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Legislature

Pashinski hosts hearing at LCCC on community college affordability
https://www.timesleader.com/news/773669/pashinski-hosts-hearing-at-lccc-on-community-college-affordability

Program would help students pay for community college
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/program-would-help-students-pay-for-community-college-1.2597597

Fitzpatrick calls for Rockhill Quarry closure ahead of Friday news conference
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200220/fitzpatrick-calls-for-rockhill-quarry-closure-ahead-of-friday-news-conference

Wheatley introduces new bill to legalize recreational marijuana, expunge certain records
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/02/20/Jake-Wheatley-Pennsylvania-bill-marijuana-legalize-recreational-use-records/stories/202002200188

Pennsylvania is a big, important state. Why doesn’t its primary date reflect that?
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/02/pennsylvania-is-a-big-important-state-why-doesnt-its-primary-date-reflect-that.html

Game Commission member, sportsmen rep clash at hearing on Saturday start to deer season
https://triblive.com/local/regional/game-commission-member-sportsmen-rep-clash-at-hearing-on-saturday-deer-season-start/

Yudichak says NEPA legislators will keep fighting state facility closures
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/yudichak-says-nepa-legislators-will-keep-fighting-state-facility-closures-1.2597694

Picking a running mate: State moving to change lieutenant governor selection
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/21/Picking-a-running-mate-State-moving-to-change-lieutenant-governor-selection/stories/202001310071

Business

Pier 1 stores in Ross, Washington among hundreds set to close
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/2-pier-1-stores-among-hundreds-closing-this-year/

Sheetz, Wegmans named to Fortune’s 100 best employers list
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/sheetz-wegmans-named-to-fortune-s-100-best-employers-list-1.2597586

Texas company to close Dauphin County distribution center
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/02/texas-company-to-close-dauphin-county-distribution-center.html

More than 300 people could be laid off at Letterkenny Army Depot
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/02/more-than-300-people-could-be-laid-off-at-letterkenny-army-depot.html

Crime/Punishment

Key evidence in Wilkinsburg mass shooting case never made it to jurors
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/20/Wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-trial-evidence-district-attorney-police/stories/202002190158

Prosecutors ask judge to impose deadline on mental disability defense in synagogue massacre case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/20/US-prosecutors-deadline-Robert-Bowers-Tree-of-Life-shooting-trial-mental-disability-defense/stories/202002200128

4 more grads make it through Westmoreland drug court
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/4-more-grads-make-it-through-westmoreland-drug-court/

Law enforcement heavy in Hazleton area on Thursday
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/law-enforcement-heavy-in-hazleton-area-on-thursday-1.2597668

Drug busts fill prison to overflowing
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/02/drug-busts-fill-prison-to-overflowing/

Education

Pa. teachers air ideas, issues with state science education standards, unchanged since 2002
https://www.witf.org/2020/02/20/pa-teachers-air-ideas-issues-with-state-science-education-standards-unchanged-since-2002/

Strong economy fuels drop in college students seeking grants, PHEAA reports
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/strong-economy-fuels-drop-in-college-students-seeking-grants-pheaa-reports/

At packed meeting, Northeast Intermediate parents question what led to school’s closure
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/at-packed-meeting-northeast-intermediate-parents-question-what-led-to-school-s-closure-1.2597658

Welding offers options to Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center students
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/welding-offers-options-to-students-at-northern-westmoreland-career-and-technology-center/

Hazleton teacher cited for taking video at school in effort to prove fidelity
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-teacher-cited-for-taking-video-at-school-in-effort-to-prove-fidelity-1.2597655

I-LEAD tells Pennsylvania auditor general it has no intention of closing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/i-lead-tells-pennsylvania-auditor-general-it-has-no-intention/article_85121632-5417-11ea-bade-77f646556071.html

Berks County high school students compete in STEM competition
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-high-school-students-compete-in-stem-competition/article_4d5804dc-5416-11ea-aa88-a39b48244ddc.html

King’s College signs agreement with Diocese of Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/king-s-college-signs-agreement-with-diocese-of-scranton-1.2597426

Kutztown University gets federal grant for summer programs
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/kutztown-university-gets-federal-grant-for-summer-programs/article_ca5b1818-5428-11ea-99f1-17bc3c250c5f.html

Elections/Politics

A new poll of 2020 swing states shows just how important Pa. will be
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/quinnipiac-poll-pennsylvania-swing-states-2020-20200220.html

Mike Bloomberg’s rough first debate outing came just as Pa. Democrats were giving him a close look
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/mike-bloomberg-debate-suburban-democrats-20200220.html

In Pa., non-voters lean to Trump, new study shows
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/in-pa-non-voters-lean-to-trump-new-study-shows.html

Rust Belt manufacturing has seen ups and downs on Trump’s watch | Purple States
https://www.penncapital-star.com/purple-states/rust-belt-manufacturing-has-seen-ups-and-downs-on-trumps-watch-purple-states/

