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Legislature

Lawmakers to host senior expo
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lawmakers-to-host-senior-expo-1.2534800

Impasse looms over latest effort to ease bite of Pennsylvania school property taxes
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-tax-disagreement-20190919-gbvg3mbinfevdaryoj5uqwk4pa-story.html

GOP members begin moving priority, pro-natural gas package
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/18/gop-members-begin-moving-priority-pro-natural-gas-package/

Scheduling special election date to fill former Sen. Folmer’s seat is a balancing act: LG Fetterman
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/scheduling-special-election-date-to-fill-former-sen-folmers-seat-is-a-balancing-act-lg-fetterman.html

Lawmakers reel after Folmer’s ouster
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/18/lawmakers-reel-after-folmers-ouster/

Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer resigns after being charged with possessing child pornography
https://www.inquirer.com/news/senator-mike-folmer-resignation-child-pornography-pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-20190918.html

Pa. state Sen. Mike Folmer resigns after being charged with possession of child porn
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-sen-mike-folmer-charged-with-possession-of-child-porn

Who is Mike Folmer? Pa. state senator arrested on child pornography charges, resigns seat
https://www.ldnews.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/18/mike-folmer-background-state-senator-life-career-child-pornography-arrest-lebanon-county-pa/2362700001/

Victim advocate seeks statute of limitation input from abuse survivors
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/victim-advocate-seeks-statute-of-limitation-input-from-abuse-survivors/

Children & Youth to focus on law that prompted protest
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756192/children-youth-to-focus-on-law-that-prompted-protest

Lawmakers should keep liquor prices fair and keep revenue flowing to the state | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/09/lawmakers-should-keep-liquor-prices-fair-and-keep-revenue-flowing-to-the-state-opinion.html

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

In first hearing in 3 years, activists agree Pa. redistricting needs a fix. They disagree on how to get there
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/in-first-hearing-in-3-years-activists-agree-pa-redistricting-needs-a-fix-they-disagree-on-how-to-get-there/

Administration

Secretary of Human Services tours local food bank to promote food assistance programs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756200/secretary-of-human-services-tours-local-food-bank-to-promote-food-assistance-programs

DHS secretary: SNAP cuts could worsen state’s food insecurity
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dhs-secretary-snap-cuts-could-worsen-state-s-food-insecurity-1.2534807

Q&A: DHS secretary talks White Haven Center plans
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/q-a-dhs-secretary-talks-white-haven-center-plans-1.2534813

DHS Secretary: ‘No rush’ to close White Haven State Center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756169/dhs-secretary-no-rush-to-close-white-haven-state-center

Business

Quotas, temps, knee replacements: Striking GM workers on what it’s like at the warehouse in the Philly suburbs
https://www.inquirer.com/news/gm-strike-uaw-langhorne-philadelphia-20190919.html

Marketing company Harte Hanks to close in Hanover Twp.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/marketing-company-harte-hanks-to-close-in-hanover-twp-1.2534742

Crime/Punishment

State police: Felipe Vazquez admitted to sexual contact with 13-year-old girl
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/18/felipe-vazquez-arrested-sex-charges-pirates-pitcher/stories/201909180128

Police fatally shoot bank robbery suspect in Wilkinsburg who held woman at knifepoint
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/19/Police-fatally-shoot-bank-robbery-suspect-in-Wilkinsburg/stories/201909190117

Montenegrin crewmate indicted in connection with that 20-ton, $1.1B cocaine bust at Philly port
https://www.inquirer.com/news/msc-gayane-cocaine-indictment-20-ton-20190918.html

Judge takes himself off Jerry Sandusky resentencing case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/19/Judge-Jerry-Sandusky-resentencing-case-penn-state-child-sex-abuse/stories/201909180136

Duquesne Heights man allegedly shot ‘best friend’ while playing with guns
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/18/Duquesne-Heights-Michael-Hartwick-Alexander-Alman-fatal-shooting/stories/201909180159

Education

Judge to Scranton School District: Don’t obstruct justice
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-to-scranton-school-district-don-t-obstruct-justice-1.2534644

