WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 73; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 70; Pittsburgh, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 82.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Philadelphia ward leaders held a closed-door meeting to mull replacements for convicted state Rep. Leslie Acosta, favoring an associate of failed council candidate Manny Morales.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The state will audit a network of so-called “abortion alternative” groups that receive public money through a state contract, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A bill advanced that would allow state fish and game agencies to set their own license fees to drum up revenue, the Times-Tribune writes. 

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* A request for a new trial by lawyers for convicted Congressman Chaka Fattah was met with heavy skepticism by a federal judge, according to the Inquirer.

* The newly passed state budget is counting on $730 million in new “sin taxes,” according to the Morning Call

* A group representing black Philly cops criticized the national Fraternal Order of Police – and its Philly chapter – decision to endorse Donald Trump, the Inquirer reports.

* PA’s state university faculty set an Oct. 19 strike date, the Patriot News reports.

* The local branch of the National Organization for Women called for Philadelphia Parking Authority director Vince Fenerty to resign over sexual harassment charges, writes the Inquirer.

* Taxpayers shelled out $1.5 million to pay for national leadership searches at PA’s state universities, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Taxi drivers filed suit against the PPA, alleging that the agency favors ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, the Philly Business Journal writes.

* A new report showed that housing in PA is some of the most affordable in the nation, according to the Times-Tribune.

* Greta Greenberger retired after leading tours of Philadelphia’s City Hall for 25 years, the Inquirer writes.

 

 

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Join City & State PA for the inaugural On Health Care Symposium

On Wednesday, October 19th, partners, government leaders and policy makers will convene to discuss health care issues affecting the commonwealth. Panelists, including Dr. Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass and more, will discuss everything from insurance coverage for Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing vulnerable populations to developments in the biopharmaceutical industry and the impact, innovation and legislation leading the way.

 

Wednesday, October 19th, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Temple University, Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

 

The event is free to attend; to register, please click here.

 

Contact David Alpher for sponsorship information – dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

215-490-9314 ext 3001

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump’s debate invitation to Gennifer Flowers, a woman who had sexual relations with Bill Clinton, was abruptly rescinded by VP Mike Pence, Fox News reports

* The New York Times tells its readers what to watch for during tonight’s Presidential debate.

* A new Muhlenberg College poll shows Trump making gains in Pennsylvania, a key swing state, the Morning Call writes.

* “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin stumped for Hillary Clinton in Pittsburgh, the Tribune-Review reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer nicely sums up the outrage over Philadelphia Parking Authority Vince Fenerty keeping his job after admitting to sexually harassing an employee for two years.

* The Post-Gazette suggests that school districts focus on the parents who are late paying for their children’s lunches, as opposed to shaming the children in incidents like the one last week in the Canon-McMillan school district.

* The Times-News uses the condition of soccer fields to illustrate the importance of changing the funding formula for the state’s public schools.

* A Standard-Speaker editorial uses PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s recent report on Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School’s fiscal malfeasance to demand greater accountability for charters in the state.

* LancasterOnline lauds the efforts of Hunger-Free Lancaster County in its first year, noting Gov. Wolf’s proposal for a statewide analogue should learn from its success.

* The Daily Times thinks it’s about time that the attorney general has opened a grand jury investigation into the Harrisburg Diocese, as well the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Education and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite and Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will all speak at an event about Comcast’s Internet Essentials programs and increasing digital literacy in Philadelphia. St. James United Methodist Church, 199 E. Tabor Road, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House Insurance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide keynote remarks and help the Commerce Department and Office of Immigrant Affairs thank Philadelphia’s Immigrant business owners as ‘Welcoming Week’ officially closes. FINANTA and Herman Nyamunga of the Welcoming Center will also be presented with City Citations. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Pst Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

1:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a Q&A with CEO Keith Scandone at the Forge Conference, a Philadelphia-based user experience conference. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will continue his Schools That Teach tour. Harding Elementary School, 622 Chestnut St, Lebanon.

 

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

 

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Coming in the next issue of City & State PA: Spotlight on the Health Care Industry

A special section dedicated to health care-related issues provides an ideal forum for you to educate and enlighten Pennsylvania’s policymakers on your company’s benefits and objectives. Among the topics to be explored: the pharmaceutical industry; digital technology; and health care for the vulnerable.

Ad deadline: Sept. 29; issue date: Oct. 6. For further information, please contact David Alpher, publisher, at 215-490-9314, x3001 or dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

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KICKER: "No amount of years of 'exemplary service' makes you exempt from accepting the consequences of sexually harassing employees in the workplace." – Philly’s NOW chapter slams PPA director Vince Fenerty’s keeping his job after admitting to sexual harassment charges, From the Inquirer.