WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. showers, high of 71; Harrisburg, a.m. showers, high of 72; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 69.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
FROM THE WEEKEND:
* The Philadelphia Democratic City Committee took a pass on endorsing any DA candidate, the Inquirer reports.
* Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted of child endangerment in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Former City Councilman Frank DiCicco may head Philadelphia’s zoning board – the former chair was removed over ties to an FBI corruption investigation, the Inquirer writes.
* The head of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission dialed back remarks he made last week comparing anti-pipeline protesters to jihadists, according to StateImpact.
* The Inquirer looks back on the rise and fall of Seth Williams, from junior prosecutor to disgraced DA.
* A new report from the state Legislature indicates that the State Police unconstitutionally received $200 million in funds earmarked for transportation purposes, LancasterOnline reports.
* The Mayor’s Office and the beverage industry continue to wage a war for public opinion around Philadelphia’s soda tax nearly a year after passage, according to the Inquirer.
* Pro- and anti-Trump activists clashed at a “Make America Great Again” political rally near Independence Hall, Billy Penn reports.
* Capitol Police are under fire for failing to track thousands of dollars worth of parking ticket income collected by the department, ABC-27 reports.
* Towing companies in Philadelphia are seeking a court injunction against a “ticket-to-tow” law aimed at cracking down on rogue tow trucks, WHYY writes.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Increasing suicide rates among first responders is spurring legislative action to extend workman’s comp to include counseling services for EMS workers, the Pocono Record writes.
* More than 100 landlords in Scranton are suing the city in an attempt to invalidate a municipal “rental registration fee,” the Times-Tribune reports.
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* The Times-Tribune argues that it is time for the PA Legislature to institute reforms to consolidate some functions of the state’s 2,500 municipal governments as a way to resolve a host of issues at city, county and state levels.
* The Intelligencer comes out against PA Rep. Todd Stephens’ attempt to bring back mandatory minimum sentencing in the state.
* The Citizens’ Voice draws parallels between Gov. Wolf and his predecessor, Gov. Corbett, in their similar belief in the power of gas-based economic development.
* The Inquirer has a detailed examination of the many ways Philadelphia would be negatively affected by President Trump’s proposed budget.
* The Citizen provides historical perspective on the role of the Philadelphia City Controller in an attempt to assess the chances of Rebecca Rhynhart to unseat Alan Butkovitz.
* The Post-Gazette asserts that Mayor Peduto was well within his rights to negotiate a contract extension for the head of the troubled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
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9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will present the Benny Golson Award to Late Show with Stephen Colbert Bandleader Jon Batiste. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Department of Commerce, the Office of Immigrant Affairs and the New American Economy to kick-off the first annual Immigrant Business Week. Conversation Hall, City Hall, Room 201, Philadelphia.
3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour the Casa Del Carmen center, visit with staff, and meet pre-K students enrolled in PHLpreK, the city's new quality pre-K program. PHLpreK is funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. 4400 N. Reese Street, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “What good is endorsing somebody who gets 30 percent of the vote and the rest are all over the place?” Congressman Bob Brady explains the party’s decision not to endorse a candidate in the crowded Philadelphia DA’s race. From the Inquirer.