Allegheny Co. President Judge Kim Clark says systemic racism exists in courts
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 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By Kimberly Rooney PITTSBURGH — With many outdated water systems located throughout the country, many with varying levels of transparency, it’s often difficult to know exactly what’s in the water that flows out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
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
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
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
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
Right now, businesses have to seek a variance to build a gender-neutral restroom. One Pa. lawmaker wants the county to change its rules.
With Pa. Supreme Court ruling, Allegheny Co. Elections Board votes to expand mail-in ballot hours
Allegheny County’s Board of Elections on Thursday unanimously approved additional hours and locations for voters to hand in, or apply for and fill out, their mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 general election.
Inmates sue Allegheny County Jail, alleging inadequate mental health care and ‘dehumanizing’ conditions
The lawsuit contends that jail staff have used tasers, pepper spray, and restraint chains for inmates requesting mental health care.
As COVID-19 cases spike, Allegheny County slaps two-week ban on indoor dining at bars, restaurants
The new order from Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, replaces previous orders from June 28 that restricted the sale of alcohol in bars, and one from July 2 that closed bars, restaurants and casinos.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Allegheny Co. mulls new dining restrictions
“I leave this open to change depending on our cases,” Health Director Dr. Deborah Bogen said. She said she expects to release the new order by Wednesday afternoon.