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Legislature

How a ‘red flag’ law could work in Pa. — and what stands in its way
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/08/how-a-red-flag-law-could-work-in-pa-and-what-stands-in-its-way.php

Please wait while we connect you: Rural broadband access an issue in Pa. Capitol
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-rural-broadband-disparity-tom-wolf-legislature-20190811.html

Berks County commissioner voices concern over 5G deployment
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-commissioner-voices-concern-over-5g-deployment

State Sen. Argall bristles at proposed retirement income tax to eliminate school property taxes
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-sen-argall-no-fan-of-retirement-tax

Legislators planning anti-pot forum
https://www.tribdem.com/news/legislators-planning-anti-pot-forum/article_3abf6bd4-bcb4-11e9-8183-3735be3160ea.html

Reveal payouts
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/reveal-payouts-1.2518873

Poll exposes priorities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/poll-exposes-priorities-1.2518871

Administration

Wolf, farmers share hope for crop
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/08/wolf-farmers-share-hope-for-crop/

Business

Student loans? Your employer can help pay off those debts
https://www.inquirer.com/news/student-loan-debt-goodly-fidelity-mack-boring-odin-properties-20190812.html

Why online retailers like Wayfair and Dormify are popping up at the King of Prussia Mall
https://www.inquirer.com/business/king-of-prussia-mall-shopping-wayfair-dormify-fabletics-philadelphia-online-stores-20190812.html

Education

Monday update: Scranton teachers to start third year with expired contract
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-scranton-teachers-to-start-third-year-with-expired-contract-1.2518995

Online memo raises questions over how students get school supplies
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/online-memo-raises-questions-over-how-students-get-school-supplies-1.2518934

She fought her high school on censorship; now, she’s gone national
https://www.inquirer.com/education/neshaminy-high-grace-marion-journalist-censorship-award-controversy-20190811.html

Bulletproof school backpacks now for sale in central Pa. stores
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/bullet-resistant-backpacks-receive-mixed-reviews.html

Lehigh Valley Academy prepares to make new school pitch in Bethlehem Township
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-bethlehem-township-lehigh-valley-academy-20190812-r27p2wvj2fe5ti4dhvrztv6rty-story.html

Elections/Politics

Under orders to replace voting machines, Pa. counties wonder when they’ll see state money
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-voting-machine-replacement-2020-state-funding-20190812.html

Health Care

WellSpan Philhaven closure leaves autistic children without care
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/08/wellspan-philhaven-closure-in-harrisburg-leaves-autistic-children-without-care.php

Local News

Officials pay back taxes at planned hotel site in W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officials-pay-back-taxes-at-planned-hotel-site-in-w-b-1.2518988

Chamber requests KOZ tax break extension from county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/chamber-requests-koz-tax-break-extension-from-county-1.2518918

Plymouth Junior Fire Chief Brian Lyons makes pitch to Ellen for fundraising help
https://www.timesleader.com/news/752231/plymouth-junior-fire-chief-brian-lyons-makes-pitch-to-ellen-for-fundraising-help

Another Luzerne County Council member won’t be voting on council vacancy appointment
https://www.timesleader.com/news/752265/another-luzerne-county-council-member-wont-be-voting-on-council-vacancy-appointment

New county council member could be named Tuesday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-county-council-member-could-be-named-tuesday-1.2518917

Proposed Luzerne County borrowing details released in request for lenders
https://www.timesleader.com/news/752237/proposed-luzerne-county-borrowing-details-released-in-request-for-lenders

Dunmore appeals cost-of-living ruling for retirees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/dunmore-appeals-cost-of-living-ruling-for-retirees-1.2518979

Scranton, Dunmore police to get high-tech training program for active shooters and more
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-dunmore-police-to-get-high-tech-training-program-for-active-shooters-and-more-1.2518977

Everyone’s welcome, inclusion festival rolls out the welcome mat for all abilities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/everyone-s-welcome-inclusion-festival-rolls-out-the-welcome-mat-for-all-abilities-1.2518901

700 motorcycles tour Alle-Kiski Valley to remember Officer Brian Shaw
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/700-motorcycles-tour-alle-kiski-valley-on-officer-shaw-memorial-scholarship-ride/

Looking for an apartment in Greensburg? There’s space above the Palace Theatre
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/looking-for-an-apartment-in-greensburg-theres-space-above-the-palace-theatre/

You didn’t have to be Italian to enjoy Festa Italiana di Vandergrift
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/you-didnt-have-to-be-italian-to-enjoy-festa-italiana-di-vandergrift/

Wanted: Buyers for vacant Leechburg properties
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/wanted-buyers-for-vacant-leechburg-properties/

Festival to showcase rejuvenated Alcoa property in New Kensington
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/festival-to-showcase-rejuvenated-alcoa-property-in-new-kensington/

Brackenridge Improvement Group does big things year ’round, but Sunday was just for fun
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/brackenridge-improvement-group-does-big-things-year-round-but-sunday-was-just-for-fun/

Area bakers establish Guinness world record for largest wedding cookie table
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/bakers-go-for-the-guinness-in-wedding-cookie-extravaganza/

