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Legislature

SHINE after-school program gets more than $3,000 in donated supplies
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756985/shine-after-school-program-gets-more-than-3000-in-donated-supplies

Children in SHINE program receive school supplies
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/photos-children-in-shine-program-receive-school-supplies-1.2538323

The House GOP wants to ‘Energize PA.’ Environmentalists say ‘no thanks’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/energy-environment/the-house-gop-wants-to-energize-pa-environmentalists-say-no-thanks/

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-fireworks-issue-20190926-abwlqbt7rbbbxieasayemh6lra-story.html

Lehigh County crime center hits jackpot with $500K grant funded by casino revenue, DA announces
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-lehigh-county-riic-casino-grant-20190926-qwo7loxpffcnbbvqn3xegbybua-story.html

Killion’s dangerous dog legislation gets committee hearing
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/killion-s-dangerous-dog-legislation-gets-committee-hearing/article_1673498c-e093-11e9-8231-47ef5162f099.html

House committee passes Sainato bill to help EMS, volunteer fire companies
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190926/house-committee-passes-sainato-bill-to-help-ems-volunteer-fire-companies

Fighting blight key to ensuring communities thrive
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/09/fighting-blight-key-to-ensuring-communities-thrive/

Grown-up solutions: Pennsylvania must develop plan for combating child poverty
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/27/Pennsylvania-plan-child-poverty-grown-up-solutions/stories/201909270010

Editorial: State might need to rethink first responder model
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-state-might-need-to-rethink-first-responder-model

Administration

Gov. Wolf visits downtown Monongahela
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/gov-wolf-visits-downtown-monongahela/article_2d6be3ca-e092-11e9-9f54-9f0891a70f90.html

Pa. Gov. Wolf supports legal recreational marijuana. Read what others say about the risks and benefits | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-marijuana-recreational-legalization-20190926.html

Philly NAACP wants Gov. Wolf to address ‘epidemic of unfair firings’ at SEPTA
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/philly-naacp-wants-gov-wolf-to-address-epidemic-of-unfair-firings-at-septa/

Business

GM restores workers’ health coverage as the strike continues
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/09/26/GM-strike-workers-health-coverage/stories/201909260233

DoorDash data breach affects 4.9 million users
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/09/27/DoorDash-data-breach-affects-4-9-million-users/stories/201909270103

Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches health care pilot to Pa. members
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/09/26/Walmart-s-Sam-s-Club-launches-health-care-pilot-to-members-medicine-insurance/stories/201909260111

Cabot-owned business opens $4 million maintenance facility in Susquehanna County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cabot-owned-business-opens-4-million-maintenance-facility-in-susquehanna-county-1.2538235

Carbon sets meeting to aid furloughed KME workers
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-sets-meeting-to-aid-furloughed-kme-workers-1.2538273

Crime/Punishment

Bucks doctor’s pill-filled ‘goody bags’ lead to arrest in Pa., N.J. health-care fraud probe
https://www.inquirer.com/news/neil-anand-health-care-fraud-medicaid-task-force-justice-department-20190926.html

Former Carbondale cop who fatally shot unarmed man granted parole
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-carbondale-cop-who-fatally-shot-unarmed-man-granted-parole-1.2538207

Pa. secretary of corrections stresses importance of hiring former inmates during visit to Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pa-secretary-of-corrections-john-wetzel-stresses-importance-of-hiring-former-inmates

Education

12 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized for excellence in Philadelphia region
https://www.inquirer.com/education/national-blue-ribbon-carver-greenberg-devos-excellence-2019-20190926.html

North Pocono’s Jefferson Elementary receives prestigious national Blue Ribbon award
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/north-pocono-s-jefferson-elementary-receives-prestigious-national-blue-ribbon-award-1.2538121

Bethel Park school board member uses Right to Know request to get financial information he was denied
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2019/09/26/Bethel-Park-update-on-financial-info/stories/201909260125

No more dodgeball: ‘Dr. Recess’ teaches Abington students how to play games
https://www.inquirer.com/education/school-recess-consulting-games-abington-curt-hinson-20190927.html

DEP grants meeting on W-B Area site
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756996/dep-grants-meeting-on-w-b-area-site

Students voicing concerns of bullying, racism at Greater Nanticoke Area
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756991/students-voicing-concerns-of-bullying-racism-at-greater-nanticoke-area

