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Legislature

Solutions, not attacks: Daryl Metcalfe further debases political discourse
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/12/02/Daryl-Metcalfe-further-debases-political-discourse-Pennsylvania-climate-change-solutions-not-attacks/stories/201911190008

Examine taxes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/examine-taxes-1.2566213

Business

How a massive Bethlehem fulfillment center fits into QVC, HSN’s hopes to turn business around
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-qvc-hsn-bethlehem-warehouse-update-20191202-zkmb4t42t5c37hsdu67ufrjbde-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Alleged kidnapper killed by deadly force in Warrior Run
https://www.timesleader.com/news/764482/alleged-kidnapper-killed-by-deadly-force-in-warrior-run

Suspect dead, girl safe after Nanticoke abduction
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/suspect-dead-girl-safe-after-nanticoke-abduction-1.2566480

3 officers exposed to fentanyl
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/3-officers-exposed-to-fentanyl-1.2566360

Education

In Leechburg, an elementary school stands against a tide of poverty
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/growing-up-through-the-cracks-leechburg-david-leech-elementary-school-child-poverty/

A threat to our future: Reading scores indict education
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/12/02/A-threat-to-our-future-Reading-scores-indict-education/stories/201911220036

Elections/Politics

How Pennsylvania could improve voting and elections, according to advocates and experts
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-election-voting-reforms-20191202.html

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why Black voters are backing Biden
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/elections/i-know-joe-s-heart-why-black-voters-are-backing/article_01b01b88-1487-11ea-9f8a-57b7978e60c5.html

Western Pa. Democrats divided on Buttigieg’s chances to take state back from Trump
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/12/01/Western-Pennsylvania-Democrats-Buttigieg-chances-against-Trump/stories/201911270155

Democrat Joe Sestak drops his long-shot presidential bid
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-sestak-ends-2020-presidential-campaign-delaware-county-20191201.html

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops bid for Democratic presidential nomination
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/steve-bullock-drops-out-democratic-presidential-race-20191202.html

Health Care

For Berks hospitals, treating patients more than medical
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/for-berks-hospitals-treating-patients-more-than-medical

Shopping for health insurance? Be wary of being led into ‘junk plans,’ Sen. Bob Casey Jr. says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/shopping-for-health-insurance-be-wary-of-being-led-into-junk-plans-sen-bob-casey-jr-says.html

Local News

South Abington Twp. receives grant to pave road
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/south-abington-twp-receives-grant-to-pave-road-1.2566315

Attorney Robert W. Munley Jr. dies at 89; his legal career and charity outside the courtroom inspired many
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/attorney-robert-w-munley-jr-dies-at-89-his-legal-career-and-charity-outside-the-courtroom-inspired-many-1.2566468

Fell Twp. looking to demolish century-old schoolhouse by the spring
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fell-twp-looking-to-demolish-century-old-schoolhouse-by-the-spring-1.2566322

New Scranton Controller promises thoroughness
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-scranton-controller-promises-thoroughness-1.2566108

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign goes digital
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/salvation-army-red-kettle-campaign-goes-digital-1.2566344

Project to help single moms this Christmas
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/project-to-help-single-moms-this-christmas-1.2566424

Luzerne County receiving revenue from reverse tax appeal
https://www.timesleader.com/news/764468/luzerne-county-receiving-revenue-from-reverse-tax-appeal

County council will vote on 911 upgrade, voting machines
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-will-vote-on-911-upgrade-voting-machines-1.2566341

Birthday bash planned for ‘junior fire chief’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/birthday-bash-planned-for-junior-fire-chief-1.2566347

‘Misfits’ are anything but in this New Kensington kitchen
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/misfits-are-anything-but-in-this-new-kensington-kitchen/

Jeannette residents say they still support Terrelle Pryor despite domestic fight, arrest
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/jeannette-residents-say-they-still-support-terrelle-pryor-despite-domestic-fight-arrest/

Sacred Heart Villa in Muhlenberg Township still seeking a buyer
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sacred-heart-villa-still-seeking-a-buyer

