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(Philadelphia City Council has been meeting temporarily in a sixth-floor courtroom of City Hall after City Council chambers, on the fourth floor, was flooded by a burst water pipe.  Cleanup of Council chambers continues.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Four More Exemptions to Citywide Indoor Smoking Ban

Lawmakers next month will consider a bill that revises the smoking ban to rule out any future waivers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

Tom Wolf File Photo (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Gov. Wolf Seeks Healthy Pa. Natural Gas Industry; Again Denies Ban Threat

Governor Wolf, who proposed a tax on natural gas drilling last week, says he wants the natural gas industry to succeed in the state and denies that he’s threatening a ban.

02/19/2015

(The ice pack extends from bank to bank along the Delaware River, underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

U.S. Coast Guard Dispatches Ice-Breakers To Keep Ice-Clogged Delaware River Navigable

The ice is 6-8 inches thick along some parts of the Delaware, and that has prompted the US Coast Guard to take action.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

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Montco Coroner Reminds Public To Check on Elderly Neighbors During Cold Wave

He says elderly residents suffering from dementia walked away from their homes in Upper Dublin and Lower Merion, and were found dead. A third person, from West Philadelphia, was taken to Lankenau Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(The group Able Bodied Christian Men shovels snow from in front of a Philadelphia home.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

For One Phila. Volunteer Group, Snowfall Means a Chance To Serve Those In Need

“This is our best way to show love,” says Jackie Wleh, founder of Able Bodied Christian Men, Inc.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/17/2015

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Homeless Man, Living in Tent in Southampton Twp., NJ, Found Dead in Frigid Cold

Capt. Stephen Jones of New Jersey State Police say 59-year-old Eugene Powell died even though he had people checking on him.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/17/2015

MAYBE IT WAS THE WEATHER.  Just a few hardy souls showed up for an ice skating session at Dilworth Park, adjacent to City Hall, hosted by the Philadelphia Flyers.  The thermometer read 10 degrees.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

For A Few, The Perfect Temperature For Ice Skating With Flyers Hockey Players

It was 10 degrees F. out, but members of the Flyers ice hockey team hosted a lunchtime skate outside City Hall.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

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PennDOT Says Hundreds Of Trucks Are Standing By To Plow Next Round Of Snow

Even though President’s Day is a state holiday, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation managers were on the job, planning their ground strategy to handle the approaching snowstorm.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Gearing Up To Make Sure Homeless Are Sheltered During ‘Code Blue’ Cold Snap

When temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the City of Philadelphia puts its “Code Blue” initiatives in place.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(A car and its owner brave the cold.  KYW file photo)

Cold Weather Creates Extra Stress On Your Car’s Major Parts, Expert Warns

“In really cold weather like this, the metal is so brittle, you can hit a bump the wrong way and break springs,” notes Hugh Snyderman, second-generation owner of a Gulf station in Old City Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

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Study Finds ‘Megadroughts’ To Afflict Parts Of U.S. After 2050

“Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

02/13/2015

(One connecting corridor below City Hall shows many signs of deterioration.  Photo by John McDevitt)

SEPTA Will Delay Massive Overhaul of City Hall Station Until After DNC 2016 Convention

Until yesterday’s announcement that the Democratic convention will be in Philadelphia next year, Septa had planned to begin a $150-million renovation of the corridors under City Hall by the start of that summer.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(A pedestrian walks down Marshall Street in Boston, Mass. on February 10th, when the city was hit with its third major snowstorm in three weeks, closing schools and suspending train service.  Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Getty Images)

PennDOT, NJ DOT Pitching In To Help Boston Area Dig Out From Mammoth Snowfalls

Penndot is dispatching trucks, plows, and crews from across the state. New Jersey DOT is sending ten dumptrucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders, six front-end loaders, ten “bobcats,” and 36 workers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(This sign, at the corner of 20th and Winter Streets, would be replaced with a digital version under the Franklin Institute's plan.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Franklin Institute Defends Its Plan For Electronic Signage on Logan Circle

“It’s only six by ten,” the museum’s attorney says. “It’s an accessory sign — it’s not outdoor advertising.” Opponents say it could engender more digital signs along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at the Caln Elementary School, in Thorndale, Pa.  Image from Commonwealth of Pa. TV)

Gov. Wolf, in Chesco, Promotes Natural Gas Drilling Tax as Benefit For Pennsylvania’s Schools

Wolf says his natural gas drilling tax plan could raise $1 billion, most of which would go to education.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

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