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Legislature

Sexually abused by their priest, five sisters take their case up to the Legislature
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/clergy_sex_abuse_grand_jury_re_1.html#incart_river_index

In an emotional video, one of five sisters sexually abused by priest implores Senate to pass reforms
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/statute_of_limitations_grand_j.html#incart_2box_news

Schwank receives honor from East Stroudsburg University
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/schwank-receives-honor-from-east-stroudsburg-university

A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? Lawmakers call for feasibility study
http://www.witf.org/news/2018/09/a-philly-pittsburgh-hyperloop-lawmakers-call-for-feasibility-study.php

Sex crimes bill needs improvement
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/sex-crimes-bill-needs-improvement-1.2390905

Pennsylvania legislature gets kudos for protecting domestic violence victims from gun-toting abusers | Editorial
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/protection-from-abuse-guns-pennsylvania-legislature-domestic-violence-victims-from-gun-toting-abusers-editorial-20180927.html

Administration

Wolf’s cabinet visits area
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-s-cabinet-visits-area-1.2391056

Gov. Wolf cabinet members come to Wyoming Area Secondary Center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719733/gov-wolf-cabinet-members-come-to-wyoming-area-secondary-center

Business

How would Pennsylvania’s new overtime rule apply to you?
http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-fast-facts-pennsylvania-overtime-rule-20180925-story.html

Clergy Sex Abuse

Shapiro: grand jury report valuable despite few prosecutions
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/09/27/Catholic-grand-jury-Pennsylvania-sexual-abuse-priests/stories/201809270187

Pennsylvania AG Shapiro: New information has surfaced since Catholic sex abuse report
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14124858-74/pennsylvania-ag-shapiro-new-information-has-surfaced-since-catholic-sex-abuse-report

Crime/Punishment

Some black Americans see a moment of racial comeuppance in Cosby’s sentence
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/09/27/Some-black-Americans-see-a-moment-of-racial-comeuppance-in-Cosby-s-sentence/stories/201809270211

Greensburg family practice doctor indicted for illegal buprenorphine distribution
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/09/27/nabil-jabbour-opioid-greensburg-federal-charges-medicare-fraud-prescription-buprenorphine/stories/201809270173

Penn State frat member gets probation in pledge death case
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14124449-74/penn-state-frat-member-gets-probation-in-pledge-death-case

Education

Penn-Trafford teachers say they won’t strike as long as negotiations stay ‘positive’
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14123651-74/penn-trafford-teachers-say-they-wont-strike-as-long-as-negotiations-stay-positive

New teacher contract no closer, union says
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-teacher-contract-no-closer-union-says-1.2391171

Hazleton Area School Board OKs new deal for teachers
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-area-school-board-oks-new-deal-for-teachers-1.2390956

A closer look at local SAT scores and how WB Area ranks
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719735/a-closer-look-at-local-sat-scores-and-how-wb-area-ranks

Grant brings Science Explorers curriculum to Penn Bernville Elementary School
http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/penn-bernville-elementary-school-gets-80000-grant

Harrisburg University slims down scale of proposed new academic tower in the city
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/harrisburg_university_hires_ar.html#incart_river_index

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania Democrats increase midterm leads in new poll
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14124171-74/pennsylvania-democrats-increase-midterm-leads-in-new-poll

Tom Wolf vs. Scott Wagner: A guide to the Pa. governor’s race
https://papost.org/2018/09/28/pa-governors-race-guide-tom-wolf-vs-scott-wagner/

The Wawa vs. Sheetz war gets political: Stores donate to dueling Pa. governor campaigns | Clout
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/clout/clout-wawa-sheetz-donate-governors-election-pennsylvania-20180928.html

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek to test moderating skills at Pa. governor race debate
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/jeopardy_host_alex_trebek_to_p.html#incart_river_index

Women making strides in Pennsylvania politics
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/09/27/women-candidates-pennsylvania-2018-midterm-election-female-pittsburgh-state-house-senate-congress/stories/201809270203

Wagner, Henry pitch property tax reform at forum
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719744/wagner-henry-pitch-property-tax-reform-at-forum

Wagner pledges to end property taxes
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wagner-pledges-to-end-property-taxes-1.2390943

Amy Fazio pursuing ‘common ground’ among voters in challenge to state Rep. Jim Marshall
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180927/amy-fazio-pursuing-common-ground-among-voters-in-challenge-to-state-rep-jim-marshall

Local News

WB mayor: Fire watches cost less than firefighters’ wages and benefits
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719722/wb-mayor-fire-watches-costs-less-than-firefighters-wages-and-benefits

WB Parking Authority files lawsuit over former Hotel Sterling lot
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719746/wb-parking-authority-files-lawsuit-over-former-hotel-sterling-lot

