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PGH officials dedicate new low-barrier homeless shelter with wraparound services

BY: - October 1, 2022

The shelter, set to open in mid-October, will have 95 year-round beds, with a possibility of 42 more in the winter.

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The Republican advantage: It’s easier to be against things than for them | Opinion

BY: - September 30, 2022

The against emphasis holds even when it is Republicans who most seek change.

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The state of American news in the age of the pandemic: An era of subscriptions | Opinion

BY: - September 29, 2022

What Hulu and bundling can teach legacy media about the path to viability.

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends the Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Report: Total abortion ban would deal $10B blow to Pa. economy | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 26, 2022

Low-income and pregnant people of color would be especially harmed, new research shows.

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Pa. lawmakers can, and should, create pathways to work for the formerly incarcerated | Opinion

BY: - September 26, 2022

By Mike Doner Flagger Force employs over 1,000 workers across Pennsylvania who bring diverse backgrounds,  ethnicities, and experiences, including a significant number who are justice-involved. As a believer in fair chance employment and giving individuals who want to work the opportunity to do so, I support the  bipartisan House Bill 1826, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 9/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 23, 2022

'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.

Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 21, 2022

Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.

GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans are arguing that financial managers are putting ideology ahead of making money.

Pa.’s unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

BY: - September 16, 2022

The commonwealth’s August 2022 unemployment rate is 1.9 percentage points below its August 2021 unemployment rate, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

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Robert Bork helped dismantle anti-monopoly policy. That had consequences | Opinion

BY: - September 16, 2022

Monopolists have won a series of battles these past four decades, but history shows there is nothing inevitable about their ultimate victory.

In debt and underfunded, Pa.’s student debt crisis is no surprise | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 15, 2022

The total outstanding student debt in Pa. shot up from from $19B in 2003 to $76B today, according to new research.

Philly City Council invests $7.6M to clear tangled titles

BY: - September 14, 2022

'We have to educate people,' Register of Wills Tracey L. Gordon said. 'Make it a conversation in your house about how to protect your generational wealth.'