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Coronavirus – COVID-19

As coronavirus numbers keep climbing, Wolf weighs ‘targeted’ restrictions
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-positive-cases-nursing-homes-restaurants-stay-at-home-20201022.html

Wolf plans to waive licensing fees on Pa. bars, restaurants
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/10/22/Pennsylvania-tom-Wolf-plan-waive-liquor-licensing-fees-bars-restaurants-alcohol-economy/stories/202010220131

Gov. Wolf wants to waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants as pandemic relief
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-wants-to-waive-liquor-license-fees-for-bars-and-restaurants-as-pandemic-relief/

Gov. Wolf’s call to waive liquor licensing fees falls short of what relief restaurants and bars say they need
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/gov-wolfs-call-to-waive-liquor-licensing-fees-falls-short-of-what-relief-restaurants-and-bars-say-they-need.html

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s proposal to waive liquor license fees to help bars, restaurants gets tepid reaction: ‘A drop in the bucket’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-wolf-discusses-restaurants-20201022-jtfykxtqlzcozjpvkpvtj6wwmu-story.html

Pa. initiative touts success helping nursing homes fight covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-initiative-touts-success-helping-nursing-homes-fight-covid-19/

Pennsylvania reports over 2,000 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-over-2000-new-coronavirus-cases/

Allegheny County posts 133 new coronavirus cases, 1 death
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-posts-133-coronavirus-cases-1-death/

112 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County on Thursday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/112-new-covid-19-cases-in-luzerne-county-on-thursday/article_48b04d69-1d17-5d0a-97de-635967d4749f.html

NEPA records April-like level of one-day increase to COVID-19 case count
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/nepa-records-april-like-level-of-one-day-increase-to-covid-19-case-count/article_11817e97-e540-5048-8cd4-891296d80ec9.html

Westmoreland County reports 2nd highest number of daily coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-second-highest-number-of-daily-coronavirus-cases/

Berks County has 99 new coronavirus cases on a record-setting day for Pa.
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-has-99-new-coronavirus-cases-on-a-record-setting-day-for-pa/article_d7a4a0ce-1486-11eb-a871-471a0bc1549b.html

Sixth Westmoreland Manor resident dies from covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/sixth-westmoreland-manor-resident-dies-from-covid-19/

Time to mask up or pay up in Narberth
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/time-to-mask-up-or-pay-up-in-narberth/article_69594d90-1481-11eb-a85c-1fd4010a7f5d.html

COVID-19 poses new challenges for school bus companies, drivers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2020/10/22/school-bus-drivers-companies-COVID-19-Pittsburgh-area-students-districts-work/stories/202010200139

Legislature

‘Our fingers have been crossed’: Hopes for voting, housing reforms go unanswered by General Assembly
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/our-fingers-have-been-crossed-hopes-for-voting-housing-reforms-go-unanswered-by-general-assembly/

See a first responder on the road? Move over, slow down – or face a stiff penalty
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/move-over-or-slow-down-motorists-or-get-ready-to-pay-more.html

Rep. Kaufer’s mental health parity legislation goes to governor’s desk
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807171/rep-kaufers-mental-health-parity-legislation-goes-to-governors-desk

Pa. expects an avalanche of mail ballots. Harrisburg’s failure to prepare is shameful. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-mail-ballot-counting-extension-trump-decisive-results-20201023.html

Little choice but to consolidate state campuses
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/little-choice-but-to-consolidate-state-campuses/article_edeb41d5-100c-5e24-a388-268889bffe54.html

Sen. Yudichak lauds passage of Senate Bill 94
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807167/sen-yudichak-lauds-passage-of-senate-bill-94

Administration

Extremist group that called for Michigan guv Whitmer’s arrest puts Wolf on ‘watch list’ over pandemic management
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/extremist-group-that-called-for-michigan-guv-whitmers-arrest-puts-wolf-on-watch-list-over-pandemic-management/

Business

Annie Regan: It’s time to reimagine our regional economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/10/23/Annie-Regan-It-s-time-to-reimagine-our-regional-economy/stories/202010230053

Dollar General opens new location in Penn Township
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/dollar-general-opens-new-location-in-penn-township/

Chipotle plans to hire about 200 new employees in Western Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/regional/chipotle-plans-to-hire-approximately-200-new-employees-in-western-pennsylvania/

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company wins national award for pale ale
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/wallenpaupack-brewing-company-wins-national-award-for-pale-ale/article_a4d9668e-c07e-5ee7-80cd-25a302203c98.html

