WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 85; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 88; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 88.



* A Republican-backed request for the emails and work schedules of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty will head to court, the Patriot News reports.

* McGinty and her Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, accused each other of being too soft on corporations, the AP reports.

* Bernie Sanders will stump for McGinty in Western PA this week, writes the Tribune-Review.

* Former state Sen. Bob Mellow, convicted of corruption charges in 2010, gave a TV interview in which he asserts that he did nothing wrong, WNEP reports.

* Pittsburgh’s embattled police chief lost an unofficial no-confidence vote taken by rank-and-file officers, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Mayor Jim Kenney signed off on a “nuisance business” bill that will hold shops in Philadelphia liable for patrons’ behavior, the Inquirer writes.

* Montgomery County’s Democratic elections chief abruptly stepped down for “personal reasons” – the fourth commissioner to do so in as many years, the Intelligencer writes.

* Philadelphia’s Aramark corporation announced it will move its HQ about 10 blocks west to a renovated building – with $20 million in state grants, writes the Inquirer.

* Still reeling from a manufacturers’ defect, SEPTA sent 18 repaired trains back to the shop after detecting another technical issue, the Morning Call reports.

* PA’s state university faculty voted in favor of striking over contract negotiations, according to the Post-Gazette.

* A Wall Street credit agency gave a favorable nod to an NJ tax change that could cost PA hundreds of millions in tax revenue, the Inquirer reports.



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* Donald Trump has seized on Hillary Clinton’s health-related absence to regain his standing in the election, the New York Times reports.

* Bill Clinton gave an interview defending his family’s embattled charity, CNN reports.

* Former mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham, who tumbled from a debate podium, sympathized with Hillary Clinton’s health issues, writes the Inquirer.



* The York Dispatch is dumbfounded by Penn State’s decision to honor Joe Paterno at Saturday’s football game, writing that it is not – and may never be – the time to do so.

* The Pocono Record sings the praises of the state’s new Text2Vote program, which lets people register to vote on their smartphones.

* A PennLive op-ed lays out the urgent need to resolve the funding crisis for rural PA schools, buttressed by a lawsuit being heard today in PA Supreme Court brought by Shenandoah Valley School District and five other districts against the state.

* A Standard-Speaker editorial notes that background checks and new data collection protocols are providing a clearer picture of what it takes to keep children safe in PA.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman uses Clinton’s health scare as impetus to demand both candidates release detailed health records to the public.

* The Post-Gazette appreciates the Pittsburgh Police Department’s decision to keep sending officers out on each call received. 

* The Times-News has high hopes for Erie County’s new re-entry program for ex-offenders trying to establish new lives for themselves.  

* The Times-Tribune commemorates the anniversary of a successful public-private loan program that helped bring Luzerne County back after devastating floods in 2011.

* A LancasterOnline editorial lauds the quick response that kept the crowd safe after shots were fired outside a high school football game in York on Friday.


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9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilman Brian O’Neill, Public Property Commissioner Bridget Greenwald and Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin will open the City’s new Municipal Services Center serving the Far Northeast. Northeast Municipal Services Center & 10th District Council Office, 7522 Castor Ave., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will announce winners of the 2016 Richardson Dilworth Awards. Now in its fifth year, the awards recognize the contributions of outstanding city employees whose work embodies excellence in public service in the spirit of Philadelphia’s 91st Mayor, Richardson Dilworth. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

1:45 p.m. - President Barack Obama will appear at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton. Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

2 p.m. - The PA House Labor and Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.


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KICKER: "Can u get me a diet coke"? – A sampling of the 71 of 15,000 pages of Katie McGinty’s work emails released by the Wolf administration following a Republican information request. The GOP says the governor cherry-picked innocuous messages, and is going to court for more. From the Patriot News.