C&YS audit issue prompts delay
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/c-ys-audit-issue-prompts-delay-1.2390939

$7 million autism initiative debuts
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719738/7-million-autism-initiative-debuts

Special needs expo debuts Friday Sept. 28 at Mohegan Sun Pocono
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719767/special-needs-expo-debuts-friday-sept-28-at-mohegan-sun-pocono

Mohegan Sun retains naming rights to arena
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mohegan-sun-retains-naming-rights-to-arena-1.2390901

Video alleges racism at W-B bar
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/video-alleges-racism-at-w-b-bar-1.2391060

Authorities will discuss plan to close down troubled bar
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/authorities-will-discuss-plan-to-close-down-troubled-bar-1.2390872

Your chance to own a piece of ‘The Office’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/your-chance-to-own-a-piece-of-the-office-1.2391064

State police probe road rage incident involving veteran Scranton detective
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-police-probe-road-rage-incident-involving-veteran-scranton-detective-1.2391172

Program offers specialized bikes to disabled riders
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/program-offers-specialized-bikes-to-disabled-riders-1.2391153

Westmoreland County will pay $85K to settle racial discrimination lawsuit against sheriff
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14124092-74/westmoreland-county-will-pay-85k-to-settle-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-against-sheriff

After almost two centuries, rural Kiski Township hires its first manager
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14124266-74/after-almost-two-centuries-rural-kiski-township-hires-its-first-manager

DEP orders Majestic Hills developer to stabilize second slide
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/dep-orders-majestic-hills-developer-to-stabilize-second-slide/article_f864c17e-c1c5-11e8-9dc5-234b0afc887a.html

DoubleTree denies it tried to beat Reading Parking Authority gates
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/doubletree-denies-it-tried-to-beat-reading-parking-authority-gates

Sinking Spring receives $300,000 grant will enlarge sanitary sewer
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sinking-spring-receives-300000-grant-will-enlarge-sanitary-sewer

Pa. town with financial shortfall gets immediate help to fix ‘bump in the road’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/court_approval_of_500000_line.html#incart_river_index

‘We’re thrilled’ | Donations pour in from across the nation to cover veteran’s out-of-state burial
http://www.tribdem.com/news/we-re-thrilled-donations-pour-in-from-across-the-nation/article_9b3ab6e0-c2b3-11e8-a9ca-87493f59f7b0.html

National News

Marijuana drug cleared for market by DEA
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/marijuana-cannabis-drug-epidiolex-gwpharmaceuticals-dea-20180927.html

Many defend a Chattanooga-area high school’s athletic director who said ‘blame the girls’
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/09/27/Many-defend-a-Chattanooga-area-high-school-s-athletic-director-who-said-blame-the-girls/stories/201809270213

Opioid Crisis

‘Warm handoff’ program at GCMC to help overdose victims get further treatment
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/warm-handoff-program-at-gcmc-to-help-overdose-victims-get-further-treatment-1.2391034

Philly

City Council passes bill that clears the way for municipal IDs
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/municipal-id-philadelphia-identification-immigrant-chicago-20180927.html

Most city public libraries to close on Saturdays due to lack of funding
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/free-library-open-23-libraries-fund-our-campaign-20180928.html

On new website, parents, students can apply to dozens of Philly charter schools at once
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/philadelphia-charter-schools-online-application-unified-enrollment-20180928.html

Pew finds most poor Philly renters receive no public assistance
http://www.phillytrib.com/metros/pew-finds-most-poor-philly-renters-receive-no-public-assistance/article_b1692e38-d673-5f31-8f09-559ddebe2b7f.html

Did judge overstep in appointing defense attorney as special prosecutor in DA’s case?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/philadelphia-judge-anne-marie-coyle-special-prosecutor-appointment-larry-krasner-20180927.html

Providing funding and career links aim of tech conference
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/business/providing-funding-and-career-links-aim-of-tech-conference/article_e662b54d-b677-50dc-9485-844610e50bae.html

Businessman with ties to Fattah Jr. gets prison for stealing $800,000 from Philly school district
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/businessman-with-ties-to-fattah-jr-gets-prison-for-stealing-800000-from-philly-school-district-20180927.html

Will jailed ex-Philly cop Pownall have a preliminary hearing in murder case?
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/ryan-pownall-david-jones-judge-robert-coleman-philadelphia-police-preliminary-hearing-murder-case-christopher-dipasquale-20180927.html

Philly catches flack over security grant for 2016 Democratic confab
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/philly-catches-flack-over-security-grant-for-democratic-confab/article_b45db01a-bef1-571e-b166-880c9c1af412.html

Trump visits Philly Tuesday to discuss small business jobs at electrical contractor convention
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/philadelphia-trump-visit-electoral-contractors-midterms-20180927.html

