WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 85; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 79.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* State regulators filed a lawsuit that aims to dismantle an economic development non-profit with ties to political actors like former state Sen. Vince Fumo and Republican Pat Deon that has sat on millions skimmed off of PECO customers electric bills.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Republican Senate candidate Lou Barletta took a “temperate” stance on President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and election tampering, WHYY writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his first attack ad against GOP opponent Scott Wagner, PoliticsPA reports.

* Outgoing state Rep. Steve Bloom revealed that after leaving office he will join the Commonwealth Foundation, a far-right think tank linked to the Koch Brothers, the Patriot-News writes.

* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he would expand an audit of Pennsylvania’s voter registration system after learning a Russian oligarch was the largest investor in a similar Maryland system, according to WHYY.

* Health advocates are concerned that a state override of Philadelphia’s tobacco regulation powers will prevent the city from responding to changing teen smoking habits, the Inquirer writes.

* The officer-involved shooting of an unarmed teenager in the Pittsburgh region sparked discussions in Harrisburg about merging dozens of small police departments in Allegheny County, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Carmella Rizzo, wife of former Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo and a close political confidant, died at age 101, the Inquirer reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Patriot-News’ John L. Micek tries to suss out just what’s behind GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s conspicuous pivot from foe to champion of public education.

* The Citizen has a blistering take on why Pennsylvania has become a redoubt for holdouts to the #MeToo movement.

* The Times-Tribune looks askance at the heavy-handed methods used by the state to get the extant brick-and-mortar casinos to bid on internet gaming licenses, less out-of-state operators be invited to take them on.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Superior Court Judge Mary Jane Bowes … 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 Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

12 p.m. - Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will host the Conrad Weiser High School (Berks County) STEM team as it highlights its patent-pending technology designed to treat wounds and heal tissue. Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg.

7:10 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at 2018 Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) National Convention, which is being held in Philadelphia for the first time in 20 years to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. 201 N. 17th St., Philadelphia.

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


KICKER: “As I understood it, they would plow that money back into the community.” - State Sen. Tom Killion on receiving a business loan from the mysterious Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund, a nonprofit created by state Sen. Vince Fumo with money taken from PECO customers’ bill payments. From City & State PA.