WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 58; Harrisburg, rain, high of 59; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 63.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* The general election is days away – here’s a primer on the big races and issues to watch in PA.

* Columnist Sabrina Vourvoulias looks at the impact of immigration in PA through the lens of changing supermarket offerings.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* Eric Trump made a whistle stop tour at the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville to visit big-league Trump supporter Dick Yuengling, the Reading Eagle reports.

* A girlfriend of Philly DA Seth Williams was sentenced to probation and anger management over a tire-slashing charge, the Inquirer reports.

* PA’s Senate race is officially the most expensive in US political history, the Morning Call writes.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey has adopted a delicate re-election strategy of praising Tim Kaine while attacking Hillary Clinton, the AP writes.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney maintained and tweaked a partial gift ban for employees of the executive branch, reports the Inquirer

* Republican AG candidate John Rafferty walked back a debate claim that there were “thousands” of voter fraud incidents in PA, according to Billy Penn.

* Philly councilmember Helen Gym and immigrants rights groups called on the United Nations to demand the closure of a Berks County detention center, Newsworks writes.

* New Philadelphia Parking Authority chief Clarena Tolson instituted a hiring freeze and ordered sexual harassment training for the entire agency, the Inquirer writes.

* A last-minute attempt at pension reform dies in the state house, while further deregulation of alcohol sales is approved, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pittsburgh has spent nearly $1 million fighting off a lawsuit that alleges the city misspent a federal affordable housing grant, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Harrisburg failed to pass a fix for newly unconstitutional casino taxes, leaving $140 million in local revenues in limbo, the Morning Call writes.

* A review board found that Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay violated city guidelines by speaking at the Democratic National Convention, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump has suspended high-level fundraising, to the chagrin of many fellow Republicans, the Washington Post reports.

* A likely presidential victor, Hillary Clinton faces probable congressional hearings over her email server and charities once sworn into office, according to NBC News.

* Newt Gingrich and Megyn Kelly got in an on-air altercation over accusations that Trump repeatedly groped a string of women, USA Today writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* LancasterOnline narrowly endorses Democratic challenger Katie McGinty for US Senate.

* The Standard-Speaker endorses Democrat Joe Torsella for state treasurer.  

* The Post-Gazette endorses Democratic incumbent Eugene DePasquale for auditor general.

* The Citizens’ Voice endorses Democrat Josh Shapiro for attorney general.

* The Intelligencer endorses Republican incumbent Bernie O’Neill to be the state Rep. for the 29th Legislative District.

* The Daily Times opines that justice was served by former AG Kathleen Kane’s prison sentence as a demonstration that no one should be above the law.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White assesses the future of HB 1947, which would have extended the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse, in the wake of the PA Senate’s failure of conscience and resolve to pass it during this session.

* The Pocono Record shames Green Coast Logistics, an NJ trucking firm that has scofflawed its way to almost $700,000 in unpaid PA Turnpike tolls, as part of its call to motorists to pay their tolls and fines on the road.

* The Patriot News examines the role of Section 8 housing in a potentially revitalizing Harrisburg rental market.

* The Times-News welcomes the end of the 18-month standoff over the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, but wants to know where the details are for taxpayers.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide closing remarks at the Forum of Executive Women Annual Leadership Breakfast featuring keynote speaker CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes. Companies in the region with 25 percent or more women on their boards of directors will also be honored. The Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will meet. Red Lion High School Auditorium, 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion.

10 a.m. - the PA House Liquor Control Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

10:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will reveal the title of the new featured book for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s signature event, One Book, One Philadelphia, that promotes citywide conversation around a single book. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Yards’ co-founder Tom Kehoe and his employees as they celebrate the brewery’s new location at 5th and Spring Garden. A procession from the current Yards location (901 N. Delaware Ave.) will begin at 12:30 p.m., concluding with remarks by Mayor Kenney and others at the new location (456 N. 5th St.) at 1 p.m. Yards Brewery (Loading Docks), 456 N. 5th St., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “Maybe your dad will build a hotel in Pottsville. Or, serve Yuengling in his hotels." – Brewer and Trump supporter Dick Yuengling jokes with Eric Trump at a campaign whistle stop in Pottsville, PA. From the Reading Eagle.