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Legislature

Latest Pa. GOP attempt to strip Gov. Tom Wolf of his coronavirus emergency powers fails
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pa-disaster-declaration-coronavirus-tom-wolf-gop-legislature-20200902.html

Pa. House falls short on COVID-19 emergency order veto override
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-house-falls-short-on-covid-19-emergency-order-veto-override/

Battle over mail-in ballots playing out in Pa. Legislature, state and federal courts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/09/02/Pennsylvania-mail-in-ballots-Pa-House-Senate-legislation-state-federal-courts/stories/202009020153

House OKs changes to mail-in voting law; Wolf threatens veto
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/house-oks-changes-to-mail-in-voting-law-wolf-threatens-veto/

Pa. House passes pandemic-related school bills, including one that guarantees school boards have the power to decide whether to hold sports
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/pa-house-passes-pandemic-related-school-bills-including-one-that-guarantees-school-boards-have-the-power-to-decide-whether-to-hold-sports.html

Federal order protects many Pa. renters from eviction, though legal challenges may arise
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pa-eviction-ban-federal-order-renters-assistance-20200902.html

A lifeline for small businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/03/A-lifeline-for-small-businesses/stories/202009010071

Mullery named Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Ethics
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mullery-named-democratic-chairman-of-the-house-committee-on-ethics/article_5c1efdf6-ea94-5a9f-9ad8-0817e462e30b.html

We need changes in state law to ensure accurate, timely reporting of mail-in voting | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/09/we-need-changes-in-state-law-to-ensure-accurate-timely-reporting-of-mail-in-voting-opinion.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Bloomsburg University COVID-19 cases reach 218 as Lock Haven also shifts classes online
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/09/02/Lock-Haven-University-coronavirus-COVID-19-state-system-Pennsylvania-fall-classes-Pignatello/stories/202009020083

Wilkes U. stands at 7 COVID-19 cases, dashboard shows
https://www.timesleader.com/news/800105/wilkes-u-stands-at-7-covid-19-cases-dashboard-shows

Spike in coronavirus cases forces Kutztown University to suspend athletic-related activities
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/college/spike-in-coronavirus-cases-forces-kutztown-university-to-suspend-athletic-related-activities/article_b3a85144-ed5c-11ea-976e-2334e2616694.html

Penn State athletic department reports 1 positive among 222 coronavirus tests
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/penn-state/penn-state-athletic-department-reports-1-positive-among-222-coronavirus-tests/article_176b43e0-ed6b-11ea-a8a4-d359cff13e23.html

Temple cases rise, two more universities pause classes; Murphy says N.J. is prepared for the school year
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-schools-reopening-temple-colleges-20200902.html

13 new COVID-19 deaths reported in W. Pa.; Allegheny County reports 9 dead
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/02/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-52/stories/202009020092

Two new deaths reported in Monroe County; 49 new cases found in region
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/two-new-deaths-reported-in-monroe-county-49-new-cases-found-in-region/article_d8896da8-d413-5975-a253-5bc5cb6360c6.html

Centre County sees largest one-day jump in COVID-19 cases, SCASD staying open for now
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/02/centre-county-sees-largest-one-day-jump-in-covid-19-cases-scasd-staying-open-for-now/

Nearly a quarter of Montgomery County residents sought tests for coronavirus
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/nearly-a-quarter-of-montgomery-county-residents-sought-tests-for-coronavirus/article_b8272da3-7174-5dd8-9dc2-ebbc3b83240d.html

COVID outbreaks at Beaver County nursing homes concern state officials
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/09/02/covid-outbreaks-beaver-county-nursing-homes-concern-state-officials/5686283002/

Nursing homes resume limited family visits for residents
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/nursing-homes-resume-limited-family-visits-for-residents/article_d59cc620-14bf-5bb8-8a7c-35516a70fe17.html

Special visiting booths help protect nursing home residents from COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/special-visiting-booths-help-protect-nursing-home-residents-from-covid-19/article_6f52735e-3af6-5221-8d7d-4f958c1a2bf5.html

Steroids can save lives among covid-19 patients, UPMC and Pitt researchers say
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/steroids-can-save-lives-among-covid-19-patients-upmc-and-pitt-researchers-say/

Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline in COVID-19 vaccine human trials
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/covid-19-meds/2020/09/03/Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline-in-COVID-19-vaccine-human-trials/stories/202009030113

