Wilkinsburg, PA Government

Pa. Supreme Court rules Pittsburgh ordinance preventing landlords from denying housing to Section 8 tenants is unconstitutional

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania found that a Pittsburgh ordinance which forbid landlords from denying rental units to tenants who use federal housing vouchers was not legal under the state’s Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and thus, was unconstitutional to business. Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh v. City of...
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PennDOT policy change adds cost to Lower Burrell VFW's Veterans Day parade

After decades of holding the annual Veterans Day parade in Lower Burrell, the local VFW doesn’t understand why they now have to pay $450 in insurance to stage this year’s parade. “For what we have done for this country, the sacrifice and soldiers risking their lives, and now with a...

New Kensington declares 12 houses unsafe, orders demolitions

Squatters and wildlife in a dozen rundown New Kensington houses may need to find new places to live within a matter of months. City Council, sitting as the Board of Health on Monday, ruled 12 properties to be detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of the community and declared them to be public nuisances.

The Top 50 employers in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Who are Pennsylvania's largest employers? Several of them are in the Pittsburgh region. Below is a list of the top 50, based on the most recent data available from the state Department of Labor and Industry. (First quarter, 2021.) NOTE: Employers must be covered under the state...

Stadium Authority Seeking Small Games Of Chance License

The City of Butler Parks, Recreation Grounds, and Facilities Authority is exploring the possibility of obtaining a license to offer small games of chance. At their meeting Monday night, the Authority instructed their solicitor to determine if the Authority or the 501c-3 foundation it created last year would be eligible to obtain the license.

Pittsburgh City Council introduces lead safety bill

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that it said would address lead exposure, and it also urged Pittsburgh Public Schools and utility companies to take action to reduce potential lead exposure. “About 400 children each year in the region are found to have elevated blood lead levels,” Councilwoman...
Beaver County Times

Two face off for Monaca Council Ward 3 seat

MONACA — Two candidates, one Republican and one Democrat, are vying to represent Monaca’s 3rd Ward on borough council this November. Democrat Joyce Tokar, 61, of 1033 Bechtel St. and Justin Wilson, 26, of 1116 Linden St., are in the final days of pitching their visions for the high-profile industrial hub to voters. Election Day is Nov 2.

Rep. Kelly To Discuss IRS As Part Of Roundtable

A local lawmaker will be joined by a local business leader for a discussion about Internal Revenue Service monitoring of bank accounts. In his role as ranking member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, Republican U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly of Butler is hosting a virtual roundtable on Tuesday at 11 a.m. titled “The Devastating Consequences of Biden’s IRS Surveillance of Americans’ Bank Accounts”.
Digital Collegian

Penn State offers vaccine exemption request form for religious faculty, staff

Since deciding to mandate the coronavirus vaccine for all employees and students supported on wage payroll and on graduate assistantships by Dec. 8 at University Park and six commonwealth campuses, Penn State released Monday its process for requesting religious vaccine exemptions. For those affected by the mandate who wish to...
New Pittsburgh Courier

Duquesne Light Company reopens grant application process for local grassroot organizations

PITTSBURGH — Duquesne Light Company (DLC) has announced the next cycle of its Community Impact Grants (CIG) program to continue supporting diverse, grassroot community organizations in Allegheny and Beaver counties. The program, which launched this past April as DLC’s new signature charitable giving initiative, awards eligible nonprofits with grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects and programs that benefit the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Named Among The Clumsiest Cities In The United States

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Asurion has ranked 52 cities throughout the United States in its “Clumsiest Cities In America Index.” Among those 52 cities is our very own Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh finds itself just ahead of Orlando and just under Norfolk. Asurion created its rankings based on where phones are dropped, cracked, and broken. Some of the factors used were: heat and humidity which can cause phone owners to sweat and drop their phones, vacation destinations where there’s an increase in bodies of water for people to drop their phones into accidentally, and other factors such as age, weather, and cultural activities in the city. Coming in at number one is New Orleans and sitting last at 52 is San Francisco. You can check out the full rankings right here.

Uncontested races in Etna, Millvale and Reserve

There are multiple uncontested municipal races in the Shaler coverage area. In Etna, Mayor Thomas Rengers is the only candidate on the ballot in the mayoral race. According to the Allegheny County Office of Elections’ unofficial candidate list, Alice Gabriel is running uncontested for the Etna Ward 1 council seat.

Connoquenessing Sewer Plans Delayed

Plans for a new sewage treatment system that will serve many residents of Connoquenessing Township have been halted pending an additional meeting and discussion. At a Monday night special meeting, the Connoquenessing Township Board of Supervisors approved a motion to meet with the DEP to discuss modification of an expensive plan to roll out sewer service to all township residents. The Supervisors also recommended that the township’s Sewer Authority pause implementation of the plan.