Here's video from Roxbury News of Rendell's press conference on the state role in aid for the bankrupt Boscov's Department store chain. According to Associated Press:

Gov. Ed Rendell says the state has secured $35 million in federal loans to help regional department store chain Boscov's exit bankruptcy.

Rendell said today that the loans will be financed through a program that allows governments to guarantee loans for economic development with federal community development block grants.

Reading-based Boscov's filed for Chapter 11 protection in August and announced that it would close 10 of its 49 stores.

Rendell says Boscov's won't have access to the federal loans if it can't obtain bridge loans that are part of more than $300 million in financing that the chain will need to exit bankruptcy.

Boscov's is in the midst of court hearings in Delaware on its bankruptcy sale to two former executives. The next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

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