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8:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

US Atty. Hickton: Efforts to Increase Police-Community Trust Working

In an effort to combat the decades-old problem of mistrust between some communities and law enforcement, a Pittsburgh community group is hoping to implement some changes. U.S. Attorney David Hickton convened the Community-Police Relations Group about a year and a half ago. In that time, they’ve achieved four major accomplishments to that end.

“We have, with great cooperation from the police and city leadership, enhanced police training,” said Hickton, “two, we have done a study of effective community police collaboration models within our own community.”

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Environment
7:45 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Red Cross: Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross in western Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers to help take care of those in need locally and on the east coast due to Hurricane Sandy.

The national organization has provided about 3,200 people with shelter and mobilized more than 1,300 disaster relief workers as a result of the super storm.

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Economy
6:51 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Mon Wharf Goes Under, 10th Street Bypass Stays Open

When it comes to flooding downtown you can consider Pittsburgh lucky when it comes to Hurricane Sandy.

While there is a flood warning in effect for the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville and for the Conemaugh River in Seward, it seems Pittsburgh has avoided major flooding from Hurricane Sandy and the many of the other predicted impacts of the storm.

Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said warnings were issued, but no rivers are expected to flood downtown.

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Environment
4:36 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In 2002, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) began showcasing and supporting the city's biotechnology tool, medical tool, therapeutics, diagnostics, and healthcare IT businesses. After a decade of solid growth the Greenhouse is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this week.

In ten years, the PLSG has worked with 384 companies. It has invested approximately $18.1 million in 73 portfolio companies, eight of which have exited for roughly $278 million. Additionally, about 500 jobs throughout the region, both directly and indirectly, have been created.

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Government
4:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Executive: Allegheny County 'Dodged a Bullet' with Hurricane Sandy

With only about 2,300 residents without power as of Tuesday morning and few emergencies reported, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said it seems as though the Pittsburgh area weathered Hurricane Sandy fairly well.

"It appears now that it's hit the middle of the state toward Harrisburg, that it's now heading north," said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said he expects a total of four inches of rain over Monday and Tuesday, which he said would probably not cause large-scale flooding.

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Transportation
4:26 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Causes Cancelations at Pittsburgh International Airport

Operations at Pittsburgh International Airport are a mixed bag today as Sandy continues to affect areas from the East Coast to the Midwest. Numerous flights were canceled this morning, mostly due to a lack of planes.

“When there’s upheaval in the airline system, when a whole day’s worth of flights get canceled out of heavily-traveled airports such as Philadelphia, the New York airports, Washington DC, it does leave an imbalance in the system and aircraft aren’t where they should be when they need to be,” said Airport Spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny.

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Government
2:26 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Winds Slow, Lights Come on, Flooding Still Possible

UPDATE: Oct 30, 4:15pm

FirstEnergy now reports fewer than 50 customers in Allegheny County are without power.  Duquesne Light says it stands at 650 customers without service.  Somerset County still has about 1,000 homes and business waiting to have power restored and hard-hit Fayette County still has nearly 1,600 customers without electricity.

Both companies say they hope to have all power in the area restored by midnight.

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Government
9:43 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Worst of Sandy Passes, 2,300 in Allegheny County Without Power

UPDATE: Tue, 7:36am

The strong winds and heavy rains passed through western Pennsylvania overnight leaving minor flooding, downed trees and power outages in their wake.  Duquesne Light and FirstEnergy report a combined 2,300 customers without power in Allegheny County.  Another 3,400 are without service in hard-hit Fayette County and another 2,200 have no power in Somerset and Cambria County combined. Fayette County was especially hard hit with FirstEnergy reporting 4,400 out of power.  Statewide more than 1.2 million are without electricity.

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Government
8:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Incumbent Murphy vs. Democrat Maggi in 18th Congressional District

Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi has challenged long-time Republican Congressman Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Maggi is touting his experience in local government, while Murphy is running on a conservative voting record.

Congressman Murphy has won at least 58 percent of the vote against Democrats since 2002, but Maggi is still hopeful he can unseat the five-term Republican in the newly redrawn district.

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Government
12:32 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Government and Nonprofits Offer Local Storm Help

UPDATE: Oct. 29 9:53pm

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has ordered non-emergency City personnel to stay home Tuesday.

“As this storm bears down on our City, we need to make sure we are keeping all residents out of harm's way whenever possible,” Ravenstahl said.

At the same time Ravenstahl announced that trash pickup would run on a normal schedule Tuesday and the city's 311 center will be open to take non-emergency calls from city residents.

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Health
7:50 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

“Nightmare on Main Street” the Theme of Medicaid Education Luncheon

Joining in the Halloween spirit, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is reaching out to communities to help people understand the Medicaid system and what’s at stake if cuts are made. PHAN said it’s a scary prospect and could have devastating impacts.

