Water bill oversight; Waterdogs lacrosse homecoming; Opioid settlement grants

With water bills on the rise due to privatization of water systems, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted in favor of an order to bring more transparency and review procedures.

A revised Act 12 would establish public meeting requirements, improve customer notification, standardize methods used, and create a new “reasonable review ratio.” 

The proposed improvement, however, also faces its own opposition. Continue reading…

McKeesport is one of few municipalities that have used Act 12, a law that offers a different way to privatize water systems in Pennsylvania. (Image courtesy of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport website)

The Philadelphia Waterdogs, the city’s professional men’s field lacrosse team, have been waiting since November for this coming weekend — the team’s first-ever Homecoming Weekend at Villanova Stadium, where the side will take on the Boston Cannons and the Maryland Whipsnakes.

“It’s our first time to show them what Waterdogs lacrosse is about,” said Jake Richard, who is a short-stick defensive midfielder, Team USA gold medalist and newly-appointed head coach at Marquette. 

BP’s Nick Kariuki caught up with the team ahead of the big weekend. Continue reading…

Waterdogs defensive midfielder West Chester, Pa. native Jake Richard during a game against the Utah Archers on June 1, 2024. (Courtesy of Premier League Lacrosse)

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• Pa.’s public defense system is unconstitutional for failing to provide an effective defense to people who can’t afford attorneys, alleges the ACLU in a new lawsuit. [Spotlight PA] 

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