WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 89; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 86; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 86.
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NEW THIS MORNING:
* As the furor over Confederate statues continues unabated, the focus in Philadelphia has turned to whether to take down the statue of Frank Rizzo, writes the Inquirer.
* Political challengers are already lining up to replace Congressman Lou Barletta, who is likely to run against US Sen. Bob Casey, the Patriot News reports.
* Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely pleaded guilty to corruption charges connected to the operation of an illegal gambling ring, the Post-Gazette reports.
* State Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill will run for the state senate occupied by Sen. Scott Wagner, who will vacate that slot to run for Governor next year, the Patriot-News reports.
* A state plan to help students enroll in private schools could jeopardize nearly one-fifth of the state budget for public education, according to WHYY.
* Congressman Lloyd Smucker visited Israel on a trip funded by the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee, LancasterOnline writes.
* Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh admitted that her since-deleted Facebook post proudly displaying the Dinesh D’Souza book, The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, was poorly chosen and timed, writes the Inquirer.
* Lackawanna County Commissioners are likely to vote tonight on a ballot question regarding the county’s first property tax reassessment since 1968, the Times-Tribune writes.
* Billy Penn examines how President Donald Trump's immigration policies are affecting Philadelphia.
* The Scranton mayoral race is down to just three candidates after independent candidate Giovanni Piccolino was given permission to drop out by a judge, writes the Times-Tribune.
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* The Daily News’ John Baer writes that the events in Charlottesville last week should be a wake-up call to GOP state legislators to finally pass a hate crimes bill.
* LancasterOnline sees Gov. Wolf’s announcement that the amount of time spent preparing for and taking the PSSA will be shortened by 20 percent is a good start, but the goal should be ending the test altogether.
* The Daily Times has no doubt that last week’s agreement between environmentalists and Sunoco over the safety of the Mariner East 2 pipeline will do little to alleviate the concerns of citizens in the pipeline’s path.
* The Post-Gazette follows up on the Roma refugees resettled in California, PA, and finds that after the initial tension caused by their arrival, things are going better.
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* The Citizen profiles NeedsList, the Philly-based startup that connects people who want to help refugees with the nonprofits on the ground that need donor support.
* The Fels Institute is launching a board governance program to help add people of color to nonprofit boards in the region, writes Generocity.
* Country music star Hunter Hayes will perform in Pottstown in October, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, writes the Pottstown Patch.
* More than 100 dogs were airlifted from overcrowded shelters in Phoenix to be offered up for adoption at the Brandywine SPCA during the Clear the Shelters event Aug. 19, writes NBC-10.
8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks at Pathways Out of Poverty: Creating Opportunities for Financial Inclusions and Economic Empowerment Conference, a symposium spotlighting comprehensive approaches to providing pathways out of poverty. This event is the centerpiece of the NeighborWorks Training Institute weeklong stay in Philadelphia.
Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom, Salon G-H, 5th Floor, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia.
9:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building, Rock Springs.
9:30 a.m. - The PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Theatre Area of College Exhibits Bldg., 2710 West Pine Grove Rd., Pennsylvania Furnace.
10 a.m. - The PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Dr. William Hite and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) Commissioner David Jones will announce a collaborative agreement between DBHIDS to put 22 social workers in schools. Philadelphia School District Headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.
11:45 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will address the Ag Progress Days Government and Industry Day Luncheon. Ag Progress Days Special Events Building, Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Rd., Pennsylvania Furnace.
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KICKER: “We think now is a good time to have that conversation about the statue’s future.” – In the wake of Confederate statue protests, Spokesperson Lauren Hitt signals that Mayor Jim Kenney may support the removal of a statue honoring controversial former Mayor Frank Rizzo. From the Inquirer.