Today’s News – April 24, 2018

Legislature

Pa. House investigators say lawmaker violated policy against retaliation. So why wasn’t he punished?

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/04/accuser_of_embattled_state_rep.html#incart_river_index

 

Waffle House shooting sheds light on Pennsylvania gun law loopholes

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-waffle-house-third-party-possession-20180423-story.html

 

Roe ‘disappointed’ with changes to redistricting bill

http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20180423/roe-disappointed-with-changes-to-redistricting-bill

 

Future of Berks Heim focus of union-sponsored forum

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/future-of-berks-heim-focus-of-union-sponsored-forum-in-muhlenberg-township

 

Erie County school districts oppose voucher bill

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180424/erie-county-school-districts-oppose-voucher-bill

 

York lawmaker: Medical assistance recipients need ‘bit of a kick’ sometimes

https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2018/04/20/york-gop-votes-work-requirements-aims-fix-broken-safety-net-system/524193002/

 

As state help fades for 2 nuclear plants, will Trump attempt rescue?

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/as-state-help-fades-for-nuclear-plants-will-trump-attempt/article_5119d0a2-472d-11e8-a65d-0730d4760e55.html

 

Want to fix Harrisburg? Start by approving these campaign finance reform bills | Editorial

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/04/want_to_fix_harrisburg_start_b.html#incart_2box_opinion

 

10 reasons to resist work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/work-requirements-medicaid-food-stamps-snap-hb-2138-pennsylvania-house-welfare-reform-20180423.html

 

What’s that smell? It’s Harrisburg’s political air | John Baer

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/john_baer/harrisburg-legislature-chris-rabb-daryl-metcalfe-20180423.html

 

That proposed Down syndrome abortion ban is an abuse of power | Opinion

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/04/that_proposed_down_syndrome_ab.html#incart_river_index

 

Add bite to distracted violators

http://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2018/04/add-bite-to-distracted-violators/

 

Administration

 

Wolf pushes to end gun-show exception to background checks

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/701127/wolf-pushes-to-end-gun-show-exception-to-background-checks

 

Gov. Tom Wolf calls on Legislature to pass firearms-safety bills to protect domestic abuse victims

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-wolf-state-police-gun-20180423-story.html

 

Business

 

GE is said in talks to unload rail unit in deal with Wilmerding-based Wabtec

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2018/04/23/GE-in-talks-to-unload-rail-unit-in-deal-with-Wabtec/stories/201804230077

 

Berks County employers say tough immigration policy shrinks their workforces

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-employers-say-tough-immigration-policy-shrinks-their-workforces

 

Crime/Punishment

 

Schuylkill prison board making improvements

http://standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-prison-board-making-improvements-1.2328996

 

Priest abuse ruling appealed

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/04/priest-abuse-ruling-appealed/

 

Inmate found dead at SCI Huntingdon

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/04/inmate-found-dead-at-sci%e2%80%88huntingdon/

 

Bethlehem biofuel entrepreneur must face charges of $50M subsidy fraud

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-bethlehem-biofuel-incentive-fraud-trial-20180423-story.html

 

Education

 

Report: Luzerne County teachers were on strike 127 days in 20 years

https://www.timesleader.com/news/701111/report-luzerne-county-teachers-were-on-strike-strike-127-days-in-20-years

 

Penn Hills school officials eye staff, program cuts

http://triblive.com/local/pennhills/13543805-74/penn-hills-school-officials-eye-staff-program-cuts

 

Scranton School District approves borrowing up to $16.5 million

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-approves-borrowing-up-to-16-5-million-1.2329176

 

Magazine post alleges racial tension between Crestwood, Hazleton

http://citizensvoice.com/news/magazine-post-alleges-racial-tension-between-crestwood-hazleton-1.2329107

 

Judge, state question quick renewal for Chester charter school

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/judge-state-question-quick-renewal-for-chester-charter-school-20180420.html

 

