Jessica Nath http://wesa.fm en Physician: Disease in Immigrant Children Not a Concern in Emsworth http://wesa.fm/post/physician-disease-immigrant-children-not-concern-emsworth <p>Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been taken into custody by U.S. border agents according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.</p><p>The Holy Family Institute’s announcement that it will take in about three dozen of these children has been met mostly with backlash from the Pittsburgh region.</p><p>According to Holy Family, the children are under the age of 12, which the institute stated makes up about 20 percent of the migrating children.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:26:16 +0000 Jessica Nath 33021 at http://wesa.fm Undocumented Workers Call for Relief, Work Authorizations http://wesa.fm/post/undocumented-workers-call-relief-work-authorizations <p>Maria Antonio came to the United States 11 years ago with her husband and her son, who is now 13 years old.</p><p>She has since had two more children, but they all face the threat of losing their father because he has been involved in a deportation case with immigration for two years.</p><p>“My children say to me regularly: ‘Mommy, are we going to be separated, are they going to send daddy away?’” Antonio said. “This is what we most fear – not just my family, but all families.”</p><p>She, her husband and her oldest child are part of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:29:30 +0000 Jessica Nath 33187 at http://wesa.fm TRANSFLO Agrees to Evaluate the Need for Risk Management Plan http://wesa.fm/post/transflo-agrees-evaluate-need-risk-management-plan <p>Incidents of derailments in 2014 have prompted questions about safety standards for trains transporting chemicals.</p><p>But how safe is the transferring of these chemicals from the trains to other vehicles?</p><p>TRANSFLO Terminal Services, Inc. transfers bulk commodities – often high-risk chemicals – between railcars and trucks. But the company does not have a risk management plan in case of an emergency.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:08:56 +0000 Jessica Nath 33091 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Trial Aims to Control Blood-Loss in Traumatic Injury Victims http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-trial-aims-control-blood-loss-traumatic-injury-victims <p>Controlling blood-loss is key when emergency responders on helicopters rush patients with traumatic injuries to the hospital.</p><p>That’s why University of Pittsburgh trauma experts are launching a trial to see if the blood-clotting drug, &nbsp;tranexamic acid (TXA) could save lives by helping medics gain control of internal bleeding.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:22:10 +0000 Jessica Nath 32846 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Gets 'B' on Pain Medication Report Card http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-gets-b-pain-medication-report-card <p>When it comes to prescribing pain medications for patients with chronic diseases, Pennsylvania is doing OK – but could be doing better.</p><p>That’s according to the 2013 "Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card," which gave the commonwealth a “B” grade.</p><p>The report card was created by the University of Wisconsin Pain &amp; Policy Studies Group and was funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), its Cancer Action Network (CAN) and LIVESTRONG.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:41 +0000 Jessica Nath 32842 at http://wesa.fm How Texting Could Help Prevent Binge Drinking http://wesa.fm/post/how-texting-could-help-prevent-binge-drinking <p>Could text messaging help reduce binge drinking among young adults?</p><p>A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine suggests that this might be the case.</p><p>According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Binge drinking is considered to be five drinks or more for men and &nbsp;four drinks or more for women generally over a two hour period.</p><p>Brian Suffoletto, lead author of the study and an assistance professor of emergency medicine at Pitt, said binge drinking in the U.S. has become an epidemic.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 32483 at http://wesa.fm PA Hospitals Now Required to Perform 'Pulse Oximetry' Test on Newborns http://wesa.fm/post/pa-hospitals-now-required-perform-pulse-oximetry-test-newborns <p>In Pennsylvania, newborns are screened for more than 40 conditions, but only <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&amp;objID=558226&amp;mode=2">six of these screenings</a> are mandatory according to Dr. Robert Cicco, the associate director of the neonatal intensive care unit at West Penn Hospital.</p><p>However, a new law will add a seventh condition to that list, requiring hospitals to screen babies for severe heart disease using a pulse oximetry test.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:34:52 +0000 Jessica Nath 32831 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Cost of Living Below the 'Average' City http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-cost-living-below-average-city <p>More young people are moving to Pittsburgh while fewer are leaving, and Doug Heuck, the director of Pittsburgh TODAY, thinks this could be because of the region’s cost of living.</p><p>The nonprofit research organization found that in the first quarter of 2014, Pittsburgh’s cost of living was the third lowest among 14 peer cities – St. Louis and Charlotte had the lowest cost of living figures.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:50:08 +0000 Jessica Nath 32780 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Cost of Living Below the 'Average' City Vintage Cars Rumble Through Downtown Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/vintage-cars-rumble-through-downtown-pittsburgh <p>From a 1967 “Playboy Pink” Mustang to a 1957 red BMW Isetta so small that it doesn’t even have side doors, cars of all different shapes and sizes, years and make rumbled their way through the city Wednesday.</p><p>The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hosted a parade and a car show, one of the various activities leading to the largest vintage race event in the nation this weekend in Schenley Park.</p><p>During the parade, the cars started at Station Square and made four stops: the US Steel Plaza, PPG Place, Market Square and Point State Park.