WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 67; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 65; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 63.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia City Council members on Thursday took steps to approve Mayor Jim Kenney’s request for $85 million to respond to the coronavirus crisis, but only after adding a late provision that would give them $400,000 to spend as they see fit, the Inquirer reports.
* On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said it had rescinded a waiver that had been issued to the governor’s former business, a kitchen and bath cabinet supply company in Central Pennsylvania, after Spotlight PA and PA Post inquired about how it qualified as “life-sustaining.” Likewise, The Dan Smith Candy Company, owned by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) – which makes and sells candies, chocolates, and other specialty items at stores in the northern part of the state – also closed its doors after inquiries from the news organizations, Spotlight PA and the PA Post report.
* With hardly any customers aboard its trains, SEPTA announced further cuts to Regional Rail service Thursday, with PATCO following suit. An “essential service schedule” for SEPTA begins Sunday. Changes include service every two hours on most lines, while Airport Line trains will run every hour. The Cynwyd Line will operate only from Monday through Friday, the Inquirer reports.
* The Wolf administration is failing to properly inform Pennsylvania’s sizable Spanish-speaking population about the unfolding coronavirus outbreak by only broadcasting news briefings in English, advocates say. A coalition of Latinx organizations in Philadelphia wants the administration to make immediate improvements, including Spanish captions for the administration’s daily video news conferences and professional translation of more written materials, the Inquirer reports.
* President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don’t pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial that uses clips of the president talking about the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign says the ad is false, the AP reports.
* A Pennsylvania congressman who has multiple federal prisons in his district says he plans to introduce legislation to prevent the movement of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic, PennLive reports.
* The Department of Homeland Security has postponed Pennsylvania’s enforcement date for Real ID from October 2020 to October 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced, PennLive reports.
* Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities are facing a severe financial hit because they won’t resume in-person classes for the last half of the spring semester due to the coronavirus. The State System of Higher Education is projecting a loss of $100 million in total for the universities, due to refunding tens of thousands of students a portion of their room and board payments, PennLive reports.
* Swing Left, a national grassroots organization aimed at helping Democrats, has selected Pennsylvania as one of their 12 “super states” in the 2020 election. The group’s specific goals include flipping the GOP controlled state legislature prior to the next round of redistricting, Politics PA reports.
* The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld laws Thursday that require offenders deemed “sexually violent predators” to undergo lifetime counseling and registration and be the subject of community notices, the AP reports.
* Penn State University will be required to make major changes to how it deals with sexual assault complaints following an investigation of the school’s handling of allegations in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Department of Education announced Thursday, the AP reports.
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