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SEPTA union looks for raises up to 5 percent in next contract

March 11, 2009

SEPTA management is continuing to negotiate with the union representing bus, subway, and trolley operators to come to a new contract agreement. Transport Workers Union Local 234 delivered a proposal to management yesterday, and SEPTA officials are expected to bring a counter-offer this morning. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.



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District hearing on plan to close North Philadelphia's William Penn High School this afternoon

March 11, 2009

Opponents of the plan to close North Philadelphia's William Penn High School will get their say at a school district hearing this afternoon. WHYY's Bill Hangley reports.



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Get out your broom! Philly Spring Cleanup date set

March 10, 2009

City officials say the 2nd annual Philadelphia Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday April 4th. Details from WHYY's Bill Hangley.



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Philadelphia School Reform Commission considers district's five year reform plan

March 9, 2009

Philadelphia's School Reform Commission is considering the School District's five year reform plan. Meanwhile, apprehension about school closures and restructurings is pushing students, parents, and teachers to speak out. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.



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SEPTA, unions at bargaining table

March 6, 2009

The clock is ticking on a contract between SEPTA and roughly 5,000 operators and mechanics. Today SEPTA officials and Transport Workers Union officials are negotiating - trying to avoid the first strike since a seven-day work stoppage in 2005. More from WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler.



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State Supreme Court puts on a show for educators

March 6, 2009

Philadelphia-area schoolteachers got a unique learning experience today in one of Philadelphia City Hall's hidden gems. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports from a session at the State Supreme Court's Philadelphia Home.

Caption: At right, State Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille.



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NJ troopers challenge retirement age

March 6, 2009

One hundred twenty New Jersey troopers are fighting to work past the mandatory retirement age of 55. The troopers have filed a lawsuit against the state. WHYY's Shai Ben-Yaacov reports.



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Temple law students hope to free the innocent

March 6, 2009

Nine convicts were released from Pennsylvania prisons when DNA evidence proved them innocent. Now the state will launch its own "Innocence Project" based at Temple University's Law School. Temple law students will research the cases and work with volunteer attorneys to file appeals. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports.



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Pennsylvania Higher Education Asssistance Agency says cost-cutting will continue

March 6, 2009

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board-members say they're confident cost-cutting measures will continue, despite this week's firing of PHEAA president and CEO Michael Hershock. WHYY's Scott Detrow reports on the foundation's new leader.



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City trying to help would-be homeowners

March 5, 2009

Philadelphia is expanding a program seeking to help workers employed in the city buy homes. WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports those who work for qualifying companies could get city money to transition from renters to homeowners.



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Repeat: This is only a test

March 5, 2009

Philadelphia officials are satisfied with their response to a test of the city's Emergency Operations Center. The test is mandated by the state, and WHYY's Tom MacDonald reports the mock operation was meant to test the system.



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Penn announces plan for green space along Schuylkill

March 5, 2009

The University of Pennsylvania is building Penn Park, a $40 million green space on what used to be U.S. Postal Service parking lots. It's the centerpiece of its Penn Connects fundraising campaign. WHYY's Denis Devine has the story.



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