After 14 years, Pittsburgh's exit from Act 47, the state oversight program for financially distressed municipalities, was made official Monday in a press conference with Gov. Tom Wolf and Mayor Bill Peduto, the Post-Gazette reports. Speaking to reporters and supporters of the move, Peduto said Pittsburgh's exit from Act 47 represented a new chapter for the city as it continues to rebound following decades of financial uncertainty. "The best days of Pittsburgh are still ahead," the mayor said. The move comes months after Peduto first requested an exit from the program and in the midst of the city's continued bid for Amazon's HQ2 project. And while Peduto's office said there was no connection between the two, it acknowledged that an end to Act 47 oversight would make the city more attractive to employers and businesses in general.
Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers voted "overwhelmingly" to approve a strike authorization vote, their union announced Monday, bringing the district one step closer to the first citywide teachers strike in four decades. The vote was called by the union representing more than 2,000 Pittsburgh teachers and educators last month after a period of prolonged and unproductive contract talks with the district. The vote was conducted by mail-in balloting and the results announced Monday saw 94 percent of union members vote in favor of the strike authorization option. It's important to note that the vote does not guarantee a strike will happen, and the union would have to give 48-hours notice if and when it did. Regardless, some are urging district officials to have contingency plans ready for the tens of thousands of students and families that stand to be affected. Here's how the district and union got to this point.
Opioid prescriptions have decreased in Allegheny County over the past year but remain high, with Allegheny County physicians still writing enough prescriptions quarterly to medicate each resident of Pittsburgh, TribLive reports. Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said local insurance providers have been at the forefront of the effort to lower opioid prescriptions here, adding, "They're doing a whole variety of different types of efforts to get people to decrease the amount (of prescriptions), from education to the identifying of high-prescribers and specifically speaking with them." And while the decrease is a step in the right direction, experts say the numbers of prescriptions are still far higher than expected.
2Step Tuesdays, a local group dedicated to deep house/bassline/UK funky music, is hosting its four-year anniversary show, a Valentine's Day event with DJ Ed Solo. Event organizers recommend showing up early for a night that's expected to be packed.
Where: 2Step Tuesdays at 2003 East Carson St. (South Side)
When: February 13, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. to February 14, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5
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Our latest Who's Next class is here and it's all about the people behind the scenes asking for money to support important causes, managing non-profit accounting and volunteering their time in support of civic good. It's Who's Next: Philanthropy, and we'll be celebrating our latest class with an event later this month at Moxie. Come join us, and meet the people helping to grow Pittsburgh's philanthropic community.
Valentine's Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with love notes to the City of Pittsburgh? Being that you're busy and all, we did the work for you, compiling a list of Pittsburgh-centric Valentine's celebrating everything from Mayor Bill Peduto's love of bike lanes to the irreplaceability of the Log Jammer. So this Valentine's Day spread the love, Pittsburgh style. Like they say, home is where the heart is.