WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy, high of 64; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 61; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 73.


* The Inquirer has a primary primer that covers everything from what the primary is to what is needed to cast your ballot.

* A group of Democrats in the General Assembly said that shootings by police show the need to change the rules for when Pennsylvania officers can use deadly force, and to reform their oversight and training, the AP reports.

* By the end of the week, the state House is hoping to pass every proposal included in last year’s grand jury report on decades of child abuse within the Roman Catholic church, WITF reports.

* Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board voted Tuesday to advance a citizen climate petition aimed at dramatically cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions; the vote does not mean the state will actually launch the program – instead, it gives the agency the ability to evaluate the proposal, WHYY reports.

* The PA Supreme Court will resolve whether a business relationship between two major health care providers will expire as scheduled at the end of June, the AP writes.

* As the weather warms, some state lawmakers are attempting their own brand of spring cleaning – wiping some outdated laws like banning football and baseball games before 2 p.m. and after 6 p.m. on Sundays – off Pennsylvania’s books, as well as getting rid of boards, committees, and other groups that are no longer active, WITF reports.

* The House voted 191-6 on Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he plans to sign it, the AP writes.


* The Citizens’ Voice throws its support behind Gov. Wolf’s push to increase teacher salaries in the Commonwealth, arguing that it is an overdue move with nothing but long-term positive outcomes.

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9 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Tourism & Recreational Development And Transportation Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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

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

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to announce this year's Philly Free Streets event. City Hall, North Apron, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at this event to recognize the impact of Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc (OIC) and honor individuals who support the community through workforce development, innovation, and philanthropy. Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will attend the Pan American Association Day and Scholarship Luncheon and participate in a presentation of scholarships to students pursuing Latin American studies at local universities. Union League, Lincoln Ballroom, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join borough and county officials, business owners, and legislators on a walking tour of Marietta, Lancaster County, to examine the excessive flood damage to homes and businesses in the area and discuss how Restore Pennsylvania will help protect the borough against future occurrences. 130 W Front St, Marietta.

2 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

4 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Temple University at an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Philadelphia. Temple University, Mitten Hall, 1913 North Broad Street, Philadelphia.

5 p.m. - the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia will distribute its most recent report measuring growth in Philadelphia neighborhoods at the Roadmap for Growth: Defining Growth for Philadelphia forum. Three panels with leading industry experts will examine whether our city is “growing” based upon real estate development, business creation, and job growth. The Franklin Institute, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “Pennsylvania’s use of force laws strike the necessary and appropriate balance between the constitutional rights of every person and the very real need of law enforcement to protect the community, as well as themselves and their fellow officers when in the line of duty.” – Lindsay Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. From the AP.