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Legislature

Pa. House fails to override Gov. Wolf’s veto of bill to loosen coronavirus restrictions on bars, restaurants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/10/21/Pennsylvania-House-governor-wolf-veto-coronavirus-restrictions-bars/stories/202010210114

Pa. House falls short in bid to override Gov. Wolf’s veto of bill loosening restaurant restrictions
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/pa-house-falls-2-votes-short-of-its-attempt-to-override-gov-tom-wolfs-veto-of-bill-loosing-restrictions-on-restaurants.html

Pa. House falls two votes shy of overturning Wolf restaurant occupancy veto
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/pa-house-falls-two-votes-shy-of-overturning-wolf-restaurant-occupancy-veto/

Lawmakers unsatisfied with state’s handling of jobless benefit claims, demand improvement
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/lawmakers-unsatisfied-with-states-handling-of-jobless-benefit-claims-demand-improvement.html

Erie lawmakers support requests for ballot pre-canvassing ahead of Election Day
https://www.goerie.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/21/erie-lawmakers-back-request-allow-more-time-pre-canvass-ballots/3676478001/

Robert Graboyes: No, Canada, The difficulty of importing Canadian drug prices to Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/10/20/Robert-Graboyes-No-Canada-The-difficulty-of-importing-Canadian-drug-prices-to-Pa/stories/202010200052

‘The best part of it is picking your own time to leave,’ Scarnati says, as Pa. Senate pays tribute to retiring GOP leader
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/the-best-part-of-it-is-picking-your-own-time-to-leave-scarnati-says-as-pa-senate-pays-tribute-to-retiring-gop-leader/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa.’s daily COVID-19 count eclipses 1,000 for second straight week
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/10/20/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-65/stories/202010200155

Pennsylvania reports 1,557 new covid-19 cases, 33 additional deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-1557-new-covid-19-cases-33-additional-deaths/

Allegheny County sees new covid-19 case counts trend continue
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-sees-new-covid-19-case-counts-trend-continue/

NEPA’s case count increases by 85; New York governor discourages travel to Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/nepas-case-count-increases-by-85-new-york-governor-discourages-travel-to-pennsylvania/article_7424a6a9-a95f-5dd3-ac81-977249b457ff.html

Berks County has 81 new coronavirus cases, reflecting a rising trend in the county and in Pa.
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-has-81-new-coronavirus-cases-reflecting-a-rising-trend-in-the-county-and/article_927369f8-1301-11eb-8f95-53866d0140c2.html

After decline, coronavirus cases trending up in Chester, Delaware counties
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/after-decline-coronavirus-cases-trending-up-in-chester-delaware-counties/article_baf0d55c-12dc-11eb-a04d-63f16619074f.html

State could recommend closure of Westmoreland County schools over coronavirus surge
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/department-of-education-could-recommend-closure-of-westmoreland-county-schools-due-to-coronavirus-surge/

Hempfield Area High School will temporarily close as new COVID-19 cases are reported
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/10/20/Hempfield-Area-High-School-virtual-learning-remote-teaching-COVID-19-cases/stories/202010200181

3 Baldwin-Whitehall buildings closed after staffer tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/south-hills/3-baldwin-whitehall-buildings-closed-after-staffer-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

2nd Deer Lakes staffer tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/2nd-deer-lakes-staffer-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

With 5 COVID cases, Pittston Area extends virtual-only learning to Jan. 4
https://www.timesleader.com/news/806933/with-5-covid-cases-pittston-area-extends-virtual-only-learning-to-jan-4

One in 10 Penn State students who returned to State College has now had COVID-19
https://www.witf.org/2020/10/20/one-in-10-penn-state-students-who-returned-to-state-college-has-now-had-covid-19/

Officials: Greene County prison inmate dies of covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/regional/officials-greene-county-prison-inmate-dies-of-covid/

New report outlines ‘devastating’ impact the coronavirus has had on Latino communities
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/elections/new-report-outlines-devastating-impact-the-coronavirus-has-had-on-latino-communities/article_35fab48c-12da-11eb-bc99-d36eb694f0c5.html

Older COVID-19 patients battle ‘brain fog,’ weakness, and emotional turmoil
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-older-adults-confusion-delirium-cognitive-dysfunction-20201021.html

Departments of Agriculture, Health confirm state’s first COVID-19 positive cat
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/departments-of-agriculture-health-confirm-state-s-first-covid-19-positive-cat/article_7c912a9b-5116-5b7e-abd6-2b2d70fd631b.html

McConnell warns White House against COVID-19 relief deal
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/20/McConnell-says-any-Pelosi-Mnuchin-deal-would-get-Senate-vote/stories/202010200161

