Today’s News :: October 20, 2017

Administration

Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/12855532-74/wolf-vetoes-bill-to-impose-work-requirements-for-medicaid

 

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes Medicaid reforms passed by Pa. Legislature

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/wolf_vetos_medicaid_reforms_pa.html#incart_river_index

 

Wolf Administration moves to consolidate certain state prison, parole board functions

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/wolf_administration_moves_to_c.html#incart_2box_politics

 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf combining parts of state prison and probation systems

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-wolf-

consolidates-corrections-parole-20171019-story.html

 

Legislature

 

State Senate to consider bill that would eliminate teacher seniority, delay graduation exam

http://triblive.com/news/education/taxes/12854902-74/state-senate-to-consider-bill-that-would-eliminate-teacher-seniority-delay-exit?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+

alltribstories+%28TribLIVE+News%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

 

A mother’s view: Why banning electroconvulsive therapy for Pa. children is wrong

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/kids-families/commentary-keep-electroconvulsive-therapy-

legal-for-pa-children-20171019.html

 

Your view: Use common sense to make highways safer

http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/letters/679331/your-view-use-common-sense-to-make-highways-safer

 

Amazon

 

Pittsburgh region invested between $300,000 and $400,000 in assembling its Amazon bid

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2017/10/19/Pittsburgh-Allegheny-County-

region-investment-Amazon-second-headquarters-HQ2-bid-growth/stories/201710190138

 

Pittsburgh doesn’t shy away from painful past in video pitch to Amazon

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/10/19/pittsburgh-amazon-video-pitch-headquarters-HQ2/stories/201710190201

 

Pittsburgh touts 2 advantages better than subsidies in quest for Amazon HQ

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12854290-74/pittsburgh-touts-2-advantages-better-than-subsidies-in-quest-for-amazon-hq

 

What you need to know about Philadelphia’s bid for Amazon’s new headquarters

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/amazon-philadelphia-new-

headquarters-hub-locations-faq-20171019.html

 

Joel Embiid to Amazon: Philly is ‘going to be tough on you’

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/amazon-hq2-philadelphia-joel-embiid-video-sixers-20171019.html

 

States, cities offering billions in incentives to lure Amazon HQ2

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12854990-74/states-cities-offering-billions-in-incentives-to-lure-amazon-hq2

 

Harrisburg’s Amazon proposal for old state hospital site unveiled

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/10/harrisburg_amazon_bid_proposal.html#incart_river_index

 

Crime/Punishment

 

Woman charged with attacking teacher with brick, dragging her from car

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/10/18/Police-Attackers-drag-teacher-out-

of-car-beaten-with-a-brick/stories/201710180282

 

North Side woman charged with assaulting Pittsburgh teacher with brick

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12854041-74/north-side-woman-charged-with-assaulting-pittsburgh-teacher-with-brick

 

Locked up 40 years for a murder his brother confessed to, Kevin Brinkley returns home, to a changed world

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/kevin-brinkley-philly-juvenile-lifer-innocent-release-20171019.html

 

AG Shapiro announces 36 charged in Luzerne County drug ring

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/679337/ag-shapiro-announces-36-charged-in-luzerne-county-drug-ring

 

Accused Walmart shooter tells why he fired his rifle

http://standardspeaker.com/news/accused-walmart-shooter-tells-why-he-fired-his-rifle-1.2257439

 

Education

 

Students learn about gas, other jobs

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/students-learn-about-gas-other-jobs-1.2257395

 

After racial incident, Quakertown supe says, ‘This is not just a one-time incident. We have a problem’

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/after-racial-incident-quakertown-supe-says-this-is-not-just-a-one-time-incident-we-have-a-problem-20171019.html

 

School district reviewing pic of students, ‘racist’ pumpkins

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/10/19/coatesville-School-district-pennsylvania-students-racist-pumpkins/stories/201710190123

 

State universities’ enrollment on the decline but their next year funding needs increase

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/state_universities_enrollment.html#incart_2box_politics

 

Penn State officials sued for rejecting Richard Spencer talk

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20171019_ap_c58122fb83dd47a5bcc2706f2811676b.html

 

Elections/Politics

 

Pennsylvania GOP governor hopefuls face off for 1st time

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/12856481-74/pennsylvania-gop-governor-hopefuls-face-off-for-1st-time

 

Westmoreland voting machines declared election-ready

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12855018-74/westmoreland-voting-machines-declared-election-ready

 

Olympic gold medalist declares he’s running for Pa. congressional seat

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/10/olympic_gold_medaiist_declares.html#incart_river_index

 

Gerrymandering

 

Gerrymandering and the 2018 elections: Advocates ask Pa. Supreme Court to use rare power

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/pa-gerrymandering-suit-stay-pending-whitford-scotus-case-20171019.html

 

Health Care

 

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/20171019_ap_c8291bc4501f473ca48f2c53915563ca.html

 

Experts say Trump’s shutdown of health care subsidies could lead to free insurance — even in Pennsylvania

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/10/19/Trump-health-care-subsidy-shutdown-cost-reductions-obamacare-aca-republicans/stories/201710190102

 

Local News

 

