WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 84; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 84; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 88.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Philadelphia Parking Authority spent thousands of dollars probing sexual harassment allegations against PPA director Vince Fenerty, the Inquirer reports.

* A judge unsealed documents that officially acknowledge state Rep. Leslie Acosta’s role in an embezzlement scheme, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called an anti-sanctuary city bill that passed out of committee in Harrisburg “incredibly dangerous,” according to the Inquirer.

* Former Harrisburg councilman Brad Koplinski asked a judge to put him into a diversionary court program over charges stemming from his use of stolen press credentials at the Democratic National Convention, the Patriot News reports.

* Bucking his predecessor, interim AG Bruce Beemer says a key child abuse law is not unconstitutional, the Inquirer writes.

* Gov. Wolf nominated Department of Environmental Protection interim secretary Patrick McDonnell to permanently fill that position, reports the AP.

* Kathleen Kane’s former chief of staff Blake Rutherford returned to the AG’s office – as a volunteer, according to the Patriot News.

* Bucks County judges nominated Matthew Weintraub to succeed his boss, retiring Bucks County DA David Heckler, the Inquirer reports.

* With new liquor sale reforms just coming into effect, Harrisburg Republicans are looking for new ways to push PA closer to privatization, the Patriot News writes

* A Philadelphia man who had been held in solitary confinement for nearly 40 years was released into the general prison population after a court order, the Post-Gazette writes.

* After losing an asylum case, 28 refugees held in a Berks County detention center are filing an appeal in federal court, Newsworks reports.

* The state extended a gas drilling moratorium on state parks and forests for five years, the AP writes.

* Keystone Crossroads examines Mahanoy City, a virtually bankrupt coal town that entered the state’s Act 47 financial distress program.

 

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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 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

 

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

215-490-9314 ext 3001

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare for their first televised debate next week, ratings are expected to shatter previous records, The Hill reports.

* Despite protests in major US cities over police harassment, Trump says he supports expanding the use of stop-and-frisk, according to the New York Times.

* An investment banking strategist said nominally apolitical Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is “afraid” of Trump, CNBC reports.

* A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 78 percent of Hispanic voters have a negative view of Trump.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News writes that state Rep. Leslie Acosta is giving “a giant middle finger” not only to her constituents, but to all PA residents, by refusing to step down after the news finally broke that she pled guilty to a federal felony charge in March.

* The Daily Times breaks down the challenges PA Rep. Mark Rozzi faces in trying to resurrect his bill that would retroactively extend the statute of limitations for victims of church sexual abuse to file suit against their abusers.

* The Citizens’ Voice is dumbfounded by the PA House Judiciary Committee’s passage of a bill giving groups like the NRA the ability to “not only to sue local governments that pass gun restrictions, but to recover from taxpayers their costs for doing so.”

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman shreds Trump’s use of his charity as a slush fund, rightly pointing out that if similar news broke about Clinton, the hue and cry would be endless.

* A PennLive editorial urges the state and the state college teachers’ union to keep searching for common ground, despite yesterday’s breakdown in negotiations.

* A LancasterOnline editorial explores the fraught debate in Lancaster County over where and how to build affordable housing.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Robert Matzle … 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:

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert as he welcomes attendees to the biennial “Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming Our Economies” conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Grand Ballroom, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf continues his Schools That Teach tour. C.A. Baldi Middle School, 8801 Verree Road, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, President of the Philadelphia NAACP Minister Rodney Muhammed, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA Shira Goodman, Principal Veronica Joyner and students from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, and the mothers and families of murder victims will speak at the Mothers in Charge press conference for the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

 

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: "The investigator determined, based on your admitted conduct, that you have engaged in sexual harassment…and otherwise engage in unacceptable behavior in the workplace…You abused your power," – Excerpts from a letter from the Philly Parking Authority board sanctioning – but, notably, not dismissing – executive director Vince Fenerty over sexual harassment allegations. From the Inquirer.