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Legislature

With little notice, Pa. Senate panel advances voting bill that Wolf, Dems oppose
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/with-little-notice-pa-senate-panel-advances-voting-bill-that-wolf-dems-oppose/

Wolf, Fetterman renew push for legalized marijuana
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/09/03/Tom-Wolf-John-Fetterman-Pennsylvania-renew-push-legalized-recreational-adult-use-marijuana-General-Assembly/stories/202009030169

Gov. Wolf renews call for legal recreational marijuana
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-renews-call-for-legal-recreational-marijuana/

Wolf, Fetterman renew call for marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/wolf-fetterman-renew-call-for-marijuana-legalization-in-pennsylvania/article_fdd15d98-ee0f-11ea-8403-f3b2bace2060.html

Legalized marijuana would raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Pa., Wolf and Fetterman say
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/legalized-recreational-marijuana-would-create-economic-windfall-and-reform-criminal-justice-in-pa-wolf-and-fetterman-renew-calls.html

New Jersey marijuana legalization effort spurring renewed push in PA
https://www.dailyitem.com/news/new-jersey-marijuana-legalization-effort-spurring-renewed-push-in-pa/article_da144399-a7a7-546f-886b-0294b28a55fe.html

House Repubs again snuff out Wolf’s calls for recreational cannabis legalization
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/house-repubs-again-snuff-out-wolfs-calls-for-recreational-cannabis-legalization/

The Legislature needs to step up to keep Pa. residents in their homes. Here’s how | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-legislature-needs-to-step-up-to-keep-pa-residents-in-their-homes-heres-how-opinion/

Owlett: Action on state park admission fee proposal is doubtful
http://www.tiogapublishing.com/the_wellsboro_mansfield_gazette/news/local/owlett-action-on-state-park-admission-fee-proposal-is-doubtful/article_f6c1a150-6694-551d-83d0-ff990b988420.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. details plan to prevent repeat of COVID-19 carnage at nursing homes, denies claims earlier actions caused excessive deaths
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/09/pa-details-plan-to-prevent-repeat-of-covid-19-carnage-at-nursing-homes-denies-claims-earlier-actions-caused-excessive-deaths.html

State to allow ‘compassionate caregivers’ in nursing homes
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/state-to-allow-compassionate-caregivers-in-nursing-homes/article_949a8b95-3299-5df0-b673-84656a9f7576.html

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, visits Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/09/03/Dr-Deborah-Birx-visits-Pittsburgh-Bill-Peduto-coronavirus-response/stories/202009030152

White House virus coordinator says Pa. has done a ’remarkable job’ combating pandemic; state says nursing homes can have certain visitors
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-birx-schools-cases-restaurants-20200903.html

Leader of White House covid-19 response team visits Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/leader-of-white-house-covid-19-response-team-visits-pittsburgh/

Federal agents execute search warrants at Brighton Rehabilitation, Mt. Lebanon site
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/03/Federal-agents-execute-warrants-Brighton-Rehabilitation-Mt-Lebanon-Rehab-pandemic/stories/202009030126

Allied Services nursing home pauses family visits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/allied-services-nursing-home-pauses-family-visits/article_aa7cd8e9-da8f-5e12-abdb-1ac50ade99be.html

Partisan or not, questions about PA, NJ nursing homes deserve answers | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/trump-justice-department-seeks-wolf-murphy-nursing-home-coronavirus-data-20200904.html

Covid vaccine will not end pandemic, UPMC doctors say
https://triblive.com/local/covid-vaccine-will-not-end-pandemic-upmc-doctors-say/

UPMC seeing less severe cases of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/03/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-53/stories/202009030162

Routine COVID-19 testing to be tied to rate of spread in community; region adds 43 new cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/routine-covid-19-testing-to-be-tied-to-rate-of-spread-in-community-region-adds/article_cdb050b9-c71b-5d3e-a3f7-bc33975a589a.html

As Berks deals with coronavirus-related stress and anxiety, requests for behavioral health services increase
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/as-berks-deals-with-coronavirus-related-stress-and-anxiety-requests-for-behavioral-health-services-increase/article_f0a52790-eb89-11ea-ae97-4b3d1340d0b1.html

