PublicSource http://wesa.fm en Corbett Has Spent $1.7 Million on TV Ads Since the Primary http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-has-spent-17-million-tv-ads-primary <p>Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.<br /><br />That’s more than one-third of the $4.8 million in campaign funds Corbett had left over from the primary.<br /><br />A Franklin &amp; Marshall College poll of registered voters in late June showed Corbett, a Republican, trailing Democrat Wolf 47 percent to 25 percent.<br /><br />Wolf has spent no money on ads this month.<br /> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:09:08 +0000 Eric Holmberg | PublicSource 33166 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Has Spent $1.7 Million on TV Ads Since the Primary What You Should Know About Crude Oil On Trains Coming Through PA http://wesa.fm/post/what-you-should-know-about-crude-oil-trains-coming-through-pa <p>More trains carrying crude oil to East Coast refineries mean a greater risk of accidents. Derailments in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are a signal to some that an accident could be disastrous.<br /><br />Why is more crude oil moving through Pennsylvania?<br /> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:40:35 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 32542 at http://wesa.fm What You Should Know About Crude Oil On Trains Coming Through PA Pennsylvania Police Fail To Fingerprint Thousands Of Suspected Criminals http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-police-fail-fingerprint-thousands-suspected-criminals <p>In 2013, 30,000 suspected criminals whose charges included sex crimes, assaults and murder were not fingerprinted by Pennsylvania police, according to state records.<br /><br />State law requires that suspected offenders be fingerprinted within 48 hours of arrest.<br /><br />So, if thousands of people aren’t getting fingerprinted, whose fault is it?<br /> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:06:06 +0000 Jeffrey Benzing | PublicSource 32145 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Police Fail To Fingerprint Thousands Of Suspected Criminals Could Drones Make The Energy Business Safer? http://wesa.fm/post/could-drones-make-energy-business-safer <p>Small, high-tech drones are being used to make movies, shoot photos for the media and find sick or diseased crops in farm fields across the country — even though the government restricts commercial use.<br /><br />Now, some are saying that drones could make operations safer in an industry Pennsylvania knows well: Energy.<br /><br />Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, could be used in oil and gas operations for anything that is “dangerous or dirty to do by people,” said Michael Blades, who analyzes the drone industry for the global research firm Frost &amp; Sullivan. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:56:01 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 30725 at http://wesa.fm Could Drones Make The Energy Business Safer? For This Pittsburgh Football Coach, There's A Passion For The Game http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-football-coach-theres-passion-game <p>Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson doesn’t yell or bark like a football coach.<br /><br />Bulky defenders suited out in black and gold crouch on three points while he sputters a snap count, trying to get them to jump offside.<br /><br />“Hut. Hut. Go, Joei. Hut.”<br /><br />With his hefty frame bent low, he’ll mimic a snap, and the defenders power out of their stances.<br /><br />This is <em>his</em> defensive line.<br /><br />“Do not tackle the coach,” says Hutch, 60, standing up from his crouch and smirking. “You do not tackle the coach.”<br /> Sun, 25 May 2014 17:35:17 +0000 Jeffrey Benzing | PublicSource 29830 at http://wesa.fm For This Pittsburgh Football Coach, There's A Passion For The Game Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online http://wesa.fm/post/inspection-records-pa-amusement-parks-now-online <p>Before someone gets strapped into the Storm Runner at Hershey Park or feels their stomach drop on Kennywood’s Phantom's Revenge this Memorial Day weekend, they’ll be able to go online to check when the rides were last inspected.<br /><br />The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a website that allows any amusement park goer to see whether a ride has recently been inspected.<br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:20:06 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 29772 at http://wesa.fm Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online At The Water Bank, A Sense Of Ministry http://wesa.fm/post/water-bank-sense-ministry <p>Pastor Lee Dreyer helps organize the Water for Woodlands water bank at White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church in Renfrew, Pa.