Retargeting testing: Political or practical?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/03/Retargeting-testing-Political-or-practical/stories/202008280050

Administration

Wolf administration to release $25M for abandoned mine land reclamation projects
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/wolf-administration-to-release-25m-for-abandoned-mine-land-reclamation-projects.html

Business

You just learned your Pennsylvania unemployment benefits are running out. Don’t panic.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/unemployement-benefits-peuc-lwa-cares-trump-pennsylvania-20200902.html

Mini-reactors are gaining traction in the push for greener grids
https://www.inquirer.com/business/mini-nuclear-reactors-renewable-small-house-cost-radiation-leak-20200903.html

Ball Corp.’s new Jenkins Township plant will create 230 jobs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/800129/ball-corp-s-new-jenkins-township-plant-will-create-230-jobs

New manufacturing plant will create 230 jobs in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/new-manufacturing-plant-will-create-230-jobs-in-luzerne-county/article_3b8050e6-e470-5ee0-83dc-1496a3fc4896.html

Berks officials urge business owners to apply for grants from $6 million in new coronavirus relief
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-officials-urge-business-owners-to-apply-for-grants-from-6-million-in-new-coronavirus/article_80601514-ed67-11ea-bb04-37294b1cc518.html

Few masks, little distancing: Amid pandemic, crowds rally at Lincoln Speedway
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/2020/09/02/few-masks-little-distancing-amid-pandemic-crowds-rally-lincoln-speedway/5680189002/

Education

Some fans will now be allowed at high school sports events in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2020/09/02/high-school-sports-pennsylvania-spectator-ban-tom-wolf/stories/202009020122

Gov. Wolf lifts ban on spectators at interscholastic sports
https://tribhssn.triblive.com/gov-wolf-lifts-ban-on-spectators-at-interscholastic-sports/

Wolf updates spectator guidelines for high school sports
https://www.citizensvoice.com/sports/wolf-updates-spectator-guidelines-for-high-school-sports/article_fde589c0-0f7b-59db-ab34-41d95eca9861.html

How remote learning could lead to vision problems for some kids
https://www.inquirer.com/health/expert-opinions/remote-learning-kids-vision-screening-protect-eye-sight-20200903.html

Pa. must fund students, not school districts | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-virtual-learning-school-choice-coronavirus-pandemic-20200902.html

As school begins, local officials offer guidance on sports, PPE, special ed and more
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/as-school-begins-local-officials-offer-guidance-on-sports-ppe-special-ed-and-more/article_8639ac02-ed49-11ea-a91c-bbfbb9aa87f7.html

Elections/Politics

GOP group opposed to Trump makes big ad buy in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/02/The-Lincoln-Project-Doc-Rivers-ad-Pennsylvania/stories/202009020139

In Kenosha, Joe Biden to test his promise to unify the nation
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/03/In-Kenosha-Joe-Biden-to-test-his-promise-to-unify-the-nation/stories/202009030110

Trump, Biden will visit Shanksville on Sept. 11
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/09/02/Biden-will-visit-Shanksville-on-Sept-11/stories/202009020114

Fact-checking Biden’s statement in Pa. that more police have died from coronavirus than on patrol
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-police-deaths-coronavirus-patrol-20200902.html

Trump’s base is shrinking as whites without a college degree continue to decline
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/03/trumps-base-is-shrinking-as-whites-without-a-college-degree-continue-to-decline/

Monmouth poll: Biden’s lead over Trump narrows in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/02/Monmouth-poll-Biden-Trump-pennsylvania-presidential-election-voters/stories/202009020086

A Pennsylvania county voted for Obama twice. But it’s ‘Trump Country’ now.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/luzerne-county-pennsylvania-trump-biden-20200903.html

Trump suggests voting twice, which is illegal
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-vote-twice-barr-north-carolina-20200902.html

Trump to make campaign stop in Latrobe today
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/03/Trump-campaign-stop-Latrobe-pennsylvania-election/stories/202009030114

Westmoreland outsources mailing of ballots, calibration of voting machines
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-outsources-mailing-of-ballots-calibration-of-voting-machines/

Voters will get to try new machines before Nov. 3
https://www.timesleader.com/news/800150/voters-will-get-to-try-new-machines-before-nov-3

