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Legislature

Amid mounting public pressure, legislators prepare to take up retroactive reform to child sex crimes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/amid_mounting_public_pressure.html#incart_river_index

Up to 1,000 plan to rally in Harrisburg today as lawmakers consider extending protections to sexual abuse victims
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pennsylvania-priest-child-abuse-legislature-20180923-story.html

Plan would offer tuition break for foster kids
http://www.tribdem.com/news/plan-would-offer-tuition-break-for-foster-kids/article_91ff512c-85cd-51c7-83da-2f595693ddc6.html

Senators seek to intervene in fracking dispute
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/senators-seek-to-intervene-in-fracking-dispute-1.2389310

Tragic prompt for legislators
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/tragic-prompt-for-legislators-1.2389182

Seizing reform
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/seizing-reform-1.2389184

Business

Harvest-time attractions bolster business for farmers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/harvest-time-attractions-bolster-business-for-farmers-1.2389364

Cambria County lures Pittsburgh tech company
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/09/cambria-county-lures-pittsburgh-tech-company/

Crime/Punishment

Bill Cosby will be sentenced this week. At least two of his accusers want him imprisoned.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-sentencing-gloria-allred-20180923.html

Police: Husband and wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Peters
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2018/09/23/Two-people-found-dead-in-Peters-Township-home/stories/201809230202

Scranton police eye cameras mounted on handguns
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-police-eye-cameras-mounted-on-handguns-1.2389390

Schuylkill seeks to reduce triple-celling
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-seeks-to-reduce-triple-celling-1.2389258

Education

Dallas teachers have a new contract
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719332/dallas-teachers-have-a-new-contract

Lengthy teachers contract dispute ends in Dallas
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lengthy-teachers-contract-dispute-ends-in-dallas-1.2389370

Alumni brothers give $3M to West Chester U’s School of Music; it’s largest gift in school’s history
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/west-chester-university-alumni-brothers-3m-school-of-music-james-wells-richard-wells-20180921.html

Penn, Rutgers receive $18M to study effects of tobacco product advertising
http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/penn-rutgers-research-grant-tobacco-advertising-cigarettes-20180924.html

Elections/Politics

Youth voter registration is surging in Pennsylvania
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/09/24/youth-voter-registration-surging-pennsylvania-midterm-election-2018/stories/201809230118

Scott Wagner’s running a campaign like Trump’s, but at least he’s running a campaign
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/john_baer/scott-wagners-running-a-campaign-like-trumps-but-at-least-hes-running-a-campaign-20180923.html

Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/09/many-states-governors-races-become-proxy-battle-over-trump.php

Candidates In 28th House Race Clash Over Gun Legislation
http://www.wesa.fm/post/candidates-28th-house-race-clash-over-gun-legislation#stream/0

Our view: Voter drive boosts body politic
http://www.goerie.com/opinion/20180924/our-view-voter-drive-boosts-body-politic

Health Care

When is it ok to drink alcohol while pregnant? Never, doctors say.
http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/fetal-alcohol-syndrome-spectrum-disorder-birth-defects-20180924.html

Erie hospitals have trouble recruiting dermatologists
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180924/erie-hospitals-have-trouble-recruiting-dermatologists

Local News

County council could vote soon on Pedri contract
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-could-vote-soon-on-pedri-contract-1.2389338

Costly upgrades will not be part of 2019 county budget
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/costly-upgrades-will-not-be-part-of-2019-county-budget-1.2389345

Luzerne County back-tax auctions nearing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719302/luzerne-county-back-tax-auctions-nearing

Wilkes-Barre fire watches up, union support for them down
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719267/wilkes-barre-fire-watches-up-union-support-for-them-down

Committee hoping to secure grants to finish Warrior Trail
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/committee-hoping-to-secure-grants-to-finish-warrior-trail-1.2389309

Greensburg Craft Beer Week returns for 2nd year
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14110742-74/greensburg-craft-beer-week-returns-for-2nd-year

Harmar looks for a new secretary who could become the township’s manager
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14110949-74/harmar-looks-for-a-new-secretary-who-could-become-the-townships-manager

Lots to see, hear and taste at 35th annual Penn’s Colony Festival, which continues next weekend
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14110181-74/lots-to-see-hear-and-taste-at-35th-annual-penns-colony-festival

Coming Clean: EPA cleaned lead-contaminated soil at Muhlenberg personal care home
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/epa-cleaned-lead-contaminated-soil-at-muhlenberg-personal-care-home

EPA challenges lead soil study
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/epa-challenges-lead-soil-study

Recycling could get a boost from research in Exeter Township
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/recycling-could-get-a-boost-from-research-in-exeter-township

17 applicants line up for Harrisburg council seat, including former mayoral candidates
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/harrisburg_city_council_open_s.html#incart_river_index

New Allentown program looks at violence like a disease that can be treated
http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-pol-allentown-cure-violence-program-20180911-story.html

Lehigh-Carbon libraries join forces to provide faster service
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-carbon-library-cooperative-20180905-story.html

Will the arrival of ADP kick downtown Allentown’s transformation into high gear?
http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-city-center-jb-reilly-adp-allentown-redevelopment-20180917-story.html

National News

New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/24/New-sexual-misconduct-accusation-kavanaugh-supreme-court-judge-nomination/stories/201809240079

Kavanaugh-Blasey Ford showdown really about whether a woman can control her story, her body, her destiny | Will Bunch
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/kavanaugh-blasey-ford-supreme-court-trump-20180923.html

Gloria Allred, a Girls High grad, warns that things won’t go well for Kavanaugh’s accuser | Jenice Armstrong
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/gloria-allred-brett-kavanaugh-bill-cosby-girls-high-grad-jenice-armstrong-20180923.html

