WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 68; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 67; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 62.

 

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TODAY: Come celebrate and honor a five-star Salute to Labor!

On April 26, the Philadelphia Public Record will present the 2018 Salute to Labor Awards. Five outstanding individuals from Philadelphia’s union leadership will be honored for their contributions to organized labor and the city’s growth. To be a part of the celebration at Penns Landing Caterers, click here.

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NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* An op-ed by Share Our Strength’s Lisa Davis and Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Dolores McCracken uses this month’s state-mandated standardized tests to illustrate why school breakfasts must be made readily available to ensure students’ performance and future.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The three GOP gubernatorial candidates clashed once more at a debate in a senior living home in Lancaster County, the AP reports.

* Billy Penn fact-checked a claim by Republican Senate candidate Lou Barletta, who falsely claimed that rival U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wanted to “eliminate our borders.”

* The PA House held a public hearing on sexual harassment as part of a larger effort to address a string of recent scandals that have rocked the Capitol, WHYY reports.

* In Harrisburg, Democrats and Republicans are waging an increasingly heated battle over a bill aimed at curbing opioid prescriptions that has become a proxy for certain interest groups, the Morning Call writes.

* A new Lugar Center study found that Delaware Valley-area elected officials are amongst the most inclined towards bipartisanship nationally, according to WHYY.

* The state filed a lawsuit to block the release of an incentive package it offered Amazon in order to entice the company to site its second headquarters in the state, the Morning Call reports.

* A redesign of Philadelphia’s famous LOVE Park is being panned by critics and some members of the public, even though its ribbon-cutting is still weeks away, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia Councilman David Oh is a confirmed Walking Dead fan – and a relative (by marriage) of star Steven Yeun, according to the Inquirer

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Albert Eisenberg, a conservative political consultant who works on LGBT rights, explaining why the state GOP needs to force state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe to step down after his latest homophobic tirade.

* The Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia 3.0’s Ali Perelman, who excoriates the Philadelphia City Commissioners for basically refusing to do their job by not ensuring that the city’s voting machines will be upgraded by 2020, as required by the Department of State.

* The Citizens’ Voice lays out why legislation is needed to ensure that the four state-related universities – Penn State, Temple, Pitt and Lincoln – act with more transparency and accountability. 

* The Dispatch welcomes Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s audit of the West York School District following news of a “ghost employee’s” $125,000 salary.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: US Rep. Keith Rothfus … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Drexel University has announced two grants totaling $2.6 million to support the West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative, the Philanthropy News Digest reports.

* If nonprofits want to really reach Millennials, both physically and to establish relationships, they have to radically change their methods of outreach, writes Nonprofit Pro. 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Matthew Stem will serve as keynote speaker at Mechanicsburg Middle School’s 32nd Annual Career Day. 1750 S. Market Street, Mechanicsburg.

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend City Hall’s Take Your Child to Work Day event, which stimulates young children’s interest in education and introduces them to the inner workings of city government while they accompany their parents to work. City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks to celebrate the expansion of a School District apprenticeship program. 440 N. Broad St., Atrium, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Department of State will host vendors who will exhibit and explain voter-verifiable paper record voting systems at a demonstration for legislators, state and county officials and stakeholders. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Wolf Administration cabinet will join community members to host a Cabinet in Your Community event, featuring Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards. Kutztown University, Alumni Auditorium, 274 College Blvd, Kutztown.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks to celebrate National Volunteer Month and highlight the efforts of those who have helped support the Hurricane Maria evacuees who relocated to Philadelphia. Free Library of Philadelphia, Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety will meet. Room 400, City hall, Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “I’m not attacking anyone’s character. What I’m doing is revealing my opponent’s character.” – Paul Mango continued to defend a series of aggressive attack ads aimed at opponent Scott Wagner. From the AP.