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Legislature

Gov. Wolf signs elevator safety bill in memory of late prison officer Moules
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720444/gov-wolf-signs-elevator-safety-bill-in-memory-of-late-prison-officer-moules

Law honoring slain corrections officer signed by governor
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/law-honoring-slain-corrections-officer-signed-by-governor-1.2393351

Berks lawmaker recognized for dedication to children’s issues
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-lawmaker-recognized-for-dedication-to-childrens-issues

Pa. Senate approves bill to limit gun access in domestic violence cases
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2018/10/03/Pennsylvania-legislature-Senate-guns-domestic-violence-abuse-governor-tom-wolf/stories/201810030187

Bill aimed at taking guns from abusers heads to governor
http://www.tribdem.com/news/bill-aimed-at-taking-guns-from-abusers-heads-to-governor/article_9094c63d-1294-551d-a55c-96b150e752a6.html

Bartolotta, Vogel vote against bill limiting abusers’ access to guns
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20181003/bartolotta-vogel-vote-against-bill-limiting-abusers-access-to-guns

Senate OKs restrictions on guns in domestic violence cases
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/senate-oks-restrictions-on-guns-in-domestic-violence-cases/article_478c2b44-c747-11e8-a3a3-7760c66047aa.html

Burns: Lawmakers have ‘moral obligation’ to act on behalf of abuse victims
http://www.tribdem.com/news/local_news/watch-video-burns-lawmakers-have-moral-obligation-to-act-on/article_0a6efc70-c77c-11e8-b86c-e7788b168fde.html

Advocates Urge Sen. Corman To Support Bill Allowing Child Sex Abuse Victims To Sue
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/advocates-urge-sen-corman-support-bill-allowing-child-sex-abuse-victims-sue

Child sex abuse – and reforms to law – are not Catholic issues, victim says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/clergy_sex_abuse_catholic_prie.html#incart_river_index

Rep. Christiana: Legislature needs ‘guts to stand up to’ rivals UPMC, Highmark
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14142840-74/rep-christiana-legislature-should-muster-up-the-guts-to-stand-up-to

Rep. Boback to hold Veterans Expo and Recognition Ceremony at Misericordia
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/720414/rep-boback-to-hold-veterans-expo-and-recognition-ceremony-at-misericordia

Toohil to speak at event
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/toohil-to-speak-at-event-1.2393333

Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf says Airgas to expand, create new jobs in Bucks County
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20181003/gov-tom-wolf-says-airgas-to-expand-create-new-jobs-in-bucks-county

State aging officials reach out to LGBTQ community with first conference
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/aging-edge/2018/10/03/Pennsylvania-aging-officials-LGBTQ-community-first-conference-health-needs/stories/201810030148

Cabinet secretary to visit 3 veteran-owned businesses in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14142905-74/cabinet-secretary-to-visit-3-veteran-owned-businesses-in-westmoreland-allegheny-counties

DEP tours Wyoming County farms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/dep-tours-wyoming-county-farms-1.2393349

DCNR to host grant workshops
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dcnr-to-host-grant-workshops-1.2393301

Business

USW backs away from strike threats at U.S. Steel
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2018/10/03/United-Steelworkers-labor-strike-threats-U-S-Steel-tariffs/stories/201810030210

Ligonier coal company honored for mining reclamation
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14143937-74/ligonier-coal-company-honored-for-mining-reclamation

Elliott Group officially announces intention to expand manufacturing in Jeannette
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14141460-74/elliott-group-officially-announces-intention-to-expand-manufacturing-in-jeannette

Investors hoping to revive Toys R Us chain
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720434/investors-hoping-to-revive-toys-r-us-chain

Amazon pay raises anger some Lehigh Valley warehouse workers
http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-veteran-amazon-workers-upset-with-pay-raises-incentive-elimination-20181003-story.html

Clergy Sex Abuse

Facing his ‘anger and fear’ have helped abuse survivor begin to recover
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/10/04/Facing-his-anger-and-fear-have-helped-abuse-survivor-begin-to-recover-jim-vansickle-coraopolis-mckean-county-catholic-church/stories/201810030226

Justice in Catholic Church clergy abuse is best served as cold cash | Maria Panaritis
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/maria-panaritis/pennsylvania-statute-of-limitations-clergy-abuse-catholic-church-st-cecilias-james-brzyski-senate-maria-panaritis-20181004.html

Ohio’s largest Catholic diocese to release list of abusive priests
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/10/03/Ohio-largest-Catholic-diocese-release-names-list-sexual-abuse-priests/stories/201810030150

Crime/Punishment

Local, state and national groups meet to discuss prison and criminal justice reform in Lackawanna County
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/local-state-and-national-groups-meet-to-discuss-prison-and-criminal-justice-reform-in-lackawanna-county-1.2393426

Skimmer discovered at gas station on busy South Abington Twp. Street
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/skimmer-discovered-at-gas-station-on-busy-south-abington-twp-street-1.2393236

Education

PIAA wants to hear more about public-private playoff split plan
http://www.tribdem.com/news/piaa-wants-to-hear-more-about-public-private-playoff-split/article_30b7ee2a-a23d-56ac-b5f6-1b08a5deebce.html