Locals get on ballot for Democratic, Republican national conventions
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/locals-get-on-ballot-for-democratic-republican-national-conventions-1.2597520

Health Care

Coronavirus hasn’t hit Pa., but health officials must prepare for the unknown. Here’s what’s happening.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-preparedness-pennsylvania-philadelphia-hap-20200221.html

Excela Health challenged by ‘disrupters’ in health care market, CEO says
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/excela-health-challenged-by-disrupters-in-health-care-market-ceo-says/

Pace of new NEPA flu cases slows
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pace-of-new-nepa-flu-cases-slows-1.2597732

‘I honestly didn’t think I’d be here.’ Melanoma patient cancer-free after immunotherapy trial at LVHN
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-cancer-rate-decline-lvhn-20200221-7uobotlisrga7clhmsen453dxu-story.html

Local News

Delco OKs $5 car fee for infrastructure improvements
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-oks-car-fee-for-infrastructure-improvements/article_133ff082-5413-11ea-9b34-87f78a3ce702.html

Free dental exams for children offered Saturday at Berks Community Health Center in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/free-dental-exams-for-children-offered-saturday-at-berks-community/article_91089c76-544a-11ea-8889-47968133bd3a.html

ACLU sues over Jim Thorpe traffic stop
https://www.witf.org/2020/02/20/aclu-sues-over-jim-thorpe-traffic-stop/

Public Square, fountain, subject to clean-up in anticipation of election year scrutiny
https://www.timesleader.com/news/773628/public-square-fountain-subject-to-clean-up-in-anticipation-of-election-year-scrutiny

City officials start with Public Square fountain in effort to spruce up ahead of 2020 election
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-officials-start-with-public-square-fountain-in-effort-to-spruce-up-ahead-of-2020-election-1.2597653

Politics by county’s numbers Ratings agency exposes prior administration
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/politics-by-county-s-numbers-ratings-agency-exposes-prior-administration-1.2597604

Your Call: Are Lehigh Valley towns actually recycling or have Chinese tariffs ended local programs?
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-your-call-recycling-20200221-hmeyekzmuvchlpcpszrqhrhyau-story.html

National News

American women seek more than $66M in damages from U.S. Soccer Federation in lawsuit filed Thursday
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/soccer/2020/02/21/American-women-seek-more-than-66M-in-damages-from-US-Soccer-Federation-equal-pay/stories/202002210096

Malcolm X drew his ‘best crowd’ then died in a hail of gunfire 55 years ago
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/02/malcolm-x-drew-his-best-crowd-then-died-in-a-hail-of-gunfire-55-years-ago.html

Philly

Philly schools overpaying charters millions of dollars for special-education students, district says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/charter-schools-philadelphia-special-education-costs-20200221.html

‘Stop giving us excuses’: Philly’s City Council and new police commissioner hear pleas to end surging gun violence
https://www.inquirer.com/news/gun-violence-prevention-danielle-outlaw-city-council-kenyatta-johnson-police-20200220.html

A Philly Art Museum boss hit his workers. They complained. He kept his job for two more years.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-museum-art-james-cincotta-workplace-harassment-hit-20200221.html

Philly’s Democratic Party wants to be a 2020 money player. First it had to balance its books.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/presidential-election-campaign-finance-reports-democrats-philadelphia-20200221.html

Philadelphia tobacco retailers down by 20% three years after new city regulations
https://www.inquirer.com/health/tobacco-crackdown-regulations-philadelphia-study-retailer-decrease-20200220.html

Rent control and homeowner protections urged for Philadelphia amid gentrification
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rent-control-philadelphia-homeowner-gentrification-tax-kendra-brooks-20200220.html

In a plan for a safer, vibrant 52nd Street, worried West Philly neighbors see gentrification looming
https://www.inquirer.com/news/west-philadelphia-gentrification-52nd-street-redevelopment-20200221.html

Hahnemann University Hospital’s owners agree to buy ‘tail insurance’ for former residents
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/hahnemann-residents-tail-insurance-philadelphia-20200220.html

Get ready to move your cars, Philly: Street sweeping will include parking restrictions this year
https://www.inquirer.com/news/street-sweeping-philly-parking-cars-20200220.html

Reading Terminal Market manager leaving to become Rep. Evans’ chief of staff
https://www.inquirer.com/food/anuj-gupta-reading-terminal-market-dwight-evans-congress-20200220.html

We need to make sure our history isn’t history | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/historical-society-of-pennsylvania-auction-washington-medals-controversial-cash-strapped-20200220.html

Pitt

Pitt football, men’s basketball hit with NCAA coaching violations
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2020/02/20/pitt-ncaa-violations-football-basketball-pat-narduzzi/stories/202002200121

