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Almost two-thirds of residents in Allegheny County Jail alt-housing facility have COVID-19

BY: - April 22, 2020

(This developing story will be updated) By Charlie Deitch OAKLAND, Pa.– Nearly 65 percent of residents at an alternative housing facility in Oakland, Pa., outside Pittsburgh, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an April email that an Allegheny County judge sent to members of the Jail Oversight Board that was obtained by the Pittsburgh […]

COVID-19 in W.Pa.: Community rallies to raise $95K to buy tech for Clairton students

BY: - April 22, 2020

U.S. Steel, a family foundation and local donors kicked in the money to help buy Chromebooks for students in the struggling district.

A jail of two timelines: The two sides of COVID-19 in the Allegheny County Jail

BY: - April 14, 2020

Information about how the Allegheny County Jail managed the COVID-19 outbreak has been sparse. Here's a timeline of what we know -- and don't know.

Planned Parenthood PAC endorses former anti-choice lawmaker in W.Pa House race

BY: - April 4, 2020

Earlier this week Ravenstahl, who had long identified himself as and voted as a pro-life legislator, received the endorsement for the first time from Planned Parenthood PA Advocates (the political arm of the organization.

Allegheny County officials Wagner, Hallam call for transparency on county jail’s COVID-19 response

BY: - April 1, 2020

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling for more public information about the county’s response to COVID-19 pandemic at the county jail.

COVID-19 in W. Pa: Allegheny County Council gets bill to release more inmates from Allegheny County jail

BY: - March 25, 2020

At-large Councilmember Bethany Hallam and colleague Olivia Bennett introduced legislation Tuesday that would authorize the release of some jail inmates.

For some with COVID-19, they’ll get all of the pain but none of the diagnosis | Charlie Deitch

BY: - March 21, 2020

Julie Straub, 38, is a Pennsylvanian living with COVID-19. She's self-quarantined. And she shared her story with our partners at the Pittsburgh Current.

COMMENTARY

I’m a University of Pittsburgh senior: This is how COVID-19 changed things for me

BY: - March 19, 2020

Senior year is a big deal. It’s the year you decide what you want to do. Unfortunately, for me and other college students, COVID-19 had other plans.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Pittsburgh bans gatherings of more than 50 people

BY: - March 16, 2020

By Charlie Deitch On Sunday night, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people. Peduto already had issued an executive order imposing several mandates taking effect [Monday], including a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. According to a statement: The City of Pittsburgh, following protocols announced this […]

Pittsburgh’s Port Authority to disinfect its vehicles every 24 hours

BY: - March 15, 2020

By Charlie Deitch In light of the first two cases of Covid-19 in Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Port Authority announced it will increase the frequency in which it disinfects its vehicles.  The Authority also announced that while there are no plans for operational changes now, “Port Authority service is highly dependent upon its workforce. […]

Top W. Pa. labor leader says he’s ‘appalled’ by Allegheny Dems’ state House endorsements

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jessica Benham, a disability rights advocate who lost Sunday's endorsement vote to Heather Kass, told the Pittbsurgh Current that she's staying in the race.

Allegheny County DA’s Office says judge erred when he threw out ex-Carnegie-Mellon student’s sexual assault conviction

BY: - February 13, 2020

In a court filing, prosecutors say Judge Alex Bicket incorrectly substituted his judgment for that of the jury's when he dissmissed charges.