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Pgh decline in student PSSA scores

For the first time in five years, the Pittsburgh Public School District saw a decrease in overall student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. This decrease marks the greatest year-to-year decline in PSSA performance in the past 10 years.

“We are extremely disappointed and puzzled by these results since the

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

Advancements in HIV/AIDS treatment

One week before the 19th International AIDS Conference descended on Washington, D.C., the Federal Drug Administration approved the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

“Today’s approval marks an important milestone in our fight against HIV,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “Every year, about 50,000 U.S. adults an

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

New contract may save PAT - Union vote next week, Corbett waits

Allegheny County, the Port Authority and the leadership of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 85 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that could be the key to avoiding a 35 percent service reduction and 560 employee layoffs.

Beyond a brief statement issued by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, none of the parties are

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

47 of 58 homicides Black lives...Numbers rapidly rising—12 in July

In July, Allegheny County was plagued by 12 homicides bringing the total to 58, with 47 of the victims African-Americans. We are quickly on the way to passing last year’s total of 73 homicides, 58 of them taking Black lives. Last year was the lowest year of homicides in four years. While the beginning of 2012 brought hope that the senseless k

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh