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The Philly Four: Wolf nixes permitless-carry bill, city legalizes 'streeteries'

Sam Britt
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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.

Man exonerated after 30 years in prison

  • The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and a Common Pleas Court judge decided to vacate the 1989 murder conviction of Troy Coulston this week after it was determined he was found guilty based on coerced testimony. Coulston is one of three men who have been exonerated after it was found that the witness who testified against all of them was being threatened with the death penalty.

City Council passes bill legalizing 'streeteries'

  • Philadelphia City Council passed a bill to permanently make street eateries legal in certain sections of the city. The areas include Center City, University City and East Passyunk and the structures must meet design and placement requirements to gain an operation license. The bill passed unanimously as the council did not want to place restrictions on economic activity that could assist struggling businesses.

Gov. Wolf shoots down permitless-carry bill

  • Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have allowed Pennsylvania residents to open or conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Wolf described the bill as "dangerous." Other opponents of the bill included Democrats, gun control advocates and some law enforcement groups. However, Republicans pushing the bill argued that it would make the state safer.

Philadelphia lags as New York opens supervised injection sites

  • Philadelphia was surpassed by New York on Tuesday as OnePoint, a nonprofit group, established the first overdose prevention centers in the country. However, Safehouse, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, has been stuck in a legal battle over opening supervised injection sites within the city, having to fight against the federal "crackhouse statute." Some have called for Safehouse to exercise civil disobedience and function outside the federal law, like the New York sites, in order to combat the ongoing overdose epidemic in the city.

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