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Legislature

Acclaimed after-school program SHINE lands in its ninth location
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758504/acclaimed-after-school-program-shine-lands-in-its-ninth-location

KAYDEN’S LAW: Bucks County lawmakers introduce bills to ensure children in custody disputes are protected
http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/kayden-s-law-bucks-county-lawmakers-introduce-bills-to-ensure/article_981e4d38-e903-11e9-a3b9-8f24a06c0ab5.html

‘We are raising a nation of young people…with PTSD’: Rep. Gainey appeals for statewide ban on assault weapons
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/10/10/Pennsylvania-Ed-Gainey-statewide-ban-assault-weapons-violence-HB-307-PTSD/stories/201910100145

ACLU files suit to stop victims’ rights ballot measure
https://www.inquirer.com/news/marsys-law-crime-victim-pennsylvania-constitution-amendment-ballot-question-20191011.html

Lawsuit seeks to keep victim rights question off fall ballot
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/10/10/Lawsuit-seeks-to-keep-victim-rights-question-off-fall-ballot-marsys-law-harrisburg-pennsylvania/stories/201910100151

ACLU, League of Women Voters challenge Marsy’s Law question
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/aclu-league-of-women-voters-challenge-marsys-law-question/

Opponents of Marsy’s Law are suing to keep the crime victims measure off the Nov. 5 ballot
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/opponents-of-marsys-law-are-suing-to-keep-the-crime-victims-measure-off-the-nov-5-ballot/

There’s a well-documented link between guns and suicide. Just what Pennsylvania should do about that is up for debate
https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/theres-a-well-documented-link-between-guns-and-suicide-just-what-pennsylvania-should-do-about-that-is-up-for-debate/

Expunged records and monetary compensation are the least the state owes the wrongfully convicted | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-wrongful-conviction-compensation-exoneration-expungement-20191011.html

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

These six charts tell you how Pa. voters feel about gerrymandering (Spoiler: They oppose it)
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pa-voters-gerrymandering-poll-20191010.html

Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf sees STEM in action at Levittown school
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191010/gov-tom-wolf-sees-stem-in-action-at-levittown-school

Business

Century III Mall redevelopment takes a step forward
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/10/10/Century-III-Mall-redevelopment-bankruptcy-sears-west-mifflin-creditors-moonbeam-capital/stories/201910090178

In Western Pa., Trump trade policy adviser says U.S. manufacturers need to ‘focus on the positives’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/10/10/Trump-trade-policy-chief-says-US-manufacturers-need-to-focus-on-the-positives/stories/201910100174

GM’s chief meets with union officials for the first time in the UAW strike
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/10/10/UAW-strike-GM-meeting-workers/stories/201910100204

Vertical farming company Fifth Season moves to Braddock
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/vertical-farming-company-fifth-season-moves-to-braddock/

ARC grant to support Scranton incubator development
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/arc-grant-to-support-scranton-incubator-development-1.2543897

At grand opening, Wind Creek pledges to reinvest in Bethlehem property. In fact, hotel construction could start in early 2020
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-wind-creek-bethlehem-grand-opening-ceremonies-20191010-puwefxntwfb75gh2m2dgaj7d54-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Lawusit against Lackawanna County Prison medical provider can proceed, judge rules
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lawusit-against-lackawanna-county-prison-medical-provider-can-proceed-judge-rules-1.2544216

Education

Collection agencies, graduation ceremony bans, letters from magistrates: Pennsylvania school districts consider options as they deal with exploding lunch debt
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-districts-lunch-debt-20191011-b5mpvo77dzefjcyefruhsbmcwm-story.html

New Hempfield pre-K center puts spotlight on continuing need
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/new-hempfield-pre-k-center-puts-spotlight-on-continuing-need/

Former Scranton school solicitor bringing legal action against district
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-scranton-school-solicitor-bringing-legal-action-against-district-1.2544227

Police arrest fifth teen over Scranton School District bomb threats
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/police-arrest-fifth-teen-over-scranton-school-district-bomb-threats-1.2543879

Why one Pa. school district takes a deliberate approach to shaping informed students
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/10/why-one-pa-school-district-takes-a-deliberate-approach-to-shaping-informed-students/

Cheyney Council of Trustees approves budget in last meeting before accreditation decision
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/cheyney-council-of-trustees-approves-budget-in-last-meeting-before/article_4328ea14-9970-515b-8a23-635817c60cb4.html

