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Legislature

Pa. lawmakers pushing for more open primaries
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/09/pa-lawmakers-pushing-for-more-open-primaries/

The Rundown: Property tax relief for veterans organizations sought
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/the-rundown-property-tax-relief-for-veterans-organizations-sought

Business

Indiana-based technology firm announces acquisition of Bon-Ton
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/indiana-based-technology-firm-announces-acquisition-of-bon-ton

Crime/Punishment

Utility truck believed to be stolen by Christy in Hazle Township
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/utility-truck-believed-to-be-stolen-by-christy-in-hazle-township-1.2386848

Christy hunted in Ohio following crash
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718453/christy-hunted-in-ohio-following-crash

Education

Does Harrisburg elementary school need two principals and two assistant principals?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/harrisburg_high_school_former_1.html#incart_river_index

East Stroudsburg Area School District and teachers reach tentative agreement to end strike
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-east-stroudsburg-teachers-agreement-20180917-story.html

Negotiations continue in ongoing contract dispute in Dallas
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/negotiations-continue-in-ongoing-contract-dispute-in-dallas-1.2386665

Yough middle schoolers prepare to roll on Wi-Fi-equipped buses
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14086453-74/yough-middle-schoolers-prepare-to-roll-on-wi-fi-equipped-buses

Police chief disputes racial slur allegations against Connellsville soccer team
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14087532-74/police-chief-disputes-racial-slur-allegations-against-connellsville-soccer-team

Cheltenham teacher is inspired by great-grandmother’s work rescuing Jews during Holocaust
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/teacher-honored-holocaust-lessons-elkins-park-school-cheltenham-20180917.html

Central Dauphin football player dies
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/central_dauphin_football_playe.html#incart_river_index

50 Pennsylvania school districts and technical schools with the highest-paid teachers
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/09/73d6c3607e259/50-pennsylvania-school-distric.html#incart_river_index

Central Pa. Schools Will Improve Mental Health Services With State Security Funding
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/central-pa-schools-will-improve-mental-health-services-state-security-funding

Classes again canceled Monday at Fox Chapel Area’s Kerr due to mold
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14086523-74/classes-again-canceled-monday-at-fox-chapel-areas-kerr-due-to-mold

Temple scholarship effort to welcome international students spreads to more than 50 colleges
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/temple-university-international-students-scholarships-20180917.html

Misericordia debuting occupational therapy doctoral program
https://www.timesleader.com/business/718442/misericordia-debuting-occupational-therapy-doctoral-program

Regional college grows enrollment, courses, staff
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180917/regional-college-grows-enrollment-courses-staff

Elections/Politics

Gubernatorial race carries implications in fight to kill school property taxes
http://www.tribdem.com/news/gubernatorial-race-carries-implications-in-fight-to-kill-school-property/article_564bf31d-585a-5446-be4d-c63077c2ea3f.html

Focus on the Issues: 44th Senate District
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/focus-on-the-issues-44th-senate-district

Florence

Fears surge of catastrophic flooding from Florence as rivers rise and Wilmington is cut off
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/16/Tropical-Storm-Florence-death-toll-swells-rivers-rise/stories/201809160194

Florence will bring some rain, but ‘we’re not expecting a whole lot with this’
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/09/16/weather-rain-flood-florence-tropical-depression-pittsburgh/stories/201809160202

Flood watch issued for parts of Southwest Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14087787-74/flood-watch-issued-for-parts-of-southwest-pennsylvania

Flood warning in effect as Tropical Depression Florence approaches Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/flood_warning_in_effect_as_tro.html#incart_river_index

Hurricane Florence remnants set to soak Pennsylvania
http://www.mcall.com/news/weather/mc-nws-pa-florence-remnants-lehigh-valley-20180917-story.html

Health Care

Low-dose aspirin offers no overall benefit for healthy older people
https://triblive.com/news/healthnow/14087042-74/low-dose-aspirin-offers-no-overall-benefit-for-healthy-older-people

Local News

More than 1,000 turn out to aid suicide prevention
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718426/more-than-1000-turn-out-to-aid-suicide-prevention

‘Maybe we could help’: Suicide awareness walk draws crowd
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/maybe-we-could-help-suicide-awareness-walk-draws-crowd-1.2386708

Vendors, patrons turn out for the Marketplace at Hillside Farms
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718438/vendors-patrons-turn-out-for-the-marketplace-at-hillside-farms

Paws in the Park raises funds for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/paws-in-the-park-raises-funds-for-griffin-pond-animal-shelter-1.2386756

Lackawanna County Fair Board reviewing proposals for venue
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-fair-board-reviewing-proposals-for-venue-1.2386853

