Today’s News :: May 23, 2017

Legislature

Smoking ban pushed for all Pennsylvania casinos, bars

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/05/23/Bills-introduced-to-ban-smoking-at-all-bars-casinos/stories/201705230005

 

If Pennsylvania lawmakers toughen criminal sentences, costs go up

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/12327999-74/if-pennsylvania-lawmakers-toughen-criminal-sentences-costs-go-up

 

Sen. Dinniman takes on Lyme and tick-borne diseases

http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20170521/sen-dinniman-takes-on-lyme-and-tick-borne-diseases

 

Bill defining coal mining pollution advances in Pa. Senate

http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2017/05/23/Bill-defining-mining-pollution-advances-in-Pa-Senate/stories/201705230044

 

Argall, Vulakovich have plan to reduce number of state government offices, reduce costs

http://republicanherald.com/news/argall-vulakovich-have-plan-to-reduce-number-of-state-government-offices-reduce-costs-1.2196379

 

Gun rights rally puts concealed weapons rules in crosshairs

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/20170522_ap_e2c4a9436829441b87c62704981a1a52.html

 

‘Make the Second Amendment Great Again’ rally pushes for change in Pa. gun laws

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/gun_rights_rally_puts_conceale.html

 

Nearly two dozen arrested in Pa. Capitol protest

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/protest-arrest-harrisburg-lobbyists-gifts.html

 

State representative’s wife alleges abuse

http://citizensvoice.com/news/state-representative-s-wife-alleges-abuse-1.2196351

 

Haggerty sued for election loan

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/haggerty-sued-for-election-loan-1.2196393

 

Rep. Fritz named deputy whip for legislative session

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/rep-fritz-named-deputy-whip-for-legislative-session-1.2196361

 

Administration

 

‘Key figure in fight against heroin, opioid epidemic’ leaving Wolf administration

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/karen_murphy_announces_shes_le.html#incart_2box_politics

 

Business

 

Gerrity’s in Clarks Summit now offers beer and wine

http://citizensvoice.com/news/gerrity-s-in-clarks-summit-now-offers-beer-and-wine-1.2196240

 

Dept. of Labor sues salons for wage violations

http://citizensvoice.com/news/dept-of-labor-sues-salons-for-wage-violations-1.2196285

 

Company files for federal OK for pipeline from Oley Township to Birdsboro

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/company-files-for-federal-ok-for-pipeline-from-oley-township-to-birdsboro

 

Crime

 

Five jurors selected at Allegheny County Courthouse for Bill Cosby trial

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/05/22/bill-cosby-case-jury-selection-allegheny-county-courthouse-pittsburgh-1/stories/201705220168

 

Former Luzerne County corrections officer gets 30 months in jail

http://timesleader.com/news/659656/former-luzerne-county-corrections-officer-gets-30-months-in-jail

 

14 charged in drug task force sweep

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12326249-74/14-charged-in-drug-task-force-sweep

 

Education

 

Moon Area School District names new superintendent

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/05/23/moon-superintendent-maureen-ungarean/stories/201705230102

 

How state funds public education focus of protest in Reading

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/how-state-fund-public-education-focus-of-protest-in-reading

 

In wake of frat death, Penn State hints at ‘drastic’ changes

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/PSU-schedules-special-meeting-.html

 

Bloomsburg University names new president

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/05/22/Bashar-Hanna-named-new-president-Bloomsburg-University/stories/201705220126

 

Wilkes holds ‘sidewalk breaking’ to start streetscape project

http://timesleader.com/news/659670/wilkes-holds-sidewalk-breaking-to-start-streetscape-project

 

Wilkes University launches $1.5M streetscape improvement project

http://citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-university-launches-1-5m-streetscape-improvement-project-1.2196273

 

Penn State could require students to carry health insurance

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12317282-74/penn-state-could-require-students-to-carry-health-insurance

 

Elections

 

PA State Sen. Daylin Leach may run for Pat Meehan’s congressional seat

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/congressman-pat-meehan-challenge-sen-daylin-leach.html

 

Mike Turzai says he’ll keep speaker’s job if he runs for governor

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2017/05/22/Mike-Turzai-Pennsylvania-House-Speaker-won-t-step-down-gubernatorial-run/stories/201705220142

 

Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai discusses potential bid for governor at Press Club luncheon

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/05/turzai_discusses_potential_bid.html

 

Local News

 

Billboards keep property-tax exemption in Delco case

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/billboards-keep-property-tax-exemption-in-delco-case-20170522.html

 

Former Steeler to promote proposed medical marijuana grower in Greene County

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170523/former_steeler_to_promote_proposed_medical_marijuana_grower_in_greene_county

 

Wilkes-Barre credit rating downgraded because of poor cash flow

http://timesleader.com/news/local/659723/wilkes-barre-credit-rating-downgraded-because-of-poor-cash-flow

 

Luzerne County Council to vote on management residency requirement

http://timesleader.com/news/local/659674/luzerne-county-council-to-vote-on-management-residency-requirement

 

S&P drops W-B’s credit rating

http://citizensvoice.com/news/s-p-drops-w-b-s-credit-rating-1.2196291

 

Export thrift store helps strengthen social outreach programs

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/12302887-74/export-thrift-store-helps-strengthen-social-outreach-programs

