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Legislature

Gun control advocates say Pa. legislator’s comments are ‘fighting words, not a final declaration’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-house-committee-chairs-red-flag-bill-comments-wave-red-flag-for-gun-control-advocates.html

The big things we learned from the Pa. Senate’s marathon gun safety hearings
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/the-big-things-we-learned-from-the-pa-senates-marathon-gun-safety-hearing/

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-gun-discussion-20190925-2yxjoskcsngn3jtpbh34l27jsu-story.html

Rep. Stephens’ firearm red flag bill blocked in committee
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190925/rep-stephens-firearm-red-flag-bill-blocked-in-committee

Berks County lawmakers respond to call for legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-lawmakers-respond-to-call-for-legalizing-marijuana-in-pennsylvania

Pa. Senate passes bill raising minimum age for buying tobacco and vaping products to 21
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-senate-passes-bill-raising-states-minimum-age-for-buying-tobacco-and-vaping-products-to-21.html

$2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-hyperloop-discussed-by-public-private-officials-geography-is-a-key-issue-an-official-says.html

Senate committee OKs Rep. Bernstine’s bill repealing property tax law
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190925/senate-committee-oks-rep-bernstines-bill-repealing-property-tax-law

Pennsylvania’s “Safe2Say” is something to talk about | By State Senators Vincent Hughes and Pat Browne
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/09/pennsylvanias-safe2say-is-something-to-talk-about-opinion.html

It’s time to step up, and say ‘Enough is enough’ to gun violence | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/its-time-to-step-up-and-say-enough-is-enough-to-gun-violence-opinion/

Editorial: The Legislature continues to shoot itself in the foot on gun control
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/editorial-the-legislature-continues-to-shoot-itself-in-the-foot/article_0994358c-df94-11e9-ba50-eb13d3a3ecd5.html

Your legislature’s back. Aren’t you glad? | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/your-legislatures-back-arent-you-glad-john-baer.html

Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf calls for legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/gov-tom-wolf-calls-for-legalizing-recreational-marijuana-in-pennsylvania.html

Wolf, Fetterman call for legalization of marijuana
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-fetterman-call-for-legalization-of-marijuana/

Gov. Tom Wolf backs marijuana legalization, says Legislature should ‘seriously debate’ the issue
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/gov-tom-wolf-backs-marijuana-legalization-says-legislature-should-seriously-debate-the-issue/

Gov. Tom Wolf now supports legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-legalize-marijuana-governor-tom-wolf-20190925.html

Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman urge legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190925/gov-wolf-lt-gov-fetterman-urge-legalization-of-marijuana-in-pennsylvania

Governor Wolf backs impeachment inquiry into Trump
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/25/pennsylvania-governor-backs-impeachment-inquiry-into-trump/

Immigrant advocate to Wolf: Veto bill that expands E-Verify to all Pa. construction workers
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/immigrant-advocates-to-wolf-veto-bill-that-expands-e-verify-to-all-pa-construction-workers/

Wolf names Scranton medical college dean Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/wolf-names-scranton-medical-college-dean-distinguished-daughter-of-pennsylvania-1.2537736

Business

Local companies have mixed reactions to expanded overtime eligibility
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-companies-have-mixed-reactions-to-expanded-overtime-eligibility-1.2537766

Firetruck maker KME cuts 15% of workforce
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/firetruck-maker-kme-cuts-15-of-workforce-1.2537820

Crime/Punishment

Bail denied for Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez at Westmoreland County arraignment
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/25/Pirates-pitcher-Felipe-Vazquez-child-sexual-assault-Westmoreland/stories/201909250118

8 of Harrisburg’s 9 homicides this year happened within a fraction of a square mile
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/8-of-harrisburgs-9-homicides-this-year-happened-within-a-fraction-of-a-square-mile.html

Education

Mental health issues top the list of tips logged on anonymous school safety app
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/mental-health-issues-top-the-list-of-tips-logged-on-anonymous-school-safety-app.html

Bullying, mental health concerns top reports to Safe2Say Something, Pennsylvania’s student tip line
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-safe-2-say-something-shapiro-report-20190925-nxgf5whufbfudknebxrkqy67ta-story.html

As concerns about vaping grow, Centre County schools look to education, detection tools
https://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article235300502.html

New security protocol at Penn Hills School District prohibits visiting except for school business
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/new-security-protocol-at-penn-hills-school-district-prohibits-visiting-except-for-school-business/

‘A big one’ for Misericordia
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756910/a-big-one-for-misericordia

