County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

After narrowly passing an ordinance to pursue a countywide citizens’ police review board by an 8-6 vote in July, Allegheny County Council has continued to examine the topic at a string of public meetings. 

Even at the third of the four allotted public meetings Thursday night, the prospect of the board still evoked strong emotions from both law enforcement and citizens.

The push for a review board came after weeks of calls for reform throughout the Pittsburgh area following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

After a prolonged and contentious public comment session, Philadelphia’s City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in session Thursday. Issues ranged from increasing Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones, tax codes, to resolutions taking stances on bills in Harrisburg.
Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Philadelphia
Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

A federal district judge Wednesday struck down a 2006 Pennsylvania law meant to prevent casino owners and investors from donating money to political campaigns.

In her ruling, Middle District Judge Sylvia Rambo ruled that the law, which was clarified and reimplemented after a successful state court challenge in 2009, violated individuals’ First Amendment rights.

Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Conklin talks two-bill package about those who fail to report sexual abuse

Conklin talks two-bill package about those who fail to report sexual abuse

Rep. H. Scott Conklin (D-Centre) joined The PLS Reporter to talk about his two-bill package punishing those who fail to report sexual abuse and then work to cover it up.
Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

Mary McHale was sexually assaulted by her priest as a teen, and her experience is one of over a thousand included in the state’s grand jury report released last month.

Speaking at a press conference this week, flanked by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and local DAs, she took a hard stance against legislative opposition to the grand jury report.

“If you don’t support this bill, you are standing with the pedophiles,” McHale said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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