WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 89; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 90; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 91.



* Democratic AG candidate Josh Shapiro picked up a key endorsement from Philly’s FOP lodge. Meanwhile, sources revealed that Gov. Tom Wolf has been calling wavering labor unions on the candidate's behalf.



* The FBI raided the office of Attorney General agent John Ralston in connection with an ongoing investigation into labor leader John Dougherty, the Inquirer writes.

* Nick Trombetta, the founder of PA’s largest cyber charter school, pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $8 million from the company, writes the Tribune-Review.

* Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new, tougher oversight agency for the state’s troubled charter schools, according to Newsworks.

* Former City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell is suing City Controller Alan Butkovitz for libel after he accused her of running a “slush fund,” reports the Inquirer.

* Philadelphia’s DA pledged to “investigate” police misconduct after it lost an appeal of a 1991 murder case that allegedly featured a coerced confession, writes the Inquirer.

* PA horse breeders stormed Harrisburg over a rule change that allows a $6 million subsidy to go to out-of-state breeders as well, writes PennLive.

* One of PA’s last juvenile lifers is still stuck in jail over a legal technicality, according to the Post-Gazette.

* 5,000 farms have been preserved since a state Department of Agriculture program was inaugurated in 1989, LancasterOnline reports.

* A dozen women imprisoned in Berks County for illegal immigration paused a hunger strike after officials threatened to take their children away, Newsworks writes.



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* Donald Trump described Hillary Clinton’s “bigotry” in a speech accusing the Democrat of seeing people of color as votes, not people, CBS News reports.

* Clinton took aim at Trump’s “alt-right” ties to the world of ultra-conservatives and white nationalists, the LA Times writes.

* Trump meanwhile got an assist from Nigel Farage, the UK Euroskeptic who pushed Brexit over the edge, reports BBC News.



* The Intelligencer supports impeachment proceedings against former AG Kathleen Kane, since being impeached means she would never be able to hold state office again.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman savages Fox News personality Sean Hannity for his “bootlicking” devotion to and promotion of Trump.

* The Times-News has a number of questions about how liquid nuclear waste from Canada will be safely transported through Erie County on its way to South Carolina

* An Evening Sun editorial uses a bizarre assertion by PA Rep. Steve Grove that Gov. Wolf is behind Medicaid funding for sex-change operations to call for both more civil discourse in AM talk radio and for expansion of the PA nondiscrimination law.

* A Citizens’ Voice editorial wants to see the state legislature embrace economic equality for women by raising the minimum wage, which is the lowest in the Northeast.

* LancasterOnline praises the county’s Prison Reduction Committee for work that has resulted in the county’s prison population hitting a 13-year low. 

* The Daily Times performs a cost/benefit analysis of the impact the Mariner 2 pipeline would have on Delaware County if approved.


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KICKER: "A hyper-ambitious politician who hopes to one day aspire for political relevance." – A description of Philadelphia Controller Alan Butkovitz within a 32-page libel suit filed against him by former City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell. From the Inquirer.