WEATHER: Philadelphia, p.m. rain, high of 47; Harrisburg, rain, high of 42; Pittsburgh, a.m. rain, high of 58.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman partnered with faith-based and nonprofit leaders to craft a bill to make the city more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A new report finds that repealing Obamacare would cost the state 137,000 jobs and double the state budget deficit, according to the Inquirer.

* PA Republicans of all stripes are in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration, writes the Inquirer.

* Both PA and Philly have begun the process to ban the pseudo-scientific practice of “gay conversion therapy,” writes WHYY.

* Despite a threat to sue from Comcast, Philly Mayor Kenney declared his intention to sign a bill that addresses wage discrimination in the city, reports the Inquirer.

* Three Erie Congressmen have joined the list of Democratic politicians who are skipping the inauguration of Donald Trump, writes the Times-News.

* PA mayors have a range of expectations and concerns about what the Trump presidency will mean to their constituents, according to WHYY.

* Several counties in Northeastern PA have begun to explore joining forces to force the Legislature to address royalty abuses by the oil and gas industry in the state, reports WHYY. 

* Nockamixon unanimously approved changes that would allow marijuana growers and dispensaries to operate in the Bucks town, writes the Intelligencer.

* Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed’s trial for theft will begin Monday, writes the Patriot News.

* State unemployment workers demonstrated outside a Pittsburgh CareerLink office to put pressure on legislators to resume funding unemployment call centers, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Scranton City Council fixed a budget glitch that would have raised property taxes on residents, according to the Times-Tribune.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman details the importance of being vigilant and speaking truth to power during the Trump years and goes all in on the farce hearings of his cabinet nominees.

* The Standard-Speaker hopes that as the age of driverless cars approaches, the federal government will use technology to make everyone on the road safer. 

* The Citizens’ Voice sounds the alarm over what will happen to addiction treatment in PA and the country if Obamacare is repealed without a similar replacement.

* LancasterOnline explores just what Trump’s supporters expect from his presidency.

* The Daily Times is cautiously optimistic about the state’s new AG and treasurer, and their abilities to turn around the two office’s scandal-ridden past.

* The Tribune-Democrat illustrates the importance of well-designed traffic patterns as a factor in the business boom in Cambria County.

 

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TODAY’S SKED: 

11 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Center of Excellence and host a discussion on the opioid epidemic. Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Captain William T. Maye to honor Police Recruit Class #378 at their graduation. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell to announce information and changes for the 2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup. Participants from last year’s event will speak about their experiences playing in the tournament and being able to connect with Philadelphians from all over the globe. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will discuss veterans issues at the VFW’s 53rd Annual Mid-Winter Conference. Doubletree by Hilton, Salon A, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh.

 

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KICKER: "We may get sued, we may not. But Council passed this measure by unanimous vote, and I see no reason why I shouldn't sign it." – Mayor Kenney passes on signing a bill that would bar employers from asking about employees salary histories. From the Inquirer.