Environmental group sues Allegheny County Health Dept. over failure to issue Clean Air Act permits

BY: - November 28, 2023

The suit, filed by Washington D.C.-based Food & Water Watch earlier this month, seeks to force the county agency to act on Title V permitting requirements outlined in the federal Clean Air Act. 

Allegheny and Philadelphia counties spurred higher-than-usual turnout for an off-year election

BY: - November 10, 2023

Turnout was higher than usual for an odd-year election, propelled in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties by top-of-ballot races.

Jill Biden touts Bidenomics in Pittsburgh

BY: - November 8, 2023

The discussion took place in Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green, a growing industrial park featuring robotics and biomedical engineering where the former Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. plant once hulked over the Monongahela River.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Bill to allow striking workers to collect unemployment advances from House Committee

BY: - October 18, 2023

The bill is co-sponsored by Allegheny County Democrats Rep. Mandy Steele and Rep. Dan Miller who say they were motivated to pursue the legislation by striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who have been on strike for a full year as of Oct. 18.

Property taxes paid late twice on McCormick’s Pittsburgh house, records show

BY: - October 6, 2023

David McCormick, the GOP candidate running to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, apparently paid the county property taxes on the house he owns in Pittsburgh late the past two years, public records show.  The payments were not filed so late that they triggered any delinquent tax case or lien filing against the […]

Bhavini Patel launches campaign to challenge U.S. Rep. Summer Lee

BY: - October 2, 2023

Bhavini Patel, a member of Edgewood Borough Council in Allegheny County, announced Monday she will challenge U.S. Rep. Summer Lee for the Democratic nomination for the 12th District.  Patel has been widely expected to take another run at the seat she briefly campaigned for in 2022 when it was newly drawn. This time around, she […]

Democrat Lindsay Powell projected winner of Allegheny County special election

BY: - September 19, 2023

PITTSBURGH – Democrats appear to have regained control of the state House of Representatives, as unofficial results of a special election in Allegheny County show Lindsay Powell defeating Republican Erin Autenreith. The Associated Press called the race for Powell shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. “This is not just about the 21st District, this […]

Control of the Pa. House at stake as Allegheny County candidates get out the vote

BY: - September 12, 2023

Voters in Allegheny County will determine which party controls the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in one week, when they choose former state Rep. Sara Innamorato’s successor in a special election.  But with no statewide races generating buzz, and a Steelers game against Cleveland the night before the election, candidates have had to push hard to […]

Allegheny County District Attorney Zappala ‘affiliates’ with Forward Party in reelection bid

BY: - August 17, 2023

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala received the endorsement of the Forward Party on Thursday, announcing his “affiliation” with the third-party organization as he campaigns for re-election as a Republican. “I am honored by the support of the Forward Party because it is an indication that my office isn’t a Republican or Democratic […]

More out-of-state patients seeking abortion care in Pennsylvania, providers say

BY: - August 15, 2023

“What we're now seeing from our Republican colleagues are attempts to change the rules when it comes to democracy when they don't like the results that they're seeing,” Venkat said. “It goes to what type of country we're going to be and what type of democracy we're going to have.”

After a Pittsburgh coal processing plant closed, ER visits plummeted

BY: - August 12, 2023

After the closure, Taranto said, ACCAN encouraged the Allegheny County health department to pull together some retrospective health studies. In 2018, Dr. Deborah Gentile documented a 41.6 percent drop in uncontrolled pediatric asthma two years following Shenango’s shuttering.

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.