WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 83; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 88; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 83.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* As Philadelphia moves to purge low-level offenders from its overcrowded jails, a City&State investigation found thousands of inmates locked up for minor probation and parole violations — with no hope of bail or firm release date.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* State Sen. Daylin Leach wants to repeal 2011 abortion “safety” laws that echo Texas legislation struck down by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, writes PennLive.

* Another Supreme Court ruling, tossing a corruption suit against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, could lessen charges against Chaka Fattah and others, the Inquirer writes.

* A national Super PAC has gave $9 million to Katie McGinty’s efforts to beat Republican US Sen. Pat Toomey, writes the AP.

* Toomey, elsewhere, called for the militarization of state and local police departments in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Lawmakers in Harrisburg called for the subpoenaing of embattled AG Kathleen Kane, a prelude to impeachment, writes the Tribune-Review.

* Allentown schools chief Russ Mayo won an unusual, one-year $237,000 sabbatical package to the anger of some school board members, writes the Morning Call.

* In a bias lawsuit, a judge ordered the School District of Philadelphia to pay $2.3 million to a white-owned security firm that lost a bid to a minority contractor, writes the Inquirer.

* With days to go before a budget deadline, a draft bill sailed through the House Appropriations Committee in a bipartisan vote, according to the Patriot News.

* State lawmakers are mulling a bill to incentivize school districts to share superintendents and other staff as a cost-saving measure, Lancaster Online reports.

* Anti-discrimination legislation aimed at protecting the LGBT community appears to be stalled, the Patriot News reports.

* Philadelphia won a federal planning grant to explore capping I-676, a submerged downtown highway, writes PlanPhilly.

* Lancaster County approved the creation of a “land bank” to manage and develop vacant and blighted properties, according to Lancaster Online

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren have teamed up to barrage Donald Trump with criticism, amid flagging poll numbers for the Republican, writes Politico.

* Ed Rendell, batting a thousand for eyebrow-raising election comments, told MSNBC that two women on a presidential ticket would be “a drawback,” writes the Patriot News.

* Trump, meanwhile, appears to be softening his rhetoric, working on a more limited version of his infamous “Muslim ban,” writes CNN.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* PennLive’s John L. Micek has an in-depth look at the evolution of US Sen. Bob Casey as he has moved from Second Amendment defender to gun-control advocate.

* The York Dispatch supports expanding local government to hire a health director to lead the fight against opioid abuse that killed 64 people in York County last year alone. 

* The Citizens’ Voice warns PA House lawmakers to tread carefully and thoughtfully when determining whether or not to allow private-sector development in state parks.

* An Intelligencer editorial declares that whether school districts use the word “surplus” or “fund balance,” it still means there is extra money, thus there should be lower taxes.

* A Daily Times editorial lauds Chris Dorman, the Folcroft police officer shot seven times, as an exemplar of public service, and doesn’t quibble with #DelcoLegend.

* With $13 million in state and federal funding at risk, the Erie Times-News says the time is now for Erie’s City Council and County Council to resolve their transit charter dispute.

* In an effort worthy of Cliff’s Notes, Dick Polman devotes his Newsworks blog to annotating the Meet the Press appearance of top Trumpster Paul Manafort.

* Lisa Haver, founder of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, levels the troubling, if well-reasoned accusation that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission acts like it is above the law by favoring some failing charter schools.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

8:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KQV. To listen online, click here.

9 a.m. - The PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

1 p.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene.

4:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in attendance at the GreenFutures reception acknowledging the partners that have contributed to the development of the Philadelphia School District’s sustainability plan of the same name. Philadelphia Zoo, KidZooU Exhibit, 3400 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia.

 

 

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KICKER: “The drawbacks, obviously, are two women on the ticket. Does it make a difference? I don't think so, but some people might,” – Former Gov. Ed Rendell mansplains his views on a Clinton/Warren candidacy to the pundit circuit. From the Patriot News.