Today’s News :: June 23, 2017

Budget

 Court ruling raises $100 million question: How can Pa. spend drilling riches?

http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2017/06/23/Pennsylvania

-Supreme-Court-budget-Marcellus-drilling-royalties-DCNR/stories/201706230057

 

Pre-K funding increase would help York students

http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/06/22/pre-k-funding-increase-would-

help-york-students-column/419115001/

 

Berks County residents could see tax hike in 2018

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-residents-could-see-tax-hike-in-2018

 

It’s time for Pa. to stop papering over its budget holes: Frank Dermody

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2017/06/its_time_for_pa_to_stop_paperi.html#incart_2box_opinion

 

Legislature

 

Measure takes aim at health care billing disputes

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/measure-takes-aim-at-health-care-billing-disputes

 

Bill would regulate Pennsylvania’s tattoo shops

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/bill-would-regulate-pennsylvanias-tattoo-shops

 

Sen. Alloway proposes charitable trust to steer kids away from prison

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/2017/06/21/sen-alloway

-proposes-charitable-trust-steer-kids-away-prison/417538001/

 

Bizzarro-backed bill to protect animals heads governor

http://www.goerie.com/news/20170621/bizzarro-backed-bill-to-protect-animals-heads-governor

 

Editorial: Legislature must stop rolling dice on revenue needs

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-legislature-must-stop-rolling-dice-on-revenue-needs

 

Administration

 

Take two: Labor & Industry re-launches modernization of jobless benefits computer system

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/take_two_labor

_industry_to_lau.html#incart_river_index

 

Wolf signs bill allowing tech students to waive Keystone exams

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wolf-signs-bill-allowing

-tech-students-to-waive-keystone-exams/article_0b447bd4-2c5e-5618-b438-593a33809a0e.html

 

Business

 

Siemens signs lease for space in ex-Sony plant

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2017/06/22/siemens-signs-long

-term-lease-westmoreland-ridc-park-sony-plant-volkswagen-industrial/stories/201706220128

 

Siemens’ move to RIDC Westmoreland won’t create new jobs, company says

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12434682-74/siemens-move-

to-ridc-westmoreland-wont-create-new-jobs-company-says

 

St. Marys council approves co-op agreement with Straub Brewery

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/local/st-marys-council-approves-co-op-

agreement-with-straub-brewery/article_a7bbfc9d-eaa5-5a7a-96ed-369c8a6a6468.html

 

Crime/Punishment

 

Berks commissioner researches privatizing county prison

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-commissioner-researches-privatizing-county-prison

 

Juror in Bill Cosby trial offers a window into tense, deadlocked deliberations

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/06/22/bill-cosby-trial

-jurors-mistrial-andrea-constand/stories/201706220186

 

Education

 

New Kensington-Arnold School District recalls 15 furloughed teachers

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12434265-74/new-kensington-arnold-school-district-recalls-15-furloughed-teachers

 

Hazleton Area superintendent steps down for new job

http://citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-area-superintendent-steps-down-for-new-job-1.2210476

 

Judge tosses I-LEAD’s suit against Reading School District

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/judge-tosses-i-leads-suit-against-reading-school-district

 

Health Care

 

Senate GOP health-care bill addresses big problem of Obamacare – but could cause even bigger one

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/analysis-gop-senate-health-care-bill-obamacare-problem-subsidies-20170622.html

 

Pennsylvania stands to lose $4.5B for Medicaid under Senate health care bill

http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/12434303-74/pennsylvania-stands-to-lose-45b-for-medicaid-under-senate-health-care-bill

 

Pelosi’s partisan pick on jobs analysis of health-care bill

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pelosi-partisan-jobs-analysis-health-care-bill-20170623.html

 

Groups push back on U.S. Senate health care proposal

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/06/22/UPMC-Gateway-join-other-health-care-insurers-in-speaking-out-against-Medicaid-cuts/stories/201706220141

 

Senate bill for Obamacare repeal would ‘destabilize’ Pa. health care system: state official

http://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2017/06/senate_bill_for_obamacare_repe.html#incart_2box_nation-world

 

As Democrats blast Senate GOP health-care plan, Toomey says it’s a ‘constructive first step’

http://www.timesonline.com/news/governmentandpolitics/as-democrats-blast-senate-gop-health-care-plan-toomey-says/article_a56ed02c-5790-11e7-a3f9-9f02087711d7.html

 

Opinions on health care bill fall mostly along party lines in Pa.

