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With thousands eligible, Philly Mayor Kenney, schools chief Hite urge city parents to claim child tax credit

By: - June 28, 2021

Starting next month, more than 90 percent of Philadelphia families with children will be eligible for new monthly payments from the federal government of $250 or $300 per child from the Child Tax Credit.

David Bowie and The Kinks gave her the courage to come out. How a Philly community program helped this transgender woman finish the journey

By: - June 27, 2021

While Pride celebrations and festivities are still trying to bounce back from the COVID pandemic, Peyton Udell still finds much to be proud of.

Two large air pollution sources will soon be offline. Will Allegheny County’s air quality future be as clean as it can be?

By: - June 25, 2021

Pittsburgh consistently ranks as one of the worst regions for air quality in the U.S., usually matching the smoggy cities of California’s central valley.

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Philly Mayor Kenney stands by his violence prevention plan as homicides show no sign of ebbing

By: - June 23, 2021

The mayor defended his approach to reducing gun violence in Philadelphia on Wednesday at a time when the homicide rate was up 38 percent.

In Pgh., reformers call for decreased police funding, more community investment

By: - June 22, 2021

“The safest communities are not the ones with the most police. The safest communities are the ones with the most resources,” one local advocate said.

Chucking insurance: Why some pharmacists are cutting out the middlemen for generic drugs

By: - June 22, 2021

Some pharmacies are starting to sell generics outside the insurance system

Acting Philadelphia health commissioner warns residents about COVID-19 Delta variant

By: - June 22, 2021

Currently, 55.9 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 70.4 percent of Philadelphia adults have received their first jab.

‘A sad loss for Philadelphians’: LGBTQ advocates react to Supreme Court ruling in Philly foster case

By: - June 19, 2021

"Our tax dollars should be dedicated to securing good homes for these kids, not discriminating against those who want to help," one advocate said.

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Philadelphia in foster parents case

By: - June 17, 2021

The ruling was "a blow to children and families in the foster care system within the city of Philadelphia," one LGBTQ advocacy group said Thursday.

A year after George Floyd protests, Philly Mayor Kenney details progress on racial, police reforms

By: - June 16, 2021

By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney says his administration is making progress at rooting out systemic racial inequities, and enacting police reforms a year after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests. Yet while acknowledging more progress was needed, Kenney stressed that surging gun violence in the city was […]

Allegheny Co. studying feasibility of multi-use trail along the Turtle Creek Valley

By: - June 16, 2021

The goal is to connect the Westmoreland Heritage Trail in Trafford to the Great Allegheny Passage, leading to Downtown Pittsburgh and beyond.

Trump wanted U.S. Supreme Court to order new election in Pa., other states

By: - June 15, 2021

The proposed complaint, which was never filed by the Department of Justice, featured a number of complaints about the conduct of the election in each of the six disputed states.