WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 83; Harrisburg,mostly sunny, high of 80; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 77.



* The PA House, led by members mindful of plastics manufacturers in their districts, passed a bill prohibiting municipalities from regulating and charging fees on the use of plastic bags.



* A new report shows the state has the sixth-highest incidence of lead-poisoned children – 3.7 cases per 1,000 – in the country, writes the Tribune-Review.

* The Patriot News’ John L. Micek reports on Gov. Wolf’s immediate capitalization on PA Sen. John Eichelberger’s ill-informed effort to defund Planned Parenthood in the commonwealth.

* After the state Supreme Court dismissed their initial lawsuit, the Committee of Seventy and Philadelphia 3.0 are again petitioning to have Philadelphia’s city commissioners removed before the May 16 primary, the Inquirer reports

* A PA House bill that calls for two studies to be completed before Gov. Wolf can consolidate the Department of Health, Aging, Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs passed out of committee, the Intelligencer writes.

* President Trump will spend at least $18 million on his 100th Day rally at Harrisburg’s Farm Show Complex, reports the Patriot News.

* In a huge win for SEPTA, the PA Supreme Court ruled that Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance does not cover the transportation agency, reports WHYY.

* U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Lou Barletta and Rep. Matt Cartwright all had monster fundraising totals in the first quarter of the year in advance of their 2018 campaigns, writes the Times-Tribune.

* A second grand jury convened to investigate Harrisburg’s financial crisis recommended changing state law to strengthen both anti-corruption measures and fiscal oversight of cities, writes WITF.

* WHYY’s Dave Davies writes that the seven Democratic candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney sparred in yet another debate, this one sponsored by WURD and the NAACP, and held at WHYY, 

* Protesters against the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline can continue to use a Conestoga farm for their encampment, the town’s zoning board ruled, reports LancasterOnline

* Supporters of a Philadelphia charter school recommended for nonrenewal turned out to petition the School Reform Commission to give it another chance, the Inquirer writes.



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* The Citizen finishes up its mammoth Corruption All-Stars series with a loving look at the biggest hits of the 2010s.

* The Observer-Reporter joins the ranks of newspapers calling for the Legislature to ban the use of handheld devices while driving.

* The Daily Times blasts the state’s use of redistricting to keep politicians in power, and throws its support behind the efforts of reform groups like Fair Districts PA.

* The Inquirer notes that no officer has ever been charged in any of the 430 police-involved shootings between 2007 and 2016 and asks: Is there a different standard of justice for police?

* WHYY’s Dick Polman appreciates the second act of legendary journalist Dan Rather, who has found a home – and millions of new fans – on Facebook by taking on the Trump administration.

* The Post-Gazette, calling reform of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority the most crucial undertaking in the city other than improving its public schools, is relieved that there will be public hearings on the matter

* The Times-Tribune issues a call to arms for citizens of Northeast PA in response to plans to drastically increase the size of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill.


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* For National Reentry Week, Generocity has an article listing four policy solutions to help youths with criminal records

* The Community Scholars Symposium offers the program, “The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Claire Fagin Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, click here.

* NonProfit Pro interviews Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, to find out what the Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks can teach local nonprofits

* NonProfit Pro lays out the top digital skills necessary for nonprofit professionals.  



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The PA House and Senate will resume committee meetings May 1.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, city officials, faith leaders and addiction experts will speak at Empowering Families and Communities: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic, an event discussing the opioid epidemic and best practices to address it. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1300 Arch St., Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Dr. William Hite and other elected officials will speak at the 10th Annual Autism Expo, a collaborative outreach attempt to help guardians of students dealing with varying degrees of autism. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will visit PHLpreK provider Elwyn for “Family Friday,” a day to honor family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. PHLpreK is the City’s new quality pre-K program and is funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Elwyn, 3300 Henry Avenue., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Streets and Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will recognize Philadelphia’s growing Togolese immigrant community on the 57th anniversary of the Republic of Togo’s independence. City Hall, Northeast Flagpole, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will congratulate the work of the three 2017 Lipman honorees, which includes Philadelphia based non-profit Women Against Abuse. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “The sponsor of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood seems to have no idea why women need affordable access to cancer screenings, contraception, and prenatal services – but he's pushing his colleagues in the state Senate to defund the organization anyway.” – Gov. Tom Wolf in an email to supporters ripping PA Sen. John Eichelberger’s performance in defense of his legislation. From the Patriot News.