WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 45; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 42; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 37.



* Increased sales tax receipts related to the passage of Philadelphia’s soda tax will bring in $24 million in added revenue for the state over five years, Billy Penn reports.

* An appellate court rejected convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah’s request to remain out of jail during his appeals, the Inquirer reports.

* Bill Clinton’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, wrote President Barack Obama to ask him to pardon Fattah, Billy Penn reports.

* While not explicitly ruling it out, PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed told reporters that he was unlikely to run for governor in 2018, the Patriot News writes.

* Despite lingering rumors of a looming federal indictment, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will likely seek a fourth term in office, the Morning Call writes.

* The Philly DA’s top homicide prosecutor, Jennifer Selber, was hired away by incoming AG Josh Shapiro to head his Criminal Division, according to the Inquirer.

* Hillary Clinton owes Philadelphia police several thousand dollars for a campaign stop at City Hall, the Business Journal reports.

* State prosecutors announced charges against 45 individuals over a combined $314,000 in welfare fraud, LancasterOnline reports.

* The state will take over the management of a slew of investment funds from private firms in a move to save $5.6 million, the Inquirer writes.

* Former Mayor John Street and his son, state Sen. Sharif Street, ate their way through the PA Farm Show, according to Billy Penn.

* The Philadelphia Police Department announced that violent crime in the city is at its lowest level since the early 1970s, the Inquirer reports.

* The PA State Troopers union slammed a plan by police administrators to phase out the use of lie detectors on new recruits, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Philadelphia Magazine announced a new round of layoffs, cutting four reporters and consolidating some online blogs, Billy Penn writes.

* The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry will escort Donald Trump at his upcoming inauguration, the Inquirer writes.


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* The Inquirer has an op-ed by US Sen. Pat Toomey explaining why it’s time for “sanctuary cities” to end those policies.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman worries about the clear and present danger presented by Trump’s continued disparagement of the US intelligence community.

* The Citizens’ Voice wants to see Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport follow the lead of other small regional airports and host more international carriers.

* The Times-Tribune spotlights Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings’ continued assault on the arts – this time, an effort to eliminate a tax that funds county libraries and a museum.  

* LancasterOnline calls on PA legislators to oppose wireless industry lobbyists’ efforts to remove municipalities’ ability to regulate cell tower locations

* The Daily Times continues its series on the escalating battle over the Mariner East 2 pipeline and its projected run through Delaware County.

* The Tribune-Democrat emphasizes how crucial AG-elect Josh Shapiro’s support will be to battling the Johnstown area’s heroin crisis.


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10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will host a roundtable to discuss the opioid epidemic. Highlands Hospital, 401 East Murphy Avenue, Connellsville.

11 a.m. - PA Sen. Vincent Hughes will join other health care advocates to call for Pennsylvanians to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and oppose its repeal. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Louis D. Lappen, Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Director Ronald Davis and Police Commissioner Richard Ross to conduct a press conference on the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Interim Report of the Philadelphia Police Department. U.S. Attorney’s Office, 615 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor Conference Room, Philadelphia.

1:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will read to students and answer questions from students and staff as he visits HMS School which serves children with Cerebral Palsy. HMS School, 4400 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "The future will take care of itself," – Majority Leader Dave Reed gets positively metaphysical when asked about rumors he’s eyeing a run for governor. From the Patriot News


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