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Legislature

Pa. senator’s brain cancer battle inspires him to recognize survivors of the disease: ‘All are heroes’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/pa-senators-brain-cancer-battle-inspires-him-to-recognize-survivors-of-the-disease-all-are-heroes.html

Following Supreme Court decision, Pa. should have state-wide ban on LGBTQ discrimination | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/supreme-court-gay-lesbian-transgender-discrimination-pennsylvania-law-20200629.html

Our view: Fireworks disturb the Erie peace
https://www.goerie.com/opinion/20200629/our-view-fireworks-disturb-erie-peace

State DEP’s ‘regulatory capture’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/state-deps-regulatory-capture/article_2003ca9d-355e-5097-ac76-9c8efb9295c2.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

What’s the state of COVID-19 contact tracing in the Lehigh Valley? We found out.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/whats-the-state-of-covid-19-contact-tracing-in-the-lehigh-valley-we-found-out.html

505 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths reported in Pa.
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/505-new-coronavirus-cases-3-deaths-reported-in-pa/

Pa. coronavirus update: Weekend brings more than 1K new cases as state reopens | Pa. COVID-19 county map
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/pa-coronavirus-update-weekend-brings-more-than-1k-new-cases-as-state-reopens-pa-covid-19-county-map-062820.html

Allegheny County exceeds highest coronavirus case total with 96 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-exceeds-highest-coronavirus-case-total-with-96-new-cases/

Westmoreland County reports 13 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-13-new-coronavirus-cases/

Washington, Greene report new COVID-19 cases
https://observer-reporter.com/series/coronavirus/washington-greene-report-new-covid-19-cases/article_6e2c0754-b964-11ea-9681-57073ba19b87.html

Region’s COVID-19 cases up by more than 25% over past week; death reported in Indiana County
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/regions-covid-19-cases-up-by-more-than-25-over-past-week-death-reported-in/article_c0e103ba-b95e-11ea-b268-8b293b90426a.html

Five new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County reported Sunday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/five-new-covid-19-cases-in-luzerne-county-reported-sunday/article_917786a7-1c7d-5cf8-b5be-78939f44cc43.html

Berks County seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, but virus remains a threat
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-seeing-a-decline-in-coronavirus-cases-but-virus-remains-a-threat/article_46f3cbe6-b562-11ea-a0f4-971d10fa1922.html

Pittsburgh doctor joins federal commission to protect nursing homes from future outbreaks
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/29/COVID-19-outbreak-nursing-homes-Medicaid-Medicare-Conor-Lamb-David-Nace-pittsburgh/stories/202006240009

Testing stepped up in U.S., worldwide as number of new coronavirus cases surges
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/29/Testing-stepped-number-new-coronavirus-cases-surges-US-world-pandemic/stories/202006290057

Budget

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/a-look-at-the-2020-2021-stopgap-budget-how-pa-is-paying-for-prisons-and-covid-19-relief-the-numbers-racket/

Business

State releases complaint form for businesses not following COVID-19 requirements
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2020/06/28/Pennsylvania-Department-of-Health-complaint-form-businesses-COVID-19-requirements/stories/202006280109

Pa. Health Department taking online complaints of covid-19 violations
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-health-department-accepting-complaints-about-covid-19-violations-using-online-form/

Enthusiasm in N.J. and Pa. as malls open after a long coronavirus shutdown
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-malls-reopen-new-jersey-king-of-prussia-20200628.html

Should you be reimbursed for home office expenses after working from home due to COVID-19?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/06/29/COVID-19-home-office-reimburse-expenses-employer-employee-Pennsylvania-labor-law/stories/202006230084

Avalon Eat’n Park employee tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/avalon-eatn-park-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Kennywood looking for people for summer jobs
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/kennywood-looking-for-people-for-summer-jobs/

Grotto Pizza closes Harveys Lake, WB Township dining rooms after 3 employees test positive for COVID-19
https://www.timesleader.com/news/789578/grotto-pizza-closes-harveys-lake-wb-township-dining-rooms-after-3-employees-test-positive-for-covid-19

