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MightFest celebrates Philly’s Mighty Writers program

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 2nd annual MightFest was held this weekend in front of the Franklin Institute.  MightyFest was a celebration of the year-long work of the youth writing organization Mighty Writers. Education Director Rachel Loeper says 3,500 kids participate in Mighty Writers workshops and after school programs throughout the year. “At Mighty Writers […]

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Experts fear proposed rule change puts SNAP benefits at risk

PHILADELPHIA — People who advocate for low-income families are sounding the alarm over a proposed rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed new eligibility requirements for SNAP, and experts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey say hundreds of thousands of people will go hungry […]

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City program aims to help employee people with special needs

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia is launching a new program that’s aimed at helping people with special needs gain meaningful employment with one of its departments.   The Parks & Recreation workforce pilot program is aimed at providing jobs for disabled people. “We have a gentleman who works for us now. He is […]

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Conference brings hospitality house leaders to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – Leaders from hospitality houses from across the country were in Philadelphia this week for the first-ever National Healthcare Hospitality Network Leadership Conference. “To brainstorm about best practices and innovation in how we support families who are going through a healthcare crisis when they’re away from home,” explained Jan L Weinstock with […]

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Gloucester Township police chief retires after 33 years

GLOUCESTER TWP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — After more than three decades on the force, Harry Earle, chief of the Gloucester Township Police Department, plans to calls it a career.    Earle has spent most of his life in Gloucester Township. His family still has a business there. But he opted to become a cop and rose […]

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Pa’s highest court says no to hearing death penalty fight

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by federal defenders and the city’s district attorney to rule the death penalty unconstitutional.    The high court rejected a motion to grant extraordinary relief — known as a King’s Bench petition — for two death row inmates, Jermont Cox and Kevin Marinelli. The […]

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Pa. Supreme Court casts doubt on Philly’s claim over lot

PENNSYLVANIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s back to Common Pleas Court for a Philadelphia man who is claiming ownership of a city lot because he’s been tending to it for 30 years. This week the state Supreme Court gave Frank Galdo a victory, when it ordered Common Pleas Court to take another look at his claim […]

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New Jersey AG ends ICE agreements with counties

NEWARK, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey’s top law enforcement official signed an order Friday that ends special agreements that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had made with Monmouth and Cape May counties, allowing ICE to deputize local police for immigration duties.  According to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the agency used what are known as 287(g) […]

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Dozens rally for climate change in Philly as numbers dwindle

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What a difference a week makes. About a thousand people gathered in Philadelphia for the first Climate Strike last Friday. Today, not so much. About three dozen people clustered on the northwest corner of City Hall, appearing a little unnerved at the small size of their assembly. However, that didn’t appear to […]

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City kicks off fall with free street tree giveaways

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you’re looking to spruce up your street, the city has a free option. In an effort to increase the tree canopy in Philadelphia neighborhoods, the city is giving away trees at nearly two dozen giveaway events across the city this fall. TreePhilly has been offering the free trees since 2012 as […]