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Legislature

As Dinniman nears retirement, he sets sight on forming PAC for transformative education
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/as-dinniman-nears-retirement-he-sets-sight-on-forming-pac-for-transformative-education/article_758aa628-3190-11eb-a1ab-0b52622ac7e3.html

Sturla booted from leadership position after 12 years, Pa. House Democrats moving in a ‘new direction’
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/sturla-booted-from-leadership-position-after-12-years-pa-house-democrats-moving-in-a-new/article_2316a314-32a9-11eb-b861-c379153eae29.html

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will borrow $550 million to cover overdue transit payments
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/29/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-penndot-quarterly-payments-borrow-550-million/stories/202011290057

PennDOT considers tolling bridges to fund repairs for highways and bridges
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/transportation/penndot-considers-tolling-bridges-to-fund-repairs-for-highways-and-bridges/article_4f85511e-2dc4-11eb-bcc0-fb51f649467c.html

DCNR policy, new fiscal code address expanded ATV trails on PA public land
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2020/11/29/DCNR-policy-new-fiscal-code-address-expanded-ATV-trails-on-PA-public-land/stories/202011290045

Pa. State Sen. Doug Mastriano tests positive for COVID-19 after meeting Republicans at White House
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/coronavirus-covid-19-pennsylvania-doug-mastriano-donald-trump-20201129.html

Pa. House Republicans strike out on last-minute push to pressure Wolf to rescind election results, report
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/pa-house-republicans-strike-out-on-last-minute-push-to-pressure-wolf-to-rescind-election-results-report/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa.’s COVID app tops 600,000 downloads so far
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/30/COVID-19-Alert-PA-tops-600-000-downloads-so-far-coronavirus-contact-tracing/stories/202011270124

As coronavirus enters deadly new phase, Pa. lags nation in testing: Here’s why
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/11/as-coronavirus-enters-deadly-new-phase-pa-lags-nation-in-testing-heres-why.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: One-fourth of all state’s cases added in last 14 days; hospitalizations rise
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-sunday-update-20201129-dtxuhwa6ejdzfnwhfewejrvsdi-story.html

Pittsburgh-area hospitals set record for treating covid patients
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/pittsburgh-area-hospitals-set-record-for-treating-covid-patients/

Region records 375 new COVID-19 cases, six new deaths
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/region-records-375-new-covid-19-cases-six-new-deaths/article_bdea0272-c027-503c-ae15-6ad02f0ec913.html

Berks adds 180 coronavirus cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-adds-180-coronavirus-cases/article_970f8b62-3288-11eb-ad58-ff156e44b81f.html

More Luzerne County coronavirus-infected residents hospitalized and on ventilators, latest state update shows
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811382/more-luzerne-county-coronavirus-infected-residents-hospitalized-and-on-ventilators-latest-state-update-shows

Some churches scale back in-person worship amid COVID-19 surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/11/29/pittsburgh-churches-scale-back-in-person-worship-COVID-19-surge/stories/202011240147

Area healthcare providers get millions in federal funds, but say more is needed
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/area-healthcare-providers-get-millions-in-federal-funds-but-say-more-is-needed/article_fefd05c7-b00a-5a2d-ba05-b63f4765be66.html

Fauci warns of ‘surge upon a surge’ as COVID-19 hospitalizations hit yet another high
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/29/fauci-warns-of-surge-upon-a-surge-as-covid-19-hospitalizations-hit-yet-another-high/

Elections/Politics

Ziccarrelli continues to say certain mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted, even after courts disagree
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/ziccarrelli-continues-to-say-certain-mail-in-ballots-shouldnt-be-counted-even-after-courts-disagree/

Pa. counties reported no major issues with Dominion voting machines, a target of Trump and his campaign
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/spl/dominion-voting-machines-pennsylvania-donald-trump-election-2020-20201130.html

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/11/28/Pennsylvania-high-court-rejects-lawsuit-challenging-election/stories/202011280070

