PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency announces statewide training programming for counties to fight opioid epidemic

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) gathered in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to announce the first round of statewide trainings for county officials on the opioid epidemic.

PCCD Chairman Josh Shapiro was joined by staff at the University of Pittsburgh and county officials to outline the trainings that will help communities reduce and prevent opioid and heroin abuse across the state.

“We need to dramatically increase treatment, increase education, and increase training—most especially training—all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Shapiro during the press conference. “Thankfully we found the University of Pittsburgh ready, willing and able to [facilitate] that training.”

Thursday, June 30, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Calls mount for new search for Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

Pittsburgh Public Schools board member Terry Kennedy, state Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny/Brookline) and Campaign for Quality Schools Pittsburgh all agree that a new search should begin for a superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.
 
Pittsburgh Public Schools is the name of the public school district covering Pittsburgh.
 
Allegations have been circulating over the past week stating that the newly appointed Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Hamlet, forged the “educational philosophy” portion of his resume.
 
“Some people are trying to split hairs by saying that a resume isn’t a published document therefore it isn’t plagiarism,” said Terry Kennedy, one of only two school board members to say a new search should begin. “To me, I can’t support having the leader of our district be someone caught plagiarizing, because then how can we hold our children to a high academic standard?”
Friday, June 17, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny/Squirrel Hill) and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine were part of a panel that gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last Thursday evening to discuss and tackle transgender issues. 

 

During the event hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, spoke on a number of issues including the many obstacles that transgender people face when it comes to workplace discrimination, social discrimination, and receiving proper healthcare. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that the City of McKeesport, Allegheny County, erred when it failed to use $729,275 in state pension aid and missed its $2.3 million pension payment in 2015. 

McKeesport officials say they plan to remedy the shortfall with “the sale of an asset in the near future.” Officials also said the state aid was mistakenly placed into McKeesport’s general fund and inadvertently spent before it could be transferred to the employee pension funds. 
Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Over the past few years, the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program has been responsible for bringing in film and TV projects to Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, in particular.

The Pittsburgh area has been a particular beneficiary of the film industry and its development due to existence and use of the film tax credit.

Productions such as Jack Reacher, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Concussion, Foxcatcher and even Dance Moms were all made in Pennsylvania and benefited from the tax credit program.

But with the tax credit capped at $60 million per year, some lawmakers say that isn’t enough to bring filmmakers to the state and to keep them here. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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