Doyle calls for resignation of Allegheny County Dems chairwoman
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/02/20/Mike-Doyle-congressman-Allegheny-County-Democratic-Committee-chairwoman/stories/202002200167

Two projects aim to advance Pittsburgh’s shift to innovation economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/02/20/university-of-pittsburgh-wexford-science-technology-upmc-innovation-economy/stories/202002200120

Pittsburgh zoo has been in violation of its lease for 5 years
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/02/20/Pittsburgh-Zoo-and-PPG-Aquarium-AZA-accreditation-elephants-violation-city-lease-tenant-dispute/stories/202002200133

Pittsburgh firefighter charged with sex offenses involving a minor
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/20/Pittsburgh-firefighter-Brian-Kosanovich-charged-sex-offenses-minor/stories/202002200185

Elimination of bus stops finalized for 88 Penn, 48 Arlington routes
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/20/Elimination-bus-stops-Port-Authority-finalized-88-Penn-48-Arlington-routes/stories/202002200113

Port Authority looking to refinance bonds to lock in 2.3% interest rate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/20/Port-Authority-looking-refinance-bonds-lower-interest-rate/stories/202002200111

Judge dismisses most serious charge against ex-girlfriend accused of stabbing Terrelle Pryor
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/20/Judge-dismisses-most-serious-charge-ex-girlfriend-Shalaya-Briston-accused-stabbing-Terrelle-Pryor/stories/202002200139

Tony Norman: Allegheny County Dems are more like the Flintstones than dinosaurs
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2020/02/21/Allegheny-County-Democratic-Committee-Flintstones-dinosaurs/stories/202002210047

Pittsburgh’s Brother’s Brother Foundation sending 450,000 surgical masks to China
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburghs-brothers-brother-foundation-sending-450000-surgical-masks-to-china/

Parents, students lament closing of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Bloomfield
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/parents-residents-lament-looming-closure-of-st-maria-goretti-catholic-school-in-bloomfield/

Map lets you track your flush to the ALCOSAN plant
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/map-lets-you-track-your-flush-to-the-alcosan-plant/

Ton of meat, cheese donated to Pittsburgh food bank will serve 10,000 meals
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ton-of-meat-and-cheese-donated-to-pittsburgh-food-bank-will-serve-10000-meals/

State News

‘Shut down Berks!’: Philly allies of detained migrant families say it’s time for Pa. center to close.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/berks-detention-center-migrants-immigration-protest-philadelphia-20200220.html

Food security for Pennsylvanians could be in peril with food stamp changes, groups fear
https://triblive.com/local/regional/food-security-for-pennsylvanians-could-be-in-peril-with-food-stamp-changes-groups-fear/

Several local fire departments get clean reports after state audits
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/several-local-fire-department-get-clean-reports-after-state-audits/

‘It’s re-victimization all over again,’ clergy abuse victim says of Harrisburg diocese’s bankruptcy
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/its-re-victimization-all-over-again-clergy-abuse-victim-says-of-harrisburg-dioceses-bankruptcy.html

Bankruptcy court could force Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg to disclose secret archives of clergy sex abuse
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/bankruptcy-court-could-force-catholic-diocese-of-harrisburg-to-disclose-secret-archives-of-clergy-sex-abuse.html

Bambera: No bankruptcy for Scranton Diocese
https://www.timesleader.com/news/773640/bishop-bambera-bankruptcy-is-not-under-consideration-here

Diocese of Scranton seeks dismissal of sexual abuse lawsuit
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/diocese-of-scranton-seeks-dismissal-of-sexual-abuse-lawsuit-1.2597499

Census Bureau finds PA divorce rates declined over the last decade
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/census-bureau-finds-pa-divorce-rates-declined-over-the-last-decade/

As cost of living rises, Pennsylvanians fight to make ends meet
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200220/as-cost-of-living-rises-pennsylvanians-fight-to-make-ends-meet

Little League teams from California to Pennsylvania ban ‘Astros’ nickname after cheating scandal
https://www.timesonline.com/zz/news/20200220/little-league-teams-from-california-to-pennsylvania-ban-astros-nickname-after-cheating-scandal

Steve Chronister’s new offer in Grandview racism complaint might help city kids
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/02/20/steve-chronister-proposes-new-settlement-grandview-golf-racism-sexism-allegations/4819269002/

Transportation

Editorial: Berks must keep fighting for road funds
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-berks-must-keep-fighting-for-road-funds/article_a6949a0e-53fa-11ea-96d6-c7534defabd4.html

PennDOT rejects, for 4th time, phase 2 of Sinking Spring revitalization project
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/penndot-rejects-for-th-time-phase-of-sinking-spring-revitalization/article_9bc6d912-542b-11ea-aa58-e37935ef8cb9.htm

Washington

Toomey concerned that use of impeachment against Trump will normalize it
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/02/20/Toomey-impeachment-Trump-concerned-normalize/stories/202002200157