The Philadelphia suburbs were the key to Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania victory. Here are the numbers.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philadelphia-suburbs-2020-election-20201129.html

With the vote count now over, here’s how Pennsylvania broke for Joe Biden
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-2020-election-biden-trump-20201129.html

Most Luzerne County voters cast ballots in person
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811384/most-luzerne-county-voters-cast-ballots-in-person

Last-minute assignments, lack of training left Pittsburgh-area poll workers unprepared on Election Day
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/last-minute-assignments-lack-of-training-left-pittsburgh-area-poll-workers-unprepared-on-election-day/

Pa. justice: In suing, congressman set out to ‘play a dangerous game’ at voters’ expense
https://www.goerie.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/30/pa-supreme-court-rebukes-us-rep-mike-kelly-others-election-case/6453922002/

Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/11/completed-wisconsin-recount-confirms-bidens-win-over-trump.html

Joe Biden suffered a fractured foot while playing with one of his dogs, doctors say
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/joe-biden-ankle-twisted-dog-20201129.html

President-elect Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/11/president-elect-biden-chooses-an-all-female-senior-white-house-press-team.html

Business

Steady stream of customers for Small Business Saturday in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/steady-stream-of-customers-for-small-business-saturday-in-berks-county/article_391e1046-318e-11eb-89cf-ff972eb003d1.html

Cumberland County man is thrown a curve ahead of meeting with Mariner East 2 developer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/cumberland-county-man-is-thrown-a-curve-ahead-of-meeting-with-mariner-east-2-developer.html

Crime/Punishment

Key question in Bill Cosby appeal to Pa. Supreme Court: Does defendant’s past matter?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/29/bill-Cosby-appeal-andrea-constand-pennsylvania-supreme-court-defendents-past/stories/202011290183

Shootings

Two hospitalized in Hill District shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/29/Two-hospitalized-in-Hill-District-shooting/stories/202011290203

Woman shot in foot on South Side Slopes
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/29/Woman-injured-shooting-foot-South-Side-Slopes-18th-street/stories/202011290172

Bucks County woman shot to death in car in Montgomery County
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/lansdale-montgomery-county-homicide-ebony-sequita-pack-shot-20201129.html

State police issue warrant for New Kensington man in Leechburg shooting
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/state-police-issue-warrant-for-new-kensington-man-in-leechburg-shooting/

Education

The list: Pittsburgh-area school districts shift back to remote learning as COVID-19 cases surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/11/29/Pittsburgh-western-pennsylvania-schools-close-remote-virtual-learning-COVID-19-cases-online-2/stories/202011290191

Montgomery County parents stage another COVID-19 school-closing protest, this time with a road rally
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-montgomery-county-schools-closing-protest-20201129.html

Berks Career and Technology Center instructional assistant named 2020 Pennsylvania Education Support Professional of the Year
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/education/berks-career-and-technology-center-instructional-assistant-named-2020-pennsylvania-education-support-professional-of-the/article_5b2eb530-2e93-11eb-b81f-df2498f0b503.html

Report: The most and least equitable schools in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/report-the-most-and-least-equitable-schools-in-pa-the-numbers-racket/

Facebook comment from Gov. Mifflin board member about Dr. Rachel Levine draws condemnation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/facebook-comment-from-gov-mifflin-board-member-about-dr-rachel-levine-draws-condemnation/article_7b69fc68-30de-11eb-a508-2f36967eaaab.html

‘It’s crippling’: COVID-19 pandemic has financially thrashed college athletic departments
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2020/11/29/pitt-panthers-penn-state-nittany-lions-covid19-pandemic-ncaa-duquesne-dukes-robert-morris-colonials/stories/202011080031

St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team halts for 14 days because of positive COVID-19 test
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/st-joes/st-josephs-hawks-covid-19-basketball-atlantic-10-20201129.html

