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On Tuesday, with a 7-2 vote, the Pittsburgh City Council approved Mayor Bill Peduto's Act 47 recovery plan. The five-year plan includes recommendations for a possible property tax increase and bond issues to improve deteriorating infrastructure.

Kevin Acklin, the mayor's Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer explained how the City plan is different from past plans.

Cut open a hole in the ground, even a very narrow one, and you will be left with a pile of dirt. These are drill cuttings. Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale have a lot of these cuttings leftover. And therein lies a problem. Because that dirt is naturally radioactive, and there's a risk that radiation can get into water supplies if it isn’t properly treated.

Between Oct. 1 and April 30, according to federal statistics, about 318,000 Pennsylvanians acquired private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among them was Gabe Felice, one of the artists profiled by Julie Sokolow in her online video series Healthy Artists.

Veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse could ping-pong through the criminal justice system for years without a support system that recognizes common problems facing former members of the military.

American manufacturing was the focus of President Obama’s visit to Pittsburgh Tuesday.

An international company with two pipe plants in Beaver County has been readying itself for a possible strike, some workers said.

A new report by a fiscal policy group says drilling companies are not paying their fair share of taxes in Pennsylvania and the effects of a proposed severance tax are being exaggerated.

Pennsylvania's state prison system is up against the wall financially and has instituted a hiring freeze to save money, despite its prisons being staffed at 2008 levels - that could spell danger both inside and outside the prison walls, according to the union representing corrections officers.

There’s reason to believe modern unions can make better inroads in the non-mobile services sector than in manufacturing, where the labor movement came of age in the last century. 

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