Elections/Politics

During the LGBTQ town hall, 2020 Democratic candidates pledge their support
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/10/10/LGBTQ-town-hall-Democratic-2020-candidates/stories/201910100209

Should prison inmates be allowed to vote? Pro/Con | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/prison-felon-inmate-vote-vermont-maine-20191010.html

Haas launches Congress bid with calls for civility, fiscal responsibility
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758506/haas-launches-congress-bid-with-calls-for-civility-fiscal-responsibility

Haas formally announces bid for Congress
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/haas-formally-announces-bid-for-congress-1.2544135

Meet the two Democrats running for Allegheny County’s most competitive state house seat
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/meet-the-two-democrats-running-for-allegheny-countys-most-competitive-state-house-seat/Content?oid=16014172

Westmoreland commissioners authorize $7.1 million purchase of new voting equipment
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-commissioners-authorize-7-1-million-purchase-of-new-voting-equipment/

Health Care

Geisinger opens new maternity ward at Scranton hospital
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/geisinger-opens-new-maternity-ward-at-scranton-hospital-1.2544017

Local News

W-B council talks tree removal options
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-council-talks-tree-removal-options-1.2544154

Short agenda, public comments aplenty at Wilkes-Barre city council meeting
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758494/short-agenda-public-comments-aplenty-at-wilkes-barre-city-council-meeting

Seven apply to become new county coroner
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/seven-apply-to-become-new-county-coroner-1.2544024

HCA official: Water boil advisory likely to last through Sat.
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hca-official-water-boil-advisory-likely-to-last-through-sat-1.2544121

Scranton employees must read, sign, live by new ethics code
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-employees-must-read-sign-live-by-new-ethics-code-1.2543902

Revived Scranton ethics board holds first meeting
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/revived-scranton-ethics-board-holds-first-meeting-1.2544223

Generosity overwhelms homeless Chester County woman with cancer
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-breast-cancer-chester-county-20191011.html

Unity supervisors approve plan for GetGo store along Route 30
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/unity-supervisors-approve-plan-for-getgo-store-along-route-30/

Kiski Township has new supervisor, police chief, part-time officers
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/kiski-township-has-new-supervisor-police-chief-part-time-officers/

A call to notice and help homeless teens in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/a-call-to-notice-and-help-homeless-teens-in-berks-county

Commissioners, Berks Heim unions cheer new agreement
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/commissioners-berks-heim-unions-cheer-new-agreement

National News

The EPA proposes a rewrite of the rules on lead contamination in water
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/10/10/EPA-lead-copper-rule-water/stories/201910100208

Social Security checks to rise a modest 1.6% amid push to expand benefits
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/social-security-checks-to-rise-a-modest-16-amid-push-to-expand-benefits

Philly

How race, class, and privilege shape the asbestos crisis at two Philly high schools
https://www.inquirer.com/education/ben-franklin-sla-school-construction-asbestos-inequity-privilege-20191011.html

Building Trades leaders asked to pony up $15K apiece for Local 98’s indicted boss ‘Johnny Doc’ Dougherty | Clout
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/john-johnny-doc-dougherty-local-98-electricians-federal-indictment-legal-defense-fund-20191011.html

Angry families of murder victims protest DA Larry Krasner | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/helen-ubinas-larry-krasner-murder-crime-exoneration-district-attorney-philadelphia-20191011.html

Public housing agency to sell off West Philly towers to fund redevelopment at aging complex
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/west-park-apartments-towers-sale-pha-university-city-redevelopment-20191011.html

Philadelphia City Council creates panel to probe child removals in abuse, neglect cases
https://www.inquirer.com/news/david-oh-dhs-child-removal-committee-20191010.html

Moldy African animal skins, skulls, 22 pounds of snails intercepted en route to Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/african-animal-skins-heads-snails-philadelphia-airport-custom-border-patrol-20191011.html

Wawa gas station planned at former auto-shredding site near South Philly’s Navy Yard
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/south-philadelphia-wawa-auto-shredding-plant-provco-navy-yard-goodman-pineville-20191010.html

Was Rittenhouse Square stabbing self-defense? Trial in controversial killing begins.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rittenhouse-square-stabbing-michael-white-sean-schellenger-trial-20191010.html

