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Pennsylvania’s Lack of Teachers of Color is Worsened by an Educator Shortage

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service Of the 31 teachers in the elementary school where she teaches, Pharlan Ives is the only teacher of color. She tries not to think about it. LaRita Stewart, a fourth grade teacher at Highland Elementary in Ambridge, Pa., understands what that’s like; she’s the only African-American teacher her whole school district. “Nobody needed... Read More

What are Yinz breathing? The battle to breathe clean air

By Jordan Slobodinsky, Point Park News Service The view of Clairton Coke Works from Melanie Meade’s backyard is a visual reminder of the lifetime of difficulty her family has endured from one of Allegheny County’s worst polluters. Cheryl Hurt has seen and breathed soot-laden air as a child, and now as a daycare owner in Clairton, she’s actively trying to protect... Read More

Point Park Students Get Out To Vote

By Andrew Brinker, Point Park News Service Students woke up early this morning but not just to get to class. Instead, hundreds, maybe more than ever before, headed to the Epiphany Catholic Church in Downtown Pittsburgh, the designated polling place for those registered to vote on campus. By early afternoon, the Catholic church was packed with voters. The line formed... Read More

Health Care on the Minds of Voters

By Kelsey Paulus, Point Park News Service The constant sound of the radio scanner in No. 4 Engine House did not seem to stop democracy today. With three voting machines and five welcoming women running the polls, voters flowed in and out throughout Election Day in the mid-afternoon. Fifty-four-year-old Tonya Payne, whose usual work duties are as a safety manager,... Read More

Voter Turnout ‘Excellent’ Says Ligonier Judge of Elections

By Carley Bonk, Point Park News Service Angela McDonnell has been fulfilling her duties as Judge of Elections in her hometown of Ligonier, Pa., for over a decade. But this midterm election in particular carried weight, she said. “The turnout has been excellent,” McDonnell said. “Today’s midterm affects the national picture. There’s been a great interest and seriousness surrounding the... Read More

South Side Market House Voters Hopeful This Election

By Mitchell Drake, Point Park News Service Small waves of hopeful voters floated into the South Side Market House this morning despite the heavy voter turnout predicted for this midterm election. The long historic hall was mostly only populated with kitsch fall décor and the smiling faces of volunteer poll workers. The hall lacked signs, fliers or campaign advocates promoting... Read More