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
Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

After a year of what many praised as progress, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he’s filing 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
When the state’s Department of Environmental Protection discovered elevated lead levels in city water in 2016, Pittsburgh was ordered to replace 7 percent or roughly 2,400 lead lines per year. Since 2016 the city has since been replacing lines throughout the city.
Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

When 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018, the nation’s conversation about policing became very personal for Allegheny County.

Around the state elected officials and advocates called for police reforms, but when looking at the system as a whole local activists wondered if District Attorney Stephen Zappala was capable of seeking justice on Rose’s behalf.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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