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Elections/Politics

The Divided States of Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/a/pennsylvania-2020-differences-america-democrats-republicans-20201025.html

The view from a Pa. county that swung from Obama to Trump — and where Trump needs a repeat
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/northampton-county-pennsylvania-trump-biden-20201026.html

Biden supporters caravan around the A-K Valley, rally in Harrison
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/biden-supporters-caravan-around-the-a-k-valley-rally-in-harrison/

What Pa. pollsters got wrong in 2016, and why 2020 might be different
https://www.witf.org/2020/10/26/what-pa-pollsters-got-wrong-in-2016-and-why-2020-might-be-different/

Trump aims to turn Lackawanna County red in upcoming election
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/trump-aims-to-turn-lackawanna-county-red-in-upcoming-election/article_b7813f0b-4804-5854-ae97-1a614d0bb5cb.html

Bernie Sanders spreads Joe Biden love as he stumps in Western Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/bernie-sanders-spreads-joe-biden-love-as-he-stumps-in-western-pennsylvania/

One of the hottest legislative races in Pa.: Republican Sen. John DiSanto v. Democratic challenger George Scott
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/one-of-the-hottest-legislative-races-in-pa-republican-sen-john-disanto-v-democratic-challenger-george-scott.html

Diaz outraises Martin nearly two-to-one in Lancaster’s closely watched Senate race
https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/diaz-outraises-martin-nearly-two-to-one-in-lancaster-s-closely-watched-senate-race/article_3562ea54-1630-11eb-b9c4-0baa278857ef.html

GOP asks Supreme Court again to block Pa. ballot extension
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/24/GOP-asks-Supreme-Court-again-to-block-PA-ballot-extension-1/stories/202010240067

Presidential campaigns’ ads swamp TV, radio, digital sphere in battleground Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/10/26/political-ads-spending-election-Biden-Trump-Comcast-Effectv-WAMO/stories/202010230082

Trump, TV pundits don’t have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels | Will Bunch
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/biden-trump-pennsylvania-fracking-transition-oil-20201025.html

Fracking’s fate with markets
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/frackings-fate-with-markets/article_956d0d6b-d505-5bac-82e9-9bdc7da6b522.html

GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/gop-slowly-gaining-as-early-vote-total-surpasses-2016/

In race between Conor Lamb and Sean Parnell, a referendum on a moderate Democrat in Trump’s Washington
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/25/Conor-Lamb-Sean-Parnell-17th-Congressional-District-Trump-Pelosi/stories/202010250003

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro seeks second term in race against Republican Heather Heidelbaugh
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-attorney-general-josh-shapiro-seeks-second-term-in-race-against-republican-heather-heidelbaugh/

Three Pa. races worth your attention and consideration | Mark S. Singel
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/10/three-pa-races-worth-your-time-and-attention-mark-s-singel.html

Meet Kolbe Cole, who could become Western Pa.’s second Black woman in Harrisburg, and help flip the state House in the process
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/meet-kolbe-cole-who-could-become-western-pas-second-black-woman-in-harrisburg-and-help-flip-the-state-house-in-the-process/Content?oid=18235940

Community voters forum held on Public Square
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/community-voters-forum-held-on-public-square/article_12c62106-e6c5-59c0-a45c-732158481d56.html

County, political parties prepare for election day and beyond
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/county-political-parties-prepare-for-election-day-and-beyond/article_46bf7a9e-100e-5ee3-aa3e-3f73f09d72dd.html

Westmoreland County probes cause for duplicate ballots
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-probes-cause-for-duplicate-ballots/

Lackawanna County prepping for massive mail-in ballot count
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/lackawanna-county-prepping-for-massive-mail-in-ballot-count/article_fb97b7d2-4e2e-5ce0-a7d3-81ff70a565c3.html

Bucks County prepares for potentially record-setting turnout
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/10/25/bucks-prepares-unprecedented-election-day/3728075001/

More than 600 attend Trump rally and parade
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/more-than-600-attend-trump-rally-and-parade/article_eabac5b4-7c7c-58e8-8cd3-739a2085e250.html

