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Legislature

Despite presence of asbestos, DEP alleges unauthorized activity at Rockhill Quarry

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-east-rockhill-quarry-20200221-6i57rfiqxnfzfg3cfyqqt2ehb4-story.html

Proposal expands workers’ compensation for volunteer firefighters, medical teams

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/proposal-expands-workers-compensation-for-volunteer-firefighters-medical-teams-1.2598150

Waste coal officials weigh cost crisis

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/waste-coal-officials-weigh-cost-crisis-1.2598062

State lawmakers, social service providers mull policies, minimum wage at breakfast

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/state-lawmakers-social-service-providers-mull-policies-minimum-wage-at-breakfast-1.2598035

Unity supervisors retain former state senator Regola to lobby for grants

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/unity-supervisors-retain-former-state-senator-regola-to-lobby-for-grants/

Officials, legislators discuss key issues for people with disabilities

https://www.timesleader.com/news/773781/officials-legislators-discuss-key-issues-for-people-with-disabilities

Industry representatives discuss cogeneration plants with legislators

https://www.republicanherald.com/news/industry-representatives-discuss-cogeneration-plants-with-legislators-1.2598231

State

What Happens When Rural EMS Systems Need To Be Rescued?

https://hosted.ap.org/citizensvoice/article/f029fdafec0f45c6b17bd9b1f9b312e4/what-happens-when-rural-ems-systems-need-be-rescued

Proposed UGI rate increase faces challenge

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/proposed-ugi-rate-increase-faces-challenge.html

Lawsuit against Pa. Lt. Gov. still looms over Twitter fallout

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/lawsuit-against-pa-lt-gov-still-looms-over-twitter-fallout.html

Lt. Governor unblocks critics on Twitter, but he’s not alone in the potentially unconstitutional practice

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lt-governor-unblocks-critics-on-twitter-but-he-s-not/article_7350ec9a-541f-11ea-8a2a-0fa504156366.html

Here’s what you need to know about School District of Lancaster’s school funding lawsuit against the state

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/here-s-what-you-need-to-know-about-school-district/article_aaaefba2-540e-11ea-8247-07579644b0e2.html

Business

Pa. elder care chain to pay $15 million settlement

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/pa-elder-care-chain-to-pay-million-settlement/article_7c554cdc-180a-5e34-8a3f-ece17a7ee9db.html

A boon for some, a chilling effect for others: The winner and losers in Philly’s very mild winter

https://www.inquirer.com/weather/philadelphia-mild-winter-snow-winners-losers-20200222.html

Chevron to trim 320 jobs in Pennsylvania

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/02/21/Chevron-announces-320-job-layoffs-in-Pennsylvania/stories/202002210106

Modell’s Sporting Goods to close 24 stores

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/business/2020/02/modells-sporting-goods-to-close-24-stores.html

Elections/Politics

Candidates file to be 8th District delegates at DNC

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/candidates-file-to-be-8th-district-delegates-at-dnc-1.2598040

Can we put a candidate sign in front of our home?

https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/political-signs-homeowners-associations-rules-20200222.html

Casey, Toomey tow party lines as presidential election looms in Pennsylvania – a critical swing state

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/casey-toomey-tow-party-lines-as-presidential-election-looms-in-pennsylvania-a-critical-swing-state/

Montco officials gear up for election changes

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/montco-officials-gear-up-for-election-changes/article_3c7ca17c-c102-5b51-a59d-4d0272dcffbd.html

What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s election changes

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/what-you-need-to-know-about-pennsylvania-s-election-changes/article_49ef893a-5e4f-5784-a13b-368cea3aa431.html

Republican Bittner Mazza seeks 150th Dist. PA House seat

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/republican-bittner-mazza-seeks-th-dist-pa-house-seat/article_cdacd642-5409-11ea-b90a-63b94f27f43a.html

Transportation

Reading & Northern to bring passenger trains to Tamaqua

https://www.readingeagle.com/money/reading-northern-to-bring-passenger-trains-to-tamaqua/article_6f737bc8-54de-11ea-834b-4b9c43180824.html

