WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 80; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 86; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 90.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* With her perjury trial imminent, AG Kathleen Kane’s defense filed a final emergency petition to have the charges against her dismissed, WITF reports.

* The PA Supreme Court rejected efforts by PA Senate president Joe Scarnati to intervene in a legal battle over a bill that would extend the retirement age for PA judges, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed Republican Pat Toomey in his US Senate re-election bid, Newsworks reports.

* Former PA Treasurer Barb Hafer and businessman Richard Ireland both pleaded not guilty to corruption charges brought against them by the feds, writes the Patriot News.

* Union leader John Dougherty spent big on the Democratic National Convention, dropping nearly $80k on parties, writes the Inquirer.

* Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay asked the city’s ethics board to determine if he violated any laws by speaking at the DNC, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Philadelphia’s tax revenues jumped by $88 million over the last fiscal year, the Inquirer reports.

* The state Department of Environmental Protection declared the Susquehanna River “impaired” by critical levels of pollution, writes the Post-Gazette.

* The Bethlehem school district is dumping a private contractor that handles expulsions in an attempt to save money, the Morning Call reports.

* Pittsburgh closed several miles of downtown streets to car traffic as part of an “open streets” bike and pedestrian program, according to the Pittsburgh City Paper.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump held a rally in Mechanicsburg, calling Hillary Clinton “the Devil” and predicting that he would sweep the Keystone State, writes the Inquirer.

* Post-DNC polling puts Clinton back ahead in Pennsylvania, the Morning Call reports.

* Climate change has become a central and divisive theme in both Clinton’s and Trump’s campaigns, the New York Times reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* Exasperated by political inaction, the Tribune-Review urges readers to go up to their lawmakers wherever they see them and ask what they’re doing about pension reform.

* A Times-Tribune editorial calls for the state and the PA Turnpike Commission to do something about the rising number of uncollected tolls – $5.4 million in 2015-16 alone.

* LancasterOnline worries that in the wake of two teenagers’ attempted murder of police officers in Columbia, violence against police has come home. 

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman celebrates the overturning of North Carolina’s blatantly racist voter ID law, and looks at how it could change the electoral math for November.

* PennLive’s John L. Micek follows the Trump and Clinton campaigns’ recent swings through Central PA to find out whether hope or despair plays better in the Rust Belt.

* The Post-Gazette is heartened by the latest development – a proposed $60 million apartment project – in the long-delayed development of Pittsburgh’s riverfront.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White explores the referendum question on universal pre-K in Allentown – and hopes that voters do the same.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce a GO TIME savings milestone and thank employees for their collaboration and project ideas. Capitol Rotunda, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

5:30 p.m. - Gov. and First Lady Wolf Host National Night Out at Governor’s Residence. Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Police Commissioner Richard Ross will join neighborhood residents at a National Night Out event promoting public safety and community engagement. Rhawn St. & Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia.

 

No events are scheduled for the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.

 

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KICKER: “I think [the senators’] purpose was to make the case more complicated than it is.” – Lawyer Richard A. Sprague, on fighting off a request by PA Sens. Joe Scarnati and Jake Corman to intervene in a court case that could end a Republican bid to extend PA judges’ retirement age. From the Inquirer.