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Legislature

Lawmakers take record before voters under new election rules https://www.witf.org/2020/09/12/lawmakers-take-record-before-voters-under-new-election-rules/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

New medical device aims to stimulate COVID patients’ lung function post-ventilator https://whyy.org/articles/new-medical-device-aims-to-stimulate-covid-patients-lung-function-post-ventilator/

A COVID-19 vaccine may be only 50% effective. Is that good enough? https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/a-covid-19-vaccine-may-be-only-50-effective-is-that-good-enough/

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way? https://whyy.org/articles/antarctica-is-still-free-of-covid-19-can-it-stay-that-way/

Oxford, AstraZeneca to resume coronavirus vaccine trial https://whyy.org/articles/oxford-astrazeneca-to-resume-coronavirus-vaccine-trial/

A NYPD cop with COVID-19 had ‘no chance of surviving.’ Penn Medicine and his nurse daughter brought him back https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-university-of-pennsylvania-hospital-pierrelouis-nypd-recovery-coronavirus-20200912.html

Trump’s coronavirus debate: Project strength or level with public https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/trumps-coronavirus-debate-project-strength-or-level-with-public.html

Coronavirus mobile response unit provides testing and education in Reading, Sinking Spring https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-mobile-response-unit-provides-testing-and-education-in-reading-sinking-spring/article_658f65b6-f36e-11ea-aae7-077c6ac5c624.html

‘Oh, God. This is what we’re trying to prevent,’ says officer responding to college party filled with COVID cases https://www.mcall.com/news/nation-world/mc-nws-ohio-college-students-covid-party-20200912-u3rzh7unvzdv7dimu5jms7om6e-story.html

As Trump played down virus, health experts’ alarm grew https://www.delcotimes.com/news/national/as-trump-played-down-virus-health-experts-alarm-grew/article_0e47bee3-733f-5c65-a0e9-e9547e550742.html

Business

Peeps won’t be produced for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day https://www.inquirer.com/business/peeps-hiatus-halloween-marshmellow-treat-20200912.html

Crime

Citing COVID-19, attorney seeks release of man in abuse case https://www.witf.org/2020/09/13/citing-covid-19-attorney-seeks-release-of-man-in-abuse-case/

Education

The state Board of Ed advanced new science standards for the first time in two decades. That could transform how schools teach climate change https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/the-state-board-of-ed-advanced-new-science-standards-for-the-first-time-in-two-decades-that-could-transform-how-schools-teach-climate-change/

Amid pandemic, school districts in southwestern Pa. are learning as they go https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/09/13/pittsburgh-area-school-districts-reopening-covid-19-remote-learning-substitute-shortages/stories/202009100155

Elections/Politics

Biden audio first shared by ‘Russian agent’ thrives online https://whyy.org/articles/biden-audio-first-shared-by-russian-agent-thrives-online/

A Pennsylvania town once known as ‘communism on the prairie’ is all about Trump now https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/norvelt-pennsylvania-trump-biden-socialism-20200913.html

Trump vows to unleash ethanol at gas pumps as he woos Corn Belt https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-tweets-support-for-higher-ethanol-gasoline-midwest-corn-farmers-biofuel-20200912.html

Expect U.S. election to have consequences for troops overseas https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/expect-us-election-have-consequences-troops-overseas-20200912.html

Pa.’s Toomey sidesteps comment on Trump, Woodward book revelations https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-s-toomey-sidesteps-controversy-on-trump-woodward-book-revelations/

Pence drops plan to go to fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/12/Pence-drops-plan-to-go-to-fundraiser-hosted-by-QAnon-backers/stories/202009120072

Both Republicans and Democrats spent Saturday Gearing Up for the Election https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/42621341/both-republicans-and-democrats-spent-saturday-gearing-up-for-the-election

Environment

How Big Oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled/

Sunoco ordered to move Mariner East pipeline after spill into lake https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/sunoco-ordered-to-move-mariner-east-pipeline-after-spill-into-lake/article_fdcd8b3f-1619-5bcf-9521-59b0d51fff0b.html

Local News

United Way faces campaign like no other during centennial year https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/united-way-faces-campaign-like-no-other-during-centennial-year/article_574bfbad-0713-5462-8eb6-42b759edef3f.html

Arena, visitors bureau doing OK despite pandemic-related drop in tax revenue https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/arena-visitors-bureau-doing-ok-despite-pandemic-related-drop-in-tax-revenue/article_1405f607-10ea-5b50-84af-cddbffe1116c.html

