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Legislature

Major parking, accessibility upgrades coming to Parkesburg Train Station
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/major-parking-accessibility-upgrades-coming-to-parkesburg-train-station/article_99297bb8-e777-11e9-8051-23213123ef13.html

Berks among the worst counties for heavy truck fatalities
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-among-the-worst-counties-for-heavy-truck-fatalies

Consortium inclusion could hurt Pa. coal, gas industries
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/consortium-inclusion-could-hurt-pa-coal-gas-industries-1.2542380

Keep state out of pot trade
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/keep-state-out-of-pot-trade-1.2542300

Lawmakers should make liquor prices fair and keep extra savings in the pockets of consumers, not state coffers – PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/lawmakers-should-make-liquor-prices-fair-and-keep-extra-savings-in-the-pockets-of-consumers-not-state-coffers-pennlive-letters.html

Decriminalization of pot makes sense, but we should slow down the push to make it fully legal | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/decriminalization-of-pot-makes-sense-but-we-should-slow-down-the-push-to-make-it-fully-legal-opinion.html

Business

Under new rule, Pennsylvania to tax more corporations
https://www.inquirer.com/business/pennsylvania-wayfair-corporate-income-tax-expanded-20191007.html

Is it legal to fire a person for being gay in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court will decide.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/lgbtq-discrimination-laws-in-pennsylvania-new-jersey-supreme-court-cases-20191007.html

In rural Pa., Wood-Mode cabinet company comes back from the brink
https://www.inquirer.com/news/cabinets-unemployment-rural-jobs-snyder–20191007.html

Raising the bar: New OT rules must be updated more frequently
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/07/Overtime-rules-regulations-labor-Trump/stories/201910040037

Heinz turns 150: Company has grown from regional phenomenon to global concern
https://triblive.com/local/regional/heinz-made-impact-in-pittsburgh-region/

Event focuses on the advantages of unionized labor
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/event-focuses-on-the-advantages-of-unionized-labor-1.2542426

MONDAY UPDATE: World’s largest human tissue bank bringing more science jobs to NEPA
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-world-s-largest-human-tissue-bank-bringing-more-science-jobs-to-nepa-1.2542483

Gas plant could offer opportunity in Conyngham
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/gas-plant-could-offer-opportunity-in-conyngham-1.2542351

Economy improving in Reading, Berks County, census numbers show
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/economy-improving-in-reading-berks-county-census-numbers-show

How Berks fits in to Pennsylvania’s innovation economy
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/how-berks-fits-in-to-pennsylvanias-innovation-economy

Sheetz increasing minimum wage, pay rates for all employees
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2019/10/06/sheetz-increasing-minimum-wage-pay-rates-all-employees/3892636002/

Crime/Punishment

Wise to speed pardon reviews
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/wise-to-speed-pardon-reviews-1.2542302

One dead, one injured in shooting near Shippensburg University
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/one-dead-one-injured-in-shooting-near-shippensburg-university.html

Education

Many school districts looking to get secondary students more sleep
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191007/many-school-districts-looking-to-get-secondary-students-more-sleep

Districts adjust after Northampton County slashes in-school therapy
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-northampton-county-schools-therapy-cuts-20191007-mr6zwykkx5b6dn4ai7ibek7vo4-story.html

Guest opinion: There’s more to education than STEM
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/guest-opinion-theres-more-to-education-than-stem

Wall Street wins as Pennsylvania public schools bet against interest rates
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/swaps-public-school-finance-property-tax-loss-20191007.html

Elections/Politics

Joe Sestak walked across Pa. in a failed Senate bid. Now he’s crossing New Hampshire in run for president.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-sestak-walking-across-new-hampshire-president-2020-delaware-county-congressman-20191007.html

Republican hoping to challenge Lamb has criminal record in North Carolina
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191005/republican-hoping-to-challenge-lamb-has-criminal-record-in-north-carolina

Today is the voter registration deadline for Nov. 5 election
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/today-is-the-voter-registration-deadline-for-nov-5-election-1.2542318

Another candidate enters the race for the 48th Senate seat
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/06/another-candidate-enters-the-race-for-the-48th-senate-seat/

Local News

Borrowing, voting machines on county council agenda
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/borrowing-voting-machines-on-county-council-agenda-1.2542401

Big-ticket assessment refunds impacting Luzerne County budget
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758152/big-ticket-assessment-refunds-impacting-luzerne-county-budget

Luzerne County addressing parkade tower work and wrapping up courthouse restoration
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758154/luzerne-county-addressing-parkade-tower-work-and-wrapping-up-courthouse-restoration

Ruth’s Place Walk for Hope highlights resources for women
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758106/ruths-place-walk-for-hope-highlights-resources-for-women

Hope on display at annual walk to benefit women’s shelter
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hope-on-display-at-annual-walk-to-benefit-women-s-shelter-1.2542421

Former Hazleton city councilwoman Cuozzo dead at 63
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758133/former-hazleton-city-councilwoman-cuozzo-dead-at-63

