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(Philadelphia mayoral candidates Jim Kenney, Anthony Williams, and Lynne Abraham, at a forum at Central High School in March.  Images from PCN TV)

Mayor’s Race Tops Highlighted Contests in Philadelphia Primary

Today’s primary election has the parties choosing not only nominees for mayor, but for all 17 seats on City Council.

05/19/2015

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Also on Philadelphia Ballots: Several Charter Change Questions

Voters are being asked to approve commissions for women and universal pre-kindergarten, a rule promoting multi-language access to city services, and a referendum on school district governance.

05/19/2015

(Photos by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Emergency Responders Recall Frenzy of Amtrak Crash Night

“Controlled chaos would be an understatement,” said police inspector Mike McCarrick, who runs the police department’s East Division, where the derailment occurred.

05/15/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Clarke Endorses Mayoral Candidate Kenney

In the Philadelphia mayor’s race, former City Councilman Jim Kenney has picked up a prize endorsement from City Council President Darrell Clarke.

05/15/2015

(Jim Kenney, at right, campaigns near City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

After Amtrak Derailment, Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Alter Campaigning Plans

Several candidates were canceling appearances out of respect for those killed and injured in the train derailment.

05/13/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee, after his paid-sick-leave measure passes City Council, this time with Mayor Nutter's backing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Paid Sick Leave Takes Effect Even As Harrisburg Considers Overturning Philadelphia Law

Businesses with ten or more workers in Philadelphia face a new mandate from City Hall starting today: they must offer their workers earned paid sick leave.

05/13/2015

(Sam Katz, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sam Katz Says He Won’t Run For Mayor Of Philadelphia

Philadelphia businessman Sam Katz, a three-time candidate for mayor, announced Tuesday he will not run again this year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

(Prisons commissioner Louis Giorla testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Purchase of Land For a New Prison in NE Philly Gets Committee Nod

Prisons commissioner Louis Giorla said the site, on State Road, is both close to other city prisons and far from residential areas.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

(Nutter chief of staff Everett Gillison testifies about the administration's plan to consolidate the city's 911 and 311 call centers.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmaker Nixes Vote on Consolidation of 311 and 911 Call Centers

The mayor’s chief of staff, Everett Gillison, was testifying at a hearing to consider the administration’s plan to consolidate the 911 and 311 centers at the old Quartermaster Depot, at 20th and Oregon.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/11/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Cancels Neighborhood Budget Hearings

City Council President Darrell Clarke has decided to cancel budget hearings that were to be held outside of City Hall in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

05/11/2015

(Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, associate vice president and Title IX coordinator of Drexel University, testifies before Philadelphia City Council's education committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Area Schools Want To Make It Easier to Pursue Campus Sex Assault Cases

Supporters say the concept, nicknamed “Yes Means Yes,” will allow a sex assault case to move forward even if the alleged victim didn’t explicity say “no.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/09/2015

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Bill Inspired By Walt Disney Aims To Reduce Litter On Philadelphia Streets, Sidewalks

Corner stores in Philadelphia will soon be required to put trash and recycling bins out front, thanks to City Council…and Walt Disney.

05/08/2015

(The Airbnb.com web site, showing rentals available in Philadelphia.)

Philadelphia Proposing 8½-Percent Tax on Airbnb-Style Room Rentals

The Nutter administration has authored a measure that for the first time applies the city’s existing hotel tax to Airbnb-type rentals.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/07/2015

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council President Delays Purchase of New Voting Machines

Darrell Clarke says the money is better spent on aging police and fire stations.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

(City Council at-large candidate Allan Domb.  Image provided by campaign)

Limits on City Council At-Large Campaigns Now Doubled After One Candidate Ups His Own Ante

Donation limits on all the candidates have now been doubled because real estate businessman Allan Domb has spent more than $250,000 of his own money promoting his campaign.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

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