Today’s News :: December 11, 2017

Legislature

Obituary: Edward P. Zemprelli / Former state senator was a mainstay for his Mon Valley constituents

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2017/12/10/Edward-Zemprelli-state-senator-Pennsylvania-Mon-Valley-Pittsburgh-obituary/stories/201712100132

 

New law could affect Scott Twp. gravesite dispute

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-law-could-affect-scott-twp-gravesite-dispute-1.2277740

 

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Safety worries spawn variety of bills against child abuse

http://www.tribdem.com/news/protecting-our-children-safety-worries-spawn-variety-of-bills-against/article_bff699f8-de21-11e7-a181-9728a1223e71.html

 

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Despite scrutiny, counties still struggling to relieve overworked caseworkers

http://www.tribdem.com/news/protecting-our-children-despite-scrutiny-counties-still-struggling-to-relieve/article_4b37f346-de21-11e7-af8a-eb5936037399.html

 

Pennsylvania now outlaws tethering dogs too long in the cold

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pennsylvania-now-outlaws-tethering-dogs-too-long-in-the-cold

 

Bill would outlaw credit card skimming devices

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/bill-would-outlaw-credit-card-skimming-devices

 

Berks-area lawmakers look to strengthen nursing-home abuse laws

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-area-lawmakers-look-to-strengthen-nursing-home-abuse-laws

 

Ron Southwick: Daryl Metcalfe lacks a winning hand

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/ron-southwick-daryl-metcalfe-lacks-a-winning-hand

 

Education

 

Threat forces officials to close school district

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20171211_ap_8be011406a1b42cd8eb03ad3f036744f.html

 

Tulpehocken School District educator honored by statewide professional association

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/tulpehocken-school-district-educator-honored-by-statewide-professional-association

 

At private colleges and universities, presidential pay is up — and so is membership in the Millionaire’s Club

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/12/10/Chronicle-Higher-Education-private-colleges-presidential-pay-higher-education-Carnegie-Mellon-Pennsylvania/stories/201712100131

 

Health Care

 

UPMC urging overdose survivors into treatment

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/12/11/UPMC-urge-opioid-overdose-survivors-treatment-involuntary-voluntary-warm-handoff-rehab/stories/201712080140

 

Local News

 

Numbers show operating Overly’s Country Christmas is no easy task

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13049091-74/numbers-show-operating-overlys-country-christmas-is-no-easy-task

 

Allegheny Township to give firefighters who are residents a $300 wage tax credit

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13045381-74/allegheny-township-to-give-firefighters-who-are-residents-a-300-wage-tax

 

Drug use started ‘like a whisper’

https://observer-reporter.com/news/doa/athlete-promising-coach-battled-years-of-addiction-before-his-death/article_1fe361b4-d9e7-11e7-bfdc-8bf1a9d111a9.html

 

Allegheny Technologies’ air pollution permit proposal sparks environmental concerns

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13037088-74/allegheny-technologies-air-pollution-permit-proposal-sparks-environmental-concerns

 

Luzerne County Council debates use of remaining $2.1 million windfall

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/685039/luzerne-county-council-debates-use-of-remaining-2-1-million-windfall

 

Final vote on county budget set for Tuesday night

http://citizensvoice.com/news/final-vote-on-county-budget-set-for-tuesday-night-1.2277658

 

Plymouth council moves ahead with plan to close fire station

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/685068/plymouth-council-moves-ahead-with-plan-to-close-fire-station

 

Plymouth fire station to close as part of 2018 budget

http://citizensvoice.com/news/plymouth-fire-station-to-close-as-part-of-2018-budget-1.2277654

 

Former Forty Fort Councilwoman Betty Mascelli remembered at Santa event

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/685084/former-forty-fort-councilwoman-betty-mascelli-remembered-at-santa-event

 

Annual Christmas Parade in Nanticoke delivers holiday cheer

http://citizensvoice.com/news/annual-christmas-parade-in-nanticoke-delivers-holiday-cheer-1.2277686

 

Back Mountain Police Association holds coat drive, Christmas celebration

http://www.timesleader.com/news/685061/back-mountain-police-association-holds-coat-drive-christmas-celebration

 

Steamtown stamp featured in 2018 edition of National Park collectors’ series

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/steamtown-stamp-featured-in-2018-edition-of-national-park-collectors-series-1.2277742

 

Addiction fighting activists take cold-weather clothing straight to the needy

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/addiction-fighting-activists-take-cold-weather-clothing-straight-to-the-needy-1.2277729

 

Fast-growing sport comes to NEPA

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/fast-growing-sport-comes-to-nepa-1.2277704

 

High-rise fire in city ruled arson; suspect in custody

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/high-rise-fire-in-city-ruled-arson-suspect-in-custody-1.2277696

 

Berks County commissioners poised to vote on $520 million budget

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-commissioners-poised-to-vote-on-520-million-budget