Local News

Portnoff could collect delinquent Scranton trash fees beginning next year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/portnoff-could-collect-delinquent-scranton-trash-fees-beginning-next-year/article_61060100-914f-5419-96d4-2e082cdddb5b.html

After surviving 22 months in a Reading homeless shelter, he’s optimistic about the future
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/after-surviving-22-months-in-a-reading-homeless-shelter-hes-optimistic-about-the-future/article_85423d74-2a9c-11eb-9154-6b44ec53631d.html

Lehigh Valley agencies strive to keep homeless safe as pandemic worsens, winter approaches
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-lehigh-valley-homeless-facilities-20201130-3ppw2up7ajhijfrreylgb2yn2i-story.html

Report claims CWA makes $6.5M profit on Chester water rates
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/report-claims-cwa-makes-6-5m-profit-on-chester-water-rates/article_0626855e-319f-11eb-9812-4fe59652d841.html

Philly

As Oregon decriminalizes drugs, Philly officials are paying close attention
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/oregon-drug-decriminalization-philadelphia-overdoses-opioid-crisis-20201130.html

Guns missing from sheriff’s office is yet another reason to eliminate the office | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/sheriff-jewell-williams-rochelle-bilal-controller-missing-guns-rhynhart-20201130.html

Home inspections are a bargaining chip in Philly area’s hot real estate market
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/home-inspection-waive-sale-philadelphia-real-estate-20201128.html

Can Philadelphia transform its police force from ‘warriors’ to ‘guardians’? This de-escalation training could help.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-icat-training-deescalation-cit-walter-wallace-20201129.html

From Philly to Germany, thousands participated in the virtual Fraud Street Run, inspired by the Four Seasons Total Landscaping news conference
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fraud-street-run-four-seasons-total-landscaping-press-conference-philly-20201129.html

A ShopRite gift that ‘almost brings tears to my eyes’ | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/nile-swim-club-basketball-shoprite-yeadon-pennsylvania-maria-panaritis-20201129.html

Philadelphia’s top attorney, Marcel Pratt, returns to Ballard Spahr as managing partner
https://www.inquirer.com/business/law/marcel-pratt-philadelphia-city-solicitor-ballard-spahr-election-soda-tax-covid-mitigation-20201128.html

Pitt

Booster shot? Vaccine news could stir slumbering Pittsburgh office market
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/11/30/COVID-19-vaccine-Highmark-PNC-Jones-Lang-LaSalle-CBRE-Downtown-office-space/stories/202011300006

Black Women for Positive Change helping to lead fight to de-escalate violence in Pittsburgh and U.S.
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/11/30/diane-powell-black-women-for-positive-change-de-escalate-violence-prevention-safety/stories/202011250154

Pandemic puts the Scrooge to Port Authority’s holiday buses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/11/30/Port-Authority-COVID-19-holiday-buses-Amalgamated-Transit-Union-federal-lawsuit-Black-Lives-Matter/stories/202011290056

Nafasi on Centre is a new hub for artists in the Hill District
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2020/11/30/Nafasi-on-Centre-Avenue-artists-hub-Hill-District-Pittsburgh/stories/202011300004

State News

In 1933, police kidnapped 46 Black men and women in Beaver County. Why do so few people remember?
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/industry-beaver-county-pa-police-kidnapping-black-men-women-1933-pittsburgh/

Devastating poverty is the bridge that joins Pa.’s rural counties and urban cities | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/poverty-hunger-rural-urban-pennsylvania-biden-policy-20201128.html

Traditions old and new on first Sunday rifle deer hunt in PA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/traditions-old-and-new-on-first-sunday-rifle-deer-hunt-in-pa/article_4c9f1045-4f99-5cc8-a2da-d56f1958a60b.html

Transportation

Amtrak proposes adding passenger train route to Scranton
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/amtrak-proposes-adding-passenger-train-route-to-scranton/article_e4f1b31a-5a4d-5ef2-8e51-dbfa275bfdde.html