CAPITOL CROWD: Kelly Fedeli, Director of Special Events for the Office of the Speaker

CAPITOL CROWD: Kelly Fedeli, Director of Special Events for the Office of the Speaker

The PLS Reporter sat down with Kelly Fedeli, the Director of Special Events for the Speaker of the House to find out what her job entails, how she got here and what she likes to do in her spare time.
Friday, December 1, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: VideoCapitol Crowd
City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

At an open forum Wednesday night, around 50 Pittsburghers shared concerns and gave praise to the city's climate action plan to City Council. 

The draft report, originally released in September, is the city’s third iteration of a plan to address climate change and other environmental issues on a city-wide level. 

The plan includes calls to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, divest the pension fund from fossil fuel industries, and reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday stating it will review two ordinances passed by Pittsburgh City Council that were struck down by lower courts.  


One of the ordinances, passed by council and signed by Mayor Peduto in 2015, requires businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Among the many issues confronting the state Department of Corrections is what to do with the ongoing issue of Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis and how affected inmates should be treated for their addiction-related issues.

 

According to Department of Correction Sec. John Wetzel, the department is taking a holistic approach to treating inmates that come into the state prison system with opioid-dependency issues by providing treatment so as to reduce addiction, but also reduce recidivism.

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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