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Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Author Isobel Coleman Discusses the Role of Women in the Middle East

Isobel Coleman is the author of "Paradise Beneath her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East" and is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Pennsylvania
10:59 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Judge Tosses Suits by 3 Wounded Duquesne Players

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has dismissed lawsuits by three former Duquesne University basketball players who sued the school, claiming it was responsible when two men shot them after an on-campus dance in 2006.

But U.S. District Judge David Cercone's ruling, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, says the school isn't responsible for the pain, damages and loss of income claimed by Shawn James, Stuard Baldonado and Kojo Mensah. They were three of five players wounded in the shooting on Sept. 17, 2006, following a dance sponsored by the Black Student Union.

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Chautauqua Institution Lectures
10:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Harvard Professor and Author Michael Sandel on Political Philosophy, Justice and Morality

Harvard professor of political philosophy Michael Sandel asks how we can elevate the terms of public discourse and reach for a new politics of the common good. Sandel is the author of "Justice," "The Case against Perfection," "Public Philosophy" and "What Money Can't Buy."

PennCAN
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

10 Percent Of Schools Get An 'F' On PennCAN Report Card

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now (PennCAN) has released report cards for every public school in the state as well as lists of the state’s top elementary, middle and high schools.

The education reform organization graded schools in five categories: student performance, subgroup performance (minority and economic status), achievement gaps (how student performance compared to subgroup performance), performance gains and high school graduation rates.

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Laurel Highlands Fishing
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Trout Fishing Rush Starts in the Laurel Highlands

As the weather begins to warm up and snow starts to melt in Western Pennsylvania, anglers from around the state are beginning their yearly trek to fly-fish in the Laurel Highlands.

With the second most cold-water streams in the nation, behind Alaska, the Commonwealth is home to the most trout anglers in the U.S., besides California.

Monty Murty, president of the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a cold-water conservation organization, said people can fly-fish year round in Pennsylvania, but most start in the early spring and go through June.  

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Affordable Care Act
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Backers of Medicaid Expansion Want Corbett to 'Stop Fooling Around'

Labor and healthcare advocacy groups are using this April Fool's Day to make a point: that Gov. Tom Corbett's decision to forego a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania is, well, foolish.

Members of three groups — Working America, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and the Consumer Health Coalition — plan to deliver 9,000 petitions to Corbett's office urging the administration to lower eligibility requirements for the federal program.

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Environment & Energy
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Controversial Head of DEP Leaving Agency to Work on Behalf of Energy Industry

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer will leave his post on April 15 to work for his former employer, the Philadelphia law firm, Blank Rome.
Credit Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, Michael Krancer, announced recently he will be leaving the agency on April 15 to return to Blank Rome, an influential Philadelphia law firm where he worked during the 1990′s.

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Heart Disease
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Take a Walk to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Wednesday is National Walking Day, and organizers in Pittsburgh are hoping to get people in the good habit of taking a daily constitutional as warmer spring weather begins in the region.

Sandy McCurdy, board member of the American Heart Association, said walking is the easiest way to reduce one's risk for heart disease and stroke — two diseases that account for a combined 870,000 deaths in the United States each year.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Observers Split on How Appellate Court Judges Are Selected

Legal observers are split on the idea of changing the way state appellate court judges are chosen. Reformers are calling for scrapping partisan elections in favor of an appointment process, but others aren’t so sure.

Some state lawmakers and four former governors have lined up to support the so-called “merit selection” process – a proposal to start appointing judges with the help of a nominating commission, the sitting governor and the state Senate.

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Speaking Volumes
3:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville'

How much Melville is too much? Ask Betsy O'Neill.
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

North Sider Betsy O'Neill admits: "In a previous life, I probably lived in the 19th century." In her present incarnation, she spent the summer of 2012 immersed in Melvilliana.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

What About Bob? Live From the Pirates Season Opener

Bob Dvorchak is Sports Writer Emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

  Our weekly sports contributor Bob Dvorchak joins us from the Pirates' Season Opener. We'll talk about the upcoming season, the Penguins' push for the Stanley Cup, and even though March is over, the madness continues with the final four.  And looking forward to Pittsburgh hosting the college hockey Frozen Four.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Star-Spangled Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley
Credit Noah Bendix-Balgley Website

  Monday is opening day of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2013 season and before you hear the cry of, “Play ball,” there are some other traditions observe, one being the performance of the national anthem. Noah Bendix-Balgley, violinist and concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra talks about performing the national anthem for the Pirates' season opener.

Community
4:19 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Faith Community Celebrates Hope with 'Prayer 4 Peace March'

The House of Manna faith community gathered on Friday morning for its fourth annual “Prayer 4 Peace March” in Homewood-Brushton.

The march went through Homewood to the site of the future New Renaissance Center, a $2 million building donated by Dollar Bank that's expected to become a community center.

Spiritual leaders led community residents, city officials and various organizations and businesses to celebrate hope and to declare God’s power in the growing effort to revitalize Homewood-Brushton.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Financial Literacy Month: Why Are You Scared to Budget?

