Latest Jim Kenney News

Crunch time nears in Pennsylvania to buy new voting machines

Dec. 2, 2018 9:44 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's getting down to crunch time for Pennsylvania's counties to decide which new voting machines to buy, and how, as Gov. Tom Wolf presses them to switch to voting machines that leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking. Wolf's administration told county officials this week...

2 Jewish officers sue department over anti-Semitism claims

Nov. 20, 2018 2:38 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two Jewish police officers in Philadelphia have filed a federal lawsuit against the department over claims of a pattern of anti-Semitism by colleagues, including scratching a Nazi "SS" symbol into a locker and drawing a Star of David and the phrase "Jewish Hammer" on a patrol car. The...

Stung by Amazon's rejection, cities look on the bright side

Nov. 14, 2018 6:11 PM EST

Sometimes losing is winning. Or at least that's what some of the 18 North American cities passed up by Amazon for its new headquarters are telling themselves. After 14 agonizing months of wooing and then waiting for the online retail giant to make up its mind, the finalists learned that instead of Amazon picking...

Philadelphia's police union sues over problem cops list

Nov. 13, 2018 4:39 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police union filed a lawsuit Tuesday over a list compiled by the district attorney's office that aims to keep certain officers off the witness stand because of alleged wrongdoing. Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Richard Ross were...

Legendary Philly mayor's stuff for sale, billy club included

Nov. 8, 2018 4:25 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anyone who has ever wanted a piece of Frank Rizzo is in luck. The home of the loved and loathed former Philadelphia mayor and police chief is for sale, and so is just about everything inside. Rizzo's estate sale starts Black Friday, Nov. 23, and will feature hundreds of items both large...

Mayors Challenge winners target justice, homeless, energy

Oct. 29, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The idea for a juvenile justice hub started with a handful of Philadelphia police officers who knew the way they interacted with juveniles had to change. The judges of the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge are willing to bet their idea will work. Bloomberg announced the...

MacArthur Foundation awards millions to cut jail populations

Oct. 24, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has received a $4 million grant to continue lowering its jail population, and city officials said they will focus some of the funding on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in its criminal justice system. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the...