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Legislature

Pa. House passes bill to ban abortions when Down syndrome is detected, but Senate passage uncertain
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/05/14/Pa-House-bill-ban-abortions-Down-syndrome-turzai/stories/201905140172

Pennsylvania House tries anew to ban Down syndrome abortions
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-house-tries-anew-to-ban-down-syndrome-abortions/

Pa. House passes Down syndrome abortion ban, Gov. Wolf vows veto
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/pa-house-passes-down-syndrome-abortion-ban-gov-wolf-vows-veto/

$12-15 minimum wage?
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20190514/12-15-minimum-wage

Bill would set a minimum marrying age in Pennsylvania. And no, we don’t already have one.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/bill-would-set-a-minimum-marrying-age-in-pennsylvania-and-no-we-dont-already-have-one.html

Bill would shorten eviction process in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/05/14/shorten-eviction-process-legislation-Pennsylvania-greg-rothman-landlords/stories/201905140116

Activists rally for bills to prevent situations like Highmark-UPMC split
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/05/14/Pennsylvania-Highmark-UPMC-Every-Willing-Insurer-legislation/stories/201905140141

Patients, activists urge Pa. lawmakers to halt UPMC-Highmark divorce
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/patients-activists-urge-pa-lawmakers-to-halt-upmc-highmark-divorce/

Bill tracker: Allowing agritourism on preserved farms
https://cumberlink.com/news/local/bill-tracker-allowing-agritourism-on-preserved-farms/article_898bd0e8-b0bc-5ceb-97b4-88703d43ba14.html

Phillips-Hill bill honoring York County Marine heads to Wolf’s desk
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2019/05/14/phillips-hill-bill-honoring-york-county-marine-heads-wolfs-desk/3672181002/

Shame on Pennsylvania GOP as New Jersey, New York Dems deliver justice for abuse victims | Maria Panaritis
https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/sexual-abuse-statute-of-limitations-new-jersey-pennsylvania-catholic-church-new-york-maria-panaritis-20190515.html

All rise, stop  judiciary gerrymander
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/all-rise-stop-judiciary-gerrymander-1.2482698

The legislature is again courting changes for Pa. courts | John Baer
https://www.philly.com/opinion/john-baer-courts-reform-diamond-legislature-20190514.html

Business

Pirates owner Bob Nutting visits bankrupt Reading Eagle, which faces auction this week, fueling big rumors
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2019/05/14/Pittsburgh-Pirates-owner-visits-bankrupt-Reading-Eagle-newspaper-auction/stories/201905140110

DuPont expands paid parental leave to adoptive and same-sex parents
https://www.philly.com/business/dupont-same-sex-adoptive-paid-parental-leave–20190514.html

Saks Warehouse Store to open in WB Twp.
https://www.timesleader.com/news/743436/saks-warehouse-store-to-open-in-wb-twp

Saks Fifth Avenue store set to open in W-B Twp.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/saks-fifth-avenue-store-set-to-open-in-w-b-twp-1.2482827

Ocean State Job Lot plans job fair for WB, Dickson City stores
https://www.timesleader.com/news/743397/ocean-state-job-lot-plans-job-fair-for-wb-dickson-city-stores

Mayor: Closure of Akers plant in Avonmore devastating for community
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/mayor-closure-of-akers-plant-in-avonmore-devastating-for-community/

Diversity the keyword at Great Northeast Job Fair
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/diversity-the-keyword-at-great-northeast-job-fair-1.2482733

Editorial: Muhlenberg project good for economy, environment
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-muhlenberg-project-good-for-economy-environment

Pipelines

Pipeline foes expected to be back before county council seeking more support
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/pipeline-foes-expected-to-be-back-before-county-council-seeking/article_8bc05ce8-7676-11e9-a7db-47924b7d0ad0.html

Crime/Punishment

3rd Circuit Court won’t rehear case of ‘Kids for Cash’ judge Ciavarella
https://www.timesleader.com/news/743343/3rd-circuit-court-wont-rehear-case-of-kids-for-cash-judge-ciavarella

Police respond to 203 calls at Castle after-hours club since 2016
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/police-respond-to-203-calls-at-castle-after-hours-club-since-2016-1.2482671

