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Legislature

Berks dairy farmers meet state Sen. Judy Schwank, discuss how to make milk production more profitable
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-dairy-farmers-meet-state-senator-discuss-how-to-make-milk-production-more-profitable

Leaders talk jobs at event
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/leaders-talk-jobs-at-event-1.2542552

Could a Lehigh Valley restaurant name a sandwich after a college athlete? Why local schools are paying close attention to ‘Fair Pay to Play’
https://www.mcall.com/sports/college/mc-spt-fair-pay-to-play-reactions-20191007-q4ubj2bdizcxjij4n6hjbx77fy-story.html

Lyme disease group plans rally
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lyme-disease-group-plans-rally-1.2542614

Hard to justify tax incentive
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/hard-to-justify-tax-incentive-1.2542567

Voters deserve real elections, not insider selections | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/voters-deserve-real-elections-not-insider-selections-opinion.html

Editorial: Tobacco 21 is right choice for Pennsylvania
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/tobacco-21-right-choice-for-pennsylvania

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

Five tips for redistricting in Pennsylvania from the most ungovernable state in the nation | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/five-tips-for-redistricting-in-pennsylvania-from-the-most-ungovernable-state-in-the-nation-pennlive-editorial.html

Administration

Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/governor-signs-new-restrictions-on-robocalls-in-pennsylvania.html

Business

Contract talks continue amid GM strike
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/10/07/GM-contract-strike-United-auto-workers-detroit/stories/201910080083

Berks County is now home to three commercial mead makers
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/land-of-milk-and-honeywine

Gardner Denver laying off 45
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/10/gardner-denver-laying-off-45/

Crime/Punishment

Unsealed Bucks court records reveal how decades of lies unraveled into cold-case murder arrest
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/william-korzon-gloria-murder-grand-jury-bucks-county-cold-case-20191007.html

Teenage girl pleads to murder of friend’s grandfather
https://www.inquirer.com/news/wilkes-barre-teenager-murder-friends-grandfather-20191007.html

U.S. Supreme Court denies Ciavarella petition, won’t hear appeal
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758229/u-s-supreme-court-denies-ciavarella-petition-wont-hear-appeal

Convicted ex-Lackawanna County commissioner denied furlough to earn CDL
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-man-injured-after-arrest-dies-weeks-later-1.2542548

Education

Freeport Area nixes idea of student activity fees
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/freeport-nixes-idea-of-activity-fees/

Health officials’ claim of no cancer cluster angers Canon-McMillan crowd
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2019/10/07/Canon-mcmillan-ewing-sarcoma-cluster-cancer-meeting-UPMC/stories/201910070110

W-B Area to spend $25,000 for study on new high school project
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-area-to-spend-25-000-for-study-on-new-high-school-project-1.2542690

Scranton School District pledges better communication, student safety in wake of bomb threats
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-pledges-better-communication-student-safety-in-wake-of-bomb-threats-1.2542666

Reading teachers approve new contract, ending 35-day deadlock
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-teachers-ok-new-contract-ending-35-day-deadlock

Accusations of race-related bullying persist at Cumberland Valley schools as officials promise change
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/accusations-of-race-related-bullying-persist-at-cumberland-valley-schools-as-officials-promise-change.html

Pop-up exhibit on women’s rights on display at Downingtown East
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/pop-up-exhibit-on-women-s-rights-on-display-at/article_cb963472-e9bd-11e9-92cd-ef03547ae01b.html

Ex-prof’s strip club habit sticks Drexel University with $190K bill
https://www.inquirer.com/news/strip-club-philly-drexel-university-chikaodinaka-dwankpa-federal-grants-20191007.html

Students angry with Shippensburg U’s communication after fatal shooting
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/shippensburg-university-defends-communication-to-campus-community-following-deadly-shooting.html

Elections/Politics

A running list of candidates vying for former state Sen. Mike Folmer’s seat
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/a-running-list-of-candidates-vying-for-former-state-sen-mike-folmers-seat/