How do you pick your budget goals?
Credit Alan Cleaver / Flickr

  In 2012, 56% of Americans admitted that they do not keep a budget, including more than 1 in 5 who say they don’t have a good idea of how much they spend on housing, food, and entertainment. So what keeps you from budgeting and saving better? What difficulties do you have with financial planning?

Financial Literacy Month starts Monday and each week through the month of April we’ll be tapping into your financial concerns. Debbie Tawney Newsom is the Operations Field Coordinator for NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania. She teaches community financial education classes and joins us to address your questions about budgeting and saving.

Sequestration
2:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

As Sequester Cuts Kick In, Hospitals to See Less Revenue from Medicare Payments

Starting April 1, Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and other health care providers will be reduced by 2 percent as sequestration cuts kick in.

These cuts come after a slew of other cuts and subsidy reductions for under- and un-compensated care in preparation for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement the cut, reimbursing Medicare claims at 98 cents on the dollar. Medicare already reimburses less than most private health insurance plans.

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Recycling
2:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Recycling and Disposal Events Planned for Pittsburgh Region

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, the Pennsylvania Resources Council has announced its 2013 collection event schedule for electronics, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals and building materials.

On April 20 there will be a “Hard to Recycle” collection at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. There will be no charge for turning in e-waste like computers, TVs, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges and CFLs, and a nominal fee for paper shredding, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, specialty lights and small Freon appliances.  

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Pennsylvania
1:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Corbett Boosts Money to Fight Domestic Violence

Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his proposal to increase state spending to combat domestic violence by 10 percent.

At a news conference Friday at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Corbett said the $1.3 million increase would support an array of valuable services ranging from shelters for battered women to counseling and legal services.

Corbett said domestic violence often occurs behind behind closed doors or involves people who know each other, but that "we all agree that it's not acceptable."

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Economy & Business
1:02 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

PA Workers' Compensation Rates To Drop Again

The Pennsylvania State Insurance Department says a workers' compensation insurance rate reduction will go into effect next week, saving employers millions of dollars.

The department said the overall 4 percent decrease, which takes effect Monday, could mean as much as $110 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers.

The 4 percent estimate may vary according to a company's claims experience, payroll and other factors, and not all employers will see a decrease.

Insurance Department Spokeswoman Rosanne Placey says there is a positive trend happening in Pennsylvania.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Rich Fitzgerald on the North Shore Connector One Year Later

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

The North Shore Connector began taking passengers under the Allegheny River one year ago this month. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joins us to talk about the new travel possibilities the light rail line has opened up.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The French Connection: What France is Learning From Pittsburgh's Economy

Ambassador François Delattre recently addressed the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Credit French Embassy in the U.S.

“The keys of success are innovation and entrepreneurship.” François Delattre, French ambassador to the United States, discusses what he’s learned from Pittsburgh when it comes to reinvention after industrial decline and new opportunities for a Franco-American partnership.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Pittsburgh Opera Turns 75

Looking forward to the 75th year of opera in Pittsburgh
Credit Pittsburgh Opera

This year, the Pittsburgh Opera will celebrate its 75th season. 90.5 WESA Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar, talks with Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn about the upcoming season and their Diamond Jubilee.

West Nile Virus
6:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

State Spends $2 Million to Control Spread of West Nile Virus

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $2.2 million in grants to help counties combat the spread of West Nile Virus this year.

Department spokeswoman Amanda Witman said most people infected with the mosquito born disease will never experience symptoms because their immune systems shut the virus down. But for others, she warned, it can be dangerous.

"This virus can develop into West Nile Fever or West Nile Encephalitis - both of which are infections that cause brain inflammation and in the most severe cases, death," Witman said.

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Science & Technology
4:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

CMU Mellon Institute Designated as Chemistry Landmark

An institute formed in 1913 to help support basic chemistry research in Pittsburgh has been given Historic Landmark Status by the American Chemical Society. The Mellon Institute, which was eventually absorbed into Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized in a small ceremony Thursday for the work that went on inside its walls between the two great wars.

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Gun Violence
3:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws

(From left to right) CeaseFirePA's Regional Coordinator Rob Conroy and Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Jake Wheatley and Michael Lamb discussed universal background checks for all gun purchases in the state on Thursday.
Credit Emily Farah / 90.5 WESA

On Thursday more than 100 events, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, hoped to bring attention to the country's gun violence policies.

Twenty of those events were in Pennsylvania, including one in the Hill District, organized by advocacy group CeaseFirePA.

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Sequestration
3:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Sequestration Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits for Thousands in PA

Federal sequestration cuts will reduce the unemployment compensation checks of thousands of Pennsylvanians starting in April.

The roughly 10 percent dip amounts to between $7 and $61, depending on the size of each benefit check.

Sara Goulet, with the state Department of Labor and Industry, says people who have been on unemployment for more than 26 weeks will have to absorb a reduction.

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