Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

In an off year election that turned out just under one in four Allegheny County voters Tuesday night, a liberal Democrat picked up a suburban Republican seat on the county council while another Republican council member won re-election on a knife edge margin. 

However, in a statewide race, Republicans secured a temporarily appointed seat on the state Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

In a unanimous ruling, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to remove the controversial statue honoring the 19th century songwriter and Pittsburgh native from Schenley Plaza in Oakland Wednesday afternoon. 


The statue, erected in 1900, honors Foster, who is often considered the father of American music and penned classics like “Camptown Races” and “Oh, Susanna.” However, the statue’s content, including a proper looking Foster sitting above a barefoot, rag-wearing African American man plucking a banjo, draws criticism for its similarities to racist minstrel show stereotypes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

At the announcement of Pittsburgh's perfect score in the Municipal Equality Index, which measures how well city's respect the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city's insurance policy will now cover surgical solutions to gender affirmation treatment.

Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

In an effort to combat the lead issue found in some of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water services lines, the utility has begun a pilot program to coat pipes with an emerging new technology to prevent contamination. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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