WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 54; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 54; Pittsburgh: rain, high of 54.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Pennsylvania is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities, the Capital-Star reports.
* Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign opened its first Pennsylvania field office Thursday, far earlier than most of her rivals and a sign she sees the 153 delegates available in the state’s late April Democratic primary as a potentially coveted prize, the Inquirer reports.
* The newly elected treasurer of a small city in western Pennsylvania asserted in a lawsuit Wednesday that city officials plotted to block her from taking office because she is Black, the AP reports.
* People with intellectual disabilities and those who advocate for them visited the state Capitol this week to oppose a bill to keep two Pennsylvania state centers open. Polk Center in Venango County and White Haven Center in Luzerne County are two of the four facilities for people with intellectual disabilities still in operation across Pennsylvania, WESA reports.
* One Pennsylvania farmer’s group has an idea to pay for expanding rural broadband access — a tax on cell phone bills. The proposal was floated this week at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on back-to-back days by Pennsylvania State Grange president Wayne Campbell, the Capital-Star reports.
* The Patriot-News has a primer for those voting in Tuesday’s special election for the PA Senate’s 48th District seat, which was called following the resignation of former Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, who stepped down last fall after facing a charge of child pornography possession.
* The Citizen uses demographic data to figure out how Philadelphia, with 20 percent of the state’s voters, will impact the state’s Democratic presidential primary in April.
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KICKER: “I guess people expected it to be Biden because I’m an old white guy,” the mayor said. “But there’s just something about her that shows strength and fearlessness. … She just has the tenacity to kick [Trump’s] ass.” – Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Elizabeth Warren. From the Inquirer.