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Legislature

GOP leaders ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt Pa. voting extension
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/09/28/GOP-leaders-ask-U-S-Supreme-Court-to-halt-pennsylvania-mail-ballot-voting-extension/stories/202009280099

Pa. Senate Republicans take mail-in ballot fight to U.S. Supreme Court
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/pa-senate-republicans-take-mail-in-ballot-fight-to-u-s-supreme-court/

Centre County is set to receive an $863,000 election grant. Here’s why some state lawmakers want to block it
https://www.centredaily.com/news/politics-government/election/article246062940.html

Pa. House of Representatives to convene in the Harrisburg church it once called home
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/09/28/Pa-House-of-Representatives-to-convene-Harrisburg-Grace-Methodist-Episcopal-church-united/stories/202009200026

No need for victim advocate to be lawyer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/no-need-for-victim-advocate-to-be-lawyer/article_1e96d671-cd5e-5fb1-b842-5a1c59599493.html

Helping small businesses, families isn’t ‘meaningless,’ Gov. Wolf | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/helping-small-businesses-families-isnt-meaningless-gov-wolf-opinion/

2nd Amendment rally set for Tuesday in Harrisburg
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/2nd-amendment-rally-set-for-tuesday-in-harrisburg.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

As Pennsylvania coronavirus cases top 156,000, Gov. Wolf says state has stockpile of protective equipment
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-wolf-virus-sept28-20200928-6f4xorlidfbmvbi3pfsmlg2edm-story.html

Westmoreland Manor employees to get hazard pay as coronavirus testing continues
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-manor-employees-to-get-hazard-pay-as-coronavirus-testing-continues/

Two Ringgold elementary students test positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2020/09/29/Two-Ringgold-elementary-students-test-positive-for-COVID-19/stories/202009290098

Susquehanna Township football player tests positive for COVID-19, temporarily suspending activities
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/09/positive-covid-19-case-reported-by-susquehanna-township-school-district.html

Cambria County Prison corrections officers test positive for COVID-19
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/cambria-county-prison-corrections-officers-test-positive-for-covid-19/article_46c76f84-01b0-11eb-bd11-7bfdaa223998.html

Berks County reports 22 new coronavirus cases, a decline after a weekend of spikes
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-reports-22-new-coronavirus-cases-a-decline-after-a-weekend-of-spikes/article_d12ec0f8-01bc-11eb-9d99-6770db695524.html

7 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops again
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/7-pa-counties-listed-as-areas-to-watch-for-coronavirus-statewide-positive-rate-drops-again.html

Latest weekly Luzerne County coronavirus dashboard reading shows improvement
https://www.timesleader.com/news/804134/latest-weekly-luzerne-county-coronavirus-dashboard-reading-shows-improvement

Montgomery County records lowest coronavirus positivity rate in SE Pa.
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-lowest-coronavirus-positivity-rate-in-se-pa/article_c8eabae2-d203-569e-9f04-d3b5f8db1687.html

With rapid tests coming to states, N.J. set to temporarily double COVID-19 testing capacity
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-rapid-tests-new-jersey-pa-trump-cdc-20200928.html

The federal government plans to ship millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states in a push to reopen K-12 schools
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/trump-coronavirus-rapid-tests-federal-government-schools-reopen-20200928.html

Inovio’s COVID-19 vaccine trial put on hold by FDA
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-inovio-fda-clinical-trial-hold-20200928.html

House Democrats unveil new $2.2 trillion proposal for coronavirus stimulus
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/coronavirus-stimulus-aid-proposal-nancy-pelosi-20200928.html

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million
https://triblive.com/news/worldwide-death-toll-from-coronavirus-eclipses-1-million/

Administration

Pennsylvania delays the launch of ‘21st century’ unemployment system upgrades
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/09/29/Pennsylvania-unemployment-system-upgrade-Department-of-Labor-and-Industry/stories/202009280103