Want to drive your electric car to Pa.’s Capitol? Now you can charge it while you’re there.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/want-to-drive-your-electric-car-to-pas-capitol-now-you-can-charge-it-while-youre-there.html

Ogle may join string of communities permitting snowmobiles, ATVs on township roads

https://www.tribdem.com/news/ogle-may-join-string-of-communities-permitting-snowmobiles-atvs-on/article_f99ff1f6-552d-11ea-9ff5-bb190ae47715.html

Gaming

Revenues were up at Meadows Casino last month

https://observer-reporter.com/business/revenues-were-up-at-meadows-casino-last-month/article_cae74352-5413-11ea-b658-f3b8d1aaaff9.html

Philly

Philly Art Museum director apologizes to staff for not acting sooner against manager who hit employees

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-museum-of-art-james-cincotta-timothy-rub-apologize-20200221.html

The Market-Frankford Line is SEPTA’s workhorse. A ‘dramatic change’ to service starts soon.

https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-market-frankford-line-ab-skip-stop-frequency-changes-20200221.html

Philly develops safety plan for supervised injection site as opening nears

https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/supervised-injection-site-philadelphia-public-safety-plan-20200221.html

Pittsburgh

August Wilson Center On Track For Comeback 5 Years Later

https://hosted.ap.org/citizensvoice/article/4fb0aec955d84b01abf3cafe882f217e/august-wilson-center-track-comeback-5-years-later

Pitt fossil fuel disinvestment activists begin occupation of cathedral

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/02/21/Pitt-fossil-fuel-disinvestment-activists-begin-occupation-of-cathedral/stories/202002210112

Pirates to extend protective netting in PNC Park, LECOM Park

https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2020/02/21/Pirates-extend-protective-netting-PNC-Park-LECOM-Park-Travis-Williams-Trevor-Williams/stories/202002210145

Site work for $1.1 billion airport modernization to start in April

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/02/21/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-modernization-landside-building/stories/202002210133

Local

Berks Democatic Women outline role African American women played in suffrage movement

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-democatic-women-outline-role-african-american-women-played-in/article_95388aae-54e0-11ea-bc9a-9b72936fd30b.html

‘Kensington in Crisis’ spotlighting local opioid epidemic gets rave review

https://www.delcotimes.com/life/kensington-in-crisis-spotlighting-local-opioid-epidemic-gets-rave-review/article_7db2f922-53e7-11ea-b22e-dbac2ff0a24c.html

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

Hazleton’s first 24-hour day care in works

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-s-first-24-hour-day-care-in-works-1.2598052

Rush Twp. supervisors approve medical marijuana policy

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/rush-twp-supervisors-approve-medical-marijuana-policy-1.2598036

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/

19 local churches have a joint Lenten mission to erase county’s uncollected medical debt

https://lancasteronline.com/features/local-churches-have-a-joint-lenten-mission-to-erase-county/article_85105b4e-54e9-11ea-b508-fb07ce06021e.html

Superior Court ruling on sex abuse cases led the Harrisburg Diocese to eye bankruptcy

https://lancasteronline.com/features/superior-court-ruling-on-sex-abuse-cases-led-the-harrisburg/article_ebb8b038-54e1-11ea-b75f-93bd90adbc24.html

Luzerne County releases proposed settlement figure for inmate suicide litigation

https://www.timesleader.com/news/773770/luzerne-county-releases-proposed-settlement-figure-for-inmate-suicide-litigation

White supremacists spread propaganda in the Lehigh Valley in 2019, ADL reports

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/02/white-supremacists-spread-propaganda-in-the-lehigh-valley-in-2019-adl-reports.html

Lehigh County judge criticizes police over violent arrest

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/allentown/2020/02/lehigh-county-judge-criticizes-police-over-violent-arrest.html

National

Real ID applicants permitted to apply electronically: DHS

https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/02/real-id-applicants-permitted-to-apply-electronically-dhs.html

Wells Fargo pays $3 billion, avoids prosecution for sales abuses

https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/02/wells-fargo-pays-3-billion-avoids-prosecution-for-sales-abuses.html