Lackawanna County election board authorizes use of drop boxes for mail-in ballots
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/lackawanna-county-election-board-authorizes-use-of-drop-boxes-for-mail-in-ballots/article_366a365d-fa90-5bb6-bee9-889a32a55ac1.html

Candidate challenges Toohil to three debates
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/candidate-challenges-toohil-to-three-debates/article_77d53d80-0dba-5434-98b6-a87aacf1f566.html

This Pa. Senate race is a rare political beauty | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/this-pa-senate-race-is-a-rare-political-beauty-john-baer.html

Prosecutors charge 19 in North Carolina with voter fraud
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/voter-fraud-north-carolina-2016-20200902.html

Perry: Systemic racism isn’t real, Black deaths sensationalized
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/02/perry-systemic-racism-isnt-real-black-deaths-sensationalized/5693843002/

Gaming

Philly investor Ira Lubert wins auction for new Pa. mini-casino license, and names State College area as the site
https://www.inquirer.com/business/ira-lubert-wins-pennsylvania-casino-license-auction-state-college-20200902.html

Investigate Mount Airy casino loan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/investigate-mount-airy-casino-loan/article_770dd544-174f-56ab-9b47-54c898387aa5.html

Local News

Federal grants announced aimed at cleaning up polluted waterways
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/federal-grants-announced-aimed-at-cleaning-up-polluted-waterways/article_ebbf7c5d-f772-59a7-bace-98b8ba0b885a.html

Keystone Mission gets zoning go-ahead for homeless shelter in South Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/keystone-mission-gets-zoning-go-ahead-for-homeless-shelter-in-south-scranton/article_bdfbdccd-27de-5e9e-9c56-7595437c629f.html

Clarks Summit council votes in opposition of liquefied natural gas plant’s plans
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/clarks-summit-council-votes-in-opposition-of-liquefied-natural-gas-plants-plans/article_b4b40259-f4ee-57b4-b247-1081a3d6bd93.html

New task force brings child abuse into county domain
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/new-task-force-brings-child-abuse-into-county-domain/article_b043f94a-ed6b-11ea-9cee-0f2372d837a3.html

Delaware County Council takes first step to decriminalize marijuana
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delaware-county-council-takes-first-step-to-decriminalize-marijuana/article_1642ddb4-ed81-11ea-9290-27e48a5fcd8d.html

State grant will pay for dredging of Turtle Creek, Dirty Camp Run in Pitcairn
https://triblive.com/local/monroeville/state-grant-will-fund-dredging-of-turtle-creek-dirty-camp-run-in-allegheny-county/

Wilkes-Barre, Pittston YMCAs merging
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-pittston-ymcas-merging/article_8cfce235-b95c-53ee-93c3-e06c37462bb7.html

Concentration of sex offenders in Harrisburg is well-documented. How to address the issue isn’t that simple.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/concentration-of-sex-offenders-in-harrisburg-is-well-documented-how-to-address-the-issue-isnt-that-simple.html

National News

Tom Seaver, Hall of Fame pitcher and Mets legend, dies at 75
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/09/02/Tom-Seaver-Hall-of-Fame-pitcher-and-Mets-legend-dies-at-75/stories/202009020162

Philly

‘A desperate plea for help’: Philly councilmember asks Kenney to declare gun violence emergency
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/03/a-desperate-plea-for-help-philly-councilmember-asks-kenney-to-declare-gun-violence-emergency/

SEPTA’s ‘social-distancing coaches’ are sticking around to boost mask wearing
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-social-distancing-coaches-masks-coronavirus-20200902.html

Philly students head back to class, virtually; education leaders demand more funding
https://www.inquirer.com/education/first-day-of-school-philadelphia-funding-kenney-weingarten-pft-contract-remote-learning-20200902.html

Judge rejects bid by Local 98 chief John Dougherty and Councilmember Bobby Henon to toss their bribery case before trial
https://www.inquirer.com/news/john-dougherty-robert-henon-trial-local-98-ibew-philly-city-council-20200902.html

How the Sixers are pitching their plan for a new arena and more at Penn’s Landing
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-76ers-new-area-spending-jobs-20200903.html

2 teens killed in quadruple shooting in South Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-homicide-east-germantown-shooting-20200902.html

Philadelphia police inspector under investigation for alleged assault
https://www.inquirer.com/news/james-smith-police-inspector-philadelphia-investigation-citizen-complaint-20200902.html

