Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Making his bi-weekly appearance on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, Gov. Tom Wolf defended the process being used to vet the closure of two state correctional institutions.

 

“In the past, as I understand, what would happen is the Secretary of Corrections would say ‘We are going to open this prison or close that prison,’ and boom, that was it,” he said. “This time, I thought in the interest of transparency, say we need to close two prisons and here are five we’ve narrowed the list down to the prime candidates and we’re going to make a decision about that by January 26th.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

With the expiration of the initial 120-day deadline set for this Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday—in response to an emergency petition for deadline extension filed by the leaders of two Senate caucuses—granted the legislature an addition 120 days to find a fix.

 

The extension allows the current assessment on casinos that is sent to host municipalities to keep flowing until just before the Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

Gov. Wolf hosts Pittsburgh roundtable on issue of opioid addiction

In an effort to tackle the issue of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opiate addicted mothers, Gov. Tom Wolf, along with local government and hospital officials, toured and hosted a roundtable discussion at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh on Friday to learn best practices on how the administration can continue to fight the opioid epidemic. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council gives stamp of approval for police to work Trump inauguration

Pittsburgh City Council gives stamp of approval for police to work Trump inauguration

Officers from the Pittsburgh Police force will be heading to Washington, D.C. to help provide security for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week after Pittsburgh City Council signed off on the measure Tuesday morning. 

Thirteen officers and two supervisors will travel to the nation’s capital where they will be sworn in as Deputy U.S. Marshall’s to provide protection along the inauguration parade route on Friday, January 20. 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania applies to be automated vehicle “proving ground”

Pennsylvania applies to be automated vehicle “proving ground”

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced this week they have applied to the US Department of Transportation to be designated as an Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot to facilitate the safe and innovative development of these technologies.

 

“This application further illustrates that we’re a national leader in supporting automated vehicle development with safety and flexibility in mind,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said in a release on the announcement. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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