WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 89; Harrisburg: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 87; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 86.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to the governor’s statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, leaving in place an order that shields renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic, the AP reports.

* Pennsylvania will foot the cost of postage for voters to mail in ballots in November’s general election, officials said Friday, a move that Gov. Tom Wolf has made a priority as the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail under a new state law, the AP reports.

* While other courthouses around the region have reopened for many types of proceedings, and some New Jersey courts are planning to resume jury trials, defense lawyers and prosecutors say Philadelphia’s criminal court is struggling to restart operations at any significant scale. Until last week, it had not resumed preliminary hearings – at which prosecutors must show evidence the defendant committed a crime – let alone trials. And lawyers worry that returning to the courthouse puts them at risk, the Inquirer reports.

* Senior citizens and suburban voters are sinking President Donald Trump’s campaign across the country, but in Pennsylvania – home to one of the largest populations of residents age 65 or older and where suburbanites comprise more than half of the electorate – their defection to Joe Biden is hurting Trump even more acutely, Politico reports.

* Philadelphia stands apart from other major cities in terms of the sheer number of complaints its most troubled police receive – and the lack of transparency around these records. In Boston, the most oft-cited officers draw around one complaint per year. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, also averaged about one complaint annually during his 20-year career. In Philadelphia, meanwhile, at least 56 cops hit or exceeded that once-a-year average, with the worst accruing more than three complaints every year, Billy Penn reports.

* Pennsylvanians are worrying how they’ll pay bills now that the $600 in pandemic unemployment assistance expires, the Inquirer reports.

* Neighborhoods across the Philadelphia region are experiencing significant delays in receiving their mail, with some residents going upwards of three weeks without packages and letters, leaving them without medication, paychecks, and bills, the Inquirer reports.

* The weekly coronavirus update from state officials show a slight increase in cases for the seven-day period ending July 30. Confirmed cases increased by 218 during the period. The good news was the statewide percent-positivity rate went down to 4.6% from 4.7% the previous week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity rates, according to state health officials, include Lawrence (7.4%), Franklin (7.2%), Indiana (7.2%), Fayette (7.1%), Armstrong (7.0%), Beaver (6.5%), Delaware (6.5%), Allegheny (6.4%), Lancaster (5.8%) and Berks (5.6%), WITF reports.

* More than 4,300 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania during 2019, according to a recent state Department of Health report – about a 1 percent decrease from the previous year – and an indication that the opioid crisis is far from over, according to people working in addiction recovery, WITF reports.

* The Pennsylvania Department of State on Saturday released a report on the June 2 presidential primary that includes recommendations for revamping the state’s election code ahead of the November general election. It also notes the legislature needs to act soon enough to allow any changes to state law to be effective by early September so that counties have time to implement them, WITF reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* PennLive explains how a bigger, more sustainable funding stream is needed immediately if the state has any hope of preserving its forests and parks.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley … state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Monongahela Valley Hospital, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet via Zoom. To attend remotely, click here.

1 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine will visit the Susquehanna Township Police Department to discuss the important roles education and understanding play in the enforcement of the various COVID-19 mitigation orders in place across the state. 1900 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “Hating Joe Biden doesn’t juice up their base and their Fox News viewers the way going after Hillary and Nancy Pelosi and AOC do. You can make certain assumptions and wonder why that is. Is gender a factor? Is race a factor? I don’t know. I have certain suspicions.” U. S. Rep. Brendan Boyle. From Politico.