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More state money to help Philadelphia schools remove lead paint

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Wolf announced Wednesday that the state is kicking in extra money to help Philadelphia schools continue to remove lead paint from their buildings.   Visitors’ shoes stick to the flypaper-like adhesive mats at the entrances to rooms at Heston Elementary School in West Parkside. The walls, windows and floors are covered […]

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20-year-old man charged for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Haverford College, kill parents

MEDIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 20-year-old Tredyffrin Township man has been arrested after he threatened to kill his family and “shoot up” Haverford College. On July 26, Haverford Township police were notified that Frank Wang, a former Haverford student, told another former student that he thought about killing his parents and carrying out a […]

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Couple who beat 4-year-old to death after he spilled cereal will spend rest of their lives in prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Willow Grove couple who beat a 4-year-old boy to death because he spilled his cereal are on their way to state prison, where they’ll spend the rest of their lives. Montgomery County Judge Risa Ferman told Kieff King what he and Lisa Smith did to 4-year-old Tahjir Smith is […]

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Pennsylvanians can get a gender-neutral driver’s license within a year, PennDOT says

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT is planning to offer Pennsylvanians a gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses within a year.  PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said state officials have been monitoring the issue and recently decided to move forward as more and more states have issued similar options. The new license would denote an “X” in the […]

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After 3 years of renovations, Franklin Square gets upgraded fountain

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A newly upgraded fountain in Franklin Square was unveiled Wednesday, and it took three years to complete. “In 1837, City Council passed a resolution calling for, ‘a fountain of grand proportions,’” explained Amy Needle, executive director of Historic Philadelphia. She said the grand fountain and the park were in disarray until 2006, when […]

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Philly man’s wrongful conviction overturned after 22 years behind bars

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another Philadelphia man’s murder conviction was overturned Tuesday after he spent 22 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Testimony decades later revealed the prosecution’s entire case was based on the lie of a single witness. John Miller was in his 20s when he was convicted for the […]

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A third party goes after traditionally Republican seats in Philadelphia City Council

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two new candidates joined the race for Philadelphia City Council-at-large Wednesday. They’re backed by the Working Families Party, and they’re targeting seats traditionally held by Republicans.  Kendra Brooks and Nic O’Rourke filed twice the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot, which Brooks says shows their pro-public schools, justice […]

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Philly man admits to killing dad, aunt 2 years ago

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Leonard Finney smiled brightly at loved ones as he entered the courtroom Tuesday morning. Moments before, he admitted he was the one who shot and killed his father and aunt in May 2017. Finney, 26, was on trial for the murders of 47-year-old Raymond Finney and 53-year-old Florence Pompey. He has […]

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Former Eagle LeSean McCoy pays $55k to cop hurt in 2016 bar fight

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has paid $55,000 to a Philadelphia police officer who was hurt in a nightclub fight with McCoy and former University of Pittsburgh running back Tamarcus Porter more than three years ago. But the cop is still waiting for a payment from Porter. A judge ordered […]

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Flashpoint Extra: BlackStar Film Festival draws big names to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The eighth annual BlackStar Film Festival, which includes more than 100 films, will kick off Thursday in University City, and it’s drawing big-name filmmakers. BlackStar is the annual celebration of the visual storytelling traditions of people of the African diaspora and global communities of color. “It’s a boutique festival,” said Maori Holmes, […]