Mayor Nutter's office has released a quarterly update of federal stimulus spending. The city was previously awarded 50 grants worth $351 million in Recovery Act money. The city is responsible for managing the bulk of it, some $276 million. Quasi-city agencies, like the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp., doled out the other $75 million.
The Mayor's Office said the city has spent 75 percent of the stimulus cash, mostly on what it said went toward expanding the local economy and workforce, which cost $131.7 million. The second biggest amount, $65.3 million, went to transportation and infrastructure projects. For more info, visit www.phila.gov/recovery.
A man who was killed by a SEPTA train on the Market Frankford line in Center City on Saturday had jumped onto the tracks, according to police.
The man, whose identity was not released, was hit by the train about 4:15 p.m. as it pulled into the 5th Street Station, according to a SEPTA spokeswoman.
He was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A teenager died early yesterday after being struck by a SEPTA train in Haverford, according to police and SEPTA officials.
The 18-year-old, who lived in Havertown but whose identity was not released, was struck by the Norristown high-speed line train about 2:30 a.m. between the Pennfield and Overbrook stations. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surveillance cameras installed in Atlantic City's jitneys a year ago have proved valuable.
One camera caught a fatal hit-and-run accident last weekend. The accident initially was blamed on the jitney driver, but surveillance footage showed it was a taxi that hit the 88-year-old woman.
An internal document is forecasting the possibility of layoffs at the Pennsylvania State Police. The
of Harrisburg, citing the document it had obtained, reported yesterday that the agency is forecasting the potential for 400 to 500 trooper layoffs, or about 10 percent of the force, to help cut costs.
The department's budget is about $900 million and even the layoffs may not be enough, according to the document, which mentions a freeze on new Police Academy cadet classes until 2013, closing five barracks and freezing civilian hires.