Latest Jim Kenney News

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Jul. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge to the law by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy is aimed at distributors and dealer-level transactions...

Jay-Z unhappy 'Made in America' leaving Philadelphia parkway

Jul. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z said Wednesday he's disappointed that Philadelphia is booting his annual music festival from the city's grandest boulevard, accusing the mayor of having "zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city." Writing in The...

Philadelphia prosecutor says no to contract renewal with ICE

Jul. 11, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's district attorney said Wednesday that he will not support renewing a contract allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to Philadelphia's real-time arrest database. The district attorney's statement comes as advocates have peppered Philadelphia Mayor Jim...

Immigration protests shift to City Hall after camp torn down

Jul. 6, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia protesters angry over federal immigration policies have shifted their protests to City Hall a day after police cleared out their encampment of tents, canopies and umbrellas outside federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney says he...

School district gets $15.6M to remove mold, asbestos

Jun. 29, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State and local leaders say The School District of Philadelphia will get $15.6 million to remove lead, mold and asbestos at 57 school buildings around the city. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf made the funding announcement Friday. He was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William...

Man acquitted of rape after 25 years in prison to get $10M

Jun. 6, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has reach a settlement of nearly $10 million with a man who spent 25 years in prison before being acquitted in a retrial in the rape and murder of a 77-year-old woman. Anthony Wright was sentenced to life in prison in the 1991 slaying of his neighbor, Louise Talley, who was...

Judge sides with Philadelphia in 'sanctuary city' fight

Jun. 6, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said in his ruling that the conditions the federal government placed on the city...

The Latest: Mayor calls Trump a bully, hails ruling

Jun. 6, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Philadelphia's legal dispute with the Trump administration over its "sanctuary city" policy (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Philadelphia's mayor is hailing a ruling that says the Trump administration can't block the flow of federal grant money over the city's handling of...

Talk about political football: No Eagles at the White House

Jun. 5, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking on the NFL and football's Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief "Celebration of America" after it became clear most players weren't going to show up. Both sides traded...

The Latest: Eagles safety says players aren't anti-anthem

Jun. 5, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says NFL players who have been speaking out politically are fighting for racial and social equality, not...