Unemployment in Pennsylvania: Benefits for thousands of gig workers, independent contractors still on hold
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/09/28/pennsylvania-unemployment-fraud-pua-benefits-covid-19-gig-workers/3560267001/

PUA fraud remains ‘a national problem,’ L&I secretary says
https://www.heraldstandard.com/news/covid-19/pua-fraud-remains-a-national-problem-l-i-secretary-says/article_c4ac7199-4f15-509a-91e3-ed377e868140.html

Business

Duquesne residents lament loss of grocery store: ‘It’s going to be hard for us’
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/09/29/Duquesne-grocery-store-Save-A-Lot-closing-closure-resisident-food-challenge-desert/stories/202009280101

Steel giant ArcelorMittal selling U.S. operations, including coke-making plant in Monessen, for $1.4 billion
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/09/28/ArcelorMittal-Monessen-coke-steel-Cleveland-Cliffs-AK-Steel/stories/202009290036

Coatesville, Conshohocken steel plants are sold as a brash CEO makes a big bet on American steel
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/steel-lukens-conshohocken-cleveland-cliffs-arcelor-mittal-20200928.html

Why small businesses are seizing the moment during the pandemic to sell online
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/small-business-online-retail-amazon-ebay-sales-black-friday-deals-philadelphia-20200929.html

Businesses that sued Wolf over shutdown orders now seek more than $135K in legal fees
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/businesses-that-sued-wolf-over-shutdown-orders-now-seek-more-than-135k-in-legal-fees/

Central Pa. restaurants opening, somehow, during coronavirus pandemic: ‘I’m definitely nervous’
https://www.pennlive.com/reopeningpa/2020/09/central-pa-restaurants-opening-somehow-during-coronavirus-pandemic-im-definitely-nervous.html

Survey finds business owners adapting to COVID-19 pandemic changes despite economic concern
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/29/survey-finds-business-owners-adapting-to-covid-19-pandemic-changes-despite-economic-concern/

Company resumes Revolution Pipeline construction in Center Twp.
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/09/28/revolution-pipeline-construction-begins/3562742001/

Crime/Punishment

Bucks mother and daughter get life in prison after admitting murder of five relatives, including 9-year-old twin girls
https://www.inquirer.com/news/shana-decree-dominique-decree-morrisville-murders-bucks-county-20200928.html

‘Juvenile lifers’ should be considered for release during pandemic | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/prisons-coronavirus-incarcerated-people-release-juvenile-lifers-20200928.html

Person injured in police-involved shooting in Reading charged
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/person-injured-in-police-involved-shooting-in-reading-charged/article_81df4192-01c8-11eb-9bef-3b12fd98c8d8.html

Education

Scranton School District works to improve virtual learning, updates asbestos removal
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/scranton-school-district-works-to-improve-virtual-learning-updates-asbestos-removal/article_5509ba22-7d28-5318-babf-f4dbd183c55f.html

‘Good Morning America’ comes to Springdale
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/good-morning-america-comes-to-springdale/

New Kensington-Arnold to continue in-person instruction 5 days a week
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-arnold-to-continue-in-person-instruction-5-days-a-week/

Unionville elementary students returning for in-school instruction Oct. 12
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/unionville-elementary-students-returning-for-in-school-instruction-oct-12/article_a9c6b9ee-01a8-11eb-a6f9-6fc86ca505a2.html

Say her name’: Central York student leads protest for Breonna Taylor
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2020/09/28/say-her-name-central-york-student-leads-protest-breonna-taylor/3568695001/

Lower Merion, Harriton football players protest shutting down season
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/lower-merion-harriton-football-players-protest-shutting-down-season/article_8d8b2d90-0186-11eb-81bf-cb4d0ae93a0a.html

Elections/Politics

Winning a ‘row office’ is a chance for GOP to pressure Wolf
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/26/winning-a-row-office-is-a-chance-for-gop-to-pressure-wolf/

Another task for Biden: Winning Philly progressives who think ‘the whole system needs to go down’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philadelphia-progressive-voters-joe-biden-jill-stein-20200929.html