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2017/06/opinions-on-health-care-bill-fall-mostly-along-party-lines-in-pa/

 

Philly methadone clinic doctor: Medicaid cuts will kill people

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/philly-methadone-clinic-doctor-medicaid-cuts-will-kill-people-20170623.html

 

Protesters upset with health bill hold vigil outside Toomey’s office

http://timesleader.com/news/local/664523/protesters-upset-with-health-bill-hold-vigil-outside-toomeys-office

 

Judge dismisses lawsuit against UPMC over doctors’ bonuses

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2017/06/22/UPMC-whistleblower-lawsuit-favorable-ruling-neurosurgeons-bonus-compensation/stories/201706220126

 

Geisinger gets $150K grant for autism research

http://citizensvoice.com/news/geisinger-gets-150k-grant-for-autism-research-1.2210478

 

Local News

 

Blue Angels prep for the Westmoreland County Airshow

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12407330-74/blue-angels-prep-for-the-westmoreland-county-airshow

 

Luzerne County receives grant for courthouse restoration

http://timesleader.com/news/local/664537/luzerne-county-receives-grant-for-courthouse-restoration

 

Wilkes-Barre’s general fund balance grows to $10.3 million in May

http://timesleader.com/news/664485/wilkes-barres-general-fund-balance-grows-to-10-3-million-in-may

 

New flood maps could reveal changes

http://citizensvoice.com/news/new-flood-maps-could-reveal-changes-1.2210432

 

Loyalhanna Dam’s 75th anniversary to be highlighted by tours, activities

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12425905-74/loyalhanna-dams-75th-anniversary-to-be-highlighted-by-tours-activities

 

Taxpayers to save $120K next year with Westmoreland’s switch to T-Mobile

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12434597-74/taxpayers-to-save-120k-next-year-with-westmorelands-switch-to-t-mobile

 

Latrobe sewage costs to increase this year

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12435516-74/latrobe-sewage-costs-to-increase-this-year

 

Murrysville, county move forward on trailhead project

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12432148-74/murrysville-county-move-forward-on-trailhead-project

 

West Side trail prompts concern

http://citizensvoice.com/news/west-side-trail-prompts-concern-1.2210480

 

Cheswick owes Springdale for water labor costs, judge rules

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/12434916-74/cheswick-owes-springdale-for-water-labor-costs-judge-rules

 

Locals celebrating 230 years of Beaver Meadows

http://standardspeaker.com/news/locals-celebrating-230-years-of-beaver-meadows-1.2210367

 

Carbon commissioners note Cooperative Extension’s 100th year

http://standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-commissioners-note-cooperative-extension-s-100th-year-1.2210409

 

Reading Parking Authority sends notices to parking violators

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-parking-authority-sends-notices-to-parking-violators

 

Monaca to vote to support Paris climate accord

http://www.timesonline.com/timestoday/monaca-to-vote-to-support-paris-climate-accord/article_d7db63d2-5780-11e7-b431-cbe23dce1f68.html

 

Lancaster city to launch bicycle network, bike-share program

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-city-to-launch-bicycle-network-bike-share-program/article_b18e2dce-5792-11e7-86e1-af680eb64d4d.html

 

Montgomery County commissioners name new solicitor

http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20170622/montgomery-county-commissioners-name-new-solicitor

 

Coal Creek Commerce Center to expand

http://republicanherald.com/news/coal-creek-commerce-center-to-expand-1.2210538

 

Report: West Chester experiencing ‘remarkable’ growth

http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20170623/report-west-chester-experiencing-remarkable-growth

 

Medical Marijuana

 

Inside a medical marijuana grow facility: A preview of things to come in Pa.?

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/06/medical_marijuana_grow_inside.html

 

Rejected Lehigh Valley marijuana applicants question scoring

http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-grower-evaluation-concerns-20170622-story.html

 

Opioid Crisis

 

At the source: Makers of opioids deserve scrutiny from state AGs

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/06/23/At-the-source-Makers-of-opioids-deserve-scrutiny-from-state-AGs/stories/201706230101

 

Philly

 

Kenney to Trump administration: Our sanctuary-city policies are legal

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/sanctuary-city-trump-kenney-legal-20170622.html

 

Philly misses full bounty of Shops at Schmidts sale, as transfer-tax shortfalls persist

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/commercial/philly-misses-full-bounty-of-shops-at-schmidts-sale-as-transfer-tax-shortfalls-persist-20170623.html

 

Philadelphians could be on the hook for political campaign expenses

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/city/philadelphians-could-be-on-the-hook-for-political-campaign-expenses-20170622.html

 

At Philly DA Seth Williams’ trial, benefactor testifies ‘it’s good to know someone in power’

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/at-philly-da-seth-williams-trial-benefactor-testifies-its-good-to-know-someone-in-power-20170622.html

 

Car towed in W. Philly; girl, 7, asleep inside

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/car-towed-in-w-philly-girl-7-asleep-inside-20170622.html