Elections/Politics

At least four Republicans, multiple Dems eyeing run for Folmer’s Senate seat
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/25/special-election-set-replace-former-sen-mike-folmers-seat/2439951001/

Special election set to replace State Sen. Mike Folmer
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/special-election-set-to-replace-pennsylvania-state-senator-mike-folmer

Matthew Brouillette runs for Pa. Senate, aims to fill seat vacated by Mike Folmer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/matthew-brouillette-runs-for-pa-senate-aims-to-fill-seat-vacated-by-mike-folmer.html

Beto O’Rourke links violence to Trump’s rhetoric and policies in fiery Schenley Plaza speech
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/25/Beto-ORourke-campaign-president-guns-violence-racism-Trump-Pittsburgh/stories/201909250157

Beto O’Rourke pushes gun control, health care, immigration reform in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/beto-orourke-pushes-gun-control-healthcare-and-immigration-reform-at-pittsburgh-stop/

Gaming

Hempfield casino construction expected to start soon
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-casino-building-permits-under-review-construction-expected-to-start-soon/

Health Care

Survey: Family health insurance cost tops $20,000 annually
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/09/25/kaiser-family-foundation-employee-benefits-survey-health-insurance-costs/stories/201909250137

W-B flu vaccine clinics scheduled for October
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-flu-vaccine-clinics-scheduled-for-october-1.2537847

Local News

Mother of drug overdose victim seeks Luzerne County Council intervention
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756904/mother-of-drug-overdose-victim-seeks-luzerne-county-council-intervention

Luzerne woman climbs Mount Fuji
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-woman-climbs-mount-fuji-1.2537923

Gas card records raise questions about Scranton fire chief’s claim he paid for own gas while vacationing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-card-records-raise-questions-about-scranton-fire-chief-s-claim-he-paid-for-own-gas-while-vacationing-1.2537750

Scranton Fringe Festival returns with robust schedule of performances and more
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/scranton-fringe-festival-returns-with-robust-schedule-of-performances-and-more-1.2537596

Lawyers challenge Dem try to limit Scranton mayor candidates
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lawyers-challenge-dem-try-to-limit-scranton-mayor-candidates-1.2537747

South Wayne authority receives $10 million for treatment plant upgrades
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/south-wayne-authority-receives-10-million-for-treatment-plant-upgrades-1.2537627

Landmark meat packing plant razed this week in Shenandoah
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/landmark-meat-packing-plant-razed-this-week-in-shenandoah-1.2537827

International priests now make up 25% of those serving in Greensburg diocese
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/international-priests-now-make-up-25-of-those-serving-in-greensburg-diocese/

Sinking Spring gives go-ahead to revitalization committee to apply for more state grants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sinking-spring-gives-go-ahead-to-revitalization-committee-to-apply-for-more-state-grants

Toxins linger in Hereford Township from long-ago environmental sins
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/toxins-linger-in-hereford-township-from-long-ago-environmental-sins

National News

Refugee admissions have dropped to historic lows under President Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/news/immigration-trump-refugee-admissions-canada-20190925.html

The MacArthur Foundation announces 26 ‘genius’ grant winners, including a Penn professor
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/09/25/MacArthur-Genius-Grant-2019-foundation-winners/stories/201909250178

Nation’s No. 2 radio group says it won’t air Juul, other e-cigarette ads
https://www.inquirer.com/business/juul-ecigarettes-radio-advertising-ban-entercom-kyw-20190925.html

‘OK’ hand gesture, more added to list of hate symbols
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2019/09/ok-hand-gesture-more-added-to-list-of-hate-symbols.html

Opioid Crisis

W. Pa. indictments for fatal ODs, pill mills, drug dealing highlight opioid fight, U.S. attorney says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/25/opioids-pittsburgh-allegheny-fayette-federal-scott-brady/stories/201909250147

Philly

New federal report surprises: Philadelphia poverty down, income up
https://www.inquirer.com/news/poverty-median-household-income-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-census-american-community-survey-20190926.html

Two buildings demonstrate Philadelphia’s capacity to change — and change again | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/inga-saffron/philadelphia-historic-architecture-furness-church-st-josephs-hospital-civic-lofts-repurpose-20190926.html

SEPTA and Philadelphia reveal their investment managers’ profits while bigger state pensions resist disclosure
https://www.inquirer.com/business/psers-sers-philadelphia-pension-funds-incentive-payments-blackstone-apollo-20190926.html

Should city’s financial watchdog go to the old dog’s home? | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/pica-sunset-philly-wage-tax-reduction-20190926.html

