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Legislature

Senate hearing focuses on big issues facing emergency services in state
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/senate-hearing-focuses-on-big-issues-facing-emergency-services-in/article_d6f95c46-e60b-11e9-b6e9-f3d371b8bdaf.html

Williams says supervised injection sites aren’t the answer to fighting drug use. So he wants to ban them
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/williams-says-supervised-injection-sites-aren-t-the-answer-to/article_c282e1a6-7b64-5b11-9a01-067e74e0c46f.html

Philly state lawmaker says supervised injection sites aren’t the answer to fighting drug use. So he wants to ban them
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/philly-state-lawmaker-says-supervised-injection-sites-arent-the-answer-to-fighting-drug-use-so-he-wants-to-ban-them/

Mullery bill would put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757695/mullery-bill-would-put-moratorium-on-white-haven-polk-center-closures

PA lawmaker sexually abused as child says it’s up to Senate to act on statute of limitations
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-child-abuse-20191003-eamzgc22qrexfpxlm355f7p6ii-story.html

After court ruling, state House to resume faith-based prayer
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/10/03/Pennsylvania-House-Representatives-court-resume-faith-based-prayer/stories/201910030144

Report finds 86% of Berks County residents approve of legalized recreational marijuana
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/report-finds-86-percent-of-berks-county-residents-approve-of-legalized-recreational-marijuana

State Rep. Scott Conklin eyes run for Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal officer
https://www.centredaily.com/news/state/article235748492.html

Pennsylvania House bill seeks to prop up gun-rights groups like NRA | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-house-of-representatives-gun-bills-harrisburg-preemption-20191003.html

Administration

Wolf moves to join climate initiative
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191003/wolf-moves-to-join-climate-initiative

Gov. Wolf seeks to cap Pa.’s power plant emissions and join regional carbon market
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/10/03/governor-wolf-carbon-cap-and-trade-regional-greenhouse-gas-coal-gas-nuclear/stories/201910030121

What is a RGGI? A PennLive primer on Gov. Wolf’s big move on climate change policy
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/what-is-a-rggi-a-pennlive-primer-on-gov-wolfs-big-move-on-climate-change-policy.html

Business

Westmoreland County woman sues Juul in federal court, seeking damages
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/10/03/Westmoreland-County-woman-sues-Juul-in-federal-court-e-cigarette-vaping-nicotine-CDC-FTC/stories/201910030193

In a bid to grow, Iron Hill claims space in Chester County to brew 20,000 barrels of beer
https://www.inquirer.com/business/iron-hill-brewery-exton-pa-production-20191004.html

Geisinger executive from Scranton named Rite Aid’s chief operating officer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/geisinger-executive-from-scranton-named-rite-aid-s-chief-operating-officer-1.2541041

Company seeks to withdraw 467,000 gallons of water a day from Beech Mountain Lakes land
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/company-seeks-to-withdraw-467-000-gallons-of-water-a-day-from-beech-mountain-lakes-land-1.2541139

Cabinet maker that suddenly closed 5 months ago puts 240 back to work under new owner
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/cabinet-maker-that-suddenly-closed-5-months-ago-rehires-240-and-gets-back-to-work-under-new-owner.html

Crime/Punishment

Officers urge public to attend Retreat hearing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officers-urge-public-to-attend-retreat-hearing-1.2541053

Suspended trooper pleads guilty to DUI, child endangerment charges
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757679/suspended-trooper-pleads-guilty-to-dui-child-endangerment-charges

Education

Greater Nanticoke Area looking to float bonds to refinance debt
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757724/greater-nanticoke-area-looking-to-float-bonds-to-refinance-debt

W-B Area officials, Auditor General reps about high school
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757729/w-b-area-officials-auditor-general-reps-about-high-school

‘Productive meeting’ between W-B Area, auditors
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/productive-meeting-between-w-b-area-auditors-1.2541181

Marple Newtown teacher named one of America’s best, gets $25,000 prize in surprise school ceremony
https://www.inquirer.com/education/marple-newtown-teacher-milken-award-elizabeth-landes-20191003.html