Ex-Trump staffer Jason Miller is out at CNN amid an ‘abortion pill’ allegation
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2018/09/23/Ex-Trump-staffer-Jason-Miller-is-out-at-CNN-amid-an-abortion-pill-allegation/stories/201809230236

Cody Wilson, the 3-D gun advocate accused of sex with a minor, is jailed in Texas
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/23/Cody-Wilson-the-3-D-gun-advocate-accused-of-sex-with-a-minor-is-jailed-in-Texas/stories/201809230243

Fatal drug overdoses in Ohio increase to record number
https://triblive.com/usworld/world/14110529-74/fatal-drug-overdoses-in-ohio-increase-to-record-number

New Jersey

A tiny N.J. borough becomes a battleground for Big Marijuana and anti-weed forces
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/weed-green-thumb-industries-gti-clayton-new-jersey-marijuana-cultivation-center-cannabis-manufacturing-20180924.html

Philly

Two dead, dozens sickened from weekend overdoses in Philly
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/philadelphia-overdoses-heroin-fentanyl-k2-kensington-20180923.html

U.S. surgeon general in Philly: Expand needle exchange programs instead of opening safe injection sites
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/u-s-surgeon-general-in-philly-expand-needle-exchange-programs-instead-of-opening-safe-injection-sites-20180922.html

BREAKING POVERTY: A need to create access to jobs, training
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/breaking-poverty-a-need-to-create-access-to-jobs-training/article_987bb328-4210-5459-8b90-c93f9d2f9d5f.html

Philabundance program creates paths to cooking careers
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/philabundance-program-creates-paths-to-cooking-careers/article_a3e08269-9001-5cc7-aa83-32dec2c39c91.html

Philly makes history with installation of first black female Lutheran bishop
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/philly-makes-history-with-installation-of-first-black-female-lutheran-bishop-20180922.html

Found chained to a West Philly dumpster, this underdog is now having his day
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/09/19/Charlie-chained-West-Philly-dumpster-underdog-rescue-jowl-missing/stories/201809190117

New exhibit tackles the impact of redlining in Philadelphia
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/new-exhibit-tackles-the-impact-of-redlining-in-philadelphia/article_d6926f22-e4d6-5c6d-abfb-a2ec9b98e09b.html

Philly schools are falling apart, and taking students’ self-esteem down with them | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/palumbo-flooding-school-district-philadelphia-public-education-infrastructure-20180921.html

Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/philadelphia-officials-promise-crackdown-on-center-city-traffic-scofflaws/article_58968ef5-a270-5bea-9a8b-c0a3d20efbe5.html

Philly antipoverty office serves political elites only | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/philly-anti-poverty-office-serves-political-elites-only-opinion-20180921.html

7-year-old boy dies in fall from moving SEPTA subway car
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/7-year-old_boy_dies_in_fall_fr.html#incart_river_index

Pitt

Bishop Zubik offers apologies in wake of report on sex abuse, coverup in Pittsburgh diocese
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/09/23/bishop-david-zubik-pittsburgh-catholic-diocese-sexual-abuse-grand-jury-report-pa-st-paul-cathedral-oakland-holy-hour-repentance/stories/201809230224

Bishop Zubik says he’s sorry for times ‘I could’ve done more, … said more’
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14110528-74/bishop-zubik-says-hes-sorry-for-times-i-couldve-done-more-

Six injured in head-on crash of Port Authority bus, SUV in Homewood
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/09/24/Six-injured-Port-Authority-bus-crash-SUV-homewood-pittsburgh/stories/201809240080

Pittsburgh exploring former VA site for future public safety campus
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/09/24/Pittsburgh-public-safety-police-firefighter-paramedic-training-Highland-Drive-VA/stories/201809210133

Visiting Scots offer prescription for raising healthy children: slash poverty
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/09/24/glasgow-poverty-health-pittsburgh-child-welfare-scotland-robert-wood-johnson/stories/201809230115

Getting a city-owned property back on tax rolls is one woman’s four-year odyssey
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2018/09/24/walkabout-Darian-Balcom-Spring-Hill-Civic-League-Pittsburgh-city-owned-properties-Margaret-Lanier/stories/201809230016

Police: DUI arrests in Pittsburgh drop as use of ride-hailing services rises
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/09/23/pittsburgh-police-dui-arrests-ride-hailing-share-uber-lyft-drunk/stories/201809220018

Retooling the URA: A neighborhood focus must not duplicate efforts
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/24/Retooling-the-URA-A-neighborhood-focus-must-not-duplicate-efforts/stories/201809210029

‘Donut Boy’ heading to Pittsburgh with treats for local cops
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14110951-74/donut-boy-heading-to-pittsburgh-with-treats-for-local-cops

Pierogies with smoked bacon haluski? Kimchi pierogies? Pierogi of all sorts celebrated at Kennywood
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14110307-74/pierogies-with-smoked-bacon-haluski-kimchi-filled-pierogies-pierogi-of-all-sorts-celebrated

Who is Alexander Bicket, the judge in Officer Michael Rosfeld’s case?
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14109576-74/who-is-alexander-bicket-the-judge-in-officer-michael-rosfelds-case

State News

Little Blue’s legacy: As country’s biggest coal landfill closes, residents face uncertain future
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2018/09/24/Little-Blue-Run-coal-ash-dump-pollution-FirstEnergy-Beaver-County-pittsburgh/stories/201802040001

Summer’s over, and boy, was it soggy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/summer-s-over-and-boy-was-it-soggy-1.2389391

West Nile virus blamed for two human deaths in Pa.: Report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/west_nile_virus_blamed_for_two.html#incart_2box_news

Governor’s panel backs Raystown plan critics
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/09/governors-panel-backs-raystown-plan-critics/