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.
- Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre County, sent a letter on Tuesday calling for the impeachment of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, claiming the progressive did not hold criminals accountable. A spokesperson for Krasner's office replied, taking shots at the state GOP saying they "created fewer sustainable jobs, deepened poverty, gutted public education, and destroyed social services."
- Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez plans on introducing a bill on Thursday aimed at fixing the decaying infrastructure of Philadelphia's public schools. The bill would create a group that would investigate the possibility of the formation of a school board building authority. The authority would work to address school building challenges and administer funds to help fix them.
- The Philadelphia Police Department is gaining an additional $5 million to enhance its forensics services as the department continues to struggle to solve gun crime. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office stated in a news release that since 2015, 4 in 5 shootings have not led to an arrest. Studies also show that cases are solved more quickly with forensics, saving money per each case.
- COVID tests are now available for free through the USPS website, however those who live in apartment buildings experienced a glitch. The glitch within the system counted some multi-unit as individual addresses, meaning that some apartment buildings were only slated to receive a single order of four COVID tests. A USPS spokesperson said the error was a minor glitch within the system.