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Mantua Neighborhood Gets Federal ‘Promise Zone’ Designation

The selection as a Promise Zone means that neighborhood will be given preference when applying for a host of other federal grants.


Stigall Show Log 10.29.13

Chris examines the loss healthcare plans under Obamacare, Chris Christie’s appearance on CBS This Morning, and the damage done to the Philadelphia region by calling it the “Delaware Valley.”

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–10/29/2013

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Report: 7 in 10 College Students Get Financial Aid

New data from the National Post Secondary Student Aid Study, shows 71% of undergraduates received some form of financial aid in the 2011-2012 academic year, up from four years before.


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Air Pollution Controls On Coal Burning Power Plants Have Environmentalists Saying They Now Need Water Pollution Controls Too

The public comment period ends next Friday on proposed environmental regulations that could pit your light switch against your water faucet.


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Government’s Access To Cell Phone Records Leaves Privacy Advocates Fuming

The Obama administration and some senators are defending the newly-uncovered but long-active government program to grab our cell phone records – it’s crucial for national security, they say. But privacy advocates are fuming.


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Why You Should Wait Until 2016 To Sell Your Home

Planning to sell your home? You may want to wait until 2016 before listing it.


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Attorney General Promises Local Law Enforcement Officials Greater Federal Assistance

U-S Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia on Monday to announce some new federal help in the city’s ongoing struggle against violent crime.


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Health: First National Alzheimer’s Plan

The Obama administration today declared that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the country’s biggest health challenges and unveiled the first national Alzheimer’s strategy.


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Local Expert Weighs In On Libya’s Official Transition To Democracy

Three days after the death of Moamar Qaddafi, Libyan rebels have declared liberation and say the country will be guided by Islamic principals.



Sweeping Overhaul To No Child Left Behind Act

Since Congress has not acted to change the No Child Left Behind Act, in a radical overhaul the Obama administration will alter the requirements of the law.


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Philadelphia Among America’s Smoggiest Cities, Says Environmental Group

Michael Tracht of Penn Environment says Philadelphia is the fifth smoggiest big city based on the number of days when the air was unhealthy, both in 2010 and this summer.


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In Philly, VP Biden Pitches White House Plan For High-Speed Rail

In a speech at 30th Street Station that was largely preaching to the proverbial choir, Biden drew parallels as far back as the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.