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Legislature

Gov. Tom Wolf calls for lawmakers to act on victim-focused bills: ‘I don’t think we have a choice’
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/gov_tom_wolf_calls_for_action.html#incart_river_index

Gov. Wolf vows to press for statute of limitations reform for abuse victims
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14096522-74/gov-wolf-vows-to-press-for-statute-of-limitations-reform-for-abuse

Wolf calls on Legislature to act on bills to help sex crime victims
http://www.tribdem.com/news/wolf-calls-on-legislature-to-act-on-bills-to-help/article_4760ace2-bc77-11e8-9157-5f5652087fa9.html

Stephen MacNett was ‘the glue that bound’ the Senate GOP Caucus and respected by Democrats as well
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/former_senate_gop_lawyer_steph.html#incart_river_index

Target DUI repeaters
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/target-dui-repeaters-1.2387751

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

Fair Districts rep expounds on gerrymandering
http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/fair-districts-rep-expounds-on-gerrymandering/article_bc8ea2c2-bc58-11e8-8f6d-ebf2136abf40.html

Business

Amazon is said to plan up to 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/amazon-is-said-to-plan-up-to-3000-cashierless-stores-by-2021-20180920.html

Clergy Sex Abuse

Five sisters abused by one priest. This is their story.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/catholic-church-sex-abuse-pennsylvania-grand-jury-report-augustine-giella-harrisburg-diocese.html

Clergy abuse: Donald Wuerl’s handling of allegations imperils his legacy as a reformer
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/donald-wuerls-handling-abuse-claims-imperils-legacy-reformer-20180919.html

Why is the Catholic Diocese of Erie transferring property?
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180920/why-is-catholic-diocese-of-erie-transferring-property

Priest abuse allegations should be taken seriously, but let’s not jump to conclusions
http://www.mcall.com/opinion/muschick/mc-opi-priest-child-sex-abuse-investigations-grand-jury-muschick-20180919-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/cosby/20180919_ap_2faa08fb59154e48b06bb0d3e7c2ce89.html?arc404=true

Dog the Bounty Hunter reportedly joining hunt for fugitive Christy
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718824/dog-the-bounty-hunter-reportedly-joining-hunt-for-fugitive-christy

Education

Scranton School Board to review law, policies for handling employees named in grand jury presentment
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-to-review-law-policies-for-handling-employees-named-in-grand-jury-presentment-1.2387944

Old Forge establishes foundation for education
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/old-forge-establishes-foundation-for-education-1.2387910

WPIAL rules DeGregorio brothers ineligible to play for their father
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-basketball/2018/09/19/Isaac-DeGregorio-ineligible-father-Dave-Owen-WPIAL-transfer-Hampton-North-Catholic/stories/201809190168

Several Berks schools will get regular checks by state troopers
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/several-berks-schools-will-get-regular-checks-by-state-troopers

Harrisburg School District to have chief recovery officer appointed by state: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/chief_recover_officer_to_be_ap.html#incart_river_index

Classes might resume Monday at Fox Chapel elementary school with mold issue
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2018/09/19/Classes-to-resume-at-Fox-Chapel-elementary-school-after-mold-issue-kerr/stories/201809190173

University student dismissed for being gay to enroll at Lackawanna College
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/university-student-dismissed-for-being-gay-to-enroll-at-lackawanna-college-1.2387893

First-ever grad of new King’s-Notre Dame accounting program heads West
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718840/first-ever-grad-of-new-kings-notre-dame-accounting-program-heads-west

Pennsylvania grads carry nation’s second largest college debts
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14095657-74/pennsylvania-grads-carry-nations-second-largest-college-debts

Hall of Fame coach Holtz to speak at King’s commencement
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hall-of-fame-coach-holtz-to-speak-at-king-s-commencement-1.2387825

Elections/Politics

Court tosses out Pa. ban on political donations from casino industry
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/19/State-ban-outlawing-political-contributions-from-gaming-industry-overturned/stories/201809190169

Pennsylvania’s ban on gambling contributions struck down
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/pennsylvanias_ban_on_gambling.html#incart_river_index

In misleading ad, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick ties Dem opponent to cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/brian-fitzpatrick-scott-wallace-house-mumia-abu-jamal-election-20180919.html

Congressional candidates to address voters at Pittsburgh Mills mall
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14097906-74/congressional-candidates-to-address-alle-kiski-valley-voters-friday-at-pittsburgh-mills-mall

Pa. 10th District U.S. House candidates share a table at Rotary forum, share differences on issues
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/pa_10th_district_us_house_cand.html#incart_river_index

Takeaways: Congressional debate between Scott Perry and George Scott
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/09/takeaways-congressional-debate-between-scott-perry-and-george-scott.php

Organization uses games to teach lesson on congressional districts
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/organization-uses-games-to-teach-lesson-on-congressional-districts-1.2387822

