WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. showers, high of 76; Harrisburg, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 77; Pittsburgh, isolated thunderstorms, high of 78.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Powerful Philly union Local 98 is considering backing Jack O’Neill in the city’s District Attorney race, sources say.
* A flurry of activity on both sides of the aisle over charter school reform in the PA House has resulted in legislation that may come to a vote as soon as next week.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Lt. Gov. Mike Stack billed the state for thousands of dollars worth of Philly hotel stays – even while he still owned a home in the city, according to the Post-Gazette.
* Records show staffers increasingly abandoned the lieutenant governor’s residence as complaints of abuse mounted against Stack and his wife, the Patriot News reports.
* Former US Senate candidate Katie McGinty landed a job at a Philadelphia-based science firm, WHYY writes.
* State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown’s corruption trial was postponed again over the indictment of Philly DA Seth Williams, who first brought charges against the lawmaker, the Inquirer reports.
* DA candidate Teresa Carr Deni agreed to pay $1,500 in ethics fines over her failure to submit a campaign finance report on time, WHYY writes.
* City Controller Alan Butkovitz sat down for a Q&A with WHYY’s Dave Davies.
* Harrisburg insiders James Brown and M. Diane Koken landed lucrative posts on the board of the Hershey Trust, the Inquirer writes.
* Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on a $15 million deal to restart shuttered state unemployment centers, according to WHYY.
* PA Sen. Don White reintroduced a bill in the General Assembly that could empower teachers to carry guns into the classroom, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Philadelphia will hold off on enforcing a wage equity bill signed earlier in the year over the filing of a related legal suit over the law, according the Inquirer.
* Eric Frein was found guilty of murder and other charges stemming from the ambush of two state troopers and the ensuing 48-day manhunt, the Times-Tribune reports.
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* The Intelligencer argues against a PA Senate bill that would allow a DA or the AG to deny access to police videos containing "information pertaining to an investigation" of "complaints or depictions of criminal conduct."
* LancasterOnline has the latest horrific example of why the state needs improved, stronger animal-safety laws (trigger warning for those upset by words and images depicting animal cruelty).
* The Times-Tribune explains why the PA Senate Education Committee’s bill allowing school personnel to carry their guns at work is a bad idea.
* The Morning Call’s Bill White explains why the best bet to enact gerrymandering reform in PA would be for pols to see voters rise up the way they did against the Legislature’s pay raise in 2005.
* The Inquirer unwinds the tangled story behind the creation and location of the Museum of the American Revolution, which opened yesterday.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman previews the insane amount of attention and money the June special election for a US House seat in Georgia is sure to attract.
* The Post-Gazette urges immediate intervention into the burgeoning police department crisis in Wilkinsburg, where officers and the chief are engaged in a war of words.
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* Pennsylvania’s CARE Act, which helps family caregivers deal with their loved ones both during and after hospital stays, will go into effect today, writes AARP’s PA chapter.
* Mid-Penn Bank is partnering with NFL legends for a charity golf tournament that will take place in Harrisburg next month, writes the Patriot-News.
* The Philadelphia Theatre Company will take the 2017-18 season of from producing plays in order to take the time to determine its future direction, writes the Inquirer.
* The Citizen has the story of the InKind Baking Project, a Philly nonprofit seeking to build community and peace through baked goods.
* Compass, which provides pro bono consulting for nonprofits, will hold a prospective client information session May 2 at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. RSVP no later than April 28 to take part. For more information, click here.
9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet.
14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will make a special announcement on historic preservation. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and other elected officials will kick off construction of the Centennial Commons - a project designed to create a welcoming recreation area along the Parkside Avenue edge of West Fairmount Park. West Fairmount Park, Parkside Ave. at 41st St., Philadelphia.
1:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit Cramp Elementary School, a City of Philadelphia designated community school, to see some of its new partners in action. A partners’ fair will showcase resources available for Cramp’s community members like the City’s BenePhilly Mobile Unit, which will be on site to help families enroll in public benefits. William Cramp Elementary, 3449 N. Mascher St., Philadelphia.
3 p.m. - Gov. Wolf and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will hold a roundtable to discuss the devastating effects of proposed federal funding cuts. Warminster Health Centers, Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive, Suite 303,Second Floor, Warminster.
5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Philadelphia Bar Association and representatives from the Department of Commerce to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the bar-to-bar exchange program between Philadelphia and Lyon, France. Conversation Hall, City Hall, Room 201, Philadelphia.
6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and USDOC Deputy Assistant Secretary Alan Turley will join Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York for the PHL-China Connections Dinner, an event celebrating the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia. The Franklin Institute, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Hall, 220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "Mayor Nutter was a ward leader. Everybody thought that was OK.” – Philly Controller Alan Butkovitz on accusations he’s gone soft on local corruption to preserve his political clout. From WHYY.