Budget

Pa. lawmakers must increase budgets for trails as more people head outdoors amid pandemic | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-budget-parks-trails-outdoor-space-funding-20201020.html

Business

2nd medical marijuana dispensary opening in Monroeville
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/2nd-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-monroeville/

Education

School is digital, kids are overwhelmed. How do you manage screen time in the COVID era?
https://www.inquirer.com/education/coronavirus-remote-learning-screen-time-students-20201020.html

Kutztown University gets $1 million grant to help recruit students
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/kutztown-university-gets-1-million-grant-to-help-recruit-students/article_9e241030-12e4-11eb-9a46-3b4f498a7162.html

Elections/Politics

Barack Obama to hold first in-person campaign event for Joe Biden in Philadelphia
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/10/21/Barack-Obama-to-hold-first-in-person-event-for-Biden/stories/202010210111

Biden-Harris caravan, rally planned in Alle-Kiski Valley
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/biden-harris-caravan-rally-planned-in-alle-kiski-valley/

USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/21/pennsylvania-poll-joe-biden-leads-donald-trump-usa-today-suffolk-poll/5990219002/

Trump didn’t bring back coal in Pa. But that doesn’t mean miners are backing Biden.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-coal-mining-trump-biden-2020-election-20201021.html

As Pa. coronavirus cases spike, Trump falsely says U.S. is ‘rounding the turn’ on the pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-rally-erie-pennsylvania-20201020.html

Meuser, Wegman face off in TV debate
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-wegman-face-off-in-tv-debate/article_db97461b-4b22-5700-8cce-3d065cdb4179.html

Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District candidates Perry, DePasquale talk issues, politics with PennLive
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/pennsylvania-10th-congressional-district-candidates-perry-depasquale-talk-issues-politics-with-pennlive.html

Smucker faces young progressive Hammond in Pa.’s 11th congressional district race
https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/smucker-faces-young-progressive-hammond-in-pa-s-11th-congressional-district-race/article_ec483996-12fb-11eb-9c0f-0b239ffb234f.html

A W. Pa. lawmaker asks for forgiveness at the ballot box, as voters wonder who they can trust
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/a-w-pa-lawmaker-asks-for-forgiveness-at-the-ballot-box-as-voters-wonder-who-they-can-trust/

What to do if you haven’t received your mail ballot yet in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-mail-ballot-havent-received-20201020.html

People from N.J. and N.Y. are moving to this Pa. swing county. What does that mean for its politics?
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/10/people-from-nj-and-ny-are-moving-to-this-pa-swing-county-what-does-that-mean-for-its-politics.html

Westmoreland sheriff wants deputies to patrol polling places on Election Day, in case needed
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-sheriff-plans-election-day-patrols/

Westmoreland GOP rally short on candidates
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-gop-rally-short-on-candidates/

Counting votes is governance, not politics
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/counting-votes-is-governance-not-politics/article_39ee852b-eb51-5079-80df-c830266e255e.html

Perry County stands alone in Pa. by requiring voters to pay for postage to cast ballots by mail
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/10/perry-county-stands-alone-in-pa-by-requiring-voters-to-pay-for-postage-to-cast-a-ballot-by-mail.html

Health Care

Mercy Fitzgerald nurses say conditions at hospital are deplorable
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/mercy-fitzgerald-nurses-say-conditions-at-hospital-are-deplorable/article_0f2004c4-130d-11eb-a6eb-9fff717b16fe.html

Local News

Scranton parking revenue continues to suffer, but operators don’t plan 2021 rate hike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/scranton-parking-revenue-continues-to-suffer-but-operators-dont-plan-2021-rate-hike/article_be29a310-f7b6-5ce8-b8b5-497c7eb99443.html

Internal audit planned to determine if Scranton employees owe city taxes, fees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/internal-audit-planned-to-determine-if-scranton-employees-owe-city-taxes-fees/article_626ff910-e41c-5b58-b8e0-4c92f39351c0.html

Lackawanna County holds in-person budget hearing, two more planned
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-holds-in-person-budget-hearing-two-more-planned/article_009fb7a0-b958-578a-9194-670deb88466a.html

“At first, it made me feel defensive.” How Bucks County’s DA is confronting racism with local police | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bucks-county-police-racism-aj-ali-walking-while-black-20201020.html

Luzerne County won’t renew lobbyist contract in 2021 budget
https://www.timesleader.com/news/806948/luzerne-county-wont-renew-lobbyist-contract-in-2021-budget

