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Legislature

Sexual abuse survivors to testify in state Senate hearing
https://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/sexual-abuse-survivors-to-testify-in-state-senate-hearing/article_a0530eac-ebec-5b54-a323-d3bec76cf417.html

CNN’s Van Jones on what unifies America: ‘We have to fix the probation system’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/van-jones-on-what-unifies-america-we-have-to-fix-the-probation-system/

Teach personal finance in high school? Pa. legislators, raise your hands and vote ‘yes’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/dan-laughlin-personal-finance-high-schools-student-debt-20190930.html

Rep. Mark Rozzi opposes bid to reduce state regulations, saying it will increase bureaucracy
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/rep-mark-rozzi-opposes-bid-to-reduce-state-regulations-says-it-will-increase-bureucracy

By advancing mandatory minimums and more preemption, Harrisburg moves backward on gun violence | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/gun-control-violence-state-preemption-nra-mandatory-minimums-pennsylvania-20190930.html

Administration

Wolf admin opposes Federal SNAP cutbacks
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20190929/wolf-admin-opposes-federal-snap-cutbacks

Crime/Punishment

North Hills DUI checkpoint on Route 19 nets 5 arrests
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/north-hills-dui-checkpoint-on-route-19-nets-5-arrests/

As inmates leave prison in Berks, life is anything but normal
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/as-inmates-leave-prison-in-berks-life-is-anything-but-normal

Ending ‘vicious cycle’ no easy task, but 53-year-old with a long criminal history finds help
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/ending-vicious-cycle-no-easy-task-but-53-year-old-man-finds-help

Former inmates learn skills, find their places in the world
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/former-inmates-learn-skills-find-their-places-in-the-world

One-man-crime army from Reading finds vocation, vows to shun old ways
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/one-man-crime-army-finds-vocation-vows-to-shun-old-ways

Why are private prisons controversial? 3 questions answered | Analysis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/why-are-private-prisons-controversial-3-questions-answered-analysis/

Despite #MeToo movement, sexual assaults remain difficult to prosecute
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190929/despite-metoo-movement-sexual-assaults-remain-difficult-to-prosecute

Education

Pa.’s teachers earn more money and are treated better than most colleagues nationwide: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/pas-teachers-earn-more-money-and-are-treated-better-than-most-colleagues-nationwide-report.html

At Temple University, enrollment drop was an unintended but welcome consequence
https://www.inquirer.com/news/temple-university-graduation-rate-students-20190930.html

Temple researchers to study potential PFAS-cancer links
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190929/temple-researchers-to-study-potential-pfas-cancer-links

As colleges compete for fewer students, the pressure rises to meet enrollment targets
https://www.inquirer.com/education/college-enrollment-student-bucknell-muhlenberg-ursinus-dickinson-20190930.html

Local News

Federal government provides update on flood map changes along the Susquehanna River
https://www.timesleader.com/news/757282/federal-government-provides-update-on-flood-map-changes-along-the-susquehanna-river

Reproductive rights protest held at Luzerne County Courthouse
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/757238/reproductive-rights-protest-held-at-luzerne-county-courthouse

Speakers protest policy change at event for ‘reproductive justice’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/speakers-protest-policy-change-at-event-for-reproductive-justice-1.2539496

Jewish community coming together for Rosh Hashanah
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/jewish-community-coming-together-for-rosh-hashanah-1.2539500

New director at St. Francis Kitchen brings compassion to table
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-director-at-st-francis-kitchen-brings-compassion-to-table-1.2539570

Scranton officials consider GPS tracking system for city fleet
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-officials-consider-gps-tracking-system-for-city-fleet-1.2539564

Maddon’s departure from Chicago Cubs draws local reaction
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/maddon-s-departure-from-chicago-cubs-draws-local-reaction-1.2539502

Parts of 15 Scranton streets included in upcoming paving project
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/parts-of-15-scranton-streets-included-in-upcoming-paving-project-1.2539565

Parade committee seeks outstanding area veteran
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/parade-committee-seeks-outstanding-area-veteran-1.2539415

