A Bitter Legal Fight Over a Philadelphia Soda Tax Could Decide the Future of Sugar Taxes in the US

Legal battles can be expensive to tax payers and time consuming for city and state legal departments. Philadelphia has been at loggerheads with the industry for almost two years, racking up legal fees north of $1.4 million.

Philadelphia Tries to Thwart Exuberant Eagles Fans With New Substance

The city hasn't been able to control sports fans with Crisco previously, so crowd-control planners tried this instead.

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

Protecting Heroin Clinics From Prosecution

The next district attorney of Philadelphia plans to condone safe-injection sites, where people can use the drug under medical supervision.

Philadelphia Seeks a Cross-Sector Solution to Gun Violence

Recognizing federal and state policies are beyond their control, local officials want the City of Brotherly Love to become a national model for reducing firearm-related crimes.

The Watchdog Inside the DA's Office

In Philadelphia and other cities, prosecutors have formed “conviction review units”—special teams that reinvestigate cases they may have gotten wrong.

Attorney General's Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders Are 'Irrelevant' in Philadelphia

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.

A Replacement for Overworked Public Defenders?

Through a suburban Philadelphia program, offenders’ family members learn how to help their criminal defense—and do some of the nitty-gritty work lawyers would typically handle.

Deal Reached to Clean Up the East Coast’s Biggest Open-Air Drug Market

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ky. fraud hotline raises concerns; Cuomo says “Amtrak must pay” for commuter mess; and Seattle leaders considering city income-tax plan.

What’s Holding Back Philadelphia From Being a ‘Top-Tier’ City?

The sixth-largest U.S. metro and top 10 research spender still isn’t globally relevant, according to a new Brookings report.

Philadelphia's Predatory Lending Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

The city alleges the bank unfairly targeted minorities with bad loans.

New Legislation Requires Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Tax Incentives

Philadelphia has 21 tax incentives and exemptions, and those programs resulted in an average of at least $215 million in forgone city tax revenue in recent years.

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

“Our growth—our business growth, our population growth, our economic growth—is rooted firmly in our immigrant population,” the mayor said in an interview.

5 Cities Take Smart City Planning to the Next Level

From engaging underserved populations to preparing for climate change’s most devastating effects, these cities have their work cut out for them.

Philadelphia Mayor Factchecks Trump’s Remarks on City’s Murder Rate

“President Trump’s false statements today were an insult to the men and women of the Philadelphia police force,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Never Been Married? In Philadelphia, You’re Not Alone.

Although Philadelphia's percentage of adults who never married stands out among the most populous cities, it is very much in keeping with those of other high-poverty cities.

Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.

SEPTA Strike Cripples Philly Transit; Chicago’s Deadly October

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Sacramento’s homeless toilet station costs; Milwaukee County’s proposed “wheel tax” to pay for crumbling infrastructure; and Colorado used as out-of-state ballot fodder.