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Legislature

Sunday hunting bill advances in state Legislature
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2019/10/21/Pennsylvania-Sunday-hunting-Game-Commission-Farm-Bureau/stories/201910210123

Hunting in Pennsylvania on (some) Sundays moves closer to reality, as state House committee gives the OK
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/hunting-in-pennsylvania-on-some-sundays-moves-closer-to-reality-as-state-house-committee-gives-the-ok/

Treatment, cost at core of White Haven Center hearing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/treatment-cost-at-core-of-white-haven-center-hearing-1.2548837

Parents call for Pa. lawmakers to pass Peyton’s Law that could save young lives through baseline heart screenings
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/parents-call-for-pa-lawmakers-to-pass-peytons-law-that-could-save-young-lives-through-baseline-heart-screenings.html

Later school start times for middle, high school students urged in report
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/later-school-start-times-for-middle-high-school-students-urged-in-report

After accidentally taking away school police officers’ arresting power, Pa. House committee advances bill to restore them
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/after-accidentally-taking-away-school-police-officers-arresting-power-pa-house-committee-advances-bill-to-restore-them/

Pa. lawmakers push bills to address firefighter shortage: ‘This is an absolute crisis’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/pa-lawmakers-to-consider-bills-to-address-firefighter-emergency-service-provider-shortages-and-funding-issues.html

Pa. lawmakers introduce bill to ban abortion after fetal heartbeat is detected
https://www.inquirer.com/news/heartbeat-abortion-ban-pennsylvania-overturn-roe-wade-tom-wolf-promised-veto-20191021.html

Pennsylvania representative introduces ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-rep-introduces-heartbeat-abortion-bill/

Another GOP abortion ban bill. The same glaring weakness | John L. Micek
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-gop-rolls-out-another-heartbeat-abortion-ban-without-much-of-a-heart-behind-it-john-l-micek/

Surprise ambulance bills are painful. This bill could make it worse l Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/surprise-medical-bill-ambulance-balance-billing-20191022.html

Adopt state standards for power plants
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/adopt-state-standards-for-power-plants-1.2548722

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are hiding millions in campaign spending. And it’s all legal.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pa-election-campaign-spending-hidden-expenses-spotlight-pa-20191022.html

Spotlight PA: How we uncovered nearly $3.5M in dark spending by Pa. state lawmakers
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pa-election-hidden-campaign-spending-spotlight-pa-20191022.html

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ruling in Michigan gerrymandering case: What it means
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/us-supreme-court-overturns-ruling-michigan-gerrymandering-case-what-it-means-20191021.html

Business

UAW got a good deal from GM, labor leaders, experts say
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/10/22/UAW-got-a-good-deal-from-GM-labor-leaders-experts-say/stories/201910220036

Building a high-tech indoor farm in the steel town of Braddock
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/10/20/Fifth-Season-vertical-farm-robots-U-S-Steel-Braddock-RoBotany-organic/stories/201910200043

Woman-led logistics company in Leesport finds its place
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/woman-led-company-finds-its-place

Crime/Punishment

3 court-appointed guardians embezzled more than $1M from 108 victims, Delco DA says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/guardian-gloria-byars-charged-theft-delaware-county-district-attorney-20191021.html

Education

Scranton payroll tax forum presents benefits, possible pitfalls
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-payroll-tax-forum-presents-benefits-possible-pitfalls-1.2548761

Northwest Area tops county list for Keystone Exams
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/northwest-area-tops-county-list-for-keystone-exams-1.2548736

WPIAL will rule on Connellsville-Allderdice racial slur incident Tuesday morning
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-soccer/2019/10/21/WPIAL-Connellsville-Allderdice-soccer-racial-slur-incident-Tim-OMalley-Mike-Gavlik/stories/201910210134

Deer Lakes to hold special meeting about bond issue refund
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/deer-lakes-to-hold-special-meeting-about-bond-issue-refund/

Court upholds verdict against Marywood professor fired for creating Nazi video
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/court-upholds-verdict-against-marywood-professor-fired-for-creating-nazi-video-1.2548876