Philadelphia International Airport still can’t receive most international flights
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phl-europe-foreign-travel-restrictions-covid-pandemic-funneling-airport-20200902.html

Black groups endorse 76ers bid to build stadium along Delaware River waterfront
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/black-groups-endorse-76ers-bid-to-build-stadium-along-delaware-river-waterfront/article_a7859bea-5cde-5445-bb5d-f487f68a1ff7.html

Stick to the people’s preferences for the Delaware Waterfront | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/sixers-penns-landing-delaware-river-waterfront-civic-basketball-20200903.html

Her ticket up was basketball. But that was before a stray bullet took her life. | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/jasmine-lewis-gun-violence-homicide-philly-jenice-armstrong-20200902.html

If lanternflies can teach us anything, it’s that we must remain vigilant | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/lanternfly-insects-bugs-invasive-helen-ubinas-pennsylvania-20200902.html

Pitt

Peduto set to bypass early budget deadline as virus hits revenues, no federal help in sight
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/09/02/Pittsburgh-preliminary-budget-early-deadline-Peduto-bypass-COVID-19-city-council/stories/202009020119

City treasurer: Pittsburgh faces $100 million less revenue because of pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/new-treasurer-pittsburgh-faces-100-million-less-revenue-because-of-pandemic/

Pittsburgh Airport gets $3.6 million grant to keep the air flowing inside planes
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/09/02/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-FAA-grant-COVID-19-air-systems-Sen-Bob-Casey/stories/202009020152

Email error revealed names of 47 Pittsburgh diocese abuse claimants
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/09/02/Email-error-leaks-names-of-abuse-claimants/stories/202009020118

Fitzgerald, Bogen take part in clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/02/COVID-19-coronavirus-vaccine-Moderna-clinical-trial-Debra-Bogen-Rich-Fitzgerald/stories/202009020155

Port Authority to design its own face masks to be part of employee uniforms
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/09/02/Port-Authority-Black-Lives-Matter-face-masks-uniform-policy-Amalgamated-Transit-Union/stories/202009020117

Two city councilmen invite Biden to tour Pittsburgh’s historically Black neighborhoods
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/09/02/Pittsburgh-City-Council-members-Rickey-Burgess-R-Daniel-Lavelle-Joe-Biden-visit/stories/202009020163

Allegheny-Fayette labor council will host emergency food distribution, part of ‘Weekend of Service’
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-fayette-labor-council-will-host-emergency-food-distribution-part-of-weekend-of-service/

City offices closed, trash collection delayed by Labor Day in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
https://triblive.com/local/city-offices-closed-trash-collection-delayed-by-labor-day-in-pittsburgh-allegheny-county/

Pittsburgh City Council told facial recognition bill should be stronger
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-city-council-told-facial-recognition-bill-should-be-stronger/

State News

Pennsylvania women and people of color are bearing the brunt of the recession, report shows
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-women-black-hispanic-unemployment-rate-coronavirus-government-shutdown-20200902.html

Pa. liquor sales down, but income hits record high
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/drinks/2020/09/03/Pennsylvania-Liquor-Control-Board-sales-PLCB-Fine-Wines-Good-Spirits-fiscal/stories/202009020141

Pa. Liquor Control Board reports record net income despite sales decline
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/plcb-reports-record-net-income-despite-sales-decline/

PLCB awards 4 grants in Berks County to reduce underage and dangerous drinking
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/plcb-awards-4-grants-in-berks-county-to-reduce-underage-and-dangerous-drinking/article_619977f2-ed4d-11ea-9e80-67cc8fa65472.html

Let the bugling begin: Pennsylvania elk webcam goes live
https://triblive.com/local/regional/let-the-bugling-begin-pennsylvania-elk-webcam-goes-live/

Transportation

PennDOT proposing bridge replacement, roundabout project in Allegheny Township
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/penndot-proposing-bridge-replacement-roundabout-project-in-allegheny-township/

PennDOT: Roundabouts save lives
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/penndot-roundabouts-save-lives/article_9b75c8e6-f719-584a-9893-3234d16a8220.html

Washington

Second Trump appointee out at FDA amid credibility concerns
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/coronavirus-fda-trump-appointee-out-20200902.html

Meuser says he’s fully recovered from COVID-19
https://www.timesleader.com/news/800103/meuser-says-hes-fully-recovered-from-covid-19