Philadelphia

Soda Taxes Lead Some to Cut Down on Sugary Drinks, Fizzle With Others

But the full cost of the taxes does appear to be getting passed to consumers in at least two cities.

A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

Civil rights advocates allege defendants are stuck in Philadelphia jails as court officials flout state guidelines.

Philly Mayor Deleted Years of Text Messages

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Feds File Lawsuit to Stop 'Safe Injection' Site for Drug Users

A Philadelphia non-profit, with the support of city leaders, has been moving forward with a plan to open a facility where they said drug users could more safely use heroin and other illegal opioids.

‘No Silver Bullet’ for Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia, Other Urban Areas

A mix of education, treatment, and other measures shows promise, experts say.

S&P Nudges Philadelphia's Credit Rating Downward

The city's finances face pressure from public employee pensions and added public school costs are on the horizon.

Ways Cities Can Avoid Paying to Translate the Same Sentences Repeatedly

Here’s how Philadelphia and Bowling Green, Kentucky keep their translation service costs down.

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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.