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UPDATED:6:45am — WED – 9-15-2021

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Funding For Basic Income Pilot Program

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  Pittsburgh City Council is approving transfers worth 95-million-dollars to fund city projects managed by four groups.  On Tuesday, Council approved money for the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, nonprofit OnePGH, and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.  The money sent to OnePGH will be used to fund a pilot program providing a monthly stipend to some low-income residents.  The money will come from federal COVID-19 relief grants and require each group to provide financial reporting. 

Allegheny County Council Approves Revised Paid Sick Leave Bill

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Allegheny County Council is approving a revised bill that will provide paid sick leave at companies with more than 26 employees.  On Tuesday, the Council unanimously approved the revised measure after County Executive Rich Fitzgerald vetoed it in March.  The new bill provides one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked with a cap of 40 hours unless designated by employers.  Council also approved a rule requiring major industrial facilities to file an air pollution mitigation plan with the Health Department.

Mayor Peduto Proposes Changes To Zoning Laws And Parking Laws At Restaurants

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  Mayor Bill Peduto is proposing sweeping changes to zoning laws requiring minimum parking for restaurant owners.  The proposal was introduced to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, with action expected during a meeting on September 28th.  Peduto’s plan would require restaurants to have one off-street parking area for every 500-feet of space instead of the current one per every 75-feet rule for fast-food places and one per 125-feet for dine-in locations.  Peduto says the plan cuts down the costs of opening a business and makes sidewalks safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and those in wheelchairs.  

Braddock Man Sentenced For Selling Drugs To Man Who Overdosed Next To Child

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  A Braddock man is heading to prison after pleading guilty to selling drugs to a man who later overdosed in a car with a child in the backseat.  On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Mora Barry Fischer sentenced Devon Dixon to seven-years in jail for multiple charges, including distributing heroin and fentanyl causing bodily harm.  Dixon provided drugs to a man who later overdosed in a car with the gear shift in drive and a child in the backseat.  Dixon was also sentenced to six-years probation after release.

No One Injured After Tractor-Trailer Flips Over In Downtown Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  Police say no one was hurt on Tuesday evening when a tractor-trailer rolled over in downtown Pittsburgh.  According to reports, the accident happened around 7 p.m. on Fort Pitt Boulevard at Stanwix Street.  HAZMAT crews were called in to contain a fuel spill from the vehicle, which briefly caused traffic to be diverted.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.  

Pittsburgh Sports

UPDATED: 6:45am — WED – 9-15-2021

Steelers Face Raiders Sunday

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Steelers are hard at work as they get ready for Sunday.  Pittsburgh will host the Las Vegas Raiders.  The Steelers are looking to build off their Week One win over the Bills.  The Raiders won an overtime thriller against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.

Pirates Edge Reds

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Pirates built a 6-0 lead but had to hold on as they defeated the Reds 6-5 at home.  Jacob Stallings and Yoshi Tsutsugo each drove in two runs for Pittsburgh.  Dillon Peters pitched five scoreless innings and struck out five for the Pirates to earn the win.  Pittsburgh is 53-91.

MLB Expands Roberto Clemente Day

(New York, NY)  —  Major League Baseball is adding to the ways players can honor Roberto Clemente.  All players who were nominated for the award named after him can wear his famous number 21 on September 15th.  That also applies to those who have won the award in past years.  Meantime, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have everybody wearing number 21 on Wednesday as Clemente played his entire career with the team.  The league is also making September 15th its permanent Roberto Clemente Day.

College Football Roundup

(Undated)  —  In college football action, Pitt hosts Western Michigan Saturday.  12th-ranked Penn State has a showdown against Auburn at home on Saturday.  West Virginia welcomes 15th-ranked Virginia Tech to town Saturday.  Duquesne and Robert Morris are both off.

Report: NBA Players Won’t Be Required To Get Vaccinated

(New York, NY)  —  It appears NBA players won’t be required to get a coronavirus vaccine before hitting the hardwood this season.  ESPN reports there won’t be a mandate in place as the league and NBPA negotiate COVID-related protocols ahead of the new campaign.  The report also notes most players are already fully vaccinated.  The NBA does require staff and referees to roll up their sleeves.  The new season tips off on October 19th.

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