Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 49: Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

This week, our Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down with City Councilman Dan Lavelle to talk about his background, initiatives, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
New Cancer Society report shows Pennsylvania has work to do on policies to reduce cancer diagnoses and death

New Cancer Society report shows Pennsylvania has work to do on policies to reduce cancer diagnoses and death

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released their annual report Thursday which measures how states are doing when it comes to passing and implementing policies proven to reduce death from cancer.

The report had troubling news in terms of how the Commonwealth stacks up in terms of anti-cancer policies.

Thursday, August 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

A revamped bill that would require counties to have in place an operational restitution-collection system is slowly making its way through the state General Assembly.

Formerly House Bill 1070 of last session, HB 234, sponsored by Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) would ensure that restitution orders are being enforced at the county level by increasing accountability for existing requirements and enhancing collection and record-keeping requirements.

“Counties have a very unofficial way of collecting things. It’s not really a priority of theirs,” said Rep. Costa. “Someone has to be responsible for making sure that these victims are not victimized twice and making sure if action is being done.”
Tuesday, August 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Gov. Wolf continues 'Jobs that Pay' tour at regenerative medicine facility in Pittsburgh

Governor Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday to tour and meet with employees of Cook MyoSite, a leading medical manufacturer that specializes in the collection, selection and expansion of human skeletal cells for the treatment of various disorders.

After his tour of the recently expanded, two-facility site of 64 new jobs, bringing its complement to more than 130 jobs, Gov. Wolf sat down with employees to ask them a question which he most eagerly wanted to know the answer to- what drew them to work for such a company in Pittsburgh?

“What’s important to you to make places like this work so well?” asked Wolf. 

Monday, July 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, state officials react to President Trump's ban on transgender service members

Pittsburgh, state officials react to President Trump's ban on transgender service members

In light of President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that transgender individuals will be banned from serving in the United States military, Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus is expected to introduce a Will of Council “roundly condemning” the ban. 


President Kraus is expected to stand with fellow members of council and the LGBTQIA+ community to push back against the policy and show Pittsburgh’s support for gender identity, expression and orientation equality Monday when the Will of Council will be introduced.  

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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