Today’s News – February 16, 2018

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

Ideas to redraw maps beat deadline in gerrymandering case

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13311645-74/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

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/02/pa_redistricting_is_in_the_cou.html#incart_2box_politics

 

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

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/02/hey_pennsylvania_you_want_maps.html#incart_river_index

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/to-stop-mass-shootings-first-fix-campaign-finance-and-gerrymandering-editorial-20180215.html

 

Legislature

 

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

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/02/school_safety_planning_dominat.html#incart_2box_politics

 

Morgantown Expressway to be renamed for veterans

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/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

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/02/pas_student_aid_agency_ceo_to.html#incart_river_index

 

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

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/02/sen_mike_regan_tweeted_that_sc.html#incart_river_index

 

Keystone State Games and PA Senior Games returning to Luzerne County

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/693056/keystone-state-games-and-pa-senior-games-return-to-luzerne-county

 

Hearing on Bernstine utility bill rate held in Harrisburg

http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/hearing-on-bernstine-utility-bill-rate-held-in-harrisburg/article_928648a6-12a6-11e8-8cc1-cbdada4082ef.html

 

Rep. Walsh sets town hall meeting in Rostraver

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13309656-74/rep-walsh-sets-town-hall-meeting-in-rostraver

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/judge-no-racial-or-political-bias-in-sting-case-20180215.html

 

Municipal pensions still need reform

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/municipal-pensions-still-need-reform-1.2302857

 

Administration

 

Gov. Wolf recommending $2 million for drug courts

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180215/gov-wolf-recommending-2-million-for-drug-courts

 

Business

 

Wegmans, Sheetz named on Fortune best 100 list

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/wegmans-sheetz-named-on-fortune-best-100-list-1.2302862

 

More trouble for Bentley’s as lender seeks foreclosure

http://citizensvoice.com/news/more-trouble-for-bentley-s-as-lender-seeks-foreclosure-1.2302983

 

Crime/Punishment

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/375250-pennsylvania-philly-felony-murder-law-da-larry-krasner-criminal-justice-reform-20180216.html

 

DA Zappala to seek death penalty in slaying of Pitt student

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/02/15/Allegheny-County-district-attorney-Stephen-A-Zappala-Jr-death-penalty-matthew-darby-alina-sheykhet-University-of-pittsburgh/stories/201802150148

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13308744-74/allegheny-county-prosecutors-seek-death-penalty-against-suspect-in-pitt-students-murder

 

Student charged with making threats about using sniper rifle

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20180215_ap_fb12705b15144fd49f8735f747fa4dc2.html

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13309027-74/120k-worth-of-crystal-meth-found-in-salem-township-couples-home-police

 

State AG: Not final chapter in Lackawanna prison arrests

http://citizensvoice.com/news/state-ag-not-final-chapter-in-lackawanna-prison-arrests-1.2302968

 

State finishes report on Blair prison

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/02/state-finishes-report-on-blair-prison/

 

Education

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2018/02/16/Franklin-Regional-School-District-cancels-classes-after-receiving-potential-threat/stories/201802160127

 

Potential threat shuts down Franklin Regional School District

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13312294-74/potential-threat-shuts-down-franklin-regional-school-district

 

School leaders say more resources needed for student mental health

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13307912-74/school-leaders-say-more-resources-needed-for-student-mental-health

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13307959-74/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

http://www.tribdem.com/news/in-wake-of-threats-westmont-board-mulls-school-resource-officer/article_d28cfd5a-12d3-11e8-bf5f-5b24f4252303.html

 

Social media threats to boost police presence at Erie High

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180216/social-media-threats-to-boost-police-presence-at-erie-high

 

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

http://citizensvoice.com/news/new-agreement-with-w-b-area-aides-secretaries-to-reduce-wage-costs-1.2302907

 

Elections/Politics

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2018/02/15/Pennsylvania-18th-District-special-election-race-Conor-Lamb-Rick-Saccone-gun-rights-control/stories/201802150183

 

Patriots press Wagner on social issues

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/patriots-press-wagner-on-social-issues

 

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

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180215/losing-mother-brother-to-opioid-epidemic-prompts-democrat-james-craig-to-challenge-bartolotta

 