As 75% of state moves on voting machines, Bucks continues to weigh its options
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191008/as-75-of-state-moves-on-voting-machines-bucks-continues-to-weigh-its-options

Health Care

Eastern Pa. hospital where 3 preemies died seeking source of bacteria
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/10/07/Geisinger-Medical-Center-where-babies-preemies-died-seeking-source-of-bacteria/stories/201910080038

Geisinger releases statement on Danville infant deaths
http://www.timesleader.com/news/758181/geisinger-releases-statement-on-danville-infant-deaths

For health care workers, the risk of violence is part of the job
https://www.inquirer.com/health/health-care-workers-safety-violence-20191008.html

Cancer patients often need this one basic thing to participate in clinical trials
https://www.inquirer.com/health/cancer-clinical-trial-cost-reimbursement-lazarex-dana-dornsife-20191008.html

Muscular dystrophy gene therapy at Penn shows promise in mice, dogs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/10/07/Muscular-dystrophy-gene-therapy-at-Penn-shows-promise-in-mice-dogs/stories/201910070118

Local News

Second rally held outside Children and Youth headquarters
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758253/second-rally-held-outside-children-and-youth-headquarters

Protesting county Children and Youth Services
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/protesting-county-children-and-youth-services-1.2542688

Wilkes-Barre Shade Tree Commission trying to gather support and grow interest
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758195/wilkes-barre-shade-tree-commission-trying-to-gather-support-and-grow-interest

County OKs $33 million loan for 911 upgrade, voting machines, old debt
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-oks-33-million-loan-for-911-upgrade-voting-machines-old-debt-1.2542678

Luzerne County OKs borrowing for new 911 and voting systems
https://www.timesleader.com/news/758255/luzerne-county-oks-borrowing-for-new-911-and-voting-systems

Officials: No plans to reconsider Plymouth Twp.fire department
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officials-no-plans-to-reconsider-plymouth-twp-fire-department-1.2542685

Local pierogi makers ready to celebrate National Pierogi Day
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-pierogi-makers-ready-to-celebrate-national-pierogi-day-1.2542682

Scranton council wants answers after learning some sewer sale proceeds in jeopardy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-wants-answers-after-learning-some-sewer-sale-proceeds-in-jeopardy-1.2542629

Billboard company, Tarentum at odds over sign sought near Tarentum Bridge
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/billboard-company-tarentum-at-odds-over-sign-sought-near-tarentum-bridge/

Hempfield’s Valley Green golf course slated to close by end of year
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-golf-course-slated-to-close-by-end-of-year/

Volunteers sought to plant 54 trees in Harrison
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/volunteers-sought-to-plant-54-trees-in-harrison/

Group works to prevent childhood obesity among Latinos in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/group-works-to-prevent-childhood-obesity-among-latinos-in-reading

Scum-covered Wyomissing pond an eyesore that stinks, worries neighbors
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/scum-covered-wyomissing-pond-an-eyesore-that-stinks-worries-neighbors

National News

Deal on new rail cars embroils SEPTA in U.S. suspicions of China manufacturer
https://www.inquirer.com/news/crrc-china-philadelphia-trade-war-congress-septa-rail-transportation-cyber-security-defense-20191007.html

American railroads are already in recession with no end in sight
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/10/07/American-railroads-recession-CSX-Union-Norfolk-Southern-tariffs/stories/201910070103

Lawsuit says feds using immigration marriage interviews in Baltimore as a trap
https://www.witf.org/2019/10/08/lawsuit-says-feds-using-immigration-marriage-interviews-in-baltimore-as-a-trap/

Natural Gas

Report: Amount of Marcellus, Utica natural gas higher than in 2011
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/report-amount-of-marcellus-utica-natural-gas-higher-than-in-2011/

Philly

With their asbestos-tainted Philadelphia school building closed indefinitely, where will 1,000 students learn?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ben-franklin-sla-asbestos-building-school-philadelphia-district-town-hall-hite-20191007.html

Philly DA’s Office launches a unit to prosecute employers for crimes against workers
https://www.inquirer.com/news/district-attorney-larry-krasner-employer-crimes-prosecution-wage-theft-20191008.html

