WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 70; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 73; Pittsburgh, showers, high of 70.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* Philadelphia City Council sources say Scott Brown, the head of Philly’s little-known Veterans Advisory Commission, has been fired after apparent law enforcement agents removed documents and a computer from the commission’s office inside City Hall.

* The PA Senate advanced two high-profile bills, one dealing with the state’s pension crisis, the other expanding gambling in the commonwealth.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation sounded off on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, the Post-Gazette reports.

* More protesters have been arrested during the second day of the “March on Harrisburg,” which has called for state political reforms, according to LancasterOnline.

* The Daily News writes that community groups are calling for the ouster of Carolina DiGiorgio, the head of Latino nonprofit Congreso, over a Philly Weekly report showing she attended a Trump rally with her husband – PA GOP chair Val DiGiorgio.

* Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller would serve as the first chief of a new, consolidated state health department Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed, according to the Inquirer

* A PlanPhilly special report examines the political reasons that SEPTA’s suburban rail lines receive more funding than its more popular bus and subway service.

* Congressman Dwight Evans has stepped down from a position on SEPTA’s board and will be replaced by Gov. Wolf’s deputy chief of staff, Obra Kernodle, the Philadelphia Tribune reports.

* A NEPA man says State Rep. Kevin Haggerty stiffed him out of $5,000 he stipulated was a campaign loan, the Morning Call reports.

* Librarians in a drug-ravaged Philly neighborhood plead for help after a recent column detailed their daily battle with overdoses and discarded needles, the Inquirer writes.

* A new PA Senate bill would let municipalities contract directly with state police for law enforcement coverage in order to close a growing budget hole, according to the Patriot News.

* An ACLU report shows that African-Americans are still disproportionately targeted in Philadelphia police stops despite steps to reform racial profiling, the Inquirer reports.

* A lawsuit alleges that a medical director died after contracting Legionnaire's Disease while working at a state prison, according to the Post-Gazette.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Dispatch offers up the history of Memorial Day in its plea for people to take a break from barbecues and honor those who gave their lives for the country.

* The Standard-Speaker is outraged by a proposed PA Senate bill that seems designed specifically to protect Consol Mining from a legal challenge to prevent its mining under a PA state park. 

* The Daily News’ Stu Bykofsky opines that the head of a Philadelphia Latino social services agency shouldn’t be penalized simply because she is a Donald Trump fan.

* The Daily News’ John Baer has an excellent breakdown on the pros and cons of PA House Speaker MIke Turzai running for governor in 2018.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman enjoys laying out the partisan hypocrisy on taking the Fifth Amendment in the wake of Michael Flynn’s notice that he won’t be testifying before Congress.

* The Post-Gazette gives a number of reasons why it hopes, despite a PA Supreme Court ruling allowing Pittsburgh police officers to live outside the city, they will continue to stay within city limits.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS

* Organizers of the third annual Red Nose Day, happening May 25, are hoping for even more engagement – and donations, reports NonProfit Times.

* The Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia will host an Educators Funding Roundtable on school funding today, starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

* The Green Tree Community Health Foundation hosts “When You're Hungry, Nothing Else Matters!” at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia tonight at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

* 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.

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TODAY’S SKED: 

9 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Legislative Budget And Finance Committees will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House and Senate Education Committees will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join students at the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) to sing along for two songs. 2136 W. Ritner St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Finance Committee will meet. Room 8 E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will make a jobs announcement. 380 E. Bayfront Parkway, Erie.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a ceremony to recognize South Philadelphia High School (SPHS) seniors with outstanding attendance, academic achievement, and commitment to the arts. The Mayor will also highlight the success of the community school model at SPHS, which was one of the first 9 community schools that launched in September. 2101 S Broad St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will host a roundtable discussion on the heroin and opioid epidemic. Erie Intermodal Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway, Erie.

4 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Emmy Award-winning travel new journalist Peter Greenberg to help Visit Philadelphia release their 2016 visitation numbers. Loews Hotel, 1 N. 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will will speak as the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) honors outstanding service and remembers those who have sacrificed themselves in the line of duty. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 11630 Caroline Rd., Philadelphia.

 

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

 

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KICKER: "I've always known him to be a very nice, mannerly person." – Councilman Frank DiCicco on the politically-connected head of Philly’s Veteran Advisory Commission, who sources say was abruptly booted out of his post. From City&State PA.