WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 90; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 88; Pittsburgh, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 82.



* C&S profiles the race for Philadelphia’s 177th house district, where lawyer Joe Hohenstein has struggled to attract endorsements from fellow Democrats in his bid to unseat longtime Republican incumbent John Taylor.



* Staring down a possible two-year prison sentence, convicted former AG Kathleen Kane hired another lawyer, the Inquirer reports.

* After receiving a string of pornographic texts, Scranton Congressman Matt Cartwright claimed his phone was “hacked,” possibly by Russians the Times-Tribune reports.

* Now-retired PA Game Commission official William Capouillez was fined $75,000 by the state ethics board over a side business helping gas drillers acquire drilling rights under state gamelands, the Patriot News reports.

* Philly Mayor Jim Kenney removed Human Relations Commission member Alfredo Calderon, who was recently accused of sexual harassment, the Inquirer writes.

* The PA Supreme Court will rule on whether or not police body camera footage qualifies as public record, the Post-Gazette reports.

* As the state moves to sell inactive liquor licenses, experts say auction prices – currently in the $200,000 range – aren’t expected to drop, the Morning Call writes.

* A new UPenn study asserts that the state’s educational funding formula did not reduce fiscal inequalities between rich and poor school districts, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Bridging a gap in tax revenue, PA borrowed another $1.2 billion to cover operating expenses, the AP reports.

* A new Philadelphia controller’s report asserts that contractors overcharged the city by $1.3 million last year, according to the Inquirer.

* An aging, 145-year-old jail in Easton has become one of the costliest to operate in the whole state, the Morning Call reports.

* A new report showed that Uber and Lyft hasve consumed about 40 percent of Philadelphia’s taxi business since 2014, Newsworks writes.



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* President Obama stumped for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia yesterday, excoriating Donald Trump’s “dark, pessimistic vision” of America, Newsworks reports.

* Three witnesses refused to testify in a House hearing on Clinton’s email scandal, ABC News reports.

* Clinton will resume campaigning on Thursday after a bout of pneumonia, NPR writes.



* The Times-Tribune extols involuntary civil commitments, as used by Lackawanna County President judge Michael Barrasse, as an invaluable tool in the fight against opioid abuse.

* The York Daily Record takes what it acknowledges will be an unpopular stand against the recent laser tag game played by teachers at Dallastown Area High School, writing that it showed poor judgment in the wake of so many school shootings around the US.

* A LancasterOnline editorial quotes President Harry S. Truman to underscore the gravity of the contract standoff between PA state university faculty and the state, which could soon result in a strike.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial uses the paper’s recent series on recovering drug addicts to illustrate how crucial assistance programs are for their return to society.

* The Daily Times has an evenhanded examination of the upcoming battle over the proposed Mariner 2 pipeline’s path through Delaware County.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman writes that with Trump spewing lies at a dizzying rate, the moderators in the presidential debates have no choice but to act as fact-checkers.


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10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf continues his Schools That Teach tour to discuss an historic education investment and the state’s new fair funding formula. Ferguson K-8 Schools, 525 N. Newberry St., York.

10 a.m. - The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit a kindergarten classroom on the School District of Philadelphia’s first day of kindergarten and participate in a special event with James Cooke Elementary School, 1300 W. Louden St., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

2:30 p.m. - The PA House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee will meet. Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., York.

4:34 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak to United Nations dignitaries about Philadelphia’s declaration of support for Impact 2030 and their Sustainable Development Goals. The mayor’s remarks will be live-streamed and can be viewed here. United Nations Headquarters, 405 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY.

7 p.m. - Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will make a campaign stop at Kenworth of Pennsylvania. 109 Keystone Industrial Park Rd, Dunmore.

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KICKER: “I won’t even repeat what they said.” – Scranton Congressman Matt Cartwright says pornographic texts he may have received from Russian hackers are too shocking to describe. From the Times-Tribune.