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Why some Pittsburgh-area school districts choose to raise property taxes and others don't

All school districts are feeling the pinch of rising pension costs. Some have responded by repeatedly raising property taxes while others spare residents with as few tax increases as possible.

Why are your property taxes going up? You can blame school pensions.

The Legislature has put more money toward education in recent years, however, a lot of that new money has paid for pensions.

When your child struggles with mental illness, you have to wait weeks for mental health services in Pennsylvania. Here's why.

Families in which children and teens are suffering from mental illness are enduring waits of four to eight weeks to get appointments with psychiatrists. To mitigate delays, health officials are working to help pediatricians treat mental health issues.

Pittsburgh has to replace some lead water lines. But authorities have to find them first.

Homeowners won’t be required to replace the part of the pipes they own, but if they do, they’ll have to pay.

How funding to curtail Pennsylvania's heroin crisis became a casualty of budget politics

Part of the project: Heroin: Riding the Rush

Grants for life-saving services were awarded, and money was spent. Except the money was never really there.

Why pipeline safety is one of Pennsylvania's next big energy challenges

On the morning of April 29, a natural gas transmission line exploded in a field in Salem Township in Western Pennsylvania. 

Why are our young people taking their own lives?

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. In Allegheny County, several efforts are ongoing to stem the loss of life through suicide prevention tools.

The state knows where medical errors are harming patients. But it won’t tell you.

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority tracks troubling “events” to help healthcare providers improve, but keeps its data under lock and key.

What's the right amount of time for a birth mother to change her mind about putting her baby up for adoption?

The adoption process in Pennsylvania is being scrutinized for potential updates, but one bill that could halve the time birth mothers have to decide against adoption has been particularly controversial.

Here’s what it’s like to be an abortion clinic escort in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s two abortion clinics make the city a destination for women seeking care, attracting two other groups: abortion protestors and volunteers who guide patients inside.

Should police stop deadly overdoses? Enthusiasm varies.

Part of the project: Heroin: Riding the Rush

As drug deaths climb, police consider if naloxone is a lifesaver or a burden.

A look at why low-income Pennsylvanians rarely reap the benefits of solar energy

While solar energy installations result in long-term savings for those who can afford them, the upfront costs and state restrictions can make the alternative energy source inaccessible for many low-income families.

In Pennsylvania, taxpayers subsidize background checks for gun buyers

Gun advocates want to save money by scrapping the state background check system. Opponents think relying on the feds could reduce public safety.

Taking care of an older relative is hard. Will Pennsylvania’s CARE Act make it easier?

Hospitals and nurses have just under a year to comply with the CARE Act. But even the bill’s proponents recognize this is just the start of what needs to be done to support family caregivers.

The how and why behind Allegheny County’s campaign to move teens out of group homes

The county wants to place the teens with foster families, but it’s difficult to find people willing to accept them because of concerns about their behavior and mental health.


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