WEATHER: Philadelphia, snow showers, high of 37; Harrisburg, snow, high of 35; Pittsburgh, snow to rain, high of 37.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Recent efforts to close the funding gap between school districts in the state seem to have been derailed based on the lack of attention to the issue in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh has decided to hold a hearing on how child abuse investigations are launched after his behavior was reviewed after breaking his son’s collar bone while practicing martial arts, the Inquirer writes.

* Discussion about legalizing recreational marijuana in the state has moved to the next level, as evidenced by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on the subject, the Patriot-News writes.

* The PA Department of Environmental Protection is halting construction permits for natural gas pipelines operated by Texas-based Energy Transfer LP because the company has failed to respect the state’s laws and communities, the AP reports.

* A Commonwealth Court judge will hear arguments over a 2015 Pittsburgh law that forbids landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on “source of income” – such as Section 8 vouchers, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb paid a Washington, D.C., firm political polling $31,900 to conduct a poll – an indication that he may be considering entering the mayoral race this year, according to the Tribune.

* Former Allentown managing director Francis Dougherty, who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge almost two years ago, was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $18,700 in restitution and a $10,000 fine, WHYY reports.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES!

The Philadelphia Public Record invites the public to meet candidates for races on the May 21 primary ballot as they greet potential constituents and get signatures for their petitions.

The event, which includes award-winning cocktails and light appetizers, will be held at The Trestle Inn, at 11th and Callowhill streets, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 28th. Admission is complimentary for the general public. To reserve your free ticket, click here.

For the full range of sponsorship opportunities and for candidates and consultants interested in participating, contact:

Melissa Barrett, Director of Sales, 215-755-2000, ext.5; mbarrett@phillyrecord.com

Sponsored by Crews, Moseley & Associates

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizen, in honor of Black History Month, has an op-ed by former 76ers great Charles Barkley that features his list of Black History Month All-Stars.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … 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:

10 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

4:30 p.m. - Gov. Tom Wolf will discuss workforce development and infrastructure plans during a “Conversation with the Governor.” The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Auditorium, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

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

KICKER: “It seems like a lot of room for subjective bias – my wife and I being Asian, and no one knowing I’m a lawyer and a councilman, you’re very quick to report on us.” - Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh explains why he is holding hearings on DHS. From the Inquirer.

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