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Speaking Volumes
9:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Kate Dewey

Forbes Fund President Kate Dewey
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As President of the Forbes Funds, Kate Dewey is interested in how nonprofits can adapt along with changing technology. She talks with 90.5 WESA host, Josh Raulerson about some of her favorite reading picks, including Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology by local authors Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay & Mickey McManus of Maya Design.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

How Can Pittsburgh Be More Liveable?

Is Pittsburgh really the most livable city for everyone?
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Pittsburgh has been on a number of lists praising its livability. However, a new regional study titled Pittsburgh Today & Tomorrow, finds city residents have a number of concerns when it comes to the quality of life. We'll discuss those concerns with Pittsburgh Quarterly publisher Doug Heuck and reporter Jeffery Fraser.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Seton Hill in Mourning

Seton Hill University administration building located in Greensburg, PA
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The Seton Hill women's lacrosse team continues to mourn the loss of head coach Kristina Quigley who died in a bus crash Saturday while traveling with her team. With wounds on the campus still fresh, Penn Live.com and Patriot News newspaper writer John Luciew has been covering the story and joins us to talk about the mood on campus.

Behavioral Health
5:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Depression Affects One in Seven New Mothers; Number Higher than Previously Believed

A new study from The University of Pittsburgh found that new mothers are more likely to experience depression before, during and/or after pregnancy. 

Researchers found that one in seven women have experienced depression. The study, published last week in the journal of The American Medical Association, is believed to be the largest of its kind.

Ten thousand new mothers from Southwestern Pennsylvania were screened over four years ending in 2011.

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Police
4:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl: Policeman in Taser Incident Should be Fired

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has threatened to fire a police detective who allegedly placed a stun gun against the neck of a man who fell down before he was arrested for public drunkenness on Saturday.

Detective Frank Rende was working an off-duty security detail on the South Side during Saturday's St. Patrick's Day weekend festivities when the incident occurred.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said tests show the stun gun wasn't fired, which supports Rende's version of the incident as spelled out in a criminal complaint against 27-year-old Mark Keyser.

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Liquor Privatization
4:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Amended Version of Corbett's Liquor Plan Passes Committee Vote

After more than two hours of strong debate, the Pennsylvania House Liquor Control Committee has approved a plan to privatize the commonwealth’s liquor system.

Republican Representative John Taylor chairs the panel and presided over questions and answers on an amendment that would scale back Governor Tom Corbett’s privatization plan.

The 14-10 vote fell along party lines.

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Child Abuse Laws
4:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

PA Task Force Looks to Update Child Abuse Laws

Sixteen new pieces of legislation are being introduced in the Pennsylvania State Senate this week in an effort to update and improve the state's child abuse laws.

The bills, sponsored by a bipartisan mix of 24 senators, come as a response to recommendations made by the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection in its November 30th report.  

State Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) said the effort was born out of a 2011 Senate Aging and Youth Committee meeting where members were informed that current laws are vague, confusing and focus on perpetrators rather than victims.

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Military
4:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

PA Reps. Murphy, Doyle Optimistic about Future of 911th Airlift Wing

Representatives Tim Murphy (front) and Mike Doyle said they are optimistic the 911th Airlift Wing will remain open beyond 2014.
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Less than one week after the Air Force announced it would not be closing the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township, elected officials met to look toward the future.

Pennsylvania Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) were active in the fight to keep the base open because of its cost saving for the military, among other things.

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Pennsylvania
2:30 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

No Ruling After Brief Hearing in Penn State Suit

A judge says it might be late April before he rules on Penn State's request to dismiss a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

Judge Thomas Gavin presided over the half-hour hearing Monday at which lawyers debated the school's preliminary objections that could end the case.

McQueary is seeking millions in damages for how he says he was treated after reporting having seen Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in 2001.

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Redevelopment
2:02 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Colteryahn Dairy at Center of Brownsville Road Redevelopment

A mural on the side of Carrick's historic Colteryahn Dairy
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Pittsburgh officials gathered outside Colteryahn Dairy in Carrick on Monday to announce a $50,000 study of redevelopment options for the 1600 block of Brownsville Road.

The four- to six-month study of the so-called "Dairy District" by Desmone Architects is meant to attract private investment, said Stephen Glassman, president of the Design Center, which is funding the research along with the city and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.  

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:39 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Breaking Down the Steubenville Verdict

David Harris teaches criminal law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
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On Sunday, a verdict was announced in the rape case of two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio. University of Pittsburgh law professor, David Harris breaks down the details of the verdict and the role of social media in the case.

Pennsylvania
9:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Crowd Rallies at Courthouse Steps for Open Carry

Citizens have rallied on the steps of a western Pennsylvania courthouse to call attention to their rights to openly carry weapons.

