Today’s News – February 16, 2018


Ideas to redraw maps beat deadline in gerrymandering case


Pa. redistricting is in the court’s hands now, after Gov. Wolf rebuffs last pitch for delay


Eight Pennsylvanias: Pa. Supreme Court gets a lot of ideas for new Congressional district lines


To stop mass shootings, first fix campaign finance and gerrymandering | Editorial




School safety planning ‘dominates just about everything we do,’ school official says


Morgantown Expressway to be renamed for veterans


Retiring Pa.’s student aid agency CEO praised as ‘an incredible force’ in helping students go to college


Sen. Mike Regan tweeted that school superintendents are ‘clueless’ about security – then changed his mind


Keystone State Games and PA Senior Games returning to Luzerne County


Hearing on Bernstine utility bill rate held in Harrisburg


Rep. Walsh sets town hall meeting in Rostraver


Judge: No racial or political bias in `sting’ case


Municipal pensions still need reform




Gov. Wolf recommending $2 million for drug courts




Wegmans, Sheetz named on Fortune best 100 list


More trouble for Bentley’s as lender seeks foreclosure




An accomplice will die in prison while the killer goes free: The strange justice of Pennsylvania’s felony-murder law


DA Zappala to seek death penalty in slaying of Pitt student


Allegheny County prosecutors seek death penalty against suspect in Pitt student’s murder


Student charged with making threats about using sniper rifle


$120K worth of crystal meth found in Salem Township couple’s home, police say


State AG: Not final chapter in Lackawanna prison arrests


State finishes report on Blair prison




Franklin-Regional School District cancels classes after receiving ‘potential threat’


Potential threat shuts down Franklin Regional School District


School leaders say more resources needed for student mental health


Students, faculty key in helping prevent school violence, experts say


In wake of threats, Westmont board mulls school resource officer; student requests active shooter training


Social media threats to boost police presence at Erie High


New agreement with W-B Area aides, secretaries to reduce wage costs




In 18th District special election race, candidates being sized up on gun rights stance


Patriots press Wagner on social issues


Losing mother, brother to opioid epidemic prompts Democrat James Craig to challenge Bartolotta


Retired Army colonel campaigning for 9th district seat


Rep. Frank Burns announces re-election bid


Health Care


No, getting a flu shot won’t make you spread more influenza


CDC says flu vaccine 36 percent effective


Local News


Police search employee vehicles at VA Medical Center


Dorrance Township supervisors hear mart complaints from neighbor


Luzerne County support urged for mine reclamation funding boost


County explains infrastructure grant funding to local leaders


Paralympian Stephanie Jallen greets fans ahead of trip to South Korea


Residents question developer planning Throop facility to convert landfill gas to fuel


Worst-case scenario: $3.2M deficit


Carbon County poised to celebrate 175 years


County land bank looks to buy 2 properties


Schuylkill Community Action gets $30,000 in donations for repair fund


Chesco marks 50th anniversary of 911 emergency calling


Buffalo supervisors OK grant request to bring city water to 82 homes


Chief of central Pa. police department resigns


Medical Marijuana


First Pa. medical-pot dispensary starts selling to customers


In ‘historic day,’ Western Pennsylvanians buy medical marijuana for first time


Happy tears and hope: 1st medical marijuana dispensary opens in Pa.


As medical marijuana sales begin in Pennsylvania, price information remains elusive


National News


American carnage: Another school massacre, another lack of answers


New Jersey


Marijuana decriminalization bill proposed by legalization opponents in N.J.


Opioid Crisis


Crisis intervention: Breakfast addresses growing opioid epidemic


How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows.


Highmark declares ‘war on opioids’


Highmark puts tighter restrictions on prescription opioids


New task force aims to curb opioid crisis




Are Kenney, Council in a power struggle over Philly’s new school board?


Criminalizing crack addiction was a mistake. Philly’s approach to opioids must be different | Jim Kenney and Larry Krasner


Krasner, feds announce initiatives to combat opioid crisis


Bass proposes alternative plan to safe injection sites, expungement of drug records


I don’t speak language of compassion on injection sites | Flowers


Could one Philly convict’s exoneration prompt DA Larry Krasner to examine other decades-old murders?


College students’ free speech trampled at Philly City Hall’s front yard | Clout


How Philly schools are cutting out bad behavior and improving academics




Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union returning to negotiating table, hope to avert strike


Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers edge closer to going on strike


Pittsburgh sticks with IT firm criticized in whistleblower suit — for now


Port Authority: Regardless of federal help, plans for Bus Rapid Transit system will proceed


Hays bald eagle pair welcomes second egg of the winter


Innovation, cont.: The new UPMC/Pitt research center is a big step


12 new eateries are opening in Allegheny County


Allegheny County Health Department opens new STD clinic


St. Patrick’s Day Parade dedicated to late Steelers chairman, ambassador to Ireland


State News


Industrial hemp farm coming to Somerset County


McKees Rocks barge facility, other projects, receive state multimodal grants


Methane emissions from oil and gas sites 5 times higher than reported, says group


Community discussion aims to make parents aware of sex trafficking threat


Pa. treasurer issues reminder about unclaimed property


School shooting victims have ties to Northeast Pennsylvania


170 attend California workshop on grants for coal communities


Pennsylvania coal production still behind 2017


Rare snowy owl spotted in the Hazleton area




HOV lanes on Parkway North to close Monday




Amtrak’s CEO talks to Congress about safety issues raised by 2016 Chester crash


Trump rally in Ambridge postponed after Florida school shooting


‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills


Toomey bill on death penalty is too expensive | Opinion


NRA gave more than $210,000 to Pa. Congress members, records show


Committee recommends confirmation for two Western Pa. judicial nominees


Cartwright introduces jobs bill