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Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow testifies at a City Council budget hearing on May 21, 2015.  (Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council Hungry For Alternatives to Mayor’s Proposed Property Tax Hike

Mayor Nutter’s plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.

05/22/2015

Pango App

Phila. Parking Authority OKs Pay-By-Smartphone App

The board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority has given a thumbs-up to a system called Pango, a free smartphone app that allows you to feed the meter (or kiosk) with your cell phone.

05/21/2015

Deadly train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. (credit: CBS)

Sen. Casey Wants Congress To Quickly Fund Wider Train Safety Programs

Casey says Positive Train Control could have prevented the fatal derailment of Amtrak 188.

05/21/2015

(Mayor Nutter serves birthday cake to Dr. Eli Zebooker, 102, and one of Zebooker's grandsons at a city celebration for centenarians.  Photo by Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Celebrates Its Centenarians With Birthday Party A Century in the Making

Eli Zebooker, a retired center city dentist, was the oldest man in attendance. He is a spry 102.

05/21/2015

(File photo by KYW's Matt Leon)

Patco Will Apply For Federal Funds To Get Dormant Franklin Square PATCO Station Reopened

The DRPA’s latest study suggests that reopening the station under Franklin Square, near 6th and Race Streets, wouldn’t increase ridership all that much but would enhance the area’s economy.

05/21/2015

(Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, left, and Mayor Nutter speak with reporters after their post-primary meeting at City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter, Kenney Mend Fences As Mayoral Campaign Heads Toward General Election

Nutter formally endorsed Kenney, despite Kenney’s frequent criticisms of Nutter’s administration.

05/21/2015

(File image.  Credit: CBS3)

Christie Didn’t Disclose Free Cowboys Tickets on State Form

The New Jersey Ethics Commission asked the state attorney general for an opinion on how far Christie’s executive order requiring financial disclosure actually goes. The six-page opinion does not address the tickets specifically.

05/21/2015

(Pa. state senator Vincent Hughes speaks with reporters in the state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

State Senator From Philadelphia Proposes ‘Marshall Plan’ For Local Housing

State Senator Vincent Hughes is starting with a tour today of some parts of Philadelphia in desperate need of rebuilding.

05/21/2015

Chris Christie, in file photo. (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/ Getty Images)

Gov. Christie Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

Gov. Chris Christie has sign an executive order aimed at better protecting the state from cybersecurity threats.

05/20/2015

(Camden mayor Dana Redd, back to camera, and schools superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, in white shirt, work with schoolkids to plant flowers outside the Isabel Miller Community Center.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Camden Opens Another Center To Help Parents And Schoolkids Succeed

The program at Isabel Miller Community Center includes skill-building tips on health and wellness, career readiness, and family bonding.

05/20/2015

(Participants in the 2014 GirlSTEM conference.  Photo provided)

Bucks County Conference Aims To Give Girls A Leg Up in ‘STEM’ Careers

STEM, of course, stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

05/20/2015

(Some of the thousands of replies, both well-meaning and less so, that have hit the @POTUS Twitter account. Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Pres. Obama’s Twitter Account Draws Out The Usual Trolls

The White House says every tweet to or from the president’s account is archived permanently for possible future review.

05/20/2015

Jim Kenney (credit: Tim Jimenez)

La Salle Poli-Sci Professor On Kenney: ‘I Think He’ll Have A Landslide Second Term’

La Salle Political Science professor Dr. Mary Ellen Balchunis told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT morning host that she not only expects Kenney to win the election this November, but is already predicting a second term.

05/20/2015

File photo: Candidates for Philadelphia Mayor. (Credit: Randall E. Scott)

Election Analysis: Mayoral Candidates Stuck Largely To The Issues

Jim Kenney wasn’t the only winner on Primary Day in Philadelphia. Education had a big night, too.

05/19/2015

(Lynne Abraham concedes.  Photo from CBS3)

No Regrets Despite Loss, Says Lynne Abraham; Wants Spending Reforms

Abraham told her supporters tonight that she’s not sad at all, and that she was proud to be only the second woman to run for Philadelphia mayor.

05/19/2015