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Legislature

Her son died from cardiac arrest at age 15; now Pa. mom wants CPR to be a graduation requirement
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/her_son_died_on_the_basketball.html#incart_river_index

Pa. lawmakers embrace alternatives to high-stakes exams to earn a high school diploma
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/10/high_stakes_graduation_exams_pa.html#incart_river_index

Bill to help Harrisburg comes with conditions, cuts taxes on workers in 5 years
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/harrisburg_exit_act_47_taxing.html#incart_river_index

Barbara Schrum died trying to help a friend. This new law could have saved her
https://papost.org/2018/10/10/barbara-schrum-died-trying-to-help-a-friend-this-new-law-could-have-saved-her/

Our view: Time for senators to take stand
http://www.goerie.com/opinion/20181010/our-view-time-for-senators-to-take-stand

Business

Sears warehouse in Covington sold
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/sears-warehouse-in-covington-sold-1.2395577

Crime/Punishment

Why are so many Pa. prison inmates committing suicide?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/suicide-pennsylvania-doc-department-of-corrections-prison-seena-fazel-lindsey-hayes-self-harm-20181009.html

3 former Penn State frat brothers set to plead guilty in case stemming from pledge’s death
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/09/Beta-Theta-Pi-Penn-State-fraternity-brothers-set-plead-guilty-Timothy-Piazza-fatal-hazing/stories/201810090100

Trafford mom charged after son, 11, had 0.41 BAC from whiskey
https://triblive.com/news/adminpage/14161109-74/trafford-mother-charged-after-11-year-old-boy-found-drunk-on-fireball-whiskey

2 county fugitives added to state’s most wanted list
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/2-county-fugitives-added-to-state-s-most-wanted-list-1.2395705

5 Berks County murders that remain unsolved
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/2020-episode-to-focus-on-christy-mirack-murder-case-arrest-in-lancaster-county-video

Education

As Pa. special-education costs rise, school districts pick up more of the tab
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/special-education-costs-pennsylvania-school-districts-20181009.html

Taxpayers and teachers to Scranton board: Seek the truth
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/taxpayers-and-teachers-to-scranton-board-seek-the-truth-1.2395700

Scranton school director Oleski dies
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-director-oleski-dies-1.2395418

Lawyer for Woodland Hills students says federal suit against district is resolved
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/09/woodland-hills-federal-lawsuit-kevin-murray-steve-shaulis-settlement/stories/201810090096

Woodland Hills students settle ‘culture of violence’ lawsuit for more than $500k
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14160245-74/woodland-hills-students-to-settle-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-district

Lackawanna Trail to solicit bids to collect delinquent lunch money
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-trail-to-solicit-bids-to-collect-delinquent-lunch-money-1.2395770

After a decade, Patrick O’Connor will step down as Temple board chair
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/temple-university-patrick-oconnor-board-chair-step-down-20181009.html

Hazing allegations halt Greek life recruitment at Pa. university
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/hazing_allegations_halt_greek.html#incart_river_index

Elections/Politics

Gov. Tom Wolf Coming to Coatesville to support Dan Williams
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/gov-tom-wolf-coming-to-coatesville-to-support-dan-williams/article_e20547b2-cc1c-11e8-815e-4ff30992b156.html

Democratic candidates discuss issues at public forum
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/democratic-candidates-discuss-issues-at-public-forum/article_defb9dfe-cc04-11e8-87f3-6350e0ab45ba.html

Author to speak about new book that chronicles Luzerne County’s shift to Trump
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/author-to-speak-about-new-book-that-chronicles-luzerne-county-s-shift-to-trump-1.2395623

PA-7 congressional candidates tangle over campaign finance, Brett Kavanaugh, and marijuana policy
http://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-pa-7-biz-matters-debate-20181008-story.html

Cambria County voters continue to shift registration to Republican
http://www.tribdem.com/news/cambria-county-voters-continue-to-shift-registration-to-republican/article_1d96fe08-cc2f-11e8-a283-67ca47cb5a61.html

Gaming

Betting with a smartphone? The casinos know who you are, and where you are located.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/tourism_casinos/pa-allows-online-betting-from-anywhere-except-casinos-20181010.html

Local News

Luzerne County manager proposes 3 percent tax hike in 2019
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720989/luzerne-county-manager-proposes-3-percent-tax-hike-in-2019

Pedri proposes 3 percent tax hike for 2019
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-proposes-3-percent-tax-hike-for-2019-1.2395702

Earned income tax collections — and OT costs — up in WB’s August financial report draft
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721002/earned-income-tax-collections-and-ot-costs-up-in-wbs-august-financial-report-draft

