WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 70; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 68; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 68.



* A special profile of SEPTA police chief Tom Nestel shows how the affable cop has transformed the department inside and out.



* The PA Senate advanced sweeping gaming legislation ahead of crucial budget talks, according to the Patriot News.

* A PA House committee wants former Gov. Ed Rendell to testify over bonuses paid out to the Philly DNC host committee, the Inquirer reports.

* The trial of Carlos Matos and Renee Tartaglione, members of a Philly political dynasty who allegedly bilked $1 million out of a mental health clinic, is now underway, according to WHYY.

* The Philadelphia Police will move into the former Inquirer/Daily News headquarters on Broad Street – despite $50 million spent to renovate another building for the department’s use, the Inquirer writes.

* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced that he will launch an audit of PennDOT’s $2.3 billion budget, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Democrat John George, a Warwick Township supervisor, will challenge Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker, according to LancasterOnline.

* Congressman Bob Brady confirmed that the Philadelphia DA seized documents from City Council’s Veterans Advisory Commission amid suspicions of wrongdoing, the Inquirer reports.

* 40 protesters closed out the days-long “March on Harrisburg,” presenting Rep. Daryl Metcalfe with symbolic trinkets to press for a vote on political gift-giving, the Patriot News writes.

* In unscripted remarks before a local tourism board, Mayor Jim Kenney said that cities “will be the salvation of this country,” the Patriot News reports.

* AG Josh Shapiro announced that PA will receive $1.4 million from a suit against Tylenol manufacturer Mcneil, to be used for consumer protection, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia slipped a place to become the nation’s sixth largest city, as Phoenix, AZ grows in size, according to the Inquirer.

* A sinkhole in Philadelphia’s popular river trail will cost $1 million to fix, testing Parks & Rec’s budget, Billy Penn reports.



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* The Post-Gazette implores US Sen. Pat Toomey to keep the Medicaid expansion allowing for opioid abuse treatment for Pennsylvanians as he works on the Senate version of Trumpcare.

* The Times-Tribune urges the Public Utility Commission to accept the proposed public-private partnership with PA American Water Co. to replace lead water pipes.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman writes that former CIA Director John Brennan’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Russia connected the dots on the path to treason.

* The Intelligencer is dumbstruck by the tone-deaf way Bucks County officials have handled the controversy surrounding the removal of memorial banners.

* The Daily News’ Will Bunch writes that the case of Shaurn Thomas is just the latest example of why Philadelphia needs to vigorously investigate questionable murder convictions.

* The Daily Times writes that new school budgets in Delaware County have exacerbated the same old problem of rising taxes.


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* Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $9.25 million to University of Pennsylvania researchers studying the effects of concussions at the cellular level, writes the Inquirer.

* The controversy surrounding Congreso’s CEO and her support of President Trump offers a number of painfully valuable lessons for nonprofit leaders, writes Generocity.

* Malvern building materials company Saint-Gobain has partnered with YouthBuild Philly to develop the next generation of green leaders in construction, writes Generocity.

* On June 2, a seminar, “Funder Briefing: Stepping Up Pennsylvania,” will be held at Gov. Wolf’s Philadelphia offices beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.



9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join other state and city officials to discuss how the AHCA will negatively affect women in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The event is hosted by Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

10:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will will announce PennDOT District 1 projects. Crawford County Maintenance Unit, 18492 Smock Highway, Meadville.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, representatives from Independence Blue Cross and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation will announce the locations of 6 sun screen dispensers throughout the City. Philadelphia is serving as the pilot city for the Sun Smart America initiative. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will present a city proclamation as he joins the students at Tilden Middle School to celebrate the second annual World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day occurs annually on the 4th Thursday of May and is part of the World Heritage City Project, a joint initiative between the 200-member Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia. Tilden Middle School is one of the first 9 community schools that launched in September. Tilden Middle School, 6601 Elmwood Ave., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will continue his “Jobs That Pay” tour. Versatex Building Project, 400 Steel St., Aliquippa.

2:40 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will meet with K-2nd-grade students and help student volunteers and teachers at Gideon Elementary distribute groceries as part of Philabundance’s pilot food backpack program. Gideon Elementary is one of the City’s nine community schools. 2817 W. Glenwood Ave., Philadelphia.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, Rebuild Executive Director Nicole Westerman and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Staff will tour Olney Recreation Center to highlight the diversity of programming offered at the facility and to demonstrate the need for Rebuild at city parks, libraries and recreation centers. Olney Recreation Center, 100 E. Godfrey, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “Is this just Philly? Or does this go on elsewhere in the country?” – House Republican Spokesman Steve Miskin, on controversial bonuses paid to Philly’s DNC Host Committee. From the Inquirer.