Stop-arm cameras on school buses paying dividends in Unionville
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/stop-arm-cameras-on-school-buses-paying-dividends-in-unionville/article_6d15883a-e530-11e9-b1ae-af9e63d1b5a1.html

Fewer kids are playing high school football nationwide. In the Lehigh Valley, the sport’s health looks just fine.
https://www.mcall.com/sports/varsity/football/mc-spt-hs-football-participation-lehigh-valley-20191003-e4njvhqqirbixnfhsakkbpgdni-story.html

Judge Marjorie Rendell: Civics education is failing | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/rendell-center-judge-marjorie-ed-rendell-civics-education-20191003.html

How Penn State is cutting greenhouse emissions in half — and saving money
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/04/how-penn-state-is-cutting-greenhouse-emissions-in-half-and-saving-money/

A top NYC lawyer becomes the 4th parent to get prison in the college admissions scandal
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/03/college-admissions-scandal-lawyer-sentenced-1-month-prison/stories/201910030216

Elections/Politics

On National Voter Registration Day, 16,000 Pennsylvanians got on the rolls
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/on-national-voter-registration-day-16000-pennsylvanians-got-on-the-rolls/

The agency that polices America’s elections is paralyzed. The blunt FEC chair on why that’s bad for 2020.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ellen-weintraub-fec-commission-russian-inteference-2020-temple-20191003.html

Westmoreland commissioners race: Candidates discuss county finances, taxes
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-commissioners-race-candidates-discuss-county-finances-taxes/

Berks County’s new voting machines are ready, election officials say
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-countys-new-voting-machines-are-ready-election-officials-say

Want to vote in November? The deadline is approaching quickly
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/want-to-vote-in-november-the-deadline-is-approaching-quickly.html

Dates chosen for selecting nominees to fill open Pa. Senate seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/dates-chosen-for-selecting-nominees-to-fill-open-pa-senate-seat.html

Lebanon County DA Dave Arnold announces candidacy for open Pa. Senate seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/lebanon-county-da-dave-arnold-announces-candidate-for-open-pa-senate-seat.html

Editorial: Make sure you’re registered to vote this year
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-make-sure-youre-registered-to-vote-this-year

Gaming

DraftKings could soon make its debut in Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/10/draftkings-could-soon-make-its-debut-in-pa.html

Health Care

Syphilis, which was almost eradicated, makes a major comeback in Allentown, Bethlehem
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-syphilis-increase-allentown-20191004-4zeidfkpcbf3hjov72irglwdxu-story.html

Local News

W-B official: Addressing overgrown properties a challenge
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-official-addressing-overgrown-properties-a-challenge-1.2541057

945 apply for Section 8 during Luzerne County Housing Authority one-day opening Thursday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757726/945-apply-for-section-8-during-luzerne-county-housing-authority-one-day-opening-thursday

County awaits word on OT costs for cyberattack
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-awaits-word-on-ot-costs-for-cyberattack-1.2541165

Security system credited for saving Bear Creek family
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757712/security-system-credited-for-saving-bear-creek-family

Domestic violence survivor launches foundation to help other survivors
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/domestic-violence-survivor-launches-foundation-to-help-other-survivors-1.2541169

Arena WiFi project still a work in progress
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757727/arena-wifi-project-still-a-work-in-progress

Maternal and Family Health Services to receive grant
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/maternal-and-family-health-services-to-receive-grant-1.2541179

Scranton mayor raises salaries for select officials who assumed additional duties
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-raises-salaries-for-select-officials-who-assumed-additional-duties-1.2541021

Steamtown’s ‘Big Boy’ locomotive to receive makeover
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/steamtown-s-big-boy-locomotive-to-receive-makeover-1.2540921

Scranton City Council calls for cover sheets to accompany proposed legislation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-calls-for-cover-sheets-to-accompany-proposed-legislation-1.2541277

Owners of demolished Scranton house can proceed with part of lawsuit against city
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/owners-of-demolished-scranton-house-can-proceed-with-part-of-lawsuit-against-city-1.2541281

Trash service bills likely to rise next year for Dupont residents
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/trash-service-bills-likely-to-rise-next-year-for-dupont-residents-1.2541052

