WEATHER: Philadelphia, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 79; Harrisburg, showers, high of 76; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 81.



* An obscure nonprofit set up almost 20 years ago by disgraced former state Sen. Vince Fumo is sitting on millions skimmed off of PECO customers – and no one knows why.



* As the PA House adjourned on Tuesday after failing yet again to come up with a revenue plan for the state budget, Gov. Wolf warned cuts would begin Friday, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Edith Windsor, the Philadelphia native whose case helped end the ban against gay marriage in the US, died at age 88, writes the Inquirer.

* Former WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler formally announced she will be running for South Philadelphia’s PA House seat against longtime incumbent Bill Keller, writes WHYY.

* Criminal charges were dropped for lack of evidence against the engineer of the fatal 2015 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports

* A report by the Pennsylvania Economy League finds that fiscal decay has accelerated in municipalities of all sizes across the commonwealth, writes the Patriot News.

* The Daily News has an in-depth look at the fluctuating leadership structure of Philadelphia’s Black Lives Matter.

* The Monroe County DA is investigating the county coroner’s office for a host of misconduct allegations after the chief deputy coroner filed suit over “a hostile work environment” that included sexual misconduct, reports the Express-Times.

* A group of Wayne County landowners said that Gov. Tom Wolf told them in 2015 that he was open to drilling in the Delaware River Basin – if they supported a severance tax, writes WHYY.

* Austin Davis, a top aide to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, announced he will run for the PA House seat being vacated by Rep. Marc Gergely, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Altoona will exit Act 47 today faster than any other participant in the state program for economically distressed municipalities, writes the Tribune-Democrat.



* The Inquirer is disgusted by the sway lobbyists hold over Harrisburg – and by the lack of spine shown by the Legislature in preventing a bill that would limit lobbyists’ influence from being heard.

* LancasterOnline is appalled by the news that the Penn State fraternity where Timothy Piazza died will be holding events for its alumni during home football games.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman channels the long-simmering frustration among Democratic leadership and rank-and-file that Hillary Clinton won’t let 2016 become the past so the party can focus on the future.

* The Times-Tribune emphasizes that the strike by Abington Heights teachers is ultimately a failure of the General Assembly, which could resolve virtually all of the issues that lead to strikes – if it had the will.

* The Citizen opines that the prospect of Philadelphia landing Amazon’s new headquarters brings with it the possibility of achieving equitable economic development in the city.


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* Philadelphia landed a whopping 16 companies on B Labs’ annual Best for the World list of socially conscious businesses, Generocity reports.

* A Lancaster nonprofit scored a $102,000 Small Business Administration grant to help people start and grow their businesses, writes the Central PA Business Journal.

* NonProfit Quarterly breaks down Guidestar’s 2017 compensation study of who gets paid what in which nonprofit divisions.

* Philanthropy Network's 2017 Corporate Funders' Workshop will take place Sept. 15 at Cigna headquarters in Philadelphia from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here.



10 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC, 118 East 2nd St., Erie.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 40, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney and Director of PHLpreK Julie Beamon will visit Beautiful Beginnings for their first day of school. As of Wednesday, all PHLpreK programs will be in session. All 2,000 PHLpreK seats are full after a successful summer enrollment period. Beautiful Beginnings, 8120 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia.

Commission Office, 204 E. Calder Way, Suite 400, State College.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden will officially kick off Monument Lab, a public art and history project aimed at building civic dialogue and stoking historical imagination as forces for social change. City Hall, Courtyard, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet.

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

5 p.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin will help celebrate Altoona’s exit from distressed city status. Penn State Altoona, Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 Twelfth Ave., Altoona.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome guests to Monument Lab Live: How to Build a Monument Event, a TED-style series of talks with each presenter focusing on how to build a monument. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "My obligation as treasurer is to make only prudent investments of the funds under our care, not to enable continued budgetary dysfunction and a chronically unbalanced budget.” – State treasurer Joe Torsella, discussing his disinclination to provide more band-aids to the state budget crisis. From the Post-Gazette.