Report: Biden, wife will tour Western Pa. by train on Wednesday
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/09/28/Report-Joe-Biden-wife-tour-Western-Pennsylvania-by-train-Wednesday-campaign/stories/202009280093

Joe Biden to tour Ohio, Western Pa. by train Wednesday
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/joe-biden-to-tour-ohio-western-pa-by-train-wednesday/

The first presidential debate brings high stakes for Trump and Biden
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/09/the-first-presidential-debate-brings-high-stakes-for-trump-and-biden.html

Supreme Court vacancy hasn’t boosted Trump’s support in Pennsylvania, a New York Times poll shows
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/29/Supreme-Court-Vacancy-Hasn-t-Boosted-Trump-s-Support-in-Pennsylvania-a-Times-Poll-Shows/stories/202009290096

More than 55K Luzerne County voters seek mail-in ballots
https://www.timesleader.com/news/804147/more-than-55k-luzerne-county-voters-seek-mail-in-ballots

Luzerne County Councilman Griffith discusses ballot controversy protest plans
https://www.timesleader.com/news/804145/luzerne-county-councilman-griffith-discusses-ballot-controversy-protest-plans

County election board set to declare its duties and powers this week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/county-election-board-set-to-declare-its-duties-and-powers-this-week/article_5bfc7ed4-6bee-50dd-87a8-a21fe3068fbb.html

Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/everything-you-need-to-know-about-voting-by-mail-in-berks-county/article_9dc3f6e2-fcdb-11ea-8d5c-cb5e6d96b6d3.html

Northampton County will install mail-in ballot drop boxes Thursday. Here’s where you can find them.
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-pa-elections-northampton-county-elections-announcement-20200928-zoqvkh2zkrd2pobzrbska7thhu-story.html

Health Care

Cyberattack hobbles Universal Health Services
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/cyberattack-hobbles-universal-health-services-20200928.html

COVID-19 makes flu shots more important than ever
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/covid-19-makes-flu-shots-more-important-than-ever/article_4df1bfef-4fed-514c-9958-64c9c2dadf44.html

Lukewarm reaction to Trump’s health care ‘vision’
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/lukewarm-reaction-to-trumps-health-care-vision/article_cd916eac-01b5-11eb-b76e-cf4777458685.html

Local News

Scranton Police Headquarters reopens to public
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-police-headquarters-reopens-to-public/article_7b33eb71-cf1f-5440-8958-9ff8af35e73a.html

Pennsylvania American to replace more water lines in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/pennsylvania-american-to-replace-more-water-lines-in-scranton/article_728e4de3-f184-5412-b3f9-d9615cce4452.html

Group plans to raise funds for Tamaqua area food bank
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/group-plans-to-raise-funds-for-tamaqua-area-food-banks/article_f373ad4e-4623-5aff-9afb-9225e6a6a1f3.html

West Deer to allow trick-or-treating despite coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/west-deer-to-allow-trick-or-treating-despite-coronavirus-pandemic/

Lancaster Patriot editor confirms his identity as white nationalist Norman Garrison
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-patriot-editor-confirms-his-identity-as-white-nationalist-norman-garrison/article_57e3c37a-01b6-11eb-b6c8-e7926be2676a.html

National News

Pennsylvania judge temporarily blocks USPS changes
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-usps-postal-service-philadelphia-josh-shapiro-20200928.html

Pa. AG Shapiro wins nationwide injunction against postal changes judge calls ‘reckless’
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/09/28/another-federal-judge-halts-changes-postal-service/3563590001/

Grand juror in Breonna Taylor Case says deliberations were misrepresented
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/09/29/Grand-Juror-in-Breonna-Taylor-Case-Says-Deliberations-Were-Misrepresented/stories/202009290097

Natural Gas

Natural gas landowners meet to discuss legal action involving two major natural gas firms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/natural-gas-landowners-meet-to-discuss-legal-action-involving-two-major-natural-gas-firms/article_9ba88f3f-6b72-5b0c-96e0-e31ae50c2aae.html

