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.
- A three-person panel approved a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Philadelphia police officers after an arbitration process. Philadelphia cops will have to get one dose of the vaccine or submit an exemption request by Feb. 11. After the first shot officers are required to receive their second dose within 14 days. Officers that fail to comply with the mandate can be placed on unpaid leave and may be fired, however, the panel is still considering how the termination process would be handled. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death among law enforcement agents in 2021.
- Residents of the 5500 block of Morton Street say that the nearby construction has caused their road to become one of the most dangerous in the city. They cite incidents of speeding and cars traveling the wrong direction down their one-way street. The sewer repair on Church Lane seems to be the issue. Residents shared videos of accidents taking place on their street and called the situation "a mess."
- The Philadelphia Department of Health brought in two specialists to assist the city in its new fight against the drug Xylazine, commonly referred to as "tranq." Tranq is a sedative for large animals are causes constriction in the skin's blood vessels, making it difficult to heal injection wounds. That is why Philadelphia is bringing in a wound care specialist and a field nurse to combat the growing popularity of the drug.
- The Pennsylvania Senate and Governor elections appear to be on pace to be the most expensive statewide elections ever, according to new campaign finance reports. Two of the candidates are independently wealthy, T.V. doctor Mehmet Oz and former Bridgewater CEO David McCormick, with Oz currently outpacing every other campaign thanks to a $5.2 million loan to himself.