WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 71; Harrisburg, rain, high of 73; Pittsburgh, thunderstorms, high of 81.



* Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent inked a deal to join news network CNN as a contributor, effective immediately, the Hill reports.

* Political predictions firm Inside Elections released updated its rating for Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, calling the contest between incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus and Rep. Conor Lamb a “toss-up,” according to the Tribune-Review.

* Despite GOP U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta’s candidacy, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell notably omitted Pennsylvania from a list of key states he considered to be “in play” as Republicans look to maintain their slim advantage in the chamber, the Washington Post reports.

* Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey rolled out his first ad of the election cycle, spotlighting the senator’s support for a bill to protect coal miners’ health insurance, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The outcome of a Republican primary in the 193rd PA House District is still unclear a week later – rivals Torren Ecker, an attorney, and insurance expert Barry Cockley are now separated by a single vote, the Patriot-News writes.

* PA Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said he intends to introduce a bill that would create an open primary system in Pennsylvania – allowing voters to participate in political primaries regardless of party affiliation, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The Trump administration and Mayor Jim Kenney both rejected a judge’s recommendation that they find some compromise in a lawsuit over Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policies, the Inquirer writes.

* AG Josh Shapiro announced that all key dioceses have consented to the release of a grand jury report into sexual abuse committed by the Catholic Church in PA cities, the Tribune-Democrat reports.

* State and city officials sued a variety of firms linked to a trash incinerator construction deal gone wrong that cost Harrisburg millions, according to the Patriot-News.



* The Times-News provides insight into the recent viral dustup between Congressman Mike Kelly and Congresswoman Maxine Waters during a debate over ending consumer protection for minorities from usurious auto lenders – the impetus to strip those protections came from US Sen. Pat Toomey.

* The Inquirer wants Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke to finally give Councilman Allan Domb a hearing on his bill to recover the hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid property taxes.

* The Inquirer also has an op-ed by Clarke himself, who sounds the alarm over a state House bill that would strike a death blow at Philadelphia’s soda tax and liquor-by-the-drink tax.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman uses the close of primary season in PA and across the country to highlight four reasons why Democrats could lose the congressional midterms in November.


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9 a.m. - Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne will participate in the 15th Annual William J. Neff Sr. Symposium on the Prevention of Crimes Against Older Adults in Newtown. Community leaders, healthcare professionals, service providers, police, EMT, and banking professionals will also be in attendance to discuss educational and awareness efforts. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown.

9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour Logan Elementary and deliver remarks at a press conference to discuss School District building improvements.

Where: Logan Elementary School, 1700 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Harrisburg University, Room 1454 Auditorium, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Urban Affairs Committee will meet. Room 418, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet. Room 461, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - the PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Legislative Luncheon event, which allows BBBS students to interact with local government officials and learn more about city government. City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - the PA Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 461, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12:15 p.m. - Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will participate in panel discussion about strengthening partnerships to protect and improve water quality in Pennsylvania at the 9th annual Choose Clean Water Conference in Lancaster. Lancaster Marriott Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

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

2 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the Nationalities Service Center Global Tastes 2018 fundraiser to benefit immigrants and refugee legal services in the Philadelphia area. WHYY, 150 N. 6th St, Philadelphia

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KICKER: "I've never seen one this close." – Adams County Director of Elections Monica Dutko on a Republican primary in PA’s 193rd House District that is currently separated by just one vote. From the Patriot-News.