WEATHER: Philadelphia,partly cloudy, high of 94; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 93; Pittsburgh, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 88.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The state ended a two-week budget impasse, with the Republican-controlled legislature approving bills to close a revenue gap, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Cynthia Figueroa was named the new head of Philadelphia’s troubled Department of Human Services, Newsworks reports.

* In the wake of an unexpected $22 million shortfall, Temple President Neil Theobald will soon be ousted from PA’s largest state-related university, the Inquirer reports.

* Tuition at state universities is poised to rise, despite attempts by Gov. Tom Wolf to reign in costs, writes the Patriot News.

* Federal authorities froze two bank accounts holding Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign cash as part of a long-running investigation, the Morning Call reports.

* The state senate voted in favor of expanding PA’s film tax credit by $5 million, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Democratic state Rep. Frank Burns introduced a bill that would extend hate crime protections to police. Civil rights groups were outraged, the Inquirer reports.

* Pennsylvania’s gaming board torpedoed a plan for a massive new gambling facility in Central PA, the AP reports.

* A bill in Harrisburg would allow the temporary legalization of Uber in Philadelphia and send a small portion of its proceeds to city schools, according to the Inquirer.

* The state is moving to suspend, rather than cancel, medical benefits for prisoners writes Newsworks.

* Families with children are continuing to leave Philadelphia even as other groups continue to move in, according to a new report from Pew, writes Philadelphia Magazine.

* Philadelphia will add over 100 hundred beds at local homeless shelters ahead of the Democratic National Convention, according to Newsworks.

* Hundreds gathered for pro-cop street demonstrations in outlying neighborhoods of Philadelphia, after a week of protests calling for police reform, the Inquirer writes.

* Another township has joined a plan to implement a land bank program that would cover much of Allegheny County, writes the Tribune-Review.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Gov. Ed Rendell told a satellite radio host, “Not everything Donald Trump says is wrong,” according to the Patriot News.

* Two dueling polls have Trump either tied or seriously lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the Keystone state, Lancaster Online writes.

* A last-ditch bid to dump Trump at the Republican National Convention seems doomed to failure, the Washington Post reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Intelligencer editorial board is underwhelmed by the revenue plan to pay for this year’s budget, and even more concerned about the state’s long-term deficit.

* With 3,383 overdose deaths in PA last year - an estimated seven people die from one each day – the Citizens’ Voice pleads for more attention and resources for the crisis.

* With the DNC in less than two weeks, and protests in response to last week’s bloodshed causing traffic delays, the Inquirer makes clear that inconvenient though they may be, protests are part of the price we pay for liberty.

* After finding elevated lead levels in Pittsburgh drinking water, the Post-Gazette is flabbergasted that mandatory lead level testing for children isn’t a reality yet.

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman examines the Republican platform for the election, and finds it to be the same as it ever was: riddled with bigotry and intolerance.

* Based on past precedent alone, the Pocono Record declares that there is no way the PA legislature should remove local school boards’ oversight of charter schools.

* In a time when immigration is seen by many as a boogeyman, the York Dispatch praises the city’s welcoming stance toward immigrants, both public and private.

* An Inquirer op-ed urges the passage of HB 1104 – the Right to Try Act – so that terminally ill patients can gain access to partially approved drugs and medical devices.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will meet the students and participate in the day’s lessons at “Science in the Summer,” a free, 30-year-old summer science program for elementary school students sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by the Franklin Institute. Charles Santore Neighborhood Library, 932 S. 7th St., Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at the R.A.I.N. Conference about how his administration plans to support the city’s innovation ecosystem and how this community can help drive city initiatives forward. University City Science Center, Quorum 3711 Market Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome the U.S. DOT as they lead a public design session to rethink the Vine Street Expressway in a way that links communities together. Chinese Christian Church and Center, 1101 Vine Street, Philadelphia.

 

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

 

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KICKER: “You know all that Donald Trump says isn't wrong. It's the way he says it, and there are many things he does say that's wrong. But he's right about China. We have for some reason not stood up to China." – Gov Ed Rendell on SiriusXM radio, possibly positioning himself as contender for Trump’s veep pick. From the Patriot News.