Retired Army colonel campaigning for 9th district seat

http://www.tribdem.com/news/retired-army-colonel-campaigning-for-th-district-seat/article_da24a860-12ba-11e8-8705-cf7d2a4e148b.html

 

Rep. Frank Burns announces re-election bid

http://www.tribdem.com/news/rep-frank-burns-announces-re-election-bid/article_65277754-12ba-11e8-b8d5-036c9b41e2f1.html

 

Health Care

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/02/16/No-getting-a-flu-shot-won-t-make-you-spread-more-influenza/stories/201802150251

 

CDC says flu vaccine 36 percent effective

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/cdc-says-flu-vaccine-36-percent-effective

 

Local News

 

Police search employee vehicles at VA Medical Center

https://www.timesleader.com/news/693033/police-search-employee-vehicles-at-va-medical-center

 

Dorrance Township supervisors hear mart complaints from neighbor

https://www.timesleader.com/news/693069/dorrance-township-supervisors-hear-mart-complaints

 

Luzerne County support urged for mine reclamation funding boost

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/693042/luzerne-county-support-urged-for-mine-reclamation-funding-boost

 

County explains infrastructure grant funding to local leaders

http://citizensvoice.com/news/county-explains-infrastructure-grant-funding-to-local-leaders-1.2302952

 

Paralympian Stephanie Jallen greets fans ahead of trip to South Korea

http://citizensvoice.com/news/paralympian-stephanie-jallen-greets-fans-ahead-of-trip-to-south-korea-1.2302987

 

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

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/residents-question-developer-planning-throop-facility-to-convert-landfill-gas-to-fuel-1.2302950

 

Worst-case scenario: $3.2M deficit

http://standardspeaker.com/news/worst-case-scenario-3-2m-deficit-1.2302925

 

Carbon County poised to celebrate 175 years

http://standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-county-poised-to-celebrate-175-years-1.2302891

 

County land bank looks to buy 2 properties

http://republicanherald.com/news/county-land-bank-looks-to-buy-2-properties-1.2303027

 

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

http://republicanherald.com/news/schuylkill-community-action-gets-30-000-in-donations-for-repair-fund-1.2303035

 

Chesco marks 50th anniversary of 911 emergency calling

http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20180215/chesco-marks-50th-anniversary-of-911-emergency-calling

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13305420-74/buffalo-supervisors-ok-grant-request-to-bring-city-water-to-82-homes

 

Chief of central Pa. police department resigns

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/02/chief_of_central_pa_police_dep.html#incart_river_index

 

Medical Marijuana

 

First Pa. medical-pot dispensary starts selling to customers

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/693084/first-pa-medical-pot-dispensary-starts-selling-to-customers

 

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

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13308101-74/in-historic-day-western-pennsylvanians-buy-medical-marijuana-for-first-time

 

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

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2018/02/first_marijuana_dispensary_pa.html

 

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

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/as-medical-marijuana-sales-begin-in-pennsylvania-price-information-remains/article_4f3adf3c-1290-11e8-80af-7743c69b7289.html

 

National News

 

American carnage: Another school massacre, another lack of answers

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/02/16/American-carnage-Another-school-massacre-another-lack-of-answers/stories/201802160056

 

New Jersey

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/marijuana-decriminalization-bill-proposed-by-legalization-opponents-in-n-j-20180215.html

 

Opioid Crisis

 

Crisis intervention: Breakfast addresses growing opioid epidemic

http://standardspeaker.com/news/crisis-intervention-breakfast-addresses-growing-opioid-epidemic-1.2302896

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/02/16/How-best-to-treat-opioids-youngest-sufferers-No-one-knows/stories/201802150254

 

Highmark declares ‘war on opioids’

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/02/15/Highmark-opioid-abuse-pittsburgh-restrictions-prescribing-allegheny-health-network/stories/201802150109

 

Highmark puts tighter restrictions on prescription opioids

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/693105/highmark-puts-tighter-restrictions-on-prescription-opioids

 

New task force aims to curb opioid crisis

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/new-task-force-aims-to-curb-opioid-crisis

 

Philly

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/philadelphia-school-board-mayor-kenney-council-clarke-power-struggle-20180215.html

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/opioid-safe-injection-sites-cues-comprehensive-user-engagement-philadelphia-jim-kenney-larry-krasner-20180215.html

 