Export burnishing its image with trail opening, downtown projects
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/export-burnishing-its-image-with-trail-opening-downtown-projects/

$100K upgrade to Avonmore riverfront park includes gazebo, fishing pier
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/100k-upgrade-to-avonmore-riverfront-park-includes-gazebo-fishing-pier/

Philly

Mayor Jim Kenney heading to Copenhagen to talk about climate change
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mayor-jim-kenney-copenhagen-climate-change-20191003.html

Philadelphia suspends 11 p.m. closing ordinance; city will pay $265,000 to Chinese takeout owners
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/philadelphia-chinese-takeout-11pm-business-curfiew-settlement-20191003.html

Philadelphia workers greet new cashless-store ban: ‘I feel like we can serve everyone now’
https://www.inquirer.com/business/cashless-ban-philadelphia-stores-sweetgreen-bluestone-lane-20191004.html

Former president of a teachers’ union local in Philly charged with embezzlement
https://www.inquirer.com/news/woodhaven-center-james-young-philly-american-federation-of-teachers-20191003.html

Union to provide free repairs to North Philly homes damaged in police shootout
https://www.inquirer.com/news/north-philly-police-shootout-dc-21-rich-lazer-jim-kenney-free-home-repairs-20191003.html

She lost her parking ticket, so the Philadelphia Parking Authority sent her some porn | Clout
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/philadelphia-parking-authority-ppa-pornography-sherrie-cohen-jim-kenney-20191004.html

PAFA acquires 13 works for its permanent collection, more than half by women
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/pafa-acquisitions-women-catherine-murphy-20191003.html

Philly DA Larry Krasner launches data website aimed at tracking his office’s impact
https://www.inquirer.com/news/larry-krasner-da-data-website-charges-bail-sentencing-20191003.html

Bankrupt Philly refinery’s request to pay secret executive bonuses raises objections
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philly-refinery-pes-bankruptcy-court-employee-bonuses-20191001.html

Kensington neighbors dismayed by ruling on supervised injection site
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/03/kensington-neighbors-dismayed-by-ruling-on-supervised-injection-site/

City Hall should be ashamed of raising Chinese flag in the name of diversity | Christine Flowers
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/philadelphia-city-hall-chinese-flag-20191004.html

She was ‘forced to resign’ after her allegations brought down Philly’s police commissioner | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/female-police-philly-officer-audra-mccowan-richard-ross-jenice-armstrong-20191003.html

Mayor Jim Kenney: Our city leaders commit to fighting poverty | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-poverty-income-census-jim-kenney-20191003.html

Philly City Council eyes elimination of Free Library fines, debts
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/philly-city-council-eyes-elimination-of-free-library-fines-debts/

Pitt

Duquesne Incline reopens this morning after 2nd bedbugs treatment
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/10/04/Duquesne-Incline-reopens-bedbugs-pittsburgh/stories/201910040110

“Black People in the Future” project continues as participants in artwork-in-residence program host events
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/there-are-black-people-in-the-future/

TRAFFIC: 10th Street Bypass, portion of Heritage Trail closing Friday and Saturday
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/10/03/TRAFFIC-10th-Street-Bypass-portion-of-Heritage-Trail-closing-Friday-and-Saturday/stories/201910030182

New exhibit shows how Pittsburgh almost became a part of Virginia
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2019/10/03/Fort-Pitt-Museum-Fort-Duquesne-exhibit-Pittsburgh-Virginia/stories/201910030168

Mayor’s office, DCDC plan Pittsburgh Fashion Summit
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2019/10/03/Pittsburgh-Fashion-Summit-Peduto-Downtown-Community-Development/stories/201910030040

County’s Lead Safe Homes passed over for second HUD grant
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/10/03/Allegheny-Lead-Safe-lose-5-million-HUD-grant-rehab-homes-children-s-health/stories/201910020200

Should our rivers wait?: Alcosan’s $2 billion plan delays past-due solutions
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/04/Alcosan-plan-delay-solutions-rivers-Allegheny-County-sanitary/stories/201909230023

Pittsburgh police officer in legal limbo over medical marijuana use
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-police-officer-in-legal-limbo-over-medical-marijuana-use/

