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11:13 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Altoona and UPMC Move Forward on Deal

The Altoona Regional Health System could soon be UPMC Altoona.
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  The Altoona Regional Health System says it is moving forward with a proposed affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Officials said Monday that the Altoona health system's board of directors and parent company Central Pennsylvania Health Services Corp. have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to negotiate the deal.

If approved, the two would sign a definitive agreement to affiliate.

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Penn State scandal
11:09 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Corbett Defends Antitrust Suit vs. NCAA

Gov. Tom Corbett argued in a court document filed late Monday that the NCAA has been trying to use his pending antitrust lawsuit against it over the Penn State penalties in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal to combat what he describes as a groundswell of public criticism.

Corbett said the judge should not grant the NCAA's request to dismiss the case, saying college sports' governing body made a factual error when it said the penalties were voted on by the university's trustees.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Cyber Crime on the Rise

How vulnerable are you to ID theft?
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According to a survey released last week 12.6 million Americans were victimized by identity theft in 2012. We'll learn how this happens, why this crime is on the rise and what you can do to protect yourself with Mike Prusisnki, Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist of the cyber intelligence company Tiversa.

Selected Key Findings from the survey

Identity fraud incidents and amount stolen increased—The number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the past year, and the dollar amount stolen increased to $21 billion, a three-year high but still significantly lower than the all-time high of $47 billion in 2004. This equates to 1 incident of identity fraud every 3 seconds.

1 in 4 data breach notification recipients became a victim of identity fraud—This year, almost 1 in 4 consumers that received a data breach letter became a victim of identity fraud, which is the highest rate since 2010. This underscores the need for consumers to take all notifications seriously. Not all breaches are created equal. The study found consumers who had their Social Security number compromised in a data breach were 5 times more likely to be a fraud victim than an average consumer.

Fraudsters misuse information fewer days than before—Consumer information was misused for an average of 48 days in 2012, down from 55 days in 2011 and 95 days in 2010. Misuse time was down for all types of fraud including fraud on cards, loans, bank accounts, mobile phone bills and other types of fraud due to consumer and industry action.  More than 50 percent of victims were actively detecting fraud using financial alerts, credit monitoring or identity protection services and by monitoring their accounts.

Small retailers are losing out—Fraud victims are more selective where they shop after an incident, and small businesses were the most dramatically impacted. The study found that 15 percent of all fraud victims decided to change behaviors and avoid smaller online merchants. This is a much greater percentage than those that avoid gaming sites or larger retailers.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Business of Event Planning with Rebecca Harris

Essential Pittsburgh business contributor Rebecca Harris lets you know what it takes to start an event planning business.
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Are you the one who always organizes get togethers for family and friends? Are you a social butterfly? From marathons to corporate gatherings, event planning is a highly profitable business, with a surprisingly low startup cost. And the industry has grown tremendously in the past decade. This week our business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of event planning.

Liquid Allergy Medication
4:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Afraid of Needles? Liquid Meds Could Make Allergy Shots Unnecessary

Allergy desensitization shots like these could become a thing of the past for sufferers of certain types of allergies
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Medicine taken “under the tongue” might replace traditional allergy injections, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunotherapy.

In a Phase III clinical trial researchers gave patients either a placebo or liquid immunotherapy.

Patients who took the medicine through ragweed season—about eight to 16 weeks— experienced a 43 percent decrease in symptoms compared to those on the placebo. 

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Government & Politics
3:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Melvin Conviction Could Lead to Judicial Election Changes

Judges of the Pennsylvania Superior Court could someday be chosen through a merit system rather than partisan elections.
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The conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin on campaign corruption charges is being used as a springboard by an activist group looking to end partisan elections for judges.  Melvin was found guilty of misusing state-paid staff to help run her campaign for the state’s highest court.

“You realize there is something fundamentally wrong with the way we are choosing judges, “said Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Executive Director Lynn Marks.  “After all this could only happen in a system where we elect judges.”

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Carnegie Museum of Art
3:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Artist-Designed Play Sculpture Ready In Late April Outside Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh breaks ground for a new piece of art that is also a playground.
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A "Lozziwurm" play sculpture among the trees will be ready near the Carnegie Museum of Art's main entrance in Oakland.  The "Lozziwurm" is a colorful, twisting, tubular play structure designed by Swiss artist Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972. This is the first US installation of a "Lozziwurm" and it will be open to the public.

The "Lozziwurm" is one of several projects leading up to the 2013 Carnegie International, which opens October 5. It reflects the International’s explicit engagement with the city of Pittsburgh, the museum’s patrons, and conceptions of play.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:40 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Selecting a New Chief of Police

With Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper out, what should be considered when selecting a new chief?
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When the police chief of a major U.S. city steps down, what challenges are involved in the selection of a new leader? We'll discuss this issue with Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement service that provides education and technical assistance to police departments throughout the country.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:13 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

City Council News with Noah Brode

90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode covers Pittsburgh City Council and Allegheny County Council.
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90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode gives us a look at how Pittsburgh city council is reacting to the resignation of police chief Nate Harper and attempting to push for police department transparency.

Last week, members of Pittsburgh city council proposed a bill that would allow the city to hire a consultant to advise on "examination and selection" policies for police officers.  Another bill would provide money to the Community College of Allegheny County for applicants to prepare for the examinations. Councilman Ricky Burgess has also introduced a measure that would require the bureau of police to publicize its operating procedures annually, to increase transparency.

Doyle on Sequestration
2:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Doyle Predicts Sequester "Will Happen on Friday"

Pittsburgh area Congressman says sequester can harm Western PA in the long-term.
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By the end of the week, the nation's spending plan could take a $85 billion dip.  The cuts, which have been dubbed "the sequester," could harm sectors including education and small business, according to U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14)  He said that's one reason why he voted against the measure last year.