Scranton Sewer Authority sale funds in limbo
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-sewer-authority-sale-funds-in-limbo-1.2542467

Scranton plans housing project with unspent federal HUD funding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-plans-housing-project-with-unspent-federal-hud-funding-1.2542471

Scranton Primary packs up 15,000 dental kits for the needy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-primary-packs-up-15-000-dental-kits-for-the-needy-1.2542479

Hundreds of volunteers hit the streets to ‘Pick Up Poconos’
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20191006/hundreds-of-volunteers-hit-streets-to-pick-up-poconos

Now that this year’s to-do list is done, Brackenridge looks toward 2020 projects
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/now-that-this-years-to-do-list-is-done-brackenridge-looks-toward-2020-projects/

Freeport Council says borough can’t force drilling company to pave road
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/freeport-council-says-borough-cant-force-drilling-company-to-pave-road/

National News

NBA executive’s Hong Kong tweet starts firestorm in China
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/10/06/N-B-A-Executive-s-Hong-Kong-Tweet-Starts-Firestorm-in-China-Houston-Rockets/stories/201910060210

Jimmy Carter has stitches after a fall at his home
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/10/06/Jimmy-Carter-falls-home-stitches-former-president-feels-fine/stories/201910060221

Philly

Ben Franklin/SLA communities prepare for showdown over building, asbestos issues
https://www.inquirer.com/news/asbestos-ben-franklin-sla-philadelphia-schools-20191007.html

Student debt: Philadelphia councilman proposes $1,500 a year in tax credit for recent graduates
https://www.inquirer.com/news/david-oh-student-loans-tax-credit-stephen-schwarzman-bphl-innovation-fest-20191007.html

What parents need to know about asbestos as Philly readies for town hall meetings on Ben Franklin/SLA
https://www.inquirer.com/news/asbestos-benjamin-franklin-high-sla-philadelphia-schools-20191006.html

Two attempted robberies, multiple shots fired, and one man pronounced dead in Kensington
https://www.inquirer.com/news/robbery-kensington-death-october-shot-gun-20191007.html

Bernard Katz, labor rights attorney, dies at 91
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bernard-katz-dead-91-labor-attorney-20191006.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh diocese, Pa. AG’s office spar over use of trust fund
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/10/07/Pittsburgh-diocese-sexual-abuse-priests-victims-compensation-Toner-trust-fund/stories/201910020100

City looking to slow down Grandview Ave. traffic with plan to install speed humps
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/10/06/Pittsburgh-Mount-Washington-speed-humps-pavement-markings-Grandview-pedestrian/stories/201910060209

New film celebrates links between city’s public steps and immigrants
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/10/06/Pittsburgh-steps-film-immigrants-public-staircases/stories/201910060214

Pragmatic idealism: At Pitt, student activists and administrators work for balance
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/07/Pitt-student-activists-pragmatic-idealism-fossil-fuels/stories/201909300056

Steelers honor Hempfield’s late Terry Ranieri; Spartan band performs at Heinz Field
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/steelers-honor-hempfields-late-terry-ranieri-spartan-band-performs-at-heinz-field/

‘Doors Open Pittsburgh’ lets people into Pittsburgh buildings, teaches history
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/doors-open-pittsburgh-lets-people-into-pittsburgh-buildings-teaches-history/

Pittsburgh gas prices fall while national average ticks upward
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pittsburgh-gas-prices-fall-while-national-average-ticks-upward/

State News

Homeless and cancer-ridden, woman fights to stay alive in Chester County
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-breast-cancer-chester-county-poverty-20191007.html

Eagle found shot on West Penn Trail in Derry Township
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/eagle-found-found-shot-on-west-penn-trail-in-derry-township/

Medical marijuana: Lehigh Valley patients and professionals speak up about misconceptions and stigmas
https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/insider/mc-ent-silencing-stigma-medical-marijuana-20191007-2v547qyc25d2ljqcfe5wreapdy-story.html

Transportation

Steering away from the one-person car commute: Officials seek tools to change transportation habits
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/bop/2019/10/07/Getting-Pittsburghers-out-of-their-cars-transportation-development-goal-commuters-biking/stories/201910060003

Nearly mile-long bridge is 80% complete, but won’t open until 2022: PennDOT
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/nearly-mile-long-bridge-is-80-percent-complete-but-wont-open-until-2022-penndot.html

Here are the most crash-prone intersections and interchanges in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-lehigh-valley-intersection-crashes-20191007-3mpqifoocvhe3cg4d77pwoasl4-story.html

Washington

2nd whistleblower adds to impeachment peril at White House
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758117/2nd-whistleblower-adds-to-impeachment-peril-at-white-house

In one Pennsylvania swing district, it’s not all impeachment all the time
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/07/in-one-pennsylvania-swing-district-its-not-all-impeachment-all-the-time/

Reps. Dean, Fitzpatrick and Boyle host PFAS event
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191006/reps-dean-fitzpatrick-and-boyle-host-pfas-event