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POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 5:17 PM

Mayor Nutter says the severe rainfall expected tonight could lead to flooding in parts of the city and problems on the roads.

"During the height of the storm, please stay safe," Nutter said. "Drive only if necessary."

Nutter said the National Weather Service was predicting 4 to 6 inches of rain overnight, which could cause the Schuylkill River to crest tomorrow afternoon.

POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 3:48 PM

Here's what we got from the Philly Police Department:

Today's scheduled Police Community Meetings are cancelled due to inclement weather. A future date and location will be sent via e-mail and posted on our website at phillypolice.com

Thank you,

POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 11:25 AM

Mayor Nutter today named former Daily News reporter Mark McDonald as his new spokesman.

McDonald joined the Nutter administration as a speechwriter in 2008. He previously spent 21 years covering government for the Philadelphia Daily News, serving as the city hall bureau chief. He starts tomorrow and his salary will be $120,000, with a five percent reduction.

Doug Oliver, who has served as press secretary since Nutter took office, announced last month that he was leaving to take a senior job with the Philadelphia Gas Works.

POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 8:46 AM

City Council members Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez are pushing a plan to re-write the way Philadelphia taxes businesses.  We explain how it works.

Hearings on school violence?  Heard that one before.

Mayor Nutter calls for "candid feedback" from city residents at forums on policing.  Here's a list of where the forums will be held.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:21 AM

Mayor Nutter today is set to announce a series of police forums around the city. Here's the release:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10:44 AM

Two city union leaders got big DROP payments.

Democratic governor candidate Dan Onorato gains ground against Republican Tom Corbett in latest Daily News/Franklin and Marshall poll.

Two congressmen have introduced a bill to revamp the DRPA.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 1:00 PM

A new poll just released by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston shows former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey leading U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the race for the U.S. Senate while state Attorney General Tom Corbett leads Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in the race for governor.  Toomey led Sestak 45-40 percent with 13 percent undecided.  Corbett led Onorato 47-40 percent with 12 percent undecided.

The poll highlighted some similarities with the candidates.  Toomey and Sestak were pretty even with the poll's 500 registered voters, with about a third having a favorable impression of the two candidates and about one-fifth not knowing enough about them to decide.  A quarter of the poll respondents said they didn't know enough about Corbett and Onorato to say if they liked or disliked them.

But the Democrats in the race -- Sestak and Onorato -- are likely being dragged down by displeasure with the better known leaders of their political party.  Fifty-one percent said they don't like the job President Obama is doing while 56 percent were unhappy with Gov. Rendell's performance.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 12:24 PM

Check out this release from the city controller:

Philadelphia’s Poverty Rate Outpaces Largest U.S. Cities
Butkovitz’ monthly economic report includes new City poverty rate,
compares highest populated cities


PHILADELPHIA – City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released his monthly economic report that focuses on Philadelphia’s new poverty rate of 25% that outpaces the poverty rates of the nation’s largest cities.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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