Elections/Politics

Biden: Pence fueling Trump’s ‘reckless trade wars’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/759569/biden-pence-fueling-trumps-reckless-trade-wars

Biden blasts Trump ahead of NEPA visits
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/biden-blasts-trump-ahead-of-nepa-visits-1.2548834

New voting machines on display at Westmoreland County Courthouse
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/new-voting-machines-on-display-at-westmoreland-county-courthouse/

Hampden Twp. Democrats criticize incumbent GOP commissioner for ‘crappy, biased, bigoted rhymes’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/hampden-democrats-criticize-sitting-gop-commissioner-for-crappy-biased-bigoted-rhymes.html

Editorial: Heed call to fill vacancies at Berks polls
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-heed-call-to-fill-vacancies-at-berks-polls

Just the FAQs on Monroe County elections
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20191021/just-faqs-on-monroe-county-elections

Health Care

Geisinger: Health plan member information could have been exposed in data breach
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/geisinger-health-plan-member-information-could-have-been-exposed-in-data-breach-1.2548713

Local News

Victims Resource Center moving to new location
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/victims-resource-center-moving-to-new-location-1.2548708

Valley Crest developer still lining up funding for highway reconfiguration
https://www.timesleader.com/news/759567/valley-crest-developer-still-lining-up-funding-for-highway-reconfiguration

Budget, voting machines on county council agenda
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/budget-voting-machines-on-county-council-agenda-1.2548705

Valley Santa program seeking volunteers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/valley-santa-program-seeking-volunteers-1.2548703

Back Mountain Library receiving grant
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/back-mountain-library-receiving-grant-1.2548702

Scranton council demands answers on gas cards, requests sewer authority audit
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-demands-answers-on-gas-cards-requests-sewer-authority-audit-1.2548798

Kiski Valley sewage customers get reprieve
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/kiski-valley-sewage-customers-get-reprieve/

Reading Mayor Wally Scott violated city’s ethics code, board finds
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-mayor-wally-scott-found-in-violation-of-ethics-code

Reading Downtown Improvement District struggles with staffing issues
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-downtown-improvement-district-struggles-with-staffing-issues

Deadline looms for those in Berks area impacted by July flash floods
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/deadline-looms-for-those-impacted-by-july-flash-floods

Humane Society of Berks County to waive adoption fees to clear the shelter
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/humane-society-of-berks-county-to-waive-adoption-fees-to-clear-the-shelter

Allentown row home fire: UGI says no sign of gas leaks as investigators to begin searching for cause
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-allentown-row-home-fire-folo-20191021-wxzekj3idfaznaampzglb6uqzu-story.html

Beaver County still without men’s homeless shelter
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191021/beaver-county-still-without-menrsquos-homeless-shelter

Rockhill Quarry asbestos concerns continue
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191021/rockhill-quarry-asbestos-concerns-continue

Opioid Crisis

Shapiro and state AGs announce proposed $48 billion nationwide opioid settlement
https://www.inquirer.com/business/opioids-attorneys-general-48-billion-settlement-proposal-20191021.html

Shapiro, other attorneys general detail proposed $48 billion national opioid settlement
https://triblive.com/news/world/shapiro-other-attorneys-general-detail-proposed-48b-national-opioid-settlement/

Philly

Philly’s weekend shootings show a tragic reality: The littlest victims suffer most
https://www.inquirer.com/health/children-shot-philadelphia-st-christophers-hospital-20191021.html

Residents, Philly officials lament weekend violence after 2 children are shot in 24 hours
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-children-baby-shot-2-year-old-11-month-old-kensington-hunting-park-20191021.html

Kids don’t belong in the crossfire | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/baby-shot-toddler-killed-philly-guns-epidemic-national-rifle-association-20191021.html

Philadelphia is eyeing a ban on plastic bags. Here’s how that’s worked in other cities.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/plastic-bag-ban-philadelphia-chicago-dc-fee-tax-20191022.html

