WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 81; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 77; Pittsburgh, p.m. rain, high of 77.



* After a seven-week vacation, PA House members returned yesterday to work on their version of a long-delayed revenue plan to pay for the commonwealth’s $2.2 billion budget.



* While Democratic candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner might be the most high-profile person talking about eliminating cash bail, he is far from the only one pursuing that goal, writes Billy Penn.

* A “civil war” has erupted between Philly GOP leadership, primarily over the way the party’s response – or lack thereof – to Congressman Bob Brady’s alleged payment to the campaign of his 2012 primary opponent, writes the Inquirer

* The Inquirer profiles some of the Chester County residents and businesses that will be affected by the end of DACA.

* The Philadelphia Foundation is spearheading an effort to raise money to help DACA participants pay the $495 renewal fee to stay in the US, writes WHYY.

* The PA Office of Open Records ruled that the Department of Health failed to make a “good faith” effort in determining whether medical marijuana applicants’ information was incorrectly redacted, writes the Patriot News.

* Arguing that due process rights were violated by unusual circumstances leading to his arrest, lawyers for the engineer in the deadly 2015 Amtrak crash want the charges tossed, writes the AP.

* A National Guardsman was arrested for allegedly making a threat against Vice President Mike Pence before his visit to Pennsylvania to observe 9/11, writes the Inquirer.

* Philadelphia’s much-ballyhooed pension reform efforts are highly unlikely to make much of a dent in the funds’ imbalances, reports the Inquirer.

* A PA House committee voted to rebrand the state’s Marcellus Shale impact fee as a “severance tax” in what is seen as a way to block a vote on a true 3.5 percent severance tax, WHYY writes.

* Former Harrisburg District Judge Robert Jennings III pleaded no contest to strong-arming constables for campaign donations, writes the Patriot News.

* PennDOT and the Department of Community and Economic Development hosted the first summit on the future of automated vehicles in the state, writes PhillyVoice.

* Abington Heights teachers are on strike as of this morning, reports the Times-Tribune.



* The Inquirer calls Philadelphia “a natural” for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, but cautions city officials to be smart about how much to offer when trying to win over the behemoth.

* The Standard-Speaker thinks the legislative package aimed at deterring sex crimes at PA schools is a good start, but isn’t effective until it makes it mandatory for schools to report alleged crimes to the police.

* LancasterOnline writes that nothing displays the commonwealth’s skewed priorities like the fact that PA teachers pay an average of $427 out of pocket for their students’ classroom supplies.

* The Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia 3.0’s Jon Geeting on the feasibility of implementing a “gentrification tax” in neighborhoods experiencing building expansion.


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* Generocity covers the latest comings and goings of Philadelphia-area nonprofit leaders.

* The Post-Gazette explores the increasingly important role that nonprofits are playing in the Pittsburgh region’s economy.

* The Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center has added school classes to its workforce training programs, reports Generocity.

* UPMC Pinnacle is offering a $2,500 award to one first-responder organization in each of the 10 PA counties it serves, writes LancasterOnline.

* The Nonprofit Learning Lab will hold its first Philadelphia Nonprofit Institute Sept. 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at International House in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.



10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Dr. William Hite and other city and school district officials will speak at a press conference highlighting the importance of school attendance. Hartranft School, 720 W. Cumberland St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - DGS, DCNR and DEP will launch the Commonwealth Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Pilot Program. Commonwealth Avenue in front of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Grove, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli will thank grant recipients for their work in support of veterans. West Shore Elks Lodge, 108 N. St. Johns Church Rd., Camp Hill.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Director of Planning & Development Anne Fadullon, Executive Director of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Denise McGregor Armbrister, representatives from Mt. Airy USA and other invited guests will announce that Mt. Airy USA will receive a $1 million grant for the implementation Mt. Airy 2025, their community-driven action plan for the neighborhood. The announcement will take place at Supper Sessions on the Avenue, Mt. Airy USA’s food and drink street festival that highlights local businesses and artists. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.

6:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilman David Oh will join Fire Commissioner Adam Theil and Deputy Police Commissioner Dennis Wilson to honor the region’s first responders. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "One of our tasks will be to inform the judiciary… and to try to achieve a level of buy-in based upon science, as opposed to hunch and intuition and everything else that, frankly, has been the primary driver in the criminal justice system since Salem.” – Larry Krasner, Democratic nominee for Philadelphia DA, on cash bail reform. From Billy Penn.