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Legislature

Trim bizarre form of discrimination
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/trim-bizarre-form-of-discrimination/article_7f288193-4ef1-5f7a-946c-5e684959488a.html

Coronavirus-battered Pennsylvania restaurant and bar industry anticipates another Harrisburg showdown over reopening
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-restaurants-bars-20200925-pw22l6d3lrakdartqqvizqxpsq-story.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Westmoreland Manor nursing home seeks National Guard help with outbreak
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/25/Westmoreland-Manor-nursing-home-seeks-National-Guard-help-with-outbreak/stories/202009250144

Officials: Covid cases at Pitt are going down, for now
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/officials-covid-cases-at-pitt-are-going-down-for-now/

COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 806 new cases as Allegheny County cases near 12,000 mark
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/25/COVID-19-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-allegheny-data-cases-deaths/stories/202009250135

Westmoreland sees highest week of covid cases in 2 months
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-sees-highest-week-of-covid-cases-in-2-months/

Wilkes-Barre, Kingston surpass Hazleton as biggest sources of new cases
https://www.timesleader.com/news/803652/wilkes-barre-kingston-surpass-hazleton-as-biggest-sources-of-new-cases

Lackawanna County sees big COVID-19 spike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-sees-big-covid-19-spike/article_bb9cad77-7803-50f8-bd62-1e760d840a0a.html

16 new coronavirus cases for Berks County in state Department of Health reporting, a 5th consecutive decline
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/16-new-coronavirus-cases-for-berks-county-in-state-department-of-health-reporting-a-5th/article_bbbe286e-ff26-11ea-b920-3fa8954d84a2.html

Administration

Now is not the time to change the UC system’; Pa.’s high jobless claims cited as reason for computer upgrade delay
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/now-is-not-the-time-to-change-the-uc-system-pas-high-jobless-claims-cited-as-reason-for-computer-upgrade-delay.html

Gov. Wolf blasts Trump campaign rallies as public health threat
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-blasts-trump-campaign-rallies-as-public-health-threat/

Trump rallies flout virus rules, Pennsylvania governor warns
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/09/25/Trump-rallies-flout-virus-rules-Pennsylvania-governor-warns/stories/202009250166

Wolf vetoes bill requiring legislative approval of climate pact
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/09/25/wolf-vetoes-anti-rggi-bill/3532980001/

Business

2 companies, nearly 200 jobs join Westmoreland Technology Park II
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/2-companies-nearly-200-jobs-join-westmoreland-technology-park-ii/

CNX applies for new Utica gas wells in Washington Township
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/cnx-applies-for-new-utica-gas-wells-in-washington-township/

Three Mile Island radiation monitoring to continue as Exelon pulls planning dollars
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/three-mile-island-radiation-monitoring-to-continue-even-as-exelon-planning-dollars.html

Crime/Punishment

Coronavirus con game
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/26/Coronavirus-con-game/stories/202009230057

Duquesne University police get body cams, as sought by hunger-striking mother of student who died in 2018
https://triblive.com/local/duquesne-university-police-get-body-cams-as-sought-by-hunger-striking-mother-of-student-who-died-in-2018/

Appeals court upholds murder conviction in Latrobe Good Samaritan killing
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/appeals-court-upholds-murder-conviction-in-latrobe-good-samaritan-killing/

Education

Sunshine Act lawsuit seeks to stop Scranton School District furloughs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/sunshine-act-lawsuit-seeks-to-stop-scranton-school-district-furloughs/article_285a208d-223a-54d9-80f0-54eee1aad323.html

Wilkes University students hold silent Black Lives Matter demonstration
https://www.timesleader.com/news/803672/wilkes-university-students-hold-silent-black-lives-matter-demonstration

Elections/Politics

Could the Pa. GOP bypass the popular vote regardless of who wins? Here’s what we know.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pa-popular-vote-presidential-election-legislature-bypass-donald-trump-20200925.html

Biden picks up key endorsement from Pa. Building Trades Council, which has opposed Wolf, Dems on fracking issues
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/biden-picks-up-key-endorsement-from-pa-building-trades-council-which-has-opposed-wolf-dems-on-fracking-issues/

Reschenthaler blames Clinton for Trump’s comments
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/25/Guy-Reschenthaler-Trump-peaceful-transition-of-power-Hillary-Clinton/stories/202009250136

Carrying Yom Kippur’s message of atonement to the voting booth | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/yom-kippur-election-voting-20200926.html

Congressman Conor Lamb to debate Trump-backed challenger Sean Parnell on Saturday night
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/congressman-conor-lamb-to-debate-trump-backed-challenger-sean-parnell-on-saturday-night/