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PublicSource
12:22 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Where Is All The PA Lottery Money Going?

This unidentified man looks over his lottery ticket to see if he is due a prize.
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When Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane ruled that Gov. Tom Corbett’s contract for private management of the state lottery was illegal, proponents of privatization shot back that Kane’s decision meant a loss of an additional $50 million for senior services.

Advocates said that having a private company running the lottery would increase receipts and eliminate growing waiting lists for senior services, which, by law, are supported by a percentage of lottery funds.

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Terrible Towel Comes Home to Pittsburgh

An original commercially marketed Terrible Towel, sold exclusively by Gimbel's Department Store, circa 1978. The Terrible Towel is a fan symbol associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, soon the towels will be printed right here in Pittsburgh.
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The iconic terrible towel has come home to Pittsburgh. We'll talk wth Rob Brandegee, co-owner of Little Earth Productions about the manufacturing of Steelers good luck charm is returning to the Steel City.

Essential Pittsburgh
11:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sports N' @ with Bob Dvorchak

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.
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Pittsburgh Post Gazette sports writer emeritus a.k.a. our Sports Guy, Bob Dvorchak comments on the 2024 Olympics coming to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' locker room blow up and how about an NBA team for Pittsburgh?

Sequestration
10:32 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Automatic Federal Budget Cuts Affect PA

Education and defense would be among the biggest losers in Pennsylvania under automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report that the White House issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March to September.

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Education & Learning
10:29 am
Mon February 25, 2013

“The Big Read” Returns To Pittsburgh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers is this Big Read In Pittsburgh book.
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For the third straight year, the Community College of Allegheny County will dedicate a month to literacy.

This year, the Big Read work will be Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Debuted to great acclaim in 1940, the novel focuses on the experiences of a deaf man in the racially charged atmosphere of the Depression-era South.

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Distracted Driving
10:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

AAA Finds One in Four Text While Driving

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 27 percent of motorists sent a text or email while driving last month.
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A new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 27 percent of motorists sent a text or email while driving in the past month.

It also found that two out of three motorists talked on their phone while driving in the last 30 days, and 89 percent believe others using cell phones are a danger to their safety.

The survey gauged the reactions of about 3,900 U.S. residents ages 16 and older to different safety situations.

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Environment & Energy
10:24 am
Mon February 25, 2013

It's a Sweet Year for Maple Syrup

Last year was the worst year ever for sugar content, but this year's maple syrup is back to normal, according to Everett Sechler, owner of the Sechler Sugar Shack in Somerset County.  "We've already made a third of what we made last year.  We're hoping that we do not have an early spring because if it turns to spring, that will speed up the buds in the trees, and the sugar season will be over.  The 10-day forecast looks like it's going to remain cold except for two days, and the trees should perhaps pour the sap out those two days."

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Education & Learning
10:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Cooper Foundation Honors Duquesne Students

Five African-American students at Duquesne University are the first recipients of scholarships awarded to honor the legacy of Chuck Cooper, one ofthe greatest basketball players in Duquesne history.

Cooper was the first African-American drafted into the NBA and after a six-year career returned to school to earn a master's degree in social work at the Univeristy of Minnesota in 1961.  Cooper worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Pittsburgh and later as Urban Affairs Officer for Pittsburgh National Bank, now PNC.

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Leisure
10:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Phipps Offers Free Admission

If you’ve been looking to visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens but hesitate because of the $15 admission fee, you’re chance to visit free of charge is here.

Phipps is dropping its admission charge for February 25th and extending the Garden Railroad, Orchid, and Tropical Bonsai Show so people will be able to take in the flowers.

Margie Radebaugh, Director of Horticulture and Education at Phipps, said, in addition to the current shows, people are also able to enjoy their year round plants.

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Pittsburgh Police
10:17 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Controller Wants Receipts from Secret Police Account

The ongoing investigation into possible business and spending malfeasance in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has uncovered the existence of an account at a local credit union that might have been used to hide spending from public scrutiny.  Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has sent a request to the Mayor’s office asking for receipts supporting all transaction involving the account.

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Health
10:15 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Fair Care to Stop Taking New Enrollees, Insurance Commissioner "Shocked"

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine says he was surprised by the announcement last week from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare that PCIP – Pre-existing condition insurance plans- a transition insurance program that is part of the Affordable Care Act - would cease to take new enrollees.

Pennsylvania’s plan called 'Pennsylvania Fair Care,' was set up in 2010, has 6,500 enrollees and averages about 200 new enrollees a month.

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Penn State
10:12 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NCAA Suit Raises PA Lawmakers Hackles

If there were any remaining warm and fuzzy feelings between state lawmakers and the NCAA, there’s no love lost now. Legislators and officials are reacting to the NCAA’s lawsuit against the commonwealth to overturn a brand new state law.

For those following along at home, there are now two federal lawsuits with the NCAA and Tom Corbett at the top of the docket.

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Lottery
10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Corbett Set to Outline Next Step with Lottery

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to say how he'll respond now that Attorney General Kathleen Kane has rejected his effort to hire a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett has said he'd reveal his next move Friday, before the bid by London-based Camelot Global Services expires. Camelot hasn't commented about its plans, either.

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Liquor Privatization
10:07 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Liquor Privatization Would Bring More Code Enforcement

The future of Pennsylvania’s liquor system is being debated as the state legislature deals with privatization proposals, but if anything changes, liquor code enforcement will likely need to be beefed up to keep pace with new demands.

State Representative Scott Petri (R-Bucks County) said, if consumers want access and convenience as far as alcohol is concerned, the cost of enforcement will likely go up as a result.

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Speaking Volumes
6:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner loves memoirs, manga, and the books of John Waters.
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Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner's reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate.

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