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Mayor Kenney kills 6 City Council bills with a pocket veto

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney almost made it through his first term without vetoing any legislation from City Council. But with just a few days left, he’s told City Council he won’t sign six bills that members passed this month, effectively killing them with what is known as a pocket veto. “Looking, […]

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Fund for 2 mummers killed raises $40K for mummers in need

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hearts are heavy for the South Philadelphia String Band this New Year’s Day. On Jan. 2, 2019, two members of the group were killed when a car slammed into their SUV. Mummers Joseph Ferry, 36, and Dennis Palandro Jr., 31, were killed. Ferry’s fiancee, Kelly Wiseley, 35, was also killed. Palandro’s […]

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Philly prepares to ring in the new year with fireworks

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thousands are expected at Penn’s Landing for the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks shows, and crews at the Navy Yard Wednesday made their final checks on the barges that carry the explosives. Before the two 100-foot barges moved into position along the Delaware River, crews at the Navy Yard connected a spaghetti […]

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Philly’s new police commissioner hints at reforms

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After being officially tapped by the mayor on Monday, the city’s new police commissioner has already hinted at how she wants to reshape the Philadelphia Police Department.  Related: Mayor appoints Danielle Outlaw of Portland as Philly’s new top cop When Danielle Outlaw takes over as commissioner in February, it will take […]

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2019 homicide rate the highest Philly has seen in a decade

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man was killed in North Philadelphia Tuesday morning — breaking a years-long record for the most homicides in Philadelphia in more than a decade. Authorities say a 47-year-old was shot in the chest and arm outside Temple University Hospital, along Germantown Avenue near West Tioga Street, around 11 a.m. His […]

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2019: The year in sound and images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — KYW Newsradio reporters take us through the biggest stories of 2019, the news that affected our region, the headlines that got us talking — from a year we won’t soon forget. It’s the KYW Newsradio “All Local Year in Review.” The beginning of the year saw union leader “Johnny Doc” and City Councilmember Bobby Henon […]

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In new book, Stan Hochman’s works come back to forefront

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Stan Hochman spent more than five decades at the Philadelphia Daily News as one of the best and most read Philadelphia sportswriters. He died in 2015 at the age of 86, but a new book brings some of his best work back to the forefront.  The book was edited by his widow, […]

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Officials: Tent city at 18th and Vine will disappear soon

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may have noticed the tent city that popped up at 18th and Vine streets a number of months ago, but the city says that encampment will be going away soon.   Liz Hersch, director of the Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, says next Monday, Jan. 6, will be the final day […]

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Mummers make final New Year’s parade preparations

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s crunch time in the clubhouses as mummers make their final preparations for the annual New Year’s parade. As the hours before New Year’s tick down, Avalon String Band costume coordinator Jimmy Tatar looked over the glittered and sequined outfits for the band’s “Going Down the Bayou” theme, saying he couldn’t imagine […]

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Esports makes its way to Pennsylvania high schools

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to esports in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association or the PIEA will govern high school and middle school electronic sports throughout the Commonwealth. “Purposeful gaming is the goal of the entity,” said Langdon Ramsburg, chair of McNees’ Esports Practice Group. He says […]