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Pa. Senate panel vets bill creating education savings accounts to help students get their schooling ‘back on track’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/pa-senate-panel-vets-bill-creating-education-savings-accounts-to-help-students-get-their-schooling-back-on-track.html

Should Pa. convert $500M in CARES Act cash into education grants for families? A proposal has advocates split on familiar lines
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/should-pa-convert-500m-in-cares-act-cash-into-education-grants-for-families-a-proposal-has-advocates-split-on-familiar-lines/

PA’s largest teachers’ union wants to cancel standardized tests, some advocates want accountability
https://www.witf.org/2020/10/06/pas-largest-teachers-union-wants-to-cancel-standardized-tests-some-advocates-want-accountability/

Will PSSA and Keystone exams be canceled for the second year in a row? Some hope so.
https://www.inquirer.com/education/pssa-keystone-pennsylvania-cancel-exam-20201005.html

Bill to reduce unused Pa. office space passes state Senate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/10/06/Bill-to-reduce-unused-state-office-space-passes-Senate/stories/202010060101

Use CARES cash to help public schools
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/use-cares-cash-to-help-public-schools/article_1a9326de-5eb5-568b-8ae2-9d8a6d1543a4.html

Pennsylvania needs a zero-tolerance policy for sex crimes | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/10/pennsylvania-needs-a-zero-tolerance-policy-for-sex-crimes-opinion.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. Supreme Court denies petition against Wolf shutdown orders
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/10/05/U-S-Supreme-Court-denies-petition-against-Wolf-shutdown-orders/stories/202010050112

‘The isolation is killing them’: Nursing home residents need visitors despite pandemic, Pa. group says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/the-isolation-is-killing-them-as-much-as-covid-pa-group-pushes-for-more-nursing-home-visits.html

Community spread blamed for spiking covid-19 cases in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/community-spread-blamed-for-spiking-covid-19-cases-in-westmoreland-county/

Westmoreland Manor names new acting administrator as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2020/10/06/Westmoreland-Manor-names-new-acting-administrator-as-COVID-19-cases-continue-to-rise/stories/202010060102

Westmoreland Manor sees administrative changes as coronavirus cases creep higher
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-manor-sees-administrative-changes-as-coronavirus-cases-creep-higher/

Students living in part of Litchfield Tower B at Pitt are placed in quarantine
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/10/05/University-of-PIttsburgh-Litchfield-Towers-B-COVID-19-quarantine-Penn-State-colleges/stories/202010050083

Several floors of Pitt residence hall in quarantine after covid increase
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/several-floors-of-pitt-residence-hall-in-quarantine-after-covid-increase/

Shippensburg University reports 10 COVID-19 cases in last week of September
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/shippensburg-university-reports-10-covid-19-cases-in-last-week-of-september.html

Elementary school staff member in Wilson School District tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/elementary-school-staff-member-in-wilson-school-district-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/article_abc31dfe-0712-11eb-ad44-4fbdedf22723.html

Conrad Weiser West Elementary School student tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/conrad-weiser-west-elementary-school-student-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/article_c48bea78-070d-11eb-a412-6f6e24141b0a.html

Central Dauphin School District confirms staff COVID-19 case
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/central-dauphin-school-district-confirms-staff-covid-19-case.html

Camp Hill School District reports COVID-19 case
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/camp-hill-school-district-reports-confirmed-covid-19-case.html

State police to close York barracks for cleaning after COVID-19 case reported
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/state-police-to-close-york-barracks-for-cleaning-after-covid-19-case-reported.html

Another big increase in COVID-19 cases at the Allenwood medium-security prison
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/another-big-increase-in-covid-19-cases-at-the-allenwood-medium-security-prison.html

Pennsylvania adds 672 new covid cases, 11 new deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-adds-672-new-covid-cases-11-new-deaths/

COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 46 more cases, no new deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/10/05/COVID-19-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-pennsylvania-data-cases-deaths/stories/202010050082

Allegheny County adds 46 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-adds-46-new-coronavirus-cases/

Seven-county region crosses 10,000 COVID-19 cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/seven-county-region-crosses-10-000-covid-19-cases/article_7fb0cd70-a779-5804-9b7e-f5e7d5a4f07f.html

Berks County has 27 new coronavirus cases but trends indicate the virus is still on the rise
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-has-27-new-coronavirus-cases-but-trends-indicate-the-virus-is-still-on/article_d7a53da8-0726-11eb-916d-dbecec68cbd6.html

There is a pathway to recovery. It will take us all working together | Mark S. Schweiker
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/there-is-a-pathway-to-recovery-it-will-take-us-all-working-together-mark-s-schweiker/

Trump returns to White House after receiving unprecedented level of care for COVID-19, quickly removes mask
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-coronavirus-covid-19-walter-reed-release-hope-20201005.html