Jobless crisis: PennLive teams with The New York Times to tell the story of the unemployed
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/jobless-crisis-pennlive-teams-with-the-new-york-times-to-tell-the-story-of-the-unemployed.html

Crime/Punishment

20-year-old killed in Penn Hills shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/23/20-year-old-fatal-Penn-Hills-shooting-curtis-street/stories/202010230133

Education

Westmoreland County schools could face difficult closure decisions as coronavirus risk remains high
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/westmoreland-county-schools-could-face-difficult-closure-decisions-as-coronavirus-risk-remains-high/

Allentown School District to remain virtual through January because of rising COVID-19 numbers
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-allentown-school-district-virtual-learning-20201023-cx3ptana7fgvpdmepuk7bddy3u-story.html

Gov. Mifflin School District superintendent resigns
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/gov-mifflin-school-district-superintendent-resigns/article_129f562a-14c7-11eb-83df-3bdc3eb2a31b.html

Surge in Berks coronavirus cases scuttles Boyertown’s plans for in-person classes
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/surge-in-berks-coronavirus-cases-scuttles-boyertowns-plans-for-in-person-classes/article_5c69ba18-6d57-50fb-81fd-60f159c81f66.html

Editorial: Mumin award a boost for Reading, broader community
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-mumin-award-a-boost-for-reading-broader-community/article_0503af5a-1497-11eb-b990-2fd683e6fe4d.html

Combined $1M awarded to Duquesne, Penn State to federal program supporting sex-assault survivors
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/22/Sexual-Assault-Nurse-Examiner-program-Penn-State-Duquesne-University-OVC/stories/202010220153

Morgan Stanley to cover tuition for 60 students at three HBCUs
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/elections/morgan-stanley-to-cover-tuition-for-60-students-at-three-hbcus/article_ba7aacfa-706e-59ea-a902-c45df8a17b34.html#/questions

Elections/Politics

Battleground Pennsylvania came up routinely in final debate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/22/final-Trump-Biden-debate-October-22-2020-election-Pennsylvania-fracking-COVID-19/stories/202010220166

‘I am home’: Biden’s Pa. roots could run from a Scranton kitchen table to the presidency
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/22/joe-biden-pa-scranton-pennsylvania-white-house/6004490002/

In last debate, Trump and Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/10/22/Trump-Biden-go-after-each-other-on-coronavirus-taxes/stories/202010220168

Bidens headed for Luzerne County on Saturday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/bidens-headed-for-luzerne-county-on-saturday/article_9cd27579-df08-597b-8306-48bbcf74c849.html

Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania in election’s home stretch, new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-pa-presidential-election-biden-trump-muhlenberg-poll-20201023-td53kvqwffalxii7sgtnonhsxq-story.html

Fracking, an industry employing thousands in Pennsylvania, again in spotlight in final presidential debate
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-vice-presidential-debate-fracking-20201023-gf744wlhgjg6zkxi4vutyotsem-story.html

Sen. Bernie Sanders to campaign for Biden in Pittsburgh this weekend
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/23/Bernie-Sanders-Pittsburgh-biden-campaign-visit-saturday-ccac-rankin-north-side/stories/202010230131

Fact-checking Trump’s claim that Pennsylvania ‘never opened’ after coronavirus closures
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-pennsylvania-coronavirus-shutdown-fact-check-20201022.html

Eric Trump makes surprise visit to Oakmont Bakery
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/eric-trump-makes-surprise-visit-to-oakmont-bakery/

How Amy Coney Barrett could be key to new lawsuit to block Pa.’s mail-in ballot extension
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/spl/pa-election-lawsuit-mail-ballots-republicans-20201022.html

New lawsuit in Johnstown challenges Pa. ballot deadline extension
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/22/New-lawsuit-targets-Pennsylvania-mail-in-ballot-deadline-supreme-court/stories/202010220128

Westmoreland County: Almost 70,000 mail-in ballots approved
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/westmoreland-almost-70000-mail-in-ballots-approved/

Berks County farmers vote with trade, environment, economy in mind
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/berks-county-farmers-vote-with-trade-environment-economy-in-mind/article_87e0f918-0f57-11eb-85ed-2b378a2b6bd0.html

Our endorsement: Mullery’s independent course is a good match with district
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/our-endorsement-mullerys-independent-course-is-a-good-match-with-district/article_2893efeb-0180-574d-8438-4bba179291dd.html

