WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 63; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 61; Pittsburgh, sunny/windy, high of 58.



* The latest profile in the ongoing series of candidates for Philadelphia district attorney: Joe Khan.



* Jack O’Neill, a 35-year-old former prosecutor, became the seventh Democratic candidate for Philadelphia DA when he dropped off his petition Tuesday, writes WHYY.

* PA House Speaker Mike Turzai introduced a bill that would force the School District of Philadelphia to add 3,000 charter school seats a year, writes the Inquirer.

* Now that an Affordable Care Act repeal plan is upon them, PA GOP politicians in Washington are taking a cautious approach to it, according to the Inquirer.

* A forum on Monday explored how cuts to the EPA could affect Pennsylvania, reports WHYY.

* Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t opposed to expanding gambling in PA as a way to increase revenue – as long as that revenue isn’t cannibalized from other gambling, writes the AP.

* Gov. Wolf snuffed out any hopes for legalization of marijuana during his time in office, despite the auditor general’s claim that it could bring in $200 million in needed revenue, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

* A group protesting against the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County faces a $1,000 daily fine for using a barn condemned by Conestoga Township as a staging ground, reports LancasterOnline.

* PhillyVoice has 18 highlights of Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which is designed to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and reduce injuries,

* State senators questioned Gov. Wolf’s plan to cut $50 million in state funding for school transportation, reports the Tribune-Review.

* The CItizen profiles Jeff Brown, the Philadelphia entrepreneur who brings supermarkets to food deserts and has found himself a target of Mayor Kenney’s due to his vocal opposition to the soda tax.

* Giant and Sheetz were among the high bidders for the latest round of “zombie” liquor licenses to be auctioned off by the state, reports the Patriot-News.

* The Patriot-News has a breakdown of who did and didn’t make the ballot for Harrisburg’s primaries for mayor and City Council.

* The Morning Call rounds up the candidates who successfully filed their petitions for Allentown and Lehigh County primaries.

* Johnstown City Council will consider passing anti-discrimination legislation designed to protect the LGBT community, writes the Tribune-Democrat.



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* The Inquirer lays out the many ways that Mayor Kenney’s acquiescence to City Council on the Rebuild initiative could wind up going sideways on him and the city.

* The Daily News would like to know just what happened to Philadelphia City Council’s pension reform bill that was supposed to be discussed weeks ago and has yet to be rescheduled.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman annotates a column from the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, who eviscerates the Trump presidency from a conservative viewpoint.

* The Patriot-News editorial board recaps its meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, including his announcement that he is running for re-election next year.

* The Post-Gazette applauds PA Senate Democrats for refusing to give in to a ransomware demand that has locked them out of their computers since Friday.

* The Citizens’ Voice hopes the PA Legislature will find the will to support Gov. Wolf’s proposals to increase revenue through extraction taxes and ending the Delaware loophole.


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8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Dr. Hite and Councilwoman Gym will join students at H.A. Brown School for breakfast as part of National School Breakfast Week (NSBW). NSBW was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) which makes it possible for all school children in the United States to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. 1946 E. Sergeant St., Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg. 

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

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

11:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour Signallamp Health and discuss a new way forward for Pennsylvania’s economy. 321 Spruce Street #800, Scranton.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Zero Waste and Litter Director Nic Esposito, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, and Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell will officially begin the countdown to Philly Spring Cleanup. Now in its 10th year, Philly Spring Cleanup encourages residents to volunteer to keep the City of Brotherly Love green, clean and beautiful. Hunting Park Recreation Center, 1101 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Inspector General Amy Kurland will provide remarks City Integrity Officers re-affirm their oath to ensure that their responsibilities and obligations are understood and upheld and the winner of the Joan Markman Award is announced. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

2:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour Vastex International and discuss a new way forward for Pennsylvania’s economy. 1032 N Irving St., Allentown.


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KICKER: “He’s been clear about how he feels about this for years. This is not a surprise.” – Uri Monson, the School District of Philadelphia’s chief financial officer, on PA Speaker of the House Mike Turzai’s proposed bill to force the district to add 3,000 new charter school seats annually. From the Inquirer.