What if instead of a monthly student loan payment you could put that money toward mortgage payments? Or something else entirely while being a homeowner? It's an idea that council member Corey O’Connor wants the state to explore and adopt. And it's something that's already happening in other states like Maryland. Since the proposed program would be a state-level decision, O'Connor is introducing a will of council today to ask for support in taking talks to Harrisburg.
Pittsburgh's record on the environment was recently thrust into the national spotlight after President Donald Trump used the city to justify his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. In fact, Pittsburgh was ahead of the curve when it came to banning fracking. As Business Insider reported, the city was able to keep fracking out of the city by adopting in 2010 a radical technique that's gaining popularity across the country.
Halfway through 2017, Pittsburgh has spent about $253 million, while earning about $326 million, and is on track for up to $20 million in surplus funds by the end of the fiscal year, TribLive reported. That's $17 million less than the 2016 surplus, but Controller Michael Lamb said it's still a good thing. And he's hoping the surplus funds can contribute to the city's capital projects.
Soak up some relaxing jazz vibes with the George Jones New View Trio. Jones is known as the finest conga player in the area.
Where: Katz Plaza at 667 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
When: July 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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It's county fair season in Western Pa., which means carnival rides, livestock competitions and weird stuff like milk chugging contests and tractor square dances. There's no Allegheny County fair, but there are plenty not too far away. Here's a rundown of your options.
Black and gold are everywhere in Pittsburgh, from sports stadiums to T-shirts to the city's flag. How did the steel city come to adopt those colors? WESA explains the hues are linked to the family crest of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. (In case you can't tell, Pittsburgh is named for Pitt.) "The black shield is the idea of constancy or grief, think about it in terms of endurance, perseverance," the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation's Louise Sturgess told the radio station, while the gold coins represent "trust and honesty."