Morning Briefing: Wednesday’s briefing on the Philly suburbs

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., spoke to roughly 200 Coatesville Area Senior High students about bullying Tuesday.

Good morning. Here are today’s most important stories happening in the Philly suburbs.


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Lower Merion School District ordered to roll back 4.4 percent tax hike; court cites surpluses

Calling it “unlawful,” a Montgomery County judge this week ordered the Lower Merion School District to rescind its 4.4 percent tax increase for the 2016-17 school year budget. At the same time, Commons Pleas Court Judge Joseph A. Smyth issued an order preventing the school board from enacting a tax of more than 2.4 percent above the previous year’s tax rate.

Ridley Park cop describes chaotic scene of his shooting

A year to the day he was shot during what escalated into a lengthy standoff, Ridley Park Police Cpl. Marc Hanly testified Tuesday against the Norwood man charged with attempting to kill him and three others in the hallway outside the defendant’s Mohawk Manor Apartment unit.

Manager of Barto animal supplier cited 28 times for animal cruelty

The small animal manager of a local animal farm is facing criminal charges for alleged animal cruelty following a lengthy investigation.

Shelter donates special beds for Montgomery County’s K-9 officers

Four working dogs in Montgomery County will go from catching criminals to catching a good night’s sleep.

Three dogs from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and one from Norristown Police Department were given custom orthopedic beds Tuesday to curl up on after a long day at work.

Teen feared for his safety in West Chester robbery

The teenager who said a borough man allegedly robbed him at gunpoint as he was walking to work testified Tuesday that he thought his life was in danger during the daylight incident.

‘Welcome to Jurassic World’

Based on the Universal Pictures franchise, NBCUniversal Brand Development and Imagine Exhibitions launches the North American premiere of “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.

Theatre Philadelphia Announces Nominees for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre

Theatre Philadelphia announces the nominees for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Now in its third season since its successful relaunch, the 2016 Barrymore Awards will celebrate and honor outstanding achievements in professional theatre throughout the Greater Philadelphia region during the 2015/16 season.

Scherzer dominant as Nats edge Phils, 3-2

Max Scherzer didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning and he was dominant through eight as the Washington Nationals continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

North Penn tops CB West, continues strong start

The North Penn girls’ tennis team has left singles in the hands of its underclassmen, plugging its experienced players into doubles.

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