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(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

At-Large Seats Among Contested Phila. City Council Races

In addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party’s nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.

05/19/2015

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pa. House Approves Legislaton That Would Strengthen Charter Schools Statewide

Under the Republican-backed update to the current law, now nearly two decades old, charter schools would get their funding directly from the state, rather than having money pass through local school districts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/07/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco, in her City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Marian Tasco Announces Retirement From Philadelphia City Council

“I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election this year for City Council, for the 9th District,” Tasco told KYW Newsradio this morning.

01/13/2015

(Pennsylvania legislators and other officials ask Gov. Corbett to immediately release $45 million in state funds so Philadelphia schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Officials Want Corbett To Clear Emergency Money For Phila. Schools

State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.

08/13/2013

(Flanked by lawmakers, mostly from the Pennsylvania Legislature, Rep. Cherelle Parker describes new legislation directed at improving Philadelphia's AVI.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Bring Legislation to Advance Philadelphia’s Property Tax Overhaul

Several pieces of legislation were passed in the last session to enable Mayor Nutter’s property tax overhaul known as “AVI,” for Actual Value Initiative. Now, lawmakers plan to introduce more legislation to enhance the changeover process.

01/15/2013

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Pa. Attorney General Says Philadelphia Judge Should Hand Off Case Of Facebook “Friend”

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has asked Judge Charles Hayden to step aside from the case because he and the accused — a state lawmaker — are “friends” on Facebook.

11/16/2011

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Facebook ‘Friendship’ Between Judge And Defendant Raises Questions

Last week, Philadelphia municipal court judge Charles Hayden dismissed some key evidence in a drunk driving case against Pennsylvania state house member Cherelle Parker. The state attorney general is mulling an appeal. Some questions have been raised over a Facebook “friendship” the judge shares with the defendant.

11/08/2011

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Pennsylvania Representative Cherelle Parker Charged With DUI

Police allege an officer observed her driving the wrong way along the 5800 block of Baynton Street, which is a one way thoroughfare in Germantown.

05/06/2011

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Proposed Bill Would Expand Self-Defense Rights

A bill headed to Governor Rendell’s desk would expand the right to use lethal force in self-defense in Pennsylvania. The measure would also strengthen the state’s Megan’s Law.

11/16/2010