WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 77; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 78; Pittsburgh, thunderstorms, high of 80.



The challenges facing public health care providers and addressing the needs for PA’s most vulnerable populations were the focus of City & State’s On Healthcare Forum.



* With no debate, the state Senate passed a bill to expand the use of body cameras while severely restricting public access to recordings, the Tribune-Review reports.

* Republicans are making hay over a “Podesta email” that allegedly shows US Senate candidate Katie McGinty campaigning on state time, the Post-Gazette writes.

* The governor and state house leadership in Harrisburg expressed disappointment that contract talks for state-run universities ended in a strike, the Patriot News reports.

* A Delaware River Port Authority reform bill is being held up over a provision that would eliminate Gov. Wolf’s ability to freely appoint board members, the Inquirer writes.

* Congressional candidate Art Halvorson has been accused of grabbing a campaign staffer employed by rival Rep. Bill Shuster, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled a plan to cut criminal recidivism by 25 percent over four years, the Inquirer reports.

* Harrisburg passed a bill fully legalizing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in all of Pennsylvania, the Tribune-Review reports.

* A string of Philadelphia pols have criticized Chestnut Hill College for its challenge to a racial discrimination ruling against the school, Billy Penn writes.

* Pittsburgh’s city council is mulling a bill that would fine and gag legislators that publicly revealed information from closed-door sessions, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A new Pew study shows that crime has supplanted education as the issue Philadelphians are most concerned about, according to the Inquirer.



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* A third Presidential debate saw sparks fly between the candidates, but analysts say Donald Trump’s own flippant comments may have hurt him most, NBC News reports.

* Responding to remarks made by Donald Trump during the debate, US Sen. Pat Toomey says everyone must respect the results of this election, the Patriot News writes.

* Delaware County Republican Congressman Pat Meehan says he won’t vote for Donald Trump, the Inquirer reports.

* Bon Jovi and Katy Perry will host PA concerts in support of Hillary Clinton, NBC-10 writes.



* The Intelligencer laments the negative turn taken in PA’s 8th Congressional district race, writing that money is winning and truth is losing. 

* The Daily News pulls no punches on the PA Legislature, telling them to just end the session now instead of focusing on terrible, unnecessary bills to favor the NRA and police officers.

* The Inquirer endorses Democrat Joe Torsella for state treasurer, and Democratic incumbent Eugene DePasquale for state auditor general.

* A LancasterOnline editorial accurately assesses that both sides have failed the students in the strike affecting 14 state colleges and universities.

* The Patriot News wants lawmakers to go back and fix Act 36, the liquor reform law that, so far, hasn’t done anything to free up liquor pricing controls in the state.

* The Pocono Record urges readers to get after elected officials to pass a bill that would fund Monroe County's Levee Loop trail like they funded the Schuylkill Trail in Philly.  

* The Citizens’ Voice declares it is time to rein in health care deductibles in the state – and across the nation.

* A York Dispatch editorial opines that there may never be a better time than now to commit to independent redistricting.

* A Times-News editorial hails the deal between Erie County and LECOM Health over grants LECOM will provide to the county over the next 10 years.


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

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

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

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join state officials as they announce the creation of the North Philadelphia health enterprise zone. Stephen Kline Wellness Center, 2144 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney, and members of Philadelphia City Council will kick off enrollment in PHLpreK, Philadelphia’s new locally funded affordable pre-K program. Columbia North YMCA, 1400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an economic development project. 1001 Vine St., Philadelphia.

4 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by Councilwoman Helen Gym and representatives from SEIU32BJ as he signs Bill 160713 into law. The bill expands the City’s Prevailing Wage Ordinance to include service workers at publicly subsidized institutions. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “In 2014 when did a list of top 10 whoppers of that campaign, [Congressman] Bill Shuster was on that list. He’s doing it again, folks, and it’s taken an even nastier turn.” – Paula Halvorsen defends her husband, Art, from accusations that he grabbed an aide working for the rival Shuster campaign. From the Post-Gazette.