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November 16, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to 114 schools and municipalities, including 17 in the Philadelphia region, to cover the cost of hiring resource and police officers in schools this year. Under the grant program, signed into law last year, schools and towns can receive up to $60,000 for a resource officer and up to $40,000 for a police officer. Recipients are required to fund the positions for at least two years. Priority for funding is given to schools and municipalities that employ officers who have completed training related to children and adolescents within a school setting, the state said.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a Chester County official signed a friendship agreement in May with leaders in the Yongchuan district of China, the group had broad plans to work together for both regions' mutual benefit. But they lacked details. Now, after another trip to China last month, officials are starting to formulate specific objectives: Officials hope to entice Chinese investors to help fund projects in the county. Lincoln University's president signed a student-exchange agreement with two Chinese universities to help his students be more competitive in the global workforce.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Republicans won the two most hotly contested House races in the Philadelphia area Tuesday, holding onto seats in Bucks and Chester Counties that Democrats had hoped to take away. U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) defeated Democrat Kevin Strouse in a closely divided district based in Bucks County, and Republican Ryan Costello beat Democrat Manan Trivedi in a Chester County-based race. Costello, a Chester County commissioner, will replace Republican Jim Gerlach, who did not seek reelection.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
SPORTS
November 1, 2014 | By Joe Clancy, For The Inquirer
The sun will come out from behind the trees soon, but a chill still hangs about in the shadows atop a hill in Chester County Sunday morning. A hillside over, some cows moo. Closer, geese take flight with great ha-honks, and a hawk drops from a tree and soars out of sight. The horse is off in the distance and down the hill, invisible, but out there. Hardest Core, upset winner of the Grade I Arlington Million in August, will have his final prerace training session for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf on this morning.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a third straight year, Chester County will not raise property taxes in 2015, according to a preliminary budget unveiled Tuesday that officials developed to align with the county's strategic goals while adjusting for economic challenges. Those challenges include the county's two main revenue streams: its tax base and state and federal grants, which are expected to stay relatively flat. County officials also said they worked to keep cost increases for employees' medical plans at a minimum.
NEWS
October 28, 2014
ISSUE | PLATFORMS Read up on it As far as his plan to improve Pennsylvania's taxes and expenditures, Tom Wolf has said over and over that he'd have to see the figures before he could comment. But the state's tax receipts and expenditures are online, and they're listed in enough detail that Wolf could give at least a cogent answer to these questions. As a past state revenue secretary, he's also familiar with state budgets. And as a candidate, he should certainly have done some current research.
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