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Trump Proposal Would Cut Funding For Title X Clinics In Pennsylvania

The Trump administration is considering policy changes that would cut government funding to health clinics that either provide abortions, or refer patients to clinics that do.

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Politics & Government

PA Lawmakers Advance Redistricting Reforms As June Deadline Looms

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Katie Meyer / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania lawmakers have advanced a bill that would change the state’s constitution to put its congressional district map in the hands of a citizen commission, one whose 11 members would be chosen by elected officials.

Originally, SB22 called for an independent citizens’ commission, modeled after the process used by states such as California, where individuals can apply to be a part of the deciding panel.

That version also turned over mapmaking to a state Supreme Court advisor, in the event the commission cannot agree.

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania / Facebook

The Trump administration is considering policy changes that would cut government funding to health clinics that either provide abortions, or refer patients to clinics that do.

Katie Meyer / WITF

Crowds of students and activists flooded Harrisburg Tuesday, calling for changes to help halt school shootings.

Science, Health & Tech

Matt Nemeth / 90.5 WESA

A recent report from Allegheny County’s medical examiner on the number of overdose fatalities in 2017 contains both good and bad news.

For the fourth year in a row, the number of overdose deaths was the highest on record -- more than 735 people in 2017 -- but the rate of fatalities decreased in each subsequent quarter of last year.

Joaquin Gonzalez / 90.5 WESA

A new facility on Pittsburgh's North Side is seeking to help local startups keep their first rounds of manufacturing in the Steel City.

In the past, many startups have gone overseas to have those small batches manufactured, said Bernie Lynch, founder of Factory Unlocked. Lynch said, historically, larger manufacturers in the U.S. haven’t had much interest in early stage companies. Smaller facilities like maker-spaces aren’t really equipped to pump out batches of 100 or 200 at a time.

Identity & Justice

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh

Gardening is a satisfying hobby for many who have green thumbs, but for people with physical disabilities or other limitations, it can be an intimidating or impossible activity.

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A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania says he won't try to block the release of a report detailing the findings of an investigation into how church leaders have handled allegations of abuse.

Education

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Members of a group working to address challenges faced by black girls told the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education that sexual harassment is a pervasive issue within the district.

Good Question!

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Deer Among The Dead: A Look At The Bucks And Doe Calling Allegheny Cemetery Home

The Allegheny Cemetery stretches 300-acres in Lawrenceville, bordered by Butler Street, Stanton Avenue and Mossfield Street. Between the rows of headstones and mausoleums that line the burial ground, many people run into some four-legged visitors.

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Development & Transportation

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Council and a mayoral panel are in disagreement about how best to insulate the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority from political influence.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

This fall will be a good time to be an arts patron in Pittsburgh. For eight weeks starting in September, the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts will host some 30 artists and companies from 20 countries, each presenting a show or exhibit that’s a premiere for the U.S., North America or the world.

Kristi Jan Hoover

Nomad Motel is a new play that might challenge your concept of homelessness, and especially of homeless kids.

Environment & Energy

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Steel mills and coal mines once powered the economy of the Laurel Highlands. Amid the collapse of those industries, some Cambria County residents are looking to build jobs around clean energy to help revitalize the region.

Economy & Business

Firms Sued Over Incinerator Deal That Left Harrisburg Broke

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Carolyn Kaster / AP

A lawsuit filed Monday blames lawyers, engineers and financial experts for a Harrisburg trash incinerator project that nearly bankrupted the city, calling it "the worst municipal financial disaster" in Pennsylvania history.

The state and the city on Monday sued four law firms, two financial entities and an engineering company for their roles in the project that drove the city into state receivership and triggered a budget crisis that is still playing out.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh-area housing market is booming, according to new data from West Penn Multi-List, which collects real estate data from 17 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Local Headlines

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

The lush greenery and humid mystique of Phipps Conservatory’s Palm Court has served as the facility’s front door since it opened in 1893, when hundreds of panes of delicate annealed glass were installed beneath an ornamental ogee crest. 

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Bethany Ruhe was born and raised in the hilly south Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beechview. 

Food & Drink

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Two major proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could cause 70,000 Pennsylvania households to lose eligibility.

National & International

Updated at 10:53 a.m.

President Trump intensified his attack on federal law enforcement Wednesday as he sought to strengthen his case that the FBI's investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia actually amounted to unlawful political snooping.

Stories from National Partners

(U.S. Edition) President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would ease some of the rules imposed on banks after the last financial crisis. But will this be that radical of a decision? Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan, explains why he thinks most of us aren't going to notice the changes. Afterwards, we'll look at how the job market is for recent college graduates as part of our "Divided Decade" series, which examines how America has changed since the financial crisis. (05/23/2018)

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