Today’s News :: August 18, 2017

Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers want stolen money repaid to non-human ‘victims’

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-crime-restitution-crime-bill-taxpayers-20170817-story.html

 

Berks lawmaker requests Real ID data

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-lawmaker-requests-real-id-data

 

PennDOT may release data on Real ID costs

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/penndot-may-release-data-on-real-id-costs

 

Estimating Real ID startup costs in Pa.

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/estimating-real-id-startup-costs-in-pa

 

State Rep. John Maher waives hearing on DUI charges

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2017/08/17/Rep-John-Maher-PA-state-Upper-St-Clair-Pittsburgh-Republican-waives-hearing-DUI/stories/201708170163

 

Administration

 

State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2017/08/17/Teresa-Miller-Pennsylvania-insurance-commissioner-named-Human-Services-secretary/stories/201708170183

 

Gov. Tom Wolf announces change at state Department of Human Services

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/08/gov_tom_wolf_announces_change.html#incart_river_index

 

Budget

 

Seriously, Pennsylvania, pass a severance tax already

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/seriously-pennsylvania-pass-a-severance-tax-already-20170818.html

 

Crime/Punishment

 

Father of Chester County road rage victim: ‘I just want justice’

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/accused-chester-county-road-rage-killer-set-to-appear-in-court-thursday-20170817.html

 

Judge asked to step down from Wilding case

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-asked-to-step-down-from-wilding-case-1.2231839

 

Commissioners discuss privatizing Berks County Prison

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/commissioners-discuss-privatizing-berks-county-prison

 

Cambria approves X-ray scanner

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2017/08/cambria-approves-x-ray-scanner/

 

Education

 

Some Allegheny County school districts still in contract negotiations as classes near

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/08/18/Allegheny-County-school-districts-contract-negotiations-back-to-school/stories/201708180027

 

Scranton School District expects additional savings from retirement incentive

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-expects-additional-savings-from-retirement-incentive-1.2231837

 

Group plans to open charter school in Mehoopany

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/group-plans-to-open-charter-school-in-mehoopany-1.2231633

 

W-B Memorial Stadium closed for beginning of season

http://citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-memorial-stadium-closed-for-beginning-of-season-1.2231707

 

Fourth ‘R’ for city schools is reform

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/fourth-r-for-city-schools-is-reform-1.2231619

 

Uplinger named new Hazleton Area superintendent

http://standardspeaker.com/news/uplinger-named-new-hazleton-area-superintendent-1.2231691

 

These are the best elementary schools in Pennsylvania, according to Niche

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2017/08/best_elementary_schools_pa.html

 

Latest enrollment numbers inspire confidence in charter school leaders

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/catasauqua/mc-nws-innovative-arts-academy-trustee-meeting-20170816-story.html

 

David Mekeel: Downsized PSSAs a good first step

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/david-mekeel-downsized-pssas-a-good-first-step

 

State AG seeks tuition debt relief for students

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/08/17/Pennsylvania-attorney-general-Josh-Shapiro-tuition-Corinthian-Colleges-debt-relief-lawsuit-settlement/stories/201708170174

 

Elections/Politics

 

Toohil considering run for Barletta’s seat

http://citizensvoice.com/news/toohil-considering-run-for-barletta-s-seat-1.2231556

 

Gaming

 

Despite uncertainties with law, The Meadows recommits revenue to Local Share Account

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170817/despite_uncertainties_with_law_the_meadows_recommits_revenue_to_local_share_account

 

Health Care

 

UPMC plans $900 million in capital projects in 2018

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/08/17/UPMC-capital-projects-2018-hospitals-South-Fayette-Pinnacle-Hanover-Asbury-Heights-Pittsburgh/stories/201708170162

 

Highmark Health records ‘strongest’ mid-year performance since 1996 formation

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/08/17/highmark-health-care-financials-mid-year-profit-insurance/stories/201708170147

 

Local News

 

Wilkes-Barre to soon collect nearly $1M reimbursement from PennDOT

http://timesleader.com/news/671993/wilkes-barre-to-soon-collect-nearly-1m-reimbursement-from-penndot

 

Medical marijuana facility gets approval in Wilkes-Barre

http://citizensvoice.com/news/medical-marijuana-facility-gets-approval-in-wilkes-barre-1.2231734

 

Larksville mayor reverses stance on DUI patrols

http://timesleader.com/news/local/672005/larksville-mayor-reverses-stance-on-dui-patrols

 

Larksville mayor changes mind on DUI patrols

http://citizensvoice.com/news/larksville-mayor-changes-mind-on-dui-patrols-1.2231748

 

Pittston Tomato Festival begins 34th year of food, fun

http://timesleader.com/news/672032/pittston-tomato-festival-begins-34th-year-of-food-fun

 

County lists properties eligible for September back-tax auction

http://timesleader.com/news/local/671989/county-lists-properties-eligible-for-september-back-tax-auction

 

RailRiders executive to become new Lackawanna County tourism director

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/railriders-executive-to-become-new-lackawanna-county-tourism-director-1.2231659

 

Camp offers children who lost loved ones a chance to heal

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/camp-offers-children-who-lost-loved-ones-a-chance-to-heal-1.2231831

 

County counsel changes explanation of reason for commissioners’ executive session

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/county-counsel-changes-explanation-of-reason-for-commissioners-executive-session-1.2231838

 

People rally in Pottstown for unity among races

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/people-rally-in-pottstown-for-unity-among-races

 

Berks Democratic Women event examines racial inequality

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-democratic-women-event-examines-racial-inequality

 

The Reading Parking Authority board backs plan for reorganization

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/the-reading-parking-authority-board-backs-plan-for-reorganization

 

Update on Alsace sewer hookups: $10,000 per property owner

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/update-on-alsace-sewer-hookups-10000-per-property-owner

 

Local Confederate monument marks the farthest north the army held territory

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/confederate_monument_in_hampde.html#incart_river_home_pop

 

Montgomery County commissioners focus on planning, transportation and finances

http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20170817/montgomery-county-commissioners-focus-on-planning-transportation-and-finances

 

National News

 

More U.S. women are dying in childbirth. What can be done?

