Environment

(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

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Annotated graphic provided by HUP)

Temporary Overhead Walkway Will Be One Step in HUP’s Plan For New Construction at 34th St.

The walkway is needed because HUP plans to demolish an old office building and put up a new hospital tower there.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(Rabies encephalitis.   Image from CDC - public domain)

2 Raccoons Killed By Family Dogs In South Jersey Confirmed Infected With Rabies

Officials say the dog killed the raccoon in a yard in Haddon Township last Tuesday, February 3rd.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(Phil Bresee testifies before Philadelphia City Council's Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Ahead With Plan To Encourage Restaurants to Compost Their Garbage

A bill before City Council “would allow food establishments to get a dumpster for recycling and composting of food waste,” explains Phil Bresee, recycling director for the Streets Department.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(A road crew works on potholes in Tansboro, NJ.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Drivers’ Prayers Answered? Work Underway On A New, More Effective Pothole Repair System

Leslie McCarthy, an assistant professor at Villanova University, says part of the problem with potholes this year is the way they were repaired last year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(credit: Ron Tomasello/ Camden County Public Affairs)

Camden County Launching Program For Residents To Borrow Tools In A Push To Go Green

Spring is almost just around the corner and it will soon be time to break out the clippers and trim up the greens in your yard.

02/07/2015

(File photo by Michael Regan/ Getty Images)

Delaware Valley Plumbers Say Frigid Weather Means Lots of Frozen Pipes in Homes

Cherry Hill-based plumbing specialist Tom Hutchinson says that with recent temperatures getting down to about 11 degrees, pipes in many homes have already frozen. The trouble, he says, will come as those pipes thaw.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/06/2015

(Penguins seem happy as larks despite Philadelphia's cold snap.  Photo by John McDevitt)

At Philadelphia Zoo, Some Animals Thrive in Frigid Weather, Others Manage With Some Help

Some species can endure the cold weather easily. Others not so much. But the Philadelphia Zoo makes sure all the species are kept happy.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/06/2015

(Credit Jamie Stewart)

Brine And Salt On Roads Keeping Ice Away, But At What Cost?

It may be having an impact on our freshwater creeks since the salt sprinkled on our roads comes straight from the earth.

02/06/2015

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

SEPTA Planning Short-Term Cleanup, Long-Term Repairs For City Hall Station

Those dark, dingy, decaying underground corridors — used by thousands of commuters daily to access the Market-Frankford El, the Broad Street Subway, and underground trolley platforms — have seen better days.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/30/2015

(US Sen. Robert Menendez.  File photo by Mark Wilson/ Getty Images)

NJ Congressmen Ask White House To Stop Proposed Offshore Atlantic Seaboard Oil Exploration

US senator Robert Menendez says one need only look at the scope of damage in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill as proof of the danger to the entire midatlantic coast.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/30/2015

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