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PENNSYLVANIA: Trump 2020 Targets Reclusive Amish

The Washington Post reports: In 2016, when more than 6 million Pennsylvanians voted in the presidential election, the state’s 20 pivotal electoral votes were decided by a margin of less than 45,000 voters. Pennsylvania is home to more than 75,000 Amish people, and most who are eligible don’t vote. For two Republican operatives, those two numbers together add up to …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Three Mile Island Closes Today

Axios reports: Climate activists are rallying in the streets here and around the world today calling for urgent action curbing carbon emissions, while a controversial but carbon-free nuclear power plant 180 miles away quietly goes offline. The big picture: It’s an ironic moment in history. Nuclear power provides America — and the world — with one of the largest sources …

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Pennsylvania GOP Rep Resigns After Child Porn Bust

Pittsburgh’s CBS News affiliate reports: Senate officials say a Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges has resigned. Sen. Mike Folmer’s apparent resignation Wednesday came hours after he was arrested by the state attorney general’s office. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said in statement that they received Folmer’s resignation letter …

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PENNSYLVANIA: GOP Senator Busted For Child Porn

The Washington Post reports: Republican state Sen. Mike Folmer was charged with possession of child pornography on Tuesday night after authorities said they discovered images of child pornography on his cellphone. The charges against Folmer include sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility. The married grandfather of seven was caught as the …

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At Least Five Philly Police Shot In Chaotic Scene, Temple University On Lockdown, Shooter Still Active [VIDEO]

CBS Philadelphia reports: At least five Philadelphia police officers were shot in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital, where dozens of officers have surrounded the hospital. Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital. Police say the shooting happened on …

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Pennsylvania GOP Group’s County Fair Booth Features Dartboard With Photos Of Progressive Female Dems

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: Fayette County Republicans took down a fair booth dartboard with taped-on pictures of first-term Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, after a fair attendee posted about the dartboard on Facebook, sparking complaints to the booth organizers and the fair. “I rarely post anything political on Facebook, however, after seeing this, I …

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GOP Pennsylvania Senate Leader Screams For Three Minutes As Dem Rep Reads Letter From Homeless Man

Penn Live reports: Pennsylvania’s state Senate erupted this week over a bill that ended funding for the some of the poorest residents, leading a Republican lawmaker to shout over his Democratic colleague for nearly three minutes. Republicans have pushed to end the decades-old General Assistance program but Democrats on Wednesday introduced amendments to save the monthly funding for certain populations, …

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Pastor Busted For Child Porn Had Superimposed His Face Onto S/M Images Of Young Girls, Authorities Say

Penn Live reports: A Chambersburg-area pastor was jailed last week, accused of possessing sexually explicit images of bondage scenarios involving children that also had his face superimposed into them. The Office of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force did the investigation into Stephen L. Dunn, 68, and filed charges on Thursday, according to court documents. During a …

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PHILADELPHIA: Gay Sheriff’s Deputy And LGBT Liaison Found Dead At Office Desk Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy who was a leader in the city’s gay community, and who a state legislator said “lifted up every room he ever stepped foot in,” was found dead at his desk in his Center City office Friday morning. Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin, 27, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the office …

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Pennsylvania: Republican Wins Special US House Race

Roll Call reports: Republican state Rep. Fred Keller easily defeated Democrat Marc Friedenberg in a special election Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. With 48 percent of precincts reporting, Keller led the Penn State professor, 72 percent to 28 percent. The result was not unexpected given that President Donald Trump would have carried the deep-red seat by 36 points in 2016 …

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PA Mass Transit Tests Video Ads Before Fare Purchase

Pennsylvania’s SETPA mass transit system has begun a pilot program in which commuters must watch a video ad before loading their fare card at train station kiosks. Philadelphia Magazine weighs in: On the one hand, SEPTA’s facing a potentially catastrophic risk to its budget, on account of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one of its biggest funders, being billions of dollars in …

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LIVE VIDEO: Joe Biden Holds First 2020 Campaign Rally

PBS NewsHour reports: By picking Pennsylvania for his first campaign speech of the presidential race, Joe Biden is signaling he hopes to own what may be the 2020 election’s toughest battleground. Planting a flag in Pennsylvania makes sense for the longtime former senator from Delaware: He was born in Pennsylvania, has numerous ties to it and is using his deep …

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“Iconic” Pennsylvania Venue Bans Same-Sex Weddings

Penn Live reports: Few central Pennsylvania destinations are as iconic as the Star Barn. The historic structure – part of Stone Gables Estate – sits on a sprawling 275-acre scenic tract in Elizabethtown, surrounded by farmland, an orchard and vineyard. It has become a premier wedding destination. Now, just in time for wedding season, the landmark venue is at the …

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PENNSYLVANIA: GOP State Rep Prays For Conversions To Jesus Just Before Muslim Rep Is Sworn In [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A freshman Republican’s opening prayer Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives drew complaints that it was inappropriately divisive. Rep. Stephanie Borowicz began the day’s session with a Christian invocation that thanked Jesus for the honor and President Donald Trump for standing “behind Israel unequivocally.” “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every …

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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Early Spring [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow on Saturday, predicting spring this year will arrive early. Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their forecast at sunrise on Saturday, as the Midwest and East Coast recovered from this week’s dangerous Arctic blast. The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says …

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GOP House Rep. Tom Marino Abruptly Resigns

CNN reports: Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Uber To Resume Self-Driving Tests

Reuters reports: Uber Technologies Inc received approval from Pennsylvania to resume self-driving car testing on public roads this week, state records show, nine months after it suspended the program following a deadly accident in Arizona. A company spokeswoman said on Tuesday Uber has not yet resumed testing. In November, Uber said it was seeking permission from Pennsylvania to resume testing …

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Cops Bust Man Threatening Polling Place, Claims He Was Promised Gun And Money To Vote “Straight Party”

Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate reports: Police arrested a man for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Washington County polling place on Tuesday. Christopher Queen allegedly arrived at the South Franklin Fire Hall just before 9 a.m. and told workers he was promised a gun and money if he voted “straight party.” Poll workers say he became angry when they told him …

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Synagogue Mass Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Reuters reports: The man charged with opening fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue and killing 11 worshipers pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to all 44 counts against him, including hate crimes and firearms offenses. Robert Bowers, 46, an avowed anti-Semite, appeared defiant and determined in court. Dressed in a red jumpsuit and with a bandaged left arm, he …

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Pittsburgh Shooter Makes Court Appearance [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The man accused in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre appeared briefly in federal court in a wheelchair and handcuffs Monday to face charges he killed 11 people in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Robert Gregory Bowers, who was wounded in a gun battle with police during the shooting rampage, …

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