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Legislature

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he wants to move past clash with Pa. Senate GOP, but Republican leaders won’t forget it
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/john-fetterman-says-he-wants-to-move-past-clash-with-pa-senate-gop-but-republican-leaders-wont-forget-it.html

Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to a ‘silent crisis’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/diaper-need-awareness-week-draws-attention-to-a-silent-crisis/

Pennsylvania politicians have done little on climate front
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/09/22/State-politicians-have-done-little-on-climate-front-tom-wolf-Patrick-McDonnell/stories/201909220053

Rep. Frank Farry sponsors bill to support volunteer firefighters
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190922/rep-frank-farry-sponsors-bill-to-support-volunteer-firefighters

Business

Metz family celebrating 25 years of growth in food service industry
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756611/metz-family-celebrating-25-years-of-growth-in-food-service-industry

Central Pa. grocery scene ‘major battleground’ as Giant buys family-owned chains
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/09/central-pa-grocery-scene-major-battleground-as-giant-buys-family-owned-chains.html

Crime/Punishment

Jailing the poor in Berks County for failure to pay collateral was supposed to end; it hasn’t
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/wheels-of-justice-grinding-slowly-in-berks-pa-over-jailings-for-failure-to-pay-collateral

Experts: ‘No body’ murder cases — like recent ones in Allegheny, Westmoreland — can be won
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/experts-murder-cases-without-victims-body-can-be-won/

Suspect accused of threatening 2 Hazleton schools
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/suspect-accused-of-threatening-2-hazleton-schools-1.2536495

Marijuana possession case in Lehigh County could alter law enforcement’s approach to prosecution
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-da-defense-attorney-react-to-lehigh-judges-ruling-on-pot-smell-searches

Bucks County corrections officials questions inmate lookup tool at center of $68M verdict
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190922/bucks-county-corrections-officials-questions-inmate-lookup-tool-at-center-of-68m-verdict/1

Education

It’s not just Elizabeth Forward: Bus driver shortages pose a problem nationwide
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/22/Elizabeth-Forward-Bus-driver-shortages-pose-a-problem-nationwide/stories/201909220069

As students face long walks to Scranton High, Abingtons woman raising money for bus passes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/as-students-face-long-walks-to-scranton-high-abingtons-woman-raising-money-for-bus-passes-1.2536535

Local News

Luzerne County screening applications for vacant election director job
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756581/luzerne-county-screening-applications-for-vacant-election-director-job

Figures show potential impact of new Luzerne County borrowing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756635/figures-show-potential-impact-of-new-luzerne-county-borrowing

Debate over role of county authorities continues
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/debate-over-role-of-county-authorities-continues-1.2536493

W-B fire chief has questions on county 911 upgrade plan
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-fire-chief-has-questions-on-county-911-upgrade-plan-1.2536445

Beautification program a big success in W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/beautification-program-a-big-success-in-w-b-1.2536404

JCC grand opening features wizards and musical rabbis
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/jcc-grand-opening-features-wizards-and-musical-rabbis-1.2536407

Open house held to unveil new Jewish Community Center in Kingston
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756602/open-house-held-to-unveil-new-jewish-community-center-in-kingston

Scranton’s required pension contribution rises to $11.3 million for 2020
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-s-required-pension-contribution-rises-to-11-3-million-for-2020-1.2536537

Climate activists rally in Scranton on behalf of the planet
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/climate-activists-rally-in-scranton-on-behalf-of-the-planet-1.2536510

Hazleton City Authority sees large increase in trash tonnage from April-July
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-city-authority-sees-large-increase-in-trash-tonnage-from-april-july-1.2536459

New Kensington doubled up on vendors, patrons at second annual wine and beer festival
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-doubled-up-on-vendors-patrons-at-second-annual-wine-and-beer-festival/

Kiski Valley sewage authority disputes claims of lax billing
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/kiski-valley-sewage-authority-disputes-claims-of-lax-billing/

Thousands turn out in Leechburg for Pink Day street fair benefiting cancer research
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/thousands-turn-out-in-leechburg-for-pink-day-street-fair-benefiting-cancer-research/

Reading apartments offer a free meal and groceries to the needy
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/in-reading-free-lunch-saturdays-start-at-jamestown-village&template=ourcityart

Taking another shot at developing Don Guanella tract
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/taking-another-shot-at-developing-don-guanella-tract/article_5162bc12-dca6-11e9-a7a7-9bb2aa1d786c.html

Medical Marijuana

MEDICAL MARIJUANA | Patients talk about medical marijuana as ‘game changer’
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/pennsylvania/news/medical-marijuana-patients-talk-about-medical-marijuana-as-game-changer/article_0572dd6c-80f8-505f-a931-5dcf7b2af760.html

MEDICAL MARIJUANA | Out-of-state companies dominate state’s marijuana industry
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/pennsylvania/news/medical-marijuana-out-of-state-companies-dominate-state-s-marijuana/article_d819a8d0-0eb3-5ff4-ac2f-7c1ad1561111.html

MEDICAL MARIJUANA | Patients pay full cost as insurance companies balk at covering medical marijuana
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/pennsylvania/news/medical-marijuana-patients-pay-full-cost-as-insurance-companies-balk/article_a843cc93-568b-5d34-8760-43ee7827e807.html