New Kensington-Arnold track, football field to be off-limits while surfaces replaced
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-arnold-track-football-field-to-be-off-limits-while-surfaces-replaced/

Penn State Extension plans workshop for cattle farmers
https://triblive.com/local/regional/penn-state-extension-plans-workshop-for-cattle-farmers/

Pa. State Nurses Association to seek charter for regional nursing program
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-state-nurses-association-to-seek-charter-for-regional-nursing-program.html

Elections/Politics

Your voting habits may depend on when you registered to vote | Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/your-voting-habits-may-depend-on-when-you-registered-to-vote-analysis/

Local News

County increases salary in posting for coroner job
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-increases-salary-in-posting-for-coroner-job-1.2538405

Hospice hosting grief education program for kids and parents
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hospice-hosting-grief-education-program-for-kids-and-parents-1.2538318

Football standout ‘Rocket’ Ismail inspires crowd at NEPA Alliance dinner
https://www.timesleader.com/news/756989/football-standout-rocket-ismail-inspires-crowd-at-nepa-alliance-dinner

Scranton fire chief acknowledges using gas card on vacation, mayor says
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-fire-chief-acknowledges-using-gas-card-on-vacation-mayor-says-1.2538201

Scranton to seek proposals for gas card audit
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-to-seek-proposals-for-gas-card-audit-1.2538097

Judge allows Scranton neighborhood group to enter appeal of zoning rejection of drug treatment center
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-allows-scranton-neighborhood-group-to-enter-appeal-of-zoning-rejection-of-drug-treatment-center-1.2538479

Jury finds former Lackawanna County Prison guard not guilty of sexually assaulting inmates
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/jury-finds-former-lackawanna-county-prison-guard-not-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-inmates-1.2538083

Ashley police receive grant for vehicle
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ashley-police-receive-grant-for-vehicle-1.2538286

Work on Green Ridge sewers could begin soon
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/work-on-green-ridge-sewers-could-begin-soon-1.2538243

Red Sand public art project represents human trafficking
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/red-sand-public-art-project-represents-human-trafficking/

Some in Berks County fear impact of proposed changes to federal food stamp program
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/some-in-berks-county-fear-impact-of-proposed-changes-to-federal-food-stamp-program

Reading considers future of Egelman and Bernhart dams
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-considers-future-of-egelman-and-bernhart-dams

Heidelberg votes to disband township’s police after heated meeting; residents express their anger
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/heidelberg-votes-to-disband-townships-police-after-heated-meeting-residents-express-their-anger

Maxatawny Authority awards Bucks County construction company bid for long-awaited Bowers water project
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/maxatawny-authority-awards-bucks-county-construction-company-bid-for-long-awaited-bowers-water-project

Radnor protesters call for Commissioner Nagle to resign
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/radnor-protesters-call-for-commissioner-nagle-to-resign/article_de4d2e4a-e094-11e9-8e03-730a68f735da.html

National News

ICE announces 5-day sweep nets 45 in Philly region, including convicted child rapist
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ice-immigration-edward-valdez-philadelphia-20190927.html

Military suicides spiking as officials admit they’re clueless on what to do
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2019/09/military-suicides-spiking-as-officials-admit-they-have-no-answers-to-curb-trend.html

Natural Gas

Report: Pa. natural gas royalty payments on the rise
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/report-pa-natural-gas-royalty-payments-on-the-rise/

Philly

In gentrifying Philly, speculators pay heirs peanuts — then flip their properties for massive gains
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/philadelphia-real-estate-flippers-gentrification-heirs-inheritance-20190927.html

With leadership race looming, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez calls on Philly Council colleague Bobby Henon to resign
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-council-maria-quinones-sanchez-bobby-henon-local-98-charges-resign-leadership-20190926.html

After 18-month battle, Philly Council passes lead safety bill
https://www.inquirer.com/news/blondell-reynolds-brown-lead-abatement-bill-passes-unanimously-philly-city-council-20190926.html

Philly City Council expands lead-safety testing for rental units; Mayor Kenney says he will sign it
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/philly-city-council-expands-lead-safety-testing-for-rental-units-mayor-kenney-says-he-will-sign-it/

After summer of shootings, Philly Council President Darrell Clarke wants to ban guns at rec centers, playgrounds
https://www.inquirer.com/news/darrell-clarke-ban-guns-rec-centers-harrisburg-20190926.html