Philly’s street sweeping pilot program will end this fall. Should it continue and expand?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-street-sweeping-cleaning-kenney-20191007.html

Builders back changes to 10-year tax break as Philly City Council mulls next steps
https://www.penncapital-star.com/uncategorized/builders-back-changes-to-10-year-tax-break-as-philly-city-council-mulls-next-steps/

Safehouse will face more legal hurdles, but those objections won’t hold up | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-safehouse-ruling-supervised-injection-site-department-of-justice-20191008.html

Unusually high mold count aggravating allergies in Philly area
https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-allergies-mold-pollen-weather-20191008.html

Pitt

Walkabout: Arts group plans reuse of massive Wilkinsburg ghost church
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2019/10/07/Center-for-Civic-Art-Wilkinsburg-Mulberry-Street-Second-Presbyterian-Church-New-Sun-Rising/stories/201910070001

Police: Larimer shooting victim seeks help in nearby store
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/07/pittsburgh-shooting-larimer-gun-violence/stories/201910070120

DA challenger criticizes Stephen Zappala during rally
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/07/lisa-middleman-pubilc-defender-allegheny-county-DA-stephen-a-zappala-jr-pittsburgh/stories/201910070121

Following unjust jailing of four teens, DA-candidate Lisa Middleman calls for change
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/following-unjust-jailing-of-four-teens-da-candidate-lisa-middleman-calls-for-change/Content?oid=15997902

Don’t let the bedbugs bite: Vigilance, awareness needed when taking on pests
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/08/Bedbugs-bite-Vigilance-awareness-pests/stories/201910050002

Ellis School rolls out new financial aid strategy
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/10/07/Ellis-School-announces-new-financial-aid-approach-girls-tailored-tuition-shadyside-pittsburgh/stories/201910070115

Westmoreland County trust sought to pay Pittsburgh diocese’s sex abuse claims
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-trust-sought-to-pay-pittsburgh-dioceses-sex-abuse-claims/

Allegheny County releases partial data on swimming pool accident victims
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-releases-partial-data-on-swimming-pool-accident-victims/

State News

Yom Kippur offers time for self-reflection
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/yom-kippur-offers-time-for-self-reflection-1.2542684

State Game Commission seeks person who killed bald eagle in Westmoreland County
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/10/07/bald-eagle-killed-pennsylvania-westmoreland-Game-Commission-penalities/stories/201910070108

Archbald tobacco shop sells lottery ticket worth $500,000
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/archbald-tobacco-shop-sells-lottery-ticket-worth-500-000-1.2542595

Children found unconscious in Albany Township were discovered hanging from basement rafters, authorities say
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/children-found-dead-in-albany-township-were-discovered-hanging-from-basement-rafters-authorities-say

Dispute arises over who gets credit for union escape clause in Pa. state government labor contracts
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/10/dispute-arises-over-who-gets-credit-for-union-escape-clause-in-pa-state-government-labor-contracts.html

DCNR releases preliminary report on future of state parks
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20191007/dcnr-releases-preliminary-report-on-future-of-state-parks

Navy responds to PFAS report
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191007/navy-responds-to-pfas-report

Washington

‘Senate Republicans have a big decision’ to make on impeachment: Five takeaways from our conversation with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/senate-republicans-have-a-big-decision-to-make-on-impeachment-five-takeaways-from-our-conversation-with-u-s-sen-bob-casey/

Budget office estimates US deficit just under $1 trillion
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/budget-office-estimates-us-deficit-just-under-1-trillion-20191008.html

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce, citing an ‘irretrievable breakdown’ in her marriage
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/rep-ilhan-omar-files-divorce-20191007.html

Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/10/08/Trump-decision-abandon-Kurdish-allies-Syria-republicans-turkey/stories/201910080113

Berks County lawmakers warn against withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-lawmakers-warn-against-withdrawing-us-forces-from-syria

Two Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers criticize President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops in Syria
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-pat-toomey-trump-syria-us-troops-20191007-ougk353yazg4ti5lpxrdujdeta-story.html