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Faith Leaders Join Krasner’s Call to End Pa. Death Penalty

Faith leaders from the Philadelphia region and across the nation are urging the abolition of the death penalty in Pennsylvania following a Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office study finding that capital punishment is unconstitutionally applied to mostly poor defendants of color. District Attorney Larry Krasner announced the results of the DAO’s study concluding that the death […]

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Philadelphia Releases New Community Heat-Relief Plan

Mayor Jim Kenney and City officials representing several departments joined community partners in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood today to celebrate the release of the City’s first-ever Community Heat Relief Plan. “Though not always obvious, surface temperature varies throughout the city. The hottest neighborhoods tend to be predominantly low income Black and Latinx communities. Extreme heat […]

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Gov. Wolf Plans to Transform State-Government Customer Service

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the launch of an ambitious initiative that will improve customer service by making it easier for Pennsylvanians to connect with state agencies and services, while protecting their privacy and personal information. “I learned in the private sector the most important part of business is trust and excellent customer service,” said […]

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GOP Unity or Trump-imposed deal? It’s a buffet of rumors, a smorgasbord of conjecture and basically anybody’s guess on how the deal was struck for Pennsylvania GOP State Committee chair this past Saturday. The two candidates, VICE CHAIR BERNADETTE “BERNIE” COMFORT and LAWRENCE TABAS, were running against each other for the coveted top seat but […]

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Governor, Mayor Slam Hahnemann Hospital’s Owner

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a joint statement regarding Hahnemann University Hospital: “The situation at Hahnemann University Hospital, caused by CEO Joel Freedman and his team of venture capitalists, is an absolute disgrace and shows a greed-driven lack of care for the community. The hospital has $300 million in debt […]

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Sheriff’s Office Recovers $60 Million in Delinquent Taxes

Sheriff Jewell Williams announced that in Fiscal Year 2019, the Sheriff’s Office collected $60.2M in delinquent taxes and fees for the City of Philadelphia. These funds come from the sales of tax-delinquent properties and related fees associated with those sales. In Fiscal Year 2012, when Williams took office, only $27 million was collected and sent […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy – Jul. 4, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Should I be worried about going to my meeting of creditors? Answer: After you file a bankruptcy case, you are required to attend a Meeting of Creditors. This is scheduled for about a month after your petition is filed and is usually the only appearance […]

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Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill, Saves Straight-Ticket Voting

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed SB 48. “Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Wolf. “SB 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth […]

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SEPTA’s South Philly Bus Depot Goes Sustainable

SEPTA’s Sustainability Program achieved a new milestone with the completion of a series of innovative projects at the Southern Bus Depot that have transformed the more than 100-year-old facility into one of the most sustainable in the entire transit industry. The transformation was comprised of three distinct projects representing the breadth of environmental focus that […]

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S.E. Republicans Back Wolf’s ‘Restore Pennsylvania’

Guided by local feedback on the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania’s communities, the Restore Pennsylvania legislation was introduced with strong bipartisan support. HB 1585, sponsored by State Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Thomas Murt (R-Northeast), has 98 cosponsors and SB 725, sponsored by State Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) has 25 cosponsors. “We […]

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