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Jessica Nath 32731 at http://wesa.fm Vintage Cars Rumble Through Downtown Pittsburgh Peduto and Staff to Participate in Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' Forum Thursday http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-and-staff-participate-reddit-ask-me-anything-forum-thursday <p>From pension plans to Act 47 and dog parks to bike lanes – many Pittsburghers have questions about the future of the city and Mayor Bill Peduto and his staff hope to have the answers.</p><p>That’s why he is taking to popular social media forum Reddit Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the city’s first “Mayor’s Night On(line).”</p><p>Peduto has used Reddit in the past to connect to the community – especially while campaigning – but this is the first time he’s done so as mayor, and this time he’s doing it differently.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 32714 at http://wesa.fm Lyft and Uber Await Answer From PUC for Temporary Licenses http://wesa.fm/post/lyft-and-uber-await-answer-puc-temporary-licenses <p>Mayor Bill Peduto lifted his cell phone up, showing the Lyft and Uber apps on his screen.</p><p>“I don’t drive them, but I use them,” Peduto said. “I’ve used them both in the city of Pittsburgh and also in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It’s very easy to use.”</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:20:16 +0000 Jessica Nath 32425 at http://wesa.fm Lyft and Uber Await Answer From PUC for Temporary Licenses Corbett Signs Budget, But Cuts Off General Assembly Funds http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-budget-cuts-general-assembly-funds <p>Though Gov. Tom Corbett signed the 2014-15 state budget, he line-item vetoed $65 million in General Assembly spending and an additional $7.2 million in legislative designated spending.<br /><br />He said he did this because the lawmakers sent him a budget that was filled with discretionary spending but refused to deal with the unsustainable public pension system.<br /><br />Instead, he said the Assembly increased its $320 million budget by two percent – which he said would cost taxpayers an additional $5 million.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:57:17 +0000 Jessica Nath 32379 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Discusses the Ongoing Search for a New Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-discusses-ongoing-search-new-police-chief <p>When it comes to selecting Pittsburgh’s new chief of police, Mayor Bill Peduto believes: “Haste in this situation would be at the greater loss of true reform.”</p><p>Peduto spoke to <em>Essential Pittsburgh’s</em> Paul Guggenheimer Wednesday about the process of hiring a new police chief.</p><p>Former police chief Nate Harper resigned his position February 2013 while under investigation for creating an unauthorized slush fund, diverting public money and failing to pay income taxes – charges that ultimately led him to a sentence of 18 months in prison.</p><p>Assistant Chief Regina Harper has been serving as interim chief.</p><p>However, the application process for a new chief only began a month ago. Peduto said that while <a href="http://talent-city.com/">Talent City </a>works to find the best candidate in terms of professional qualifications, he is looking to residents to help with the hiring process.</p><p>Throughout the summer, the Public Safety councils in Pittsburgh’s six policing zones have been holding forums to hear input from residents about what they want in a chief of police. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:18:57 +0000 Jessica Nath 32334 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Discusses the Ongoing Search for a New Police Chief Study: PA Per-Inmate Health Care Cost Down, State Bill Up http://wesa.fm/post/study-pa-inmate-health-care-cost-down-state-bill <p>When most Pennsylvanians are incarcerated, the Department of Corrections must foot the bill for their health care costs.</p><p>That’s according to Susan Bensinger, Deputy Press Secretary, who said the department works to pay that bill in a way that provides community-standard care for the inmates while utilizing taxpayer money in the most efficient way possible.</p><p>A study released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation suggests that the department has been successful in that mission.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:56 +0000 Jessica Nath 32323 at http://wesa.fm Peters Twp. Wounded Veteran's 'Smart Home' Unveiled http://wesa.fm/post/peters-twp-wounded-veterans-smart-home-unveiled <p>Marine Sgt. Doug Vitale was leading his squad through Afghanistan in 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs above the knee.&nbsp; Because he lost so much blood, he also suffered strokes on both sides of his brain.</p><p>“He’s still in a rehab program, for almost three years now, to continue to get better and improve,” Alexis Vitale, Doug’s wife, said. “And he is, he does continue to get better, but we work for a long time for small things at this point, but he’s determined and he’s hard working and keeps going.”</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:45:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 32024 at http://wesa.fm Sell But Don't Buy Fireworks in PA http://wesa.fm/post/sell-dont-buy-fireworks-pa <p>With the Fourth of July this Friday, you might be seeing firework tents scattered throughout the state -- however, much of what is for sale in those large tents cannot be purchased by most Pennsylvania residents.</p><p>Pennsylvania state law allows residents to buy and use items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices,” “novelties” and “toy caps” by the American Pyrotechnics Association.</p><p>However, according to Adam Reed, Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer, the law is strict when it comes to more-explosive items.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 31965 at http://wesa.fm PUC Issues Cease and Desist Orders For Uber, Lyft http://wesa.fm/post/puc-issues-cease-and-desist-orders-uber-lyft <p>The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has slammed the brakes on ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber in Pittsburgh effective immediately.</p><p>PUC Administrative Law judges have granted the emergency petition by the PUC Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement to issue cease-and-desist orders for the companies.