White House blocks new coronavirus vaccine guidelines
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/10/05/coronavirus-vaccine-guidelines-White-House-blocks-FDA/stories/202010050129

Infected senator vows to wear ‘moon suit,’ if needed, to vote Trump’s court pick
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/10/infected-senator-vows-to-wear-moon-suit-if-needed-to-vote-trumps-court-pick.html

New York Gov. Cuomo will not approve closing of businesses in 9 NYC areas
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/10/05/New-York-coronavirus-Governor-Cuomo-NYC-businesses-close-city-schools-shut-down/stories/202010050126

Administration

Gov. Wolf asks for federal disaster assistance for Tropical Storm Isaias
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/gov-wolf-asks-for-federal-disaster-assistance-for-tropical-storm-isaias/article_f6921450-0755-11eb-a8c7-cfcdb6b03bdb.html

Business

Exxon’s plan for surging carbon emissions revealed in leaked documents
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/exxon-carbon-dioxide-emissions-bp-royal-dutch-shell-oil-methane-20201005.html

More than 5,300 businesses to receive help through second round of COVID-19 relief assistance grant distribution
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/more-than-5300-businesses-to-receive-covid-19-relief-assistance-grants-from-second-round-of.html

Crime/Punishment

1 dead, 2 injured in Wilkes-Barre shooting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crime-emergencies/1-dead-2-injured-in-wilkes-barre-shooting/article_9544f073-bf8f-564c-ad26-54e897edd80a.html

Shopper at Pa. Walmart ordered to wear mask at gunpoint by Homeland Security impersonator
https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2020/10/shopper-at-pa-walmart-ordered-to-wear-mask-at-gunpoint-by-homeland-security-impersonator.html

State delay in taking sentence prisoners creates overcrowding at Bucks County jail
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/10/05/bucks-county-jail-overcrowded-pennsylvania-prison-covid-inmates/3624588001/

Education

More Delaware County schools move into hybrid instruction
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/more-delaware-county-schools-move-into-hybrid-instruction/article_32b9d1ec-0761-11eb-8ac0-7bea729a6710.html

Penn Hills schools to be election day polling places, students to learn online
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/penn-hills-schools-to-be-election-day-polling-places-students-to-learn-online/

Hybrid school is finally here. It is not perfect, but ‘the kids are happy.’ | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-covid-school-districts-swarthmore-suburban-philadelphia-hybrid-maria-panaritis-20201006.html

Lawsuit targets Point Park University for forced-online spring semester
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/lawsuit-targets-point-park-university-for-forced-online-spring-semester/

Penn State delays spring semester’s start, cancels spring break
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/penn-state-delays-spring-semesters-start-cancels-spring-break/

Berks colleges, universities work to lessen stress and anxiety for students during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-colleges-universities-work-to-lessen-stress-and-anxiety-for-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic/article_7530e122-03d9-11eb-9d0f-af387e1644e8.html

Elections/Politics

Joe Biden to make campaign stop in Gettysburg on Tuesday
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/10/joe-biden-to-make-campaign-stop-in-gettysburg-on-tuesday.html

With Toomey’s announcement, speculation begins for filling his Senate seat
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/05/Sen-Pat-Toomey-seat-Republican-Democratic-Senate-candidate-speculation/stories/202010050114

Pat Toomey just made the 2022 elections in Pennsylvania a total free-for-all
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pat-toomey-retirement-pennsylvania-2022-elections-20201005.html

Pat Toomey’s announced exit sends Pennsylvania politicos scrambling
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/toomeys-announced-exit-upends-pennsylvania-political-calculus/

Pa. Republicans’ ‘Summer of Toomey’ gives way to a political spring for gubernatorial and Senate hopefuls
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/pennsylvania-republicans-summer-of-toomey-gives-way-to-a-political-spring-for-many-other-gubernatorial-and-senate-hopefuls.html

Pat Toomey’s impending retirement leaves 2022 races for governor, Senate wide open
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-pat-toomey-retirement-senate-term-20201005-6c43t336ordw7nk3pycyvoykmi-story.html

As Toomey leaves politics, Barletta eyes gubernatorial run
https://www.timesleader.com/news/805168/as-toomey-leaves-politics-barletta-eyes-gubernatorial-run

This group protested Sen. Toomey every Tuesday for four years. He’s leaving politics, but they say the work isn’t over.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/tuesdays-with-toomey-credit-senator-political-retirement-protest-trump-20201005.html

GOP incumbent Keller, Democratic challenger Griffin face off in 12th Congressional District race
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/gop-incumbent-keller-democratic-challenger-griffin-face-off-in-12th-congressional-district-race/article_2d694297-b8d0-550a-a6e6-3067df354d86.html