The sport of fashion: Steelers players suit up to walk the runway
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/the-sport-of-fashion-steelers-players-suit-up-to-walk-the-runway/

Nonprofit aims to restore Allegheny County’s tree canopy
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/nonprofit-aims-to-restore-allegheny-countys-tree-canopy/

Pittsburgh urban agricultural organizations receive thousands in state Farm Bill grants
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-urban-agricultural-organizations-receive-thousands-in-state-farm-bill-grants/Content?oid=15974173

State News

Woman who won legal battle in old abuse case against Catholic church asks that ruling stand
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/10/03/Sexual-abuse-grand-jury-altoona-johnstown-pittsburgh-harrisburg-diocese/stories/201910030162

Peoples Natural Gas rates to increase next month, but not as much as first proposed
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/10/03/Peoples-Natural-Gas-rates-increase-PUC-settlement-utility-Equitable-Duquesne/stories/201910030175

Indiana to welcome Vietnam memorial replica
https://triblive.com/local/regional/indiana-to-welcome-vietnam-memorial-replica/

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance conducting public survey
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/northeastern-pennsylvania-alliance-conducting-public-survey-1.2541037

Albany Township mystery child deaths to be reviewed by special panels
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/albany-township-mystery-child-deaths-to-be-reviewed-by–special-panels

Alternative route for proposed power line project in York County dramatically differs from first proposal
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/alternative-route-for-proposed-power-line-project-in-york-county-dramatically-differs-from-first-proposal.html

US Agriculture Secretary says small farms are in trouble. But Pa. advocates have hope.
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/03/us-ag-sec-says-small-farms-are-in-trouble-but-pa-advocates-have-hope/

‘No child should ever be locked up’: SEIU Healthcare members want ICE detention center in Berks County shut down
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/no-child-should-ever-be-locked-up-seiu-healthcare-members-want-ice-detention-center-in-berks-county-shut-down/

Report: Pennsylvania ranks 18th in the country for energy efficiency
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/report-pennsylvania-ranks-18th-in-the-country-for-energy-efficiency/Content?oid=15975203

Transportation

PennDOT looking for 104 plow truck drivers this winter
https://triblive.com/local/regional/penndot-looking-for-104-plow-truck-drivers-this-winter/

The zipper merge is the correct way to approach single-lane changes, PennDOT says
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/better-to-zipper-merge-state-says-but-tough-to-change-attitudes

Road Warrior: Local officials asked Lehigh Valley residents to sound off on transportation. You responded in record numbers.
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/road-warrior/mc-biz-road-warrior-transportation-plan-responses-20191004-edcc5prarnbkxmgrlihkdqcpma-story.html

Officials celebrate renovation of SEPTA’s Levittown Station
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191002/officials-celebrate-renovation-of-septas-levittown-station

Washington

Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. doesn’t want health care forgotten amid impeachment inquiry
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/sen-robert-p-casey-jr-likes-trump-impeachment-inquiry-but-doesnt-want-you-to-forget-about-health-care-along-the-way.html

Impeachment draws some cheers in this Pa. swing district, but voters at town hall have other issues, too
https://www.inquirer.com/news/trump-impeachment-susan-wild-scanlon-pennsylvania-voters-20191003.html

As support for impeachment inquiry grows, Pa. Republicans stick with the president by attacking Dems
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/10/03/Trump-impeachment-inquiry-Republicans-Reschenthaler-Kelly-Thompson-Joyce-Lamb/stories/201910030052

Some Republicans, including Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick, want Trump inquiry but balk at impeachment talk
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/brian-fitzpatrick-trump-impeachment-nancy-pelosi-20191003.html

Rick Perry plans to resign as energy secretary by the end of the year, sources say
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/10/03/Rick-Perry-energy-secretary-resign-November/stories/201910030217

Trump’s tariffs have hit European cheese, wine, and whiskey. Some experts fear cars could be next.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-tariffs-europe-cheese-wine-whiskey-cars-20191003.html

GOP group seeks ethics probe on Cartwright
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/gop-group-seeks-ethics-probe-on-cartwright-1.2541171