Hundreds opt-out of blogging teacher’s class, SEPTA gives update on payment technology

    Good morning, Feeders! The city is mourning cheesesteak king Joey Vento and recovering from out little earthquake. We’ll have some updates on those fronts, plus details on the Neshaminy teachers’ contract.

    Tom MacDonald is attending SEPTA’ briefing on its new payment technology. He’ll have the specifics on the smart fare progress and the types of payment options riders can expect in the future. Tom is also taking stock of how prepared some local agencies were for yesterday’s ‘quake.

    Jen Howard will find out for us what type of screening process, if any, foreign travelers go through when it comes to measles. What steps are taken to prevent the spread?

    More than 200 students don’t want to study under Natalie Munroe, the Bucks County blogging teacher. Lizz Fiedler will find out just how small Munroe’s class will be this fall.

    Aside from checking in on the Corbett administration’s support of a voter ID requirement, Aaron Moselle will take a look at the Neshaminy teacher contract and a state law that would make teacher strikes illegal.

    Taunya English will look at New Jersey’s wild mushroom problem; they’re everywhere, thanks to the rain, and four people have become sick. How can you spot an edible one?

    Didn’t feel yesterday’s earthquake? This could explain it. Stiffer, rockier ground makes it tougher to feel the tremble, as do sturdy brick and stone buildings.

    Whether you felt it or not, hear all about it from some people who did. We gathered reaction for last night’s NewsWorks Tonight broadcast.

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