Education

Harrisburg superintendent responds to former teachers’ criticism
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/harrisburg-superintendent-responds-to-former-teachers-criticism.html

Gaming

Pennsylvania online sports betting: What you need to know
https://www.mcall.com/sports/mc-spt-pennsylvania-online-sports-betting-how-to-20190515-ng6nbcgpg5cz5ghxwvkyoyg2ky-story.html

Health Care

Medicare fraud more common among doctors treating minorities, low-income seniors
https://www.philly.com/health/consumer/medicare-fraud-abuse-johns-hopkins-20190515.html

A Bastille moment for UPMC?: It is up to the people to rise up
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/05/15/UPMC-Bastille-moment-Jeffrey-Romoff-health-care-Highmark-meeting-Pittsburgh/stories/201905150049

Pros, cons of prescribing addiction treatment drugs by videoconferencing
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-prescribe-remotely-addictions-treatment-20190514-nken3zoa5jdr7inkio2fdaxheq-story.html

Local News

Luzerne County seeks tax-claim operator proposals
https://www.timesleader.com/news/743434/luzerne-county-seeks-tax-claim-operator-proposals

Luzerne County settles suit with inmate for $250,000
https://www.timesleader.com/news/743430/luzerne-county-settles-suit-with-inmate-for-250000

County council approves settlement of inmate suit
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-approves-settlement-of-inmate-suit-1.2482807

W-B police to hold seat belt operation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-police-to-hold-seat-belt-operation-1.2482695

UGI to expand gas services in Duryea
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ugi-to-expand-gas-services-in-duryea-1.2482713

KELLY: Is time finally up for Bond?
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/kelly-is-time-finally-up-for-bond-1.2482856

Park to be named after area economic development agency
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/park-to-be-named-after-area-economic-development-agency-1.2482766

Windmill hearing resumes tonight in Packer Twp.
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/windmill-hearing-resumes-tonight-in-packer-twp-1.2482672

Ardmore is getting ready for its transformation — a downtown
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/lower-merion-zoning-acura-volkswagen-dealership-20190515.html

Law firm to investigate Westmoreland warden’s complaint against Commissioner Gina Cerilli
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/complaint-by-jail-warden-against-westmoreland-commissioner-cerilli-to-be-investigated-by-harrisburg-law-firm/

Fawn’s ‘working police chief’ juggles patrol, administrative duties
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/fawns-working-police-chief-juggles-patrol-administrative-duties/

How the $5 vehicle registration fee is being put to use in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/how-the-5-vehicle-registration-fee-is-being-put-to-use-in-berks-county

Inter-City Bus Terminal sold to Reading restaurant
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/inter-city-bus-terminal-sold-to-reading-restaurant

Berks treatment courts celebrate new graduates, continued success
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-treatment-courts-celebrate-new-graduates-continued-success

National News

Alabama abortion bill passes Senate, heads to governor
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/abortion-alabama-felony-any-stage-pregnancy-senate-passed-governor-20190515.html

Fla.’s governor says Russians hacked voter systems in 2 counties during the 2016 election
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/05/14/Florida-Gov-DeSantis-Russian-hackers-voter-databases-two-counties-2016-election/stories/201905140192

New Jersey

After March Madness, New Jersey sports betting took a $59 million dip in April
https://www.philly.com/business/nj-gaming-revenue-april-2019-sports-betting-march-madness-20190514.html

Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma ‘manufactured’ opioid epidemic, according to Pa. suit against OxyContin maker
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/05/14/Pennsylvania-attorney-general-shapiro-to-sue-drug-maker-opioid-epidemic/stories/201905140091

Pa. Attorney General Shapiro sues Purdue Pharma for ‘deceptive’ tactics selling OxyContin
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/pa-attorney-general-shapiro-sues-purdue-pharma-for-deceptive-tactics-selling-oxycontin/

Philly

Pa.’s first LGBTQ-friendly homeless residence for young adults opens in Philly
https://www.philly.com/news/homeless-gloria-casarez-project-home-sister-mary-scullion-lgbtq-20190514.html

‘When your heart and mind are divided’: Philly residents are lifelines for relatives in Venezuela
https://www.philly.com/news/crisis-casa-de-venezuela-philadelphia-latinos-impact-guaido-maduro-20190515.html