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Government
7:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Mayor Says Pittsburgh's Prepared for Hurricane Sandy

The felled trees, downed wires, power outages and possible flooding expected as a result of Hurricane Sandy have prompted Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to warn certain city employees of long hours in the days to come.

The mayor said Monday that city forestry crews will be on 24-hour shifts to remove any fallen trees, while other public works employees are prepared to take on 12-hour work cycles. He said the city has prepared for the oncoming storm under a new emergency operations plan he signed Friday.

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Science & Technology
7:26 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Four Nuclear Power Plants Will Remain Operational During Hurricane Sandy

Despite Hurricane Sandy’s projected path through Pennsylvania, four nuclear power plants in the storm's path will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending additional inspectors to monitor facilities in Dauphin, York, Luzerne, and Chester counties.

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Government
7:18 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

City, County Get Ready- Eastern PA Reacts

School closures, event cancelations and the postponement of Halloween activities are the first indications that the megastorm swirling over Pennsylvania is having an impact on southwestern Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Public School District and several suburban districts have cancled class for Tuesday.  Municipalities throughout the region including Pittsburgh have put off trick-or-treating until Saturday when the weather will be more conducive to young ghosts and goblins traipsing trough the neighborhood looking for sweets.

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Transportation
6:23 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Highlands are Ready for the Megastorm

Somerset County says it is ready to go when it comes to the “Frankenstorm” brewing over Pennsylvania.  The county and the rest of the Laurel Highlands stand at a high enough elevation that the area could see some wet snowfalls.

“We are a ‘snow county,’ we’re used to the snow,” said Somerset County Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Lohr. 

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Environment
5:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Will Pittsburgh Dodge the Hurricane Sandy Flooding Bullet?

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Environment
4:07 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief has a Head Start

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A Pittsburgh-based charity is starting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts early.  Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is partnering with Gleaning For the World (GFTW) and sending four truckloads of supplies to areas in Sandy’s path.

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Government
12:27 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

PA Prepares for Storm, Impact on Pittsburgh Unclear

In Eastern Pennsylvania schools are closed, transit services are shutting down and shelters are opened in anticipation of the dangerous winds and flooding promised by Hurricane Sandy.  In southwestern Pennsylvania local officials are on alert but it is still unclear what the megastorm will mean to the region.

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Arts
11:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Lori Jakiela

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Lori Jakiela is a poet, a memoirist, and a devotee of sparse, unsentimental prose. A few of the books you might encounter in her writing class at Chatham or Pitt-Greensburg:

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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Government
12:11 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Correction Reform Legislation Passed As Result Of Bipartisan Efforts

Pennsylvania is expected to save approximately $300 million as a result of a bipartisan effort to pass corrections reform legislation. The final component of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) redirects and increases funding for non-violent offender programs while reducing spending on and the number of inmates in state prisons.

The reinvestment portion of the reform was unanimously passed in the Senate and House in the last days of the 2012 session. The first half of the JRI was passed in July 2012. Both have been signed by the governor.

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Economy
12:07 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Pittsburgh Region Has Full Year Of Real Estate Sales Growth

For a 12th straight month there have been year-over-year increases in home sales for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties all experienced dollar gains in existing home sales.

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Education
12:07 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Discussions of Social Issues with Pittsburgh Youth

Pittsburgh Cares is calling for volunteers to speak about societal issues with ninth-graders in the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS).

The fifth annual "9th Grade Nation In-School Roundtable Discussions" will take place in high schools across the city this winter, with adult volunteers moderating discussions amongst freshmen.

Pittsburgh Cares Youth Programs Manager Nina Zappa said the discussion topics vary.

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Government
12:06 am
Mon October 29, 2012

New State Law Meant to Curtail Human Trafficking

In 60 days, Pennsylvania bars, restaurants, massage and nail parlors, and other venues will be required to prominently display a human trafficking hotline number, thanks to a new state law signed last week by Governor Tom Corbett.

Sponsoring state Senator Daylin Leach said many victims of human trafficking are forced into labor or prostitution, most often at these sorts of establishments. Leach said the bill is meant to throw a lifeline to those victims of human trafficking who may feel hopeless.

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Government
12:06 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Is Pittsburgh No Longer "Financially Distressed?"

Update 10:10 a.m.

Due to the severe weather from Hurricane Sandy that's expected to hit the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has postponed the hearing scheduled for 4 o'clock this afternoon in the City Council Chamber on removal of the city of Pittsburgh from Act 47 oversight and lifting of the "financially distressed" designation.

"In light of the declaration of a state of emergency for PA and the danger posed by the pending storm, we are postponing today's Act 47 hearing in Pittsburgh."

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Steelers
10:22 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Steelers Shut Down RG III

The Pittsburgh Steelers turned Robert Griffin III into just another rookie quarterback.

The Steelers swarmed Washington's precocious star Sunday, keeping Griffin in check during a dominant 27-12 victory. Griffin completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a score while managing 10 yards rushing.

Ben Roethlisberger had no such issues against Washington's depleted defense, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers (4-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.

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