Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- SEPTA reached a contract agreement with Transport Workers Union Local 234 just days before the deadline. Workers were prepared for a citywide strike starting on Monday if an agreement could not be reached, crippling public transportation. Members of the union will vote to ratify the contract next Friday. The new two-year contract includes an annual 3% wage increase.
- Philadelphia agreed to pay the family of Walter Wallace Jr. $2.5 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit brought against the city. Wallace was shot in October 2020 while experiencing a mental health episode in Cobbs Creek. Officers arrived on the scene and when Wallace, who was holding a knife, didn't comply with their commands they shot him 14 times. The city also agreed to equip all Philadelphia police officers with Tasers.
- A survey from Franklin & Marshall College found that 60% of Pennsylvanians support adult-use weed legalization. In 2006, the same poll only found 22% support for legalization. There are currently multiple bills within the state Senate seeking to end marijuana prohibition or legalize marijuana altogether.
- Philadelphia City Council members are attempting to create a safer environment for witnesses to come forward. In Philadelphia, witnesses can be intimidated and fear for their life for testifying in court. City Council is attempting to gain more funding for the victims and witnesses services program in order to be able to relocate people when necessary.