Questions aplenty at ‘Coffee with the Superintendent’ at WB Area
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720448/questions-aplenty-at-coffee-with-the-superintendent-at-wb-area

Lawsuit accuses Seneca Valley ‘mean girls’ of targeting boy with false allegations
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14142176-74/lawsuit-accuses-seneca-valley-mean-girls-of-targeting-teen-boy-with-false

Why mixed ratings didn’t stop Harrisburg superintendent from getting top raise and bonus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/harrisburg_superintendent_eval.html#incart_river_index

Forbes Road Career and Tech teachers authorize strike
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14143702-74/forbes-road-career-and-tech-teachers-authorize-strike

The internet wants Penn Law prof Amy Wax fired (again) — this time for her comments on the Kavanaugh hearing
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/amy-wax-firing-kavanaugh-ford-hearing-online-petition-law-professors-20181003.html

Career Training Academy in Lower Burrell set to close next year
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14143024-74/lower-burrell-career-training-academy-set-to-close-next-year

Elections/Politics

Alex Trebek apologizes for his performance as moderator of Pa. Gov. debate
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/alex-trebek-apologizes-for-his-performance-as-moderator-of-pa-gov-debate-20181003.html

Governor hopeful Scott Wagner on curbing spending: ‘We have to drill down [to] every single nickel’
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/10/gop_gubernatorial_hopeful_scot.html#incart_river_index

2018 midterm election: What to know before voting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/midterm-elections-where-to-vote-date-registration-pennsylvania-new-jersey-delaware-20181003.html

New polling sites in Hanover, Butler townships
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-polling-sites-in-hanover-butler-townships-1.2393300

Gaming

Sports betting weeks away from opening in Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14143179-74/sports-betting-weeks-away-from-opening-in-pennsylvania

Pennsylvania OKs sports betting and Sands casino licenses
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pennsylvania-sports-betting-20181003-story.html

State fines SugarHouse $100K for dealing with short decks
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/tourism_casinos/state-fines-sugarhouse-100k-dealing-short-decks-20181003.html

Health Care

State long-term care program begins lifting restrictions on insurers
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/aging-edge/2018/10/04/Community-HealthChoices-Pennsylvania-long-term-care-program-begins-lifting-restrictions-on-insurers/stories/201810040047

Local News

Renewal meetings set for Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Improvement District
https://www.timesleader.com/news/720453/renewal-meetings-set-for-downtown-wilkes-barre-business-improvement-district

Event planned to recall victims of domestic violence
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/event-planned-to-recall-victims-of-domestic-violence-1.2393302

Nanticoke property owners will fight
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nanticoke-property-owners-will-fight-1.2393360

U.S. Supreme Court hears Scott Twp. property rights case
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/u-s-supreme-court-hears-scott-twp-property-rights-case-1.2393169

Commissioners ratify arbitration award giving probation, domestic relations staff new contract
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/commissioners-ratify-arbitration-award-giving-probation-domestic-relations-staff-new-contract-1.2393427

Hatfield delays decision on backyard bees
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/hatfield-delays-decision-on-backyard-bees-20181003.html

Kids with special needs find fun, friendship at Twin Lakes Park event
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14143267-74/kids-with-special-needs-find-fun-friendship-at-twin-lakes-park-event

Irwin fire chief says budget cuts will impact services
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14142930-74/irwin-fire-chief-says-budget-cuts-will-impact-services

Women’s Leadership Council celebrates outreach efforts in Westmoreland, Fayette counties
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14142226-74/womens-leadership-council-celebrates-outreach-efforts

Brackenridge woman killed by train while walking along tracks in Harrison
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14143589-74/pedestrian-dies-when-struck-by-a-train-in-harrison

Harrisburg council picks new member to fill vacant seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/harrisburg_city_council_picks.html#incart_river_index

Editorial: Berks should pursue armed courthouse security
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-berks-should-pursue-armed-courthouse-security

Marijuana

Despite marijuana’s increasing legalization and acceptance, arrests soar
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/weed-marijuana-legalization-arrests-pennsylvania-new-jersey-african-american-20181004.html

National News

Officer killed, 6 other officers wounded in South Carolina
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20181003_ap_3905f35ccb8b48c995edd87d13236d5e.html?arc404=true

More than 1 in 3 Americans eat fast food on a typical day, and we eat it all day long
https://triblive.com/news/healthnow/14143182-74/more-than-1-in-3-americans-eat-fast-food-on-a-typical

Philly

Declaring a disaster in opioid-plagued Kensington, Philadelphia officials announce a new rescue plan
http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/declaring-opioid-plagued-kensington-a-disaster-philadelphia-officials-announce-a-new-rescue-plan-20181003.html

Two-thirds of Philly kids can’t read at grade level. Can a library in a barbershop change that?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/philly-kids-read-by-4th-literacy-library-20181003.html

Pa. GOP chair blasts Central HS teacher for ‘liberal indoctrination’
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/central-high-flier-liberal-indoctrination-republican-gop-val-digiorgio-pennsylvania-20181003.html

