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Proposal would send Pennsylvania families hundreds each month

counting moneyPhoto byPhoto by Alexander Grey (Creative Commons)onUnsplash. If you're feeling the financial pinch of inflation right now, you'll want to read on. There is a new proposal called the Family Security Act 2.0. Under this program American families would receive between $250-350 per month for each child. In this proposal, children ages five years old and under would receive $350 each month and the money would be sent to the parents. For parents with a child between the ages of six to seventeen years old, the parents would receive $250 each month. It's important to state that this bill is just in the proposal stage right now and it's not law at this time.
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Jail oversight board questions warden over reports of freezing conditions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The warden of the Allegheny County Jail answered questions after inmates sent out a letter about what they said were freezing conditions inside the facility. During Thursday's Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board meeting, jail officials gave updates on the safety and justice plan, but there were questions about other types of reform, including reducing the ACJ's population. Board member Bethany Hallam also pressed Warden Orlando Harper about the heat reportedly being off for three days inside the jail. She said the problem was brought to her attention on Facebook. "I'm mad about that," Hallam said. "This entire board has expressed...

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire celebrates 31 new firefighters

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Doorbell camera spots meteor flying over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (CBS) Just after 7:30 Thursday evening, a large meteor was seen streaking across the sky in western Pennsylvania. In some videos, the meteor can be seen breaking up as it moves across the sky. The American Meteor Society received more than 200 reports of this large meteor. Most...

Just a week over opening, Second Avenue Commons shelter seeing overflow

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Ross Township residents experience power outage

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CP Jail Watch: Freezing on pod 3B, medication expanded, causes of death unveiled

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Developers and residents at odds in Oakland

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USW reaches tentative pact covering 200 Allegheny County court-related workers

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Which State Is Pittsburgh In?

It is the anchor city of the largest urban area in Appalachia. The area contains a diverse population. The key ethnic demographics are the white population (66.4%), the black population (23.0%), and the Hispanic population (3.4%). Pittsburgh is famous for the steel industry. It is home to hundreds of steel-related...