WJAC-TV reports more than 200 people turned out on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse for Sunday's rally in Brookville. That's about 75 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Raia (RAY'-uh) Gilbert, of Hazen held up a sign saying, "Nurse, Mother, Wife" and says, "That's what I am. I'm not some crazy person with guns in the basement. I'm a regular person who wants my Second Amendment protected."

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Kate Dewey

Forbes Fund President Kate Dewey
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As President of the Forbes Funds, Kate Dewey is interested in how nonprofits can adapt along with changing technology. 

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Tax Scams
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

IRS Warns of Tax Scams

While most people have seen spam reading— “the IRS doesn’t want you to know about this!” or “So new, your tax professional doesn’t even know about it!”— the Internal Revenue Service is urging people not to open those emails or follow those links.

IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins said, with tax season upon us, people can easily be scammed or have their identities stolen.

Jenkins said scammers get to people by sending them emails or messages through social media pretending to be from the IRS. She said they then gain access to sensitive information to steal an identity.

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Carnegie Library
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Carnegie To Discuss 'State Of The Library' With The Public

The “State of the Library” along with other issues surrounding the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), such as 2012 accomplishments as well as plans for 2013, will be discussed at a meeting with the general public as part of their community engagement strategy.

Library spokeswoman Suzanne Thinnes said to expect a few surprise announcements at the meeting.

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Liquor Privatization
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

House GOP Says Tweaked Liquor Plan Would 'Make History'

House Republicans are still holding onto a goal of passing a liquor privatization plan in their chamber by early April, though it may not look like the governor’s original proposal to unload the more than 600 state liquor stores.

Democratic state Senator Anthony Williams of Philadelphia asserted Monday that Republicans have not coalesced around Governor Corbett’s liquor privatization plan, noting that many GOP legislators are interested first in modernizing the existing liquor system.

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State Government
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

State Lawmakers Mull Name Change for Department of Public Welfare

A state House committee is expected to vote on a plan to change the name of the state Department of Public Welfare.

A plan aiming to change the agency’s name never made it past the House Committee on Human Services last session.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:16 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Liquor Sales in PA: Modernize or Privatize?

Are private liquor stores the answer for the Commonwealth?
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Many policy makers in the commonwealth are looking for ways to change the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. But not all agree on what changes need to be made. State Senator Jim Ferlo joins us to explain how he thinks the PLCB should be modernized.  And Matthew Brouillette, President and CEO of the public policy group, the Commonwealth Foundation explains his group's privatization approach, which the Corbett administration is in favor of. 

Mayoral Race 2013
6:06 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off

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Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.  It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.

All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race. 

  Each participant had a maximum of 60 or 90 seconds to answer the questions posed to them, one by one.

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Public Safety
3:30 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Are PA Schools Prepared for Emergencies? Lawmakers Want to Know

Pennsylvania lawmakers are asking schools at all levels to help them understand how they are preparing for an emergency like the one seen at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. 

Senate members decided to explore the topic after a hearing last month on school safety raised more questions about emergency planning in child care centers, buses and colleges than it answered.

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Education & Learning
7:12 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Memorial Planned For Seton Hill Lacrosse Coach

A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child, and the driver, and injuring numerous others, authorities said.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed just before 9 a.m. No other vehicle was involved, and police could not immediately say what caused the accident.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Pittsburgh City Council News with Noah

WESA City Council Reporter Noah Brode gives us an update on council legislation.
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  90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode gives us a weekly look at Pittsburgh City Council. We talk about how council members hope to clean up police accounts and improve police staffing and promotions.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:58 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

What About Bob? Sports Talk With Bob Dvorchak

Sports writer Bob Dvorchak joins us each week for a little Monday morning quarterbacking
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  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us for his regular Monday segment. This week he'll preview Pitt's appearance in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, discuss NHL realignment and how free agency is draining the Steelers' star players.  

Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
3:26 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Jim Ferlo Withdraws from Pittsburgh Mayoral Race

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for Pittsburgh mayor.

Ferlo's decision comes three days after he filed his nominating petitions to get on the May 21 Democratic primary.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Ferlo thanked supporters and acknowledged the challenge a mayoral run presented.

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South Side Shuttle
3:23 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Free Shuttle to Take Pressure off South Side Parking and Traffic

A free shuttle will be added this weekend to the fleet of PAT buses that ply the South Side.
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Pittsburgh, and that means thousands of area residents will be headed downtown for the parade. Thousands will also make their way to the South Side for a bit of celebrating. 

The revelry usually leads to near-gridlock conditions on East Carson Street, but the city hopes a new shuttle bus will help relieve the pressure.

Three buses will run from noon to 4 a.m. along Carson Street every 15 minutes between the Southside works and the city’s Second Avenue lot at the 10th Street Bridge. 

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