Pennsylvania will seek help on figuring out how to cut carbon emissions

State officials have just 13 months (or possibly longer with an extinction) to design how Pennsylvania will reduce carbon dioxide emissions 34 percent by 2030, required under the recently announced Clean Power Plan. That’s sure to be a difficult task considering a state economy steeped in the coal, natural gas and nuclear energy industries. Officials have said they’ll be seeking help on coming up with a plan via public outreach, a major grid operator and possibly from other states.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane arraigned Saturday

A preliminary hearing on State Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s charges of lying to a grand jury and leaking secret grand jury information is set for Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. in Montgomery County. Gov. Tom Wolf has called for Kane to resigned in the wake of the criminal charges.

Greensburg: Mother and daughter caught shooting heroin in car with baby in back seat

Police have charged a 43-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter with using heroin while they were parked at a gas pump and a 6-month-old baby boy sat in the backseat.

Pittsburgh: Jerome Bettis inducted into NFL Hall of Fame

Amid a sea of waving Terrible Towels and screaming fans, Jerome Bettis, or The Bus, was inducted into the into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night at Tom Benson Stadium.


Shell severs ties with right-wing group ALEC over stance on climate change

Because it still denies the science showing the existence of climate change, Shell said it will no longer support the American Legislation Exchange Council, a right-wing lobbying group. Fellow oil giant BP has also previously cut ties with the group for the same reason.

Top U.S. scientists praise Iran Nuclear Deal

Calling it “innovative and stringent” 29 of the nation’s top scientists, including some of the world’s top minds in the fields of nuclear weapons and arms control, said they support the agreement in a letter to President Obama.

Ferguson, one year later

Hundreds of people filled a street in Ferguson on Sunday in remembrance and to reflect on how the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer changed the national debate over race and policing.

Yellow mine water from Colorado reaches New Mexico

Wastewater from a mine that’s been inactive since 1923 was accidentally released by a cleanup crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 1 million gallons of wastewater began spilling into the Animas River on Wednesday and reached New Mexico over the weekend.


Grizzly bear kills hiker in Yellowstone

The man was found partially consumed and investigators identified what looked like defensive wounds on his arms.

The daily report was compiled by Natasha Khan, a PublicSource reporter. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at

We don't have paywalls — but your support helps us bridge crucial information gaps.

Readers tell us they can't find the information they get from our reporting anywhere else, and we're glad to provide this important service for our community. We work hard to produce accurate, timely, impactful journalism without paywalls that keeps our region informed and moving forward.

However, only about .1% of the people who read our stories contribute to our work financially. Our newsroom depends on the generosity of readers like yourself to make our high-quality local journalism possible, and the costs of the resources it takes to produce it have been rising, so each member means a lot to us.

Your donation to our nonprofit newsroom helps ensure everyone in Allegheny County can stay up-to-date about decisions and events that affect them. Please make your gift of support now.

Natasha is PublicSource's creative director. She runs the organizations visuals team, edits and produces interactive graphics, data visualizations and web packages for PublicSource. She manages the website...