Westmoreland County to help Vandergrift raze blighted, unsafe buildings

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12854763-74/westmoreland-county-to-help-vandergrift-raze-blighted-unsafe-buildings

 

Union sees no threat in email that cost Wilkes-Barre officer his job

http://www.timesleader.com/news/679333/union-sees-no-threat-in-email-that-cost-wilkes-barre-officer-his-job

 

W-B police evaluation talks ongoing

http://citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-police-evaluation-talks-ongoing-1.2257462

 

Pedri: County has made strides in trimming debt

http://citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-county-has-made-strides-in-trimming-debt-1.2257446

 

Resident objects as Wilkes-Barre council makes appointment

http://www.timesleader.com/news/679345/resident-objects-as-wilkes-barre-council-makes-appointment

 

Volpe, Eckel want reassessment question tossed

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/volpe-eckel-want-reassessment-question-tossed-1.2257223

 

Judge tackles question of whether Scranton Sewer Authority still exists 10-months after sewer sale

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-tackles-question-of-whether-scranton-sewer-authority-still-exists-10-months-after-sewer-sale-1.2257595

 

Carbon County seeks funds to help the homeless

http://standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-county-seeks-funds-to-help-the-homeless-1.2257398

 

Dispute over Firetree plan to open rehab center in Hamburg settled

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dispute-over-firetree-plan-to-open-rehab-center-in-hamburg-settled

 

Greater Berks Food Bank honors volunteers at breakfast in Wyomissing

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/greater-berks-food-band-honors-volunteers-at-breakfast-in-wyomissing

 

14 more Reading properties certified as blighted

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/14-more-reading-properties-certified-as-blighted

 

Lake Erie permit funds expansion finds unanimous support

http://www.goerie.com/news/20171020/lake-erie-permit-funds-expansion-finds-unanimous-support

 

Medical Marijuana

 

Harvest Inc. might want new Muhlenberg location for medical pot dispensary

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/harvest-inc-might-want-new-muhlenberg-location-for-medical-pot-dispensary

 

National News

 

NRA’s ‘Carry Guard,’ other insurance policies targeted by gun-control advocates

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12854257-74/nras-carry-guard-other-insurance-policies-targeted-by-gun-control-advocates

 

Philly

 

Philly’s SRC could call dissolution vote by year’s end

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/phillys-src-could-call-dissolution-vote-by-years-end-20171019.html

 

At Philly DA debate, clashing on seized property, sanctuary cities

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/philly-prosecutor-krasner-grossman-immigration-civil-asset-forfeiture-20171019.html

 

Former Philly D.A. Seth Williams disbarred

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/former-philly-d-a-seth-williams-disbarred-20171019.html

 

Mold at Philly school ‘the tip of the toxic iceberg’?

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/mold-at-philly-school-the-tip-of-the-toxic-iceberg-20171019.html

 

Dispute among Philly’s building trades unions

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/labor_and_unions/dispute-among-phillys-building-trades-union-20171019.html

 

Pitt

 

Port Authority will renovate bus shelters

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/10/19/allegheny-county-Port-Authoirty-pittsburgh-renovate-bus-shelters/stories/201710190146

 

Pittsburgh moves up in small business growth ranking

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2017/10/19/Pittsburgh-small-business-growth-ranking-moves-up-Kauffman-Foundation-index/stories/201710190140

 

Deafening silence: James Street owner doesn’t know source of anonymous complaints

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/10/19/James-Street-closing-noise-complaints-Pittsburgh-anonymous-Pennsylvania-Liquor-Control-Board/stories/201710190175

 

A full hearing: The retrial could shed light on Leon Ford case

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/10/20/A-full-hearing-The-retrial-could-shed-light-on-Leon-Ford-case/stories/201710310029

 

State News

 

Homeland Security grants Pa. extension on federal ID law til fall 2018

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/10/19/Federal-homeland-security-enforce-REAL-ID-compliance-pennsylvania-extension-fall-2018-travel/stories/201710190132

 

Pennsylvania coal production slows down

http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/12853866-74/pennsylvania-coal-production-slows-down

 

Beardsley named president of statewide aviation council

http://citizensvoice.com/news/beardsley-named-president-of-statewide-aviation-council-1.2257430

 

Transportation

 

PennDOT says Route 209 rock slide cleared early

http://standardspeaker.com/news/penndot-says-route-209-rock-slide-cleared-early-1.2257397

 

PennDOT to reveal new path for thruway in Snyder County

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/10/penndot_to_reveal_new_location.html#incart_river_index

 

I-79 interchange is a work in progress

http://www.goerie.com/news/20171020/i-79-interchange-is-work-in-progress

 

PennDOT announces new winter travel service for public

http://www.goerie.com/news/20171019/penndot-announces-new-winter-travel-service-for-public

 

Washington

 

What the end of Tim Murphy’s 15 years in Congress means for constituents

http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/12854840-74/what-the-end-of-tim-murphys-15-years-in-congress-means-for

 

Bush and Obama try something new with implicit rebuke of Trump

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/george-w-bush-barack-obama-trump-rebuke-20171020.html

 

Protesters upset by Pa. Congressman’s Puerto Rico comments stack water bottles at his office

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/10/protesters_pa_congressman_scot.html#incart_river_index