WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 35; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 33; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 30.

 

FROM CITY & STATE:

* At an event in Philadelphia Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced he is having the Department of Labor and Industry change overtime regulations to modernize a system that he called “outdated.”

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* The City of Philadelphia launched a lawsuit against prominent pharmaceutical companies over marketing practices that allegedly contributed to the opioid crisis, the Inquirer reports.

* The New York Times visits Western PA to cover the special election for the 18th Congressional District, which has drawn President Donald Trump’s attention as the GOP seeks to stave off a potentially embarrassing loss in a red district.

* PA-18 Democrat Conor Lamb launched his first TV ads in the hotly contested congressional race, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Appeals lawyers for disgraced former AG Kathleen Kane continued a bid to keep her from serving jail time over a perjury conviction, arguing that the special prosecutor in her case had too much power, the AP writes.

* Republican State Rep. Kathy Watson, of Bucks County, announced that she would not seek reelection, the Morning Call reports.

* Central PA activist Eric Epstein will challenge Republican state Rep. Ron Marsico, the Patriot-News writes.

* The PA state Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a gerrymandering lawsuit that could force a redraw of PA’s political districts, the Morning Call writes.

* Grand jury records obtained by the Inquirer appear to show Philadelphia police covering up an officer’s DUI and gun threat charges.

* Even in so-called “sanctuary cities” like Philadelphia, arrests by immigration enforcement agencies rose in 2017 under President Trump, according to WHYY.

* Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Bethlehem, the Inquirer reports.

* PA won approval to adopt a new school accountability plan that places less emphasis on standardized testing, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia Magazine profiled Mayor Jim Kenney’s staff photographer, Samantha Madera.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Patriot-News castigates notoriously homophobic state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe for leading a conservative posse against Gov. Wolf’s change to birth certificates, noting that Metcalfe is late to the party – the change occurred in August of last year.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White continues his series on gerrymandering, explaining why a legislative push to redistrict PA will be quicker and more effective than a court-ordered solution.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman interviews “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff and learns, among other things, how President Trump became the most effective book salesman in recent memory.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Generocity profiles two local nonprofits that help those with intellectual disabilities find the right jobs for their skills.

* Comcast-owned NBC10 and Telemundo are giving away $225,000 to nonprofits that use technology to fuel community improvement, Generocity writes.

* The Central PA Business Journal has the finalists in all categories for the 18th annual Nonprofit Innovation Awards.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

9 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera and Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Noe Ortega will bring the Schools that Teach Tour to Lycoming College where they will discuss the Wolf Administration’s commitment to postsecondary and career pathways with students, faculty, and members of the community. 700 College Pl., Williamsport.

2 p.m. - State Rep. Jason Dawkins and state Sen. Christine Tartaglione will present a $100,000 grant to the Frankford Community Development Corp. 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia. 

3:30 p.m. - The Republican City Committee of Philadelphia will join with Philadelphia residents, elected officials and candidates for office outside City Hall for a rally calling for more attention to safety issues within local communities. City Hall, South side, next to the Octavius Catto statue.

 

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KICKER: “A test has eluded every court that's grappled with it.” – PA Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, on finding the line between fair partisanship and constitutional violations in political districting in a major gerrymandering lawsuit. From the Morning Call.