Ambridge Area School District changes property tax payment protocol

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180423/ambridge-area-school-district-changes-property-tax-payment-protocol

 

Proposal to curtail student protests in East Penn School District voted down

http://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-east-penn-april-protest-proposal-20180423-story.html

 

Judge to issue order on wrongful termination suit from convicted educator

https://www.timesleader.com/news/701103/judge-to-issue-order-on-wrongful-termination-suit-from-convicted-educator

 

Penn State, New Jersey university investigate racist videos

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/04/23/Penn-State-racist-race-slur-college-higher-education-sorority-higher-education/stories/201804230177

 

Nanny state at Penn State: Outing Club gets grounded by lawyerly caution

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2018/04/24/Nanny-state-at-Penn-State-Outing-Club-gets-grounded-by-lawyerly-caution/stories/201804240010

 

Role of women in public service, transportation explored at U of S forum

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/role-of-women-in-public-service-transportation-explored-at-u-of-s-forum-1.2329029

 

Trial starts for Marywood University professor fired for posting offensive video

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/trial-starts-for-marywood-university-professor-fired-for-posting-offensive-video-1.2329008

 

Elections/Politics

 

Scott Wagner says business, government background make him ‘ready to go’ if elected governor

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180423/scott-wagner-says-business-government-background-make-him-ready-to-go-if-elected-governor

 

Two Dems pick up support, another exits race in 5th

http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20180423/two-dems-pick-up-support-another-exits-race-in-5th

 

Bucks congressional candidates to talk environment at sold out forum

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20180424/bucks-congressional-candidates-to-talk-environment-at-sold-out-forum

 

Health Care

 

Allied begins project to unite pediatric services

http://citizensvoice.com/news/allied-begins-project-to-unite-pediatric-services-1.2329099

 

Local News

 

W-B council to hear about proposed $2M parkade sale

http://citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-council-to-hear-about-proposed-2m-parkade-sale-1.2329047

 

Public hearing on county contract ordinance tonight

http://citizensvoice.com/news/public-hearing-on-county-contract-ordinance-tonight-1.2329035

 

Clean-up of ice jam debris underway at River Common fishing pier

https://www.timesleader.com/news/701101/clean-up-of-ice-jam-debris-underway-at-river-common-fishing-pier

 

County CYS holding sock drive for kids in need

http://citizensvoice.com/news/county-cys-holding-sock-drive-for-kids-in-need-1.2329046

 

Scranton council backs traffic signal upgrades for proposed Sheetz

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-backs-traffic-signal-upgrades-for-proposed-sheetz-1.2329094

 

Business leadership program accepting applications

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/business-leadership-program-accepting-applications-1.2328998

 

Distress plain in park issue

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/distress-plain-in-park-issue-1.2329057

 

Freeport to pay $14K in interest on 20-year loan for sewer work, treasurer says

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13569182-74/freeport-to-pay-14k-in-interest-on-20-year-loan-for-sewer-work

 

Kiski Township needs residents’ help to address slippery Glorietta Hill Road

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13569158-74/kiski-township-needs-residents-help-to-address-slippery-glorietta-hill-road

 

Lower Burrell seeking emergency management director

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13541759-74/lower-burrell-seeking-emergency-management-director

 

Lower Burrell to make clerk head of police pension fund — after it finds a city clerk

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13568384-74/lower-burrell-to-make-clerk-head-of-police-pension-fund-after

 

Brush fire burns 6 acres in Fawn

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13569430-74/brush-fire-burns-6-acres-in-fawn

 

Charleroi, Cumberland Township nominated for new economic development program

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/charleroi-cumberland-township-nominated-for-new-economic-development-program/article_5af566b0-44c9-11e8-a985-7746ac4e9111.html

 

Walking trail planned at Lowber mine drainage treatment system

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13568001-74/walking-trail-planned-at-lowber-mine-drainage-treatment-system

 

Excela to begin demo of Latrobe structures; Second Avenue traffic disruptions eyed

