Bill aims to spark post-mortem dialogue, Philadelphia editors talk publishing strategy

    Good morning, Feeders! There’s plenty happening today, a lot of which we’re already covering. Make sure you check in frequently for updates.

    Tom MacDonald will cover the 11 a.m. hearing of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Accused of eight counts of murder, the West Philly abortion clinic operator could face the death penalty for his actions.

    Tom’s also looking into teeny tiny cell phone towers (if you can call them that) developed in New Jersey. They could be perfect for places like Philadelphia where we’re short on space.

    Susan Philips is in Harrisburg for the Senate confirmation hearing on Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett’s nomination of Michael Krancer as the head of the Department of Environmental Protection.

    Shai Ben-Yaacov is checking in back in with Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey’s plan to prioritize debt service payments to see what other legislators have voiced support or opposition.

    Peter Crimmins is out interviewing local publication editors about the evolving publishing scene in Philadelphia. Is the new trend print, web or some combination of both?

    Maiken Scott is looking into two pieces of legislation affecting Pennsylvania. Neither Pennsylvania nor Delaware has submitted records for a post-Virginia Tech shooting bill that would make it harder for people with mental illnesses to get firearms.

    There’s another bill out there that’s asking health care providers to have an apologetic conversation with family members of deceased patients. Right now, post-mortem conversations rarely happen as health care professionals fear an apology is an admission of guilt. Maiken aims to find out if this bill is different from an older version, which stalled, that took the malpractice risk out of the conversation.

    We’ve got plenty of other news today, so sit tight and don’t forget to Feed the Feed.

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