City Council passes cashless businesses ban

City Council passes cashless businesses ban

Philadelphia’s City Council passed an ordinance Thursday to ban cashless businesses from the city by a 12-4 vote, following a vigorous floor debate.

Council took up the measure to ensure citizens who operate without credit or debit cards have access to businesses across Philadelphia. Certain food establishments and other tech-savvy retailers have gone cashless to expedite service and lower costs. The measure has received national coverage, including mention on “CBS This Morning” Thursday before the vote.

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

After a December fire damaged pollution control equipment at Clairton Coke Works, the air quality suffered so much that the Allegheny County Health Department issued an advisory to residents in the area to limit their time spent outdoors. Although residents remain frustrated about the perceived lack of transparency on the county’s part, for Pittsburgh environmental groups another cause for anger was that by continuing to operate despite the damaged equipment U.S. Steele--the facility’s owner--is violating the Clean Air Act.
Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: DePasquale announces 244,000 students attend schools that lack proper child abuse reporting laws

VIDEO: DePasquale announces 244,000 students attend schools that lack proper child abuse reporting laws

Last fall, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale began checking school districts to see if they had updated their policies on reporting child abuse, and since then there have been 38 districts that have implemented new policies or updated their old ones. 

While 38 schools have implemented or updated their policies, DePasquale stated that there are still 244,000 students across the state who are in school districts without updated policies. One district, Susquenita School District in Perry County, was reported to have no policy in place as of February 1, 2019. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Turzai reintroduces legislation that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of down syndrome

VIDEO: Turzai reintroduces legislation that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of down syndrome

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) reintroduced legislation that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of down syndrome. Turzai and Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair) introduced similar legislation during last session which passed through the House and Senate committee but it was never seen for a final vote. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

At Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ (D-District 1) request on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh City Council heard from a panel of gun advocates, legal experts, and elected officials for added perspective on their much debated gun control legislation. However, after almost three hours that evoked high emotions and little reconciliation, the only thing clear was that both sides of the gun debate in the Steele City feel that they’re under attack.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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