1.2416276

2 Berks schools receive state grants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/2-berks-schools-receive-state-grants

State university system has $14 million it doesn’t yet know what to do with
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2018/11/state-university-system-has-14-million-it-doesnt-yet-know-what-to-do-with.html#incart_river_index

Gaming

Long-delayed Philly stadium casino sets 2020 target for start-up
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/tourism_casinos/philly-live-stadium-casino-parx-cordish-2020-startup-pgcb-20181128.html

Pa. gaming board rejects Lombardi’s Pizza for alleged mob ties
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/tourism_casinos/pgcb-revokes-lombardis-pizza-mob-parx-casino-genovese-crime-family-20181128.html

Sports betting at the Rivers Casino is on track — but not for Saturday
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/11/01/Sports-betting-Rivers-Casino-gaming-gambling-december-Pittsburgh-legalized-sports-wagering/stories/201811010287

Local News

Proposed expenses adding up for Luzerne County death penalty cases
https://www.timesleader.com/news/726113/proposed-expenses-adding-up-for-luzerne-county-death-penalty-cases

Wilkes-Barre zoning board OKs plan to renovate Empire Silk Mill into apartments
https://www.timesleader.com/news/726130/wilkes-barre-zoning-board-oks-plan-to-renovate-empire-silk-mill-into-apartments

City zoning board approves $8M project; Sterling lot developer withdraws parking application
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-zoning-board-approves-8m-project-sterlinglot-developer-withdraws-parking-application-1.2416220

Outreach Center for Community Resources lauds sponsors for ongoing support
https://www.timesleader.com/news/726147/outreach-center-for-community-resources-lauds-sponsors-for-ongoing-support

Near record rainfall has soaked cemeteries and is delaying interments
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/near-record-rainfall-has-soaked-cemeteries-and-is-delaying-interments-1.2416374

Pedri working two zoning jobs
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/pedri-working-two-zoning-jobs-1.2416272

Centralia church’s faith burns brightly, gains attention
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/centralia-church-s-faith-burns-brightly-gains-attention-1.2416252

Schuylkill Co. commissioners OK start of Delano storm sewer project
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-co-commissioners-ok-start-of-delano-storm-sewer-project-1.2416267

Delco Democrats try, and fail, to overhaul board overseeing county prison
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/george-w-hill-correctional-facility-private-prison-law-delaware-county-pa-20181128.html

Detectives looking into whether former South Greensburg official stole money to repay stolen money
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14346697-74/detectives-looking-into-whether-former-south-greensburg-official-stole-money-to-repay

Arona constable, Westmoreland County labor leader accused of assault
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14346752-74/arona-constable-westmoreland-county-labor-leader-accused-of-assault

Latrobe’s street lamp installation uncovers wiring safety concerns
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14346651-74/latrobes-street-lamp-installation-uncovers-wiring-safety-concerns

No findings in audit of North Belle Vernon VFD Relief Association
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14346655-74/no-findings-in-audit-of-north-belle-vernon-vfd-relief-association

Westmoreland Community Action seeking input from around county in needs assessment
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14346607-74/westmoreland-community-action-seeking-input-from-around-county-in-needs-assessment

Work to convert former West Deer missile site into park nearly done
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14347229-74/work-to-convert-former-west-deer-missile-site-into-park-nearly-done

Reading Parking Authority official sounds off about city’s financial expectations
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-parking-authority-official-sounds-off-about-citys-financial-expectations

Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler won’t seek re-election
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/11/cumberland-county-commissioner-jim-hertzler-wont-seek-re-election.html#incart_river_index

National News

Suicides and drug overdoses push up U.S. deaths last year — and push down life expectancy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/11/29/suicides-drug-overdoses-US-deaths-increase-2017-life-expectancy-down/stories/201811280205

Philly

Is free December street parking a boon or bust for Philadelphia?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/free-holiday-meter-parking-saturdays-philadelphia-ppa-20181128.html

Who’s your rent money going to? Philly bill would unmask LLCs.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/llcs-rental-owners-bill-blondell-reynolds-brown-tenants-rights-evictions-20181128.html

Philadelphia Muslims make a statement with opening of first purpose-built mosque | Inga Saffron
http://www2.philly.com/life/ahmadi-ahmadiyya-mosque-north-philadelphia-muslim-20181129.html

The Phillies are building strong ties to Latin America, on and off the field | Part 1
http://www2.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/philadelphia-phillies-latin-american-players-mlb-20181129.html

Black clergy members want city to repeal 2017 soda ta
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/black-clergy-members-want-city-to-repeal-soda-tax/article_2047f93a-a571-5a73-b7fa-9e971da5119f.html

Philly airport expansion advances with $5.5M land acquisition plan
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philly-airport-expansion-advances-with-m-land-acquisition-plan/article_63076852-3c29-532b-b5b0-b7a8a7bef014.html