Hundreds try out Heritage Trail’s latest upgrades
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/hundreds-try-out-heritage-trail-s-latest-upgrades-1.2539544

Referendums used as shields
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/referendums-used-as-shields-1.2539385

Volunteers package 30,000 meals to distribute to those in need
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/volunteers-package-30-000-meals-to-distribute-to-those-in-need-1.2539454

How Havertown became hot with old-fashioned charm, and without big development
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/havertown-delaware-county-haverford-township-town-tap-brick-brew-20190930.html

After decades of hardship, officials see a bright future for Coatesville
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/after-decades-of-hardship-officials-see-a-bright-future-for/article_695ab8b2-e14a-11e9-b256-8343b33c305a.html

Uniontown’s downtown shows signs of life amidst deep poverty
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/09/29/Uniontown-poverty-downtown-revitalization/stories/201907220073

Harrison girl, 7, raises thousands of dollars for police — again
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/harrison-girl-7-raises-thousands-of-dollars-for-police-again/

Royals making changes in bid to boost attendance
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/royals-making-changes-in-bid-to-boost-attendance

Red Sand Project raises awareness of human trafficking and sexual exploitation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/red-sand-project-raises-awareness-of-human-trafficking-and-sexual-exploitation

Nichols: More jobs will bring more people to Beaver County
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190930/nichols-more-jobs-will-bring-more-people-to-beaver-county

With new voting machines, ballots to cost 26 cents each
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190927/with-new-voting-machines-ballots-to-cost-26-cents-each

National News

Lawyers fight for everyday women bringing #MeToo complaints
https://www.witf.org/2019/09/30/lawyers-fight-for-everyday-women-bringing-metoo-complaints/

Philly

Police arbitration payouts have cost Philly taxpayers at least $5 million over the last decade
https://www.inquirer.com/news/police-arbitration-philadelphia-back-pay-millions-fop-20190930.html

$29.6B of Philly real estate is exempt from property taxes. Should nonprofits be asked to pay up?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-nonprofit-exempt-property-tax-pilots-penn-aramark-20190930.html

How Councilman Brian O’Neill’s approach to land use has shaped Northeast Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/councilman-brian-oneill-development-northeast-philly-20190930.html

Celebrate Philly’s decline in poverty — but with caution | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/poverty-census-acs-casey-child-unemployment-editorial-20190929.html

Pitt

Family and friends gather to run the 42nd annual Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/29/Great-race-Richard-S-Caliguiri-Pittsburgh-participants/stories/201909290171

At Jewish new year, sermons to seek hope amid tragedy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/09/29/Tree-of-Life-synagogue-massacre-Rosh-Hashana-Yom-Kippur-high-holidays-sermon/stories/201909280015

Greater Pittsburgh Jews hope High Holy Days foster healing from Tree of Life attack
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greater-pittsburgh-jews-hope-high-holy-days-foster-healing-from-tree-of-life-attack/

Walkabout: Millennials bolstering Aviary’s volunteer ranks
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/09/30/National-Aviary-volunteerism-birding-birds/stories/201909300062

Allegheny County Jail without hot water through Wednesday
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2019/09/29/Allegheny-County-Jail-without-hot-water-through-Wednesday/stories/201909290202

State News

For 2 years, health clinics innovated to expand mental health, addiction services. Now funding is uncertain.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/29/For-2-years-health-clinics-innovated-to-expand-mental-health-addiction-services-Now-funding-is-uncertain/stories/201909250013

Bloomsburg Fair helicopter crash ‘frightening’
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/bloomsburg-fair-helicopter-crash-frightening-1.2539448

Pa. second lady Gisele Fetterman: From ‘invisible’ undocumented immigrant to loud, proud advocate
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/gisele-barreto-fetterman-from-undocumented-immigrant-to-pennsylvania-second-lady.html

What’s it like having the mysterious vaping illness that has killed a dozen people? This central Pa. teen knows
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/09/whats-it-like-having-the-mysterious-vaping-illness-that-has-killed-a-dozen-people-this-central-pa-teen-knows.html

Bucks towns see 10% road salt increase
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190929/bucks-towns-see-10-road-salt-increase