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Fire in West Philadelphia damages 8 homes

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 20 residents were displaced and at least eight rowhomes were damaged after a massive fire in West Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. Officials said it broke out shortly before noon along Walnut Street near 61st Street. It took firefighters about a half-hour to control. Residents like Debbie Brown were grateful no […]

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Phillies to unveil new look for the Phanatic

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillie Phanatic is getting a makeover. The lovable mascot’s new look is expected to be unveiled at Sunday’s spring training game in Clearwater.  The changes come amid the team’s legal battle with the Phanatic’s creators. At Chickie and Pete’s in South Philadelphia, there was a lot of anticipation for the […]

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As virus spreads, so do concerns over imported Chinese goods

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread around the world, so do concerns about the risk of contracting the deadly disease from packages containing goods made in China. According to KYW Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said there is an extremely low chance of […]

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Man allegedly fled Norristown car crash due to warrant

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A man is accused of fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run in Norristown because he knew he was already wanted for selling a lethal dose of heroin in Upper Merion.  The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office says 28-year-old Marquese Gaines was driving the Infiniti sedan that hit 35-year-old Timothy Manning […]

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Electric bikes are returning to Philadelphia streets

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city’s transportation department rolled out electric bikes last year, and after some initial problems with missing bikes, it’s back again this year. Some 300 e-bikes are already appearing on city streets.  Aaron Ritz, manager of the Philadelphia Transportations Program, says this year’s e-bike fleet is more than double what it […]

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Police: Pregnant woman shot, killed in North Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say a pregnant woman was shot to death on a North Philadelphia street Friday night. The victim is said to be in her 30s. Authorities say she was shot in the chest around North Ninth and West York streets just before 6 p.m.  A man was critically wounded and […]

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Anti-crime initiative gets drugs, weapons off Philly streets

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than $1 million worth of drugs and weapons are now off the streets of Philadelphia. Philadelphia police are calling their recent initiative a community success after $1.2 million in drugs and weapons were recovered along with more than $75,000 in cash. The police department, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement […]

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Philly ethics board settle 4 campaign finance violations

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics has reached settlements for campaign finance violations with four City Council candidates, two of whom were re-elected. They were small cases but there were a lot of them, and the board is serious about its role as campaign finance watchdog. In one, Councilmember Allan Domb collected $11,000 […]

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In hearing, City Council targets unlicensed contractors

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council is calling for more enforcement of construction regulations on what it calls the “underground economy.”  Contractors who fail to get permits, who provide false information or pay workers under the table not only rob the city of revenue but potentially create unsafe conditions for workers and homeowners, according […]

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3 new mumps cases confirmed at Temple University

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Following last spring’s on-campus outbreak, more cases of the mumps have been reported among Temple University students. The university said at least three students came down with the viral disease, though they are no longer ill. The question remains, however: Did they contaminate others? Spokesman Ray Betzner said the university is […]