Shapiro rips Trump for “bogus conspiracy theories” about Luzerne County ballot controversy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/shapiro-rips-trump-for-bogus-conspiracy-theories-about-luzerne-county-ballot-controversy/article_65df0de5-5d2b-57d1-a5fa-44f37a8ec5e6.html

Experts: U.S. attorney’s rare comments support Trump’s mail-in voting doubts
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/experts-u-s-attorneys-rare-comments-support-trumps-mail-in-voting-doubts/article_fd53322a-0254-540b-ae72-02be09f81b2c.html

Luzerne County Election Board members monitoring discarded ballot findings
https://www.timesleader.com/news/803656/luzerne-county-election-board-members-monitoring-discarded-ballot-finding

Pedri: ‘Every properly cast vote will be counted’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/803658/pedri-every-properly-cast-vote-will-be-counted

Pedri: Contractor discarded military ballots
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-contractor-discarded-military-ballots/article_bf6ec906-0ea6-5d65-9cce-c503a688bb88.html

Council members react to trashed Trump ballots
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/council-members-react-to-trashed-trump-ballots/article_e9531c43-e809-54e8-923b-97ebd26fa810.html

Probe into ‘discarded’ ballots in Pa. becomes campaign outrage fuel
https://triblive.com/news/probe-into-discarded-ballots-in-pa-becomes-campaign-outrage-fuel/

Local News

Census official announces Reading has reached 100% compliance for the 2020 count
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/census-official-announces-reading-has-reached-100-compliance-for-the-2020-count/article_4bf01c80-fe8c-11ea-b4a1-5b72ad61b2ea.html

Coronavirus outbreak put different spin on disaster evaluation in Berks County in the wake of tropical storm
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-outbreak-put-different-spin-on-disaster-evaluation-in-berks-county-in-the-wake-of/article_31ddd06a-ff51-11ea-9868-870419c8ba3f.html

County of Berks target of phone scam
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/county-of-berks-target-of-phone-scam/article_98a65f10-ff83-11ea-9205-837877da97fa.html

East Deer to use federal grant to replace aging waterline
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/east-deer-to-use-federal-grant-to-replace-aging-waterline/

Chester City creates another plan to revitalize its waterfront after decades of financial stress
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/chester-city-master-plan-waterfront-20200926.html

Decision on body cams for Wilkes-Barre cops expected in 2 weeks
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/decision-on-body-cams-for-wilkes-barre-cops-expected-in-2-weeks/article_e9274c15-b0ba-5903-9807-e0406169db89.html

Duncannon ends freeze on utility penalties
https://www.pennlive.com/perry-county-times/2020/09/duncannon-ends-freeze-on-utility-penalties.html

It’s getting out of hand’: District attorney, community leaders plead for neighborhood cooperation after 18-year-old shot and killed in Wilson
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-wilson-homicide-20200925-iyziovvsnnekvkqtmm4qzbhk5y-story.html

New Jersey

Videos show police tried, and failed, to stun Pa. man before fatally shooting him in Ventnor confrontation
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ventnor-fatal-police-shooting-amir-johnson-body-camera-video-20200925.html

Philly

The pandemic is a once-in-a-generation test for Philly moms. Most say they’re failing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mother-burden-work-life-balance-covid-pandemic-wife-20200926.html

Time is up for a Philly animal disaster relief program that actually works. So of course the city is dragging its feet to save it | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/red-paw-emergency-relief-philadelphia-fire-department-thiel-helen-ubinas-20200925.html

Philly Treasurer Christian Dunbar fired after he is charged with faking marriage for citizenship, stealing money in prior job
https://www.inquirer.com/news/christian-dunbar-philly-treasurer-arrest-charges-embezzlement-citizenship-fraud-20200925.html

Philly woman arrested in August assault of transgender woman
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/tymesha-wearing-kendall-stephens-assault-philadelphia-transphobic-20200925.html

Six local schools win National Blue Ribbon distinction
https://www.inquirer.com/education/national-blue-ribbon-schools-pa-devos-20200925.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh Public Schools extends remote teaching 5 more weeks for teachers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/09/25/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-teachers-extend-remote-learning/stories/202009250183

Most charges held against 3 protesters accused in 941 Saloon fracas
https://triblive.com/local/most-charges-held-against-3-protesters-accused-in-941-saloon-fracas/

Center for domestic violence victims adds new ‘animal advocate’
https://triblive.com/local/north-hills/center-for-domestic-violence-victims-adds-new-animal-advocate/

State News

Wells Fargo, Philly’s biggest bank, will tap federal money for homeowners in need, who now have just 5 days to apply
https://www.inquirer.com/business/coronavirus-covid-mortgage-delay-home-loan-well-fargo-pnc-cares-act-20200925.html

Local officials could have more time to complete census counts, federal judge rules
https://triblive.com/local/regional/local-officials-could-have-more-time-to-complete-census-counts-federal-judge-rules/