 

Cleanliness next to godliness as Jehovah’s Witnesses scrub Liacouras Center

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/jehovahs-witnesses-philadelphia-convention-liacouras-center-20170622.html

 

Philadelphia Council bill would mandate affordable units in every development

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/residential/philadelphia-council-bill-would-mandate-affordable-units-in-every-housing-development-20170622.html

 

Council passes dozens of bills in pre-summer crunch

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/council-passes-dozens-of-bills-in-pre-summer-crunch-20170622.html

 

City says new trash cans coming; Controller says they’re a waste

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/controller-says-high-tech-trash-cans-wasted-money-20170622.html

 

Rebuild program is an investment in city neighborhoods

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/rebuild-program-is-an-investment-in-city-neighborhoods-20170622.html

 

SEPTA approves express bus for Roosevelt Boulevard

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/septa-approves-express-bus-for-roosevelt-boulevard-20170622.html

 

Pitt

 

Overpass park designed to celebrate Hill District history

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/06/23/i579-crosstown-blvd-pittsburgh-park-hill-district-CAP-project/stories/201706220184

 

Allegheny County police moving to Parkway Center

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/06/23/Allegheny-County-police-office-Parkway-Center-green-tree-Lexington-Technology/stories/201706220167

 

Port Authority forms subcommittee to look at automated payment system

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/06/22/Port-Authority-subcommittee-automated-payment-system-ConnectCard-contract/stories/201706220135

 

North Side residents get glimpse of reconfigured traffic circle

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/06/23/allegheny-center-north-side-traffic-pittsburgh/stories/201706230114

 

$5,500 grants given to 6 Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship alumni

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12435429-74/5500-grants-given-to-6-pittsburgh-promise-scholarship-alumni

 

Pittsburgh groups to celebrate bike lanes’ 10th ‘birthday’ with free cake

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12435019-74/pittsburgh-groups-to-celebrate-bike-lanes-10th-birthday-with-free-cake

 

Demolition crew razing the rest of Penn Plaza apartments in East Liberty

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12434904-74/demolition-crew-razing-the-rest-of-penn-plaza-apartments-in-east-liberty

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools board examines suspension practices

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12422553-74/pittsburgh-public-schools-board-examines-suspension-practices

 

PSU

 

Penn State ‘has a tuition problem’ state audit finds; out-of-state students accepted at higher rates

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/06/22/Penn-State-audit-DePasquale-tuition-out-of-state-students/stories/201706220130

 

Audit: Penn State most expensive public university in Big Ten conference

http://triblive.com/news/education/12431474-74/audit-penn-state-most-expensive-public-university-in-big-ten-conference

 

Penn State fails to ensure background checks for youth camps staff, state audit says

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/06/22/Penn-State-background-checks-youth-camps-Sandusky-DePasquale-audit-Pennsylvania-auditor-general-Clery-Act/stories/201706220129

 

Penn State’s tuition soars and university “appears” to favor foreign students, auditor general says

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-penn-state-tuition-audit-new-20170622-story.html

 

Points of disagreement: Penn State, Auditor General DePasquale disagree over board size, open records

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/06/while_were_on_the_subject_audi.html#incart_river_home

 

5 years after Sandusky conviction, many unresolved issues

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20170622_ap_40b5a9732c594cdebdabe0df98114f7e.html

 

State News

 

National Geographic show will feature live wildlife shots from southwestern Pa.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2017/06/23/earth-live-national-geographic-cable-channel-pittsburgh-murrysville/stories/201706230096

 

The state’s ‘first spirits boutique’ is open in the Strip District

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/drinks/2017/06/23/Pennsylvania-Libations-liquor-store-spirits-boutique-Christian-Simmons/stories/201704040166

 

Transportation

 

PennDot hires Hill to widen I-95 in Philly

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/hill-intl-gets-penndot-contract-on-i-95-widening-project-in-philly-20170622.html

 

Ramp from I-579 to Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh to close this weekend

http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12434415-74/ramp-from-i-579-to-boulevard-of-the-allies-in-pittsburgh-to-close

 

Passenger record set as airport celebrates 70th birthday

http://timesleader.com/news/local/664499/passenger-record-set-as-airport-celebrates-70th-birthday

 

Route 662 bridge upgrade completed

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/route-662-bridge-upgrade-completed

 

Washington

 

Fact checking Trump’s Iowa Rally

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/factcheck-trump-iowa-rally-20170623.html

 

Trump’s putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20170622_ap_a2b500b82d5a44eeb9759ca31d0b4a33.html

 

Keystone Job Corps praised, feted for 50 years of impact

http://standardspeaker.com/news/keystone-job-corps-praised-feted-for-50-years-of-impact-1.2210417