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Editorial | Wolf needed a backup plan for eviction moratorium

Gov. Tom Wolf claimed this week that he is unable to extend the eviction moratorium past Monday.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2020

If Gov. Tom Wolf really wanted to extend his eviction moratorium, he needed to explore ways to work with Republicans weeks ago, not days before the moratorium expired.

House passes Pitt flat funding bill by 198-4 vote

Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s February proposed budget, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill with flat funding for Pitt late Tuesday night.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 26, 2020

The University will receive flat funding next year of $151,507,000, compared to this year’s funding increase of 2%, or about $3.5 million.

Get in line for online wine: PA alcohol sales move online

Many smaller alcohol distributors have begun taking orders over the phone to be picked up by customers outside the store.

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Across Pennsylvania, state-run Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores have switched to online-only sales after a few weeks of closing both online and physical orders.

Pitt construction halted under governor’s order

Pitt will resume construction activity on Bigelow Boulevard following an order from Gov. Tom Wolf permitting construction projects in PA to resume.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

April 5, 2020

As businesses shutter across Pennsylvania in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the roaring sounds of construction normally heard across Pitt have gone silent as well.

Pa. to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots online

Pennsylvania voters can now apply for an absentee ballot online.

By Erica Guthrie, Assistant News Editor

September 9, 2019

Beginning next week, any Pennsylvanian voter with a PennDOT card will be able to apply for an absentee ballot online.

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation mandating that all universities in the state must create anonymous online reporting systems for complaints about sexual harassment and violence.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 9, 2019

A new Pennsylvania law requires universities to make reporting incidents of sexual harassment or violence incidents easier for victims and witnesses.

Tom Wolf wins second term as Pa. Governor

Tom Wolf, Incumbent and Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania attends a student forum in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 10, 2018.  (Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto/Zuma Press/TNS)

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018

Incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf will remain governor of Pennsylvania after defeating Republican Scott Wagner in the midterm elections Tuesday.

Editorial: Stop treating politics like a game show

Alex Trebek attends SNL’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza Feb. 15, 2015.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2018

For a man who asks questions for a living, Trebek should know how to phrase one without dwelling on information that has no bearing on how the people of Pennsylvania will vote this November.

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

Naloxone is a widespread opioid antagonist that is used to treat acute opioid overdose. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018

Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Pitt Public Health Dynamics Lab. But researchers at Pitt are working to change that statistic. Michael Mallon, the project coordinator for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health’s Opioid Initiatives, helps arrange ...

Local leaders address sexual assault

Maggie Kennedy, a junior who is double-majoring in Political Science and Communications, is Pitt's representative for the It's On Us campaign. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 12, 2017

When Alexandra Hope Erickson took her own life during her senior year of high school, her friend Maggie Kennedy couldn’t comprehend it. “I felt like I couldn't breathe. Numb and empty, I shook and I wept and I clung to my family and friends,” Kennedy said. “How could she be gone?” Er...

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