Election board approves Scranton School District ballot question
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election-board-approves-scranton-school-district-ballot-question-1.2534648

Clairton City School District to dismiss early Thursday, close Friday to treat bed bugs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/19/Clairton-City-School-District-modifies-schedule-after-bed-bug-incident/stories/201909190118

Clairton schools cancel classes amid bedbug issue
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/clairton-dismissing-early-thursday-closed-friday-due-to-bedbugs/

Greater Latrobe foundation awards $106K for educational equipment, programs
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greater-latrobe-foundation-awards-106k-for-educational-equipment-programs/

Westinghouse principal on paid leave after accusations of abusing student
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/18/Westinghouse-principal-bernard-taylor-on-paid-leave-after-incident-with-student/stories/201909180179

James Franklin discusses Penn State’s participation in upcoming HBO series
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/psu/2019/09/18/Penn-State-football-James-Franklin-HBO-series-Arizona-State-Florida-Washington-State/stories/201909180184

Student Academy Award honors Villanova film on stereotypes and misconceptions of black men
https://www.inquirer.com/education/student-academy-award-villanova-sankofa-documentary-ghana-20190918.html

A pilot program at Temple offers 1,000 free meals to hungry students
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-university-hunger-food-pantry-students-20190918.html

Elections/Politics

Amy Klobuchar touts early focus on PA as key to Democrats’ 2020 success
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/18/Amy-Klobuchar-presidential-campaign-Allegheny-County-unions/stories/201909180172

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar makes her pitch in Pittsburgh area
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/presidential-candidate-amy-klobuchar-makes-her-pitch-in-pittsburgh-area/

Health Care

Study: Affordable Care Act dropped uninsured rates in Pa. to 6.5%
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/study-obamacare-reduced-uninsured-rates-in-pa-to-6-5/

Young female athletes with concussions take longer to recover, CHOP study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/concussions-girls-head-injury-recovery-soccer-basketball-cheerleading-football-20190919.html

Central Pa. hospital cited for discussing private medical info in public area
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/central-pa-hospital-cited-for-discussing-private-medical-info-in-public-area.html

Treating people with addiction and pain is one of the most ‘difficult’ areas of medicine. There are new guidelines to help
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/treating-people-with-addiction-and-pain-is-one-of-the-most-difficult-areas-of-medicine-there-are-new-guidelines-to-help/

Local News

Portion of new wall along Solomon Creek built, next phase of project underway in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756207/portion-of-new-wall-along-solomon-creek-built-next-phase-of-project-underway-in-wilkes-barre

First phase of Solomon Creek project completed
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/first-phase-of-solomon-creek-project-completed-1.2534803

Luzerne County projects receive more than $660,000 in CFA funding
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756129/luzerne-county-projects-receive-more-than-660000-in-cfa-funding

WWII hero receives long-overdue Bronze Star
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756196/wwii-hero-receives-long-overdue-bronze-star

Dems challenge third-party Scranton mayor candidates’ ballot status
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/dems-challenge-third-party-scranton-mayor-candidates-ballot-status-1.2534647

Court: Ad bans based on religion violate First Amendment
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/court-ad-bans-based-on-religion-violate-first-amendment-1.2534811

Public notices vague on federal stormwater project in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/public-notices-vague-on-federal-stormwater-project-in-scranton-1.2534663

Bronze Stars awarded in WWII tank battle that involved Scrantonman
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/bronze-stars-awarded-in-wwii-tank-battle-that-involved-scrantonman-1.2534658

Structure of an engaged community
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/structure-of-an-engaged-community-1.2534703

City entrepreneurship center holds ribbon cutting ceremony
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/city-entrepreneurship-center-holds-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-1.2534774

Unity museum offers look at Pennsylvania Turnpike’s impact on Lincoln Highway
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/unity-museum-offers-look-at-pennsylvania-turnpikes-impact-on-lincoln-highway/

Vandergrift pool finally lands $165,000 grant for new liner
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/vandergrift-pool-finally-lands-165000-grant-for-new-liner/