In new rankings, Hazleton rates best of the not-so-good regional cities
https://www.timesleader.com/news/806945/in-new-rankings-hazleton-rates-best-of-the-not-so-good-regional-cities

Muhlenberg police educate public on pedestrian safety laws after uptick in fatal accidents
https://www.readingeagle.com/muhlenberg-police-educate-public-on-pedestrian-safety-laws-after-uptick-in-fatal-accidents/article_6ef06b1c-12fb-11eb-9d3d-678dacc837cf.html

Public weighs in on the future of the Reading Downtown Improvement District
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/public-weighs-in-on-the-future-of-the-reading-downtown-improvement-district/article_51662c46-1326-11eb-8e5b-6ff572802959.html

Safe Berks Silent Witness Project memorializes victims of domestic abuse by video due to coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/safe-berks-silent-witness-project-memorializes-victims-of-domestic-abuse-by-video-due-to-coronavirus/article_dc0295d8-1321-11eb-90a6-b7319b332219.html

National News

Recreational marijuana: Coming soon to a state near you
https://www.timesonline.com/story/opinion/columns/2020/10/21/recreational-marijuana-coming-soon-state-near-you/5996540002/

Philly

Philadelphia Black Lives Matter activists say they’re building the movement beyond protests — they’re confronting the disparities that put people in the criminal justice system in the first place
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/a/philadelphia-defund-police-black-lives-matter-20201021.html

Only Philadelphians can navigate SEPTA. That’s going to change.
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-wayfinding-signage-directions-navigation-mfl-bsl-trolleys-bus-20201021.html

Johnny Doc slams FBI raid as an ‘abuse of power,’ suggests it’s linked to his union’s support of Biden
https://www.inquirer.com/news/johnny-doc-trial-ibew-local-98-raid-biden-fbi-dougherty-20201020.html

Sunday’s parade of hearses will be a grim sight but will hopefully serve as a warning | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/homicides-gun-violence-funeral-directors-demonstration-jenice-armstrong-20201020.html

Philly city councilmembers press the Police Department on the tactics officers used during the spring’s unrest
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-police-danielle-outlaw-20201020.html

Pitt

A pandemic discount: Some Downtown parking garages cut evening, weekend rates to $3
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/10/21/parking-Pittsburgh-Downtown-Partnership-Alco-Oliver-Market-Square-Stanwix-convention/stories/202010210088

Man claims discrimination over medical marijuana, sues Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/20/medical-marijuana-lawsuit-Allegheny-County-discrimination-claim-Andrew-Reed/stories/202010200176

3 injured in shooting in Brighton Heights
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/21/3-injured-in-shooting-in-Brighton-Heights/stories/202010210113

Allegheny County health department closes 3 more businesses for breaking COVID safety rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/10/20/Allegheny-County-health-department-COVID-19-safety-rules-Hotties-Club-VIP-Bulldog/stories/202010200145

Allegheny County expanding election office hours
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/10/20/Allegheny-County-election-office-hours-pennsylvania-voting-information-mail-ballots/stories/202010200117

City pays settlement in police chase crash, will likely pay another in whistleblower suit
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/20/Pittsburgh-settlements-Pittsburgh-Police-Carolyn-Hanner-chase-Souroth-Chatterji-discrimination-whistleblower/stories/202010200163

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County adopt protections for natural hairstyles on the same day
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/20/Pittsburgh-City-Council-Peduto-hairstyles-CROWN-Act-Black-natural-hairstyles/stories/202010200129

Susan G. Komen to close affiliates, including one in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/10/20/Susan-G-Komen-Race-for-the-Cure-Pittsburgh-closing-affiliates/stories/202010200152

Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival goes online, as executive director nears 2 decades at helm
https://triblive.com/aande/movies-tv/film-pittsburgh-fall-festival-goes-online-as-executive-director-marks-2-decades-at-helm/

State News

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments in priest abuse case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/10/20/Pa-Supreme-Court-hears-arguments-in-abuse-case-grand-jury-altoona-johnstown-charles-bodziak/stories/202010200119

An American success story
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/10/21/An-American-success-story/stories/202009250047

Pa. in peak season for number of ticks carrying Lyme disease
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-in-peak-season-for-number-of-ticks-carrying-lyme-disease/

Montgomery County among counties leading Pa. in new PFA filings in 2019
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-among-counties-leading-pa-in-new-pfa-filings-in-2019/article_4228f613-5d60-5438-84b9-dbd8ded24520.html

Transportation

LCTA asks county council to explore merger with COLTS
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lcta-asks-county-council-to-explore-merger-with-colts/article_21279d85-f092-5e62-a885-96a427be1a9a.html