WEATHER: Philadelphia, windy, high of 37; Harrisburg, windy, high of 37; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 36.


* Philadelphia DA Seth Williams was indicted by federal authorities on wide-ranging bribery, extortion and fraud charges.

* A contentious special election in the 197th state House district likely won’t have an official winner until Friday – but Democratic write-in candidate Emilio Vasquez was already claiming victory.



* The Inquirer explores what comes next for Williams, who faces a brutal and lengthy trial, not to mention serious jail time.

* The state Senate finally moved to resolve a long-running funding feud that has hobbled PA’s unemployment system, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pepsi announced it would pull 12-packs and two liter sodas from Philly markets due to allegedly uncompetitive pricing caused by the soda tax, Billy Penn writes.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey wants colleagues to examine an alternative to Medicaid tweaks currently proposed in the AHCA overhaul plan, according to the Daily Beast.

* Federal immigration officials are seeking to shame Philadelphia on its sanctuary city policies by publishing details of violent undocumented immigrants purportedly released by local law enforcement, the Inquirer writes.

* Some groups say that anti-sex abuse protections passed in the wake of the Sandusky incident are so onerous they are burdening youth workers, according to WHYY.

* Seven sites across Philadelphia won approval for medical marijuana dispensary zoning permits, the Inquirer reports.

* Armed protesters demanding better prison conditions at an Allegheny County jail violently clashed with police, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia City Council may end a controversial program that allowed residents to secure a reserved electric vehicle parking spot outside their homes, PhillyMag reports.

* The state Senate moved to rename the Market Street bridge in Harrisburg after a late Republican legislator despite local opposition, writes the Patriot News



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* The Inquirer demands that Philly DA Seth Williams resign immediately.

* The Times-Tribune lambastes the General Assembly for holding on to its $118 million operating surplus, calling for the funds to be used on the deficit rather than “as an insurance policy for recalcitrant politicians.”

* The Dispatch recaps and reviews US Rep. Scott Perry’s contentious town hall meeting in Red Lion.

* The Post-Gazette lauds Fair Districts PA’s anti-gerrymandering work and wonders who wouldn’t be in favor of redrawing districts to benefit the people instead of the parties

* WHYY’s Dick Polman savors the fact that the Trump-Putin regime is now officially being investigated, and eviscerates the GOP for focusing on leaks instead of the historic Russian interference in democracy.

* The Daily Times states that after a report declaring Chester to be PA’s most dangerous municipality – by a wide margin – there can be no more ignoring the need to do something to protect its citizens.


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8:30 a.m. - the PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

8:45 a.m. - the PA House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 14, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Children & Youth Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

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

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Legislative Budget And Finance Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room  B31, 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 Licenses and Inspections will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Local Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

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

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

3 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on the Environment will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I may call you from a random pay phone tonight.” – Indicted DA Williams explains in a text message his dubious plan to cover his tracks after asking a businessman for a bribe. From City&State.