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/health-news/more-u-s-women-are-dying-in-childbirth-what-can-be-done-20170820.html

 

Philly

 

After rejecting one deal, Philly principals have a tentative contract

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/after-rejecting-1-deal-philly-principals-have-a-tentative-contract-20170817.html

 

Rizzo statue defaced with ‘Black Power’ message

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_top/rizzo_statue_defaced.html

 

He awoke 5 weeks after courthouse elevator crash: ‘I just remember holding on’

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/fallout-a-year-later-from-philly-courthouse-elevator-crash-20170818.html

 

Clout: Move over, Mix Master Mike Nutter, DJ Darrell Clarke has arrived

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/clout/move-over-mix-master-mike-nutter-dj-darrell-clarke-has-arrived-20170818.html

 

Was Sweet 16 splash party at swim club ruined because of racism or rowdiness?

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/was-sweet-16-splash-party-at-swim-club-ruined-because-of-racism-or-rowdiness-20170817.html

 

Philadelphia street has a Civil War-era link: Who was Roger Taney?

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/philadelphia-street-has-a-confederate-era-past-who-is-roger-taney-20170817.html

 

These Kensington community leaders were fighting the heroin crisis long before Dr. Oz showed up | Commentary

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/kensington-fairhill-opioids-heroin-el-campamento-20170817.html

 

Jane Golden: Now is the time for a public conversation about the Rizzo mural

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/charlottesville-nazis-rizzo-mural-monuments-confederates-lee-20170817.html

 

A tale of two parking tickets: Unequal justice

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/stu_bykofsky/a-tale-of-two-parking-tickets-unequal-justice-20170817.html

 

Why an elevator ride in one of Philly’s public buildings can be scary | Editorial

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/why-an-elevator-ride-in-one-of-phillys-public-buildings-can-be-scary-editorial-20170817.html

 

Two Philly teachers: If we are overpaid and underworked, why is there a teacher shortage? | Opinion

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/underpaid-overworked-teachers-philadelphia-school-district-teacher-salary-20170817.html

 

Pitt

 

Pittsburgh International Airport weighing changes — including going smaller

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2017/08/18/pittsburgh-international-airport-terminal-pit-gates-american-airlines/stories/201708180107

 

Activists expect hundreds for Pittsburgh demonstration against hate

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/08/17/Black-Brilliance-Collective-March-against-Hate-racism-Pittsburgh-March-on-Google-bakery-square/stories/201708170204

 

Rigid Rwanda: Peace and prosperity by iron rule: can it last?

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/08/18/Rigid-Rwanda-Peace-and-prosperity-by-iron-rule-can-it-last/stories/201708180052

 

State News

 

Oldest American celebrates 114th birthday in Pennsylvania

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20170817_ap_d0123a5787b94d8e80e31d2e0267283d.html

 

Powerball ticket worth $150K sold in Wyoming

http://citizensvoice.com/news/powerball-ticket-worth-150k-sold-in-wyoming-1.2231629

 

Ruling says public officials’ Facebook pages are public record in Pa.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/public_officials_facebook_post.html#incart_2box_politics

 

Transportation

 

Officials celebrate new I-70 interchange in Washington County

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/08/17/Diverging-diamond-interchange-Pennsylvania-Interstate-70-Route-19-Washington-County/stories/201708170187

 

Wolf praises innovative traffic pattern

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170817/wolf_praises_innovative_traffic_pattern

 

Vanport ramp from Route 68 to Interstate 376 reopens four months early

http://www.timesonline.com/timestoday/vanport-ramp-from-route-to-interstate-reopens-four-months-early/article_187cf3aa-836a-11e7-999b-0f577ba952ad.html

 

Banks Twp. to repair deteriorated streets

http://standardspeaker.com/news/banks-twp-to-repair-deteriorated-streets-1.2231624

 

$3.7 million resurfacing project begins on Route 30 in East Lampeter Township

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/million-resurfacing-project-begins-on-route-in-east-lampeter-township/article_3b4c6c62-83b0-11e7-b7cf-c34f8db9c799.html

 

Washington

 

Casey rips Trump over Charlottesville remarks

http://www.tribdem.com/news/casey-rips-trump-over-charlottesville-remarks/article_0acfac82-83b7-11e7-9319-e340b3498e0d.html

 

Sen. Casey holds roundtable talk in Jeannette

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12628436-74/sen-casey-holds-roundtable-talk-in-jeannette

 

Cory Booker: Remove all Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/cory-booker-remove-all-confederate-statutes-from-u-s-capitol-20170817.html

 

Rep. Costello holds quiet town hall meeting as small rally held outside

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/rep_costello_holds_town_hall_m.html#incart_river_index

 

Shapiro joins letter seeking change in law to prosecute online sex traffickers

http://www.timesonline.com/news/governmentandpolitics/shapiro-joins-letter-seeking-change-in-law-to-prosecute-online/article_43f97628-8385-11e7-aed7-abf198429284.html

 

World News

 

Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20170818_ap_a41805b51c564813b1100e9ee9e50279.html