Local News

Teamwork behind mine fire effort
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/teamwork-behind-mine-fire-effort-1.2387787

UPDATE: DEP cannot confirm Hazleton-area mine fire extinguished
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718828/barletta-hazleton-area-mine-fire-is-finally-extinguished

Councilman: Grant dispersal shouldn’t be sole discretion of county manager
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718811/councilman-grant-dispersal-shouldnt-be-sole-discretion-of-county-manager

W-B mayor to attend crime watch meeting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-mayor-to-attend-crime-watch-meeting-1.2387771

Legal fight in the works over parking on former Hotel Sterling lot
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718835/legal-fight-in-the-works-over-parking-on-former-hotel-sterling-lot

Lawsuit likely in Sterling lot dispute
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lawsuit-likely-in-sterling-lot-dispute-1.2387837

W-B to start training police K-9s with platoon officers after biting incidents
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-to-start-training-police-k-9s-with-platoon-officers-after-biting-incidents-1.2387769

Candy’s Place searching for new director
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/candy-s-place-searching-for-new-director-1.2387818

New planters sprout on downtown Scranton sidewalks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-planters-sprout-on-downtown-scranton-sidewalks-1.2387903

Cummings blames state AG’s office for county’s prison legal bills
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/cummings-blames-state-ag-s-office-for-county-s-prison-legal-bills-1.2387889

Weatherly Ambulance faces uncertain future
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/weatherly-ambulance-faces-uncertain-future-1.2387790

Chester County controller slams K9 unit in audit report, refers probe to outside investigators
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/chester-county-k9-unit-sheriff-controller-audit-20180919.html

Puzzled neighbors, reeling after Bucks toddler’s death, wonder what would make a mom turn on her child
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/jennifer-clarey-toddler-murder-hydrocodone-tullytown-pennsylvania-20180919.html

State grants to boost Unity businesses, improve Derry sewage facilities
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14096462-74/state-grants-to-boost-unity-businesses-improve-derry-sewage-facilities

Frazer to consider changes to zoning ordinance
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14096525-74/frazer-to-consider-changes-to-zoning-ordinance

Reading’s outgoing managing director warns of the city’s worsening reputation
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/readings-outgoing-managing-director-firing-back-at-mayor

Berks County library system gets new administrator
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-library-system-gets-new-administrator

South Whitehall rookie officer charged with killing unarmed man expected in court
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pol-south-whitehall-police-shooting-manslaughter-joseph-santos-hearing-20180918-story.html

One year after hurricane, islanders miss Puerto Rico, but find hope in Lehigh Valley
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-hurricane-maria-anniversary-20180918-story.html

Revitalizing Johnstown: Workshop to target reuse of historic buildings
http://www.tribdem.com/news/revitalizing-johnstown-workshop-to-target-reuse-of-historic-buildings/article_65061abe-bc79-11e8-8f31-b76364af4ce7.html

Rep. Irvin announces state grants
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/09/rep-irvin-announces-state-grants/

Erie City Council moving $12 million UPMC Park grant forward
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180919/erie-city-council-moving-12-million-upmc-park-grant-forward

National News

Cody Wilson, creator of 3D-printed gun designs, charged with sexual assault in Texas
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/cody-wilson-3d-gun-sexual-assault-texas-20180919.html

FEMA chief was on verge of quitting amid feud
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/fema-chief-verge-quitting-amid-feud-20180920.html

Opioid Crisis

The opioids crisis: Congress makes progress in an uphill battle
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/20/The-opioids-crisis-Congress-makes-progress-in-an-uphill-battle/stories/201809200025

Philly

In the city’s poorest neighborhoods, libraries close earlier and more often
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/free-library-of-philadelphia-branches-hours-closures-20180919.html

10 things you didn’t know you could do with a library card | Perspective
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-free-library-card-month-literacy-education-20180919.html

Philly to consider new class of officer to fight Center City gridlock
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/philadelphia-traffic-pedestrian-bicycle-safety-police-darrell-clarke-20180920.html

Affordable-housing developers struggle to stay one step ahead of gentrification in Philadelphia | Inga Saffron
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/affordable-housing-fishtown-kensington-philadelphia-market-frankford-el-20180920.html

To better understand their Puerto Rican students, Philly teachers travel to Caribbean
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/hurricane-maria-philadelphia-teachers-visit-caribbean-20180920.html

North Philly rapper whose lyrics became evidence gets convicted — again — for 2010 murder
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/rapper-ronald-hollow-man-thomas-murder-lyrics-ashmore-strawberry-mansion-20180919.html

City Council once adopted a resolution to consider giving people free crack. Let’s bring it back. | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/legalize-crack-heroin-harm-reduction-addiction-opioids-20180919.html

Why are day-care centers being banned in one district? | Editorial
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/cindy-bass-daycare-childcare-ban-zoning-philadelphia-20180920.html

