Looking for heroines, Pittsburghers gather on eve of Foster removal to pick a new statue

Looking for heroines, Pittsburghers gather on eve of Foster removal to pick a new statue

Pittsburgh’s controversial Stephen Foster Memorial was taken down from its perch in Oakland early Thursday morning. But the previous night, with the help of the Task Force on Women in Public Art, city residents had their own conversation about who should replace the noted song smith on his pedestal.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Potential new voting machines exhibited by Department of State

Potential new voting machines exhibited by Department of State

On Thursday afternoon five vendors that were invited by the Department of State to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex showed off and explained their voter-verifiable paper record voting systems.

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres announced on April 12th that he is instructing the state's 67 counties to have new voter-verifiable, paper record voting systems selected no later than December 31, 2019, and he hopes to have them in place before the November 2019 municipal election.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House members focus on bills to curb sexual misconduct in the workplace

House members focus on bills to curb sexual misconduct in the workplace

The House Labor and Industry Committee reviewed several bills intended to minimize sexual harassment in the workplace during a public hearing Tuesday.

Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) are sponsors of House Resolution 828, which would create a specific task force to review current laws and procedures and provide suggestions for improvements. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

A report released Wednesday on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) confirmed a need for reform in the system, but stopped short of prescribing explicit best practices for legislators to enact. 

The report, from the RAND Corporation — a non-profit policy think tank — was initiated through a resolution from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) that passed the chamber in April 2017. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General: Future state agency audits will include sexual harassment policies

Auditor General: Future state agency audits will include sexual harassment policies

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a press conference Wednesday morning in which he announced he has directed his staff, in the course of their audits, to review how well state agencies are following their sexual harassment policies.

DePasquale stated, “All of us must remain vigilant in our effort to prevent and stop sexual harassment in the workplace.” He noted that it does not matter where the workplace is, sexual harassment should be stopped everywhere.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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