WEATHER: Philadelphia, showers, high of 75; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 75; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 77.



* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration fired back at city council claims that the city was failing to collect $36 million in liquor tax annually.



* A new salvo of campaign ads in PA’s US Senate race seek to paint Republican Pat Toomey as a “protector,”according to the Morning Call.

* Reading officials are mulling a plan to issue municipal ID cards, which can help undocumented immigrants access crucial services, Newsworks reports.

* Pennsylvania has opened a new wing of a state prison designed to house and protect transgender inmates,the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

* Former state Sen. Vince Fumo, once jailed on corruption charges, was nearly the victim of an online phishing scam centered on bogus yacht payments, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.



* As Philly moves to cut its overcrowded jail population by one-third over three years, the Inquirer takes an in-depth look at the stark obstacles to reform.

A scathing special report from the Post-Gazette reveals how PA’s epidemic of opioid overdoses can be traced back to legal prescriptions from careless doctors.

* State environmental secretary John Quigley abruptly resigned after emails surfaced suggesting he had colluded with advocacy groups, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Republican PA House Speaker Mike Turzai is facing an unexpectedly tough reelection bid in his Western PA district, in part due to shifting demographics, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Numerous political players have been informed by the FBI that they were secretly recorded during a federal investigation into Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the Morning Call reports.

* More than 30 former city employees, mostly ex-Mayors and other one-time administrators, collect generous, six-figure pensions, according to an Inquirer investigation.

* Mayor Kenney said he would like to downgrade some minor crimes, like public drunkenness, to civil charges to fight jail overcrowding, reports the Inquirer.



A report from Politico outlines Donald Trump’s longstanding connections to the New York-area mafia.

* New polls show Trump and Hillary Clinton in a near dead heat, CNN reports.

* Bernie Sanders is stepping up his feud with the Democratic party, endorsing a primary challenger to current DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to Reuters.



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* In an Inquirer op-ed, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer wonders who will be more successful at wooing Sanders supporters: Clinton or Trump.

* In the wake of pedophilia accusations against Catholic church officials in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese, the Inquirer editorial board commends the state legislature for once again taking up the issue of ending and extending time limits in sexual abuse cases.

* Daily Local News columnist Christine Flowers weighs in on the dismissive ways politicians like Donald Trump, Ed Rendell and Bill Clinton behave toward women.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board comes out in favor of PA house legislation that would help diagnose mental illness in adolescents and thus potentially prevent suicides.

* In a Post-Gazette op-ed, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne hopes that the Obama administration’s revamp of overtime rules is the first step toward focusing on populist policy.

* Tribune-Review columnist Salena Zito writes that it is increasingly likely the haters will decide this year’s presidential election.

* A Tribune-Review op-ed by retired CIA officer John D. Woodward Jr. calls attention to the potential pitfalls that could accompany the ongoing reorganization of the agency.

* A Morning Call op-ed by Vivek Wadhwa examines how Donald Trump’s promise to get Apple to manufacture iPhones in the US instead of in China isn’t so far-fetched.



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9 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. – Philadelphia City Councilmen Bobby Henon and Mark Squilla will attend the grand opening of the United Safety Academy. 38 Jackson St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. The Good Samaritan Hospital, First Floor Classrooms 1&2, 4th and Walnut Streets, Lebanon.

11 a.m. – The PA House Education Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. – The House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. – The PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.



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KICKER: "As much as I routinely talked with the mayor...I kind of figured I was on tape. I've never gotten one of those letters before, but I figured it was coming this time," Kevin Lott, business manager for the Lehigh Valley carpenters, contemplates PA politics in an age of robust federal corruption probes. From the Morning Call.