Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

After a December fire damaged pollution control equipment at Clairton Coke Works, the air quality suffered so much that the Allegheny County Health Department issued an advisory to residents in the area to limit their time spent outdoors. Although residents remain frustrated about the perceived lack of transparency on the county’s part, for Pittsburgh environmental groups another cause for anger was that by continuing to operate despite the damaged equipment U.S. Steele--the facility’s owner--is violating the Clean Air Act.
Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

At Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ (D-District 1) request on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh City Council heard from a panel of gun advocates, legal experts, and elected officials for added perspective on their much debated gun control legislation. However, after almost three hours that evoked high emotions and little reconciliation, the only thing clear was that both sides of the gun debate in the Steele City feel that they’re under attack.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

When employees have the option to gain stock in their companies with no upfront cost, it’s called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. To see what such plans could mean for Pittsburgh business owners and employees, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) called a post-agenda Tuesday to allow council to learn more about their costs and benefits.

In a world with an increasingly unpredictable future for social security, Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, testified that employee ownership allows a necessary retirement plan for older employees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds heated public hearing over gun control

Pittsburgh City Council holds heated public hearing over gun control

In the lobby of the Pittsburgh City-County building Thursday night, over one hundred residents and non-residents voiced their opinions to council members on much-debated gun legislation in an emotionally charged public hearing.

Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators introduce property tax protection program

Legislators introduce property tax protection program

In Pittsburgh, as coffee shops and gyms moved into historic neighborhoods and prices have gone up, longtime residents have been displaced, making wariness about gentrification and redevelopment commonplace among the least well-off in the city.

To protect homeowners from displacement, state and local lawmakers announced Tuesday legislation that provides property tax relief for longtime residents in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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