Grant to help handicapped access to Laube Hall in Freeport
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/grant-to-help-handicapped-access-to-laube-hall-in-freeport/

Reading resident files ethics complaint against Mayor Wally Scott
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/city-resident-files-ethics-complaint-against-mayor-wally-scott

West Reading Fall Fest features music, food, activities … and car smashing
https://www.readingeagle.com/weekend/article/west-reading-fall-fest-shaping-up-as–smashing-good-time

DEP wants Reading to drain, not remove, Bernhart Dam, city official says
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dep-wants-reading-to-drain-not-remove-bernhart-dam-city-official-says

Editorial: Hotel offers great promise for Kutztown area
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-new-hotel-offers-great-promise-for-kutztown-area

No matter who stops the raw sewage, it’s going to cost Harrisburg residents | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/09/no-matter-who-stops-the-raw-sewage-its-going-to-cost-harrisburg-residents-pennlive-editorial.html

Narcan giveaway draws many in the Lehigh Valley who want the overdose antidote on hand
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-narcan-giveaway-20190918-3askp5zwgzatrb27zx2v73o26u-story.html

State grants will help improve local playgrounds, parks
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190919/state-grants-will-help-improve-local-playgrounds-parks

State officials get tour of downtown Bristol revitalization
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190918/state-officials-get-tour-of-downtown-bristol-revitalization

National News

Pro/Con: Should SCOTUS overturn Roe, making abortion illegal? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/abortion-roe-v-wade-supreme-court-overturn-20190919.html

Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a good idea
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/19/Fannie-Mae-Freddie-Mac-privatization/stories/201909130035

Why reparations are essential to wiping out the huge wealth gap between Black and white Americans | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/why-reparations-are-essential-to-wiping-out-the-huge-wealth-gap-between-black-and-white-americans-opinion/

New Jersey

Block of PennEast pipeline a victory for New Jersey conservation efforts | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/penneast-pipeline-new-jersey-court-ruling-20190919.html

Opioid Crisis

Hospital stays for opioid overdoses are decreasing around Pa., but still high in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/health/hospital-admissions-opioid-overdose-pennsylvania-20190918.html

Philly

Health, safety concerns halt construction on $37M schools project at merged Ben Franklin H.S. and SLA campus
https://www.inquirer.com/education/construction-school-philadelphia-ben-franklin-sla-20190918.html

Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its jaw-dropping new entrance — the old vaulted walkway, closed for decades
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/philadelphia-museum-of-art-frank-gehry-construction-entrance-20190918.html

As Judaism’s Chabad movement expands, a local group finds a home in a historic Center City building
https://www.inquirer.com/news/judaism-chabad-young-philly-movement-1601-lombard-center-city-blumenfeld-20190919.html

Justice follows revenge in Philadelphia Archdiocese clergy abuse at St. Titus in East Norriton | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/clergy-abuse-pa-trauger-mike-mcdonnell-mcswain-maria-panaritis-20190919.html

Philly police commander sues over being included in database of offensive Facebook posts
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-commander-sues-plain-view-project-facebook-scandal-20190918.html

Why Philly structure fires doubled and response times worsened
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-fire-structure-cooking-medical-emergency-paramedic-firefighter-thiel-20190918.html

When it comes to adapting street space for pedestrians, Philly needs a better road map
https://www.inquirer.com/news/streets-philadelphia-parklets-plaza-pedestrian-right-of-way-20190918.html

A look inside a new Philly charter school where kindergartners learn Hebrew
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-hebrew-public-charter-school-michael-steinhardt-20190918.html

Fund awards $5.25 million to Philly news organizations to support local journalism
https://www.inquirer.com/business/lenfest-knight-grants-local-journalism-inquirer-resolve-catalyst-20190919.html

Police misconduct revelations expose the faceless power behind law and order in Philadelphia | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/police-arbitration-discipline-firing-editorial-20190918.html

Philadelphians’ joy in killing spotted lanternflies another sign of just how much we hate outsiders | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/spotted-lanternfly-philadelphia-20190918.html

