Regional News

Air Quality Trends

The days when Pittsburgh earned the reputation as the “Smokey City” may be long gone, but the quality of the region’s air remains a concern.

Environmental Ethic

by Pittsburgh Today
The environmental ethic among southwestern Pennsylvanians is complex, data reported in the Pittsburgh Regional Environmental survey suggest.

Infant Mortality Trends

by Pittsburgh Today
Infant mortality remains a serious public health issue in the region, nation and around the world. Local data, however, is encouraging.

Combined Sewage Overflow

by Pittsburgh Today
Abundant annual rainfall leaves southwestern Pennsylvania in a fortunate position as much of the world grapples with the prospect of a shortage of fresh water. But effective stewardship to protect the quality of its rivers and streams has not been the region’s strong suit.

Regional Poverty

by Pittsburgh Today
Poverty remains a stubborn problem for most regions in the United States and southwestern Pennsylvania is no exception.

A Question of Learning

by Julia Fraser
As a digital revolution changes classrooms across the region and country, one key question lingers at the end of each school day: Do the new technologies actually enhance students’ learning?

Rethinking Education

Janice Smith’s fifth-​grade reading class at Central Elementary in the Elizabeth Forward School District was supposed to be working on a book report. Huddled around iPads, the students chatted with one another, pointing and swiping at the screens. No one was being shushed, few were sitting square in their seats,…

Regional Housing Trends

by Pittsburgh Today
More southwestern Pennsylvanians have been able to find housing that fits their budgets in the past decade, despite steadily rising home values and rents. But there are stark disparities in the affordability of housing across income levels.

Regional Crime

by Pittsburgh Today
When Pittsburgh rises to the top of various “best places to live” lists, one indicator often cited is the region’s relative safety as measured by crime rates, which typically are among the lowest of U.S. metropolitan areas.

Regional Energy Use

by Pittsburgh Today
In a region where coal was once king, nearly half of the electricity consumed today is generated from non-​carbon sources. Yet, wind, solar and other renewable sources claim a tiny fraction of the local energy portfolio.

Remaking Learning

In retrospect, the gong makes a lot of sense. It was 2009, and a packed crowd huddled in the basement theater of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, watching and laughing as one by one, teachers, technologists, parents, gamers and roboticists took to the stage to give their pitch. They had…

Involuntary Mental Health Commitment

Teenagers and African Americans face the greatest risk of being involuntarily committed to mental health facilities in Allegheny County, a recent study reports.

Going Long

In the city where the Pirates’ Roberto Clemente opened the door for generations of Hispanic ballplayers, employers ranging from local corporations to government are taking a cue from the sports industry’s most celebrated hiring policy to diversify a workforce that is among the least racially and ethnically diverse in the…

Seeds of Opportunity

A handful of business incubators have set up shop in Pittsburgh neighborhoods where vacant overgrown lots, faded signs and boarded up storefronts suggest that the local economy has struggled for decades.

Is Better Good Enough?

by Jeffery Fraser
A standing-​room-​only audience has packed the Avalon Municipal Building on a rain-​soaked April evening to hear Allegheny County Health Department officials explain the latest consent decree to correct air quality violations at the coke works across the river. It’s a tough crowd.
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