Philly wanted to reclaim a vacant lot cleaned up by a Fishtown man. The Pa. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/supreme-court-decision-vacant-lot-fishtown-philadelphia-adverse-possession-galdo-20190926.html

More than 1,000 office cleaners rally in Center City for fair contract
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-office-cleaners-rally-march-rittenhouse-labor-union-32bj-service-employees-20190926.html

Hahnemann’s end was expected to be a crisis. But that’s not what happened, Philly health officials say.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/hahnemann-university-hospital-closing-temple-jefferson-einstein-impact-20190927.html

Domb proposal aims to provide city wage tax relief
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/domb-proposal-aims-to-provide-city-wage-tax-relief/article_84190ba7-c79e-5d0c-9b41-f8300d233ebe.html

Another Trader Joe’s coming to Center City
https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/trader-joes-grocery-philadelphia-center-city-food-20190926.html

Whistle-blower scandal doesn’t trump homegrown corruption | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philly-voting-machines-city-controller-commissioners-sheriff-register-wills-corruption-20190927.html

In Philly and beyond, speak out against anti-Semitism this Rosh Hashanah | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/rosh-hashanah-philadelphia-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-anniversary-20190926.html

Philly initiative fights food injustice through urban farming, start-ups
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/26/philly-initiative-fights-food-injustice-through-urban-farming-start-ups/

Pitt

‘Great things take time’ — Even Hotel finally ready to open in old Kaufmann’s department store
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/09/26/Even-Hotel-Kaufmann-s-Macy-s-department-store-Downtown-Core-Realty/stories/201909260135

RAD board approves all 12 semifinalists for $3.49 million in RADical grants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/09/26/Allegheny-Regional-Asset-District-pittsburgh-3-49-million-Radical-grants/stories/201909260206

Lawyer for Exxon workers charged with beating two black women says clients not racist
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/26/pittsburgh-exxon-gas-station-fight-workers-lawyer-says-clients-not-racist-david-shrager/stories/201909260116

Federal excessive force claim reinstated against police in fatal 2016 East Busway shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/09/26/Federal-excessive-force-claim-reinstated-against-police-in-fatal-2016-East-Busway-shooting/stories/201909260225

PPS first-grade reading worksheet depicted police chase, dog attack
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/26/PPS-first-grade-reading-worksheet-depicted-police-chase-dog-attack/stories/201909260150

Pitt under pressure to make its $4.3 billion endowment fossil-fuel free
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/09/26/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-divest-SRI-climate-change-invest-fossil-fuels-highered-endowment/stories/201909250117

Pittsburgh police: 1 person in stable condition after Crafton Heights shooting
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-police-1-person-in-stable-condition-after-crafton-heights-shooting/

GetGo unveils new plant-based burger at some Pittsburgh locations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/getgo-unveils-new-plant-based-burger-at-some-pittsburgh-locations/

State News

Census data shows poverty down in region, with large drops in Armstrong, Fayette
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/09/26/Census-data-pittsburgh-southwest-pennsylvania-poverty-Armstrong-Fayette/stories/201909260205

Census: Some bright spots, but experts warn of woes
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190927/census-some-bright-spots-but-experts-warn-of-woes

Transportation

Elizabeth Bridge closed indefinitely after crack discovered; detour announced
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/elizabeth-bridge-closed-after-crack-discovered/

AVP debuts new cellphone lot
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757004/avp-debuts-new-cellphone-lot

Pa. Turnpike to close lanes for 59 hours in Cumberland County for bridge work
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pa-turnpike-to-close-lanes-for-58-hours-in-cumberland-county-for-bridge-work.html

Washington

In whistleblower complaint, Lamb zeroes in on national security concerns in Ukraine
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/26/After-reading-whistleblower-complaint-Lamb-expresses-support-for-House-investigations/stories/201909260224

Complaint in hand, Democrats aim for a fast and focused impeachment inquiry
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/26/Trump-impeachment-Ukraine-inquiry-House-Democrats-Pelosi/stories/201909260237

Whistle-blower meticulously gathered material, sparking political firestorm
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/whistleblower-meticulously-gathered-material-sparking-political-firestorm-20190927.html

Cartwright backs plan on coal land cleanup
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/cartwright-backs-plan-on-coal-land-cleanup-1.2538241