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Bucks County Begins to Repair After 100-Year Flood

Jul 25, 2021
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After massive flooding last week damaged more than 1,100 homes and businesses in lower Bucks County, officials are trying to help people who were displaced, lost property, or now have to repair their homes.

WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports county leaders are calling the disaster a 100-year flood.

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Elected officials and civic leaders in Trenton, New Jersey, gathered outside city hall to honor a Trenton native who is competing in this summer’s Olympic games. WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reports the city is rallying behind Athing Mu to bring home the gold.

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For the last 60 years Philadelphia has run its PlayStreets program, which functions both as a city-run summer camp and meal distribution program for families who rely on the city for meals.

A PlayStreet recently opened in Southwest Philadelphia July 15 at the same site where one year ago, a shooting broke out leaving one man dead. This all happened just a few feet from where kids were playing. WHYY’s Robby Brod has more on how the block has recovered, and how the city will keep the PlayStreets safe this year.

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Delaware just passed a bill aimed at helping elementary school students get help for mental and emotional health problems. Officials recently showcased the work already being done in one school district. WHYY’s Cris Barrish reports.

Atlantic City Votes to End Needle Exchange Program

Jul 24, 2021
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Atlantic City leaders have voted to end a needle exchange program. The vote by the city council officially revokes permission for the operator.

From the New Jersey Desk, WHYY’s Kenneth Burns reports the vote came after nearly two and a half hours of public comment.

DE Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 per Hour by 2025

Jul 24, 2021
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After years of debate, Delaware’s minimum wage is officially on its way to $15 an hour. WHYY’s Mark Eichmann has more from the Delaware Desk.

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Pennsylvania Republicans are working hard behind the scenes to figure out whether they’ll be able to force an audit of several counties’ election procedures.

WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports their efforts are based on groundless theories that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

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Educators, administrators, and state officials gathered Tuesday to discuss plans to boost teacher diversity in Pennsylvania schools. For WHYY, Emily Rizzo reports on ways school communities can address the growing need for educators of color.

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The CDC is calling the latest surge of COVID-19 a “pandemic among the unvaccinated.”

Although New Jersey has one of the highest rates of fully vaccinated adults at 69%, there are still many in the state’s Black and Brown communities that are still hesitant. An expert tells WHYY’s Kenneth Burns that with the more contagious Delta variant showing up more in new cases, more needs to be done to reach those populations.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released new recommendations regarding school children and COVID. WHYY’s Laura Benshoff has more.