Faced with historic ‘voter anxiety,’ coalition wants to arm Pa. voters with info at the polls
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/faced-with-historic-voter-anxiety-coalition-wants-to-arm-pa-voters-with-info-at-the-polls/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Inconsistencies in state covid data cause confusion
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/inconsistencies-in-state-covid-data-cause-confusion/

NJ takes a step forward on COVID-19 transparency. Pa. should follow suit. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/covid-transparency-new-jersey-website-cares-act-spending-monitor-20201026.html

Opioid hospitalizations fall, but other drug-related hospitalizations rise during lead-up to pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/opioid-hospitalizations-fall-but-other-drug-related-hospitalizations-rise-during-lead-up-to-pandemic.html

Child care providers decry lost subsidy payments, say closures on horizon
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/child-care-providers-decry-lost-subsidy-payments-say-closures-on-horizon/article_b64cb890-1642-11eb-a807-eb952f174aa3.html

89 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807438/89-new-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-on-sunday

Lackawanna, Luzerne COVID-19 cases surge again
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-luzerne-covid-19-cases-surge-again/article_4554ca30-13aa-5428-8b8b-beaed81a3d80.html

Wearing a mask is an act of love. This is why | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/wearing-a-mask-is-an-act-of-love-this-is-why-opinion/

Once a covid-19 vaccine is here, there will be a new challenge: convincing people it’s safe
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/once-a-covid-19-vaccine-is-here-there-will-be-a-new-challenge-convincing-people-its-safe/

Former Pa. guv candidate Paul Mango at the center of Trump admin’s vaccine push
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/former-pa-guv-candidate-paul-mango-at-the-center-of-trump-admins-vaccine-push/

Trump aide says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’
https://triblive.com/news/world/trump-aide-says-were-not-going-to-control-the-pandemic/

Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides
https://triblive.com/news/pence-to-keep-up-travel-despite-contact-with-infected-aides/

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early for the next month to ‘protect health and the economy’
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/10/italy-closes-gyms-shuts-eateries-early-for-the-next-month-to-protect-health-and-the-economy.html

Legislature

Remove politics from crime advocacy
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/10/26/Remove-politics-from-crime-advocacy/stories/202010080032

Editorial: Last chance to repair redistricting process
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-last-chance-to-repair-redistricting-process/article_b7280ed6-1570-11eb-b68d-7745637c2bbd.html

But is there a buyer?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/10/25/But-is-there-a-buyer-Transportation-Pennsylvania-Turnpike/stories/202009050052

Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill and Scott Hutchinson: Could a 20-year state contract sink efforts to close Pennsylvania’s digital divide?
https://triblive.com/opinion/sens-kristin-phillips-hill-and-scott-hutchinson-could-a-20-year-state-contract-sink-efforts-to-close-pennsylvanias-digital-divide/

Business

Notice on dormant bank accounts creates a stir with customers
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/10/26/PNC-notice-dormant-bank-accounts-customers-unclaimed-state-treasury/stories/202010190102

Two new businesses will open soon in Plymouth
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807527/two-new-businesses-will-open-soon-in-plymouth

Some businesses thriving and hiring during pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/some-businesses-thriving-and-hiring-during-pandemic/article_48396c51-e977-5139-b474-1cddcfe4e62e.html

Crime/Punishment

New Kensington officer charged with assault in Pittsburgh, taken off duty amid probe
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/25/New-Kensington-police-Officer-Joseph-Martino-charged-assault-investigation/stories/202010250200

Education

Students stressed out due to COVID-19 and school disruptions
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/students-stressed-out-due-to-covid-19-and-school-disruptions/article_431125df-0552-5420-a60b-77b8d77cdc70.html

As COVID-19 cases rise, challenges with virtual learning remain
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/as-covid-19-cases-rise-challenges-with-virtual-learning-remain/article_9c9241a7-06ab-539f-8692-a73b387f2098.html

All-online learning in Westmoreland County could aggravate longstanding internet problems
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/10/26/Westmoreland-County-online-learning-PA-school-students-internet-COVID-19/stories/202010250100

Berks County school districts moving forward through the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-school-districts-moving-forward-through-the-coronavirus-pandemic/article_cb1ed786-146b-11eb-9f50-63f86b9ff7ca.html

