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Philly councilman wants to give school district $10M to address lead, asbestos in classrooms

BY: - September 13, 2019

At-large City Councilman Derek Green, a Democrat, wants the city to dig into its surplus to help pay for remediation in the schools.

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation 

BY: - September 12, 2019

The vote came after two hours of heated debate over Democrats’ motivations from Republicans, who accused them of looking to the 2020 calendar.

Former Philly fraud investigator indicted for allegedly taking $22k in bribes and kickbacks

BY: - September 12, 2019

The accused, Jeffrey Blackwell, 46, is a former fraud-buster, and a member of a well-connected Philly political family.

Elizabeth Warren is a ‘hypocrite’ on campaign cash, ex-Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell charges in Washington Post op-ed

BY: - September 12, 2019

The former Pennsylvania governor's attack on his fellow Democrat briefly made him a trending topic on Twitter ahead of Thursday's Democratic debate.

A Pa. state senator got the green light to start a school safety nonprofit — but can’t mention his day job

BY: - September 12, 2019

Protect PA Schools will collect donations to help private and public schools get security upgrades, personnel, and consulting. 

Philly City councilwoman wants acting police commissioner out over T-shirt mocking Rodney King beating

BY: - September 12, 2019

Viewed through a 2019 lens, acting Commissioner Christine Coulter said she wouldn't wear the T-shirt today. That might not be good enough.

Pennsylvania’s protections for public-sector workers are more than 60 years old. Unions are pushing for an update

BY: - September 11, 2019

A bill sponsored by Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, aims to ensure better enforcement of safety protections in public-sector workplaces like school districts and transit authorities.

From town halls to police cruisers, here’s how 10 Pa. municipalities plan to reduce gun violence

BY: - September 11, 2019

The Gun Violence Reduction Fund helps municipalities implement community- and evidence-based violence prevention programs.

At House hearing, Philly students give their take on criminal justice reform

BY: - September 11, 2019

By John N. Mitchell PHILADELPHIA — There is a growing movement in education in schools across Philadelphia to prioritize restorative justice over more punitive forms of punishment. On Tuesday, in a first-of-its-kind hearing, at least a dozen students who participate in the Philadelphia Community Youth Court had the opportunity to tell state lawmakers about the […]

Pa.’s Toomey: ‘Too soon to call it quits’ on background checks

BY: - September 11, 2019

Toomey said he’s been talking to Trump, who’s open to the idea. He’s spoken to the president about a half a dozen times over the past month, Toomey said.

Pa. U.S. House lawmakers split along party lines on gun safety votes

BY: and - September 11, 2019

Prospects for gun control legislation in the Senate remained murky as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week after a month-long recess. 

‘People can’t afford to bathe themselves’: What life is like for Pennsylvanians who lost cash assistance

BY: - September 11, 2019

Dalia is working toward some big goals, including securing a place to live. That got harder on Aug. 1, when General Assistance ended for a second time. Dalia is a former beneficiary of the state-run program, which provided a $205-a-month stipend to more than 12,000 people with disabilities, in treatment for addiction, and fleeing domestic […]