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Allegheny County Jail board ends contract with C-SAU, warden Harper objects

BY: - September 22, 2021

With the contract removed, Allegheny County President Judge Kim Clark expressed her concerns during the meeting about the jail’s capacity to comply by Dec. 6 with a ballot referendum which bans solitary condiment, as well as the use of restraints and chemical weapons. Clark said she trusts ACJ warden Orlando Harper to do the right thing and comply with the referendum by Dec. 6.

Allegheny County ran out of pediatric ICU beds and added tents to increase bed capacity

BY: - September 21, 2021

On Sept. 17, UPMC announced the opening of a medical tent for the hospital’s Emergency Department in a tweet that called the number of children coming in as “historic.” Children’s hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the Pittsburgh region.

Controversial Allegheny County Jail contractor has criminal history, served time in U.K.

BY: - September 3, 2021

The contractor, Joseph Garcia, also once warned of a race war against correctional officers

‘We are gonna get some real investment’: AlleCo Exec Fitzgerald says of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 16, 2021

Western Pennsylvania has great allies in Congress and the White House, and the region will benefit from the bill, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

Allegheny Co. President Judge Kim Clark says systemic racism exists in courts

BY: - July 12, 2021

Clark, who has served as a judge since 1999, and as president judge since 2018, is the first Black person to hold the top position in Allegheny County history.

Trans, Intersex and Nonbinary Alliance seeking public comment on expanding all-gender bathroom access in Allegheny Co.

BY: - May 25, 2021

By Amanda Waltz PITTSBURGH — Public bathrooms have become a battleground for trans rights in the U.S., as lawmakers across the country have targeted these necessary spaces as a way to either show support for or deny access to certain groups. As if the issue was not already fraught, one local group is raising awareness […]

New report finds lead in majority of Allegheny Co. water systems, offers strategies to reduce exposure

BY: - May 2, 2021

By Kimberly Rooney PITTSBURGH — With many outdated water systems located throughout the country, many with varying levels of transparency, it’s often difficult to know exactly what’s in the water that flows out of our faucets. On April 20, locally based environmental group Women for a Healthy Environment released its “Something’s in the Water” report to help shed […]

Allegheny Co. expands COVID vaccine eligibility to residents 50-64 with underlying health conditions

BY: - March 22, 2021

County officials also said they will open three additional COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites before the end of the month.

As Allegheny County finally meets clean air standards, environmentalists are concerned the victory could be short lived

BY: - February 13, 2021

This rule, which has been in effect for decades under the federal Clean Air Act, measures and regulates limits for six pollutants often attributed with acid rain, smog, air pollution, and human health hazards.

Allegheny Co. gets more than $1.2M to provide emergency cold weather shelter to the homeless

BY: - December 1, 2020

The money is part of $3 million in grant funding the Wolf administration is providing to municipalities and organizations in 20 Pennsylvania counties.

Advocates call for emergency, low-income fare program for Allegheny Co.’s public transit riders

BY: - September 22, 2020

Advocates say that such a a break in fares would boost bus ridership by 9 percent, or 1.2 million more trips a year.

Pgh. Rep. Frankel wants Allegheny County to make it easier for businesses to build gender-neutral restrooms

BY: - September 22, 2020

Right now, businesses have to seek a variance to build a gender-neutral restroom. One Pa. lawmaker wants the county to change its rules.