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Legislature

Catholic benefactor to Pa. senators: Stand with victims or their abusers?
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/10/16/Catholic-benefactor-to-Pa-senators-Stand-with-victims-or-their-abusers/stories/201810160179

Pa. sex abuse bill stuck on lawsuit issue
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721722/pa-sex-abuse-bill-stuck-on-lawsuit-issue

Reform to statute of limitations for sexual abuse remains up in the air on Senate’s last day
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/reform_to_statute_of_limitatio.html#incart_river_index

Temporary guardianship for grandparents bill passes as Wolf officials meet with those raising grandchildren
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/10/16/opioids-pennsylvania-grandparents-grandchildren-children-addiction/stories/201810160154

Pharmacy benefit managers defend their Medicaid role at Pa. Senate committee hearing
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/pharmacy-benefit-managers-prescription-drugs-pa-senate-cvs-20181016.html

Lower Burrell approved for $210,000 grant for Little Pucketa rehabilitation project
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14181884-74/lower-burrell-receives-210000-grant-for-little-pucketa-rehabilitation-project

1 million-plus students getting a pass: Pa. to delay Keystone graduation requirement, offer alternatives
https://www2.philly.com/philly/education/keystone-exams-graduation-pennsylvania-english-algebra-20181016.html

Wolf to sign law delaying Keystones, changing graduation requirements
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14182624-74/wolf-to-sign-law-delaying-keystones-changing-graduation-requirements

Hit-and-run driver strikes child exiting school bus in Exeter Township
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/hit-and-run-driver-strikes-child-exiting-school-bus-in-exeter-township

Dogs take Harrisburg in effort to end puppy mills
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/dogs-take-harrisburg-in-effort-to-end-puppy-mills/article_be1a0234-d158-11e8-ab8b-5bf1adc00ed6.html

Should pet stores only be allowed to buy from shelters and rescue facilities?
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2018/10/16/new-bill-would-require-pet-stores-buy-dogs-shelters/1657736002/

Departing legislative leader is about to learn what bank presidents do
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/10/departing_legislative_leader_i.html#incart_river_index

DJs don’t deserve advantage
http://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2018/10/djs-dont-deserve-advantage/

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich dies at 62
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/rep-sid-michaels-kavulich-dies-at-62-1.2398370

State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, former sportscaster, died
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721672/state-rep-sid-michaels-kavulich-former-sportscaster-died

Kavulich a champion for local sports
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/kavulich-a-champion-for-local-sports-1.2398372

Reaction to Rep. Kavulich’s death
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/reaction-to-rep-kavulich-s-death-1.2398373

State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, former sportscaster, dies at age 62
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/state_rep_sid_michaels_kavulic.html#incart_river_index

114th’s man of House had common touch
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/114th-s-manof-house-had-common-touch-1.2398341

Business

Marriott workers say they are drowning in credit union fees
https://www2.philly.com/philly/news/marriott-workers-say-they-are-drowning-in-credit-union-fees-20181016.html

America has a record 7.1 million job openings, making it a good time to ask for a raise
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/jobs/america-has-a-record-7-1-million-job-openings-making-it-a-good-time-to-ask-for-a-raise-20181016.html

Crime/Punishment

New Castle police investigating triple homicide that killed man, woman and 10-year-old girl
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/16/new-castle-homicide-three-bodies-police-lawrence-county/stories/201810160112

Education

Pulling back the veil: Mandated booklet reveals more about W-B Area school
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721705/pulling-back-the-veil-mandated-booklet-reveals-more-about-w-b-area-school

WPIAL: Connellsville armed police didn’t violate rules at Penn Hills games
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14183634-74/wpial-says-connellsville-didnt-violate-rules-with-police-at-penn-hills-games

Kiski Area beefs up security for daytime school events
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14184179-74/kiski-area-beefs-up-security-for-daytime-school-events

Staff in Tamaqua Area School District will be armed
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/staff-in-tamaqua-area-school-district-will-be-armed-1.2398385

Vaping’s on rise among Erie County students
http://www.goerie.com/news/20181017/vapings-on-rise-among-erie-county-students

Enrollment down 4% at Pa. state universities, continuing 8-year decline
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/enrollment_down_4_percent_at_p.html#incart_river_index

