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In Pgh., elected officials, environmental groups call for updates to Pa.’s recycling laws

BY: - May 27, 2022

'We know that Pa. has fallen behind on being the leader in waste recycling and reduction,' an advocate said.

New process for asylum cases at the border unveiled by Biden administration

BY: - March 25, 2022

The Biden administration announced Thursday steps to expedite asylum cases at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to resolve a years-long backlog, but policy advocates worry the streamlined process could prevent asylum seekers from obtaining legal representation if their cases are denied. 

Pgh bridge was a ‘preventable disaster’ as local officials call for action

BY: - January 31, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf issued a disaster declaration, freeing the way for federal assistance .

A week in the headlines | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 29, 2022

In the midst of a Supreme Court retirement, redistricting hurdles and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some Pa.-centric headlines that you might have missed in the deluge.

5 ways across 5 Pa. regions: How to give back on this MLK Day of Service

BY: - January 17, 2022

While there are plenty of in-person volunteer opportunities available statewide, there also are virtual volunteer opportunities to allow anyone to give back this year. 

Pitt disenrolls unvaccinated students as W.Pa. universities grapple with COVID requirements

BY: - January 14, 2022

Disenrolled students may apply for a tuition refund, and, if they choose to get vaccinated, will be allowed to re-enroll, according to a published report.

On eve of Jan. 6 anniversary, voting rights tops the U.S. Senate’s agenda

BY: - January 5, 2022

Democratic leader Schumer takes aim at filibuster as West Virginia's Manchin stands in opposition.

Candidates fighting 2020 misinformation run to administer local elections

BY: - January 1, 2022

Across the United States, people concerned with protecting democracy and the integrity of elections are putting their names on the ballot for local election administrator positions.

Year in review: The top 5 Capital-Star stories of 2021

BY: - December 27, 2021

From mask mandates and election investigations, to COVID-19  and lawmaker arrests, there was no shortage of important stories to tell in 2021. 

Thank you for reading this year | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 25, 2021

Happy weekend, all. Welcome to the last Five for the Weekend countdown of 2021! From all of us at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, thank you for choosing us as your go-to news site for all things state government and beyond this year. We hope that you will continue to follow our reporting in the New Year. In addition to reading our award-winning […]

Long awaited sidewalk planned for Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood

BY: - December 20, 2021

The new $1.2 million construction project involves replacing the current sidewalk, curbs, and curb ramps along Irvine Street to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists. Construction is planned to begin in the spring of 2022.

Sage-grouse protection plans in the West under review by Biden administration

BY: - November 27, 2021

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is updating Obama-era plans to manage the greater sage-grouse in 10 Western states. The BLM has published a request for comments to help update management plans for the bird’s habitat in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and other Western states. The Interior Department agency will review new scientific data, […]