As Congress remains gridlocked over how to reduce the national deficit and reduce the debt limit, teaching hospitals in the Delaware Valley brace for potential federal funding cuts. We take a look at both the potential financial and medical impact on area hospitals, including the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System, which could be among the hardest hit in the nation. WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler brings us the latest on an elephant ivory smuggling operation in Philadelphia that federal prosecutors busted. State Impact Pennsylvania Reporter Susan Phillips reports on the latest oppostition to new proposed natural gas drilling pipelines in the Marcellus Shale Region. Plus more about possible post office closures across our region, Reading’s pauper status, new efforts for push carts on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk and a cheesecake competion between Philadelphia and New York.