HUD weighs in on Housing Authority’s legal fees, judge challenges New Jersey benefits legislation

    Good morning, Feeders! If you haven’t melted completely yet, don’t forget to share your proof of how hot it is. And if you have melted completely, well, the best we can do is offer you the news of the day.

    First thing first, Tom MacDonald is checking in with PECO to see if the energy company has been overloaded with calls during the heatwave.

    Tom is also checking in with the federal Housing and Urban Development department, which expects the Philadelphia Housing Authority to either explain its $1 million in legal fees or pay them.

    Lizz Fielder will have details for us on the New Jersey judge who’s filed suit over the state’s employee benefits and pension legislation. Exactly who will hear this case, since the state judges’ benefits are included in this legislation?

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    Peter Crimmins will have the story for us on how South Jersey towns are claiming Third Thursday, First Friday and Second Saturday. In one town, Third Thursday kicked off with some very hot outdoor painting.

    Carolyn Beeler is working two weather stories for us, including how this oppressive heat and lack of rain is going to affect the bug populations around us.

    As the city searches for a different home for its Special Victims Unit facility, officials are still trying to make clear what the plan was for the East Falls location. We’ve got the myths and the facts.

    Look for those stories and more today on NewsWorks, and don’t forget to check in with the L.A. Dodgers bankruptcy hearing, which is playing out in Delaware court.

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