Good morning, folks. Today we're eyeing up the nominating panel set to shape Philadelphia's new school board and the new governor set to shape New Jersey for the next few years. Prep for a messy commute this morning: all that lovely wintry mix is set to turn to snow for a while. Don't forget the gloves!
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Yesterday Mayor Jim Kenney named 13 city residents to the school board nominating panel. This baker's dozen of parents, educators and activists will consider applicants and nominees for the board, in the end giving Kenney a list of 27 nominees for nine seats.
It's moving fast, too. The panel starts meeting this week and Kenney makes his appointments in March. Need a refresher on how this all started? Here's a primer on the new school board.
Murphy's to-do list is already quite long. He campaigned on promises to nearly double the minimum wage, legalize marijuana and offer free community college.
Last month, Philly Police Officer Kevin Klein was charged with driving while intoxicated, smashing his personal vehicle into an occupied SUV and then pulling his service weapon on the victims.
Now a grand jury report is alleging the supervising officer on the scene may have tried to cover it all up. That officer also once settled a suit against a local man who accused the sergeant of using a Taser against him while he was handcuffed.
The actions taken by officers at the scene are under investigation by Internal Affairs. A spokesman for District Attorney Larry Krasner, who was sworn in on Jan. 2, said he couldn't comment on whether criminal charges are forthcoming.
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