July 5, 2018

post-gazette.com: Turnpike officials say new erosion controls at Southern Beltway site near McDonald are working

The Pennsylvania Turnpike may buy additional property along Route 980 near McDonald, where chronic flooding has become a problem during construction of a bridge above the valley as part of the $800 million Southern Beltway. But for the most part, engineers said Friday, erosion controls put in place for the project worked well this week despite water and mud runoff …

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June 14, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Residents respond to flooding in McDonald

More than 60 flood-weary McDonald residents turned out Thursday for a special meeting at the borough building to discuss flooding along the borough’s Route 980 corridor, near the site of ongoing work on the state Turnpike Commission project to extend the Southern Beltway. Part of McDonald was hammered with the latest of several bouts of flooding in less than a …

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June 13, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Ortitay to host town hall meeting on McDonald flooding

State Rep. Jason Ortitay will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to address flooding last weekend in an area of McDonald and Cecil Township near the Southern Beltway construction project. A preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Protection found that there were problems with erosion and sedimentation control measures at the construction site. The area …

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June 7, 2018

thealmanac.net: South Fayette High School students win national competition

Two groups of South Fayette High School students recently won a national competition for their innovative work on a pair of separate projects. Out of 69 applicants for the Digital Promise filmMaker Challenge, supported by Chevron, the South Fayette groups swept both high school slots, while the other two spots were for middle school contestants. “It’s been an awesome journey,” …

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June 1, 2018

observer-reporter.com: Burgettstown group looks to fill a need

In addition to revitalization, Burgettstown Area Community Development Corp. (BACDC) has taken on another task this summer. “We’re focusing on providing meals to underprivileged children – kids who would otherwise be missing the mid-day meal at school,” said Luke Snatchko, BACDC president. “But we will feed anybody – the elderly, anyone who needs lunch. There are no qualifications. Just show …

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May 14, 2018

wtae.com: Pennsylvania taxpayers spend millions treating non-emergencies at the ER

People who have a cough, a blister or sunburn can go to their family doctor or treat it themselves. But Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania taxpayers are spending millions of dollars treating minor ailments like those at hospital emergency rooms. Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania taxpayers spent $18 million last year treating Medicaid patients for coughs at the …

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May 1, 2018

wpxi.com: How schools handle security as threats increase

Recent school shootings in Florida and Maryland led to a lot of threat investigations in our local school districts. Target 11 started looking into what some districts already were doing to protect students, and how the recent school shootings have changed that. Pittsburgh Public Schools is no stranger to safety measures. The district has had metal detectors in place for …

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April 14, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic Cannot Wait: Ortitay Takes It On

Jason’s constituents have come to him, and he’s seen the data: the opioid epidemic cannot wait, and all those involved must be held accountable. That’s why Jason has introduced two bills to take on this issue. “Recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data shows Pennsylvania had the highest percentage increase in drug overdose deaths of any state from 2016 to …

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April 14, 2018

Helping Our Youth Access Mental Health Treatment

Teenage suicide rates are rising, and many families and friends who experience this terrible type of loss are often left feeling helpless not just after the death of their loved one, but before as well. The mental health treatment these youth need is harder to obtain than it should be, and one brave mother who lost her daughter brought this …

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