WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 83; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 81; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 82.



* Superior Court Judge Sallie Mundy was appointed to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, left by Justice J. Michael Eakin’s resignation in the wake of “Porngate.”



* US Sen. Bob Casey joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to call for a ban on gun ownership for those found guilty of “hate crimes,” writes the Tribune-Review.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey is being hammered by Democrats after his statements in the wake of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, according to the Inquirer.

* Mayor Jim Kenney revealed that millions from the soda tax would go to previously unmentioned programs, including settling disability lawsuits, the Inquirer reports.

* In closing arguments, Chaka Fattah’s defense said the trial was meant to “smear” the congressman; prosecutors claimed he’d gone on a “crime spree,” writes the Inquirer.

* After AG Kathleen Kane “begged” for passage of a bill to allow victims of clergy abuse to sue, her deputy Bruce Castor publicly came out against it, writes the Patriot News.

* After a series on his fishy real estate activities, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse has “cut off” Patriot News reporters as revenge, the newspaper reports.

* State Sen. Scott Wagner confirmed that he was mulling a run for governor, the York Daily Record reports.

* After passing some liquor reforms, a similarly compromising take on pension reform moved through the house ahead of a final budget deadline, writes the Patriot News.

* A housing report showed steady growth in demand for apartments in Philadelphia.

* A federally organized meeting in Lancaster over a series of new gas pipelines that will crisscross the county erupted in protests against construction, Lancaster Online reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf will be out of work for several days following a routine cancer treatment, writes the Post-Gazette.



* Hillary Clinton gave a speech calling for national unity in the face of terrorism as a foil to Donald Trump’s calls for more aggressive policies against Muslims, writes CNN.

* Bernie Sanders plans to have a private meeting with Clinton after the conclusion of the final primary in Washington, D.C., writes the New York Times.

* Trump said he was revoking the press “credentials” for the Washington Post after a long-running feud over the paper’s coverage of his campaign, the AP reports.



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* The PennLive editorial board implores people not to give in to hate in response to the horrific mass murder in Orlando.

* Count PennLive’s Bill White among those baffled by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s transmogrification into a “weaselly waffler” on HB1947, the bill that would remove the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases.

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman will give you one guess as to who flunked the presidential fitness test in the aftermath of Orlando.

* An Evening Sun editorial wants to know: When will the state produce an easy-to-use app to allow access to state restaurant inspection reports?

* The Inquirer has a point/counterpoint on the real purpose and viability of Philadelphia’s proposed sugary drink tax.

* An Inquirer editorial unblinkingly confronts how “America chose a massacre” in Orlando through a number of factors.

* The Erie Times-News looks at both sides of a dispute over a large Community Development Block Grant.

* The Citizens’ Voice editorial board lays out a strong, cogent case for the state to increase pre-K funding by $90 million.



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9 a.m. - The PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Bldg., Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Bldg., Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will meet. Senate Majority Caucus Room, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA House Children and Youth Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10:20 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will visit Little Learners Literacy Academy, an early childhood education provider in South Philadelphia, to tour the facility and discuss the center’s path toward quality improvement. 1517 Jackson St., Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

12 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Joint Committees on Children & Youth and Education will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will formally announce the individual being honored at this year’s Marian Anderson Award Ceremony. Sofitel Hotel in the Liberté Lounge, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene.

3 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.



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KICKER: “In politics, you just have to keep your options open and see what happens” – Philly Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell explains her legislative philosophy after being notified by reporters that the soda tax bill she just voted for contained millions in previously unannounced spending. From The Inquirer.