Show of support: Directory spotlights Black-owned businesses
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/show-of-support-directory-spotlights-black-owned-businesses/article_2d0126b3-a773-5226-8a85-140d9a25639c.html

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/fracking-pioneer-chesapeake-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/article_fe31f343-2d57-50e8-8eff-9ce74f5bd731.html

‘Green’ doesn’t mean ‘go’: Pa. workers weigh risks, benefits of job reopenings
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/29/green-doesnt-mean-go-pa-workers-weigh-risks-benefits-of-job-reopenings/

‘Heisey’s is open.’ Elected officials, customers rally at rebellious Lebanon diner
https://www.ldnews.com/story/news/2020/06/26/coronavirus-residents-politicians-rally-reopened-lebanon-county-pa-diner-heiseys-green-phase/3263914001/

Crime/Punishment

Easton has 2nd killing in little more than a week, this time Downtown
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/06/easton-has-2nd-killing-in-little-more-than-a-week-this-time-downtown.html

Slate cleaned: Over the past year, more than 1 million cases involving low-level crimes sealed in county under new law
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/slate-cleaned-over-the-past-year-more-than-1-million-cases-involving-low-level-crimes/article_0d3e6de2-b62b-11ea-a135-0b55a9ab4333.html

Education

Most local universities returning to in-person education in August
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/most-local-universities-returning-to-in-person-education-in-august/article_0060f556-b7d2-11ea-bea7-5f5a594d29c2.html

Erie County community college plan gains another backer
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200629/erie-county-community-college-plan-gains-another-backer

Elections/Politics

Biden campaign staff more than half women, 35% people of color
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/biden-campaign-diversity-data-released-20200628.html

Health Care

Coronavirus fears leading heart attack and stroke sufferers to dangerous choice to forgo emergency room
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-fears-leading-heart-attack-and-stroke-sufferers-to-dangerous-choice-to-forgo-emergency-room/article_15a02390-b18a-11ea-85a2-572f2aec5bf0.html

Local News

Scranton pension funds rebound
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-pension-funds-rebound/article_7ba58ab7-9d33-56ec-98d3-c6e27a704ac3.html

Scranton ranks 21st among ‘most livable small cities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-ranks-21st-among-most-livable-small-cities/article_b3a03fea-3004-599c-8330-0f0a3e2e172d.html

Man dies in fireworks accident in Scranton
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/man-dies-in-fireworks-accident-in-scranton/

Brown encourages Wilkes-Barre residents to write legislators about fireworks
https://www.timesleader.com/news/789565/brown-encourages-wilkes-barre-residents-to-write-legislators-about-fireworks

Ridley to continue crackdown on fireworks
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/ridley-to-continue-crackdown-on-fireworks/article_1fca3188-b99d-11ea-803e-67c45f81b628.html

Burning question: When it comes to backyard fire pits, what are the rules?
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/burning-question-when-it-comes-to-backyard-fire-pits-what-are-the-rules/article_2305f046-e7d0-56b4-a4e7-d5f023ee99d9.html

Chris Kelly: ‘Kids for Cash’ judge trades prison for paradise
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/columnists/chris-kelly/chris-kelly-kids-for-cash-judge-trades-prison-for-paradise/article_b8f1b3bc-2867-506a-9fc7-c9d83713cc6b.html

Bubbles for Bella’ vigil pays homage to 3-year-old Oakmont girl who died from abuse
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/bubbles-for-bella-vigil-pays-homage-to-3-year-old-oakmont-girl-who-died-from-abuse/

‘So many people…failed’: Loved ones grieve death of 3-year-old in Oakmont
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/06/28/Bella-Rae-Seachrist-Oakmont-vigil-family-justice-Verona-abuse-torture/stories/202006280114

Community day held to raise awareness of addiction
https://www.timesleader.com/news/789561/community-day-held-to-raise-awareness-of-addiction