MEDICAL MARIJUANA | In wake of vaping scare, officials say medical marijuana ‘safe, effective’
https://www.tribdem.com/news/medical-marijuana-in-wake-of-vaping-scare-officials-say-medical/article_7df7e962-1a43-506e-997b-bfb46af059f5.html

National News

How to stop food shaming our kids
https://www.inquirer.com/health/food-shaming-kids-good-bad-20190923.html

Carl Ruiz, a celebrity chef and restaurateur, dies at 44
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2019/09/22/Carl-Ruiz-chef-Food-Network-celebrity-dies-44/stories/201909220207

Get handle on police suicide
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/get-handle-on-police-suicide-1.2536378

How our partisan divide creates different Americas. And how to fix it | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/how-our-partisan-divide-creates-different-americas-and-how-to-fix-it-opinion/

Opioid Crisis

Westmoreland County flooded with 124M pain pills during critical period of opioid crisis
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-flooded-with-124m-pain-pills-during-critical-period-of-opioid-crisis/

A flowing river of painkillers, all perfectly legal, cuts through Allegheny County
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/a-flowing-river-of-painkillers-all-perfectly-legal/

Momentum on opioids
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/momentum-on-opioids-1.2536376

Philly

9 shot in another weekend violence spree in Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-shootings-violence-spree-crime-20190922.html

Faith community members protest gun violence, urge for assault weapons ban
https://www.inquirer.com/news/gun-control-philadelphia-protest-assault-weapons-20190922.html

Who benefits? Philly leads largest cities in property tax breaks | Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/who-benefits-philly-leads-largest-cities-in-property-tax-breaks-analysis/

Pitt

Authorities identify 3 men who died from suspected overdoses in South Side apartment building
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/22/Pittsburgh-Police-Multiple-hospitalizations-deaths-South-Side-orange-wrist-bands/stories/201909220161

Overdose victims identified in Pittsburgh’s South Side Flats
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/police-say-multiple-deaths-and-injuries-on-pittsburghs-south-side/

Pittsburgh’s Billy Porter becomes first openly gay man to win best drama actor Emmy Award
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2019/09/22/emmys-red-carpet-nominee-best-actor-billy-porter-pose/stories/201909220194

Croatia president, prime minister celebrate their culture during Mass in Millvale
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/22/Croatia-St-Nicolas-Croatian-Catholic-Church-Kolinda-Grabar-Kitrovic/stories/201909230025

Brian O’Neill: Despite his tragic death, Kelvin “Tracy” Organ’s extraordinary mission of kindness lives on
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2019/09/22/Kelvin-Tracy-Organ-mission-kindness-tragic-death-Northside-Common-Ministries/stories/201909220060

Steelers make good call: Teams should continue to take responsibility
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/23/Pittsburgh-Steelers-financial-responsibility-RAD-funds-Heinz-Field-expansion/stories/201909190007

Police search North Side gas station after assault as protesters vow to continue
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/police-search-north-side-gas-station-site-of-friday-attack-protesters-vow-to-continue/

State News

As farmers flock to hemp, Amish and ‘English’ in Pennsylvania foresee real profits
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/pennsylvania-hemp-farming-lancaster-amish-glut-cbd-20190923.html

100 years young, St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church celebrates a century of tradition and changes
https://www.inquirer.com/news/st-matthew-catholic-church-conshohocken-100th-anniversary-20190922.html

The bodies of three young Native American girls are returned to the Oneida Reservation. And a community heals.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/oneida-reservation-reburial-carlisle-school-army-war-college-20190922.html

In financially distressed New Castle, a changing of the guard renews hope
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/09/22/New-Castle-financially-distressed-new-businesses-two-rivers-artisan-coffee-california/stories/201909010002

Western Pennsylvania experiencing same bird declines being seen nationwide
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pennsylvania-experiencing-same-bird-declines-being-seen-nationwide/

Officials warn of deadly mosquito-transmitted virus
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/officials-warn-of-deadly-mosquito-transmitted-virus-1.2536462

Rare, deadly virus that mosquitoes can transfer to humans detected in Carbon, Monroe counties
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-eastern-equine-encephalitis-20190922-3tjfkied4zhjba3ztyniarfmcm-story.html

Pa. Capitol Rotunda crowd control policy tweaked to allow for easier pedestrian traffic flow
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-capitol-rotunda-crowd-control-policy-tweaked-to-allow-for-freer-pedestrian-traffic-flow.html

Rescuers reach hiker after fall on Hawk Mountain
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/rescuers-reach-hiker-after-fall-on-hawk-mountain

On the first day of fall, Lehigh Valley facing another day of summer-like temperatures. What’s driving the pattern and when will it change?
https://www.mcall.com/news/weather/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-first-day-of-fall-feels-like-summer-20190923-nbjfgygqvzahzb5d2zbsd7d6we-story.html

Transportation

Carbondale’s Sixth Avenue bridge still delayed
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-s-sixth-avenue-bridge-still-delayed-1.2536520

New study shows Chester County roundabouts reducing fatalities, crashes
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/new-study-shows-chester-county-roundabouts-reducing-fatalities-crashes/article_2700df4a-db3d-11e9-8532-b7324aca48e5.html

Washington

Bribery case raises focus on GOP rising star and fundraising
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/bribery-case-raises-focus-gop-rising-star-fundraising-20190922.html