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Legislature

Pennsylvania Increases Tobacco Purchasing Age From 18 To 21  https://www.wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-increases-tobacco-purchasing-age-18-21

Pennsylvania creates criminal offense of sexual extortion https://www.witf.org/2019/11/29/pennsylvania-creates-criminal-offense-of-sexual-extortion/

Objection raised to tobacco purchase age exception https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/11/29/State-passes-law-to-raise-purchase-age-for-tobacco-to-21-military-exemption/stories/201911290126

Pa. lawmakers pitch bill to criminalize school bullying https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/11/29/Pa-lawmakers-pitch-bill-to-criminalize-school-bullying/stories/201911290118

Editorial: Harrisburg targets hunting changes https://triblive.com/opinion/editorial-harrisburg-targets-hunting-changes/

Pennsylvania boosts aid for clean water near military bases  https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/pennsylvania-boosts-aid-for-clean-water-near-military-bases.html

Purple paint markings will soon mean no trespassing in Pa.  https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/11/purple-paint-markings-will-soon-mean-no-trespassing-in-pa.html

Mensch energy infrastructure bill goes to House https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191129/mensch-energy-infrastructure-bill-goes-to-house

 

Administration

Pa. Insurance Department warns against robocalls claiming to sell health insurance during Affordable Care Act open enrollment https://whyy.org/articles/pa-insurance-department-warns-against-robocalls-claiming-to-sell-health-insurance-during-affordable-care-act-open-enrollment/

 

Business

Corporate debt nears a record $10 trillion, and borrowing binge poses new risks  https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/11/30/Corporate-debt-nears-a-record-10-trillion-and-borrowing-binge-poses-new-risks/stories/201911300026

Final terms of NAFTA replacement near completion  https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/11/30/Final-terms-of-NAFTA-replacement-near-completion/stories/201911300050

 

Education

Through good times and bad — how school nursing has evolved over time https://whyy.org/segments/through-good-times-and-bad-how-school-nursing-has-evolved-over-time/

With One-Third Of Students Battling Homelessness, Trade Institute Plans To Develop Its Own Housing https://www.wesa.fm/post/one-third-students-battling-homelessness-trade-institute-plans-develop-its-own-housing

Abington School District got $25 million from Stephen Schwarzman. It’s still enduring the fallout. https://www.inquirer.com/education/abington-school-board-stephen-schwarzman-gift-20191129.html

Health

Black mothers get less treatment for their postpartum depression https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/black-mothers-get-less-treatment-for-their-postpartum-depression/

Delaware partners with Google to make searching for addiction treatment easier  https://whyy.org/articles/delaware-partners-with-google-to-make-searching-for-addiction-treatment-easier/

Why mandated nurse-to-patient ratios have become one of the most controversial ideas in health care  https://whyy.org/segments/why-mandated-nurse-to-patient-ratios-have-become-one-of-the-most-controversial-ideas-in-health-care/

Health Insurance Premiums On Federal Exchange Are A Bit Lower, Though Not In Pennsylvania https://www.wesa.fm/post/health-insurance-premiums-federal-exchange-are-bit-lower-though-not-pennsylvania

Food Safety Experts Urge Caution For Hunters In Areas With Fatal Deer Disease https://www.wesa.fm/post/food-safety-experts-urge-caution-hunters-areas-fatal-deer-disease

At Penn, people in recovery are helping more patients with addiction enter treatment  https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/penn-presbyterian-treatment-peer-specialist-addiction-20191129.html

Five deaths so far as flu shows signs of fast start in Pa. https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/five-deaths-so-far-as-flu-off-to-fast-start-in-pa.html

 

Local News

‘Everybody flooded in’: Black Friday got off to an early start at King of Prussia Mall  https://www.inquirer.com/business/black-friday-sales-shopping-king-of-prussia-philly-20191129.html

Delco Council finalizes new prison board with appointment of three citizen members https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-county-jail-oversight-board-citizen-members-george-w-hill-20191129.html

Black Friday deals lure shoppers into Alle-Kiski Valley stores early, often https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/black-friday-deals-lure-shoppers-into-alle-kiski-valley-stores-early-often/

Winter storm to roll into central Pa. Saturday night; Lehigh Valley could get several inches of snow Sunday https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/winter-storm-to-roll-into-central-pa-saturday-evening.html

Woman finds purpose, passion in aiding Alzheimer’s caregivers https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/woman-finds-purpose-passion-in-aiding-alzheimer-s-caregivers-1.2565634

District judge appointed to statewide committee https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/district-judge-appointed-to-statewide-committee-1.2565656

Schuylkill County commissioners renew excess inmate pact https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-commissioners-renew-excess-inmate-pact-1.2565689

Art made of spotted lanternfly wings to debut https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/art-made-of-spotted-lanternfly-wings-to-debut

Most Berks Countians to see 6% decrease in UGI natural gas rates https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-countians-to-see-decrease-in-ugi-natural-gas-rates

Proposed Chester budget packs 10 percent tax hike  https://www.delcotimes.com/news/proposed-chester-budget-packs-percent-tax-hike/article_bce97cb0-12fb-11ea-b2e7-43c31fe63a16.html

Dolyestown planners consider zoning overlay at former Intelligencer property  https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191130/dolyestown-planners-consider-zoning-overlay-at-former-intelligencer-property

 

Philly

Where to shop local in Philly on Small Business Saturday  https://billypenn.com/2019/11/29/where-to-shop-local-in-philly-on-small-business-saturday/

Shopping in Center City is actually thriving amid fears of a ‘retail apocalypse’  https://whyy.org/articles/shopping-in-center-city-is-actually-thriving-amid-fears-of-a-retail-apocalypse/

This 8-year-old is the ‘world’s youngest female barber,’ and she’s from Philly https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/this-8-year-old-is-the-worlds-youngest-female-barber-and-shes-from-philly/

Philadelphia lobbyists keep making last-minute changes to bills, and reform advocates feel ‘set up’ https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-city-council-lobbyist-amendments-20191129.html

Fashion District? A lot of shoppers are still calling it the Gallery. https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/fashion-district-preit-mall-gallery-retail-gentrification-20191129.html

Thousands of Philadelphia homeowners are appealing higher tax bills on their properties https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-home-assessments-brt-appeals-20191129.html

 

Pitt

Decades after a Pittsburgh plane crash, a family found its way back to each other https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/11/29/Pittsburgh-family-reunited-Check-baby-history-veteran/stories/201911280025

Mayor looks to slash ‘Gordian knot’ of city property sales https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/11/29/Mayor-Bill-Peduto-tax-sales-city-property/stories/201911260158

This is the first Small Brewery Sunday, but any Sunday can be one in Allegheny County  https://www.post-gazette.com/life/drinks/2019/11/29/Small-Brewery-Sunday-Brewers-Association-Pittsburgh-Brewers-Guild-cards-stamped/stories/201911260179

Thousands pack 1 million meals at Pittsburgh convention center  https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/thousands-pack-1-million-meals-at-pittsburgh-convention-center/

Former Fallingwater cook Elsie Henderson, 106, dishes on serving Pittsburgh royalty https://triblive.com/local/regional/former-fallingwater-cook-elsie-henderson-106-dishes-on-cooking-for-pittsburgh-royalty/

Rope team rescues unconscious worker stranded on scaffold in Pittsburgh’s North Side  https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/rope-team-rescues-unconscious-worker-stranded-on-scaffold-in-pittsburghs-north-side/

 

State News

Pa. residents brace for Trump administration’s proposed cuts to food stamps https://whyy.org/articles/pa-residents-brace-for-trump-administrations-proposed-cuts-to-food-stamps/

Pennsylvania farmers use sweat, science to craft the perfect Christmas tree https://www.inquirer.com/philly/news/christmas-tree-capital-of-world-pennsylvania-farmers-indiana-county-genetically-altered-20181129.html

Pennsylvania deer season starts on Saturday for the first time: What to know about changes for 2019 hunt  https://www.mcall.com/sports/outdoors/mc-spt-outdoors-deer-hunting-20191126-pf6cyrqldndxxi7zq26qizxng4-story.html

Most of UGI’s Lehigh Valley customers to see bills cut, under new single rate statewide  https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/11/most-of-ugis-lehigh-valley-customers-to-see-bills-cut-under-new-single-rate-statewide.html

 

Washington

President Trump’s talk of Afghanistan cease-fire appears to surprise the Taliban, Afghan government  https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-afghanistan-cease-fire-taliban-20191130.html