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NewsWorks Tonight, June 21, 2018

NJSpotlight's John Reitmeyer gives an update on the New Jersey state budget stalemate. The Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the Mexican border has been stopped, but it may have an effect on voters in November. SEPTA's bus system redesign effort will follow guidelines set by an influential transit thinker. Leonard Miller has spent 50 years overcoming racial and class roadblocks to develop black race drivers in the predominately white sport.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 20, 2018

President Donald Trump called for detaining parents and children who cross the US border without authorization as a family, but some kids who were already removed from their parents are in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers representing the region in Washington D.C. are playing a key role in the debate surround the opioid crisis. Producers Carrie Rickey & Andrew Ferrett discuss "Before Hollywood," a documentary about Philadelphia's role in the early movie industry. A drag cabaret artist has put together a theatrical show inspired by Mr. Rogers that asks: in an age of cynicism, can adults be sincere?

NewsWorks Tonight June 19, 2018

After almost 40 years in prison, Debbie Africa, a member of the radical political group MOVE convicted of killing a police officer in 1978, has been released. Trenton-born signer, actress, and music ambassador for the city Sarah Dash reacts to this weekend's shooting at an arts festival, and on how the community will rebound. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is set to convene hearings Thursday regarding the case of five black women who allege racial and gender bias against a York County golf club. Later this month, the Pennsylvania Attorney General is expected to release findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse and cover-up within six Roman Catholic dioceses across the state. We look at a push in the state capitol to give more legal rights to child sex-abuse victims. Two pediatricians at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have started a podcast for Latino families. And we talk with retiring Only a Game Host Bill Littlefield.

NewsWorks Tonight June 18, 2018

Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell reveals he has Parkinson's disease. As New Jersey governor Phil Murphy engages in his first budget negotiation, he's finding out all about the thorny political issue of school funding. Community groups, journalists, and ice cream makers come together to produce the flavors of Philadelphia. And Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts talks about what it takes these days to be an astrophysicist.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 15, 2018

Jeff Sessions criticizes Philadelphia's so-called sanctuary city policy and Mayor Jim Kenney while in Scranton. With the AT&T and Time Warner merger OK'd, Comcast sees buying Fox as a chance to expand internationally, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News' Bob Fernandez explains. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, breaks down how the public feels about such mergers. A Parkland school shooting survivor reaches out to Philly high schools grads affected by gun violence. Nimisha Ladva shares a story about her father's courage in the face of dangers both large and small.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 14, 2018

The joint bid for World Cup went to North America. What are Philly's chances of landing the games? New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy legalizes sports betting. We take questions from our listeners about immigration in the United States and dive into the region's history as a border stop. Michael Smerconish reflects on his long career in broadcast.

NewsWorks Tonight June 13, 2018

South Jersey GOP congressional candidate Seth Grossman elaborates on the idea that diversity is "un-American." Amid the collapse of the steel and coal industries, some Cambria County residents are looking to build jobs around clean energy to help revitalize the region. Ashley Hahn joins us to discuss the opening of "Centennial Commons." And comedian Nick Kupsey gives an ode to Anthony Bourdain.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 12, 2018

Concerns continue over elevated cancer rates in some Bucks and Montgomery County towns, despite a new state Department of Health study. On the heels of a jury awarding a wrongfully incarcerated man a record-setting payout... we look at how much he'll actually collect. Some restaurants in Delaware are outlawing the plastic drinking straw. We talk with an urban exploration photographer who relishes visiting and shooting abandoned buildings. Researchers say there's a link between how traumatic a parent's childhood was and how healthy their kids are. Some North Philadelphia schools receive a gift of artwork from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 11, 2018

Anti-gun violence advocates find strength in numbers by rallying at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's famous steps. Voter turnout data shows New Jersey's congressional primary wasn't as sleepy as usual, Bergen Record's Herb Jackson explains. As President Trump nears his meeting with Kim Jong Un, Philadelphia's Korean community has mixed feelings. The president's ongoing trade war is creating strange bedfellows on Capitol Hill. A student with perfect attendance asks for help in keeping it that way through culinary school.

NewsWorks Tonight, June 8, 2018

Two months after two black men were arrested at a Center City Starbucks, the Philadelphia Police Department has a new policy for handling calls for so-called "defiant trespassing," the crime at the core of that viral incident. Budget negotiations are raging in Philadelphia City Hall, as Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council fight over the best way to boost revenue following a request by the school district. This week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner focused some of his energy on an unlikely target: grass. This weekend, the second half of a 24-hour performance takes place at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. NewsWorks Tonight's Dave Heller speaks with Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, about the President's approval rating and how Americans feel about the rich in general. Emma Hitchcock shares her "talent show gone wrong story" in a segment from WHYY's Commonspace.

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