Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

If Pittsburgh Fire Chief Daryl Jones had it his way, every home in the city would have a sprinkler system. But for now, he’d settle for them being required in all high-rise buildings.

“One of my duties is to reduce the risk of fire to citizens and visitors as well as the firefighters in the city of Pittsburgh,” Jones said while testifying before city council Monday evening.

His advocacy for a fire-sprinkler requirement comes after a high-rise fire claimed an elderly woman’s life two years ago. But despite Jones’s insistence that installing sprinkler systems is the only way to ensure safety, the roughly hundred people who filled council chambers for the public hearing remained unconvinced.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

An amended version of House Bill 2071 passed the House Monday by a final vote of 164-18. Sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), the bill focuses on methods of helping businesses and workers prevent potential workplace violence. 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

The PLS Reporter sat down with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Last Wednesday all correctional facilities in Pennsylvania were placed on an indefinite lock down after multiple staff fell sick due to an unknown substance.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Tuesday sees focus on firearm laws and public safety

VIDEO: Tuesday sees focus on firearm laws and public safety

Tuesday was a gun-focused day in Harrisburg, with several gun-related press conferences or rallies going on in the Capitol, while House Judiciary Committee hearing held at Harrisburg University revolved around firearm laws and public safety.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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