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July 2, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IS HALF A LOAF enough to save school programs and thousands of education jobs in Philadelphia? State lawmakers and Gov. Corbett cobbled together a patchwork bailout for the Philadelphia school district that's less than half of its $304 million budget gap for the coming school year, which doesn't fully address its long-term problems. Here's what they did do as darkness fell on Harrisburg:   Q. How much money will Philly receive after Gov. Corbett's rescue package? A. The rescue package - including funding in the state budget signed shortly after 10 p.m. by Corbett and other actions - totals more than $140 million for next year.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
  HARRISBURG - A key piece of the rescue package being negotiated in Harrisburg for Philadelphia's cash-strapped school district may now be in jeopardy. Sen. Anthony Williams (D., Philadelphia) said in an interview Sunday that the proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax that would have raised roughly $45 million for Philadelphia's schools "is probably not going to be part of the solution. " Williams cited "the complexity of politics in the House," including the chamber's more conservative Republican faction, as one of the reasons the cigarette tax was close to being ruled out altogether.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they are likely to get tougher still. The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill banning the sale of .50-caliber rifles, high-powered weapons that are accurate to more than one mile and popular with some firearms enthusiasts. The measure was included in a package of gun measures crafted by Senate Democrats after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. It passed largely along party lines.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freedom of speech for tobacco and pharmaceutical companies is hardly free of argument, and that was evident again Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court decision approving the use of graphic images on cigarette packages. Several cigarette makers say the Food and Drug Administration's proposed rules cramp advertising freedom. The government says cigarettes kill more than 440,000 people per year and raise health-care costs for everyone. The FDA-created images included a man holding a cigarette while "smoking" out of a hole in his trachea, smoke wafting near an infant's head, and a toe tag on a corpse.
NEWS
April 14, 2013 | By Bob Christie and Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Authorities say a package addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio discovered in a northern Arizona mailbox would have exploded if opened, leading to serious injuries or death. Maricopa County Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan made the comment Friday at a news conference in Phoenix. He said investigators are trying to locate one person who may have been involved in mailing the package addressed to his boss. The package intercepted late Thursday was addressed to Arpaio at his downtown Phoenix office.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen said Tuesday that it reached a deal to sell its AndersonBrecon contract packaging subsidiary for $308 million to a group created to make the purchase and led by Frazier Healthcare. AmerisourceBergen, whose headquarters is in Chesterbrook, had said in November that it planned to divest this business. "This transaction will help ensure that AndersonBrecon will continue to thrive in the years ahead, and allows AmerisourceBergen to focus on its distribution, specialty and manufacturer services businesses," Steven H. Collis, AmerisourceBergen chief executive officer, said in a statement.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
The Christie administration has submitted its final plan to federal officials for spending the first $1.83 billion in Sandy recovery aid, which would help residents rebuild homes and businesses, assist renters in finding new apartments, and offer $10,000 incentives for people to remain in their storm-damaged communities. The plan, largely unchanged from the draft released last month for public comment, now goes to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for review and approval.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The United States Postal Service slogan "if it fits, it ships" applies to most every item - but not illegal drugs. Evidently, whoever sent a package to a Philadelphia man didn't read the fine print on the shipping guidelines. On Tuesday, police in Cheltenham Township received a tip that a delivery to to the Towers at Wyncote apartment complex in the 8400 block of Limekiln Pike contained a "large amount of drugs. " The package would be picked up by a man driving a white Infiniti, police said a statement released Friday.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The pension reform package Gov. Corbett proposed last week to address the state's $41 billion pension debt leaves 386,000 state employees and teachers wondering how it would change their retirement income. Specific answers are not easy to come by because of the complexity of the proposed changes and the uncertainty over whether there is legislative support for some or all of the proposals. There is also uncertainty for school districts as they prepare preliminary budgets not knowing precisely what their state funding will be, given that Corbett tied his education-funding proposal to approval of his pension package.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Andrew Miga, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday approved a $60.4 billion emergency spending aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy that had been backed by Senate Democrats. Democrats had to turn back Republican efforts to cut programs such as $150 million in fisheries aid that Republican lawmakers said was unrelated to the storm that hammered the East Coast late in October. The measure cleared the Senate on a 61-33 vote, with 12 Republicans supporting of the bill. The bill faces uncertain prospects in the House, where GOP leaders appear reluctant to move quickly on a big spending bill in the final days of a lame-duck session.
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