<br /><br />The church distributes water to 34 families whose wells went bad around the time fracking started in the region. The coincidence can't be proven but residents said they can tell by taste, smell, color and skin reaction that their water hasn't been right.</p><p><em><a href="http://publicsource.org/node/3718"><strong>Read more of this story</strong></a> at the website of our partner <strong><a href="http://publicsource.org/">PublicSource</a></strong>.</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lNT56oO5FDI" width="575"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:47 +0000 Ryan Loew 29133 at http://wesa.fm At The Water Bank, A Sense Of Ministry With No Health Registry, PA Doesn’t Know The Impact Of Fracking On Health http://wesa.fm/post/no-health-registry-pa-doesn-t-know-impact-fracking-health <p>After more than five years and about 6,000 wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale boom, public-health experts say the need to collect information near fracking operations in Pennsylvania is urgent.<br /><br />A health registry could show trends of illnesses, collect data and potentially answer the question of whether fracking is safe — a debate currently characterized by emotional arguments with little reliable information.<br /><br />How will anyone in the state know the possible health impacts of hydraulic fracturing unless information is collected?<br /> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:59:47 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 28455 at http://wesa.fm Bluegrass Pipeline Project Comes To A Halt http://wesa.fm/post/bluegrass-pipeline-project-comes-halt <p>Developers of a multi-state pipeline project, which has stirred controversy over the past year in Kentucky, announced Monday they have suspended all investment in the project indefinitely.<br /><br />Williams Co., a Tulsa, Okla.-based company, said it has stopped investing in the Bluegrass Pipeline “primarily in response to an insufficient level of firm customer commitments.”<br /> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:26:57 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 28380 at http://wesa.fm Bluegrass Pipeline Project Comes To A Halt Dispute Over Disabled Man's Care Magnifies Guardianship’s Complexities http://wesa.fm/post/dispute-over-disabled-mans-care-magnifies-guardianship-s-complexities <p>Rarely is there so much tension — or so much at stake — around giving someone hope for a family reunion as in the case of Dominic Pantoni.<br /><br />Every month, Dominic intently waits at the door of his group home for his mother to arrive, and he immediately asks her, “When’s the next hearing?”<br /><br />A court hearing, in Dominic's eyes, means going home, or at least leaving a place that he calls prison, said his mother, Nancy Pantoni. She has been trying since 2010 to change legal guardianship of her 27-year-old son, who has intense special needs because of a genetic disorder. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:13:13 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 27093 at http://wesa.fm Dispute Over Disabled Man's Care Magnifies Guardianship’s Complexities Citing Safety Concerns, Officials Push For Improvements To Crude Oil 'Clunkers' http://wesa.fm/post/citing-safety-concerns-officials-push-improvements-crude-oil-clunkers <p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:40:27 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 26432 at http://wesa.fm Citing Safety Concerns, Officials Push For Improvements To Crude Oil 'Clunkers' Under the Keystone: A Veteran's Progress http://wesa.fm/post/under-keystone-veterans-progress <p>Earl Granville, of Scranton, Pa., is the second person featured in Under the Keystone, a new collaborative series from our content partner <strong><a href="http://publicsource.org/">PublicSource</a></strong>. A veteran who lost his leg in Afghanistan and lost a brother to PTSD, Granville is now studying mental health counseling so he can help veterans and others who have come through difficult situations.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:26:31 +0000 Jake Danna Stevens | Scranton Times-Tribune 25734 at http://wesa.fm Under the Keystone: A Veteran's Progress More Than 81,000 Children Have a Parent in Prison in PA http://wesa.fm/post/more-81000-children-have-parent-prison-pa <p>When she was a baby, Kayla Bowyer of Pittsburgh was adopted by her grandparents because her mother was in and out of Allegheny County Jail.<br /><br />Her grandfather died when she was 10 and her ‘Grams' had to go to work to support Bowyer, her younger brother and three cousins.