WB officials push for quicker pace to finish North River Street work
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721000/wb-officials-push-for-quicker-pace-to-finish-north-river-street-work

Relief in sight: Work will be expedited on River Street in W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/relief-in-sight-work-will-be-expedited-on-river-street-in-w-b-1.2395667

West Pittston couple sues borough over flood buyout program
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721031/west-pittston-couple-sues-borough-over-flood-buyout-program

‘Proud’ county honors Hazleton Little League Challenger team that played in LLWS
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721008/proud-county-honors-hazleton-little-league-challenger-team-that-played-in-llws

3 new buildings?
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/3-new-buildings-1.2395688

Former Lackawanna County Chief of Staff Andrew Wallace waives preliminary hearing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-lackawanna-county-chief-of-staff-andrew-wallace-waives-preliminary-hearing-1.2395426

Sewer project ahead in North Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/sewer-project-ahead-in-north-scranton-1.2395769

County forgets to tax garage
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/county-forgets-to-tax-garage-1.2395582

Bucks County firehouse enjoying fruits of jam company’s labor
http://www2.philly.com/philly/food/bucks-county-delaware-valley-volunteer-fire-eat-this-jam-20181010.html

Can a former New York Giants fullback carry a Pa. coal town closer to hope?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/philadelphia-eagles-new-york-giants-henry-hynoski-shamokin-high-school-football-coal-pennsylvania-20181008.html

Monroeville passes fee to pay for sediment removal and flood control
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2018/10/09/monroeville-ms4-fees-epa-sediment-streams/stories/201810090185

Coachside Drive slide grows a few miles from Majestic Hill demo work
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/coachside-drive-slide-grows-a-few-miles-from-majestic-hill/article_f6ec1b8c-cbeb-11e8-89fd-2f89c642eceb.html

Westmoreland air show will feature Pearl Harbor simulation
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14161171-74/westmoreland-air-show-will-feature-pearl-harbor-simulation

Washington Township to ink new police contract
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14161711-74/washington-township-to-ink-new-police-contract

Embattled Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center owner makes case for renewal of state liquor license
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/embattled_hmac_owner_makes_cas.html#incart_river_index

Johnstown’s out: PSAC baseball tournament leaving city, Point
http://www.tribdem.com/news/johnstown-s-out-psac-baseball-tournament-leaving-city-point/article_233fb3b8-cc11-11e8-b1fd-2f53d1ea429f.html

National News

A law enforcement sweep recovers 123 missing children in the Detroit area
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/09/A-law-enforcement-sweep-recovers-123-missing-children-in-the-Detroit-area/stories/201810090186

National briefs: EPA administrator under scrutiny after ‘liking’ racist Facebook post
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/10/09/National-briefs-EPA-administrator-under-scrutiny-after-liking-racist-Facebook-post/stories/201810100092

Feds tapped George Norcross’ phones in 2016, records show
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/george-norcross-wiretap-feds-phones-2016-20181009.html

Nursing homes are pushing dying Americans into profitable rehab
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/nursing-homes-are-pushing-dying-americans-into-profitable-rehab-20181010.html

Natural Gas

Oakmont residents demand stricter gas and oil well regulations
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14162390-74/oakmont-residents-demand-stricter-gas-and-oil-well-regulations

Philly

Jim Kenney 1,000 days in: The fine print of the Philly mayor’s promises
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/jim-kenney-promises-philadelphia-mayor-1000-days-20181010.html

DA: Cop won’t be charged in fatal shooting in Germantown
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/da-cop-wont-be-charged-in-fatal-shooting-in-germantown-20181009.html

2018 elections: Sign up for Pa., N.J. text alerts from the Inquirer
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/midterm-elections-2018-philadelphia-inquirer-texting-20181009.html

Girl, 6, accidentally shoots herself in Olney
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/girl-6-accidentally-shoots-herself-in-olney-20181009.html

John Mitchell: For parents, school district’s drug policy reeks of bias
http://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/john-mitchell-for-parents-school-district-s-drug-policy-reeks/article_f76c4c2b-4125-5d94-82be-d7cd12b1a380.html

t’s not just affordable housing that’s in short supply in Philly. So is middle class housing. | Inga Saffron
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/philadelphia-affordable-housing-report-middle-class-amazon-20181010.html

Former Fox 29 reporter turns his camera on Philly’s missing | Helen Ubiñas
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/helen_ubinas/helen-ubinas-sergio-cruel-fox-29-chasing-news-missing-persons-20181010.html

