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8/1 Morning Buzz

US CapitolSome congressional news for you this fine August day, plus Vince Fumo is coming home. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Two PA-13 Candidates Pick Up Endorsements: Candidates vying to succeed Allyson Schwartz in PA-13 are keeping up the endorsement race, with both Marjorie Margolies and Brendan Boyle picking up support this week.

Fitzpatrick Reverse Mortgage Bill Headed to Obama’s Desk: Rep. Fitzpatrick’s bill passed the Senate by voice vote Tuesday.

Statewide
Inquirer: Fumo to be freed from prison Tuesday
State House Sound Bites: Study lines up Act 47 against other models
PA Independent: Rough roads ahead: Top 5 predictions for PA transportation
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Corbett says state will defend same-sex marriage ban
State Impact: Ford Will Offer F-150 That Runs On Natural Gas
State Impact: State Impact: EQT Uses New Pooling Law To Sue Landowners
Capitolwire: Metcalfe’s emerging influence among House conservatives.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Casey weighs in on voter ID, same-sex marriage
Inquirer: Delco man named to Gaming Control Board
Inquirer: Pa. courts still mum on gay marriage
Heard in the Hall: The mayor’s vacation
PhillyClout: Performance artist: Take a break, City Hall drones
Big Tent: Kitchen endorses Margolies in PA 13
WHYY Newsworks: State board postpones vote on Philly mayor’s budget plan
WHYY Newsworks: Former Pa. governor backing app for improving roads and bridges
WHYY Newsworks: Kids seeking mental health services face long wait times in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: What is the deal with ‘pre-existing conditions’?
City Paper: City will review immigration holds, may urge ICE to be more selective in detaining immigrants
PhillyNow: State gov’t lawyers squabble over AG’s recusal from same-sex marriage case
CBS: Pa. Police Chief Suspended After Video Profanities
CBS: Anticipation Building in Philadelphia About Possible Papal Visit

SEPA
Delco TImes: Health care facility draws ire of Haverford residents
Delco Times: Council approves grants with DVRCP
Delco Times: Upper Darby High junior meets Obama during Girls Nation event
Delco Times: Despite lawsuit, Montco Register of Wills stands by same-sex marriage license decision
Daily Local: West Chester hires new parking director
Daily Local: Corbett: Montco violated law by granting same-sex marriage licenses
Daily Local: Coatesville eyes ways to use money from property sales

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Billing errors prompt UPMC agreement to pay $956,590 to end federal review
Post-Gazette: Confidential agreement should have been part of Washington County Marcellus Shale case record
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council gives preliminary approval of $12 million for Larimer housing project
Post-Gazette: Closing arguments expected Thursday in Pennsylvania voter ID case
Tribune-Review: Trail link may be spark for neglected Collier park in Allegheny County
Tribune-Review: Direct Energy unit to acquire competitor from Hess for $1.03B
UrbanMediaToday: Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Funds for Federal Grant Application
UrbanMediaToday: Mayor Ravenstahl Announces 23 New ‘Love Your Block’ Grant Recipients

Southwest
Beaver County Times: South Side families lobby to keep Head Start
Altoona Mirror: Judge rules firefighter ordinance illegal
Altoona Mirror: Bed tax allocation decided

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Gov. Scranton services set
Times-Tribune: Scranton council does not have meetings in August
Citizens Voice: Stevens sworn in to state Supreme Court
News Item: Barletta visits Millersburg to unveil disaster lending plan
Standard Speaker: Sen. Casey supports federal funding for decrepit bridges

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Commissioners hear AHCF’s request for money; some deny conflict of interest
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett says he is defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban because that’s the law
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. terminates $170 million project with IBM over failure to deliver computer system it promised
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett mum on his pick to be next chancellor of state university system
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County Commissioners dole out nearly $500,000 in gaming grants
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gas prices in Harrisburg region drop 1 percent
York Daily Record: Pa. lawmakers discuss reforming local hotel tax system
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Voters rally for Smithgall in mayoral race
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Jim Gerlach and Rep. Charlie Dent support surveillance program
Roxbury News: Lewis Butts is running a write-in campaign

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Judge weighs last-minute requests to dismiss voter ID suit
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s largest health insurers seek to enter Pa. exchange
Reading Eagle: City to fight ruling on mayor’s legal fees
Express Times: U.S. Army veteran’s murder-suicide leaves U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent ‘heartbroken’

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: National Fuel hikes rates 7.85 percent, effective Thursday
Erie Times-News: Millcreek School Board to discuss Erie Otters agreement

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Oil spill aftermath: Halliburton got off easy on destroying evidence
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers should tackle highway funding, mass transit separately: Jake Haulk

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Philadelphia is Due for a Dilworth Moment in 2015
Keystone Politics: Curb Parking Spaces Are Expensive and Cities Should Charge Money for Them
Keystone Politics: PA House Republicans Have Gotten More Conservative. Democrats Haven’t Gotten More Liberal.
Keystone Politics: Why Should We Consider the Philly Building Trades a Progressive Organization?
Above Average Jane: An Unorthodox View of Boom Towns
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Stunning Fact: Gas Production Jumps 100% In Southwest Pennsylvania And Marcellus Supplies 10% Of America’s Gas

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