New Jersey

Bodycam footage released in NJ shooting death of WB man
https://www.timesleader.com/news/804123/bodycam-footage-released-in-nj-shooting-death-of-wb-man

Philly

Archdiocese of Philadelphia closing St. Gabriel’s Hall, marking the end of an era for care of delinquent youths
https://www.inquirer.com/business/st-gabriels-reform-school-closing-archdiocese-philadelphia-20200929.html

Philadelphia Fire Department is promoting a Black woman to fire battalion chief for the first time
https://www.inquirer.com/news/lisa-forrest-first-black-woman-battalion-chief-philadelphia-fire-department-20200928.html

Former Simon Gratz basketball standout Ross Carter shot and killed
https://www.inquirer.com/high-school-sports/pennsylvania/ross-carter-simon-gratz-high-basketball-shot-killed-20200928.html

Summit will highlight impact of mass incarceration on communities
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/summit-will-highlight-impact-of-mass-incarceration-on-communities/article_926881c8-bcd1-5cc1-9ec1-dede9df873c9.html

Philadelphia encampment activists hashing out potential deal with city for houses
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philadelphia-encampment-activists-hashing-out-potential-deal-with-city-for-houses/article_cfcfeb0e-b036-553f-ae48-059802268fef.html

Pitt

Conduct trial for Judge Tranquilli moved to November
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/09/28/pittsburgh-judge-mark-tranquilli-conduct-trial-moved-court-judicial-discipline/stories/202009280071

Yom Kippur dialogue connects racism, anti-Semitism
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/09/28/Yom-Kippur-interfaith-dialogue-anti-Semitism-racism-Pittsburgh-Charlottesville/stories/202009280100

Allegheny County Health Department offering flu vaccinations at Downtown clinic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/28/Allegheny-County-offering-flu-vaccinations-Downtown-clinic-Hartley-rose-building/stories/202009280083

Defining herself: Remembering Linda Dickerson
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/29/Defining-herself-Remembering-Linda-Dickerson/stories/202009290038

Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics picks up volunteers, 1,129 bags of trash
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/pittsburgh-garbage-olympics-picks-up-volunteers-1129-bags-of-trash/

Meet the Strip District Produce Terminal’s new tenants in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/meet-the-strip-district-produce-terminals-new-tenants-in-pittsburgh/

Pittsburgh Public Schools extends remote work 5 weeks for teachers, 2 days for students
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pittsburgh-public-schools-extends-remote-work-5-weeks-for-teachers-two-days-for-students/

State News

Pennsylvanians must keep faith to do the difficult work RBG started | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/supreme-court-aclu-pennsylvania-ruth-bader-ginsburg-20200929.html

Lanternfly-sniffing dog likely to begin work in Pa. by late October, peak egg-smashing season
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lanternfly-sniffing-dog-likely-to-begin-work-in-pa-by-late-october-peak-egg-smashing/article_5f5cb070-01c6-11eb-9a1d-270fa5a42b4d.html

A sordid tale of housing and systemic racism
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/opinion/columns/your-voice/2020/09/29/housing-and-systemic-racism-toll-sordid-history/3561026001/

Transportation

Editorial: Watch for kids before moving vehicle
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-watch-for-kids-before-moving-vehicle/article_5f8cc6fc-01a3-11eb-a3a8-b3e76daf1825.html

Washington

Report on president’s taxes splits lawmakers along partisan lines in Washington
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/28/Trump-taxes-report-president-income-tax-returns-Pennsylvania-Democrats-GOP/stories/202009280075

GOP surrogates dismiss tax report as political jab during Trump bus tour stop in Monroeville
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/gop-surrogates-dismiss-tax-report-as-political-jab-during-trump-bus-tour-stop-in-monroeville/

Rick Santorum continues to be an idiot, implies NYT report on Trump’s taxes made up
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/rick-santorum-continues-to-be-an-idiot-implies-nyt-report-on-trumps-taxes-made-up/Content?oid=18080018