Special to the Capital-Star

Special to the Capital-Star

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Trans man with felony conviction in Pa. granted name change

By: - August 9, 2023

At the time of Hilliard’s May 2022 hearing, he was still on parole for a drug-related felony conviction. Thus, at the conclusion of the hearing, Yeager denied Hilliard’s request as premature.

Allegheny County Jail warden announces retirement

By: - August 9, 2023

The Fitzgerald administration will be working with President Judge Kimberly Berkeley Clark to identify a search firm for the new warden. The firm will be responsible for making opportunities for community input, according to the county’s press release. 

Smithfield United Church of Christ leaders break silence after county closes homeless shelter

By: - August 7, 2023

Second Avenue Commons, a more modern shelter, was scheduled to open at the start of the winter shelter season on Nov. 15, 2022. However, the shelter did not open until November 22 due to permitting issues and materials shortages caused by the pandemic, according to Bertolet. It was not operating at full capacity on the day scheduled for opening.

Lawmakers renew calls for rail safety reforms after Pa.’s latest train derailment

By: - July 18, 2023

The Montgomery County accident has intensified the attention of state and federal officials.

Pa. Court: Allegheny Co. must release autopsy report of man who died in jail

By: - July 17, 2023

By Jordana Rosenfeld Allegheny County administrators must release the autopsy report of a man who died in the custody of the Allegheny County Jail in late 2020, according to a new court ruling. In a 6-1 vote, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court determined that the county had unlawfully denied Pittsburgh-based reporter Brittany Hailer access to an autopsy […]

Kingsessing mass shooting reinforces need for mental health services, experts and advocates say

By: - July 17, 2023

‘No matter what you look like or where you live, every Pennsylvanian deserves to be safe and feel safe in their community,’ Lt. Gov. Austin Davis said

Q&A: Pa. House Health Committee Chairperson Dan Frankel

By: - July 17, 2023

The Allegheny County Democrat spoke ahead of the Greater Pittsburgh Healthcare Summit.

Magdalene Sanchez’s “Homesick.”

Art exhibit by LGBTQ+ college students graces the walls of Pa. governor’s residence

By: - July 16, 2023

'These shows are important to queer artists so that we have our own space,' art student Magdalene Sanchez said.

Temple U. panel explores impact of Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision

By: - July 15, 2023

‘There is going to be a drop off at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level because as good as race-neutral measures are, they simply are not a replacement for race-conscious,’ an administrator said.

U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works

Allegheny Co. Health Department fines U.S. Steel $300K for 2022 summer violations

By: - July 15, 2023

The fines relate to violations at the company's Clairton Coke Works.

Mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in more than a dozen states

By: - July 14, 2023

They offer a short-term, homelike environment for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis but don't need immediate medical care.

Principals are leaving their jobs at an accelerating rate in Pa.

By: - July 12, 2023

Pennsylvania schools with more than 93.7% students of color had an average principal attrition rate of 23.1%.