‘It changed my life’: Shareef Miller’s mother and the choice that put him on a path to the Eagles
https://www.philly.com/eagles/shareef-miller-eagles-penn-state-philadelphia-frankford-20190514.html

Mayor Jim Kenney says Philly should have fewer charter schools. Their supporters push back.
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-charter-schools-board-mayor-jim-kenney-20190514.html

Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Ángel Cruz face off in tense debate for 7th Council district seat
https://www.philly.com/news/primary-politics-philly-7th-district-maria-quinones-sanchez-angel-cruz-council-debate-20190514.html

Empty buildings, teacher turnover: City Council has questions for Philly schools officials
https://www.philly.com/education/philadelphia-school-district-city-council-budget-hearing-hite-20190514.html

Philadelphia’s overdose deaths dip overall in 2018 but are ‘still at crisis levels’
https://www.philly.com/health/opioid-overdose-deaths-philadelphia-20190514.html

Infant found abandoned in West Philly
https://www.philly.com/news/abandoned-infant-baby-west-philadelphia-laundromat-bus-20190514.html

SEPTA to complete new and improved website for Key cards
https://www.philly.com/transportation/septa-key-web-site-upgrade-card-transit-20190514.html

Ted Kirsch to retire: Longtime union leader once led the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
https://www.philly.com/education/ted-kirsch-teachers-union-aft-retire-20190514.html

Penn study: Sweetened-beverage sales drop as a result of soda tax
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/penn-study-sweetened-beverage-sales-drop-as-a-result-of-soda-tax.php

Pitt

Pittsburgh concealed carry gun expo expected to attract 10,000 this weekend
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2019/05/14/Pittsburgh-concealed-carry-gun-expo-convention-Tim-Schmidt-debate/stories/201905140119

Pa. Labor Relations Board holds hearing on unionizing effort by Pitt graduate assistants
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/05/14/University-of-Pitttsburgh-Pitt-Steelworkers-labor-union-graduate-assistants-Pennsylvania-colleges/stories/201905140139

Pittsburgh is ‘all-in’ to break down racial barriers
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-all-in-to-break-down-racial-barriers/

PPS considers moving Milliones middle schoolers to Arsenal
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/05/14/PPS-considers-moving-Milliones-middle-schoolers-to-Arsenal-university-prep-pittsburgh/stories/201905140191

Burgess, Lavelle propose measure to boost equity in city budgets and affordable housing
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/05/14/Pittsburgh-council-Ricky-Burgess-Lavelle-mayor-peduto-equity-affordable-housing/stories/201905140143

Ex-Steeler Antonio Brown returns to Pittsburgh to plead guilty in speeding case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/05/14/antonio-brown-speeding-ticket-porsche-pittsburgh-steelers-oakland-raiders-ross-police/stories/201905140135

Pittsburgh paramedics honored for Tree of Life heroics
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-paramedics-honored-for-tree-of-life-heroics/

Army Corps of Engineers invites public to Lockfest 2019
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/army-corps-of-engineers-invites-public-to-lockfest-2019/

State News

Are the 27 cases of Ewing sarcoma near Pittsburgh a cluster?
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/ewing-sarcoma-cancer-cluster-pittsburgh-washington-westmoreland/

State record lake trout expected to be confirmed
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/05/14/Lake-Erie-record-lake-trout/stories/201905140163

Pa. DEP orders Energy Transfer to fix damage to streams and wetlands
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/05/14/DEP-Energy-Transfer-fix-damage-streams-wetlands-revolution-pipeline-Beaver-permit/stories/201905140158

Transportation

Most parents say they drive distracted. Are you one of them?
https://www.philly.com/news/texting-distracted-driving-parents-phone-study-20190514.html

The upstart transportation company hoping to fill Bieber’s void has been dealt a setback by PennDOT
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/clydesdale-lines-rejected-for-penndot-subsidy

Washington

Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves
https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/trump-faces-backlash-over-plan-to-dip-into-pell-reserves-20190514.html

Pa. congresswoman to lead caucus focusing on female veterans
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/pa-congresswoman-to-lead-caucus-focusing-on-female-veterans.php