WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 86; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 84; Pittsburgh, scattered thunderstorms, high of 80.



* Despite spending huge sums of money to advance their cases, the vast majority of applicants for medical marijuana grow licenses in the state failed to get one.



* At trial, nursing home officials testified that DA Seth Williams squandered money intended for his mother’s care, the Inquirer writes.

* The PA Supreme Court again ordered the state gaming board to reexamine the legality of a long-stalled South Philadelphia casino’s ownership structure, WHYY reports.

* Congressman Bob Brady slammed low-income tax credits that fueled the development of a posh hotel, according to the Inquirer.

* Gov. Tom Wolf rallied union members against bills that they say will weaken labor unions, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A black police organization has endorsed Philadelphia DA candidate Larry Krasner, the Inquirer reports.

* AG Josh Shapiro’s move to a new Pittsburgh office will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more a year, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A high court ruling expanded public access to police dash camera footage, the Patriot News writes.

* The “most comprehensive animal protection bill in state history” – known as “Libre’s Law,” after an abused Boston terrier – cleared the General Assembly, LancasterOnline reports.

* Lawmakers are mulling a bill that would use workers comp as a tool to treat opioid addiction, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The Philadelphia nonprofit Energy Coordinating Agency lost its founder amid allegations of lax investigation of theft and embezzlement by employees, the Inquirer writes.

* Philly’s City Council heard testimony about the decline of “middle neighborhoods” in the city, WHYY reports.

* Capitol police have requested $65,000 for new riot gear, allegedly to handle increased protests in Harrisburg, according to the Patriot News.

* A SEPTA app designed to report aggressive panhandling is stuck in development limbo, Billy Penn reports.

* Thomas Paine Plaza, adjacent to Philly’s City Hall, will be transformed into a 2,000-square foot urban garden next summer, Philadelphia Magazine writes.



* Both the Inquirer and the Daily News have qualms about how the new contract for Philadelphia public school teachers will be funded.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman blasts the stunning hypocrisy of Senate Republicans’ secret, expedited efforts to get their version of Trumpcare written and passed.

* The Times-Tribune writes that the proposed expansion of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill is not to take care of NEPA’s trash capacity problem – there is already plenty of that.  

* The Daily Times supports US Sen. Bob Casey’s bill to prevent those convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from being able to purchase or possess firearms.

* The Citizen’s Mystery Shopper series returns, this time to see what happens when trying to buy Narcan in drugstores and how banks handle refunding counterfeit bills they themselves issued.



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* Robert Listenbee, Esq., head of DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention under the Obama administration, will return to Philadelphia as a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow.

* Generocity explores the inner workings of Philly’s new text-to-give campaign to alleviate homelessness and panhandling.

* The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage awarded $10.3 million in grants to 53 local artists and cultural organizations, writes Generocity.

* Baology, a new Taiwanese street food restaurant in Philly, is donating proceeds to four local nonprofits this week, writes Generocity.

* The Philadelphia-based Lenfest Scholars Foundation received an anonymous $20 million donation, doubling its endowment, writes Philanthropy News Digest.

* Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders will host a Summer Social at Food Share’s headquarters in Hunting Park on June 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here.



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9 a.m. - the PA House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate Labor & Industry Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Commerce Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:45 a.m. - the PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Department of Commerce and RISE to announce the launch of the new Fair Chance Hiring Initiative. This pilot program will offer reimbursements to employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, State Rep. Curtis Thomas and HUD’s Monica Hawkins will provide remarks as the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) breaks ground on their new modern, energy efficient headquarters. The $45 million complex will consolidate a number of PHA functions at one site and is a major part of the revitalization of the Sharswood neighborhood. PHA Headquarters, 2013 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

2 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will sign House Bill 202. Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Sustainability Director Christine Knapp and other officials will speak about the Administration’s commitment to “Mayors for Clean Energy,” and will highlight how Philadelphians continue fight climate change despite President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in attendance to celebrate 70 years of the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Philadelphia. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Dr., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “He was not cooperating. Basically, he looked down on me more like I was chasing for money.” – A nursing home staffer charged with chasing down missing payments intended to cover the cost of care for Philadelphia DA Seth Williams’ mother – money he had already squandered. From the Inquirer.