Reading senior living residents make scarves to kick off annual soup kitchen giveaway
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-senior-living-residents-make-scarves-to–kick-off-annual-soup-kitchen-giveaway

Like father, like daughter: Family makes history among ranks of Philly’s new firefighters
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/like-father-like-daughter-family-makes-history-among-ranks-of-phillys-new-firefighters/

Bucks Democrats appoint businessman to review county finances
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191202/bucks-democrats-appoint-businessman-to-review-county-finances

New Jersey

N.J. prepares for wave of sex-abuse lawsuits as window opens extending victims’ right to sue
https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-jersey-sex-abuse-window-catholic-dioceses-boy-scouts-lawsuit-20191201.html

Philly

Philadelphia has a gun violence epidemic. What if it were treated like any other contagious disease?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/gun-violence-murder-victims-public-health-kenney-philadelphia-20191202.html

Two women say Philly’s most venerable arts school mishandled their sexual assaults. Years later, the case is still rattling the institution.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/sexual-assault-title-ix-pennsylvania-academy-fine-arts-philadelphia-20191202.html

16-year-old girl is the 106th person under 18 shot in Philadelphia this year
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/north-philly-shooting-teen-girl-robert-jamieson-20191201.html

Black Santa spreads holiday cheer and inclusion in Fashion District
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fashion-district-gallery-mall-black-santa-philadelphia-20191202.html

How this mom turned near-tragedy into a win for Philly’s most vulnerable kids
https://www.witf.org/2019/12/02/how-this-mom-turned-near-tragedy-into-a-win-for-phillys-most-vulnerable-kids/

Pitt

Pittsburgh-based family support agency wants every child to receive a toy for Christmas
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/12/01/Toys-for-Tots-Allegheny-Family-Network-Goodfellows-Christmas-pittsburgh/stories/201911260136

Inspectors find no problems with Smithfield Street Bridge after barge strike
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/12/02/Smithfield-Street-Bridge-closed-indefinitely-Downtown-Station-Square-Transportation-Traffic/stories/201912020074

City to match $100,000 in state funds to begin Hays Woods planning
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/12/02/City-to-match-100-000-in-state-funds-to-begin-Hays-Woods-planning/stories/201911260140

Norfolk Southern’s plan for double-stacked rail cars on the North Side heads to mediation
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/12/02/Norfolk-Southern-North-Side-double-stacked-cars-PennDOT-Northside-Leadership-Conference-mediation/stories/201911260160

Obituary / Mariss Jansons led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other top ensembles
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/2019/12/01/Conductor-Mariss-Jansons-dies-at-76-led-top-orchestras/stories/201912010155

Officer injured while ejecting fan from Heinz Field
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/man-arrested-after-scuffling-with-police-at-heinz-field/

State News

Look-alike Oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl worries officials
https://triblive.com/local/regional/look-alike-oxycodone-pill-laced-with-fentanyl-worries-officials/

Game Commission reviewing video of men kicking, mocking injured deer
https://triblive.com/local/regional/game-commission-investigating-video-that-shows-2-men-kicking-laughing-at-injured-deer/

White House, CDC in dispute over crucial study on toxic chemicals, sources say
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191202/white-house-cdc-in-dispute-over-crucial-study-on-toxic-chemicals-sources-say/1

Sewer mandates befuddle municipalities
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/12/sewer-mandates-befuddle-municipalities/

Transportation

TRAFFIC ALERT: Travel restrictions in place for eastbound motorists
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/12/02/TRAFFIC-Traffic-restrictions-eastbound-motorists-Pennsylvania/stories/201912020075

Twists, turns, bridges, tunnels could complicate Western Pa. hyperloop projects
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/twists-turns-bridges-tunnels-could-complicate-western-pa-hyperloop-projects/

Report highlights Pa. transportation challenges
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/report-highlights-pa-transportation-challenges/article_087821b9-08b4-558c-a3c7-e0e8a1ad753d.html

Washington

U.S. Supreme Court to take up high stakes gun rights case this week
https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/u-s-supreme-court-takes-up-consequential-gun-rights-case-this-week/