WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 59; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 60; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 59.



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A verbal altercation between PA Rep. Chris Rabb and PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe over last week's last-minute gutting of a redistricting bill has resulted in Rabb filing a formal complaint against Metcalfe.



* U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent announced that he would step down in May, several months before the end of his final term in office, the Inquirer writes.

* PA-14 congressional candidate Rick Saccone released copies of his own military transcripts after British newspaper The Guardian and GOP primary opponent Guy Reschenthaler questioned his service record, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Philadelphia’s powerful electricians union poured $200,000 into a PAC that will support PA-5 congressional candidate Rich Lazer, WHYY reports.

* U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is helping lead a charge in Congress to review and roll back decades of government regulations, Politico writes.

* The PA House passed a measure that would impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients as part of a larger conservative push nationally to limit access to social programs, the Patriot-News reports.

* Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke ripped into city planners at a transportation hearing after they informed the pol that traffic congestion had actually decreased in recent years; he believes otherwise, according to WHYY.

* Students rallied in Harrisburg to protest possible cuts to college tuition aid programs, the Patriot-News writes.

* As protests continue to unfold after the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, Police Commissioner Richard Ross has doubled down on his support of the arresting officers, WHYY reports.

* Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill that would spot zone a parcel near the city’s medical campus to a much denser zoning classification, WHYY writes.

* Statehouse reporters and pols are preparing to lampoon one another at the 87th Annual Gridiron Dinner in Harrisburg next week, according to the Morning Call.



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* The Post-Gazette likes the Department of Community and Economic Development’s “playbook” initiative to repurpose 11 shuttered coal-fired plants by having the energy companies and developers work together on the projects. 

* The Times-News wants Erie City Council President Sonya Arrington to step down from her role now that she has been charged with defrauding a charity she founded.

* LancasterOnline has a damning analysis of the litany of failures by the federal government in the wake of Hurricane Maria, all of which have led to the plight of hundreds of stranded and soon-to-be-homeless Puerto Ricans in Lancaster County.


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* A new digital mapping tool designed by Drexel researchers, called ImpactView, offers a wealth of data to nonprofits, including improved ability to connect with other orgs, reports Generocity.

* The Central PA Business Journal profiles Ivy Schneider, founder of Harrisburg-based Helix Strategies, which helps nonprofits in the state raise funds and develop leaders and programs.



8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual meeting that reviews the PHLCVB’s yearly report. Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St, Philadelphia.

8:45 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 14, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Commerce Committee will meet. Harrisburg University, 14th Floor Auditorium, 326 Market St., Harrisburg.

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

10:10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at an event hosted by the School District to provide resources to individuals with autism. School District HQ, 440 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards will hold a media event to provide an update on the department’s public-private partnership to replace 558 bridges, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program. Pa. Fish & Boat Commission Boat Launch, Spanglers Mill Road Bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek, Lower Allen Township.

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KICKER: “Nothing is final yet, I’m still working on it. But it just seemed like the right time for personal reasons.” – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent takes an early exit from D.C. and reporters across the nation mourn the loss of one of the capital’s most quotable Congressmen. From the Inquirer.