WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, p.m. rain, high of 53; Harrisburg, a.m. rain, cloudy, high of 48; Pittsburgh, a.m. snow, cloudy, high of 42.

 

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NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, executive director of Resolve Philadelphia, introduced a new collaborative series pooling the resources of 18 news organizations, including City & State PA. The series aims to explore the issue of poverty in Philadelphia – and the search for solutions.

* Via Philadelphia Weekly's Max Marin: As Philly's inmate population keeps dropping, the city announces plans to close the 91-year-old House of Correction.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, who has been accused of abusing two state colleagues, violated a House policy on retaliatory conduct by outing one of his accusers on social media, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney could face political backlash for failing to push for greater redress after the recent arrest of two black men at a Starbucks that drew national attention, according to the Inquirer.

* No bids were entered in the latest round of casino permitting, raising concerns that a bid to juice more state revenue from gambling expansion will creak to an incomplete halt, writes the Post-Gazette.

* The state Senate passed a bill ramping up penalties for repeat DUI offenders, the AP reports.

* State Senate legislators also pushed through a sweeping anti-hazing bill in the wake of a Penn State fraternity death, writes LancasterOnline.

* The PA state House passed legislation that would prohibit school board candidates statewide from crossfiling as both a Republican and Democrat – a move critics say will sharpen partisan conflict, according to the Morning Call.

* A bipartisan group of state legislators wants to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal for Pennsylvania, the Patriot-News writes.

* Puerto Rican advocacy groups are reportedly telling hurricane-ravaged island residents not to come to Philadelphia due to a lack of social services, the Inquirer writes.

* City officials are warning residents to brace for a sharp uptick in their water bills as the Philadelphia Water Department raises revenue to fund citywide pipe replacement, according to WHYY.

 

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Come celebrate and honor a five-star Salute to Labor!

On April 26, the Philadelphia Public Record will present the 2018 Salute to Labor Awards. Five outstanding individuals from Philadelphia’s union leadership will be honored for their contributions to organized labor and the city’s growth. To be a part of the celebration at Penns Landing Caterers, click here.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer wants PA voters to know that “Harrisburg's GOP thugs want to kick voters out of redistricting process.”

* The Patriot-News urges the PA House to approve PA Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s slate of criminal justice reform bills.

* The Times-Tribune wants NEPA counties to form a partnership to ensure their ability to fulfill the state’s new requirement to have voting machines with paper trails by 2020.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (4/17) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Generocity recaps the annual Women in Nonprofit Leadership Conference, held at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

* The latest edition of Generocity’s On the Market spotlights 10 newly available jobs in the nonprofit sector in the Philadelphia region.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event featuring two teams from local high schools that recently participated in the Aspen Challenge, sharing their presentations about environmental challenges in celebration of Earth Day. City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, Philadelphia.

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Appropriations will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

9 a.m. - Department of Education (PDE) Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. David Volkman will visit career and technology centers in Beaver and Westmoreland counties and will discuss Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to expand job training and skills for in-demand industries. Beaver County CTC, 145 Poplar Ave., Monaca.

9:30 a.m. - Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will tour the Newton School STEM classroom for preschoolers at the Community Services for Children (CSC) and discuss Governor Wolf’s investments in STEM training for Pennsylvania students. 1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

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

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to commemorate the expansion of West Chester University and Bloomsburg University, which now offer additional programs and courses within Center City. The Lit Brothers Building, Concourse Level, 701 Market St, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Penn State Worthington, Scranton Campus, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore.

12:30 p.m. - Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Chair of the Committee on Public Health and Human Services, will host a lunch briefing on Community Health Choices, the state’s new mandatory health insurance program for dually-eligible individuals (Medicaid and Medicare) and individuals with physical disabilities. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will join community members and officials to participate in a panel discussion on the opioid crisis. The governor will offer details on Pennsylvania’s approach to fighting this epidemic to date, and answer questions from the audience. Hyundai Club House, Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., Pittsburgh.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this press event, hosted by Women Organized Against Rape, to recognize National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. City Hall, Northeast Apron, Philadelphia.

2:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will join Senator Jay Costa, Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr., Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and community leaders and members for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Highline on Pittsburgh’s South Side. 333 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh.

6 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and state Sen. Larry Farnese will host a community event tomorrow night in Philadelphia to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, 1751 Callowhill St., Philadelphia.

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

 

KICKER: “The mayor, in one fell swoop, could fix this. So I say: Mayor, fix it.” – Council member Cindy Bass assails Mayor Jim Kenney for failing to take more decisive action after a Starbucks arrest that drew national touchstone for criticism over the treatment of black men by police. From the Inquirer.