WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 84; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 87; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 88.
FROM THE WEEKEND:
* AG Kathleen Kane announced a deal with the scandal-plagued Hershey Trusts, forcing board member resignations and initiating a probe, the Post-Gazette reports.
* The first of Philadelphia’s juvenile lifers has been paroled, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision retroactively banned life sentences for children, writes the Inquirer.
* New taxes on cigarettes, vape products and Netflix subscriptions will go into effect today, writes PennLive.
* PA’s state overtime costs will hit $250 million this year, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.
* PA’s immigration court, located inside a York County prison, is being criticized for violating defendants’ due process rights, the Tribune-Review reports.
* Keeping a campaign pledge, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney auctioned off his box seats at the city’s stadiums – but has brought in just $23,000 so far, the Inquirer writes.
* Cigarette taxes alone are expected to account for $425 million in revenue over the next year, according to the Tribune-Review.
* While Harrisburg increased funding to combat PA’s opioid crisis, other drug treatment programs were cut to balance the budget, writes the Morning Call.
* Retired PA judge Tim Lewis joined VP Joe Biden in calling on the Senate to make a decision on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, writes the Post-Gazette.
* Kenney said Hillary Clinton personally congratulated him for hosting the DNC and complimented the city, writes the Inquirer.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* The PA House will begin to hold hearings on the state’s opioid crisis, according to the Post-Gazette.
* Legal experts say a bill in Harrisburg that would deeply restrict abortion access in PA is unconstitutional, Newsworks writes.
* The state loaned out $1.2 million for a freight rail project near Erie that was never built, writes the Erie Times-News.
THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* Hillary Clinton took her presidential campaign on the road to Johnstown, a region of the state perceived as crucial for both candidates, writes the Post-Gazette.
* Prominent Republicans have denounced Donald Trump after he lashed out at the parents of a slain Muslim-American soldier who criticized him at the DNC, the Washington Post reports.
* The Koch brothers, prominent conservative donors, have declined to support Trump’s campaign, saying they would focus on Senate races, according to Fox News.
* The headline for today’s Daily Times editorial says it all: The state pension system is a ticking time bomb.
* The Times-Tribune has a number of questions for state legislators about the tax breaks and incentives given to Amazon to expand its operations in PA.
* Like so many others who saw what they did, the Inquirer expresses pride and appreciation for the performance of the Philadelphia Police Department during the DNC.
* The Tribune-Review’s Brad Bumsted calls into question the propriety of PA Health Secretary Karen Murphy appearing together with PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to discuss the audit she requested that he perform on PA nursing homes.
* The Intelligencer asks questions about the latest budget increases for the New Hope-Solebury school district, and wonders why residents aren’t doing the same.
* The Post-Gazette urges the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to find out the whole story behind the circumstances of how its newly hired director left his last job.
* The Times-News’ Pat Howard handicaps the new contract chess match between GE Transportation and the biggest union at its Lawrence Park plant.
* WIth more than half of those laid off when the Emerald Mine closed last November still looking for work, the Observer-Reporter writes it is time for Greene County to move beyond coal mining to ensure its economic future.
* The Citizens’ Voice votes “No” on a proposed referendum that would loosen ethics standards for serving on Luzerne County boards and commissions.
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KICKER: "[Hillary Clinton] came right up to me and gave me this huge bear hug and she whispered in my ear, 'This city is fabulous!'” – Mayor Jim Kenney receives a “thank you” for the DNC that almost makes up for five days of traffic jams, protests and out-of-town reporters criticizing the weather in Philadelphia. From the Inquirer.