City Hall hearings and reports, Corbett cabinet hearings and flu vaccines

    Good morning, Feeders! We’ve got a busy day ahead, so let’s jump right into the news chase.

    Tom MacDonald will be buzzing around City Hall today. He’ll be at the 9 a.m. rally for sick days and the subsequent hearing, then off to City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s announcement about how the city plans to collect court debts. Later, he’ll bring us news from the report on school violence.

    Lizz Fiedler is following up on HUD’s approach with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to determine what’s in store for PHA. She’ll also check into tax exemption cuts on Camden nonprofits. Daycare centers will no longer be exempt, but how does the city determine which nonprofits will pay?

    Susan Philips will spend the next couple of days delving into Tom Corbett’s cabinet nominations. On tap for hearings tomorrow are Mike Krancer, former judge for the Environmental Hearing Board, who’s nominated to head the Department of Environmental Protection; and former coal industry executive Alan Walker, who’s been nominated as head of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    Peter Crimmins is looking into a few things today involving the Philadelphia Orchestra, print publications in the region and an augmented reality smartphone app that lets users see what a street used to look like.

    Carolyn Beeler is tackling two very different stories today: a New Jersey company has received funding to develop a new type of flu vaccine, and SunChips will get a new sound. The loud biodegradable bags are getting more environmentally friendly — they’ll be compostable. The bags won’t be quite as noisy, but there’s nothing they can do about the volume of the chip crunching.

    We’re bringing you a lot of news today. Here are some of the items we’re not covering, but that you may find on the Feed:

    -An update on Catholic school closings

    -Gender-neutral housing at Rutgers

    -Demolition of the Windermere Court Apartments

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