Overdose deaths in Pa. dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, Wolf says

Overdose deaths in Pa. dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, Wolf says

The Wolf Administration on Thursday announced that overdose deaths in Pennsylvania dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, citing data provided by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The news comes as Gov. Tom Wolf and his cabinet provided an update on state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, which has hit Pennsylvania particularly hard. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Clairton residents and advocates have conflicted feelings on US Steel settlement

Clairton residents and advocates have conflicted feelings on US Steel settlement

At the end of June, the Allegheny County Health Department announced it had reached a $2.7 million settlement regarding the 2018 enforcement order levied against US Steel. In hopes of transparency as the agreement is finalized, the department and company allowed for a period of public comment. However, if a public hearing held this week was any indication, Clairton residents and clean air activists are torn about whether the agreement is what’s best for the community.
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate bill looking to offer more student debt relief

Senate bill looking to offer more student debt relief

Pennsylvanians live with some of the highest amounts of student loan debt in America. A bill in the Senate could help reduce that burden.
 
Senate Bill 400, introduced by Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), seeks comprehensive student loan reform for consumers. Titled the Higher Education Loan Protection Act, it requires more transparency in costs, more regulations for lenders, and offers more involvement from employers with assistance and tax credits. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Highly-debated cash assistance program ends as Commonwealth Court denies injunction

Highly-debated cash assistance program ends as Commonwealth Court denies injunction

A cash assistance program that benefited some of Pennsylvania’s poorest and most vulnerable residents comes to an end today.

The General Assistance program, which sparked fiery debates in the General Assembly this session, formally ends Thursday after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Republican-backed legislation to end the program back in June. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was released from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, PennDOT confirmed that there will now be a third option on drivers licenses when it comes to a person's sex and Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will be launching a new office that will review and recommend changes to social and protective services. 

 

Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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