Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Legislators and officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia to promote new efforts to remove lead and its devastating effects from the state.
 
Wolf called upon the legislature to mandate lead testing for all children at nine, 12, and 24 months of age. Aging houses that still contain lead paint, combined with aging water systems, contribute to Pennsylvania having the sixth-highest rates of lead poisoning nationally. Of the 30 percent of children tested statewide, 4.6 percent are found to have varying levels of lead poisoning. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Despite class only having been back in session for two days, Pittsburgh Public Schools is heading into the new school year with another unfavorable audit from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

At the end of May, a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools officials, namely Superintendent Anthony Hamlet landed in hot water over an unauthorized trip to Cuba. A month later, a different audit found that the district had failed to secure roughly $2 million in reimbursements due to poor record keeping. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Democrats raise the alarm on the future of the Affordable Care Act

Pennsylvania Democrats raise the alarm on the future of the Affordable Care Act

Cindy Jennings, a mom of two from Lancaster County, says she never realized the struggle that many Americans face in securing health insurance until she had to do it for herself. That realization came when Jennings, a full-time caregiver for her disabled son Matt, was kicked off her husband’s plan following their divorce.

 

Jennings said her saving grace came in the form of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act in February 2015, which gave her the insurance necessary to detect precancerous polyps before they developed into cancer. But Jennings, along with others, worry that the protections provided in the Affordable Care Act may soon vanish if a 20-state lawsuit to upend the law is successful. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Kenyatta's legislation would bring relief to those affected by removal of General Assistance

VIDEO: Kenyatta's legislation would bring relief to those affected by removal of General Assistance

The General Assistance Program ended in Pennsylvania August 1, impacting over 11,000 Pennsylvanians. One legislator is working to help those who were effected and figure out a new way to give them financial assistance. 

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1709 which would provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through the General Assistance program.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Over a year after the shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr, the ripple effect from the teenager’s death continues to be felt. On Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood where he lived, Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) gathered advocates and lawmakers from across the state to discuss legislation that would prevent police officers from using lethal force in the course of making arrests. 

As it stands the commonwealth gives officers a great deal of flexibility in when to use lethal force. If passed, the legislation - already controversial in its infancy - would only permit shooting if it’s necessary to protect an officer or others from imminent death or injury. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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