Where’s the urgency in improving voter turnout? | Opinion
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/voting-election-security-philadelphia-city-commissioners-facebook-hacking-20180928.html

These seniors want to leave a parting gift for their school: A library | Ronnie Polaneczky
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/ronnie_polaneczky/kensington-high-sschool-library-eric-cruz-drexel-philadelphia-school-district-library-20180927.html

A 25-year-old Portland nonprofit has a proven method for ending the cycle of poverty for children | Ideas We Should Steal
http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/friends-of-children-generational-poverty-philadelphia-portland-20180927.html

Pitt

Experts tell Pittsburgh officials to be cautious about private offers for PWSA
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14124228-74/experts-tell-pittsburgh-officials-to-be-cautious-about-private-offers-for-pwsa

Florida chain buys Fairmont Pittsburgh
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2018/09/27/Fairmont-Pittsburgh-Xenia-Hotels-Resorts-acquired/stories/201809270084

County, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock can’t agree on policing deal; cost a factor
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/09/27/police-consolidation-allegheny-county-north-braddock-east-pittsburgh-antwon-rose/stories/201809270180

Negotiations hit hurdle over costs of Allegheny County policing East Pittsburgh, North Braddock
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14125278-74/negotiations-hit-hurdle-over-costs-of-allegheny-county-policing-east-pittsburgh-north

Seth Rogen set to film in Pittsburgh starting in October
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2018/09/27/Seth-Rogen-set-to-film-in-Pittsburgh-starting-in-October/stories/201809270175

First-look photo released of Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2018/09/27/Tom-Hanks-Mister-Rogers-Pittsburgh-first-movie/stories/201809270165

Weekend Traffic: Andy Warhol Bridge will be closed Saturday through Monday
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/09/27/Weekend-Traffic-closure-Andy-Warhol-Bridge-Seventh-Street-Saturday/stories/201809270163

Pittsburgh grocer Giant Eagle filling up with Indiana gas station chain
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2018/09/27/Giant-Eagle-GetGo-acquisition-Ricker-s-gas-station-chain-Indiana/stories/201809270101

Mattress Factory responds to claims of mishandling sexual harassment complaints
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14125746-74/mattress-factory-responds-to-claims-of-mishandling-sexual-harassment-complaints

Pittsburgh workshop will cover farmland preservation strategies
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14123856-74/pittsburgh-workshop-oct-10-will-cover-farmland-preservation-strategies

State News

State must reveal names of secret pot panelists
http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-names-secret-pot-panelists-20180927.html

Old Glory crosses Western Pennsylvania en route from Boston to San Diego
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14123694-74/old-glory-crosses-western-pennsylvania-en-route-from-boston-to-san-diego

Transportation

Public to learn details of Southern Beltway section in Cecil
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14124272-74/public-to-learn-details-of-southern-beltway-section-in-cecil

PennDOT: Roundabouts have made intersections across state safer
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14123835-74/penndot-data-shows-roundabouts-increase-safety-at-intersections-across-pennsylvania

Study: Traffic roundabouts greatly reduce accidents, fatalities
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180927/study-traffic-roundabouts-greatly-reduce-accidents-fatalities

WBS Airport posts second-best month ever for passenger travel
https://www.timesleader.com/news/719717/wbs-airport-posts-second-best-month-ever-for-passenger-travel

Washington

Magazine of Jesuits urges withdrawal of Kavanaugh nomination
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20180928_ap_13580188babd40aeaad1dfc8c5b2f101.html?arc404=true

Trump shaken by Ford, but backs Kavanaugh after hearing
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20180927_ap_058b77bb393545538e426a20652c687e.html?arc404=true

Kavanaugh hearing: Eight extraordinary hours of tears, anger, political theater on Capitol Hill
http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/inside-the-brett-kavanaugh-christine-blasey-ford-hearing-20180927.html

GOP races to first Kavanaugh vote after hearing from accuser
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/09/27/Republican-senators-say-the-Judiciary-Committee-plans-to-vote-Friday-morning-on-Kavanaugh/stories/201809270204

Pennsylvania’s senators stick with their parties after hearing
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pennsylvanias-senator-stick-with-their-parties-after-hearing

U.S. Sen. Toomey: ‘I look forward to voting to confirm’ Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/sen_toomey_says_he_will_vote_t.html#incart_river_index

What did Sen. Orrin Hatch think of Kavanaugh’s accuser? She’s ‘attractive’ and ‘pleasing.’
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/09/27/What-did-Sen-Orrin-Hatch-think-of-Kavanaugh-s-accuser-She-s-attractive-and-pleasing/stories/201809270215

Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, and the day the laughter stopped for America’s privileged | Will Bunch
http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/christine-blasey-ford-laughter-brett-kavanaugh-belligerent-president-trump-reaction-20180927.html