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13570162-74/excela-to-begin-demo-of-latrobe-structures-second-avenue-traffic-disruptions-eyed

 

Latrobe police chief preps for retirement; 4 city officers interested in post

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13570148-74/latrobe-police-chief-preps-for-retirement-4-city-officers-interested-in-post

 

Fayette County adopts new emergency notice system

http://triblive.com/local/regional/13569381-74/fayette-county-adopts-new-emergency-notice-system

 

Reading City Council votes down letting administration manage microloan program

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-city-council-votes-down-letting-administration-manage-microloan-program

 

Dan Kelly: Why did Reading’s mayor pick 2 special assistants from Wyomissing?

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dan-kelly-why-did-readings-mayor-pick-2-special-assistants-from-wyomissing

 

Montgomery County commissioners get an earful on YMCA closure

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/montgomery-county-commissioners-get-an-earful-on-ymca-closure

 

Erie Zoo minds finances after ice arena closure

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180424/erie-zoo-minds-finances-after-ice-arena-closure

 

Marijuana

 

He was qualified for medical marijuana but was jailed anyway

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/04/23/Medical-marijuana-Samson-Bailey-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-jail-Judge-Mark-Tranquilli-THC-cannabidiol-oil/stories/201804200145

 

Why patients still can’t buy medical marijuana in Philadelphia months after the new law kicked off

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/medical-marijuana-philadelphia-pharmacann-terravida-keystone-restore-20180423.html

 

National News

 

A spokesman says George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized with a blood infection

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/04/23/A-spokesman-says-George-HW-Bush-has-been-hospitalized-with-a-blood-infection/stories/201804230186

 

Opioid Crisis

 

Carlisle-area leaders ask everyone to join fight against opioids

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/04/carlisle-area_leaders_ask_ever.html#incart_river_index

 

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

https://lancasteronline.com/news/health/opioid-treatment-gap-in-medicare-methadone-clinics/article_42282384-0599-5916-929e-3b2deae0c6e0.html

 

Philly

 

Appeals court rules in favor of Fishtown man who fixed up city lot

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/appeals-court-rules-in-favor-of-fishtown-man-who-fixed-up-city-lot-20180423.html

 

Help family of slain Penn State student find closure | Jenice Armstrong

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/dominique-oglesby-penn-state-university-student-killed-jenice-armstrong-20180424.html

 

Number of ‘super commuters’ grows in Philly, nationally

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/super-commuter-90-minutes-or-more-to-get-to-work-20180425.html

 

Threats, taunts, tears: Families of slain South Philly teens struggling 6 months later

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/salvatore-dinubile-caleer-miller-brandon-olivieri-threats-taunts-tears-families-south-philly-teens-20180422.html

 

Mayor Kenney: We cannot allow the Starbucks incident to define Philadelphia | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/starbucks-philadelphia-racial-bias-mayor-kenney-richard-ross-20180423.html

 

Philly airport has hundreds of job openings ready for takeoff

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/phl-philly-airport-holds-temple-job-fair-20180423.html

 

Zitner Candy files for bankruptcy to restructure debt

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/zitner-candy-files-for-bankruptcy-to-restructure-debt-20180423.html

 

Western Pennsylvania pays part of the cost for Eagles’ Super Bowl victory parade

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13569039-74/western-pennsylvania-pays-part-of-the-cost-for-eagles-super-bowl-victory

 

Rename Wells Fargo Center for Sam Hinkie? Ed Snider? Here’s what Philadelphians suggest | Will Bunch

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/wells-fargo-center-naming-rights-suggested-new-names-sixers-flyers-20180423.html

 

Sure, Philly is growing. But not fast enough | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/sure-philly-is-growing-but-not-fast-enough-opinion-20180422.html

 

4 easy changes that can protect thousands of Philly kids from lead poisoning | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/lead-poisoning-philadelphia-toxic-city-lead-paint-20180423.html

 

Cops: 6-year-old passenger on illegal mini-bike killed in collision with SUV

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13567726-74/cops-6-year-old-passenger-on-illegal-mini-bike-killed-in-collision-with-suv