How Philly kids will learn from two black men’s wrongful arrest at a Starbucks
https://www.inquirer.com/education/starbucks-arrest-philadelphia-racial-schools-financial-literacy-20191021.html

Lost in South Philly, her pleas for her dying husband went ignored, until one man stopped to help
https://www.inquirer.com/life/hugh-jackman-show-wells-fargo-center-south-philadelphia-good-samaritan-20191022.html

New Trader Joe’s opens in Center City tomorrow
https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/trader-joes-opening-arch-street-philadelphia-convention-center-20191021.html

Philly City Council approves land transfer to bring new tower, entertainment hub to S. Broad Street
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/philly-city-council-approves-land-transfer-to-bring-new-tower-entertainment-hub-to-s-broad-street/

Pitt

Downtown roads, 12 schools to close during Trump’s visit; president’s speech open to public
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/10/21/Downtown-road-closures-traffic-Parkway-Trump-Pittsburgh-visit-Wednesday-shale-conference-convention-center-protest/stories/201910210095

President Trump visit spurs road, school closures in Downtown Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/presidential-visit-spurs-road-closures-advance-preparation-in-downtown-pittsburgh/

Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh focuses on natural gas market, not just Trump’s visit
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/shale-insight-conference-in-pittsburgh-focuses-on-natural-gas-market-not-just-trumps-visit/

Report: County needs new department to address kids’ needs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/10/22/Allegheny-County-new-department-children-fund-early-childhood-education-preschool-after-school-programs/stories/201910280001

In Scotland, families with sick kids receive financial prescriptions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/10/21/growing-up-through-the-cracks-scotland-child-poverty-laws-money-advice-services/stories/201910210007

City loses another round in Mount Washington billboard fight
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/10/21/Pittsburgh-loses-court-Mount-Washington-billboard-fight-zoning/stories/201910210122

BPEP leader calls for ‘game plan’ to fix Pittsburgh’s racial inequities
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/10/21/BPEP-Tim-Stevens-Pittsburgh-study-racial-inequities-inequality/stories/201910210088

Duquesne University receives federal grant to help restore August Wilson House
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/10/21/Duquesne-University-grant-Save-Americas-Treatures-restoration-August-Wilson-House/stories/201910210084

The pull of extremism: White nationalism is growing and dividing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/21/White-nationalism-online-supremacy-Tree-of-life-shooting-Robert-Bowers-screw-your-optics/stories/201910040166

Pittsburgh firefighters union alleges wrongful conduct by city labor attorney
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-firefighters-union-alleges-wrongful-conduct-by-city-labor-attorney/

State News

A joint path: Municipalities work on a plan for the future
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/22/Municipalities-work-on-a-plan-for-the-future-Braddock-Pittsburgh/stories/201910070026

Amazon Studios scheduled to film in North Apollo
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/amazon-studios-scheduled-to-film-in-north-apollo/

Hershey’s Mini ranks as Pennsylvania’s favorite Halloween candy
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/hersheys-ranks-as-pennsylvanias-favorite-halloween-candy/

Spotted lanternfly horror video created as public service ad
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/spotted-lanternfly-horror-video-created-as-public-service-announcement

Healthier eating can fix Pennsylvania’s high child obesity rate | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/healthier-eating-can-fix-pennsylvanias-high-child-obesity-rate-pennlive-editorial.html

Safety net program for Pa. women and children is switching out paper for plastic
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/21/safety-net-program-for-pa-women-and-children-is-switching-out-paper-for-plastic/

Pa. still has too much lead poisoning. Here’s what we do about it | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-still-has-too-much-lead-poisoning-heres-what-we-do-about-it-opinion/

Washington

Pence says ‘economy is thriving’ in Schott speech, urges trade deal passage
https://www.timesleader.com/news/759561/pence-says-economy-is-thriving-in-schott-speech-urges-trade-deal-passage

Pence talks trade, calls out Biden, Dems in Duryea
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pence-talks-trade-calls-out-biden-dems-in-duryea-1.2548819

Treat pot like other drugs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/treat-pot-like-other-drugs-1.2548725