Susan Wild, Lisa Scheller clash over police protests, health insurance, taxes during first 7th District debate
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-elections-wild-scheller-first-debate-business-matters-20201005-3jcvaz6pl5gdnhyf2pq5tvd3tu-story.html

Geiger Shulman calls for debate in Pittsburgh’s most competitive race, Mizgorski silent
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/geiger-shulman-calls-for-debate-in-pittsburghs-most-competitive-race-mizgorski-silent/Content?oid=18121324

EDITORIAL: No choice in the 11th
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/10/06/editorial-no-choice-11-th/5893081002/

County plans to relocate six additional polling places
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/county-plans-to-relocate-six-additional-polling-places/article_cfb0361c-4cc1-501f-b290-dced515bf0dc.html

Election board member vows no repeat of discarded ballot incident
https://www.timesleader.com/news/805176/election-board-member-vows-no-repeat-of-discarded-ballot-incident

Election board member wants board to play more active role in county elections
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/election-board-member-wants-board-to-play-more-active-role-in-county-elections/article_d8d8de97-8a91-5d1e-81bb-020430122c31.html

South Carolina absentee voters must get witness signature, Supreme Court rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/10/05/absentee-voting-Supreme-Court-South-Carolina-ballots-witness-requirement/stories/202010050130

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims | Battle for the Ballot
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/voter-fraud-myth-persists-despite-constant-failure-to-prove-claims-battle-for-the-ballot/

Local News

Salavantis warns of ‘spoofing’ scam using magistrates’ numbers
https://www.timesleader.com/news/805156/salavantis-warns-of-spoofing-scam-using-magistrates-numbers

Philly

City and activists reach an agreement to close the homeless encampment outside PHA headquarters in North Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-encampment-pha-north-philadelphia-benjamin-franklin-parkway-20201005.html

Guy Fieri to open 2 restaurants at new Live! Casino in South Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/food/guy-fieri-live-casino-philadelphia-burgers-tacos-diners-drive-ins-dives-flavortown-20201005.html

Five people were killed in shootings in Philly on Monday
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/double-shooting-south-philadelphia-philly-gun-violence-children-shot-20201005.html

Man killed in shooting in South Philly Lowe’s parking lot
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-shooting-lowes-columbus-boulevard-20201005.html

Racism is a public health crisis, health systems say
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/racism-is-a-public-health-crisis-health-systems-say/article_3afd8678-d48a-56f3-aac8-54a35ac52df5.html

Hundreds of American Airlines flight attendants are losing jobs at Philadelphia International Airport
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/american-airlines-job-losses-philadelphia-philly-airport-phl-coronavirus-stimulus-20201006.html

Good things happen in Philadelphia, including unprecedented philanthropy | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/phl-covid-19-fund-philanthropy-20201005.html

Pitt

Peduto submits legislation to protect Black Pittsburghers from hairstyle discriminatio
https://triblive.com/local/peduto-submits-legislation-to-protect-people-from-hairstyle-discrimination/

Peduto administration introduces CROWN Act bill to protect natural hairstyles
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/05/Peduto-administration-introduces-CROWN-Act-bill-to-protect-natural-hairstyles-pittsburgh/stories/202010050090

Small businesses in Pittsburgh wait for another federal stimulus package to ramp up operations
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/10/06/federal-stimulus-package-PPP-ELDI-Economic-Injury-Disaster-Loans-COVID-19/stories/202010020187

A consistent standard
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/10/06/A-consistent-standard/stories/202010030042

Demolition permit granted for historic Ewalt House
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/06/Ewalt-House-Pittsburgh-demolition-permit-historic-Lawrenceville-property/stories/202010050074

City’s Commission on Human Relations executive director to leave job
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/05/Pittsburgh-City-Commission-Human-Relations-executive-director-leave-job-megan-stanley/stories/202010050104

Pittsburgh sets trick-or-treat hours with new protocols
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/10/05/Pittsburgh-trick-or-treating-2020-new-city-protocols-Halloween-COVID-19/stories/202010050116

Downtown building hosted FDR, Arnold Palmer. But will it sell?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/10/06/Pittsburgher-Lawyers-Building-King-Penguin-FDR-Arnold-Palmer-Downtown/stories/202010060061

8 times Pittsburgh played a role on ‘Saturday Night Live’
https://triblive.com/aande/movies-tv/8-times-pittsburgh-played-a-role-on-saturday-night-live/

State News

An additional 13 allege they were sexually assaulted as children by Devereux staff
https://www.inquirer.com/news/devereux-lawsuit-sexual-abuse-children-pennsylvania-20201005.html

Pike County gun festival to go on despite crowd size limits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/pike-county-gun-festival-to-go-on-despite-crowd-size-limits/article_53311d0b-ea8d-506b-87bb-42eab978aad4.html