Camden mayor makes police announcement, lawmakers push for bath salt ban

    Good morning, Feeders! Happy St. Patty’s Day to those of you who are celebrating. Apologies to those who’d rather avoid it. We’re hoping to snap photos of some green-clad council members during today’s meeting.

    Tom MacDonald will be at the council meeting, along with photographer Nat Hamilton, where Jannie Blackwell will introduce a resolution asking the School District to retain Hope Moffett. We’ll see what other issues pop up at the meeting.

    Lizz Fiedler is off to Camden where Mayor Dana Redd will make an announcement about the city’s police officers. Speaking of law enforcement…more than 400 drunken driving cases are in limbo after it was found Philadelphia Police had unknowingly used improperly calibrated breathalyzers. Lizz aims to find out how many of those cases involved serious injury or death.

    Susan Philips is making calls to find out the status of a Constitution amendment Sen. Pat Toomey has proposed regarding the budget. The process has been postponed.

    Jen Howard is tracking a move by lawmakers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who want to ban “bath salts” following violent incidents related to the substance that creates a meth-like high.

    Peter Crimmins is hoping to track down Riccardo Muti. The former Philadelphia Orchestra conductor has been awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson for  his extraordinary work.

    Carolyn Beeler will get more details on the $10 million for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from the Foundation for a Healthy America, an entity of American Beverage Association. The money will be used for childhood obesity research.

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