WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 72; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 76; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 79.


* Six Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar, appeared at a union-sponsored forum in Philadelphia yesterday, the Inquirer reports.

* State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, was charged with possession of child pornography after law enforcement agents found images depicting “indecent contact with a minor” on his cell phone, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday night, the Capital-Star reports.

* Electronic poll books ordered by Philadelphia city commissioners – a move overshadowed by the commissioners’ controversial move to select new voting machines – proved not ready for prime time in tests last month and were recommended to not be used until completely foolproof, the Inquirer reports.

* PA Rep. Frank Burns is finding his quest for records to help him decide whether to support a bill that would increase the number of restaurant liquor licenses has led him into a court battle with the state Liquor Control Board, which is refusing to release the information, calling it proprietary data, the Patriot-News reports.

* Pennsylvania is squandering a financial windfall and missing out on the potential air quality improvements it could support, according to a new report from non-profits PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center and PennPIRG Education Fund, WESA reports.

* As state representatives returned to Harrisburg on Tuesday, PA Rep. Todd Stephens, backed by a crowd of gun control advocates in the Capitol Rotunda, urged fellow lawmakers to pass a bill that would create an extreme risk protection order, which would empower law enforcement officers to take guns away from people who a court rules are considered a risk to themselves or others, the PA Post reports.

* A powerful state board decided on Tuesday that the Philadelphia school district, home to more charter schools than any other public school system in the state, cannot impose conditions on a charter school operator before allowing it to open a new campus in the city, the Capital-Star reports.

* A plan the Department of Environmental Protection proposed in April recommends policies and initiatives touching nearly every sector, from energy to transportation to agriculture and beyond, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and 2050. But advocates say only a handful of policies have been implemented, and most of the recommendations remain just that, the Inquirer reports.

* The former president of Radnor Township’s Board of Commissioners was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison in the child pornography case that ended his political career and shook the Main Line community that he was elected to serve, the Inquirer reports.


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* The Citizen lauds the recent successful effort, led by PA Rep. Jared Solomon, to save a Northeast Philadelphia church from the wrecking ball by creating a multipurpose space, and wonders why more politicians can’t similarly think outside the box to solve problems for their constituents.

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9 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Superintendent Dr. Hite, students, and museum officials at an event to celebrate the reopening of the Art Museum's historic north entrance. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the PA House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Wolf Administration officials will join healthcare providers to announce the latest updated prescribing guidelines, Treating Pain in Patients with OUD, as part of the second Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, a statewide initiative to get the overdose reversal medication naloxone to Pennsylvanians and get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder. Capitol Media Center, Capitol Building, Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg.

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KICKER: “During the interview, Michael Folmer admitted the Tumblr account associated with the CyberTip was indeed his … Michael Folmer stated that he had been dealing with some personal problems/issues and that he had received child pornography through his Tumblr blog.” – Part of the criminal complaint against PA Sen. Michael Folmer. From the Capital-Star.