Mail for Philly delivery found dumped on South Jersey roadside
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/mail-for-philly-delivery-found-dumped-on-south-jersey-roadside-20181003.html

Quintuple shooting in Germantown leaves 1 critical
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/quintuple-shooting-in-germantown-leaves-1-critical-20181003.html

Philly Trans March wants people to know about Shantee Tucker’s unsolved murder and other injustices.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/philadelphia-trans-march-2018-shantee-tucker.html

Philadelphia’s glass skyline is killing birds. A new Fairmount Park building has a solution.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/birds-killed-skyscrapers-discovery-center-fairmount-park-digsau-20181004.html

Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/ex-pennsylvania-governor-joins-safe-injection-site-effort/article_8afe065f-1351-59ed-8486-ab370b495ff6.html

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects
https://whyy.org/articles/state-gives-12m-for-philly-transportation-projects/

For Philly firefighters, Florence flood waters test their skills, patience, and families back home
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/hurricane-florence-rescue-firefighters-philadelphia-20181004.html

He taught himself to draw in prison. Now he’s winning over the art world.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/mural-arts-philadelphia-portraits-of-justice-russell-craig-20181004.html

Apartment building proposed near Italian Market increased to eight stories, 182 units
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/italian-market-apartment-building-midwood-adjmi-anastasi-fish-20181003.html

More city trees can help with climate change | Editorial
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/climate-change-plant-a-tree-editorial-20181003.html

Her lemonade stand will help more kids ride SEPTA to school | Ronnie Polaneczky
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/ronnie_polaneczky/lemonade-fishtown-septa-student-penn-treaty-philadelphia-school-district-ronnie-polaneczky-20181004.html

Fast Eddie’s put himself on the line for safe injection sites. So should Mayor Kenney. | Mike Newall
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/mike_newall/ed-rendell-safe-injection-sites-jim-kenney-20181003.html

Pitt

She cut chemistry at Allderdice. Now Pittsburgh native Frances Arnold shares Nobel Prize in chemistry.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2018/10/03/Nobel-Prize-chemistry-scientists-frances-arnold-pittsburgh-evolution/stories/201810030120

Comey at Heinz Hall talk: ‘Real leaders never ask for loyalty’
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/10/03/James-Comey-drags-Trump-talks-Kavanaugh-investigation-during-lecture-at-Heinz-Hall/stories/201810030240

Sprinkler proposal for Pittsburgh’s high-rises edges closer to law
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/03/Pittsburgh-high-rises-sprinklers-law-city-council-vote-chief-Darryl-Jones-Midtown-Towers-fire-2017/stories/201810030167

Unhealthy air Tuesday was in Beaver County, not Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/10/03/airnow-gov-Health-Department-EPA-air-quality-index-Kelly/stories/201810030149

Campaign to unionize graduate assistants at Pitt moves to hearing room
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/10/03/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-Grad-Union-Steelworkers-labor-Penn-State/stories/201810030154

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi made $3M in 2016
https://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/14143704-74/pitt-coach-pat-narduzzi-made-3m-in-2016

Penn Hills school board members want resolution to county financial investigation
https://triblive.com/local/pennhills/14143648-74/penn-hills-school-board-members-want-resolution-to-county-financial-investigation

Pittsburgh building owners have 13 years to install sprinklers under proposal
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14142844-74/pittsburgh-building-owners-have-13-years-to-install-sprinklers-under-proposal

OneJet has yet to resume service from Pittsburgh International as planned
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14141982-74/onejet-has-yet-to-resume-service-from-pittsburgh-international-as-planned

Pittsburgh Airbnbs a trendy destination for Pa. seniors, company says
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14141964-74/pittsburgh-airbnbs-a-trendy-destination-for-pennsylvania-seniors-company-says

State News

State police respond to Fethullah Gulen’s compound in Poconos
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/10/03/State-police-respond-to-Fethullah-Gulen-s-compound-in-Poconos/stories/201810030169

Berks County gets a spotted lanternfly update
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-gets-a-spotted-lanternfly-update

What you need to know about the spotted lanternfly invasion
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/everything-you-need-to-know-about-spotted-lanternfly

10 tornados confirmed across Pennsylvania during storms
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/10/ten_tornados_confirmed_across.html#incart_river_index

Transportation

Feedback sought from Westmoreland residents on transportation survey
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14141317-74/feedback-sought-from-westmoreland-residents-on-transportation-survey

PennDOT centers closed to mark Columbus Day
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/penndot-centers-closed-to-mark-columbus-day-1.2393303

Exeter Township wins $2.9 million for Perkiomen Avenue project
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/exeter-township-wins-29-million-for-perkiomen-avenue-project

Washington

Senate receives FBI report on Kavanaugh, schedules procedural vote Friday on Supreme Court nomination
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/brett-kavanaugh-news-fbi-report-christine-blasey-ford-mitch-mcconnell-senate-judiciary-committee-20181004.html

President Trump to attend rally next week in Erie for U.S. Senate hopeful Lou Barletta
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14143403-74/president-trump-to-host-rally-next-week-in-erie