WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 79; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 79; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 79.



* The American Beverage Association sued Philadelphia over the soda tax that is central to Mayor Jim Kenney’s agenda. The administration hired former city solicitors Ken Trujillo and Mark Aronchick to fend off the challenge.



* Mayor Jim Kenney asked his pick for chair of Philly’s zoning board, Jim Moylan, to step down. Moylan’s home was raided by the FBI three weeks ago, the Inquirer reports.

* Long under investigation, federal authorities seized Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign funds using a civil asset forfeiture law, according to the Morning Call.

* Philadelphia’s City Council is ramming through a bill to authorize dozens of “KOZ” tax incentive zones, purportedly to meet a state deadline, Newsworks reports.

* Congressman Lou Barletta took credit for securing funds to construct a new $194 million federal courthouse in Harrisburg, the Patriot News reports.

* Pittsburgh’s police union took a formal “no confidence” vote on Chief Cameron McLay’s leadership, which went overwhelmingly against him, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Mayor Kenney addressed the United Nations on sustainability, poverty and pre-K, according to NBC-10.

* Former Democratic US Senate candidate John Fetterman protested GOP incumbent Pat Toomey outside his Northwestern PA campaign office, the Times-News writes.

* Lt. Gov. Mike Stack visited an addiction treatment center in Lancaster that is hoping for state funds to expand operations, LancasterOnline writes.

* Debt-ridden Chester hired a chief financial officer, a position created after a report disclosed the impoverished city’s dire fiscal straits a few weeks ago, writes the Inquirer.

* A state-appointed third-party manager may operate Erie’s public transit network as the result of a feud between the city and county over the agency, the Times-News reports.

* Lancaster will demolish three homes through eminent domain to build a controversial new park next to a luxury condo building, LancasterOnline reports.

* It may be a political longshot, but some in Harrisburg are talking about Philadelphia’s new soda tax as a possible model for a similar, statewide levy, the Patriot News writes.



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* Democrats’ hopes of retaking the Senate are dimming in light of wavering fundraising and Hillary Clinton’s declining poll numbers, CNN reports.

* Both candidates released their health records: Clinton to the public, Trump to the pseudo-scientific TV host “Dr. Oz,” NBC News writes.

* In leaked emails, Colin Powell called Donald Trump a “national disgrace,” according to USA Today.



* A PennLive editorial tells towns using the State Police as their own police department that it’s time to start paying for their own forces, so that the freed-up funding can go to fixing the state’s decaying infrastructure.

* The Intelligencer hopes that a lawsuit brought by five school districts will get the courts involved in rectifying PA’s school funding disparity, which is the worst in the nation.

* The Inquirer worries that the PA Supreme Court is running out the clock by not giving the Commonwealth Court a chance to decide whether or not a November ballot question about judges’ retirement age is misleading. 

* The Pocono Record urges PA lawmakers to side with citizens seeking to get drilling companies to pay them the correct value of their drilling royalties.

* A Daily News editorial breaks down by demographic just how important Philadelphia is to ensure a Clinton victory in the state.

* The Post-Gazette unleashes its fury at both local and state authorities for failing to ensure Pittsburgh’s Washington Boulevard flood detection system was in working order.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman unloads on Trump’s recent claims that his administration would provide subsidized childcare and federally funded maternity leave.

* LancasterOnline has a thoughtful editorial on the difficult path forward for the numerous agencies now ensuring animal safety in Lancaster County.


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10 a.m. - The PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Gwynedd Mercy University, Julia Ball Auditorium, 1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley.

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

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will address program participants and Prisoners Commissioner Blanche Carney will serve as guest speaker at the First Judicial District Mental Health Court Annual Goal Achievement Ceremony. Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, Courtroom 305, 1301 Filbert, Philadelphia.

3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will serve on a panel discussion at the 21st Century Cities Symposium focused on the expansion of early childhood education in Philadelphia. American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD.


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KICKER: "They're saying Mr. Pawlowski engaged in unspecified unlawful activity, and whatever that is, you got me.” – Jack McMahon, lawyer for Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski, ponders an increasingly likely federal indictment. From the Morning Call.