WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly sunny, high of 93; Harrisburg: isolated thunderstorms, high of 89; Pittsburgh: scattered thunderstorms, high of 83.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Wednesday declined to comment on the allegations against former Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who resigned Tuesday after being accused of mishandling sexual harassment complaints, and praised Ross’ tenure as the city’s top cop, while Ross stressed that he chose to resign for the good of the department and the city, the Inquirer reports.
* Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia’s police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won’t be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out, the AP reports.
* State judicial authorities have moved to suspend Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge, alleging a pattern of civil rights violations and citing her “impatient, discourteous, disrespectful, condescending and undignified” demeanor while presiding over Family Court cases, the Inquirer reports.
* Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting that it could have prevented the shooter in last week’s wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower, the AP writes.
* U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb was challenged on the issue of impeachment and gun control at a town hall, WESA reports.
* SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel will retire on Dec. 31, at the end of his contract with the $2 billion-a-year transit agency; PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is being seriously considered as the next GM, WHYY reports.
* A state commission is holding hearings this week in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh to get feedback on its latest effort to make Pennsylvania’s criminal sentencing process more objective – a task they've been working on, unsuccessfully, for nearly a decade, WITF reports.
* On Sept. 18, on the campus of York College, two former Pennsylvania governors — Democrat Ed Rendell and Republican Mark S. Schweiker — will try to reach consensus on one of the most intractable public policy issues of our time: immigration reform and state government’s role in it, the Capital-Star reports.
* The Inquirer sees the sudden resignation of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross as providing the opportunity to effect radical change within the department.
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11 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Rep. Todd Stephens will announce state funding to pay for the cost of PFAS treatments in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Previously, the governor’s office helped fund PFAS filtration systems for each township to combat water contamination from the toxic substances. Well #2, 238A Meetinghouse Road, Horsham.
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KICKER: “Support an impeachment inquiry. You're lagging behind...and I'd like to know why.” – Nita Fandray of Mount Lebanon asks U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb what he is doing in Washington, D.C. From WESA.