Licorice magnate gives record $17.3 million to Penn State Abington
https://www2.philly.com/philly/news/penn-state-abington-17-3-million-taub-licorice-20181017.html

Elections/Politics

Comfortably ahead, Pa. Gov. Wolf takes low-risk approach in reelection bid
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/pennsylvania-gov-wolf-golf-spikes-low-key-strategy-scott-wagner-20181017.html

Rothfus, Lamb differ on gun control, minimum wage, Blasey Ford
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/10/16/Conor-Lamb-Keith-Rothfus-17th-congressional-district-race-WTAE-debate/stories/201810160157

Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign paid $6,000 to Philly man who posed as reporter to question opponent
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/brian-fitzpatrick-scott-wallace-fake-reporter-bucks-county-courier-times-benjamin-mannes-20181016.html

Meuser intends to support Trump agenda if elected
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721713/meuser-intends-to-support-trump-agenda-if-elected

In Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, challenger Jess King shows impressive fundraising chops
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/10/in_11th_congressional_district.html#incart_river_index

Pat Browne’s campaign pulls erroneous ads
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-browne-pulls-ads-20181016-story.html

Region’s Democrats pile up cash for congressional races
https://whyy.org/articles/regions-democrats-pile-up-cash-for-congressional-races/

Boerio, Reschenthaler campaigns post spending in new 14th Congressional District
https://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/14183600-74/boerio-reschenthaler-campaigns-post-spending-in-new-14th-congressional-district

Candidate Henry takes aim at school property tax
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/candidate-henry-takes-aim-at-school-property-tax-1.2398404

Some Carbon Co. voter registrations still being processed
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/some-carbon-co-voter-registrations-still-being-processed-1.2398314

Pennsylvania’s biggest campaigns are now even bigger disappointments | John Baer
https://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/john_baer/pennsylvania-tom-wolf-scott-wagner-lou-barletta-bob-casey-disappointments-john-baer-20181016.html

Gaming

Pa. casinos took in $268.5M in September, led by Parx
https://www2.philly.com/philly/business/tourism_casinos/pa-casinos-september-revenue-parx-sands-rivers-sugarhouse-20181016.html

Local News

City parking authority moves on plans to buy Park & Lock East
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-parking-authority-moves-on-plans-to-buy-park-lock-east-1.2398410

Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority makes offer to buy parkade, continues to challenge Sterling lot
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721709/wilkes-barre-parking-authority-makes-offer-to-buy-parkade-continues-to-challenge-sterling-lot

Disagreement over job creation hashed out in Luzerne County budget session
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721718/disagreement-over-job-creation-hashed-out-in-luzerne-county-budget-session

City could sell golf course
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-could-sell-golf-course-1.2398412

County elections bureau budget debated during work session
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-elections-bureau-budget-debated-during-work-session-1.2398397

Flood authority’s non-union employees receive raises
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/flood-authority-s-non-union-employees-receive-raises-1.2398398

Jessup borough holds first public meeting on comprehensive plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/jessup-borough-holds-first-public-meeting-on-comprehensive-plan-1.2398451

SBA loans available to help with disaster recovery after Yough valley flooding
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14184266-74/sba-loans-available-to-help-with-disaster-recovery-after-yough-valley-flooding

Freeport residents lament closure of Devereaux car dealership
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14185169-74/freeport-residents-lament-closure-of-devereaux-car-dealership

Reading is rediscovering its entrepreneurial spirit
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/on-the-rise&template=ourcityart

Big Brothers Big Sisters unveils new Reading activities center
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/big-brothers-big-sisters-unveils-new-reading-activities-center

Marijuana

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/canada-legalizes-marijuana-recreational-use-20181016.html

National News

Florida child dies from the flu, the first young death reported in the U.S. this season
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/10/16/A-Florida-child-dies-from-the-flu-the-first-young-death-reported-in-the-U-S-this-season/stories/201810160200

CDC confirms a paralyzing polio-like illness affecting mainly children is in 22 states
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/10/16/This-CDC-confirms-a-paralyzing-polio-like-illness-affecting-mainly-children-is-in-22-states/stories/201810160151

D.C. Archdiocese releases names of ‘credibly’ accused clergy
https://www.timesleader.com/news/721720/d-c-archdiocese-releases-names-of-credibly-accused-clergy

Natural Gas

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline now moving gas
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/atlantic-sunrise-pipeline-now-moving-gas-1.2398401