New Scranton Veterans Memorial Park raises military flags
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-scranton-veterans-memorial-park-raises-military-flags-1.2386804

Ryan Twp. conditionally approves Lakewood plan
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/ryan-twp-conditionally-approves-lakewood-plan-1.2386679

Suspended Westmoreland sheriff’s captain off county payroll
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14087540-74/suspended-westmoreland-sheriffs-captain-off-county-payroll

September by the River festival celebrating Freeport considered best yet
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14087104-74/september-by-the-river-festival-celebrating-freeport-on-sunday-considered-the-best

Washington Twp. officials dealing with runoff issues to comply with state water pollution rules
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14087060-74/washington-twp-officials-dealing-with-runoff-issues-to-comply-with-state-water

Berks County loses noted business leader, community proponent
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-loses-noted-business-leader-community-proponent

New Berks martial arts facility/motorcycle club aims to be an oasis for veterans
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/new-martial-arts-facility-motorcycle-club-aim-to-be-an-oasis-for-veterans

Water main break in Muhlenberg prompts boil advisory in Reading
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/water-main-break-in-muhlenberg-prompts-boil-advisory-in-reading

Structurally-deficient bridges will benefit from Erie County’s $5 fee
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180917/structurally-deficient-bridges-will-benefit-from-erie-countys-5-fee

National News

FEMA chief: Too much blame around on Puerto Rico deaths
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20180916_ap_533d0150de114a6789338b1a269c2d57.html?arc404=true

New Jersey

Amazon, Walmart delay New Jersey bill that would ban cashless stores
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/consumer_news/amazon-walmart-cashless-business-new-jersey-bill-20180917.html

Opioid Crisis

Report: Pain medicine abuse worse than heroin in region
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718413/report-pain-medicine-abuse-worse-than-heroin-in-region

Philly

Philadelphia neighborhoods: Here’s what we say they are. Do you agree?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/neighborhoods-philadelphia-map-names-list-20180917.html

Foundations pledge $20 million for local journalism, $9 million for Philly parks and arts
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/knight-foundation-lenfest-institute-local-journalism-fund-20180916.html

Teen gunned down in West Philadelphia
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/teen-gunned-down-in-west-philadelphia-20180916.html

This Philly McDonald’s now has touch screens, mobile ordering and … table service?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/mcdonalds-city-ave-touchscreen-table-service-tanya-holliday-20180917.html

Fowl plot: Squatter put 2,500 chicks on Olney lot but his plan cracked
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/fowl-plot-squatter-put-2500-chicks-on-olney-lot-but-his-plan-cracked-20180916.html

In Philly, ‘Abolish ICE’ protests meet the Jewish high holidays
https://whyy.org/articles/in-philly-abolish-ice-protests-meet-the-jewish-high-holidays/

Pitt

Seven injured after camel is startled during Shrine Circus in Downtown Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/09/16/Injuries-Shriners-Circus-camel-startled-spooked-shovel/stories/201809160218

6 children, 1 adult injured in Pittsburgh when circus camel throws them
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14087109-74/report-6-children-injured-in-pittsburgh-when-circus-camel-throws-them

Revised BRT plans call for more reliable — not more frequent — service between Downtown, Oakland
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/09/17/Bus-Rapid-Transit-Downtown-Oakland-electric-buses-service-Port-Authority-revised-design-efficiency/stories/201809160130

Pittsburgh trying to save tunnel mosaic under Bigelow Boulevard
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14087825-74/pittsburgh-trying-to-save-tunnel-mosaic-under-bigelow-boulevard

State News

Power co-ops helping to bring solar energy to rural areas
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/power-co-ops-helping-to-bring-solar-energy-to-rural/article_73dec912-b776-11e8-a5e7-e7756ba664aa.html

Road Warrior: State troopers saw surge in DUI crashes in Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-road-warrior-2017-dui-stats-20180910-story.html

Mountain lions in Pennsylvania? More people claim to have seen one of the big cats
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-mountain-lions-pennsylvania-bobcats-20180916-story.html

Transportation

Property owners in the path of the Mon-Fayette Expressway begin receiving offers
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/09/17/mon-fayette-expressway-construction-pa-turnpike-vegely-welding-duquesne-property-sale-jefferson-hills/stories/201809150010

Washington

Trumpism is fueled by one thing: Fear. 12,800 kids are paying a terrible price | Will Bunch
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/trump-immigration-ice-will-bunch-20180916.html

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/brett-kavanah-accuser-california-professor-speaks-out-about-her-sexual-assault-allegation-20180916.html

Senators say Kavanaugh letter won’t hold up confirmation process
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/senators-say-kavanaugh-letter-wont-hold-up-confirmation-process-20180916.html