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On April 26, the Philadelphia Public Record will present the 2028 Salute to Labor Awards. Five outstanding individuals from Philadelphia’s union leadership will be honored for their contributions to organized labor and the city’s growth. To be a part of the celebration at Penns Landing Caterers, click here.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Thomas Saylor, the chief justice of the PA Supreme Court, blasted efforts by Republican House members to impeach four of his colleagues who voted to dissolve and redraw the state’s gerrymandered congressional districts, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Accused state Rep. Nick Miccarelli will step down just in time to log 10 years of public service – guaranteeing that he will collect on lifetime health benefits and his pension, according to the Patriot-News.
* Aryanna Berringer dropped out of the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, the Tribune-Review reports.
* After facing a legal challenge, former Democrat Joe Vodvarka withdrew his candidacy for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, the Morning Call writes.
* Gov. Tom Wolf named Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick as acting commissioner of the PA State Police after the retirement of Co. Tyree C. Blocker, the Patriot-News writes.
* Pennsylvania will license a new round of medical marijuana growers and dispensaries later this year, the Morning Call reports.
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney installed a new board to oversee the scandal-prone Mayor’s Fund, which handles grant money and revenues for the city marathon and bike-sharing program, according to the Inquirer.
* Kenney’s office declined to release details about how much the city spent on the Eagles post-Super Bowl victory parade nearly two months after the event, the Inquirer reports.
* PlanPhilly profiled neighbors and affordable housing tenants whose lives are still being affected by the breakup of the nonprofit housing provider Germantown Settlement a decade ago.
* Gov. Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline to file withdrawal notices from the 2018 primary by one day due to snow, NBC-2 reports.
* The Patriot-News has an op-ed by conservative Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, who takes joy in Rick Saccone’s loss in PA-18 because Saccone insulted his mother – among countless other Americans – by saying that “liberals have a hatred for our country…and a hatred for God.”
* The Times-Tribune scoffs at the strategy of the defense team for Lackawanna County prison guards accused of sexually assaulting women inmates – that prisoners consented to the acts – an argument strongly refuted by evidence, psychology and the prisoners themselves.
* The Times-Tribune urges PA House Republican leadership to check themselves before they wreck themselves by not forcefully shutting down the “impeachment scam” being run by some of its most conservative members on the Supreme Court and the state Constitution itself.
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* Generocity’s latest edition of Power Moves charts the comings and goings of the mahoffs in Philadelphia’s nonprofit world.
* The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has picked Small But Mighty Arts (SBMA) to distribute 10 micro-grants of $500 to local teaching artists, reports Generocity.
9:30 a.m. - Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne will assist Meals on Wheels of Northampton County in delivering meals to seniors. 4240 Fritch Drive, Bethlehem.
10:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the second annual summit for women and girls hosted by the Philadelphia Commission for Women. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - the Wolf Administration cabinet will join community members to host a Cabinet in Your Community event, featuring Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn, and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. Mid Mon Valley Career & Technical Center, 5 Guttman Ave., Charleroi.
1:45 p.m. - Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook and Farm Show Director Sharon Altland will visit a 2nd grade classroom at Paradise Elementary School in Spring Grove School District to celebrate student Carlee Baker, grand prize winner of the Farm Show’s AgExplorer program. Paradise Elementary School, 6923 Lincoln Highway West, Thomasville.
5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new PAL center in the 26th District. 2330 Tucker St, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. - Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will be presenting at Point Park University during the Leadership Conference Series. This series is aimed to give doctoral students a glimpse of leadership strategies and insight on the field of education. 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh.
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KICKER: “I couldn't keep asking you, my supporters, to run through walls for this campaign, knowing that the ability of a few wealthy candidates were going to eventually control the outcome of this election.” – Lieutenant governor candidate Aryanna Berringer decries money in politics as she announces her withdrawal from the Democratic Primary. From the Tribune-Review.