Hotel tax and arena bonds, by the numbers https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/hotel-tax-and-arena-bonds-by-the-numbers/article_90efe029-12fc-5984-8b75-affb99ebd082.html

Demolition of Fairgrounds Square Mall continues https://www.readingeagle.com/money/demolition-of-fairgrounds-square-mall-continues/article_4f946628-f43e-11ea-bea0-3fc53528cb56.html

Everybody wins in Reading vs. Pottstown neighborhood cleanup https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/everybody-wins-in-reading-vs-pottstown-neighborhood-cleanup/article_9c0bea38-f52b-11ea-a842-0b03a176b132.html

Editorial: Join efforts to combat hunger in Berks, region https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-join-efforts-to-combat-hunger-in-berks-region/article_90f35e4a-f4f6-11ea-b1c5-e3fc810a2847.html

LAND OF THE FREE: Women complete Underground Railroad 116-mile walk in honor of Harriet Tubman https://www.dailylocal.com/news/land-of-the-free-women-complete-underground-railroad-116-mile-walk-in-honor-of-harriet/article_94accd12-f467-11ea-b76f-fb6aa923a02f.html

National News

Better weather aids battle against deadly Western wildfires https://whyy.org/articles/better-weather-aids-battle-against-deadly-western-wildfires/

Sally, yet another tropical storm, forms near Florida; another one ready to pop in record season https://www.inquirer.com/weather/hurricanes-tropical-storms-sally-paulette-ripcurrents-jersey-shore-weather-20200912.html

AP Source: Big Ten presidents to reconsider fall football https://www.witf.org/2020/09/13/ap-source-big-ten-presidents-to-reconsider-fall-football/

Smoke chokes West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbing https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/smoke-chokes-west-coast-as-wildfire-deaths-keep-climbing.html

Philly

Philly mosque to host blood drive to mark 9/11 anniversary https://whyy.org/articles/philly-mosque-to-host-blood-drive-to-mark-9-11-anniversary/

Philly’s affordable housing problem is 100 years in the making https://billypenn.com/2020/09/12/philly-encampments-parkway-affordable-housing-pew-report-1927-community-land-trust/

As Philly museums reopen, they brace for COVID-19′s financial wallop https://www.inquirer.com/arts/philadelphia-museums-covid-19-closures-economic-impact-20200913.html

Listening through a summer of sounds for what lies ahead for arts and culture in the city https://www.inquirer.com/arts/coronavirus-effects-philadelphia-arts-and-culture-20200913.html

‘I’m hurt. We’re hurting.’ Black girls with Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse march against police brutality https://www.inquirer.com/news/eyekonz-police-brutality-march-philadelphia-20200912.html

Diversity is up among Philadelphia’s municipal workers https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/diversity-is-up-among-philadelphias-municipal-workers/

Pitt

Pittsburgh was on the front lines in women’s battle for voting rights https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/womens-suffrage/

Shortage of drivers during pandemic causes Port Authority to miss thousands of trips https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/09/13/Port-Authority-driver-shortage-missed-trips-COVID-19/stories/202009130112

COVID-19 in Pittsburgh: A timeline of the first six months https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/13/COVID-19-Allegheny-County-Pittsburgh-six-months-data/stories/202009130156

Civil Saturdays march at Bakery Square celebrates Black lives in final protest of 16-week run https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/09/12/Civil-Saturday-pittsburgh-protest-Black-Lives-Matter-east-liberty-bakery-square/stories/202009130159

State News

California, Texas dropped from Pa. coronavirus travel quarantine list https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/california-texas-dropped-from-pa-coronavirus-travel-quarantine-list.html

‘One of the finest buildings in all of Pennsylvania’: The 50th anniversary of the iconic Founders Hall https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/09/one-of-the-finest-buildings-in-all-of-pennsylvania-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-iconic-founders-hall.html

Washington

Trump will visit fire-ravaged California, White House says https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/trump-will-visit-california-wildfires-20200912.html

Longtime climate science denier hired at NOAA https://www.witf.org/2020/09/13/longtime-climate-science-denier-hired-at-noaa/

World

Iran executes man whose case drew international attention https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/09/12/Iran-executes-man-whose-case-drew-international-attention/stories/202009120080

Some migrants move into tents after fire guts Greek camp https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/09/12/Some-migrants-move-into-tents-after-fire-guts-Greek-camp/stories/202009120081