The query into flooding a Colebrookdale quarry to build an electricity-producing dam has ended, for now
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/query-into-quarry-ends-for-now-with-business-rock-solid

Essick Playground plaque dedicated to late Reading City Councilman John Slifko
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/essick-playground-plaque-dedicated-to-late-city-councilman-john-slifko&template=ourcityart

Berwyn Fire Co. going all out to raise funds for new fire station
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/berwyn-fire-co-going-all-out-to-raise-funds-for/article_c2c35dee-bcdf-11e9-a194-77a6b572cb67.html

National News

The 2020 Census will determine the fate of billions in federal dollars. Which programs are at stake?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/2020-census-funding-medicaid-pennsylvania-philadelphia-education-george-washington-policy-20190812.html

Jeffrey Epstein will never be held accountable, but what about the many, many others? | Will Bunch
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/jeffrey-epstein-suicide-donald-trump-bill-clinton-conspiracy-theories-20190811.html

Philly

Each night, Philly jails release scores of inmates without returning their IDs, cash or phones
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-prison-release-afterhours-ids-cashier-closed-20190812.html

12 people shot, including three near a playground, in another violent weekend in Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/guns-violence-playground-southwest-philadelphia-20190811.html

Maryland lead law not nearly as effective as Philly’s current model | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/lead-abatement-philadelphia-maryland-laws-20190812.html

Gar Joseph, 71, legendary Daily News editor
https://www.inquirer.com/news/gar-joseph-obituary-died-71-philadelphia-daily-news-city-editor-clout-page-20190811.html

Don’t mess with Philly unions; Pa., N.J. governors tolled the public to enrich allies, builder says
https://www.inquirer.com/business/scudder-falls-bridge-unions-council-dougherty-wolf-christie-20190812.html

Pitt

At Pittsburgh Public Schools, introduction of alternative disciplinary approach showing mixed results
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/08/12/restorative-practices-pittsburgh-public-schools-mifflin-allegheny-traditional-suspensions-discipline/stories/201908110036

Darryl Drake, Steelers receivers coach, dies at 62
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/08/11/darryl-drake-death-steelers-receivers-coach/stories/201908110130

2 stabbed in Pittsburgh’s Bedford Dwellings, suspect in custody
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/2-stabbed-in-bedford-dwellings-suspect-in-custody/

State News

Fire kills 5 children at Erie day care center
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/08/11/Police-Erie-Pennsylvania-daycare-day-care-center-fire-kills-5-children/stories/201908110134

‘We are all at a loss’: 5 children dead in Erie fire
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190811/we-are-all-at-loss-5-children-dead-in-erie-fire

‘This is our time’: Church leaders, abuse survivors reflect on past year
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/08/11/Pennsylvania-grand-jury-sexual-abuse-Catholic-Church-Pittsburgh/stories/201908050120

Braddock’s comeback: The community has deftly reinvented itself
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/08/12/Braddock-s-comeback-The-community-has-deftly-reinvented-itself/stories/201908060009

Pennsylvania resisted white supremacy in the 1990s. We can and must do it again. | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/pennsylvania-white-supremacy-nationalism-trump-el-paso-maria-panaritis-20190811.html

Pennsylvania State Police “Sunny Day Camp” brightens up lives
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pennsylvania-state-police-sunny-day-camp-brightens-up-lives-1.2518984

State police at Reading’s Camp Cadet kick off a week of training for young people
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/state-police-at-readings-camp-cadet-kick-off-a-week-of-training-for-young-people

New guardianship regulations increase accountability
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-guardianship-regulations-increase-accountability-1.2518935

The price of planning: Saving the planet or ‘chasing a ghost’
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/the-price-of-planning-saving-the-planet-or-chasing-a-ghost-1.2518948

Which central Pa. projects were awarded redevelopment grant money?
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/08/the-state-handed-out-millions-of-dollars-in-grants-for-redevelopment-see-which-projects-were-awarded-grant-money.html

Man shoots himself dead at Pa. Game Commission gun range
https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/08/man-shoots-himself-dead-at-pa-game-commission-gun-range.html

How healthy are Pa.’s kids compared with other states?
https://expo.pennlive.com/news/g66l-2019/08/ce415b101d7180/how-healthy-are-pas-kids-compared-with-other-states-.html

Achoo! Warm days, cool nights are helping Ragweed run amok in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/news/weather/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-ragweed-season-in-full-force-20190812-7wttf77juzcbvgxpfe45xufxxe-story.html

Transportation

PennDOT holding hearing Thursday for upcoming Sewickley Bridge project
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/08/11/Sewickley-Bridge-PennDOT-bridge-rehabilitation-hearing-spring-2020-Ohio-River/stories/201908090124

Editorial: No end in sight to Reading’s transportation isolation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/no-end-in-sight-to-readings-transportation-isolation

Washington

Democrats take aim at insurer, pharma profits
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/08/12/Democrats-take-aim-at-insurer-pharma-profits/stories/201908120048

Adjust minimum wage bill: The legislation is necessary but needs tweaks
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/08/12/Adjust-minimum-wage-bill-The-legislation-is-necessary-but-needs-tweaks/stories/201908120018