WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy, high of 74; Harrisburg: p.m. rain, high of 71; Pittsburgh: thunderstorms, high of 74.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart last week subpoenaed the city’s elections officials for documents related to the controversial selection of new voting machines, the Inquirer reports.
* Two first-time candidates, Justin DeBerardinis and Eryn Santamoor, are among the top-three fund-raisers in the crowded field for the Philadelphia City Council-at-large primary, the Inquirer writes.
* Pennsylvania has reduced its backlog of untested rape kits by nearly 90 percent in three years – 340 kits still await testing by crime labs, down from more than 3,200 – according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the AP reports.
* For the first time in more than a decade, voters in one state House district will see candidates from both major parties on their ballots in the May special election, the Post-Gazette reports.
* A new lawsuit targets two top state officials over failing to protect youth placed in the Glen Mills Schools, a reform school that once housed 1,000 boys, WHYY reports.
* Among the highlights and lowlights of the decennial State of the City Report from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative: the city has reversed its long track record of population decline, added jobs, and become increasingly diverse, while the poverty rate inched up to 26%, WHYY writes.
* At a preliminary hearing in Detroit Thursday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner was bound over for trial on one felony count of resisting and obstructing the police and disorderly conduct, WESA reports.
* A record 53 women are now serving in the state House of Representatives. They still only make up a quarter of the chamber, the Capital-Star reports.
* Agreeing that families and students in the state need relief – PA has the third-highest tuition for state schools in the US – Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, discussed how to address the issue during an hour-long forum hosted by Penn State University’s Lion Caucus on Thursday evening, WHYY reports.
* The Inquirer acknowledges that the Commonwealth continues to lag behind on the crucial issue of victims’ rights, but stresses that passing Marsy’s Law is the wrong way to go about protecting those who are threatened.
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10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will participate in a parade to celebrate the end of Week of the Young Child, where pre-k children dress up as who they want to be when they grow up. Start: Beautiful Beginnings, 8120 Bustleton Ave, Finish: Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will join the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency and local officials to explain how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help disaster survivors. Parking lot of Gus’s Keystone Restaurant, 1050 W. Main St., Mount Joy.
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KICKER: “If we as a state are going to take children into our care and into our custody because they have done something wrong, we have an obligation to treat them, frankly, as if we were their parents.” – Marsha Levick, chief legal officer of Juvenile Law Center, decries the conditions at Glen Mills Schools that led to its closure and a recently filed lawsuit by former students. From WHYY.