May 22, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Uncompensated care at hospitals

Fewer Pittsburgh hospitals lost money last year, but the amount of uncollected and charity care rose 2.2 percent to about $1.1 billion.

Pittsburgh: Allegheny Center mall to get technological makeover

New York developer Faros Properties revealed plans to convert the mall on the North Side into a technology center called Nova Place.

Harrisburg: Department of Human Services praises hospital closure

The Harrisburg State Hospital was one of several closed in the last decade. A public health forum held Thursday debated the success of closing the central region’s only state-owned psychiatric ward.

Harrisburg: Prohibition finally ends in Upper Allen Township

National prohibition ended in 1934, but the small, conservative municipality has stayed dry despite several referendums. At the polls on Tuesday, Cumberland County voters opted to make the change.

Philadelphia: Homeless shelters redefine menus

New comprehensive food standards in Philadelphia call for increased fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, and with the help of nonprofit groups, some shelters are making wholesome food with fresh ingredients.

Statewide: Slot machines at the airports

State Rep. Nick Kotik plans to introduce a bill that will introduce slot machines to secured areas in Pennsylvania’s six international airports.

NATIONAL

Trans-Pacific Partnership advances in Senate

To usher President Obama’s trade legislation into the next stages, Republican Mitch McConnell started making deals to persuade Senate Democrats to keep the bill afloat.

Pentagon says it’s nobody’s fault $34 million was wasted

The 64k facility was constructed in Afghanistan with all the available amenities, but never used. Two internal investigations by the Pentagon contend that no one will be held accountable. For more information, see our post on it.

Plains All American Pipeline sees three times as many incidents as national average

The company that’s spilled up to 105,000 gallons of crude in Pacific waters has been cited with 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006.

Boy Scouts of America president calls for ban on discrimination

In 2013, leaders voted that no boy should be excluded from the organization based on sexual orientation, but gay adult leaders are still exempt. The issue was brought up at the annual national meeting of Boy Scouts on Thursday, and is expected to be addressed formally in the future.

IN OTHER NEWS

Nintendo of America hires Bowser

This is Doug Bowser, not the villain of the “Super Mario Bros.” video games. As the new vice president of sales, Doug Bowser “brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to new role.”

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.