</p><p>The two-judge panel wrote that they were not “blind or deaf to the public opinion,” but that the commission’s duty to ensure public safety is more important than the convenience of the companies.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:30:59 +0000 Jessica Nath 31964 at http://wesa.fm PUC Issues Cease and Desist Orders For Uber, Lyft Locomotives Derail, Catch Fire In Sewickley http://wesa.fm/post/locomotives-derail-catch-fire-sewickley <p>A Norfolk Southern train carrying empty ethanol tank cars rear-ended a westbound intermodal train Wednesday afternoon in Sewickley, causing a fire and prompting the precautionary evacuation of nearby residents.<br /><br />Two crew members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Alvin Henderson, Allegheny County chief of emergency services. Two firefighters were also treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Michael Lynch & Jessica Nath 31966 at http://wesa.fm Brother's Brother Foundation Calls for Donations to Cope With West Africa Ebola Outbreak http://wesa.fm/post/brothers-brother-foundation-calls-donations-cope-west-africa-ebola-outbreak <p>Western Africa is currently experiencing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, and the Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) in Pittsburgh is asking for donations to help protect the medical staff trying to contain it.</p><p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola virus disease has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.&nbsp; Nearly 400 people throughout Western Africa have died from the virus since March - including patients and the medical staff taking care of them.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:09:18 +0000 Jessica Nath 31840 at http://wesa.fm Larimer Awarded $30 Million Grant for Redevelopment http://wesa.fm/post/larimer-awarded-30-million-grant-redevelopment <p>After years of competing, Larimer has finally won a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to move forward with redevelopment plans.</p><p>The announcement was made Monday by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Assistant HUD Secretary Carol Galante at the Kingsley Center.</p><p>“This is really big,” U.S. Representative Michael Doyle (D - PA - 14) said. “We were up against 43 other communities all across the United States of America, this was a serious competition.”</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:02:43 +0000 Jessica Nath 31827 at http://wesa.fm Larimer Awarded $30 Million Grant for Redevelopment East Liberty Development Inc. Works to Buy Land, But from Whom? http://wesa.fm/post/east-liberty-development-inc-works-buy-land-whom <p>Little scraps of land and traffic islands are scattered throughout East Liberty, but for a long time nobody knew who owned many of them.</p><p>This is the problem East Liberty Development Inc. (ELDI) ran into while trying to acquire a parcel of land for redevelopment.</p><p>“This is the challenge of rebuilding our city is that we have lots of narrow, little pieces of land,” Kendall Pelling, ELDI Director of Land Recycling, said. “And so to do a new development often times it requires acquiring property from multiple different owners.”</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 31694 at http://wesa.fm East Liberty Development Inc. Works to Buy Land, But from Whom? Edgar Degas Exhibit Delves into Artist's 'Subtler' Works http://wesa.fm/post/edgar-degas-exhibit-delves-artists-subtler-works <p>Edgar Degas is perhaps most famous for his brightly colored paintings of ballerinas in 19<sup>th</sup> century Paris – but you won’t find any of those works in the exhibition at the Frick Art &amp; Historical Center that premiered Saturday.</p><p>That’s according to Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs, who said this exhibit will instead give visitors a glimpse into Degas’s other works that she described as “subtler.”</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 31712 at http://wesa.fm Senator Casey Pushes Short-Term Highway Funding Patch http://wesa.fm/post/senator-casey-pushes-short-term-highway-funding-patch <p>According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there could be a shortfall in the highway trust fund (HTF) as soon as mid-July.</p><p>For much of the country, that could mean a halt to construction on bridges and roads.</p><p>“What we’re facing in transportation is the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown, it is that simple, but it is that stark and disturbing if folks don’t start (to) surrender some of their predispositions on what should happen next,” U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) said.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:29:06 +0000 Jessica Nath 31646 at http://wesa.fm Bill Aims to Create Dyslexia Detection Pilot Program http://wesa.fm/post/bill-aims-create-dyslexia-detection-pilot-program <p>About 15 to 20 percent of Americans has dyslexia, a disorder that results in slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling and writing or confusing similar words.</p><p>But many cases go undetected, making schooling difficult for those who have it.</p><p>A new bill that aims to address this issue just passed the House and Senate this week and awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature.</p><p>According to Senator Sean Wiley (D-Erie), the bill enables the Pennsylvania Department of Education to establish a Dyslexia Screening Pilot Program.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 31205 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Celebrates World Refugee Day http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-celebrates-world-refugee-day <p>Bishnu Timsina and&nbsp;Puspa Nepal are from Bhutan, but they spent much of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal.</p><p>This is because the Bhutanese government found those with Nepali origin a threat to political order and decided to act on that “risk” in the late 1980s.</p><p>“(The) government started putting them into jail, raping the young girls and women, beating family members,” Bishnu said. “And they were also asked to sign volunteer migration forms by the government of Bhutan and they were told that you have to leave the country.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:03:29 +0000 Jessica Nath 31297 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Celebrates World Refugee Day