WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 51; Harrisburg, p.m. showers, high of 44; Pittsburgh, p.m. showers, high of 50.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Newly elected US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, who was just sworn into her PA-5 seat, is opposing a last-minute push to restore net neutrality – in related news, Comcast was the second-largest donor to her campaign, the Patriot-News writes.
* PA AG Josh Shapiro is probing the sudden closing of for-profit institution Brightwood Career Institute Schools’ five locations in the state, which has left more than 1,500 students without classes, diplomas or a clear path forward on debt, the Inquirer writes.
* The largest naloxone giveaway in US history was deemed a success yesterday, as PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that the state reached its goal of handing out some 5,000 of the life-saving overdose-reversal medication, the Patriot-News reports.
* New census data show that the Philadelphia region is mirroring national population trends that will likely result in a majority-minority America within the next 30 years, the Inquirer reports.
* The proposed sale of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance campus in West Philadelphia by the city – at a roughly $42 million loss – was postponed when City Council punted on legislation to move the sale forward, the Tribune reports.
* Philadelphia labor leaders and city officials engaged in heated verbal sparring outside of City Council chambers as both sides claimed the other was lying about an agreement over fire protection device inspections, WHYY reports.
* Thousands of Philadelphia homeowners could be in for a reduction in their property taxes if proposed legislation to lower the threshold for the city’s Longtime Owner Occupant Program passes, the Inquirer writes.
* Focusing on schools with low overall test scores, the state released its list of 289 schools that will have to develop “improvement plans” with state advisers over the next two years to receive their share of a $40 million fund, WHYY reports.
* The PA Department of Environmental Protection released a plan to reduce the methane emissions from the state’s thousands of oil and gas wells, WITF reports.
* The Daily News’ Will Bunch writes that the state Senate GOP leadership’s efforts to deny Democratic Sen.-elect Lindsey Williams her rightful seat is just the latest example of the GOP’s long descent into autocracy and desecration of democratic ideals.
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9 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate the grand opening of Wawa’s largest and most historic location. Public Ledger Building, 101 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - Gov. Tom Wolf will speak at a gun safety press conference. Outside City Council Chambers, Fifth Floor, City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this graduation ceremony for the police recruits of Class #386. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the State of North Broad annual event hosted by North Broad Renaissance to support economic development efforts along the North Broad corridor. Divine Lorraine Hotel, 699 N Broad St, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “Our representatives reacted like anyone else would if called a liar to their faces.” – Todd Farally, the political director of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, explains the union’s side of the heated exchange with city officials outside of Philadelphia City Council yesterday. From WHYY.