WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 38; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 39; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 34.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, the AP has learned.

* Heather Heidelbaugh, a Republican trial lawyer in Pittsburgh who drew national attention a decade ago in a lawsuit against a now-defunct liberal group that had been accused of voter registration fraud said Tuesday she would run for Pennsylvania attorney general next year, the Inquirer writes.

* State Rep. Martina White was overwhelmingly elected Tuesday as chairwoman of the Philadelphia Republican Party, taking leadership of an organization in decline for decades and reeling from last week’s general election, the Inquirer reports.

* The Capital-Star has a primer on “Right to Repair,” which could become the next big legislative fight in Harrisburg.

* Attorneys for the widow of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner said Tuesday that they have asked the state Supreme Court to disqualify Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office from further participation in the appeal of convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Inquirer reports.

* State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and fellow Sen. Gene Yaw can’t sue the state’s Environmental Quality Board over a badly missed deadline, a Commonwealth Court panel ruled Tuesday, stating that the two Republicans simply lack legal standing to use the courts to try to force that board to obey a Senate directive to set standards for the amount of manganese allowable in drinking water, the Patriot-News writes.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday called for state takeover of Pittsburgh Public School District finances, saying the district should be able to balance its annual budget within current revenue levels, the Tribune-Review writes.

* A war of words between labor and environmentalists – with Democrats in the middle – roared back into the spotlight Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf waded in, saying that more petrochemical development was “exactly what we need” in western Pennsylvania to meet clean energy standards. His stance is in direct opposition to that of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, the Capital-Star reports.

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Celebrate the 2019 Public Servant of the Year!

The Philadelphia Public Record will honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year on Nov. 21.

Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development, and equitable schools. 

Featured speakers include Ryan Boyer, Laborers District Council; Pat Eiding, Philadelphia Council of AFL-CIO; Congressman Dwight Evans; Patti Jackson, WDAS; Mayor Jim Kenney; Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate; Hon. Marian Tasco; and Hon. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House.

To place a congratulatory ad in the November 21st, 2019 commemorative issue, contact Melissa Barrett: mbarrett@phillyrecord.com. 215-755-2000 x5

Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450: https://tinyurl.com/pprpublicservant2019

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb, who makes the argument for refunding the wage tax to low-income Philadelphians.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Ryan Bizzarro … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 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 Finance will meet. Room 400, City hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Wolf Administration officials, along with doctors, patient advocates and other appointees will meet to discuss the medical marijuana program at the quarterly Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Meeting. Keystone Building, 400 North St., Forest Room, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join Mission: Readiness in highlighting the importance of preparing children for careers, including in the military, by proving access to high-quality education and workforce development training. Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will participate in a student-led tour of Cedar Cliff High School’s aquaponics lab alongside district leaders, school staff, and legislators. The governor will highlight how these innovative learning experiences prepare students for the future and his administration’s focus on high-quality education and workforce preparedness. Cedar Cliff High School, 1301 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill.

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


KICKER: “I’m here for justice.” – Maureen Faulkner. From the Inquirer.