Kaufer, Smith battle in the 120th legislative district
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/kaufer-smith-battle-in-the-120th-legislative-district/article_91fe1d3e-3138-563b-b092-4b7813015b1e.html

Familiar faces have different takes on issues in 116th district race
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/familiar-faces-have-different-takes-on-issues-in-116th-district-race/article_0c475905-9d34-5ed1-82c2-0aafad560406.html

Pennsylvania Democrats have 700K lead in voter registrations ahead of Biden, Trump election
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/10/22/how-voter-registration-pa-could-affect-trump-biden-election/3682902001/

GOP mailer in the 165th decried as anti-Semitic
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/gop-mailer-in-the-165th-decried-as-anti-semitic/article_613ee43a-14c2-11eb-9197-e35b6a7014c2.html

Local News

‘Got to find my way out’: Dunmore firefighter lauded for heroism in fatal fire
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/crime-emergencies/got-to-find-my-way-out-dunmore-firefighter-lauded-for-heroism-in-fatal-fire/article_2456bcaa-a075-58e5-932a-11e681f23513.html

Smooth sailing for proposed preservation ordinance in WB
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807174/smooth-sailing-for-proposed-preservation-ordinance-in-wb

National News

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees
https://www.inquirer.com/business/technology/uber-lyft-driver-employee-benefits-california-20201022.html

Philly

School board gets details on Philly reopening, earful from public
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-school-district-reopening-plan-board-20201022.html

To bring ‘joy to the polls,’ national group launching roving concert program in Philly Saturday
https://www.inquirer.com/news/election-defenders-joy-to-the-polls-election-offices-waiting-line-20201023.html

Former SEPTA police sergeant charged with assault for alleged violence during Black Lives Matter protests
https://www.inquirer.com/news/septa-police-protest-arrest-george-floyd-philadelphia-20201022.html

‘Everything I do is criminal’: Philly mobster is sentenced to 15 years in a case built on boasts made on an FBI wire
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-mob-joseph-servidio-sentence-atlantic-city-camden-federal-court-20201022.html

Painted Bride sale may proceed, judges say, but Isaiah Zagar murals may not be doomed
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/isaiah-zagar-murals-philadelphia-painted-bride-court-case-20201022.html

Philly’s Reading Terminal Market launches a GoFundMe appeal, and gets help from sports betting app
https://www.inquirer.com/business/reading-terminal-market-sportsbook-barstool-sports-gofundme-20201022.html

Fired SEPTA manager collected $21K in false overtime, complaint says
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-manager-overtime-theft-spending-arrest-20201022.html

As COVID-19 cases rise, now is not the time for City Council to drop the ball on eviction protections | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/eviction-moratorium-philadelphia-coronavirus-20201022.html

Staff, students at Philly ‘access centers’ juggle academic needs with COVID concerns
https://www.witf.org/2020/10/23/staff-students-at-philly-access-centers-juggle-academic-needs-with-covid-concerns/

Philly Police Commish Outlaw grilled over police response to Floyd protests
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/philly-police-commish-outlaw-grilled-over-police-response-to-floyd-protests/

Pitt

Allegheny County RAD board hears public comment on 2021 budget
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/22/Allegheny-County-Regional-Asset-District-board-budget-2021-grants/stories/202010220109

FOP calls task force report ‘troubling,’ decries Pittsburgh ballot question
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/22/FOP-Pittsburgh-bill-peduto-police-reform-community-task-force-ballot-question/stories/202010220110

Pittsburgh Public Schools move forward with in-person learning in November
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pittsburgh-public-schools-move-forward-with-plan-to-re-open-in-november/

Pittsburgh police officer positive for covid-19, in-person training canceled
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-police-officer-positive-for-covid-19-in-person-training-canceled/

State News

Visits to Pennsylvania’s parks increased by 7 million during pandemic — the more remote the better
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/coronavirus-pennsylvania-parks-visits-cherry-springs-hickory-run-lehigh-philadelphia-20201023.html

Transportation

Airport starting to see better days, as numbers increase slightly
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807187/airport-starting-to-see-better-days-as-numbers-increase-slightly

Washington

House Democrats subpoena Education Dept. officials in probe of Art Institutes’ collapse
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/10/22/House-Democrats-subpoena-Education-Department-Art-Institute-Pittsburgh-Dream-Center-investigation/stories/202010220134