9/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Turzai and Reed make an AG pick, Williams explains his decision not to fire Fina and the House Dems get a pay advance in the midst of the budget standoff. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Turzai, Reed Endorse Stephens for AG: The state’s House Speaker and Majority Leader are backing Todd Stephens’ 2016 campaign for Attorney General.

Williams Explains Decision to Keep Fina: The Philly DA gave his first interview after his controversial call.

PA-BGT: House Dems Get Paid: The State Treasury gave the House Democratic caucus a $1.9 million advance.

PA-2: Defense Fund Established For Fattah: The Congressman is charged with 29 counts of racketeering and bribery, among other crimes.

Harper Poll: Wawa Edges Out Sheetz for Favorite PA Convenience Store: The pollster also asks Pennsylvanians about their favorite family and fast food restaurants.

Harper Poll: JFK, Aliens and Ghosts: Discover how your fellow Pennsylvanians think about well-known conspiracy theories, life after death, other life forms, and ghosts.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Small crowd shows support for embattled AG Kane
PA Independent: 3 things to know about Pennsylvania’s RACP grant funding
State House Sound Bites: Kane supporters decry “mob mentality”
PLSReporter: Hunger relief fundraiser nixed by budget stalemate

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Pennsylvania Death Penalty Moratorium sparks lively hearing (AP)
CapitolInq: Local senators split on Iran vote
CapitolInq: Senate honors late PA Sen. Schweiker
Inquirer: FBI probe nets another plea, implicates Allentown mayor
Inquirer: Council takes up water-main breaks, restroom signs… not school funding (yet)
Inquirer: Coming soon to Philly: Gender neutral bathrooms required by law?
WHYYNewsworks: Philadelphia City Council hopeful for ‘platinum’ franchise deal with Comcast
WHYYNewsworks: What we learned about disaster response from 9/11
KYW Newsradio: Analyst: Governor Likely to Feel Heat on Stopgaps

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: County will fund human services through September
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners seek to expand Montco bike sharing program
Bucks County Courier Times: Hanger: Wolff offering ‘major concessions’ in PA budget talks
Bucks County Courier Times: 9/11 programs scheduled in Lower Makefield, Lower Southampton and Tullytown
Bucks County Courier Times: Homeless veterans ‘stand down’ this weekend
Montgomery Media: PHOTO GALLERY: Dems address budget impasse in Upper Dublin, call for Marcellus Shale tax

Pittsburgh
WESA: Minority And Women Business Owners Still A Smart Piece Of The Economic Pie
KDKA: New Report Ranks Pa. As One Of The Worst States To Have A Baby
Tribune Review: Peduto: East Liberty growth can’t be ‘at expense of longtime residents’
Tribune Review: Controller urges ICA to release $12.8M in gambling tax revenue to Pittsburgh

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Casey ‘not going to trust’ Iran despite support for nuclear deal
Beaver County Times: Study: Marcellus shale industry has ‘modest impact’ on creating local jobs
Altoona Mirror: Mayoral candidates debate city’s issues

NEPA
Citizens’ Voice: Plymouth Borough joins suit against Blue Cross
Times-Tribune: Attorney General’s Office adds nursing homes to complaint
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Pension Board wants extra layer of oversight
Times-Tribune: Scranton gets $1.7M federal grant to fund firefighter salaries
Times Leader: Casey: Cutting Head Start funding costs taxpayers more in the long run

South Central
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane supporters decry lack of due process, statement from AG in hand
Patriot-News: ‘I heard them whisper, ‘She’s black’,’ says GOP official: Keystone Q&A
Patriot-News: What will PSSA scores show about kids? West Shore School Board members debate merits of the test
Patriot-News: Bishop Gainer hopes to meet Pope Francis in Philadelphia; pope re-energizes diocese
Carlisle Sentinel: Borough Council approves significant upgrades to security camera infrastructure in Carlisle
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school board committee reviews possible fiber optic cable project

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski implicated in FBI probe
Morning Call: Hellertown Borough Council votes to fire officer after DUI arrest
Morning Call: Should city or district pay for crossing guards?
Reading Eagle: Exeter community raises funds to help injured toddler’s family
Reading Eagle: Rain washes away stretch of dry weather in Berks County, region

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Park Plans
Sun-Gazette: Flight 93 visitor center ‘tells incredible story of heroism’
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst professor on team that discovered new human ancestor

Opinion
Daily News: Letters: Council cares, district dawdles
Inquirer: Should Congress stop funding?
Inquirer: Cut support for abortion provider
Inquirer: Question of faith
Patriot-News: A lot of the Senate might support the Iran deal, but a lot of Americans don’t
Post-Gazette: Capitol concern: Congress has no time to waste in September

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Dues are Used for Politics (and Members Don’t Know It)
Keystone Crossroads: Wake-up call or washout:flood insurance reform threatens Pa. river towns
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 10: Standardized testing is failing our students
PA Budget and Policy Center: The State of the Pennsylvania Economy

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