Politics - Local

Pittsburgh council to introduce paid sick-leave legislation

The draft ordinance says about 40 percent of Pittsburgh private sector workers and 77 percent of service workers have no paid sick time.

about 9 hours ago

Collier to consider rezoning proposal for townhouses

The proposal calls for 140 townhouses on 24 acres that used to be the Woodville State Hospital property.

3 days ago

Former West Mifflin Area School District manager says he will pay back district

Former administrator Phil Martell is now being accused of “double dipping,” or billing two organizations for the same trip expenses.

3 days ago

Peters Township school board signs new contract with bus drivers and raises salaries

Board members questioned why worker rates varied for different sport events, and the tabled action on 3 percent raises for some employees.

3 days ago

 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

5 days ago

 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

5 days ago

Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

5 days ago

 “The governor can make a choice to line-item veto a couple things to continue the discussion, but there’s no need to hold everybody else hostage over the summer,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed said.

Republicans say they will create own budget to avoid stalemate

With no movement in negotiations between the governor and GOP leaders, Republicans say they will deliver a budget by the June 30 deadline.

1 week ago

South Fayette moves to dismiss Commissioner Deron Gabriel’s federal lawsuit

Deron Gabriel claims his rights to due process and free speech were violated by attempts to censure him at a voting meeting.

1 week ago

Scott commissioners seek updates to community pools and parks

Bids to demolish the township’s 50-year-old pool and build a new one will open next week with a vote coming in July.

1 week ago

 City councilman Rev. Ricky  Burgess introduced legislation this week that would authorize the city and the police bureau to partner with a telecommunications firm to license a crime-reporting app and software.

Could a crime-reporting mobile app be on tap for Pittsburgh?

The city may partner with a telecommunications firm to explore the possibility of such a program.

1 week ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto's administration has been at odds with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

City demands gaming revenue

Officials accused the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority of illegally withholding money and habitually overstepping its bounds.

1 week ago

State Senate vacancy attracts candidates

Potential state Senate candidates emerge as Harrisburg sets a date for special election.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama said last week’s shooting at a historically black church demonstrates that the United States hasn’t yet dealt with its legacy of slavery and racism.

Obama invokes blunt words to expose 'long shadow' of racism

In a interview, he said the killings in a Charleston, S.C., church shows that the nation has not yet gotten beyond its legacy of racism.

1 week ago

 China’s Liu Yandong greets students Friday in Pitt's Confucius Institute during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is the first stop for Vice Premier Liu Yandong

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong was also expected to visit the University of Pittsburgh during her three-city visit to the U.S.

2 weeks ago

 Elise Truchan looks out from the top window of the treehouse in the tree on the front lawn of her family's home in Leet Township.

Treehouse or accessory structure? One Leet family mired in conflict

What the Truchan family sees as a front yard treehouse, the township sees as a prohibited building.

2 weeks ago

Ross Township finance director Dawn Lane resigns

After bringing better fiscal oversight to Ross Township, Dawn Lane has accepted a position as a municipality manager in Allegheny County.

2 weeks ago

 “We have a lot of communities waiting for properties to be demolished,” said Theresa Kail-Smith.

Pittsburgh councilwoman urges expanding demolition efforts

Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith wants the city to study whether it can demolish properties quicker by using city employees.

2 weeks ago

 Chuck McCullough, the former county councilman from Upper St. Clair, is back in court today, beginning the defense phase of criminal charges against him.

Defense begins making case in trial of ex-Allegheny County councilman

Charles P. McCullough is accused to misappropriating money from a trust fund while he had power of attorney for an Upper St. Clair woman.

3 weeks ago

 Barbara Daly Danko

Democrat officials to choose nominee to fill Barbara Daly Danko's council seat

Democratic committee will choose substitute county council candidate in August.

3 weeks ago

East Allegheny school board lowers real estate taxes with 2015-2016 budget

With the tax rate dropping by 1.74 mills, the tax cut may reduce revenues for the district by about $820,000 during the next school year.

3 weeks ago

Carnegie mayor critical of proposed pension changes

Mayor Jack Kobistek said there should have been more discussion on the changes before they were advertised.

3 weeks ago

Penn-Trafford school board raises property taxes for second consecutive year

Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars in cuts and a $1 million increase from taxes, there may still be a $260,000 budget shortfall.

3 weeks ago

Marcellus shale gas drilling company sues Penn Township for delaying operations

Apex Energy seeks over $50,000 in damages, claiming the board of commissioners violated state laws when the township delayed drilling.

3 weeks ago

Monroeville settles suit with former police chief Steven Pascarella

Monroeville and its former chief of police Steven Pascarella settled for $9,000 after claims Monroeville violated his civil rights.

3 weeks ago

Wilkins Township honors late fire chief, Ronald Bair, for his service

Ronald Bair died of cancer April 5 at the age of 61. He had been a firefighter since he was 18 and served as chief for the past 11 years.

3 weeks ago