Pitt

Labor board orders new union election for Pitt grad assistants
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/18/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-Steelworkers-union-labor-election-PLRB-Graduate-Workers-Association/stories/201909180177

Allegheny County DA won’t prosecute Antonio Brown due to statute of limitations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/18/antonio-brown-federal-lawsuit-sexual-assault-allegheny-county/stories/201909180158

Brian O’Neill: The state of taxes in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2019/09/19/Pittsburgh-taxes-property-school-districts-parks-municipalities/stories/201909190016

Judge issues gag order in Pittsburgh cop-killing case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/18/pittsburgh-police-killing-gag-order-christian-bey-calvin-hall-judge-kevin-sasinoski/stories/201909180137

North Hills residents hold roadside rally for gun controls
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2019/09/18/North-Hills-residents-hold-roadside-rally-gun-control-safety/stories/201909180152

Manchester Bidwell Corp. voids deal to buy SCI-Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/18/Manchester-Bidwell-Corp-voids-deal-to-buy-SCI-Pittsburgh/stories/201909180171

Cutting bait: Owner plans to raze Strip building with giant fish sign
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/09/19/Federal-Cold-Storage-Wholey-s-Strip-District-Fish-Sign-JMC-Holdings-demolish/stories/201909190090

PWSA replaces 855 lead lines ahead of schedule in 2019
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/18/PWSA-replaces-855-lead-lines-ahead-of-schedule-in-2019/stories/201909180147

New business resource center in Homewood named for neighborhood activist
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/09/18/Homewood-Sarah-Campbell-business-resources-Bridgeway-Capital/stories/201909170135

Police: Woman shot in the leg in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/police-woman-shot-in-the-leg-in-pittsburgh/

State News

Rural Pennsylvania’s ‘exercise deserts’ contribute to obesity
https://www.inquirer.com/news/gym-fitness-obesity-crossfit-rural-pennsylvania-20190918.html

Delaware River Watershed conservation projects awarded $16 million in funding
https://www.inquirer.com/science/delaware-river-watershed-philadelphia-fish-wildlife-service-20190918.html

Lead-safe group recommends demolition rules that would reduce health hazards
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/09/19/Lead-safe-demolition-ordinance-health-hazards-IOP-Pitt-Allegheny-task-force/stories/201909110199

Medical marijuana ‘POS’ software crashes, preventing sales to sick patients in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/mjfreeway-crash-medical-marijuana-pennsylvania-department-of-health-patients-no-sales-20190918.html

Florida cannabis company expands reach into Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/florida-cannabis-company-expands-reach-into-reading

A good death for geese: Dangerous bacteria a cause for concern
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/19/Geese-bacteria-dangerous-environment-concern/stories/201909130042

A new gig with deep roots | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/a-new-gig-with-deep-roots-john-baer.html

Ex-state dog law chief’s defamation lawsuit against animal advocates nixed by Pa. court
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/ex-state-dog-law-chiefs-defamation-lawsuit-against-animal-advocates-nixed-by-pa-court.html

Pa. enviros assail Trump’s move to block states from setting tougher car emissions rules
https://www.penncapital-star.com/energy-environment/pa-enviros-assail-trumps-move-to-block-states-from-setting-tougher-car-emissions-rules/

‘Systemic failure’: Why it’s easier for police officers with checkered pasts to get hired in PA
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2019/09/19/pa-police-hiring-officers-troubled-pasts-easily-united-states/2196552001/

Transportation

Roman named district executive for PennDOT Engineering District 4
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756131/roman-named-district-executive-for-penndot-engineering-district-4

Washington

Trump’s ‘promise’ to foreign leader part of whistle-blower complaint that spurred standoff
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/donald-trump-promise-foreign-leader-intelligence-official-whistle-blower-complaint-20190919.html

Meuser meets with EPA officials over federal stormwater mandates
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-meets-with-epa-officials-over-federal-stormwater-mandates-1.2534798

Canada

‘Deeply sorry’ Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/09/19/Canadian-Justin-Trudeau-apologizes-brownface-photo/stories/201909190119