WEATHER: Philadelphia: scattered thunderstorms, high of 88; Harrisburg: scattered thunderstorms, high of 89; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 90.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Philadelphia Police Department is expected this week to begin the process of firing police officers whose racist or offensive Facebook posts were documented in an online database, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation, the Inquirer writes.

* Republican Congressman Mike Kelly, who represents PA-16, chose an … interesting line of defense in offering support for President Donald Trump’s racist tweetstorms directed at four congresswomen of color, the Post-Gazette reports

* Four years after Pittsburgh passed a law requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to their workers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the city had the authority to do so because it’s a matter of public health, the Inquirer reports.

* Freshman PA Sen. Doug Mastriano, best known for a propensity to share anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, is pushing for a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would severely limit access to abortion in the commonwealth, the Capital-Star reports.

* Saying there is no “imminent” threat of harm, a federal judge Wednesday declined to grant an injunction sought by a private insurance association that is engaged in a running fight to avoid a takeover by the state, the Patriot-News writes.

* Two groups have filed suit against officials in Philadelphia’s First Judicial District to challenge a ban on recording audio in certain courtrooms, WHYY reports.

* The mayor of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political symbol, the AP reports.

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizen breaks down why it matters that Philadelphia City Councilmembers hold side gigs.

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Department of Health Deputy Secretary Ray Barishansky will speak at the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (ACOPC) summer conference on the opioid epidemic and local overdose trends and deaths. University of Pittsburgh, The William Pitt Union Building, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and other City officials at a press conference to announce the start of the 2019 Oval+ season. Eakins Oval, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join representatives from the Governor’s Broadband Office and the Department of Community and Economic Development in a press conference outlining the need for statewide broadband access to increase educational opportunities and boost local economies. Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. West Scranton Intermediate School, 1401 Fellows Street, Scranton.

2:15 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman will join the departments of Community and Economic Development and Agriculture in highlighting the positive effect of the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail on the state’s dairy industry. Urban Churn, 1004 N. Third St., Harrisburg.

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the graduation ceremony for Philadelphia's first LGBTQ Leadership Pipeline participants. This program was launched last year by the Office of LGBT Affairs in coordination with local LGBTQ nonprofit partners. Comcast Building, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd (43rd Floor), Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color ... I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended,. With a name like Mike Kelly, you can’t be from any place but Ireland.” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly uses his own experience to support President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four congresswomen of color. From the Post-Gazette.

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