WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 46; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 46; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 45.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a PA state house committee gave the OK to a Republican-sponsored bill late Monday that would dramatically increase restrictions to abortion access, if passed. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to veto the legislation: http://goo.gl/7JfmgN

* The Philadelphia School District lost a key PA Supreme Court ruling that denied administrators the power to override large sections of the state’s school code, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior to the ruling, district officials had used the code to close schools, suspend teacher seniority and, critically, limit charter school growth: http://goo.gl/F7Jt2X

* State officials backtracked on an earlier report that credited the so-called “Trump effect” for causing 128,000 voters to switch their party affiliation to Republican, writes the Inquirer. The Department of State now says that although more people switched parties than is usual in an election year, the earlier figure was severly inflated due to a “clerical error”: http://goo.gl/qMLRzZ

* Federal prosecutors revealed new evidence that allegedly implicates former NBC-10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, wife of embattled Congressman Chaka Fattah, to criminal liability. Her husband has been ensnared in allegations he participated in a complex bribery sheme; prosecutors said a new recording proves she knew about it, reports the Inquirer: http://goo.gl/xASJxG

* A seventh lawsuit has been filed against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office by a disgruntled staffer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A former top investigator now alleges the AG called him a “cancer” on her office, blamed him for press leaks and placed him on unwanted administrative leave: http://goo.gl/4PGUwM

 

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We won $15 at UPMC, and we aren’t done!

Hospital workers won a huge victory for Pittsburgh – the largest wage raise from a private employer in the country. UPMC executives said it wasn’t possible, but we proved that by standing together we win.

We can’t stop there. It’s for UPMC to stop its unlawful anti-union campaign and respect our union rights. Stand with us on April 14th for our rights, our families and our city.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* In an Inquirer op-ed, Solomon Jones discusses the importance of Project Labor Agreements, which determine terms of employment for specific construction projects in agreements between the city and labor organizations — an especially important fact of hiring for minorities: http://goo.gl/I9gVM9  

* Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, writes in an op-ed in the Inquirer why it is a good thing that Merrick Garland isn’t being given the opportunity to become a member of the Supreme Court: http://goo.gl/Vj06Bj

* A Post-Gazette op-ed by Francis Wilkinson looks at the disconnect between U.S. immigration policy and how that policy is executed in the field, exemplified by the endorsement last week of Donald Trump by the National Border Patrol Council, which represents 16,500 of the more than 21,000 border patrol agents in the country: http://goo.gl/LX78Rk  

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf gives an interview on KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. Listen here: http://goo.gl/EtuW67

9 a.m. - The Pa. House Committees on Education and Finance hold a joint hearing on the EITC and OSTC programs. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The Pa. House Committee on Gaming Oversight holds a public hearing on HB 1887 and HB 1925. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The Pa. House Committee on the Judiciary holds a voting meeting on HR 735, HR 783, HB 552, HB 1947 and any other business that may come before the committee. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The Pa. House Committee on State Government holds a voting meeting on SB 1022, SB 1068 and any other business that may come before the committee. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

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

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will read a proclamation to formally launch the "I am for the Child" month-long awareness campaign. The event will feature a musical performance by the children of Clara Barton Elementary. Clara Barton Elementary School, 4600 Rosehill St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - The Pa. House reconvenes.

11:30 a.m. - The Pa. Senate Committee on the Judiciary meets. Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - The Pa. Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Licensure meets. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf to make remarks at “It’s On Us” event with Vice President Biden. University of Pittsburgh, Peterson Event Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh.

1 p.m. - The Pa. Senate reconvenes.

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney holds a press conference highlighting the importance of Pro Bono Citizenship Day in Philadelphia and calls on attorneys to volunteer on April 9 to assist individuals applying for citizenship. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

4:10 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by Chief Service Officer Stephanie Monahon, Pennsylvania State Director of CNCS Bernard Brown, National Service Task Force Co-Chair Darryl Bundridge and Executive Director of City Year Pat Schwartz at the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, highlighting the importance of volunteerism in the City of Philadelphia. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

 

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City & State’s ELECTION PREVIEW

Coming up in our inaugural issue: We look at the key races impacting Pennsylvania, including the Democratic primary battles for Attorney General, the 2nd Congressional District and the Senate, as well as pivotal state contests. Ad deadline is Monday, April 18. To advertise, contact David Alpher at dalpher@cityandstatepa.com  

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KICKER: "Permanent injuries were inflicted on these officers as a result of a brutal assault captured on film, but a season-ticket-hunting District Attorney refuses to do his sworn job.” - Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby blasts DA Seth Williams’ failure to charge LeSean McCoy, a former Eagle, in a bar scuffle that injured two off-duty cops, via the Inquirer.