WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 61; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 60; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 61.



* After a failed bid for his leadership spot, Democratic state Sen. John Yudichak called for Sen. Larry Farnese to step down as caucus secretary over a bribery indictment. 



* An 11th-hour bid by Republicans in the PA Senate to pass a bill restricting abortion access stalled out, the Patriot News reports.

* A Philadelphia controller’s report alleges that nearly half of a $2.3 million tuition reimbursement program has been lost to mismanagement, writes the Inquirer.

* Gov. Tom Wolf said PA jobless call centers might close over last-minute reluctance by the Senate to approve additional funding, the Patriot News writes.

* US Sen. Bob Casey moved to the top of a Senate panel on aging, the Times-Tribune reports.

* A woman charged with murder won an appeal in part because the judge that sentenced her participated in a racist “Porngate” email exchange, the Inquirer writes.

* Donald Trump’s election may jeopardize completion of a 1,200-unit affordable housing project in North Philadelphia, according to the Inquirer.

* Hundreds of PA college students walked out of class to signal support for creation of “sanctuary campuses” to protect undocumented students, WHYY writes.

* A new Pew report documented a shrinking gap between the tax burden of Philadelphia and its suburbs, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal.

* PA pollsters have taken a hard look at their trade after wildly inaccurate polls failed to chart Trump’s rise in the Keystone State, WHYY writes.

* A University of Pittsburgh study criticized a 70 percent increase in Pittsburgh’s pretrial jail population as both excessive and unnecessary, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A state program to disperse an invasive crow population will require Capitol police to detonate explosive shells around Harrisburg, according to the Patriot News.

* Influenced by board member John Dougherty, the Delaware River Port Authority moved on a long-delayed plan to reopen a downtown subway stop, the Inquirer reports.



* The Patriot News opines that in light of the success of non-state store wine sales and the looming shortfall in revenue, PA needs to go all the way on liquor privatization.

* The Standard-Speaker writes that in the face of a projected $500 million deficit, the GOP-controlled PA Legislature must act now to approve comprehensive tax reform

* WHYY’s Dick Polman reports on the other big story of this election: the continued decimation of Democrats at the state and local levels

* The York Dispatch takes comfort in York County’s voters sending four women to Harrisburg as part of its seven-member House delegation.

* The Times-News celebrates Erie Water Works’ successful conquering of a $2.5 million deficit through creative solutions.

* LancasterOnline urges county residents to take part in the 24-hour fundraiser/festival called ExtraGive, which has helped hundreds of nonprofits in the region.

* The Daily Times tries to follow all of the storylines coming out of Springfield’s decision to build a $131 million high school.

* The Express-Times is concerned by the one-week window the Easton Area School board has given taxpayers to digest a proposed $76 million capital improvement tax.


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9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks about Philadelphia’s commitment to bringing sustainable energy to all city residents at the 2016 Sustainable Energy Conference. Temple University Student Faculty Center, 4th Floor Auditorium, 3340 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an investment in Reading Area Community College science lab renovations. Schmidt Training and Technology Center, Rooms 118-121, 15 N. Front St, Reading.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks for the Annual Foster Grandparent Recognition Luncheon, celebrating the Foster Grandparents Program. Now in its 51st year, this federally funded program places low-income seniors in one-on-one support roles to children with exceptional needs. Union Trust, 717 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide brief remarks at the Committee of 70’s annual luncheon. Loews Hotel Philadelphia, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "If Sen. [Larry] Farnese continues to serve in a leadership position...he puts all Democratic members at risk." – Sen. John Yudichak calls for his indicted colleague to step down from Senate leadership, after losing a bid for Farnese’s caucus secretary seat. From City&State.