Valley West switching to online classes for at least two weeks
https://www.timesleader.com/news/807458/valley-west-switching-to-online-classes-for-at-least-two-weeks

Penn State prepares for first home football game as coronavirus cases on campus fall and concern mounts
https://www.inquirer.com/education/penn-state-football-coronavirus-ohio-state-testing-20201026.html

Bucknell cancels in-person classes for a week due to uptick in COVID-19 cases
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/bucknell-cancels-in-person-classes-for-a-week-due-to-uptick-in-covid-19-cases.html

Local News

Lawsuit aiming to force Lackawanna County to do tax reassessment will run into 2021
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lawsuit-aiming-to-force-lackawanna-county-to-do-tax-reassessment-will-run-into-2021/article_67c6429d-9024-5293-9d01-ae43891429fa.html

Philly

Traumatized by 2016, Philly Democrats won’t let themselves believe polls that say Trump is about to lose
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-democrats-polls-biden-trump-clinton-dont-believe-vote-20201026.html

After generations of displacement and evictions, a Philly woman reclaims a place in the city
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-tiny-homes-evictions-displacement-20201025.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh to unveil sculptures at newly renovated Wightman Park
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/26/Wightman-Park-Squirrel-Hill-Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh-Glass-Center-Public-Works-Dept/stories/202010230176

GOP candidates, Allegheny County reach settlement in lawsuit over incorrect ballots
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/10/25/Allegheny-County-Board-of-Elections-Sean-Parnell-Luke-Negron-election-lawsuit/stories/202010250210

Port Authority, borough planners choose design plans for parking garage, commercial building near West Busway
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/10/26/Port-Authority-Carnegie-West-Busway-parking-garage-Panhandle-Trail/stories/202010200174

Allegheny County’s proposed coke oven rules are hot topic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/10/25/Allegheny-County-health-department-proposed-coke-oven-rules-us-steel/stories/202010210156

A call for gun control as Tree of Life shooting victims are remembered
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/10/25/Tree-of-Life-victims-gun-control-anniversary-Pittsburgh/stories/202010250189

Two years later, Tree of Life shooting survivors are making the victims’ memories a blessing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/10/25/Tree-of-Life-shooting-two-year-anniversary-Oct-27-commemoration-squirrel-hill/stories/202010250042

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope
https://triblive.com/news/attack-then-pandemic-pittsburgh-jewish-congregations-cope/

One man shot multiple times in chest in Homewood
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/25/Homewood-shooting-Frankstown-Road-Wheeler-Street-person-injured-Blackadore-Ave/stories/202010250216

Finishing the job: RiverLife develops plans to complete Pittsburgh’s riverfront trail system
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/25/RiverLife-Pittsburgh-riverfront-trails-complete-gaps-North-Shore-development/stories/202010250041

Pirates baseball: Lacking dollars and sense
https://triblive.com/sports/bucco-baseball-lacking-dollars-and-sense/

State News

Sinkholes are draining a prized Lehigh Valley trout stream. Is nature to blame, or a nearby cement plant?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/trout-fishing-bushkill-creek-sinkholes-lehigh-cement-plant-20201025.html

Man shot at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County. Person in hunting gear seen leaving the area.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nockamixon-shooting-bucks-county-quakertown-hunter-20201025.html

McKeesport native chosen for commission for Black playwrights
https://triblive.com/aande/theater-arts/mckeesport-native-chosen-for-commission-for-black-playwrights/

Keep moratorium
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2020/10/25/Keep-moratorium/stories/202010250096

Transportation

Stretch of Route 422 in Exeter Township had the most crashes in Berks County in 2019, PennDOT reports
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/stretch-of-route-422-in-exeter-township-had-the-most-crashes-in-berks-county-in/article_a57a0fbc-123d-11eb-ae31-17b1ac3beeff.html

PennDOT seeks to hire 700 maintenance workers to prepare for winter storms
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/transportation/penndot-seeks-to-hire-700-maintenance-workers-to-prepare-for-winter-storms/article_c6aa8672-12ff-11eb-adfd-27784dc17835.html