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LOBBY LOOPHOLE: Gov. Wolf wants lawmakers to close a "loophole" in a gift ban bill now on the move in Harrisburg. The bill would bar elected officials and state employees from taking more than $250 worth of gifts from registered lobbyists in a year. Wolf's problem? The bill says nothing about unregistered lobbyists, per USA Today's Capital Bureau.
CROSS-EXAM: Trump-backed U.S. Senate candidate Sean Parnell took the stand during his child custody trial on Monday to refute his estranged wife's claims of abuse, TribLIVE reports. Asked about the allegations by CNN, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R., Fla.), declined to weigh in.
CHILD WELFARE: Philadelphia must disclose its own legal settlements, but the rule does not apply to contractors, including those performing vital child welfare services. A recent lawsuit against the city's largest child welfare provider ended with a multimillion dollar settlement, part of a growing caseload with little scrutiny, per The Inquirer.
TRAVEL MONEY: What's in the newly passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill for Pennsylvania? Pocono Record lists a number of statewide projects that could stand to benefit from new infusions of federal cash: Amtrak upgrades, road and bridge repairs, abandoned mine reclamation, public transportation, broadband expansion, and more.
RUNNING ROUNDUP: Lancaster City Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El will primary 16-term U.S. Rep. Mike Sturla in 2022; Victory Fund member Sean Meloy is running to be Pennsylvania's first openly LGBTQ member of Congress; and Pittsburgh attorney Steve Irwin has entered the race for outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's 18th District seat.
BIG FISH: Speaking of anglers ... Richard "The Breeze" Nicholson of Connellsville recently landed a 34-inch walleye that might be a new state record. Luckily Nicholson's son convinced him not to eat it, per Outdoor Life.
'APART TOGETHER': Two octogenarians from Ridley are the subject of a poignant New York Times profile all about their unconventional marriage or, as the Times puts it, "a union on their terms."
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