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Lawyer: Teen Killed By Police In East Pittsburgh Didn't Pose Immediate Threat

A lawyer for the family of a 17-year-old fatally shot by a Pennsylvania police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop says the boy did not pose an immediate threat to anyone.

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Politics & Government

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The state House has taken a significant step toward finishing the commonwealth’s $32.7 billion budget plan ahead of next week’s deadline—passing the measure on to the Senate in a near-unanimous vote.

The deal is on track to be the first on-time budget of Governor Tom Wolf’s tenure.

The proposal was negotiated by House and Senate leaders and the governor, and until this week, the process happened almost entirely behind closed doors.

Democrats across Pennsylvania have a new party leader.  Nancy Patton Mills was elected Saturday as chairwoman of the State Democratic Committee as candidates are gearing up for critical races for governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and the state legislature.

$32.7B Budget Package Speeds Toward Pennsylvania House Vote

Jun 20, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Key elements of a $32.7 billion spending package for Pennsylvania's approaching fiscal year are heading toward a state House vote.

The no-new-taxes spending package unveiled just a day earlier is scheduled for a House vote Wednesday after Republican majority leaders negotiated it behind closed doors with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. It still requires Senate approval.

Science, Health & Tech

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Under Pennsylvania law, a person operating a car, truck, boat or airplane can be arrested if they're under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana is federally considered a Schedule 1 drug, lumping it with heroin, LSD and esctacy.

State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) says this creates confusion for law enforcement if they pull over a medical marijuana patient. Delozier will soon introduce legislation to allow medical marijuana patients to operate a vehicle while under the influence, as long as their driving is not impaired.

Identity & Justice

Keith Srakocic / AP

A lawyer for the family of a 17-year-old fatally shot by a Pennsylvania police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop says the boy did not pose an immediate threat to anyone.

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Protesters packed Pittsburgh’s Sixth Presbyterian Church Wednesday night to denounce the Trump administration’s family separation policy, which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their families after their parents were detained for attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

Education

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The Woodland Hills School District has ranked among the top 10 districts nationwide for elementary school suspensions. Two years ago, several district and school leaders were sued by former students for incidents of alleged abuse at the hands of a former school police officer and a former high school principal.

Good Question!

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How Deep Are Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers? Fort Pitt Bridge’s Secret Room Holds The Answer

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers. But many residents, like 90.5 WESA listener Judith Hoover, aren't sure where the bottom of each of the three lie.

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Development & Transportation

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The city of Pittsburgh's Housing Opportunity Fund is one step closer to investing in affordable housing.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The ink-stained walls of the former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printing pressroom could soon house a center celebrating free speech by a newly formed nonprofit called the International Free Expression Project.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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Most Pittsburghers notice the billboard while they’re watching the Buccos on the North Side. Soft light beams from a triangle slowly rotating within a rectangular sign on a rooftop in the downtown Cultural Trust. No words or pictures float through the display, just the revolving shapes.

Photo by Jared Alan Smith

Recovery memoirs have become a big part of our culture, both literary and televisual. 

Environment & Energy

Artist Reveals The Hidden Lives And Importance Of Amphibians

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Courtesy of Ashley Cecil

Recently, Pittsburgh artist Ashley Cecil was in Frick Park, temporarily installing nine small, steel sculptures just outside the Frick Environmental Center.

Economy & Business

Wolf Proposes Looser Licensing Rules For Barbers, Other Jobs

Jun 14, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's governor wants to stop mandating professional licenses for 13 types of jobs, calling current regulations a barrier to employment.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to release a study on Thursday of the state's professional licensure rules and proposals to improve them.

More than a million state residents currently hold professional licenses.

The report from Wolf's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs says some licenses are valuable in setting standards and protecting consumers.

Local Headlines

Police Fatally Shoot 17-Year-Old Boy Fleeing Traffic Stop

22 hours ago
Keith Srakocic / AP

A police officer fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose of Rankin just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop late Tuesday in a confrontation partly captured on video from a nearby home.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

In the wake of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's firing of editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers, the Post-Gazette's union reporters -- and its non-unionized editors -- took out ads in their own paper Tuesday, distancing themselves from their own publisher.

Food & Drink

Matt Rourke / AP

State Representative Mark Mustio (R-44) of Allegheny County is fronting a charge to repeal Philadelphia's soda tax, and prevent similar actions from taking place elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

National & International

The House of Representatives will vote on two immigration bills Thursday afternoon. These efforts, like previous attempts at addressing the contentious issue, are expected to fail - an outcome that could ratchet up pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan to step down as Republican leader.

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