WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 75; Harrisburg, mostly cloudy, high of 74; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 77.



* A poorly understood federal program that auctions off distressed, government-backed mortgages has put thousands of Pennsylvanians on the brink of losing their homes.

* Philadelphia’s City Council voted unanimously to establish prevailing wage laws for employees working in city-subsidized buildings, like hospitals or stadiums.

* Columnist Tom Ferrick examines just how serious of an issue voter fraud is in the Keystone State.



* Former President George W. Bush will stump for Toomey in Philadelphia today, Newsworks reports.

* Challenger Katie McGinty’s fundraising has fallen far short of the more than $28 million Toomey has drummed up, the Post-Gazette writes.

* After supporting some forms of gun control, Republican US Sen. Pat Toomey’s NRA rating slid to a “C,” according to the Inquirer.

* Congressional hopeful Christine Hartman slammed Congressman Lloyd Smucker for declining to publicly debate her, Lancaster Online writes.

* Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym got into a spat with the owners of a food truck she said has a “super-racist” name, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* Three transgender students filed a discrimination suit against a Western PA school district over restrictive bathroom rules, writes the Tribune-Review.

* A judge ordered ridesharing services Uber and Lyft to cease operations in Philadelphia after temporary legalization lapsed, PlanPhilly reports.

* Two men from PA are among 102 drug offenders to have their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama, the Tribune-Review writes.

* The AG’s office charged Pittsburgh attorney Louis Caputo with crimes related to the operation of an illegal gambling ring, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pennsylvania’s state-operated universities are seeking a 14 percent funding increase – nearly $61 million, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Meanwhile, enrollment at many state-run universities continued to plummet, the Morning Call writes.

* A nonprofit is registering incarcerated men to vote in Philadelphia, the Inquirer writes.

* The city of Scranton won approval to privatize its sewer system, drumming up nearly $200 million, the Times-Tribune reports.

* A dispute over who should manage public transport in Erie – the city or the county – is heading to court, according to the Times-News.



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* The stakes are high for Donald Trump heading into a town hall-style debate with Hillary Clinton on Sunday, USA Today writes.

* In a worrying sign for his supporters, Trump went off-script at a friendly town hall meeting, slamming a wide swath of people, the Washington Post reports.

* Tim Kaine continued to tread the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, with stops at Carnegie Mellon University and a Philadelphia high school.

* Mike Pence meanwhile stopped in Lititz on the way to a rally in Grantville, Lancaster Online writes.



* A Citizens’ Voice editorial, wielding a cudgel of damning statistics, lays out the case for the PA Legislature to eliminate gerrymandering in the state by the 2020 census.

* The Daily News asks a question very much on the minds of many Philadelphians these days: Why is the state still controlling the city’s parking authority and schools?

* A LancasterOnline editorial has an eloquently contrarian response to the proposed bill to make a civics test mandatory to graduate high school in the state.

* The Daily Times rejoices in the simple pleasure of being able to buy beer and wine in a Sheetz, and hopes the state’s move to a 21st-century liquor policy continues apace.

*The Post-Gazette urges both sides in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to come back to the bargaining table, for the good of all involved and the city itself.

* A Times-Tribune editorial explains the importance of protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and PA’s role in helping the cause

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman runs the transcript from Trump’s interview with a Las Vegas news anchor that reveals he knows nothing about nuclear waste storage issues.


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10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend a National Manufacturing Day roundtable. U.S. Steel Corporation Research and Technology Center, 800 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, along with middle school students participating in Manufacturing Day tours, high school students from the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Ben Franklin High School, PTR Baler employees and the teachers and administrators that oversee these programs, will take part in a 30-minute roundtable discussion. The purpose of this roundtable is to generate a list of actionable agenda items that the city can support to strengthen the manufacturing pipeline in Philadelphia and surrounding region. PTR Baler, 2207 E. Ontario St., Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lower Hill Street Grid Project. 1018 Centre Avenue, South Lot Entrance, Pittsburgh.


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KICKER: "He's going to raise a lot of money. I ask people for money all the time, but I've had people calling me, unsolicited, saying they want to contribute to Pat Toomey." – GOP fundraiser Manuel Stamatakis, ahead of a meet-and-greet with former US President George W. Bush to benefit Toomey. From Newsworks.