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Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is seeking public comment on its initial plan for oversight of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The tentative implementation order would officially bring PWSA under PUC jurisdiction on April 1.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

One year after the inaugural Women’s March on Washington, activists across the country are getting ready to hit the streets again, including some in Pittsburgh. 

Margaret J. Krauss

Update 1/21/18 3:06 p.m.: PWSA has lifted the flush and boil advisory.

Roughly 900 Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers in Lawrenceville and Bloomfield are under a flush and boil advisory.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

No one masters a skill without mistakes, but when you’re a health care provider, screw ups can be deadly. 

In 2016, the National Academy of Sciences found that every year up to 30,000 civilian and military deaths of trauma patients could be prevented if the injured people had received optimal care.

Inside The EPA's Regulatory Rollback Machine

Jan 19, 2018
Evan Vucci / AP

The Trump administration has rolled back 60 environmental policies at last count. But what does this rollback mean and how it is affecting the work of the agency charged with protecting America’s environment and public health? ProPublica reporter Talia Buford dug into the story of one EPA rule that took the agency a decade to craft and the Trump administration just months to undo.

Officials Piece Together Chaotic Events After Officer Killed In Harrisburg

Jan 19, 2018
Marc Levy / AP

Investigators are working to piece together the chaotic sequence of events that led to a deputy U.S. marshal being shot to death while serving an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania's capital city, while colleagues are remembering him as the "cream of the crop."

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Now that US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Pennsylvania’s 13-year education-improvement plan, state officials are working on rolling out some changes.

The updated plan is designed to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the Obama-era Every Student Succeeds Act. It’s the commonwealth’s first comprehensive update since 2002.

One key change? Broadening how school success is measured.

Carolyn Kaster / AP, file

Pennsylvania’s longest-serving state representative, Thomas Caltagirone, has confirmed he’s running for a 22nd term.

The news comes as he faces backlash for agreeing to settle a sexual harassment case against him for almost a quarter-million taxpayer dollars.

Matt Rourke / AP

 Gov. Tom Wolf's campaign says the Democrat is heading into his re-election year with just over $11 million in his campaign account, while Republicans head for what could be an expensive and bruising primary contest.

Matt Rourke / AP

Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades.

Evan Vucci / AP

The official purpose of President’s Donald Trump trip to the Pittsburgh-area today was to tout the GOP tax plan he recently signed into law. But it was also an opportunity to show support for the Republican competing in the special election for the 18th Congressional District south of the Steel City.

Keith Srakocic / AP

 An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife in 2013.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

Katharine Eagan Kelleman began her new job Tuesday as the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. She takes over at a time when the transit agency has a lot on its plate, everything from a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit link between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and beyond, to devising a cashless fare enforcement system that doesn’t profile certain riders.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Members of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh said they are “saddened and humiliated” by an editorial published on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

US Marshal Killed While Serving Warrant, Suspect Also Killed

Jan 18, 2018
Brett Sholtis / WITF

The name of the Deputy U.S. Marshal killed in the line of duty this morning in Harrisburg has been released.

Richard Drew / AP

Amazon announced Thursday that Pittsburgh is among a list of 20 finalists for the tech company's second headquarters.


Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Pennsylvania's treasurer says his office returned more than $254 million in unclaimed property to the rightful owner last year.

Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella said Wednesday that last year's figure is an increase of 34 percent compared to 2016.

The Treasury Department gets millions in unclaimed property every year.

That includes dormant bank accounts, forgotten stock holdings, uncashed checks and leftover loot from inside safety deposit boxes.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Alcoa Corp. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter loss widened to $196 million as it continued working to streamline operations.

The Pittsburgh-based company said it had a loss of $1.06 per share. That compares with a loss of $125 million, or 68 cents per share, at the end of 2016.

Alcoa said it would have earned $1.04 per share without accounting charges for restructuring.

The results fell short of the $1.23 per share that the six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected.

Seth Wenig / AP

The state Department of Labor made an economic case for establishing a paid family and medical leave fund in a report issued with nine partner organizations on Wednesday.

WHYY

After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to rule quickly on a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district boundaries.

Trump To Speak In Pittsburgh Area, But Don't Call It A Campaign Trip

Jan 18, 2018
Evan Vucci / AP

President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year.

David Goldman / AP

The City of Pittsburgh has agreed to pay a $5.5 million settlement to Leon Ford, who was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh Police at a traffic stop in 2012.

Bill Sikes / AP

Health insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that it breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Court documents say the Hartford, Connecticut-based company sent a mailing in envelopes with large, clear display windows that revealed confidential HIV information. The mailing was sent to about 12,000 customers in at least 23 states.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against drug companies that make prescription opioids, saying they've created "an unprecedented public health crisis."

Emma Lee / WHYY

A fourth Republican wants to run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

Joe Gale, a Montgomery County commissioner, announced Tuesday that he's running for the party's nomination, even though the 28-year-old won't meet the state's constitutional age threshold of 30 when the next lieutenant governor is sworn in in January 2019.

Gale couldn't serve until March 2019, when he turns 30.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Parts of Pennsylvania are dealing with light snow, while others face a bitter cold day.

Some schools in the central and eastern portions of the state have closed or delayed opening Wednesday because of the snow. Motorists are advised to slow down while road crews work to clear highways.

The Poconos face the greatest accumulations.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the city shouldn’t be seeing any more snow from this storm. However, bitter cold will remain, partially because of the snow pack on the ground.

Wolf To Seek OT Expansion Amid Federal Inaction

Jan 17, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants employers to boost wages for hundreds of thousands of the lowest-paid Pennsylvanians, and administration officials told The Associated Press that they will announce on Wednesday their pursuit of a new requirement to grant overtime pay to more salaried employees.

Wolf administration officials said they plan to introduce the proposed regulation in the coming weeks and seek its approval from a five-member agency board whose members are appointed by Wolf and top lawmakers from both parties.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

The United States Supreme Court is slated to hear a case that could change how online sales are taxed.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

Two local foundations say the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board is on the "wrong side of history" because of a piece it published Monday.

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

State environmental officials have fined a natural gas company $1.7 million for problems at well sites in Greene and Clearfield counties.

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