Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

In an effort to tackle the issue of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opiate addicted mothers, Gov. Tom Wolf, along with local government and hospital officials, toured and hosted a roundtable discussion at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh on Friday to learn best practices on how the administration can continue to fight the opioid epidemic. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh ICA board gives final approval to city's budget

Pittsburgh ICA board gives final approval to city's budget

During the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) special public meeting Thursday evening, the board finally approved the the city’s $539 million operating budget.

In early October, the board voted to pass the proposed budget contingent upon the city securing the $10 million in gaming revenue it was owed from Rivers Casino after the state Supreme Court ruled the local share tax of casinos unconstitutional.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State lawmakers re-introduce bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth

State lawmakers re-introduce bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth

Following in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia’s footsteps, state lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday that would ban the practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors across Pennsylvania. 

During a press conference in Philadelphia’s City Hall, Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and members of the psychiatric community joined together to push the state legislature to pass SB 44, and a soon-to-be introduced House proposal, which would ban state-licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation “reparative” or “conversion” therapy with minors, otherwise referred to as sexual orientation change efforts. 
Thursday, January 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Latest round of PWSA water testing finds minimal improvement on lead levels

Latest round of PWSA water testing finds minimal improvement on lead levels

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released the results from its December 2016 lead and copper compliance testing regulations on Thursday, and results showed the 90th percentile value was calculated at 18 parts per billion (ppb), three parts higher than the federally accepted minimum of 15 ppb. 

PWSA tested 149 residential sites using a method prescribed under Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and  federal EPA  guidelines requiring a water provider to have obtain tap water samples from homes that have, or are expected to have, lead service lines or plumbing. 
Thursday, January 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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