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 17:38:23 +0000 Emily DeMarco of PublicSource and Jacob Seibel of Citizens' Voice 25224 at http://wesa.fm More Than 81,000 Children Have a Parent in Prison in PA Photos: Meet Joe Bonadio, Steep Street Music Man http://wesa.fm/post/photos-meet-joe-bonadio-steep-street-music-man <p></p><p><iframe height="600px" src="http://publicsource.org/sites/default/files/video/joe_bonadio/index.html" width="100%">&amp;nbsp;</iframe></p><div><p>Welcome to a new PublicSource feature, Under the Keystone, that will feature profiles of interesting people throughout the state.</p></div><div><p>We have an idea that a series of photos and videos of Pennsylvania people might actually help bring the state together and help readers understand what a variety of enthralling and disparate personalities live here.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:00:59 +0000 Michael Novara | PublicSource 24149 at http://wesa.fm Photos: Meet Joe Bonadio, Steep Street Music Man Millvale Couple Lives with Love and Disability http://wesa.fm/post/millvale-couple-lives-love-and-disability <p>MILLVALE — Bob Norris zips down the bus’s metal ramp in his motorized Steelers wheelchair as his wife, Tina, emerges with a jolting gait.</p><p>Time for grocery shopping.</p><p>Her slender frame askew but confident, Tina marches through the Giant Eagle with a list of foods and prices on her mind.</p><p></p><p>Bob lingers in the aisles, hoping to chat up the friendly store manager. His slurred speech doesn’t prevent him from making new friends.</p><p>Tina traps a loaf of bread with the side of one hand and a curled wrist while Bob holds open a reusable grocery bag.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:23:27 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 23379 at http://wesa.fm Millvale Couple Lives with Love and Disability A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State http://wesa.fm/post/new-pipeline-pa-fracking-fields-stirring-controversy-bluegrass-state <p>The land agent first came knocking on Vivian and Dean House’s door in July. They sat on the patio of the retired couple’s 85-acre farm in this Central Kentucky town and chatted.<br /><br />The guy was friendly, the kind of guy Dean could talk to about fishing.</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:51:46 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 21809 at http://wesa.fm A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State As Armed Forces Scale Back, PA Young People Often Disappointed http://wesa.fm/post/armed-forces-scale-back-pa-young-people-often-disappointed <p>An all-honors student and varsity soccer player, Luc LaChance could have had his pick of colleges when he left Slippery Rock High School in Butler County.</p><p>Instead, he chose to enlist with the U.S. Marines, where he will be trained as an infantryman — what the 17-year-old describes as “the common soldier.”</p><p>Eric Enslow, a 25-year-old Shaler Township resident with a master’s degree, joined the Navy after an exhaustive search for teaching jobs in Southwest Pennsylvania. His choice in the military was an intelligence job, which he was denied because of student-loan debt.</p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:26:59 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 21017 at http://wesa.fm As Armed Forces Scale Back, PA Young People Often Disappointed PA’s Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out http://wesa.fm/post/pa-s-hate-crime-law-still-leaves-many-groups-out <p></p><p>Jane’s whole life has been like one long hate crime.<br /><br />As a teenager, her classmates beat her to a pulp because she shaved her legs. Her family believed that praying would cure what the belt didn’t.<br /><br />Jane was born a man. Today, she is a woman.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:24:55 +0000 Emily DeMarco | PublicSource 20326 at http://wesa.fm PA’s Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/transitioning-new-generation-playgrounds <p>Narrow slides and flimsy swings are what most people think of when they hear the word playground. But based on a 2010 court ruling, those trademarks of the past are changing. The US Department of Justice made access to play areas a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act and new standards took effect last year.</p><p>Public Source Reporter <a href="http://publicsource.org/author/halle-stockton">Halle Stockton</a> reports that the playgrounds that are required to make these changes are new or majorly reformed playgrounds that began modifications after March 15.</p><p>But many playgrounds have already altered their equipment to fit the needs of all children. Some of these changes include a smooth ground surface that's usually rubberized to prevent injuries. You'll also find play structures with ramps along with wide pathways so that children on wheelchairs or a cane can maneuver throughout. The swings also have “rollercoaster seats” to provide back support for children with low muscle tone. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:45:58 +0000 Nick Frost 18111 at http://wesa.fm Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds Playgrounds Unwelcoming to Disabled Children http://wesa.fm/post/playgrounds-unwelcoming-disabled-children <p>Missy Buss, a 9-year-old who can&rsquo;t walk or talk, endures a 45-minute drive to the closest swing that will accommodate a wheelchair -- a treat that relaxes her shoulders and coaxes a smile.</p><p>Her mom, Wendy Grossman, thinks there would be more friends around the house if a playground near their Tarentum home allowed Missy to play alongside others.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:55:02 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 17993 at http://wesa.fm Playgrounds Unwelcoming to Disabled Children Most Port Authority Pay Stations Faring Well, PublicSource Survey Finds http://wesa.fm/post/most-port-authority-pay-stations-faring-well-publicsource-survey-finds <p>Allegheny County&rsquo;s 59 new pay stations at light-rail platforms and bus stops have been performing well, with the exception of some along the East Busway.<br /><br />PublicSource recently tested 54 of the pay stations operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and found few problems with the machines along the West Busway and light-rail lines. But nine of the 14 machines along the East Busway had one or more deficiencies.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:40:12 +0000 Emily DeMarco | PublicSource 17510 at http://wesa.fm Most Port Authority Pay Stations Faring Well, PublicSource Survey Finds PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement http://wesa.fm/post/pa-s-regulation-amusement-parks-falls-short-inspections-enforcement <p>Pennsylvania has more amusement park rides than any other state, with 9,300 registered rides. And its parks are unmatched in safety, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a June press release, because of the state’s rigorous ride-inspection program.<br><br>But a PublicSource investigation shows that the state agency that oversees amusement parks doesn’t track the safety inspection reports that parks are required by law to file each month they are open.<br> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:01:55 +0000 Emily DeMarco and Natasha Khan | PublicSource 14836 at http://wesa.fm PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement As PA Ages, the State Examines Guardianships and Abuse http://wesa.fm/post/pa-ages-state-examines-guardianships-and-abuse <p>Norma Carpenter, a nurse and school board member, visited her 82-year-old mother regularly at a personal care home in Indiana County. The two would walk hand in hand through the home, stopping to hug each other.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, in October 2012, Norma was banned from visiting or calling her mother, Mary Little, who has dementia. Her visits, she was told, left her mother sad and depressed.</p><p>In December, Norma discovered that her mother had been moved nearly 100 miles away to a Fayette County nursing home.</p><p>All of these decisions were made by a court-appointed guardian.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 13:00:03 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 14214 at http://wesa.fm As PA Ages, the State Examines Guardianships and Abuse Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Leah Samuel http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-volumes-essential-pittsburgh-leah-samuel <p>Freelance reporter Leah Samuel writes about social and environmental issues for&nbsp;<a href="http://publicsource.org/author/leah-samuel"><font color="#0c4ca2">PublicSource</font></a>&nbsp;and others. As a journalist, and as a reader, she finds the lessons of history are best learned from the margins. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:19:46 +0000 John Lavanga 14009 at http://wesa.fm Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Leah Samuel Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer http://wesa.fm/post/donora-plant-houses-huge-volumes-ammonium-nitrate-fertilizer <p>After 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas last April, investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion that killed fifteen people, including twelve firefighters and emergency responders.&nbsp; <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/explosives-maker-pa-has-400-times-more-ammonia-than-west-texas-plant">PublicSource reporter Bill Heltzel</a> has been investigating chemical plant <a href="http://www.dynonobel.com">Dyno Nobel</a> in Donora, PA, and gauging the town’s understanding of hazardous substance safety.&nbsp; United Steel Workers safety officer Kim Nibarger represents union workers at the plant.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:34:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13558 at http://wesa.fm Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer