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Legislature

Sen. Pam Iovino: Pa. veterans deserve better access to the services they have earned
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2019/11/08/Pam-Iovino-Pa-veterans-deserve-better-access-to-the-services-they-have-earned/stories/201911080029

Bill to eliminate license fee passed in Pa. House
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/bill-to-eliminate-license-fee-passed-in-pa-house-1.2556660

Pennsylvania’s liquor board is posting record profits. That worries some lawmakers.
https://www.witf.org/2019/11/07/pa-s-liquor-board-is-posting-record-profits-that-worries-some-lawmakers/

Administration

‘The whole idea is peace of mind:’ Gov. Tom Wolf urges Pa. residents without insurance to get coverage
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/the-whole-idea-is-peace-of-mind-gov-tom-wolf-urges-pa-residents-without-insurance-to-get-coverage/

Business

Sears, Kmart closing seven more Pennsylvania stores this winter
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/sears-kmart-closing-seven-more-pennsylvania-stores-this-winter.html

Wilkes-Barre Township, Berwick Kmarts to close
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761413/wilkes-barre-township-berwick-kmarts-to-close

Sears to close Whitehall Mall store, the last one in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-sears-closing-whitehall-mall-20191107-hmguhbw5jnhavbcxtav26xqyqq-story.html

Walmart sells beer, wine in state for 1st time; Westmoreland sales coming
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/walmart-sells-beer-wine-in-pennsylvania-for-the-first-time-buys-liquor-licenses-in-5-more-counties-including-westmoreland/

GM sells its Lordstown plant to an electric truck startup
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/11/07/Lordstown-plant-Ohio-GM-sells-electric-truck-startup/stories/201911070197

Former Wood-Mode workers upset after learning old medical bills aren’t covered
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/former-wood-mode-workers-upset-after-learning-old-medical-bills-arent-covered.html

Crime/Punishment

Boss of Delaware County’s private jail accused of racism, abuse of power
https://www.inquirer.com/news/george-hill-jail-john-reilly-delaware-county-pennsylvania-n-word-geo-group-20191108.html

Testimony corroborated, contradicted in priest’s trial
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/11/07/Hugh-Lang-sexual-abuse-Catholic-priest-grand-jury/stories/201911070136

Witnesses testify about New Kensington officer’s fatal injuries and a pair of jeans
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/11/07/new-kensington-police-killing-trial-shaw-holt-day-four/stories/201911070155

Jailed for life on drug charge, Harrisburg man released after decade of efforts by friends
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/jailed-for-life-on-drug-charge-harrisburg-man-released-after-decade-of-efforts-by-friends.html

Education

PSSA, Keystone scores in Lehigh Valley suburban schools exceed state goals; city districts still struggling
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-pssas-keystone-scores-20191108-frhmtn6ikvgzvos4jqx4e2su7q-story.html

From cotton balls to computer coding: Dallas marks National STEM Week.
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761458/from-cotton-balls-to-computer-coding-dallas-marks-national-stem-week

Questions raised in bond-release issue related to W-B Area high school site
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761460/questions-raised-in-bond-release-issue-related-to-w-b-area-high-school-site

DEP will respond to bond release request for W-B Area school site
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dep-will-respond-to-bond-release-request-for-w-b-area-school-site-1.2556732

Cambria County teacher apologizes to parents for Trump assignment
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/cambria-county-teacher-apologizes-to-parents-for-trump-assignment/

Scranton School District investigating incoming school director, sources say
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-investigating-incoming-school-director-sources-say-1.2556571

Board misses opportunity
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/board-misses-opportunity-1.2556666

Wilson football players learn life lessons from autistic support students
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/wilson-football-players-learn-life-lessons-from-autistic-support-students

PA college should look to NJ on student mental health services | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/student-mental-health-services-hacc-collingswood-nj-20191108.html

Two birds, one stone: Tuition discount helps recruit students, train nurses
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/11/08/Two-birds-one-stone-Tuition-discount-helps-recruit-students-train-nurses/stories/201911040005

Kutztown University Women’s Center celebrates 30th anniversary
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/ku-womens-center-celebrates-30th-anniversary

Athlete in sexual assault case picked to coach women
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191107/athlete-in-sexual-assault-case-picked-to-coach-women

Elections/Politics

Republicans have a problem with suburban voters, Democrats have a problem with rural voters. Where does that leave Pa.’s balance of power?
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/republicans-have-a-problem-with-suburban-voters-democrats-have-a-problem-with-rural-voters-where-does-that-leave-pa-s-balance-of-power/

Pennsylvania voter survey offers warning for progressive candidates in 2020
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/11/07/Pennsylvania-voter-survey-offers-warning-for-progressive-candidates-in-2020/stories/201911070156

Delco Dems: ‘Government is here to work for you’
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-dems-government-is-here-to-work-for-you/article_02a98d58-019f-11ea-a190-bb2a4067f64b.html

Luzerne County officials mull voting issues in other counties
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-officials-mull-voting-issues-in-other-counties-1.2556835

Berks County officials working to give voters more privacy in 2020
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-officials-working-to-give-voters-more-privacy-in-2020

Key to uncovering Northampton County’s voting machine failure could be weeks away
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-northampton-county-council-election-fiasco-20191108-4ushkt3l6vhx5ovcnh3clnqjza-story.html

Paul Muschick: Thank goodness we got voting foul-ups out of way before 2020 elections
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-lehigh-northampton-new-voting-machines-muschick-20191107-djtoaqicmfab7niprtcwd6txom-story.html

Health Care

Mortality rates at Pa. hospitals drop
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mortality-rates-at-pa-hospitals-drop-1.2556811

Hospital Safety grades: Group gives Wilkes-Barre General a D, Geisinger an A
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761468/hospital-safety-grades-group-gives-wilkes-barre-general-a-d-geisinger-an-a

Excela launches expanded cardiology services with new team of specialists
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/excela-launches-expanded-cardiology-services-with-new-team-of-specialists/

Cost council report shows care costs more in population centers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cost-council-report-shows-care-costs-more-in-population-centers-1.2556662

Local News

L&I announces apprenticeship partnership with Pittston Chamber
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761470/li-announces-apprenticeship-partnership-with-pittston-chamber

Residents don’t want proposed sale of Wilkes-Barre’s sewer system rushed
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761462/residents-dont-want-proposed-sale-of-wilkes-barres-sewer-system-rushed

Proposed sewer system sale a hot topic at W-B council meeting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/proposed-sewer-system-sale-a-hot-topic-at-w-b-council-meeting-1.2556831

Scranton Ethics Board belatedly receives first complaint
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-ethics-board-belatedly-receives-first-complaint-1.2556822

Scott Twp. settles lawsuit over cemetery access
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scott-twp-settles-lawsuit-over-cemetery-access-1.2556544

4 hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure in Hazleton home
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/4-hospitalized-after-carbon-monoxide-exposure-in-hazleton-home-1.2556794

New Kensington veteran rewarded for his service with keys to free SUV
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-veteran-rewarded-for-his-service-with-keys-to-free-suv/

Safe Berks CEO leaving after 15 years as leader
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/safe-berks-ceo-leaving-after-15-years-as-leader

Community wellness center to open in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/community-wellness-center-to-open-in-reading

Philly

Philly cops are used to tragedy. But 6 kids shot in a month can crack their ‘emotional shell.’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-police-trauma-children-shot-eap-mental-health-suicide-gun-20191108.html

Preservationists want historic districts. Residents fear the cost. Will a West Philly neighborhood get designation?
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/overbrook-farms-historic-district-philadelphia-preservation-curtis-jones-vote-20191108.html

14-year-old in custody in slaying of animal rescuer in Northeast Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/albert-chernoff-teen-suspect-homicide-northeast-philadelphia-20191108.html

In Clout hot seat, did Gov. Tom Wolf endorse ‘my guy’ AG Josh Shapiro for governor in 2022?
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/clout-hot-seat-tom-wolf-josh-shapiro-jim-kenney-joe-torsella-2022-race-governor-20191108.html

A new power bloc is rising in Philly’s labor movement. Kendra Brooks’ victory is proof
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/philadelphia-kendra-brooks-labor-union-low-wage-workers-20191108.html

L&I seeks to add inspections to new homes after water damage complaints across Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/philadelphia-licenses-and-inspections-david-perri-water-damage-building-envelope-20191108.html

After collapsed buildings and damaged homes, Philly strengthens construction oversight
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/licenses-and-inspections-philadelphia-new-regulations-construction-collapses-accidents-david-perri-20191107.html

Woman, 22, fatally shot answering door in West Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/woman-shot-dead-walton-street-west-philadelphia-20191108.html

SEPTA poised to shift to Democrats’ control for first time in its history
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-board-election-democrat-republican-chester-deon-philadelphia-transportation-transit-20191107.html

‘Cry when you get home’: Teachers need therapy to process the trauma of urban classrooms | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/teachers-therapy-trauma-philadelphia-20191107.html

Food stamps literally keep families alive in Philly. Help us stop the Trump benefit cuts | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/food-stamps-literally-keep-families-alive-in-philly-help-us-stop-the-trump-benefit-cuts-opinion/

Pitt

City council begins discussion on property sales — with lots of no-shows
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/11/07/City-council-begins-discussion-on-property-sales-with-lots-of-no-shows/stories/201911070157

Lawyers again ask for federal court help in seeking release of suicidal county inmate from solitary confinement
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/11/07/kimberly-andrews-allegheny-county-jail-solitary-confinement-federal-judge/stories/201911070175

Ex-Allegheny County narcotics detective cuts plea deal in teen niece’s OD death
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/11/07/fatal-overdose-pittsburgh-Daniel-bondi-police-officer-niece/stories/201911070128

Lawsuit claims that pro athletes who live outside Pittsburgh are illegally taxed at higher rate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/11/07/pittsburgh-professional-athlete-tax-lawsuit-unconstitutional/stories/201911070163

Pro athletes, players’ unions seek to halt Pittsburgh ‘jock tax’
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/three-athletes-and-players-unions-seek-to-halt-pittsburgh-jock-tax/

CMU celebrates 10 years of Traffic21 innovations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/11/07/Carnegie-Mellon-University-Traffic21-Transportation-Secretary-Elaine-Chao-Hillman-Foundation-10-year-anniversary/stories/201911070118

Spirit to add second LA nonstop from Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/11/08/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-Spirit-Airlines-Los-Angeles/stories/201911070171

Opportunity Zones only work if everyone gets the same shot an opportunity | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/opportunity-zones-only-work-if-everyone-gets-the-same-shot-an-opportunity-opinion/

State News

Pennsylvania tax revenues for 1st quarter at 6.1% above pre-recession peak
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-tax-revenues-for-first-quarter-at-6-1-percent-above-pre-recession-peak/

Allegheny County tops statewide liquor sales
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-tops-statewide-liquor-sales/

Officials set do-over for SCI-Retreat forum
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officials-set-do-over-for-sci-retreat-forum-1.2556834

Non-union Pa. state workers file class-action lawsuit to recoup money paid to AFSCME 13
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/11/non-union-pa-state-workers-file-class-action-lawsuit-to-recoup-money-paid-to-afscme-13.html

Transportation

Western Pa. salt trucks ready for ice, slick roads as temps drop
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/little-snow-forecast-but-western-pa-salt-trucks-are-ready-for-slick-roads-and-ice/

Water Street Bridge closed until Monday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/761348/water-street-bridge-closed-until-monday

Washington

Keep schools open 10 hours a day? Kamala Harris wants to align student and work schedules.
https://www.inquirer.com/education/kamala-harris-longer-school-day-plan-20191107.html

Kamala Harris’ bill aims to extend the school day to 6 p.m.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/11/07/Kamala-Harris-school-day-extend-hours-Sen-introduces-bill-keep-open-until-6-pm/stories/201911070195

The ‘Anonymous’ author’s book on Trump details consideration of a ‘midnight self-massacre’
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/books/2019/11/07/Anonymous-book-author-Trump-officials-midnight-self-massacre/stories/201911070199

Pat Toomey vowed to be an ‘independent voice.’ Trump’s impeachment could raise the stakes.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pat-toomey-donald-trump-impeachment-20191107.html

House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-impeachment-gop-sondland-giuliani-mulvaney-20191108.html

Toomey’s bill banning animal crushing passes Senate
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191107/toomeyrsquos-bill-banning-animal-crushing-passes-senate

‘Stop putting politics ahead of our country’ on Trump impeachment, veterans tell GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in new ad
https://www.inquirer.com/news/brian-fitzpatrick-impeachment-ad-20191107.html

Praising Trump, Jeff Sessions formally announces his Senate campaign
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/11/07/Jeff-Sessions-announce-running-for-Alabama-Senate-seat-2020-Trump/stories/201911070188