Pitt

Rising city housing prices push buyers to their limits
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/housing_prices/

Allegheny County proposes nearly $1 billion budget for 2019 with no tax increase
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/09/Fitzgerald-sends-nearly-1-billion-2019-budget-to-county-council/stories/201810090174

No tax increase in Fitzgerald’s proposed 2019 Allegheny County budget
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14161645-74/no-tax-increase-in-fitzgeralds-proposed-2019-allegheny-county-budget

Pittsburgh looking to boost diversity of fire bureau
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14161607-74/pittsburgh-looking-to-boost-diversity-of-fire-bureau

Offices, apartments, new restaurants officially coming to closed Downtown department store
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/10/09/An-icon-reappears-on-Smithfield-Street-serving-up-new-restaurants/stories/201810090159

What’s New in Aging: Pittsburgh ranks high once more on retirement list
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/aging-edge/2018/10/10/What-s-New-in-Aging-A-new-ranking-with-Pittsburgh-high-on-retirement-list/stories/201810100078

Pitt team wins first Magee research award for women’s health
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/10/09/wins-first-Magee-Prize-research-award-for-women-health/stories/201810090129

Pittsburgh council holds sprinkler proposal after property owners claim mandate too expensive
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/09/Pittsburgh-City-Council-fire-sprinkler-mandate-high-rise-vote-postponed/stories/201810090148

Pittsburgh council postpones vote on mandatory fire sprinklers in high-rises
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14160999-74/pittsburgh-council-postpones-vote-on-mandatory-fire-sprinklers-in-high-rises

Pittsburgh security guards land double-digit bump in pay, benefits under SEIU contract
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/09/Pittsburgh-SEIU-32BJ-Sam-Williamson-security-guard-contract-salary-raises-pay-increase/stories/201810090122

Union security guards in Pittsburgh ink contract for $15 per hour in 4 years
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14160568-74/union-security-guards-in-pittsburgh-ink-contract-for-15-per-hour-in

Six students injured, 1 seriously, after struck by vehicle in Upper Hill
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/09/Multiple-people-injured-pedestrians-struck-vehicle-Upper-Hill-Pittsburgh-University-Prep-Centre/stories/201810090131

Port Authority operator, SUV driver cited for crash that injured 10
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/10/09/Port-Authority-crash-ran-red-light-10-injured-Homewood-SUV-driver-DUI/stories/201810090121

UPMC confirms 3 suspected cases of rare disease that paralyzes children
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14161495-74/upmc-confirms-3-suspected-cases-of-rare-disease-that-paralyzes-children

State News

Pa. State Police union sues Chester County DA over list of cops to keep off stand
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-state-police-union-chester-county-thomas-hogan-do-not-use-20181009.html

Shapiro, other AGs seek new FCC rules to block more robocalls
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14162015-74/shapiro-other-ags-seek-new-fcc-rules-to-block-more-robocalls

Times Leader awarded state grant money
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/times-leader-awarded-state-grant-money-1.2395652

Penn State researchers test how to kill spotted lanternflies in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/penn-state-researchers-test-how-to-kill-spotted-lanternflies-in-berks-county

Mentoring the next generation of Berks County hunters
https://www.readingeagle.com/berks-country/article/mentoring-the-next-generation-of-berks-county-hunters

Reading gets $300,000 state grant for parks rehabilitation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-gets-300000-state-grant-for-parks-rehabilitation

Pa. and the nation need nuclear energy | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/10/pa_and_the_nation_need_nuclear.html#incart_river_index

Pennsylvania is having its worst outbreak of West Nile virus in 15 years
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/10/pennsylvania-is-having-its-worst-outbreak-of-west-nile-virus-in-15-years.php

Is this stretch limo safe? State offers advice for would-be passengers
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/in_pa_two_entities_try_to_mana.html

Large grant to carve out new trail
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/10/large-grant-to-carve-out-new-trail/

Transportation

AAA warns drivers about dangers of syncing their phone to vehicles
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720986/aaa-warns-drivers-about-dangers-of-syncing-their-phone-to-vehicles

Washington

This prominent Penn prof didn’t believe Russia got Trump elected. Here’s what changed her mind. | Will Bunch
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/trump-won-2016-election-russian-hacking-kathleen-hall-jamieson-book-20181009.html

Barletta’s Disaster Recovery Reform Act signed into law
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721022/barlettas-disaster-recovery-reform-act-signed-into-law

The president’s coming to Erie. Here’s what to expect
http://www.goerie.com/news/20181010/presidents-coming-to-erie-heres-what-to-expect