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Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation scrutinizing Parks Conservancy

Four city councilors introduced legislation on Tuesday that would scrutinize the city’s relationship to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, calling for a review of all working agreements with the organization. 

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

In Pittsburgh budget address, mayor says school district should be in state oversight

Oversight of a school district requires proof of financial distress and legislation. Pittsburgh Public Schools isn’t currently on the state’s watch list.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA and Ariel Worthy/WESA

Commonwealth Court ruling on Harrisburg gun laws could set Pittsburgh’s efforts back

Last week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that gun rights groups like Firearms Owners Against Crime and the National Rifle Association can challenge some local gun ordinances in court. 

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

State Rep. Dan Frankel says gun violence a public health issue, hopeful for bipartisan support

State Rep. Dan Frankel said on Friday that he wants guns to get the same attention that e-cigarettes are receiving.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Council to hold hearing after group calls for reparations for Pittsburgh’s black residents

Pittsburgh City Council approved a future public hearing on possible reparations for black residents. The idea was proposed by the New Afrikan Independence Party, which delivered a petition to council on Tuesday.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh wants to hire more black officers, some say it has to change from within

Only 13 percent of city police officers are black, serving a community where blacks make up roughly one-quarter of the population
By Ariel Worthy/WESA

State representatives hold public hearing on amending use of force laws

Rep. Summer Lee said the first hurdle the bills face is getting Republicans, who control the legislature, to give the bills a hearing.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA