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Health
9:23 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Sen. Smith Wants State Tax Dollars Better Used for Nursing Home Care

A study released today by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare PA found that Pennsylvania nursing homes generated $511 million in net income for 2011, but one in three failed to fully spend state funds on direct resident care.

State Senators Matt Smith (D-Allegheny / Washington) and Sean Wiley (D-Erie) proposed three bills that would mandate minimum spending levels of state appropriations as well as require nursing homes to meet and report on staffing levels.

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Pennsylvania
8:37 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Puppy Lemon Law Updates Moves in PA House

A bill designed to help more puppy buyers get their money back after buying a sick or diseased dog is on its way to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

A bill passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday to strengthen Pennsylvania's 1997 Puppy Lemon Law in several ways.

Under the bill, the buyer could seek reimbursement for the treatment of incurable conditions, such as hip dysplasia. Currently, buyers may only get their money back for the treatment of curable conditions.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

South by Southwest: Spotlight on Pittsburgh

Each year, thousands gather at the Austin Texas Convention Center for SXSW Music, Film and Interactive conferences & festival
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One of the best known music events in the country is the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival. We'll take a look at the growing relationship between music and innovation at the festival, and how Pittsburgh innovation fits in. This year marked the first time Pittsburgh has had an official presence at SXSW. The Pittsburgh Innovation Party was hosted by Heinz College at CMU and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the CIO institute at Heinz College and Brad Stephenson, senior web media and marketing manager at Heinz College have just returned from SXSW and talk about Pittsburgh's interactive presence.

And Pittsburgh-based electronic music Producer and DJ, Buku talks about his future plans, including a performance at SXSW, and the challenges of getting noticed in the music business. Sample his music at Soundcloud.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Christopher Kennedy Lawford: Kicking Habits and Recovering to Live

Christopher Kennedy Lawford has been sober for 24 years. Hear how he recovered from drug and alcohol addiction.
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New York Times Best selling Author, Activist, and Actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford  chronicled his battle with near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction in the memoir Symptoms of Withdrawal. We'll talk with him about his latest book RECOVER TO LIVE: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction and his journey back to sobriety.

Government & Politics
4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wagner and Four Other New Names Enter Mayoral Race

Jack Wagner meets with reporters after filing his nominating petitions to run for Mayor in the Democratic primary.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

There are now seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh Mayor.

Joining Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb, who have been running for months, are State Senator Jim Ferlo, State Representative Jake Wheatley, City Council President Darlene Harris, Community Activist A.J. Richardson and former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner. 

Wagner filed his nominating petitions two-and-a-half hours before Tuesday’s deadline.

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Government & Politics
3:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Oakland Career Center Opens Doors

A once shuttered building in Oakland has been given new life as a place that residents can go if they are looking to launch a career or improve on the one they already have.  The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) will hold an Open House at its new Oakland Career Center at 294 Semple Street (corner of Louisa) on Wednesday at 4 o’clock.  

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Pine Creek Regulation
1:36 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Limits Could Make Pine Creek Safe for Fun

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting limits on pollution into Pine Creek—hoping to make fishing and recreation safe in the watershed.

Pine Creek flows through 14 municipalities in the North Hills of Allegheny County before joining the Allegheny River in Etna.

Jon Capacasa, Director of Water Protection Division in the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region, said they are establishing a TMDL, or a Total Maximum Daily Load for Pine Creek,

A TMDL identifies the leading sources of pollution and assigns responsibility in reducing it to each major source. 

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Behavioral Health
12:47 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of PA Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners with serious mental illness alleging prisoners were not given adequate treatment in solitary confinement.

The lawsuit alleges the Department of Corrections violates the Eighth Amendment rights of prisoners with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by isolating them in solitary confinement and not offering them sufficient or proper treatment.

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Economy & Business
12:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

PA Unemployment Numbers Tell Only Half the Story

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in January rose to 8.2 percent and is now at its highest point since October 2010 and Democrats in the state are hoping to use the numbers as political fodder.

The numbers were released Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, Senate Democrats were pointing to the report as all the proof they need to show the Corbett administration’s policies have failed to spur investment and, in turn, job creation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking from Experience: Former Police Chiefs on Selection of a New Chief

How do other police chiefs view the ousting of Nate Harper? And what course do they think we should take once a new mayor is elected?
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told reporters he’s decided to leave the hiring of a new police chief to whomever the next Mayor will be. We'll talk with Elizabeth Township Chief of Police, Robert McNeilly about his experience as Pittsburgh police chief from 1996 to 2006; the pressures of the position, potential for corruption and the attributes to look for in a new chief. And Darrel Stephens Executive Director of Major Cities Chiefs Association talks about his experience as a police chief and consultant to cities like Pittsburgh.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Downtown Pittsburgh Living: From 9 to 5 to Full-Fledged Neighborhood

Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming more of a neighborhood, as more people move there to live, not just work.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

It’s often said Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. There are the bustling neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the struggling neighborhood of Homewood, and the transitioning neighborhoods in between. Then there’s a shadow neighborhood. Some people call it the Golden Triangle, some call it the business district, and others call it home. 90.5 WESA reporter, Deanna Garcia looks at the present and the future of Downtown living.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson
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It may not be Hogwarts, but Community College of Allegheny County president and Harry Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. He shares his reading recommendations with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Women and the Business of Sports Management

Rebecca Harris is our weekly business contributor
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

While Hilary Clinton declared the glass ceiling for women seeking the highest political office has 18-million cracks, some fields like pro sports remain a boys club. Contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of  women in sports management.Want to learn more about the sports management industry? Becca Harris recommends Women in Sports and Events and sports management Networking

Police Slush Fund Scandal
4:49 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Ravenstahl Defers Decision on Next Police Chief to His Successor

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said Monday he won't nominate a new, full-time police chief before he leaves his post at year's end, instead leaving that decision to his mayoral successor.

It appears acting chief Regina McDonald, who assumed command after former chief Nathan Harper's forced resignation last month, will continue on an interim basis at least until the first months of 2014.

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Biking
4:46 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bike-Share Program Coming to Pittsburgh Next Year

Pittsburghers will be seeing a lot more of these sturdy bikes around town when a bike-share program takes off next year.
Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Biking advocates gathered in Bakery Square on Monday to announce plans for a bike-share system to start in Pittsburgh next year that would feature 500 bicycles stationed at 50 special bike docks across the city.

Slated for a spring or summer 2014 opening, a subscriber could choose a short-term membership of one day or a long-term plan of one year. The user can then check out one of the sturdy bikes from one docking station and deposit it at any of the other 49 destinations.

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Government & Politics
4:20 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Future of 911th Airlift Wing to be Announced Wednesday, Murphy Hopeful

The future of the 911th Airlif Wing will be announced Wednsday, Congressman Tim Murphy is hopeful it will remain open.
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According to Congressman Tim Murphy (R-18) the Air Force will announce Wednesday whether or not the 911th Airlift Wing will be closed. The 911th in Moon Township was slated for closure by September 2013. The Air Force said the move would save $354 million over five years but supporters have said from the beginning that the numbers used to determine the savings were faulty.

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Tuberculosis Screening
4:03 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

TB Screenings Halted in Allegheny County Due to National Shortage

A nationwide shortage of a product used for tuberculosis (TB) screenings is forcing the Allegheny County Health Department to limit the skin test to only those at high-risk for contracting the disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that there is a shortage of Tubersol across the country.  The company that manufactures the product, Sanofi Pasteur Limited, did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Community
3:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Downtown Pittsburgh Shifting to Full-Fledged Neighborhood

Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming more of a neighborhood, as more people move there to live, not just work.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

It’s often said Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. There are the bustling neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the struggling neighborhood of Homewood, and the transitioning neighborhoods in between. Then there’s a shadow neighborhood. Some people call it the Golden Triangle, some call it the business district, and others call it home.

“It’s not just a thoroughfare for the buses, or somewhere where you go to your office from 9 to five, but I actually live here and love it a lot,” said Gina Mucciolo.

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Women, Labor
2:21 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

DNC Chair to USW Women’s Conference: “We Have Some Catching Up To Do”

US Represntative and Head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, addresses the United Steelworkers International Women's Conference in Pittsburgh. USW International President Leo Gerard (right).
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

In the midst of Women’s History Month, about a thousand women, and many men, gathered in Pittsburgh for the United Steelworkers International “Women of Steel” conference. The keynote was delivered by US Representative and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:42 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.

 

   The Penguins are at the halfway mark of their lockout abbreviated season, Pitt basketball is going into the last Big East tournament and will James Harrison remain a Steeler? Our sports guy Bob Dvorchak weighs in.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Training for Disaster: A New College Course Teaches Humanitarian Aid

Relief workers unload bottles of water in Gonaives, Haiti. Find out what it takes to be a humanitarian aid worker.
Credit Marion Doss

  

  Beginning this summer La Roche College will offer a first of its kind - two week training program for people interested in working in Humanitarian and Emergency Aid. We'll talk with the program's instructors Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communication and Astrid Kersten, Professor of Management. Then Angela Garcia, Deputy Director of Global Links medical relief and development program talks about the real world application of this training.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:28 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Council News This Week

The weekly city council update from reporter Noah Brode.

 

   90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode gives us a look at this week's city council agenda which focuses on police bureau business. We'll talk about police administrative financing policies, minimum staffing requirements and new gunshot detection hardware.

JobLinks
12:48 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Oakland Career Center Open House

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) will hold an Open House at its new Oakland Career Center at 294 Semple Street (corner of Louisa) on Wednesday at 4 o’clock.  The building had been vacant and used for storage since the city closed it as a senior center in 2003 or 2004, according to Executive Director Wanda Wilson.  With foundation and city funding, as well as volunteer muscle, the building now has new life as the home for JobLinks and School 2 Career programs.

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Education & Learning
10:43 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Duquesne University Focuses on Africa

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies is hosting three days of events starting Tuesday, which will explore student and faculty connections to Africa.  All events begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.  

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Environment & Energy
10:39 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Old Diesel Equipment Still Spewing Soot Into Pittsburgh's Air

Morry Feldman takes a cocktail of medications each day that allow him to live and work in a region with poor air quality.
Credit Emily DeMarco/PublicSource

Morry Feldman downs two horse pills with breakfast. Then, he uses four different sprays. Two puffs into the mouth.  Two into the nose. Repeat at dinner.

Feldman, 59, has severe asthma and allergies. And Pittsburgh is among the worst places he could live or work because of the region’s poor air quality.

“If I miss a dose, I start to get sick,” said Feldman, a senior account executive at WQED Multimedia.

Feldman is one of nearly 97,000 adults in Allegheny County with asthma.

The county received F’s in the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2012 study.

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