WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 94; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 97; Pittsburgh, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 90.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Convicted AG Kathleen Kane is seeking an immediate $1 million in a contentious divorce case, the Times-Tribune reports.
* Former Philadelphia judge Joseph O’Neill was sentenced to six months house arrest and four years probation for his part in a ticket-fixing scandal, the Inquirer reports.
* Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, targeted in an FBI raid, returned to council after weeks out of the public eye, Newsworks reports.
* The Philadelphia DA’s Office reversed course, deciding to seek criminal charges in a sex assualt that occured during the Democratic National Convention, 6-ABC reports.
* U.S. Senate candidates Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty are in uncharacteristic accord on one issue – a retirement relief bill for former coal miners, the Morning Call reports.
* A third candidate – a 22-year-old college senior – jumped into the race to succeed Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is under federal investigation, writes the Morning Call.
* Former Philly building inspector John Wright pleaded guilty to extorting $4,000 in bribes from property owners, according to the Inquirer.
* After being “left out” of recent liquor reforms, the powerful beer distributors lobby is seeking legislation to authorize wine sales, the Patriot News reports.
* Despite staving off financial collapse, Erie’s school district may still merge or close a string of public schools due to funding issues, the Times-News reports.
* Philadelphia’s operating fund balance is so low that it contributed to a bond downgrade by Moody’s, the Inquirer reports.
* Allentown may launch a police body camera program by the end of the year, the Morning Call reports.
* A Philadelphia school is at the heart of a labor board decision that ruled charter schools qualify as private corporations and not public institutions, Newsworks writes.
* The city of Harrisburg won a $3.5 million downtown redevelopment grant, the Patriot News reports.
* Philadelphia lost control over a controversial downtown “billboard district” to state regulators due to “unresponsiveness” on enforcement issues, the Inquirer writes.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* In practice for upcoming debates, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fared poorly, according to Politico.
* The director of the FBI defended his handling of a probe into Clinton’s emails that yielded no criminal charges, CNN reports.
* Donald Trump unveiled wide-ranging plans for the U.S. military in a speech at Philadelphia’s Union League yesterday, PhillyMag writes.
* An Evening Sun editorial wants immediate reform measures begun for the PA Turnpike in the wake of an alarming PA auditor general’s report about its future.
* The Pocono Record scathes the PA House for its continued refusal to allow atheists to give invocations, which has resulted in a lawsuit filed against the House.
* The Morning Call’s Bill White writes about gerrymandering again, this time to lay out how it is truly a bipartisan issue, with both sides taking advantage when they can.
* An Inquirer editorial notes how low the bar has been set when the Philadelphia School District’s ability to purchase new textbooks is cause for celebration, before urging both sides to come together on a new teachers’ contract.
* The Post-Gazette breaks down the imbroglio behind Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay’s appearance at the DNC – and why he shouldn’t have been there at all.
* A Standard-Speaker editorial supports a raft of bills currently in the PA Legislature that address the blight problem in the state’s older cities.
* Newsworks’ Dick Polman lays bare in furious detail why Congress still hasn’t funded any Zika initiative – it comes down to GOP hatred of Planned Parenthood.
* LancasterOnline provides two successful local counterpoints to the ITT implosion, illustrating the need to educate a new generation of skilled workers.
* The Daily Times is all in on a new bill that would allow beer distributors to sell wine.
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9 a.m. - The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. 204 E. Calder Way, Suite 400, State College.
10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (MCOL) Diane C. Inverso as he creates changes within the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy via executive order. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. 204 E. Calder Way, Suite 400, State College.
1:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees Meeting will take place. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
8:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey as he gives closing remarks at the “Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities” Celebration Dinner, Philadelphia’s first opportunity to take part in this international celebration of World Heritage Cities. Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “She has an equitable interest in millions of dollars of marital assets controlled exclusively by [Mr. Kane] for which she could otherwise use in her defense,” A legal brief explaining Kathleen Kane’s attempt to immediately secure $1 million from her estranged husband. From the Times-Tribune.