 

Hazleton aims to add 6 police officers

http://standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-aims-to-add-6-police-officers-1.2196306

 

Graffiti sign of decline

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/graffiti-sign-of-decline-1.2196228

 

Exeter Township, overriding residents’ groans, OKs EMS switch

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/exeter-township-overriding-residents-groans-oks-ems-switch

 

Reading councilman says UGI lawsuit protects more than Centre Park area

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-councilman-says-ugi-lawsuit-protects-more-than-centre-park-area

 

Marking 75 years of service for the League of Women Voters of Berks County

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/marking-75-years-of-service-for-the-league-of-women-voters-of-berks-county

 

Optimism for city at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s downtown campus in Reading

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/optimism-for-city-at-penn-state-health-st-josephs-downtown-campus-in-reading

 

Reading unveils plan to spend $846,634 in housing grants

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-unveils-plan-to-spend-846634-in-housing-grants

 

National News

 

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20170522_ap_4733d234ae394a6e98bf1e14ac56aeb6.html

 

SCOTUS ends gerrymander

http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/scotus-ends-gerrymander-1.2196230

 

Opioids

 

Spike in Ohio’s synthetic opioid ODs offers grave warning to Western Pa.

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12285139-74/spike-in-ohios-synthetic-opioid-ods-offers-grave-warning-to-western-pa

 

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/05/22/opioid-addiction-relapse-medication-methadone-buprenorphine/stories/201705220127

 

Victims of opioid addiction say they’ve had enough

http://citizensvoice.com/news/victims-of-opioid-addiction-say-they-ve-had-enough-1.2196358

 

Philly

 

Airlines at PHL agree to $900 million in improvements

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/airlines-at-phl-agree-to-900-million-in-infrastructure-20170522.html

 

Philly teacher, ‘sweetheart,’ remains critical with bus-crash injuries

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/Brittany-Jacobs-special-ed-teacher-bus-crash-Philly-.html

 

Locked up for 24 years, another Philly man to get murder rap tossed

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Yet-another-Philly-murder-conviction-to-be-tossed-after-24-years-behind-bars.html

 

Philly lawyers take on NYC and win for the homeless everywhere

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/helen_ubinas/nyc-homeless-advocacy-project-suit-birth-certificate.html

 

Philly’s ‘undocumented’ live in fear of deportation under Trump

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/phillys-undocumented-live-in-fear-of-deportation-under-trump-20170523.html

 

Pitt

 

Pennsylvania American to offer free lead tests to some Pittsburgh customers

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/05/23/lead-test-pittsburgh-water-pennsylvania-american/stories/201705230067

 

Court strikes down residency restrictions for Pittsburgh police officers

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/05/22/Pa-Supreme-Court-Police-can-live-outside-city-limits/stories/201705220160

 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court nixes residency requirement for Pittsburgh police

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12326990-74/pennsylvania-supreme-court-nixes-residency-requirement-for-pittsburgh-police

 

With right funding, projects to expand internet access take off

http://www.post-gazette.com/in-the-lead/itl-2017-companies/2017/05/23/With-right-funding-projects-to-expand-internet-access-take-off/stories/201705260005

 

Some Pittsburgh-area Muslims want action, not just words, from Trump

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/05/23/trump-muslims-pittsburgh-council-on-american-islamic-relations/stories/201705230051

 

Peduto, Fitzgerald welcome global ambassadors to spread ‘the message of Pittsburgh’

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/05/22/experience-america-ambassadors-pittsburgh-bill-peduto-rich-fitzgerald/stories/201705220167

 

Start it up: Foundations should respond to low startup rates

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/05/23/Start-it-up-Foundations-should-respond-to-low-startup-rates/stories/201705310058

 

Pittsburgh Foundation fundraiser to raise money for those with needs in key areas

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12325848-74/pittsburgh-foundation-fundraiser-to-raise-money-for-those-with-needs-in-key

 

State News

 

Pa. American seeks PUC approval to replace lead pipes

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/andy_maykuth/pa-american-seeks-puc-approval-to-replace-lead-pipes-20170522.html

 

Dashields Dam among those considered ‘true drowning machines’

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12326609-74/dashields-dam-among-those-considered-true-drowning-machines

 

The fate of Three Mile Island could be decided this week: Here’s how

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/05/the_fate_of_three_mile_island.html

 

Editorial: Marijuana legalization wrong, regardless of poll results

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-marijuana-legalization-wrong-regardless-of-poll-results

 

Washington

 

Trump budget promises economic growth by cutting entitlement programs

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/05/22/donald-trump-budget-proposal-funding-cuts-new-foundation-for-american-greatness/stories/201705220166

 

Coalition of immigrant advocacy groups demands resignation of Congreso leader for applauding at Trump rally

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/Coalition-of-immigrant-advocacy-groups-demand-resignation-of-Congreso–leader-for-applauding-at-Trump-Rally-.html

 

Rick Santorum rolls out an odd defense of Trump on Russian collusion

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Rick-Santorum-Donald-Trump-Russian-collusion.html

 

Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20170522_ap_2917f8b8540041989ab66945d6a89c61.html

 

World News

 

Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert kills 22

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20170523_ap_e0112659f579401a93a769517d7d8d89.html