Pittsburgh braces for COVID-19 body blow to its finances
By: Kim Lyons - May 13, 2020
The city estimated last month it would see a 21 percent decline in 2020 projected revenues, for a total loss of $127 million
Levine corrects Pittsburgh radio host during call ‘Please stop misgendering me’
By: Kim Lyons - May 12, 2020
In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine had to admonish a Pittsburgh radio talk show host to “please stop misgendering me” after he called her “sir” multiple times.
412 Food Rescue pivots to keep serving Pittsburghers in need
By: Kim Lyons - May 7, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue didn’t do home food deliveries. An army of volunteers and a team of operations workers would coordinate pickups of surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores and other large organizations with leftover food to bring them to food pantries and organizations that serve people in need. “We have […]
Wolf proposes creating army of public health workers to tackle contact tracing of COVID-19
By: Kim Lyons - May 6, 2020
The Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps will allow the state to expand testing for COVID-19 and guide decisions about reopening businesses.
With reopening nearing, Pa. closing in on 2,200 COVID-19 fatalities
By: Kim Lyons - April 29, 2020
As state officials assess what counties may be able to loosen their stay-at-home orders and allow businesses to reopen starting May 8 some restrictions should remain in effect.
Wolf: Pa. ‘won’t be flipping a switch’ as it reopens; May 8 targeted for north-central, NWPA
By: Kim Lyons - April 22, 2020
The Democratic governor outlined a color-coded reopening plan, with counties moving from red, to yellow, to green as the threat recedes.
Wolf admin. orders businesses to require face masks for workers, customers
By: Kim Lyons - April 15, 2020
The order is effective immediately and will be enforced beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. Under the order, most businesses must bar non-essential visitors who are not wearing masks from the premises.
COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf signs order allowing allowing state to move personal protective equipment and ventilators among healthcare facilities
By: Kim Lyons - April 8, 2020
Under the order, which applies to both private and public healthcare providers, suppliers and manufacturers, Pa. will pay for the equipment.
Together, apart: How funerals and mourning have changed in Pa. during the COVID-19 pandemic
By: Kim Lyons - April 2, 2020
Funeral directors in Pennsylvania may not be on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus, says East Pittsburgh funeral home owner Patrick Lanigan, but they’re definitely on the back lines, providing a crucial service to families in mourning. But now, with the entire state of Pennsylvania under a stay-at-home order and rules limiting […]
Emergency fund has raised more than $20K for Pittsburgh artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
By: Kim Lyons - March 26, 2020
Artists, who often don't have 9-5 jobs, have been scrambling to make ends meet since the pandemic closed down businesses in the Steel City.
These W.Pa. women pols asked ‘WTF Pittsburgh?’ so they started a PAC to do something about it
By: Kim Lyons - March 5, 2020
Since its formation in 2016, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh have raised $47,000 and helped get 12 women elected to public office.
A western Pennsylvania school district ran out of paper. That’s everything you need to know about school funding in Pa. | Analysis
By: Kim Lyons - February 18, 2020
Yes. People stepped up to help. But this isn't a feel-good story. It's a giant red flag on the inequities in school funding in Pennsylvania.