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Bucks teen designs Narcan dispenser to combat opioid crisis

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — While cleaning up a field with his soccer club in Philadelphia, Central Bucks High School West senior Kanishk Nazareth came across something unexpected: a body. “(The person) had one of those orange pill bottles in one hand,” he recalled. The person had overdosed.  “It really made it an issue that […]

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West Philadelphia church being demolished

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A historic West Philadelphia church that was gutted by a fire last summer is being torn down as the pastor and his congregation ramp up their efforts to build a new home.   Bishop Benjamin Peterson stood next to a heaping pile of masonry and charred timbers as he watched an excavator […]

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Judge issues order that clears way for safe injection site

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A federal judge has issued an order that clears the way for the nonprofit Safehouse to open a facility in Philadelphia where drug users could inject under medical supervision.  It would be the first of its kind in the nation. Judge Gerald McHugh had ruled in October that Safehouse’s proposal for […]

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Advocates renew campaign to get more money for libraries

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Supporters of Philadelphia’s Free Library system are already gearing up for this year’s budget battle. They want more money for the city’s library branches, but last year’s offensive had only modest success.  The “Friends” of various branches staged their first City Hall rally this week — 10 days before Mayor Jim Kenney presents […]

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Pa. lawmakers eye fix for potential election results delay

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are looking at ways to fix a potential ballot-counting logjam on election night caused by recent changes to state voting law.  In addition to absentee ballot voting, Pennsylvanians can now vote by mail for any reason. But current election law says those absentee and mail ballots cannot be […]

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Warm winter means potentially big savings for PennDOT

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If this year’s winter continues to stay relatively mild, PennDOT says it could save millions of dollars — which will go right back into regional road projects. PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph said they still have about 120,000 tons of salt left — a big indicator of savings for road managers. “We’ve […]

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Wrong-way driver struck, killed man near Temple campus

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly police are looking for the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run Monday night near Temple University’s campus. Shattered glass and pieces of a car were left strewn about on the sidewalk Tuesday morning at Eighth Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, where police say a driver struck and killed […]

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Man charged for murder of pregnant woman, unborn child

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia man has been charged with murdering a pregnant woman and her unborn child, but police are still looking for someone else.   Philadelphia police were called to Temple University Hospital Friday around 6 p.m. regarding a woman who was shot in the chest — and seven months into her pregnancy. […]

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Groundbreaking agreement by Philly’s major health systems

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s health care community has put together an unprecedented strategy for tackling the opioid epidemic, and it could make medically-assisted treatment available to thousands more people seeking to get off of opioids. The Jefferson, Temple, Einstein and Penn medicine systems and the city’s Health Department will get all of their primary […]

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Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won’t place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city’s decision to stop placing children with […]