 

Pitt

 

Allegheny County lawsuit adds to those alleging problems with Bayer’s Essure birth-control device

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/04/23/Bayer-conceptus-essure-birth-control-pittsburgh-lawsuit-contraceptive-fda-allegheny-county/stories/201804230138

 

Panel seeks ideas for Oakland statue to honor African-American woman at site of former Stephen Foster memorial

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/04/23/Stephen-Foster-statue-replacement-African-American-woman-North-Oakland-Bill-Peduto-community-forums-Women-in-Public-Art-Pittsburgh/stories/201804230136

 

Bruno Sammartino eulogized as an authentic figure in the show biz world of pro wrestling

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2018/04/23/Bruno-Sammartino-eulogized-funeral-pittsburgh-pro-wrestling-world-wide-wrestling-federation-heavyweight/stories/201804230115

 

Eulogies for Bruno Sammartino recall wrestler’s hard work, sacrifice, humility

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13559720-74/eulogies-for-bruno-sammartino-recall-wrestlers-hard-work-sacrifice-humility

 

Port Authority’s first chief tech officer quits after one week to return to old job

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/04/23/Port-Authority-chief-information-officer-technology-Edward-Motznik-Pittsburgh-Carnegie-Museum/stories/201804230133

 

Pittsburgh’s 311 response center can now take calls in 14 languages

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13569289-74/pittsburghs-311-response-center-can-now-take-calls-in-14-languages

 

Pittsburgh police accepting applications for Cops and Kids summer camps

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13569045-74/pittsburgh-police-accepting-applications-for-cops-and-kids-summer-camps

 

State News

 

Aspinwall park recognized by state department

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2018/04/23/Aspinwall-Riverfront-Park-recognized-Pennsylvania-Conservation-Natural-Resources/stories/201804230144

 

Golf club apologizes for calling cops on black women members

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20180423_ap_95e02521b2884a2abd1470fd9b6fecbb.html

 

Upper Burrell-Washington Township tax lawsuit sets state precedent

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13568387-74/upper-burrell-washington-township-tax-lawsuit-sets-state-precedent

 

Public hearing Wednesday for Springdale power plant permits

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13569211-74/public-hearing-wednesday-for-springdale-power-plant-permits

 

Elderly man calls police for ride to visit wife in hospital

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13568399-74/elderly-man-calls-police-for-ride-to-visit-wife-in-hospital

 

Transportation

 

Southwest aftermath: FAA inspection rule affects 681 engines

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/southwest-aftermath-faa-inspection-rule-affects-681-engines-20180423.html

 

Milling and paving underway in Vandergrift

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13569153-74/milling-and-paving-underway-in-vandergrift

 

Gas prices continue to rise as outlook remains ‘ominous,’ analyst says

http://triblive.com/local/regional/13569617-74/gas-prices-continue-to-rise-as-outlook-remains-ominous-analyst-says

 

Surging gas prices could hit $3 a gallon by next week

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180423/surging-gas-prices-could-hit-3-gallon-by-next-week/1

 

PennDOT announces summer road projects

http://citizensvoice.com/news/penndot-announces-summer-road-projects-1.2329104

 

Large road, bridge construction season looms

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/large-road-bridge-construction-season-looms-1.2328994

 

Planning for older drivers

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/planning-for-older-drivers-1.2329059

 

STS to get new vehicles, camera upgrades

http://standardspeaker.com/news/sts-to-get-new-vehicles-camera-upgrades-1.2329005

 

Washington

 

Senate to postpone confirmation hearing for Jackson to head VA, White House officials told

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/senate-to-postpone-confirmation-hearing-for-jackson-to-head-va-white-house-officials-told-20180423.html

 

Tammy Duckworth is uniquely privileged, but she is paving the way for working parents | Perspective

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/tammy-duckworth-senate-new-mom-breast-feeding-working-parents-perspective-20180423.html