WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 78; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 81; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 83.



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* Philadelphia Magazine profiles Jack Posobiec, the Norristown-born Temple alum who is the Trump-loving, Democrat-trolling “king of fake news.”

* Two years behind schedule, the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix, which will replace Graterford, will be a big adjustment for guards and inmates, the Inquirer writes.

* Democratic PA Sen. Daylin Leach, a high-profile medical marijuana advocate, has been moonlighting as a medical marijuana attorney for more than a year, writes the Morning Call.

* After the Legislature failed again to agree on a budget revenue plan, Gov. Tom Wolf delayed making nearly $1.2 billion in payments to Medicaid program providers, reports the Inquirer.

* A US District judge ruled that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t withhold public safety block grants to Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new immigration policies, writes the AP.

* Longtime Democratic Northampton County DA John Morganelli will meet with Democratic Party leaders this week as he decides whether to run for retiring US Rep. Charlie Dent’s seat, writes the Express-Times.

* PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 32 other colleagues in demanding that Equifax stop charging people for credit freezes following the company’s massive data breach, reports the Patriot News.

* Pittsburgh was selected as a finalist for Hyperloop One, a proposed high-speed transit network that could make the Pittsburgh-Chicago commute in just 29 minutes, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Successfully negotiating teacher contracts has gotten increasingly harder for PA districts because of rising health care costs, writes the Times-Tribune.

* Philadelphia will offer the first of its monthly free trainings on how to safely and successfully administer Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses, on Sept. 20, reports CBS.



* State Rep. Aaron Bernstine ignited a firestorm of criticism after he tweeted that he wouldn’t hesitate to run over protesters if they tried to stop his car, the Patriot News writes. 

* Despite not supporting then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election, US Sen. Pat Toomey will be a key player in the president’s tax reform efforts, writes WHYY.

* The fight over video gaming terminals is pitting tavern owners who say the revenue boost is essential for their survival against casinos that don’t want competition, writes the Inquirer.

*Another school district – this time, Methacton in Montgomery County – finds itself dealing with a teachers’ strike, reports 6ABC.

* The National Federation of Republican Women held its annual conference in Philadelphia, where the theme was that there is no such thing as “women’s issues” – just “people’s issues,” writes the Inquirer.



* The Times-Tribune urges the state’s Congressional delegation to fight for passage of the RECLAIM Act, which would provide $300 million in economic incentives to PA coal country.

* The Patriot News writes that if state lottery regulators don’t investigate a report on the highly suspect number of frequent winners, then the auditor general and attorney general should.

* The Express-Times posits that Congress – and the country – could use more politicians like US Rep. Charlie Dent, whose prowess at effective governing proved no match for polarization.

* The Dispatch appreciates the increased attention an auditor general’s report brought to the state’s child welfare system, but emphasizes that real change will only happen with more funding.

* The Times-Tribune honors National Constitution Day – and fights back against civic ignorance – with a quiz to determine how much you really know about the Constitution.


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* The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia awarded Solar States its ImpactPHL award for its “commitment to social responsibility” on numerous levels, reports Generocity

* The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) as the winner of the 2017 George Bartol Arts Education Award, reports the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.

* Nonprofit Pro asks what fundraisers can learn from the taxi industry’s response to industry disruptors Uber and Lyft.

* Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will host “Public Health 3.0: Moving Health Forward” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here



10 a.m. - Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Acting Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith will be joined by The ARC, individuals impacted, and advocates to discuss FASD prevention and awareness. Capitol Rotunda, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera will bring the Schools That Teach tour to Reynolds Middle School in the School District of Lancaster. 605 West Walnut Street, Lancaster.

12 p.m. - PA Rep. Thomas Caltagirone will discuss the need for more childhood cancer research funding and family support services to mark September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Wolf Administration officials will warn consumers about flood damaged vehicles following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Insurance Auto Auctions, 10 Auction Drive, York Springs.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

5:30 p.m. - Governor Wolf will attend the annual PA Chamber Dinner. Hershey Lodge, Great American Hall, 325 University Drive, Hershey.


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KICKER: "If anyone EVER tries to stop my car on a highway with negative intentions... I will not stop under any conditions.” – PA Rep. Aaron Bernstine tweets about how he would handle protesters impeding his path. From the Patriot-News.