WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 89; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 88; Pittsburgh, sunnye, high of 89.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Despite billions invested in expansions, labor reforms and high profile events like the DNC the PA Convention Center is underbooked and underperforming.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Interim AG Bruce Castor’s meteoric political ascent may end today as lawmakers vote on a replacement for Kathleen Kane, according to the Morning Call.

* Gov. Tom Wolf said that PA should decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A new poll shows Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Donald Trump both up in the Keystone State, Newsworks reports.

* A fresh round of mailers slammed U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty for supporting “costly” clean energy policies, the Morning Call reports.

* A Philadelphia appeals court rejected an asylum application for 28 Central American mothers who said they would be persecuted if deported, the AP reports.

* In six weeks, Pittsburgh’s government, health and law enforcement officials will unveil a joint plan to combat the opioid crisis ravaging Western PA, the Post-Gazette reports.

* After years of construction, the Philadelphia Parking Authority finished a $33 million garage renovation – running nearly 18 percent over budget, Newsworks reports.

* The city of Lancaster voted to create a land bank to manage blighted properties, the latest in a string of counties and municipalities to do so in PA, Lancaster Online writes.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Hillary Clinton is amassing loads of research ahead of the first presidential debate, while Trump said he didn’t want to “over-prepare,” the New York Times reports.

* Clinton and Trump are, objectively, some of the least accessible and transparent presidential candidates in recent history, according to TIME Magazine.

* Howard Dean inaugurated a new Clinton campaign office in Bethlehem, while VP candidate Tim Kaine stumped in Erie.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Times-Tribune supports Gov. Wolf’s proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in PA, noting how it would free up law-enforcement resources.

* The Intelligencer weighs in on the latest delay in the release of the Porngate report, agreeing that those named in it should be allowed time to craft responses.

* The Pocono Record urges PA voters to tell their elected officials to back state Sen. Pat Browne’s S.B.1306, which would extend bias protection to all Pennsylvanians.

* An Inquirer op-ed by Lieut. Gov. Mike Stack voicing his regret over voting yes on an anti-abortion bill in the PA Senate is meant to dissuade state senators from voting on another abortion restriction bill, HB 1948.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman delivers a blistering broadside against the media’s propensity for false equivalency in the presidential campaign.

* The Times-News implores any municipality with first responders who aren’t carrying naloxone to do so ASAP.

* The Post-Gazette calls on the city and PennDOT to fix long flood-prone Washington Boulevard before someone else drowns when it floods.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

No events are scheduled for Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney, the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.

 

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KICKER: "He always said attorney general was the real job that he coveted. And he's accomplished it. He's gotten there – through the most ridiculously improbable road – but he got there." – Brian Miles, a friend of Bruce Castor, on the interim AG’s strange, short-lived realization of a lifelong dream. From Morning Call.