Opioid Crisis

Southwestern Pennsylvania counties above state average for opioid-related hospitalizations
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/southwestern-pennsylvania-counties-above-state-average-for-opioid-related-hospitalizations/article_613835c2-d09f-11e8-b6ab-c3fd6fba2874.html

Opioid hospitalizations in Pennsylvania flatten in 2017
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/opioid-hospitalizations-in-pennsylvania-flatten-in-2017

Philly

‘Heartbreaking’: 2-year-old girl’s body found partially buried in Philly park
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/cadaver-dogs-search-kemble-park-philadelphia-missing-person-20181016.html

In Philly, U.S. surgeon general reiterates qualms about supervised injection sites
http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/in-philly-u-s-surgeon-general-reiterates-qualms-about-supervised-injection-sites-20181016.html

Olney, West Philadelphia football teams forfeit final games after fight that began in stands
http://www2.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/olney-west-philadelphia-high-school-football-fight-cancel-forfeit-season-20181016.html

Black high school students get a taste of teaching
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/black-high-school-students-get-a-taste-of-teaching/article_f19b5a41-0fa6-5df6-be42-389899cb0379.html

Three Philly cops hurt trying to break up large after-school fight in Nicetown
https://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/three-philly-cops-hurt-trying-to-break-up-after-school-riot-in-nicetown-20181016.html

Women breaking into Philly’s boardrooms, C-suite — but ever so slowly
https://www2.philly.com/philly/business/women-workplace-executives-boards-study-statistics-philadelphia-peggy-mccausland-public-corporate-deanna-byrne-c-suite-20181017.html

Pitt

Summit to look at why Pittsburgh’s ‘not great for everyone’
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/10/16/Equity-inclusion-sustainability-summit-Covestro-new-economy/stories/201810160008

Albert Lexie, the shoe-shiner who donated $200K to UPMC Children’s Hospital, has died
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2018/10/16/albert-lexie-children-s-hospital-pittsburgh-shoe-shiner-monessen-obituary-foundation/stories/201810160158

Before she won a Nobel Prize, Frances Arnold frustrated her parents and teachers in Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2018/10/16/Frances-Arnold-Nobel-Prize-chemistry-Pittsburgh-Edgewood-Allderdice-Caltech-enzyme-research/stories/201810130004

Peduto to appear at business conference in Dubai
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/16/Pittsburgh-Mayor-Bill-Peduto-Dubai-American-Middle-East-Institute-conference-UAE/stories/201810160149

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto headed to Middle East tech conference
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14184408-74/pittsburgh-mayor-bill-peduto-headed-to-middle-east-tech-conference

It will save lives: Needle exchange moves needle on national crisis
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/10/17/It-will-save-lives-Needle-exchange-moves-needle-on-national-crisis/stories/201810170056

Opposition mounting for plans to demolish buildings near Pittsburgh’s Garden Theater
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14185236-74/opposition-mounting-for-plans-to-demolish-buildings-near-pittsburghs-garden-theater

Still no decision on who might police East Pittsburgh after Antwon Rose shooting
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14184364-74/search-continues-for-department-to-take-over-policing-east-pittsburgh-in-wake

Pittsburgh Council postpones vote on mandatory fire sprinklers in high-rises
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14183284-74/pittsburgh-council-postpones-vote-on-mandatory-fire-sprinklers-in-high-rises

State News

Grandparents tell state officials they need help raising kids left parentless by opioids
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14183870-74/grandparents-tell-state-officials-they-need-help-raising-kids-left-parentless-by

Laura Ditka, prosecutor in Penn State scandal, dies at 55
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14181895-74/laura-ditka-prosecutor-in-penn-states-sandusky-scandal-dies-at-55

Pennsylvania State Police should not police themselves | Editorial
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-state-police-shooting-investigation-accountability-editorial-20181017.html

State grants to help flooding, water pollution problems around Westmoreland, region
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14183707-74/state-grants-to-help-flooding-water-pollution-problems-around-westmoreland-region

$2.6 million in state grants headed to projects in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/26-million-in-state-grants-headed-to-projects-in-berks-county

Washington

Trump tells the AP he is not to blame if Republicans lose the House in November
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/10/16/Trump-tells-the-AP-he-is-not-to-blame-if-Republicans-lose-the-House-in-November/stories/201810160202