WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. sun, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 94; Harrisburg, a.m. partly cloudy, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 88; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 89.
NEW FROM CITY & STATE:
* Congressional candidate Ron DiNicola, Temple University and the Mama Bear Brigade are just a few of the names to be found in the latest edition of Winners and Losers.
* Via Philadelphia Weekly, Max Marin profiles Dr. Tom Foley, head of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health and its battle to stop the overdose epidemic.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Congressman Ryan Costello denied that he was the anonymous elected official that sought information on an electoral rival from Russian intelligence agents posing as a hacker called “Guccifer.” The exchange was documented in a grand jury investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election, according to the Huffington Post.
* Democratic US Sen. Kamala Harris stumped for US Sen. Bob Casey during a stop in West Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports.
* Sen. Casey continued to out-fundraise GOP rival Lou Barletta, according to the Patriot-News.
* President Donald Trump nominated PA-based private equity manager Nicholas Ranjan and Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Milton Younge to federal district court with bipartisan support from PA’s senators, the Post-Gazette reports.
* Several protesters calling for redistricting reform were arrested outside of House Speaker Mike Turzai’s home in Western PA, the Incline writes.
* A state bill aimed at halting paid sick leave requirement in Philadelphia would also effectively dissolve local labor protections for LGBTQ employees, according to WHYY.
* A bill that would have required universal background checks for gun sales in PA narrowly failed to clear a committee vote, Billy Penn writes.
* A judge denied a discrimination claim filed by a Catholic nonprofit forced out of a contract with Philadelphia City Hall that refused to work with gay couples, the Inquirer reports.
* AG Josh Shapiro opened an investigation into a scandal at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, which has been accused of knowingly providing misleading information about its college rankings, according to the Inquirer.
* The Inquirer wants to see Gov. Wolf continue to push to close the Berks County Residential Center, one of only three such facilities in the US where immigrant families are detained while awaiting resolution of asylum requests.
* The Patriot-News uses the dire condition of Pittsburgh’s water to advocate for increased funding to ensure the state’s water infrastructure can be improved as quickly as possible.
* The Times-Tribune sounds the alarm over last week’s Penn Environment report on the state of the state’s air quality, urging lawmakers to use it as an impetus to push for more renewable energy usage.
* The Express-Times cites the recent news that quarries in the state have been accepting waste with PCBs in it to call for the state to toughen its restrictions on PCBs, which are currently magnitudes of order laxer than federal standards,
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11 a.m. - Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding will highlight the diverse urban agriculture landscape in cities across the commonwealth. Part of the Department of Agriculture’s Planting the Seed Tour, the visits will demonstrate the ways that urban ag can positively impact Pennsylvania’s economy, community development, and food system. Norris Square Neighborhood Project, 2248 N. Palethorp St., Philadelphia.
12 p.m. - Officials from the multi-agency Opioid Operational Command Center will provide an update on the progress made through the ongoing disaster declaration. Officials will highlight the initiatives the Command Center has been working on since the first 90-day disaster declaration, and give an update on the results these initiatives are providing. Capitol Media Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding will highlight the diverse urban agriculture landscape in cities across the commonwealth. Part of the Department of Agriculture’s Planting the Seed Tour, the visits will demonstrate the ways that urban ag can positively impact Pennsylvania’s economy, community development, and food system. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia
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KICKER: “Absolutely not.” - A spokesperson for Congressman Ryan Costello, when asked if the rep had reached out to Russian hackers to get dirt on a political rival. From HuffPost.