COVID-19 cases jump in Pa. to highest number in more than a month
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/04/covid-19-cases-jump-in-pa-to-highest-number-in-more-than-a-month/

Pennsylvania’s reported covid-19 cases, positivity rate both spike
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvanias-reported-covid-19-cases-positivity-rate-both-spike/

Allegheny County reports 105 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-reports-105-new-coronavirus-cases/

17 new COVID-19 cases in county; 1,160 new cases statewide
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/17-new-covid-19-cases-in-county-1-160-new-cases-statewide/article_3dbf69df-00b6-5c0f-82ba-0f74a609ab6e.html

Westmoreland County reports 14 new covid-19 cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-14-new-covid-19-cases/

Berks County adds 45 new coronavirus cases, most since July 24
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-45-new-coronavirus-cases-most-since-july-24/article_bf5a92c8-ede2-11ea-8b8a-d36d95d1c5e1.html

Pittsburgh expert: 6 important things to know about covid testing and going to sporting events
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-expert-6-important-things-to-know-about-covid-testing-and-going-to-sporting-events/

Will there be a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine-november-question-and-answer-20200904.html

Why U.S. kids can’t go back to school and German kids can | Trudy Rubin
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/school-reopening-germany-united-states-trump-angela-merkel-covid-coronavirus-20200903.html

Sen. Pat Toomey does not rule out a run for Pennsylvania governor in 2022 while talking coronavirus recovery with Lehigh Valley business leaders
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-toomey-chamber-forum-20200903-kyn746nwejdj5p7xeb5x6w6apa-story.html

Business

FedEx plans 70,000-job hiring spree for record holiday surge
https://www.inquirer.com/business/fedex-jobs-holidays-christmas-packages-20200903.html

Judge does not bar Scranton mall from evicting indoor-playground tenant
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/judge-does-not-bar-scranton-mall-from-evicting-indoor-playground-tenant/article_10675c62-1db5-5287-a141-2ea46b55dc7c.html

Crime/Punishment

Allentown police covered up assault of man later acquitted of resisting officers, lawsuit alleges
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-john-perez-violent-arrest-20200904-erxcw7rderbtljfroylryx4dxq-story.html

Education

In split vote, State College school board opts to cancel school Friday, review COVID-19 numbers
https://www.witf.org/2020/09/04/in-split-vote-state-college-school-board-opts-to-cancel-school-friday-review-covid-19-numbers/

Educators, Cartwright urge passage of Heroes Act
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/educators-cartwright-urge-passage-of-heroes-act/article_3f6ecdfa-b546-5305-983d-daf2713fa3b1.html

Some District 10 schools will allow fans; some won’t
https://www.goerie.com/sports/20200904/some-district-10-schools-will-allow-fans-some-wonrsquot

Pandemic pods,’ cyber school and tutors: How Bucks parents are dealing with virtual learning
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/local/2020/09/04/bucks-parents-turning-pandemic-pods-cyber-schools-covid-school-year/3449762001/

Amid virus outbreak, Temple moves most instruction online for the rest of the semester
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-university-coronavirus-spike-online-learning-20200903.html

Kutztown University keeping some in-person classes after 26 students and 1 employee test positive for COVID-19
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/kutztown-university-keeping-some-in-person-classes-after-26-students-and-1-employee-test-positive/article_e6c390d0-ee19-11ea-9c5c-c71a8ed6cf4d.html

Alvernia housing some students in downtown Reading hotel to reduce COVID-19 risks
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/alvernia-housing-some-students-in-downtown-reading-hotel-to-reduce-covid-19-risks/article_d45b90f0-ee28-11ea-9d9a-6f28bada1d9f.html

Elections/Politics

Dems blast Trump policies, ‘chaos’ ahead of president’s Westmoreland County rally
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/dems-blast-trump-policies-chaos-ahead-of-presidents-visit-to-westmoreland-county/

Trump reaffirms message of law and order at Latrobe rally
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/09/03/Trump-visit-Latrobe-PA-rally-reelection-campaign-law-and-order-radical-Democrats/stories/202009030197

