Irina Zhorov http://wesa.fm en With New Tools to Fight Blight, Communities Look to Arm Themselves to Reclaim Neighborhoods http://wesa.fm/post/new-tools-fight-blight-communities-look-arm-themselves-reclaim-neighborhoods <p><span style="color: rgb(86, 85, 89); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">With the heavily boarded up community of Homestead as a backdrop, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania released a toolkit to fight blight today.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:23:11 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33191 at http://wesa.fm Qualified Employees Increasingly Hard To Come By In Manufacturing Sector http://wesa.fm/post/qualified-employees-increasingly-hard-come-manufacturing-sector <p></p><p>Oberg Industries’ tucked away buildings in Freeport, Pennsylvania are easy to miss.<br /><br />But inside the nondescript structures are tidy rows of machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. In one department, refrigerator-sized electric discharge machines, which cut metal using wire, sizzle away like cooking bacon. In another, workers operate manual machines. In one room a worker runs quality assurance using a high-tech instrument.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:30:09 +0000 Irina Zhorov 32309 at http://wesa.fm Qualified Employees Increasingly Hard To Come By In Manufacturing Sector Pittsburgh Land Bank Brings New Tools To City's Blight Problem http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-land-bank-brings-new-tools-citys-blight-problem <p></p><p>Ronell<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Guy oscillated between admiration and admonishment as she drove around the </span>California-Kirkbride<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood in the </span>Northside<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31809 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Land Bank Brings New Tools To City's Blight Problem Historic Preservation As Economic Development: Peduto Says Yes, Please http://wesa.fm/post/historic-preservation-economic-development-peduto-says-yes-please <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced that he wants to use the city’s stock of aging buildings as a tool for economic development. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beyond Pittsburgh, too, Pennsylvania has no shortage of old buildings and some cities have long used them as a selling point.&nbsp; </span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:45:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31399 at http://wesa.fm Historic Preservation As Economic Development: Peduto Says Yes, Please City Council Hears From Public On Act 47 Amended Plan http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-hears-public-act-47-amended-plan <p>Pittsburgh City Council members heard from the public Monday about the third amended recovery plan for the city.</p><p>Pittsburgh has been under financial oversight for a decade. The amended plan, aimed at getting the city out of Act 47 status and closer to financial solvency, sets novel goals: to reduce the city’s deficit and debt burden, maintain the fund balance at an appropriate level, increase pension contributions and spend more on capital construction.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:51:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31013 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Receives Latest Act 47 Recovery Plan http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-receives-latest-act-47-recovery-plan <p>Pittsburgh’s Recovery Coordinators have submitted a <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">new plan</a> – the third since the city has been under distressed Act 47 oversight – to get the city into solvent financial shape.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 30270 at http://wesa.fm Strip District Added To National Register Of Historic Places http://wesa.fm/post/strip-district-added-national-register-historic-places <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s Strip District has been added to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic District.</span></p><p>There are currently 18 National Historic Districts registered in Pittsburgh, with the Strip District the latest addition. The 13-block area being recognized will include more than 60 buildings between 15<sup>th</sup> and 22<sup>nd</sup> streets and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:56:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 30068 at http://wesa.fm Strip District Added To National Register Of Historic Places Two Historic Buildings Downtown To Be Renovated http://wesa.fm/post/two-historic-buildings-downtown-be-renovated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two more historic buildings in Pittsburgh’s downtown are set to be restored to their original grandeur. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced the restoration of the so-called Skinny Building and the Roberts Jewelers building, both on Wood Street and Forbes Avenue.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:19:12 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29679 at http://wesa.fm Two Historic Buildings Downtown To Be Renovated After Ban Overturned, Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In PA http://wesa.fm/post/after-ban-overturned-same-sex-couples-apply-marriage-licenses-pa <p><strong>Update (3:09 p.m.): <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-wont-appeal-same-sex-marriage-case">Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case</a></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In overturning Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III concluded his nearly 40-page decision stating: “We are better people that what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:51:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29613 at http://wesa.fm After Ban Overturned, Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In PA Technology In Early Childhood Education Is Here To Stay, Researchers Say http://wesa.fm/post/technology-early-childhood-education-here-stay-researchers-say <p>The use of technology in classrooms is not new, but evolving hardware and broadband accessibility are changing how educators think about those tools in their classrooms.</p><p>At a forum on using technology in early childhood education, hosted Tuesday by the Rand Corporation, the message was clear: Researchers should continue to explore the use of technology in early childhood education, but the focus should be on how to best use it, not whether to use it.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:03:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29543 at http://wesa.fm Western PA No Longer Requires Gasoline Switch In Summer Months http://wesa.fm/post/western-pa-no-longer-requires-gasoline-switch-summer-months <p>Gov. Tom Corbett signed <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/bill-do-away-summer-gas-pittsburgh-passes-senate">a bill</a> last week that eliminates requirements for what’s called “summer gas.”</p><p>Seven counties in Western Pennsylvania require that a different kind of gasoline be sold during the summer. It evaporates less readily, releasing less of the pollutants that contribute to smog.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29348 at http://wesa.fm Ohio House Approves Raising Severance Tax For Oil And Gas http://wesa.fm/post/ohio-house-approves-raising-severance-tax-oil-and-gas <p>The Ohio House of Representatives has voted to increase the state severance tax on oil and gas from less than 1 percent to 2.5 percent. As Pennsylvania continues to debate whether it, too, should impose a severance tax on the booming Marcellus Shale play, some Ohio democrats say the proposed hike is not good enough.</p><p>Republican Gov. John Kasich wanted a bigger tax hike, as well. But Ohio Rep. Matt Huffman, who sponsored the bill, said he ended up with 2.5 percent because “that was what I thought we could get done. That was what all parties could agree to.”</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29352 at http://wesa.fm Enthusiasts Encourage More Women To Give Hunting A Shot http://wesa.fm/post/enthusiasts-encourage-more-women-give-hunting-shot The departure time for Wyoming's inaugural Women's Antelope Hunt was set for 5:30 a.m. — but that was before a snowstorm hit. By 6 a.m., the electricity is still out, wind and snow are howling and antsy women in camouflage are eating eggs by candlelight.<p>Marilyn Kite, Wyoming's first female state Supreme Court justice and one of the people who dreamed up the hunt, is among them.<p>"We've found it to be just great recreation, lots of fun, and the camaraderie of it is why you do it, really," Kite says. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 18385 at http://wesa.fm Enthusiasts Encourage More Women To Give Hunting A Shot Years Later, Miss Indian America Pageant Winners Reunite http://wesa.fm/post/years-later-miss-indian-america-pageant-winners-reunite The women who were crowned Miss Indian America are reuniting this weekend in Sheridan, Wyo. The Native American pageant ran from 1953 to 1984 and attracted contestants from across the country. Originally, the pageant started as a way to combat prejudices against Native Americans.<p>Wahleah Lujan, of Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico, who won the title in 1966, was very shy at the time. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 13043 at http://wesa.fm Years Later, Miss Indian America Pageant Winners Reunite