Luzerne County’s real estate tax assessments evaluated for accuracy
https://www.timesleader.com/news/789556/luzerne-countys-real-estate-tax-assessments-evaluated-for-accuracy

Summertime and the living is easier in the green phase
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/summertime-and-the-living-is-easier-in-the-green-phase/article_89d4366d-c364-52c7-8ab0-524108c54ed3.html

County council explores meeting options
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-explores-meeting-options/article_cac7a35f-92ac-54e9-8703-66556d554d04.html

Radnor moves to change police hiring procedures
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/radnor-moves-to-change-police-hiring-procedures/article_764910c3-5dbd-5eb9-8306-24faa6dac6c5.html

National News

Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from flag
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/mississippi-flag-confederate-emblem-removed-20200628.html

Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200629/millions-of-americans-think-theyrsquore-safe-from-flood-waters-they-arenrsquot

Philly

Philly judge creates program to help small businesses reopen and negotiate with creditors
https://www.inquirer.com/business/business-financial-monitoring-commerce-court-judge-gary-glazer-20200629.html

SEPTA Regional Rail is coming back, but many of its suburban riders are still working from home
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-regional-rail-service-coronavirus-return-20200629.html

Protesters call for release of Black inmates, saying they were unjustly imprisoned under Rizzo
https://www.inquirer.com/news/racism-coronavirus-rally-protest-rizzo-police-black-george-floyd-20200628.html

Police officer allegedly punched in face during arrest in South Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-police-officer-punch-face-20200628.html

Philly-area swim clubs are providing a summer escape amid the pandemic — if they have the space
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-swimming-pools-philadelphia-delaware-county-st-albans-aronimink-rose-tree-woods-20200629.html

Lose the fireworks, Philly | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/firecrackers-bottle-rockets-complaints-philadelphia-boston-new-york-20200629.html

Pitt

As new COVID-19 cases rise, Allegheny County to ban alcohol sales in bars, restaurants
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/06/28/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-32/stories/202006280096

Allegheny County to halt on-premises alcohol consumption, enforce mask wearing in businesses, restaurants
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-to-halt-on-premises-alcohol-consumption-enforce-mask-wearing-in-businesses-restaurants/

Allegheny County shutting bars back down due to ‘alarming’ COVID-19 spike
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-cv-allegheny-county-bars-covid-20200628-xvdqmtcpxfgfrkxyja5f4n62fq-story.html

Pittsburgh region’s youth eager to put pandemic aside, get back to having fun
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2020/06/29/With-plans-cancelled-due-to-Covid-19-area-students-plan-for-summer-fun-in-other-ways/stories/202006210007

State News

Joys and challenges of resuming community life for intellectually disabled individuals
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/covid-19-intellectually-disabled-community-participation-20200629.html

Transportation

Pa. Turnpike to display revised plans for Mon-Fayette Expressway
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/06/29/Mon-Fayette-Expressway-Pennsylvania-Turnpike-Dravosburg-revised-plans/stories/202006280060

No new money for NYC passenger train in New Jersey plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/no-new-money-for-nyc-passenger-train-in-new-jersey-plan/article_d173b15d-7f35-5359-a282-b623c65e246a.html

Editorial: Drunken drivers still a menace on our roads
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorial-drunken-drivers-still-a-menace-on-our-roads/article_b089ab78-b9f1-11ea-b96f-473388585686.html

With people driving less, PennDOT puts brakes on some road and bridge projects
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/with-people-driving-less-penndot-puts-brakes-on-some-road-and-bridge-projects.html

Allowing Bigger Truck Loopholes Dangerous for Commonwealth Motorists | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/allowing-bigger-truck-loopholes-dangerous-for-commonwealth-motorists-opinion/

Washington

Pa. Dems think public opinion on police reform is on their side
https://www.witf.org/2020/06/29/pa-dems-think-public-opinion-on-police-reform-is-on-their-side/

Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-tweets-video-supporter-chanting-white-power-then-deletes-20200628.html