Sheriff’s Office is subject of budget hearing, students rally for state funding

    Good morning, Feeders! Hump day brings us another suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, two student marches and some bridges in need of repair. We’ll bring you the latest on all those fronts and more.

    The family of a man who committed suicide will formally announce today an abuse suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Lizz Fiedler will be at the 1 p.m. press conference.

    Lizz is also checking into the discipline of a New Jersey State Trooper who was acquitted of vehicular homicide in 2009. Disciplinary charges were filed this week.

    Tom MacDonald is following today’s budget meetings, which will evaluate the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. Corruption in the office has sparked calls for a new sheriff, while some candidates are gunning for the role to shut the office down. Sounds pretty exciting for a budget meeting.

    College students are gathering at Temple today to march in protest of state budget cuts. Temple and Penn State Abington students will join the Philadelphia Student Union for the all-day event. Karen O’Toole will be there to cover it.

    Are you driving on a safe bridge? Scott Detrow is eyeing up the list of the state’s structurally deficient bridges to determine which local ones are in need of repair.

    Peter Crimmins is heading to the Seaport Museum where there’s a summit to save the USS Olympia. He’s also making headway on some coverage for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which is launching in April.

    Taunya English is tracking a move by health officials in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to eliminate chewing tobacco in the MLB. It’s already prohibited in the minor leagues.

    Taunya will also have more for us on a local study that evaluated the effectiveness of “mandated reporters” like teachers and doctors who are supposed to report signs of abuse in children.

    Meanwhile at NewsWorks, we’re still looking for the perfect music for our new program, “NewsWorks Tonight.” In between your news consumption today, make sure you’re working on your submission!

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