Philly’s childhood literacy rate is still too low | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-literacy-early-education-teacher-training-20191010.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh airport lobbying American Airlines for LA nonstop
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/10/10/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-American-Airlines-Los-Angeles/stories/201910100150

Fight over union for Pitt graduate assistants now heads into state review process
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/10/10/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-graduate-assistants-union-Steelworkers-higher-education-labor-PLRB/stories/201910100131

On Yom Kippur, a Tree of Life shooting survivor grapples with forgiveness
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/10/yom-kippur-tree-of-life-synagogue-JCC-forgiveness-parkland-survivors-mass-shooting/stories/201910090192

Zappala won’t participate in DA candidate forum
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/10/10/Zappala-middleman-participate-district-attorney-race-DA-candidate-forum/stories/201910090168

Allegheny County council members accuse DA candidate Middleman of ethics violation
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-council-members-accuse-da-candidate-middleman-of-ethics-violation/

City names new chief operations officer
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/10/10/Pittsburgh-Kinsey-Casey-chief-operations-officer/stories/201910100166

Peduto hires ex-Obama administration official as operations chief
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-taps-former-obama-administration-official-as-operations-chief/

150 new homes could be ‘Cornerstone’ of Larimer’s rebirth
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/10/10/Cornerstone-Village-Larimer-Housing-Authority-McCormick-Baron-Salazar-pittsburgh-development/stories/201910100126

Pittsburgh redevelopment authority postpones vote on construction at Civic Arena site
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-redevelopment-authority-postpones-vote-on-construction-at-civic-arena-site/

Make time for the public: Port Authority needs meetings on proposed stop cuts
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/11/Make-time-for-the-public-Port-Authority-needs-meetings-on-proposed-stop-cuts/stories/201910040003

Family swept out of house by Carrick water main break settles in cemetery caretaker’s cottage
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/flood-victims-find-temporary-housing-with-relatives-both-living-and-dead/

State News

State AG sues national property management company over ‘rent to own’ scheme
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/10/State-attorney-general-josh-shapiro-lawsuit-vision-property-management/stories/201910100188

ATF blames extension cord for Erie day care fire that killed 5 children
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2019/10/10/erie-daycare-fire-children-killed-cause-extension-cord/stories/201910100138

Some birds could disappear from Pennsylvania backyards because of climate change, report says
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/birds-audubon-society-pennsylvania-new-jersey-climate-change-20191010.html

Study: Climate change could make dozens of bird species extinct in Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/study-climate-change-could-make-dozens-of-bird-species-extinct-in-pennsylvania/

Woman sues Greensburg diocese, bishops, claiming sexual assaults by priest in 1970s
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/10/clergy-sex-abuse-lawsuit-greensburg-george-pierce/stories/201910100175

Diocese adds 2 clergymen to credibly accused list
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/diocese-adds-2-clergymen-to-credibly-accused-list-1.2544156

Lawsuit says Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg covered up sexual abuse by high school teacher
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/10/lawsuit-says-catholic-diocese-of-harrisburg-covered-up-sexual-abuse-by-high-school-teacher/

U.S. Navy to build ship named for Harrisburg
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/u-s-navy-to-build-ship-named-for-harrisburg/

Low wages spark need for assistance in NEPA during holiday season
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/low-wages-spark-need-for-assistance-in-nepa-during-holiday-season-1.2543930

Peoples commends the PUC adoption of new standards to increase energy affordability | Pennlive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/peoples-commends-the-puc-adoption-of-new-standards-to-increase-energy-affordability-pennlive-letters.html

‘My baby is not OK’: central Pa. residents pour out hearts over suicide
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/fighting-suicide-central-pa-residents-pour-out-their-hearts-as-task-force-listens.html

Berks, Montco among top counties for PFA petitions in Pennsylvania
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/berks-montco-among-top-counties-for-pfa-petitions-in-pennsylvania/article_2cca6136-be68-5432-ad0f-21d772881528.html

Transportation

New Kensington delays Carl Avenue repaving
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-delays-carl-avenue-repaving/

Route 61 upgrade in northern Berks nears end, and so do drivers’ frustrations
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/route-61-upgrade-in-northern-berks-nears-end-and-so-do-drivers-frustrations

PennDOT seeks motorists’ help in creating a safer winter driving season
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/fall-is-here-but-winter-is-coming-penndot-seeks-motorists-help-in-creating-a-safer-winter-driving-season.html