WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 86; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 83; Pittsburgh, a.m rain, high of 78.



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* Legislation could be brewing in Harrisburg that would cripple Philadelphia’s soda tax, the Inquirer reports.

* A budget deal in Harrisburg could involve issuing a bond against the future proceeds of PA’s 1998 tobacco industry settlement, the AP writes.
* Labor unions barely put up a fight against a plan to overhaul PA’s state pension system, according to the Post-Gazette.


* Details of a years-delayed contract for Philadelphia teachers saw the light of day, including $395 million worth of raises, the Inquirer reports

* Disgraced AG Kathleen Kane said too much power was given to the special prosecutor that investigated her, the AP writes.

* In the Renee Tartaglione criminal trial, defense lawyers attacked the credibility of state witness and former state Rep. Leslie Acosta, according to the Inquirer.

* With a vote on Rebuild hinging on inclusion issues, the Tribune looks at the legacy of (sometimes-failed) efforts to diversify Philadelphia’s building trades

* Philadelphia’s City Council worked out financing and diversity goals for a new police HQ in the former Inquirer building on North Broad, WHYY writes.

* A Post-Gazette special report looks at the impact of two decades of charter school laws in PA.

* An investigation by the Inquirer found that development in older city neighborhoods has kicked up lead-contaminated soil.

* After a mistrial, MontCo DA Kevin Steele vowed to again charge comedian Bill Cosby with drugging and violating a woman, the Guardian writes.

* Former state Sen. Frank Pecora, a popular Republican in a Democratic district, passed away at age 86, the Post-Gazette reports



Celebrate the Frontline Heroes of PA Nonprofits!

As part of the launch of First Read’s Nonprofit News section, we will be holding our inaugural Frontline Heroes event on Tuesday, June 27. The event will recognize the people without whom the region’s nonprofit organizations would not be able to survive and thrive – but who are never given the opportunity to be properly celebrated for their contributions to their employers and the state.

Join the honorees at Philadelphia’s Cafe Frieda, beginning at 8 a.m. on June 27. To make your reservation, click here.




* The Inquirer calls gaming revenue – and PA legislators’ neverending quest to score more of it – “the opioid of Harrisburg lawmakers.”

* The Patriot-News offers plenty of examples why Gov. Wolf and the General Assembly need to keep increased funding for pre-K programs in the upcoming budget.

* The Post-Gazette commemorates the end of the state’s tax amnesty program today by naming corporations delinquent in paying, including T-Mobile, Verizon and Citigroup.

* The Observer-Reporter urges lawmakers to fight for federal infrastructure funding to repair the state’s aging locks and dams system ASAP.

* The Times-Tribune supports a PA House bill that would require funeral directors to disclose the costs of funeral and funeral-related services provided up front instead of hiding them until after burial.



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* US Sen. Bob Casey was one of four senators introducing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to make it easier to give to charities as part of broader tax reform efforts, reports the NonProfit Times.

* Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has hired Sidney Hargro to be its next executive director, writes Generocity.

* Generocity reports on the first graduating class of the Philadelphia African American Leadership Development Forum, a joint venture by United Way, the Urban League and Bryn Mawr College.

* The Pittsburgh Foundation announced that Kate Dewey is stepping down as president of the Forbes Funds at the end of the year, reports 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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10 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10:45 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will speak at the Elder Access to Justice Roundtable Conference. Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Parkhouse Atrium, Blue Bell.

11 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour Montgomery Early Learning Center with Program Director Ann O’Brien before speaking about the importance of pre-K and providing enrollment information for the upcoming school year. 2147 Manton St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.


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KICKER: “I’ve had to explain to the mayor, I will agree and I will disagree...That’s my job.” – State Sen. Anthony Williams says even though he’s trying to undermine Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax, he also supports some of Hizzoner’s policies. From the Inquirer.