WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly cloudy, high of 86; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 87.



* Gov. Tom Wolf called on convicted state Rep. Leslie Acosta to step down – but she pledged to stay in office even after sentencing, the Inquirer writes.

* State Rep. Mark Keller’s bill to allow Pennsylvanians to sue and collect damages over gun laws passed out of committee, the Inquirer reports.

* Lawmakers held a bipartisan rally against PA’s opioid crisis in the Capitol, the Patriot News reports.

* Property owners in the Marcellus Shale region are lobbying for a bill to prevent struggling fracking companies from reducing royalty payouts, the Times-Tribune writes.

* After the Philly DA declined to press criminal charges, two police officers are suing former Eagle LeSean McCoy over an off-duty bar brawl, according to Newsworks.

* U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty slammed Republican Pat Toomey as “out of touch” during a campaign stop at a Lehigh Valley union hall, the Morning Call writes.

* A string of groups testified against a bill introduced by Philadelphia Councilmember Jannie Blackwell that would radically increase parking minimums, PlanPhilly reports.

* PA Liquor Control Board COO Charlie Mooney will become executive director of the agency, the Tribune-Review writes.

* The city of Scranton saw a 66 percent drop in the use of force by police officers after the implementation of a crisis training program, the Times-Tribune reports.

* Affordable-housing protesters shut down traffic in downtown Pittsburgh, the Tribune-Review writes.

* State lawmakers will align efforts to regulate self-driving cars with new federal guidelines, the Tribune-Review writes.

* The state continues to grapple with substitute teacher shortages as teacher-training graduates fell by two-thirds in the past three years, Newsworks writes.



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Wednesday, October 19th, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Temple University, Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222


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* Donald Trump used $258,000 from his “charity” to settle business disputes, the New York Times writes.

* Trump accused Hillary Clinton of “copying” him, ABC News reports.

* Whatever campaign message Clinton is attempting to project, most voters associate her with a long-running email scandal, according to the Washington Post.



* The Intelligencer welcomes the PA Legislature back to work with a wish list of items to tackle, including pension reform, gambling, opioids and school funding.

* A blistering Inquirer editorial demands that convicted PA Rep. Leslie Acosta step down immediately, and that Philly Dems bring in ethical and competent pols – for a change.

* The Tribune-Review applauds the expansion of a grand jury investigation into sexual abuse by priests in PA dioceses, and calls for the resurrection and passage of a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue.

* The Post-Gazette is incredulous that 36 surveillance cameras in Pittsburgh are inoperative, using the recent terrorist attacks in NYC and NJ to underscore the importance of having a working system.

* The Observer-Reporter wants the Canon-McMillan School District to change its lunch policy immediately so students are no longer humiliated and deprived of a hot lunch – the subject of recent national scrutiny – because their accounts are overcharged.

* The York Dispatch has a brutally effective take on why the USDA should fund efforts to help reduce York County farms’ nitrogen pollution to help clean up Chesapeake Bay.

* The Daily Times breaks down why Trump keeps appearing in Delaware County – and how he hopes to capture it and the rest of the state.


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9 a.m. - The PA House Education Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - The PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Health Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

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

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will address the crowd as Philadelphia observes the International Day of Peace, a day observed globally on Sept. 21 through varied personal, local and global peace activities including those related to multicultural understanding. This year’s event will emphasize Philadelphia as a “Welcoming City," welcoming people of all cultures and communities. City Hall, Northeast Apron, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on the Environment will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf continues his Schools That Teach tour. Camp Curtin Academy, 2900 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg.

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, COO of Marriott International Liam Brown and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will help open the newest Philadelphia International Airport hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn. 3701 Island Ave., Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.


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KICKER: "Until she is sentenced...she is not disqualified from holding public office." – A lawyer for convicted state Rep. Leslie Acosta, shortly before noting that the pol would seek legal aid in an effort to stay in office even after her sentencing. From the Patriot News.