Philadelphia airport ranks near the bottom on consumer survey, but still did better than LaGuardia
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-international-airport-jd-power-satisfaction-survey-20190926.html

Her dad was a Philly firefighter, and now she runs the city’s EMS | We The People
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/crystal-yates-philadelphia-fire-department-ems-yale-university-20190925.html

Philadelphia may soon require all charter schools, youth organizations to accommodate trans kids
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bill-require-youth-serving-institutions-religious-charter-schools-district-transgender-youth-20190925.html

Philly voting-machine vendor lobbied for years to win contract, city watchdog’s investigation finds
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philly-voting-machines-city-controller-investigation-report-20190925.html

Simon Gratz High School athletes and officials address recent gun violence
https://www.inquirer.com/news/simon-gratz-gun-violence-philadelphia-imhotep-high-school-20190925.html

Pitt

Council roundup: City wants to improve diversity among firefighters, will ask state for $1.8 million for Grandview fixes
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/25/City-council-Pittsburgh-state-million-Grandview-Avenue-diversity-firefighters/stories/201909250136

Pittsburgh seeking $1.8M grant for Grandview Avenue improvements
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-seeking-1-8-million-grant-for-grandview-avenue-improvements/

Allegheny County Board of Elections chooses voting system vendor
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-board-of-elections-chooses-voting-system-vendor/

End the billboard fight: Pittsburgh should respect Lamar’s property rights
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/26/PIttsburgh-Mount-Washington-billboard-Lamar-property-rights/stories/201909260019

Police release detailed description of bike trail attacker
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2019/09/25/great-allegheny-passage-bike-trail-attack-rapist-description-police-bicyclist/stories/201909250174

DA Zappala holds firm on misdemeanor charges in Pittsburgh gas station fight
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/zappala-holds-firm-on-misdemeanor-charges-in-pittsburgh-gas-station-fight/

Greater Pittsburgh food bank debuts ‘The Food Podcast’
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/greater-pittsburgh-food-bank-debuts-the-food-podcast/

L.A. doctor who performed Ben Roethlisberger’s surgery has Western Pa. roots
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/l-a-doctor-who-performed-big-ben-s-surgery-has-western-pa-roots/

State News

Spotted lanternfly eggs are easy to kill — if you know how to find them
https://www.inquirer.com/science/spotted-lanternfly-eggs-kill-trees-insect-invasive-20190925.html

You know to kill the spotted lanternfly. But what if you could make it a game? You can.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spotted-lanternfly-squishr-app-brad-line-20190925.html

‘Gross’: Lanternflies causing big bug problem for some in Pennsylvania
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/26/gross-lanternflies-causing-big-bug-problem-for-some-in-the-midstate/

Pa., 16 other states sue Trump administration over Endangered Species Act rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/09/25/Endangered-Species-Act-Trump-administration-17-states-sue/stories/201909250153

Child cancer rates average in Luzerne County, but high in neighboring Wyoming
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756902/child-cancer-rates-average-in-luzerne-county-but-high-in-neighboring-wyoming

In first-of-its-kind move, counselors assist patients while Fayette County doctor is arrested
https://triblive.com/local/regional/drug-and-alcohol-response-team-tends-to-patients-when-doctors-are-arrested/

Nothing can stop PFAS. Except maybe this microbe from the NJ swamplands.
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190926/nothing-can-stop-pfas-except-maybe-this-microbe-from-nj-swamplands

Transportation

$260 million upgrade on Interstate 78 can’t finish too soon for many worried about safety and congestion
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/driven-to-fears-260-million-upgrade-on-i-78-cant-finish-too-soon-for-many-worried-about-safety-and-congestion

In Berks County, drunken-driving crashes are down, aggressive driving is up – and other revelations from
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/in-berks-county-drunken-driving-crashes-are-down-aggressive-driving-is-up—–and-other-revelations-from-penndots-2018-crash-database

Washington

Pa. Sen. Bob Casey supports House move to begin impeachment inquiry
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/25/Sen-Bob-Casey-impeachment-Trump-supports-inquiry/stories/201909250140

Sen. Bob Casey labels Trump call ‘a textbook abuse of power’
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/casey-labels-trump-call-a-textbook-abuse-of-power/

Casey, Toomey disagree on call for impeachment of Trump
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756901/casey-toomey-disagree-on-call-for-impeachment-of-trump

Pa. GOP Sen. Pat Toomey: Trump’s phone call with Ukraine leader does not ‘rise to the level of an impeachable offense’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bob-casey-impeachment-trump-pennsylvania-democrats-20190925.html