Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

On the tepid first day of Spring, environmental advocates took to the city-county building stairs in Pittsburgh at Penn Environment’s second annual clean air rally to remind residents and elected officials alike that air quality often makes the city less than livable.

From its smoggy past to its unhealthy, air quality advisory-filled present, the Steel City has its share of air quality issues. Although over the past year the city and Allegheny County have seen progress, Zachary Barber, an organizer for PennEnvironment, reminded the modest crowd of thirty that Pittsburgh’s air quality is still among the worst in the nation. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels

On Wednesday afternoon a group of legislators, nurses and others joined to support safe staffing levels for nurses in hospitals. 

New legislation House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450 were introduced by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and  Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) that would call attention to the patient care crisis that is occurring due to hospitals being short staffed. 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) joined along with other legislators to speak out on the importance of the measures. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was vocal during last year's session about legislation he co-sponsored that would ban abortion that is due solely on the fact that a baby has Down syndrome. 

With this Thursday being World Down Syndrome Day, a handful of legislators, advocates and families affected by Down syndrome joined to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act. This session, Turzai, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) are bringing this act back up with more supporters and they believe it will pass through both chambers smoothly. Last session the legislation passed through the House with a 139-56 vote but it stalled when it got to the Senate. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary


Certain traditions in Philadelphia are hard to properly explain to outsiders. Grown men dressing in skirts, carrying parasols, and dancing around on New Year’s Day. Parking in the flat median of the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Anyone ordering or buying scrapple.

Wednesday saw another bizarre but beloved practice play out in City Hall. Dozens of citizens from all walks of life came out to draw for ballot position for this year’s May primary. Pulling numbered ping pong balls from an old Horn and Hardart coffee can, a tradition that goes back decades, candidates learned their fate for one of the largest ballots in memory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Anonym
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