Pennsylvania’s Public, Charter School Children to Receive Free Breakfast
The Wolf Administration has announced a universal free breakfast program for students at the state’s public and private schools for the upcoming school year. The $21.5 million initiative, which begins October 1, will help feed millions of children throughout the Commonwealth. WESA has more.
Pennsylvania Turnpike to Begin Producing Solar Power
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is planning to enter the solar power production arena. In the more immediate future, this will help the agency power its own administrative and office buildings, and eventually, it hopes to electrify portions of the road itself so that electric vehicles can be charged while they are being driven. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.
What Bills Might the General Assembly Be Prioritizing This Fall?
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is said to be considering several bills for the upcoming session, including a mandate regarding how mail-in ballots must be packaged and handled, monthly voter-roll purges, and more lenient permissions for tech companies to test autonomous vehicles. WESA has more.
SEPTA Adding Elevators to Tasker-Morris Station to Improve Accessibility
In order to continue improvements to ADA accessibility on the Broad Street Line, SEPTA will be adding elevators to Tasker-Morris Station. In order to install the new elevators, SEPTA will be shutting down a lane along a one-block stretch, effective this week through spring 2024. Billy Penn has more.
Philadelphia District Attorney Krasner Speaks Out Against Impeachment Investigation
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has spoken out against an ongoing impeachment investigation that was launched by state legislators in June, saying it may be a violation of the constitutional rights of the Philadelphians who voted him into office. The investigation concerns the District Attorney’s handling of the city’s gun violence problem. Billy Penn has more.
City Council President Clarke Orders Special Elections for District Council Vacancies
The City Council seats formerly held by Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Cherelle Parker, both of whom recently resigned their positions in order to run for mayor, will be filled by special elections in November as ordered by City Council President Derrell Clarke. There are currently no plans for special elections to fill the at-large vacancies left by former Councilmembers Allan Domb and Derek Green. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
East Liberty Has Transformed
Throughout the years, East Liberty has gone through several phases of redevelopment. As it continues to grow, it attracts more residents who appreciate its proximity to landmarks, commerce, and dining in the area. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
Pittsburgh Public Schools, City Pledge to Provide Students With More Jobs, Internships
On Friday, city and school officials announced that students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education program would have access to paid internships, jobs, and job shadowing. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
URA Sells Larimer Property to Steel City Squash to Build New Recreation, Education Facility
The Urban Redevelopment Authority Board voted to sell land in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh to a local nonprofit that will build a recreation and education center. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
Elected Officials Request Audit of VisitPittsburgh
This morning, State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) announced that he requested Allegheny County Controller Corey O’Connor to audit VisitPittsburgh’s use of tax dollars. See more on Senator Fontana’s website.
Fetterman and Oz Hold Rallies in Philadelphia Suburb
Yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman held a campaign rally focused on abortion rights. His campaign is trying to quell concerns about his health following his stroke that took place earlier this year. In Bucks County, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz attacked Fetterman’s reluctance to schedule a debate. Some Republicans believe that the race has gotten closer in recent weeks. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
A Guide to the 2022 Candidates for Governor
Spotlight PA has curated a guide to provide details about the five gubernatorial candidates that will be on the ballot in November.