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NEWS
November 19, 2015
A story last Thursday about SEPTA's leaf-removing trains misspelled the name of one of the train engineers, Pat Battel. A story Nov. 7 about the arrest of two Chester County residents charged with violating animal-cruelty laws misstated the legal status of Teresa Campos. She is not on probation.
NEWS
November 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is among the elite of the region, but Chester County officials say it has at least one thing in common with every district in the county - and others across the country: students barely in their teens sexting. A fourth T/E student has been charged with distributing sexually explicit images, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday, in a case that continues to roil the district's middle and high schools, which are among the top-ranked in the state academically.
NEWS
November 8, 2015 | By Leonard Pitts Jr., Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Pitts of Chester County, the senior Pennsylvania Republican in Congress, will not seek reelection next year, he announced Friday. Pitts, 76, in his 10th term representing a district that includes parts of Chester, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, said little about his reasons for leaving. He is the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees health policy, but he was slated to lose his gavel in the next Congress due to Republicans' self-imposed term limits on committee leadership.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Montgomery County stopped funding Thursday human services normally covered by the state, saying the four-month budget impasse had maxed out the county's financial reserves. "Unfortunately, we just can't continue," Finance Director Uri Z. Monson told the county commissioners. "We need to stop paying, effective now. " The state owes the county more than $30 million for foster care, child-abuse investigations, restaurant inspections, senior centers, and other services, many of which the state and county are mandated to provide.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not quite Bush v. Gore , but Bucks County could be looking at a long battle to determine winners in two of Tuesday's races. Democrats might request a recount after the races closed with razor-thin margins. "We're studying it, and we're keeping all the options open," said Brian Galloway, a Democratic candidate for county commissioner, who was fewer than 1,000 votes behind Republican incumbent Charles H. Martin for the board's third and majority-deciding seat. "We're definitely not conceding.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township police said they discovered a large cache of ammunition dating to World War II when they entered a home Monday after receiving complaints about the property conditions and noticed a strong odor emanating from the house. The county bomb squad was summoned to help search the two-story stone Colonial on Marlyn Circle, blocks from the heart of Wayne. At 6 p.m., police, fire, and county investigators were still at the site. Inside, police found the rooms filled with garbage and other items, said William Colarulo, police superintendent.
NEWS
November 3, 2015
Tax rates in Chester County would remain unchanged under the 2016 budget, according to a preliminary version released by the county. It calls for $439 million in operating expenses and a $87 million capital budget. The proposal does not increase taxes for county property owners. It includes funding for an update to the county comprehensive plan and continues various existing projects. "This budget reflects our focus on delivering high-quality services in a fiscally responsible way," said Commissioner Terence Farrell.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hillary and Marco, Bernie and Donald, and the 2016 presidential race already may be on voters' minds, but first Pennsylvanians have decisions to make in the 2015 elections. If patterns hold, only about 25 percent of them will cast ballots Tuesday. Along with county judges, prosecutors, commissioners, and other officials, they will choose an unprecedented number of Supreme Court justices. Among the higher-profile races are those for district attorney in Montgomery County - where Bill Cosby has become an issue - and for mayor of Chester City.
REAL_ESTATE
October 25, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Once you've arrived in Thorndale, you have finally reached the end of the line. The Paoli-Thorndale rail line, that is. Thorndale, the commercial hub of longer-than-it-is-wide Caln Township, is indeed the end of SEPTA's Regional Rail service from Center City. Flanked by Coatesville and Downingtown, with the east-west Route 30 Bypass down its middle, Caln Township is named for the hometown of its early settlers, Calne in Wiltshire, England.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Months without financial aid from Harrisburg - and no sign the spigot will flow again soon - is starting to wear on officials and agencies across the region. Through this month, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties have shelled out more than $70 million from reserves to keep critical social service providers afloat. But officials from each aren't sure how long they can last and are watching their coffers week by week. "The budget is becoming stressed," said Jonathan Rubin, director of human services for Bucks County, which has spent between $6 million and $7 million monthly to fund social service programs usually paid for by the state.
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