Trump dodges systemic racism 4 years after telling Philly’s Black voters he’s ‘not a bigot’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/president-donald-trump-joe-biden-systemic-racism-20200904.html

Former York County GOP chair disavows Perry following comments about race
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/09/03/former-york-county-gop-chair-disowns-perry-following-comments-race/5702893002/

National News

Rochester, N.Y., mayor suspends police officers involved in Black man’s suffocation death
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/mayor-suspends-rochester-officer-suffocation-death-20200903.html

Philly

Philadelphia keeps clearing homeless encampments. But who is being helped?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/encampment-clearing-homeless-philadelphia-ben-franklin-parkway-method-20200904.html

Postrecession Allentown rebuilt its downtown with a big tax break. The Sixers want a similar deal in Philly.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/76ers-penns-landing-arena-philadelphia-allentown-niz-taxes-subsidy-20200904.html

Racist emails hit Black-owned small businesses in Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/racism-emails-small-business-owners-philadelphia-police-20200903.html

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open to visitors after a 6-month pause
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-museum-art-open-coronavirus-20200904.html

What are the new rules for indoor dining in Philly and Jersey?
https://www.inquirer.com/food/new-jersey-philadelphia-indoor-dining-rules-restaurants-servers-customers-20200904.html

Philadelphia police detain 17 protesters for blocking court entrance as eviction hearings resumed for a day
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-eviction-protest-arrests-court-philadelphia-tenants-union-20200903.html

As Labor Day weekend nears, residents are still on edge about fireworks exploding in city
https://www.inquirer.com/news/consumer-fireworks-explosions-philadelphia-pa-legislature-outlaw-20200903.html

Housing advocates prep for worst-case scenario on evictions
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/housing-advocates-prep-for-worst-case-scenario-on-evictions/article_5d3824dd-4356-51e2-8942-5cfbec643028.html

Pitt

Labor Day parade organizers plan days of service
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/09/03/Labor-Day-Parade-replacement-public-service-weekend-honor-COVID-19-frontline/stories/202009020115

Public deserves update on air standards
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/09/04/Public-deserves-update-on-air-standards/stories/202009010032

Pittsburgh joins regional initiative to reduce food waste in cities
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/09/04/Pittsburgh-food-waste-Sustainable-Pittsburgh-Natural-Resources-Defense-Council/stories/202008310099

Pittsburgh Symphony announces additional salary cuts, furloughs and layoffs
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2020/09/03/Pittsburgh-Symphony-Orchestra-salary-cuts-musicians-furlough-layoff-staff-concerts-covid-19/stories/202009030191

Pittsburgh to hold public hearing on the Columbus statue in Schenley Park
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/09/03/Christopher-Columbus-statue-Schenley-Park-Pittsburgh-public-hearing-September-17/stories/202009030189

St. George Church recommended for city landmark status
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2020/09/03/St-George-Church-recommended-for-city-landmark-status/stories/202009030161

Input sought for riverfront plan at Hazelwood Green
https://triblive.com/local/input-sought-for-riverfront-plan-at-hazelwood-green/

Pittsburgh cop acquitted in road-rage case could go back to work after city misses deadline
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-cop-acquitted-in-road-rage-case-can-go-back-to-work-after-city-misses-deadline/

State News

Tenants advised to pay what they can during eviction moratorium
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/tenants-advised-to-pay-what-they-can-during-eviction-moratorium/article_43e3370c-6199-5feb-8bab-3585a555fd82.html

Courts see flood of landlord-tenant complaints as eviction ban expires
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/courts-see-flood-of-landlord-tenant-complaints-as-eviction-ban-expires/article_1a1bee29-4107-525a-9886-4d135c0a6987.html

City cautions residents about evictions
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/city-cautions-residents-about-evictions/article_5fa376c2-c640-5bd9-aa9f-7e8ab467db3b.html

Pa. opens medical marijuana testing labs – including 1 in Trafford – to hemp farmers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pa-opens-medical-marijuana-testing-labs-including-one-in-trafford-to-hemp-farmers/

Floodwaters continuing to do damage across Berks
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/floodwaters-continuing-to-do-damage-across-berks/article_c0262758-ec57-11ea-bb49-bb2669e895df.html