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Pittsburgh Airport To Add ‘Sensory Room’ For Travelers With Autism

Pittsburgh International Airport is planning to add a calming room for people with autism in the Airside Terminal.

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Politics & Government

Wolf Pushes To End Gun Show Exception To Background Checks

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Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday asked the Legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania and end an exception for private sales of shotguns, sporting rifles and semi-automatic rifles, known as the "gun show" loophole.

The Democratic governor appeared at a news conference in his Capitol office with officials from the Pennsylvania State Police supporting his call for action as lawmakers consider firearms-related measures in the wake of February's Parkland, Florida, high school shooting that killed 17 people.

GOP Plan To Impeach 4 Pennsylvania Justices Remains In Limbo

Apr 22, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

A proposal to impeach four Democratic justices on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court over redistricting rulings remains in limbo more than a month after resolutions were introduced by Republicans in the state House.

Matt Rourke / AP

A Republican state lawmaker in Pennsylvania is calling a colleague a "lying homosexual" in a Facebook post attacking liberal legislators.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe also is defending his comments, which he made Friday.

He tells The Associated Press that he mentioned the sexual orientation of Democratic Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia because Sims has spoken openly about being gay, and because he believes it is "immoral behavior."

Science, Health & Tech

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh International Airport is planning to add a calming room for people with autism in the Airside Terminal. 

Emma Lee / WHYY

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently renewed the state’s disaster declaration for the opioid crisis, in part to remove barriers to addiction treatment. 

Identity & Justice

Laura Benshoff / WHYY

More than two years after Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas announced the department would not renew its license, the Berks Family Residential Center is still housing dozens of families awaiting decisions about their immigration cases.

Immigrants’ rights advocates have launched two initiatives this month, trying to pressure the state government to close down the detention center, which is located outside of Reading.

The first tactic is public shaming.

Tony Gutierrez / AP

A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course.

"I felt we were discriminated against," one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. "It was a horrific experience."

Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper.

Education

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

More than 100 Pittsburgh students marched out of their school Friday and stood in Market Square for 13 minutes in memory of the people who died 19 years ago in Colorado's Columbine High School Shooting.

Good Question!

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Why Does Pittsburgh Have 90 Neighborhoods?

Pasted to the wall of Department of City Planning is a large, colorful map of Pittsburgh.

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Development & Transportation

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

For a while it seemed as though every day brought some fresh disaster for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: billing errors, elevated lead levels, boil water advisories

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Keith Srakocic / AP

Former professional wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino has been laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was remembered as one of the sport's good guys.

Sammartino fled the Nazis from Italy as a child and built a career beating a string of bad guys in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the World Wide Wrestling Federation champion for more than 11 years over two title runs. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Environment & Energy

Gene J. Puskar / AP

A near-century-old outdoor recreation club will now refrain from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness, according to officials at Penn State University.

The Penn State Outing Club, originally founded in 1920, announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The hiking, camping and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky, the university's offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management determined.

Economy & Business

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

Sales associate Dale Benner adjusted his stance, peering through two layers of reinforced glass. Less than 10 yards ahead, a soft “pop pop” barely registered over the low hum of classic rock piped overhead.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

Amazon, one of the world’s most successful businesses, started out as an online bookseller. But an effort to lure its second corporate headquarters--and 50,000 jobs--to Pittsburgh has not exactly been an open book.

Local Headlines

Montoursville Police Department via Facebook

An elderly Pennsylvania man had no way of visiting his ill wife in the hospital, so he called police to help.

Montoursville Police Chief Jeff Gyurina says the 84-year-old man's same-aged wife had a medical emergency last Thursday and was taken from their home in an ambulance.

The frail man told Gyurina, who was at the scene, he had no family in the area to take him to the hospital, and he can't drive anymore.

Gyurina gave him the patrol car's cell number and told him to call whenever he was ready to go.

Food & Drink

Matt Rourke / AP

Opponents of Philadelphia’s controversial sweetened beverage tax, stymied so far in their efforts to defeat the levy in court, are getting some support in the state legislature.

National & International

From the company that brought you the option of letting a courier inside your home comes a new service: package delivery inside your car.

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