Watchdog group suggests some new tactics for Philly Police after ‘Occupy ICE’ protest
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/police-advisory-commission-philadelphia-occupy-ice-report-20181128.html

Guardian Civic League leader to run for sheriff
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/guardian-civic-league-leader-to-run-for-sheriff/article_1f32d4c8-399f-5a19-a983-9ab001e1df13.html

Changing the way we test for AIDS | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/aids-hiv-testing-20181129.html

Ex-Philly DA Seth Williams’ campaign chief headed to prison for tax evasion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/billy-miller-sentenced-prison-tax-evasion-seth-williams-20181128.html

Philly agency ramps up vacant land sales, starting in Fishtown and Whitman
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/pra-vacant-land-property-sale-fishtown-kensington-lower-moyamensing-whitman-20181128.html

Kenney’s punt on street sweeping is positively Dickensian | Mike Newall
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/mike_newall/kenney-street-sweeping-dicicco-whyy-south-philly-20181128.html

Pitt

Trump proposal decried by mayor, immigration advocates
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/11/28/public-charge-trump-immigrants-pittsburgh-mayor-oppose-federal-subsidies/stories/201811280039

Peduto calls for united front to oppose federal rules on immigration
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14347211-74/peduto-calls-for-united-front-to-oppose-federal-rules-on-immigration

Pittsburgh’s Four Mile Run slated for millions in improvements
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14347199-74/pittsburghs-four-mile-run-slated-for-millions-in-improvements

Wow Air’s Pittsburgh flight to Iceland in holding pattern
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/11/28/Wow-Air-s-Pittsburgh-flight-in-holding-pattern/stories/201811280158

Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge grants money for Pittsburgh night shuttle service
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/11/28/Ford-City-of-Tomorrow-Challenge-Pittsburgh-three-projects-shift-workers-50-000-grants/stories/201811280164

County project tackling AIDS and HIV reports fewer new cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/11/28/Allegheny-County-project-AIDS-HIV-World-health-PrEP-men-sex/stories/201811270172

Death of man 15 years after he was shot in Downtown garage ruled a homicide
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/28/Death-of-man-shot-in-Downtown-garage-in-2003-ruled-homicide/stories/201811280211

Balbier named next director of Pitt’s Institute of Politics
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/11/28/Balbier-director-Institute-of-Politics-University-of-Pittsburgh-Greater-Nonprofit-Partnership/stories/201811280172

1 Pittsburgh cop involved in bar brawl with Pagans reassigned
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14346707-74/4-pittsburgh-cops-involved-in-pagan-bar-fight-reassigned

Allegheny County controller’s audit cites Tarentum project among cost overrun concerns
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14347072-74/allegheny-county-controllers-audit-cites-tarentum-project-among-cost-overrun-concerns

State News

Western Pennsylvania airman one of three killed in Afghanistan blast
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2018/11/28/Hookstown-airman-Dylan-Elchin-named-one-three-killed-attack-Afghanistan/stories/201811280169

Superior Court removes Allegheny County judge from sex offender resentencing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/28/allegheny-county-judge-donna-jo-mcdaniel-sex-offender-superior-court-remand/stories/201811280162

Suit alleges pay-to-play in Pa.’s marijuana research program
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/medical-marijuana-pennsylvania-research-cannabis-suit-pay-to-play-20181128.html

Cap-and-trade petition aims to cut Pa.’s climate-warming pollution, while helping state budget
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2018/11/28/Carbon-cap-and-trade-climate-change-emissions-Pennsylvania-gas-oil-coal-nuclear/stories/201811280149

Shooting incident highlights dangers for zoning officers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/shooting-incident-highlights-dangers-for-zoning-officers-1.2416287

Day after Paradise shooting, family, friends struggle for answers; ‘I lost the love of my life today,’ wife says
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pol-paradise-township-municipal-building-shooting-20181128-story.html

Diocese’s child sex abuse review board reports ‘progress’
https://www.tribdem.com/news/diocese-s-child-sex-abuse-review-board-reports-progress/article_74e6019a-f38a-11e8-a431-8763cc401bc9.html

Transportation

Major road, bridge project begins at Ohiopyle
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/11/28/Ohiopyle-State-Park-Route-381-white-water-rapids-bridge-pedestrian-tunnel-bike-lanes/stories/201811280133

Work starts on Ohiopyle project
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14347282-74/work-starts-on-ohiopyle-project

Washington

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill
http://www2.philly.com/wires/ap/gop-cancels-votes-judges-amid-standoff-over-mueller-bill-20181129.html-2

Two newly elected area reps vote against Nancy Pelosi
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/nancy-pelosi-nominated-andy-kim-jeff-van-drew-nj-opposed-20181128.html

Cartwright backs Pelosi for House speaker
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-backs-pelosi-for-house-speaker-1.2416214

Casey, lawmakers call for more oversight of guardians for senior citizens
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/11/casey-lawmakers-call-for-more-oversight-of-guardians.html#incart_river_index