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Following questions from WESA and Spotlight PA, all of the required municipalities in Allegheny County have approved signing onto an opioid settlement deal that is expected to bring about $1 billion to Pennsylvania over 18 years, including tens of millions of dollars to Allegheny County.
The county was poised to lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars this year after losing out on more than $800,000 combined in payment rounds one and two. The reason? It needed more municipalities to sign on.
But an official in one of the unsigned municipalities, McKeesport, cited Spotlight PA and WESA’s reporting before city officials approved a resolution to join the settlement, following the buy-ins of two other latecomers.
Read the full update: Opioid settlement: Allegheny County won’t receive a $479,000 penalty after questions from WESA and Spotlight PA.
THE CONTEXT: Pennsylvania’s distribution system offers extra payments to any county where all municipalities with more than 10,000 residents signed onto the deal. Nearly all counties met that requirement before the first payments last year. Montgomery and Allegheny did not.
Montgomery County lost out on $143,000 for its first payment for 2022, Spotlight PA and WESA previously reported, based on records obtained through the state’s Right-to-Know Law. The county later received the required participation for the second payment period of December 2022.
As counties work to secure maximum payouts, debates continue over how the money should be spent, with familiar fault lines emerging around backing the War on Drugs or boosting treatment options.
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"Frankly, I thought her comments were absolutely shameful. It should not be hard to condemn genocide."
—Gov. Josh Shapiro on UPenn President Liz Magill's comments to Congress about on-campus antisemitism; Shapiro's remarks came during a visit to a Philadelphia restaurant criticized in a recent pro-Palestine protest
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|CANCER DIAGNOSIS: U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R., Pa.) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thompson says he'll "tackle this head on" and still appears to be running for reelection in 2024, per PoliticsPA.
HUNTER SHOT: A Pennsylvania hunter is recovering after being shot by another hunter in Westmoreland County, possibly after being mistaken for a coyote, TribLIVE reports. The incident is under investigation.
TAYLOR TIME: Berks County native Taylor Swift is Time magazine's Person of the Year, beating out Barbie, Vladimir Putin, striking Hollywood actors and writers, King Charles III, Xi Jinping, Sam Altman, and more.
LONG READ: My favorite kind of local news story is the "library book returned after X number of years" variety. UPI has a good one from Carbondale where The Cruise of the Esmeralda came back 120 years late.
RIVER OF THE YEAR: It's election time, again, only Pennsylvania rivers are on the ballot. There are three to choose from for Pennsylvania River of the Year: the Allegheny, Lackawaxen, and Youghiogheny. Vote here.
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