WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy, high of 55; Harrisburg: p.m. showers, high of 53; Pittsburgh: rain, high of 52.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The country’s first supervised-injection site will open next week in South Philadelphia, the site’s operators said Tuesday within hours of a federal judge’s entering a final ruling that the proposed facility would not violate federal law, the Inquirer reports.

* Democrat Roni Green easily prevailed in a special election Tuesday in West Philadelphia’s scandal-plagued 190th District in the state House, whose last two representatives resigned due to criminal convictions. Green, a business agent for SEIU Local 668, defeated Republican Wanda Logan, an employment agency owner. She had 85.5% of the vote with 95% of the ballots tallied, the Inquirer reports.

* A severe economic downturn would trigger painful cuts to city services, while upcoming challenges will test Philadelphia’s fiscal stability, according to Kenney administration officials and a government watchdog group, the Tribune reports.

* Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, making her the first prominent elected Democrat in the city to back the party’s front-runner, the Inquirer reports.

* During a budget appropriation hearing on Tuesday, state lawmakers pressed PennDOT’s acting secretary to explain how the agency sets its priorities and asked about funding concerns. One thing was clear: the commonwealth is going to have to find a lot more money, WESA reports.

* Heather Kass, whose endorsement by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee has generated more than a week of controversy, is now facing a challenge to the legitimacy of her election petitions. If that lawsuit is successful, Kass could be taken out of the race to replace retiring state Rep. Harry Readshaw, leaving a smaller field in the 36th state House district — and a festering wound within the local party, WESA reports.

* Pennsylvania is trying to get more college students registered to vote in the general election in November with the Pennsylvania Campus Voting Challenge, which will pit the commonwealth’s two and four-year colleges and universities against each other to get the highest voter turnout, most improved turnout, and highest registration rate for the November election, WITF reports.

* More than a hundred people rallied in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Tuesday, a protest organizer says, calling on Attorney General Josh Shapiro to “show mercy” by supporting more commutations, Spotlight PA reports.

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The Public Record & Sid Booker invite you to 

Meet the Candidates!

Join the Philadelphia Public Record and Philadelphia legend Sid Booker on Friday, March 27, to welcome the campaigns for the presidential, congressional and statewide races on the April 28 primary ballot as they meet potential constituents!

The event, featuring assorted beverages and light appetizers, will be held at:

The legendary Sid Booker’s Club LaPointe, 4600 North Broad Street, Philadelphia on Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is complimentary for the general public. 

RSVP Here: https://tinyurl.com/pprprimary2020

For sponsorship opportunities and for candidates and consultants interested in participating, contact Melissa Barrett, Director of Sales, 

215-755-2000, ext.5; mbarrett@phillyrecord.com

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, who explains why banning fracking in the commonwealth would be disastrous.

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TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, 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 on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual event for Police Athletic League students who will shadow City of Philadelphia employees for a day to learn about careers in public service. Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

3 p.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

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

KICKER: “I’ve seen movements reshape our city and state, and I believe in the power of movements to reshape our country. Bernie Sanders doesn’t just talk about movements for change, he leads them.” – Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym. From the Inquirer.