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Former Pa. Gov. Rendell lauds Biden’s infrastructure plan

Former Pa. Gov. Rendell lauds Biden’s infrastructure plan

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Gov. Ed Rendell has been advocating for infrastructure investment for years as co-chair of the bipartisan group . He said the plan the president put forth on Wednesday is reasonable, given the timeframe he laid out.“People get scared by that $1.4 trillion price tag, but it’s over eight years,” he said. “I think it’s the right size. We can do this. It will give us some first-class infrastructure again, and the greatest country in the world should have a great infrastructure.”Rendell said the corporate tax increase that will pay for the bill restores only...

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Exclusive: Premier Schuylkill River regattas to return in May

Exclusive: Premier Schuylkill River regattas to return in May

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s premier rowing regattas will return to the Schuylkill River in May. They are the first special events to be permitted since the onset of COVID-19 more than a year ago.Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation has given permission for the Dad Vail and Stotesbury regattas to return. Their applications gained approval just two weeks after the city reopened the permitting process.SCOOP: Dad Vail and Stotesbury will return to the Schuylkill River in May-- 1st special events has permitted since the onset of — Pat Loeb (@PatLoeb)The events will...

Apr 1
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DA Krasner fails to get his party’s support for reelection run

DA Krasner fails to get his party’s support for reelection run

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In a highly unusual move, the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee executive board has decided not to endorse incumbent Larry Krasner for district attorney in the upcoming primary.The only citywide election in the last 45 years when the committee didn’t endorse the incumbent was the last sheriff’s race, when incumbent Jewell Williams was the target of multiple sexual harassment lawsuits.Krasner is facing no such scandal, but party officials privy to the executive board’s discussions say many ward leaders strongly opposed an endorsement and said they would...

Mar 26
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City initiative aims to instill confidence about reopening, returning to Philadelphia

City initiative aims to instill confidence about reopening, returning to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One year after Philadelphia shut down for COVID-19, city officials and business leaders are beginning to plan for a full reopening.Philadelphia officials joined business leaders on Wednesday to unveil a yearlong campaign, called , which they hope will encourage workers and visitors to come back to the city.It’s been a tough year, but Mayor Jim Kenney said things have started to feel different over the last few weeks.“We’ve dramatically ramped up our vaccination program, our kids are heading back to the classroom and we are gradually easing restrictions,” he...

Mar 24
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World Cup bid committee says Philly still in the game to host in 2026

World Cup bid committee says Philly still in the game to host in 2026

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s bid to host games in the took another step forward on Tuesday. Officials from FIFA had an online meeting with the city's bid committee, one of a series soccer's governing body is holding with each of the 17 finalist cities as part of the selection process.Bid committee chairman David Cohen says this one was about technical issues at the "match play venue" — in this case, Lincoln Financial Field: sight lines, turf, those sorts of concerns."I think one of the strengths of our bid is Lincoln Financial Field," Cohen said."Every question a FIFA...

Mar 24
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Philadelphia 911 dispatchers say they are inadequately protected against COVID-19

Philadelphia 911 dispatchers say they are inadequately protected against COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At an online town hall with City Council on Thursday, Philadelphia 911 dispatchers complained about the high toll that COVID-19 is taking on them.State law requires 43 dispatchers to be on duty at all times, which makes it difficult to practice social distancing, according to their union’s business agent, Darnell Davis. He said requests for other protective measures, such as Plexiglas dividers, have gone unheeded.“As of today, they have five Plexiglas dividers to separate 43 people,” he said. “The rest of the things they’re separating them with is cardboard...

Dec 18
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Philadelphia to ask residents to help shape city budget through new 'participatory' process

Philadelphia to ask residents to help shape city budget through new 'participatory' process

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia is joining the growing number of cities that ask residents to decide how to spend public money.The city's foray into "participatory budgeting" will begin this spring with $1 million in capital spending from the mayor's budget. Budget director Marissa Waxman says residents will be asked to suggest projects to spend it on, and then in June, as the budget process is wrapping up, they'll vote on which ideas should be funded."It gives more direct input into the budget process and it's something that we wanted to do last year and then, pandemic, so we...

Dec 7
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A peaceful end to protest encampment on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway as city reaches agreement with organizers

A peaceful end to protest encampment on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway as city reaches agreement with organizers

UPDATED: Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section is going away peacefully. The city has reached an agreement with encampment organizers.City officials say the protesters who led the encampment have agreed to fold up their tents and clear an athletic field on the Parkway by the end of the week.In exchange, the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority will gradually transfer 50 vacant properties to a land trust, controlled by the protest organizers — 10 within five days of the campers moving out...

October 14, 2020
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Philly police investigate break-in at election machine warehouse

Philly police investigate break-in at election machine warehouse

UPDATED: 6:40 p.m.PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are investigating a burglary at an election machine warehouse Tuesday night in East Falls. A laptop and encrypted USB drives were taken, but officials are trying to reassure voters that it won’t affect the presidential election.The Philadelphia City Commissioners issued a statement, saying the stolen laptop did not have any election material on it and is not able to program files for voting machines. They added that it has security features to prevent unauthorized access and the user account has been disabled.They did not...

October 1, 2020
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City Council to vote on new zoning rules for Society Hill

City Council to vote on new zoning rules for Society Hill

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council is poised to approve new, restrictive zoning rules for Society Hill this week, over the objections of critics, including the Planning Commission, who said the bill will thwart the city's goals on affordable housing, historic preservation and climate change."The staff believes that the bill creates unnecessary overlay restrictions and exempts one neighborhood from multiple historic preservation measures that were added to the zoning code by City Council after the two-year Historic Preservation Task Force process," City Planner Paula...

September 27, 2020
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