Residents furious, speak out against street name after former Mayor W. Wilson Goode
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/residents-furious-speak-out-against-street-name-after-former-mayor/article_083fad80-bc7f-11e8-b45d-2f81c046ae46.html

Pitt

Mayor Bill Peduto promises to ‘build a Pittsburgh for all’
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14096775-74/mayor-bill-peduto-promises-to-build-a-pittsburgh-for-all

After tenants of troubled Penn Hills apartments file complaints, water back on for now
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2018/09/19/Penn-Hills-Valmar-Gardens-water-dispute-Wilkinsburg-Penn-Joint-Water-Authority-tenants-ordered-to-leave/stories/201809190151

First Look: Point Park’s new Pittsburgh Playhouse ahead of its public debut
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2018/09/19/Pittsburgh-Playhouse-Point-Park-Downtown-opening-October/stories/201809190136

Roof leaks plague convention center — and the bills are adding up
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/09/19/Roof-leaks-plague-convention-center-pittsburgh/stories/201809190073

Denzel Washington helps Hill District’s August Wilson House achieve funding goals
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/09/18/Denzel-Washington-Pittsburgh-August-Wilson-House-Hill-District/stories/201809180182

East Pittsburgh council continues to debate fate of borough police force
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2018/09/19/East-Pittsburgh-council-continues-to-debate-fate-of-borough-police-force/stories/201809200023

Gag order issued in Michael Rosfeld trial
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14098533-74/gag-order-issued-in-michael-rosfeld-trial

How do you hang a giant sculpture on the Carnegie Museum of Art? Very carefully
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2018/09/20/Carnegie-International-artist-El-Anatsui-sculpture-on-museum-s-facade-Pittsburgh/stories/201809190149

Pa. Supreme Court takes up Allegheny County case on recording inmate jail visits
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/09/19/Pennsylvania-supreme-court-wiretap-jail-recording-james-byrd-donna-jo-mcdaniel-appeal/stories/201809190133

Filming of “You Are My Friend” comes to Allegheny Cemetery
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2018/09/19/Filming-of-You-Are-My-Friend-comes-to-Allegheny-Cemetery/stories/201809190162

Big Brothers Big Sisters defends, but will change interview questions for mentors at Pittsburgh schools
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14096647-74/big-brothers-big-sisters-defends-but-will-change-interview-questions-for-mentors

Need help parking in Lawrenceville? We have secrets
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14098420-74/need-help-parking-in-lawrenceville-weve-got-secrets

Study: Pittsburgh International Airport 7th best for passenger satisfaction
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14096840-74/study-pittsburgh-international-7th-best-in-north-america-for-passenger-satisfaction

Shootings

Gunman killed after shooting four people in Masontown municipal building
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/09/19/Shooting-police-officer-shot-victims-Masontown-Judge-Daniel-Shimshock-Fayette-County/stories/201809190139

Shooter dead, 4 injured at Fayette County district judge’s office
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14096240-74/4-reported-shot-at-fayette-county-district-judges-office-911-dispatcher-says

Gunman killed by police during shooting at Masontown magistrate’s office
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/gunman-killed-by-police-during-shooting-at-masontown-magistrate-s/article_36e7c6a8-bc3a-11e8-8562-73b2c405b567.html

DA: Shooter found dead after killing his parents at Chester County retirement community
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/shooting-reported-at-east-goshen-bellingham-chester-county-retirement-community-20180919.html

Pa. man dead after killing elderly parents, shooting at ex-wife: DA
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/pa_man_dead_after_killing_elde.html#incart_river_index

State News

State Secretary of Agriculture visits Washington County food bank
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/state-secretary-of-agriculture-visits-washington-county-food-bank/article_22b18d66-bc37-11e8-aa13-0b58c0fb1c6c.html

Lackawaxen mystery: Seal or “otter” explanation?
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawaxen-mystery-seal-or-otter-explanation-1.2387663

Berks has been shaken by about a dozen earthquakes since 1972; here’s why
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/expert-berks-prone-to-earthquakes

Transportation

Can Wertzville Road handle traffic from a new hospital? Big changes proposed
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/wertzville_road_traffic_woes_w.html#incart_2box_news

PennDOT: $58M interstate project in York County is behind schedule
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/09/i-83mt-rose-project-penndot-hopes-parent-company-stepping-in-is-a-good-sign.php

Washington

Trump says Flight 93 memorial inspired him to think of his border wall
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/19/donald-Trump-Flight-93-memorial-border-wall-immigration/stories/201809190161

Trump complains he has ‘no attorney general’ in attack on Jeff Sessions
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/09/20/Trump-complains-he-has-no-attorney-general-in-attack-on-Jeff-Sessions/stories/201809200090

Cartwright bill would eliminate coal royalty loophole
https://www.timesleader.com/news/718832/cartwright-bill-would-eliminate-coal-royalty-loophole