Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday that Pennsylvania is suing the Trump administration over the rollback of birth control coverage mandates provided by the Affordable Care Act. The complaint argues the decision violates "a federal statute that governs how administrations implement new rules," as well as the establishment clause of the First Amendment, Billy Penn reported. About 2.5 million Pennsylvanians benefit from the mandates.
Before a captive audience of state lawmakers on Wednesday, Pittsburgh officials and affordable housing advocates called on Harrisburg to back the city's fair housing efforts amid a drop in affordable housing options here and a coinciding drop in state and federal funding for the local efforts that retain it. The panel of Democratic lawmakers led by state Rep. Dom Costa agreed. But with Harrisburg bogged down in yet another budget crisis, it's unclear what, if anything, they can do.
With big names like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Christina Aguilera coming out of Pittsburgh and a music festival heralded as the SXSW of the east, the city's music scene is booming. And we’ve got some new names to add to the playlist of local musicians making an impact. As part of our monthly Who’s Next series, we recognize up-and-comers in Pittsburgh, this time featuring leaders in the local music community. From singer-songwriters to record label leaders to promoters to music educators, these people are working behind the scenes in all genres to shape the scene both today and for the future. Here are 24 Pittsburghers to keep your eye (and ear) on. And, by the way, you can meet them and celebrate them a Nov. 1 happy hour. Get your tickets now.
As a part of 31 Days of Hope, the Homeless Children's Education Fund will host a roundtable discussion titled We Live Here Too. The discussion will frame the issue of homelessness in Allegheny County and educate participants on ways to get involved with local organizations.
Where: Alloy 26 at 100 South Commons, Suite 102 (North Side)
When: October 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration required)
The Incline Likes
Pittsburgh potties, the popular tale goes, were installed in basements so workers coming home from the steel mills could get clean before going upstairs. That's what one local realtor told The Incline for our Peculiar Pittsburgh series. But a New Jersey architect is flushing that idea, telling WESA toilets were put in basements to avoid gross sewage overflows in the main living spaces. The more you know.