WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 78; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 79; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 82.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Bills to both regulate and expand tax-exempt “Keystone Opportunity Zones” made their way through council yesterday – the latter with astonishing speed.
* Philly GOP chair Joe DeFelice writes an op-ed that blasts the Kenney administration’s handling of the soda tax, pre-K management and lack of attention to post-pre-K schools.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* The City of Philadelphia will pay former U.S. Attorney John Pease III to advise DA Seth Williams, who is under investigation by federal authorities, the Inquirer writes.
* Purportedly after a national search, Pittsburgh’s controversial schools chief, Anthony Hamlet, hired an old friend for the district’s #2 leadership spot, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Following a May arrest in Philadelphia for assault, former Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams was demoted and given a pay cut, the Inquirer reports.
* U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants PA to pick up the events North Carolina is losing over that state’s controversial transgender “bathroom bill,” reports the Post-Gazette.
* State Rep. Mark Rozzi, a clergy abuse survivor, acknowledged that the Allentown and Harrisburg Dioceses were under investigation by a grand jury, the Morning Call reports.
* State Rep. Rosemary Brown is defending a proposal to limit physicians’ access to opioids after taking heat from doctors’ groups, the Post-Gazette reports.
* State Sen. Anthony Williams wants a Lincoln University professor’s tenure revoked after the teacher made a string of anti-Semitic comments, the Patriot News writes.
* Highlighting a nationwide shortage of female political candidates, just five of 35 candidates running for US House seats in PA are women, according to the Inquirer.
* Jurors in the impending trial of state police shooter Eric Frein will be bused in from the Philadelphia suburbs, according to the Morning Call.
* Acting AG Bruce Beemer elevated attorneys John Knorr and Sarah Frasch to top leadership slots, the Patriot News reports.
* The Public Utilities Commission ruled that Uber doesn’t need permits for self-driving cars until it starts charging for the service, the Tribune-Review writes.
* Philadelphia’s School Reform Council was split again on deciding whether or not to approve closure of four charter schools the district wants to shutter, Newsworks reports.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* Donald Trump’s campaign – but notably not Trump himself – acknowledged that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, CNN reports.
* Hillary Clinton is working to regain territory lost to third-party candidates, according to the New York Times.
* Clinton stated that she “regrets” her vote approving the Iraq War, even though she has often supported foreign intervention, writes the Washington Post.
* The Intelligencer laments the deleterious effects of redistricting upon both national and state political races and Legislatures.
* The Inquirer hopes that recent incidents in Arizona and Illinois are enough to finally spur PA election officials to safeguard voting machines against hackers.
* A Daily News editorial uses cold, hard numbers to show why the PA Supreme Court needs to step in and make the educational playing field more level for all students.
* A Standard-Speaker editorial explains why the PA Supreme Court needs to rule that police-recorded videos are part of the public record – and therefore accessible to those who request them.
* The Post-Gazette uses the recent $75,000 fine levied against a former Gaming Commission official as just the latest example of why ethics reform is so necessary.
* The Times-News unleashes its fury on Erie city and county officials, who have allowed the transit authority debacle to reach the point where it no longer receives state funding.
* Newsworks’ Dick Polman wonders if the startlingly good news about median incomes jumping 5.2 percent will be a positive or a negative for Clinton.
* The Daily Times regards the news that Springfield has hired its first paid firefighters with mixed emotions, since the move came about because of a dramatic drop in the formerly all-volunteer company that is being mirrored across the country.
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10 a.m. - The PA House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education & Career Readiness will meet. Steamfitters 420 Hall, 14420 Townsend Road, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - The PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
11:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an economic development project. Reading Airport Terminal, 2501 Bernville Rd., Reading.
11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen and City Representative Sheila Hess will honor the accomplishments of Philadelphia’s Olympians, including Nia Ali and Ajee Wilson of the Women’s Track & Field Team. Mayor’s Reception, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.
5 p.m. - Bernie Sanders will join Katie McGinty for a campaign event. Carnegie Mellon University, Wiegand Gymnasium, 5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh.
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KICKER: “There was a national search...there was a panel. Those two particular individuals came to the top during the panel interview. So it wasn't just Dr. Hamlet pointing at anybody.” – Pittsburgh schools chief Anthony Hamlet, speaking for himself in the third person, defends the district’s decision to hire his friend to a top deputy spot. From the Post-Gazette.