Krasner, feds announce initiatives to combat opioid crisis

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/krasner-lappen-lawsuit-pharma-opioids-task-force-20180215.html

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/cindy-bass-safe-injection-sites-expungement-of-drug-records-20180215.html

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/sandra_shea/christine-flowers-safe-injection-sites-20180216.html

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/conviction-review-philly-da-krasner-anthony-wright-patricia-cummings-20180216.html

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/college-free-speech-rights-dilworth-park-paul-levy-20180216.html

 

How Philly schools are cutting out bad behavior and improving academics

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/hartranft-elementary-positive-behavior-intervention-program-philadelphia-school-district-20180216.html

 

Pitt

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/02/15/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-Pittsburgh-Federation-of-Teachers-strike-negotiations-contract-mediation/stories/201802150138

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers edge closer to going on strike

http://triblive.com/news/education/taxes/13310204-74/pittsburgh-public-schools-teachers-edge-closer-to-going-on-strike

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13309041-74/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

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/02/15/Port-Authority-Bus-Rapid-Transit-federal-funding-Oakland-Pittsburgh/stories/201802150131

 

Hays bald eagle pair welcomes second egg of the winter

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/02/15/Hays-Pittsburgh-bald-eagles-second-egg-winter-2018-Audubon-Society-camera/stories/201802160072

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/02/16/Innovation-cont-The-new-UPMC-Pitt-research-center-is-a-big-step/stories/201802280029

 

12 new eateries are opening in Allegheny County

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13303511-74/12-new-eateries-are-opening-in-allegheny-county

 

Allegheny County Health Department opens new STD clinic

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13303561-74/allegheny-county-health-department-opens-new-std-clinic

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13307781-74/st-patricks-day-parade-dedicated-to-late-steelers-chairman-ambassador-to-ireland

 

State News

 

Industrial hemp farm coming to Somerset County

https://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/industrial-hemp-farm-coming-to-somerset-county/article_798e19aa-06fa-5c0d-a15b-708c1d7be257.html

 

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

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2018/02/15/McKees-Rocks-barge-Marcellus-Shale-sand-state-grant-expand-multimodal-grants/stories/201802150011

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/environment/methane-emissions-from-oil-and-gas-sites-5-times-higher-than-whats-reported-says-group-20180215.html

 

Community discussion aims to make parents aware of sex trafficking threat

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2018/02/15/Community-discussion-aims-to-make-parents-aware-of-sex-trafficking-threat/stories/201802150006

 

Pa. treasurer issues reminder about unclaimed property

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/692983/pa-treasurer-issues-reminder-about-unclaimed-property

 

School shooting victims have ties to Northeast Pennsylvania

http://citizensvoice.com/news/school-shooting-victims-have-ties-to-northeast-pennsylvania-1.2302991

 

170 attend California workshop on grants for coal communities

http://triblive.com/local/regional/13309074-74/170-attend-california-workshop-on-grants-for-coal-communities

 

Pennsylvania coal production still behind 2017

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13309101-74/pennsylvania-coal-production-still-behind-2017

 

Rare snowy owl spotted in the Hazleton area

http://standardspeaker.com/news/rare-snowy-owl-spotted-in-the-hazleton-area-1.2302851

 

Transportation

 

HOV lanes on Parkway North to close Monday

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13303150-74/hov-lanes-on-parkway-north-to-close-monday

 

Washington

 

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/amtrak-ntsb-congress-crash-positive-train-control-20180215.html

 

Trump rally in Ambridge postponed after Florida school shooting

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/02/15/Trump-rally-ambridge-postponed-pennsylvania0parkland-school-shooting/stories/201802150151

 

‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/20180215_ap_aecc4234f0e74d1f90c0adbf644e7ce3.html

 

Toomey bill on death penalty is too expensive | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/toomey-bill-on-death-penalty-is-too-expensive-opinion-20180216.html

 

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

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13307932-74/nra-gave-more-than-210000-to-pa-congress-members-records-show

 

Committee recommends confirmation for two Western Pa. judicial nominees

http://triblive.com/local/regional/13308467-74/committee-recommends-confirmation-for-two-western-pa-judicial-nominees

 

Cartwright introduces jobs bill

http://standardspeaker.com/news/cartwright-introduces-jobs-bill-1.2302837