 

Editorial: City needs to make most of key neighborhood

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-city-needs-to-make-most-of-key-neighborhood

 

Tracking the opioid crisis a challenge

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20171211/tracking-opioid-crisis-challenge

 

Erie County Council considers separate blight funding proposals

http://www.goerie.com/news/20171211/erie-county-council-considers-separate-blight-funding-proposals

 

New Jersey

 

As N.J. edges toward legalizing marijuana, a key character in the saga sits in jail

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/as-n-j-edges-toward-legalizing-marijuana-a-key-character-in-the-saga-sits-in-jail-2-20171211.html

 

Philly

 

GOP tax plan would cut jobs, increase tax burden, and raise insurance premiums for Philly | Mayor Kenney

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/gop-republican-tax-plan-jobs-increase-tax-burden-and-raise-insurance-premiums-philly-20171211.html

 

FBI probing Philadelphia Parking Authority, sources say

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/fbi-investigation-philadelphia-parking-authority-red-light-cameras-20171210.html

 

Philly vigil set for 31 sex workers slain in U.S. this year

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/comcast/philly-vigil-set-for-31-sex-workers-slain-in-u-s-this-year-20171211.html

 

Pitt

 

Following Kevin Acklin’s resignation, Bill Peduto is facing a crucial hire as his second term begins

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/12/10/Kevin-Acklin-Bill-Peduto-mayor-chief-of-staff-Pittsburgh-City-Council-Tom-Murphy-Theresa-Kail-Smith-Yarone-Zober/stories/201712090096

 

Walkabout: Once buried in weeds, Minersville Cemetery resurrected by local Lutherans

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2017/12/10/walkabout-Diana-Nelson-Jones-forgotten-Minersville-Cemetery-resurrected-Lutheran-Church/stories/201712100042

 

PWSA, Army Corps team up to design stormwater diversion beneath Negley Run Road

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/12/10/PWSA-Army-Corps-stormwater-diversion-Negley-Run-Road-flooding-Pittsburgh/stories/201712100039

 

Building Hope: Air Force volunteers assemble new furniture at homeless veterans shelter

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/12/10/Air-Force-pittsburgh-911-air-wing-volunteers-assemble-new-furniture-at-homeless-veterans-shelter/stories/201712100115

 

State News

 

Tom Ridge expects to leave Texas medical center before Christmas

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20171210_ap_0dae91d3e5114964b2d38829a28f1cf6.html

 

Accelerate hemp revival

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/accelerate-hemp-revival-1.2277616

 

‘We’re no longer invisible’: Parents of children with disabilities speak out | Ronnie Polaneczky

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/ronnie_polaneczky/intellectual-developmental-disabilities-caregivers-idd-20171211.html

 

Every penny counts: Following the (payback) money in state grants

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/12/11/Every-penny-counts-Following-the-payback-money-in-state-grants/stories/201712310266

 

New Kensington man may have bagged record-breaking elk

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13057477-74/new-kensington-man-may-have-bagged-record-breaking-elk

 

Southern Erie County could get 16-20 inches of snow

http://www.goerie.com/news/20171211/southern-erie-county-could-get-16-20-inches-of-snow

 

Local reps back short gov’t lifeline

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2017/12/local-reps-back-short-govt-lifeline/

 

Transportation

 

PennDOT to unveil redesign of Route 28-Highland Park Bridge interchange Tuesday

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/12/11/Route-28-Highland-Park-Bridge-redesign-display-Tuesday-Fox-Chapel-55-million-project/stories/201712090012

 

Butler Transit Authority to take over service to Pittsburgh

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2017/12/10/Butler-Transit-Authority-service-Pittsburgh-Myers-Coach-Lines-Dec-18/stories/201712090057

 

Several regional road projects scheduled this week

http://triblive.com/local/regional/13056145-74/several-regional-road-projects-scheduled-this-week

 

Delayed 25 years, bridge project in Carbondale is near

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/delayed-25-years-bridge-project-in-carbondale-is-near-1.2277707

 

Washington

Seniors and the sick would be slammed if Congress scraps medical tax deductions

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/seniors-and-the-sick-are-screwed-if-congress-scraps-medical-tax-deductions-20171211.html

 

Nikki Haley says Trump’s accusers ‘should be heard’

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2017/12/10/Nikki-Haley-says-Trump-s-accusers-should-be-heard/stories/201712100143

 

New Medicaid feature to reduce future nursing home enrollees

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20171210_ap_132875a01fae4028878a561fafe74474.html

 

Lancaster County’s congressmen vote opposite ways on concealed weapon bill

https://www.dailyamerican.com/news/state/lancaster-county-s-congressmen-vote-opposite-ways-on-concealed-weapon/article_1fd80db1-b2aa-5347-8ef4-aafdafdfeb86.html