WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 92; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 91; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 89.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* A new special report reveals a growing rift between Gov. Tom Wolf and Andrew Cuomo over their different philosophies for regulating the natural gas industry.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged that federal authorities were investigating his campaign fund, the Inquirer reports.

* A report that would expose hundreds of new “Porngate” email senders was delayed “indefinitely” over complaints from state employees, according to the Patriot News.

* Free Eagles tickets given to Philly DA Seth Williams were part of an unusual team policy for public officials, the Inquirer writes.

* Amazon has created thousands of warehouse jobs in PA, at a cost of nearly $380 million in state tax subsidies, the Morning Call writes.

* Scranton is betting on the $150 million auction of its public sewer authority to stave off a 32 percent city tax increase, writes the Times-Tribune.

* A judge settled a lawsuit in favor of a group of refugees seeking access to Lancaster-area public schools, Lancaster Online reports.

* Former Philadelphia-area judge Rita Jo Arnold, convicted of obstruction of justice, will be sentenced to jail time after a medical exemption was rejected, Newsworks reports.

* Philadelphia missed out on millions in federal TIGER transportation grants for the first time in years, according to PlanPhilly.

* Barely one in four PA state legislators saw a challenger this year, despite half of the seats in Harrisburg being up for re-election, the Patriot News writes.

* Montgomery County is sinking $34 million into rebuilding just 90 units of affordable housing, NBC10 reports

* A new public data portal was unveiled by Gov. Wolf, Lancaster Online writes.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A legal battle between the Allentown School District and the city’s stadium authority has cost the city $84,000, according to the Morning Call.

* Stacey Cummings, romantically linked to Philly DA Williams, was charged in a tire-slashing incident that occurred outside of his home, the Inquirer reports.

* Nearly 88 childcare providers have applied for $23 million in pre-K money the city of Philadelphia will begin doling out next year, writes Newsworks.

* Pittsburgh is going to court to stop a ballot initiative that would make government more transparent, writes Keystone Crossroads.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* The New York Times has tallied up 110 prominent Republican leaders who are refusing to back Donald Trump.

* Insiders are suggesting that Trump’s new aim may simply be to taint a Hillary Clinton presidency with scandal, Politico writes.

* Clinton will make a whistlestop in PA with President Barack Obama in the coming weeks, CNN reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Intelligencer has yet another example of why the state’s Sunshine Act is so crucial: the Northampton supervisors’ board’s secret replacement of an elected official.

* A Daily News editorial makes a powerful argument for implementation of the long-delayed Keystone exams, a series of standardized tests for high school students.

* The Inquirer notes that Philly has the highest business taxes among the nation’s 30 largest cities – and the most exemptions and incentives – in an editorial calling for the city to reevaluate how it handles this essential revenue stream.

* The Tribune-Review’s Brad Bumsted looks at the long to-do list facing Bruce Beemer as interim attorney general.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial wants to see the PA Legislature do something quickly about the lack of access to fast internet in Greene County and other rural areas.

* The Pocono Record shines a light on the Pleasant Valley School District’s enviable record of nepotism: five board members have children working for the district.

* In more PA school board news, the Standard-Speaker has the story of the Crestwood School District board’s bungling of its transportation contract.

* The Citizens’ Voice applauds the PA Supreme Court for taking on a case that could set state and national precedent for ensuring the impartiality of trial judges.

* LancasterOnline explores the intersection of private enterprise, local government, open space and concerned citizens – all through the prism of a park proposal.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

11:30 a.m. – Mayor Kenney will join PPA officials and PA State Representatives John Taylor and Bill Keller at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the Grand Re-Opening of the PPA's newly renovated Parkade Garage located at 8th & Arch Streets – which will serve as a gateway to the continued revitalization of the Market East Commercial District. PPA 8th and Arch Street Garage, Philadelphia.

 

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

 

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KICKER: "I committed an act of vandalism to a tire or two.” –  Stacey Cummings, romantically linked to Seth Williams, comes clean over a tire slashing incident that followed her receiving some “bad information” about her relationship with the Philly DA. From the Inquirer.