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Environment & Energy
2:48 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Activists Lock Selves to Fence, Blocking Access to Pipeline Work in Pike County

Milford, PA resident Alex Lotorto and Vernon, NJ resident Allison Petryk locked themselves to an access road entry gate in an effort to halt clear cutting efforts.
Credit http://notennesseepipeline.blogspot.com/

A group of Pike County residents are spending President’s Day locked to a gate through Delaware State Forest.

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Government & Politics
2:24 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl Hires Former DA to Probe Police Policies

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has tapped a former District Attorney from Washington County to review police policies when it comes to officers working jobs outside of their duties on the force.
Credit Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

As mayoral opponents and others increase their calls for the removal of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Monday he has hired former Washington County District Attorney Steven M. Toprani to lead the City’s independent review of “Pittsburgh Bureau of Police policies and procedures related to officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the Police Bureau.”

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Health
1:27 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Penn State 'Thon' Raises Record $12.37M

A 46-hour, no-sitting-or-sleeping-allowed dance marathon at Penn State raised more than $12.37 million for pediatric cancer research and care, shattering last year's record-breaking total by nearly $1.7 million.

The announcement delivered by student organizers to more than 700 dancers and thousands of volunteers, along with cancer patients and their families, concluded the weekend-long IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Photo Exhibition at Pitt Adresses Ongoing Discussion: Photo Privacy

A photography exhibition opening at the University of Pittsburgh's Art Gallery in Oakland Wednesday called Capturing the Street does features images of people whether they knew they were being photographed it or not.  Photographers Garry Winogrand and Ned Bosnick have two different ways of shooting street photography.

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Government & Politics
11:01 am
Mon February 18, 2013

A Proposed Law Would Erase More Offenses From Criminal Records

A criminal record is something that can follow a person forever, unless the infraction is expunged.  Currently, a conviction can only be expunged for someone if it's a summary offense and the individual has not been arrested in the succeeding five years.

State Senator Tim Solobay (D-Washington) wants to increase that time to seven-10 years, but allow more crimes to be expunged. He proposed legislation that would allow a second and third degree misdemeanor be erased from a criminal record if the punishment has been completed.

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Speaking Volumes
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Colleen McKenna

Children's & YA fiction writer Colleen McKenna: creating characters that young readers can learn from is "a job that authors have to take seriously."
Credit Colleen McKenna

As a former teacher, parent, and author of children's and young adult novels, Colleen McKenna values fiction for young readers that doesn't insult their intelligence.

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Government & Politics
9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

DEP Awards Recycling Grants

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in grants for recycling programs to 131 municipalities and counties in the 53rd round of grants since passage of the PA Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988.

Municipalities in Allegheny County will receive a total of $985,507.00; Beaver, $324,934.00; Cambria, $231,843.00; Somerset, $140,052.00; Washington, $246,861.00.

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Government & Politics
9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Restitution Task Force Wants Reform

The Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force has released a report calling for changes to better help crime victims collect from offenders.

Convened in April 2012, the 39-member panel is comprised of members of state and county agencies integral to restitution work, members of the judicial system, the state’s legislative leadership, and members of the Governor’s administration.

Commonwealth Victim Advocate Carol Lavery said, over the past three years, $434 million in restitution was assessed, but only $50 million was collected.

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Science & Technology
9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

CMU Professor: Online 'Crowd Workers' Need Protections, Organization

Millions of people around the world get paid to perform small online tasks for private companies. By most estimates, these 'crowd workers' get paid anywhere from $3 to $9 per hour to gather information, transcribe text, or evaluate websites. Some work for as many as 50 companies in one day, with flexible hours and little commitment.

Usually, there are no contracts, no unions, and no opportunities for training or advancement. Sometimes, there's no pay at all.

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Government & Politics
9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Deadline Extended for Contested Lottery Privatization Bid

One day after the state attorney general rejected the signed contract to lease the Pennsylvania Lottery to Camelot Global Services for 20 or 30 years, negotiators were reportedly “bleary-eyed” as they worked to postpone a deadline on the deal through this Friday.

A state Revenue Department spokeswoman said the bid extension will buy the administration some time to decide on its next step.

Franklin and Marshall pollster Terry Madonna said the governor does have a legal option.

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Arts & Culture
8:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Colleen McKenna

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As a former teacher, parent, and author of children's and young adult novels, Colleen McKenna values fiction for young readers that doesn't insult their intelligence.

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Government & Politics
8:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to allow local governments to decide if a landowner deserves to be given property tax breaks as a nonprofit entity.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, “purely public charities” are exempt from the payment of property taxes to local municipalities.  An April 2012 decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court enabled local taxing entities to more aggressively challenge tax-exempt status. 

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Recycling
4:40 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

DEP Awards Recycling Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in grants for recycling programs since passage of the PA Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988.
Credit Neil Farnworth/Flickr

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $17.8 million in grants for recycling programs to 131 municipalities and counties in the 53rd round of grants since passage of the PA Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act in 1988.

Municipalities in Allegheny County will receive a total of $985,507.00; Beaver, $324,934.00; Cambria, $231,843.00; Somerset, $140,052.00; Washington, $246,861.00.

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Government & Politics
4:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider

Chelsa Wagner
Credit Allegheny County

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to allow local governments to decide if a landowner deserves to be given property tax breaks as a nonprofit entity.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, “purely public charities” are exempt from the payment of property taxes to local municipalities.  An April 2012 decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court enabled local taxing entities to more aggressively challenge tax-exempt status. 

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Economy & Business
4:29 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

CMU Professor: Online 'Crowd Workers' Need Protections, Organization

Millions of people around the world get paid to perform small online tasks for private companies. By most estimates, these 'crowd workers' get paid anywhere from $3 to $9 per hour to gather information, transcribe text, or evaluate websites. Some work for as many as 50 companies in one day, with flexible hours and little commitment.

Usually, there are no contracts, no unions, and no opportunites for training or advancement. Sometimes, there's no pay at all.

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Courts
4:20 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Restitution Task Force Wants Reform

The Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force has released a report calling for changes to better help crime victims collect from offenders.

Convened in April 2012, the 39-member panel is comprised of members of state and county agencies integral to restitution work, members of the judicial system, the state’s legislative leadership, and members of the Governor’s administration.

Commonwealth Victim Advocate Carol Lavery said, over the past three years, $434 million in restitution was assessed, but only $50 million was collected.

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Lottery
4:15 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Deadline Extended for Contested Lottery Privatization Bid

The bid to run the Pennsylvania Lottery is still valid now that Camelot Global Services has agreed to a one-week extension.
Credit Pennsylvania Lottery

One day after the state attorney general rejected the signed contract to lease the Pennsylvania Lottery to Camelot Global Services for 20 or 30 years, negotiators were reportedly “bleary-eyed” as they worked to postpone a deadline on the deal through this Friday.

A state Revenue Department spokeswoman said the bid extension will buy the administration some time to decide on its next step.

Franklin and Marshall pollster Terry Madonna said the governor does have a legal option.

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Environment & Energy
2:50 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Pedaling Forward For A New Bicycle Trail

A bicycling group in western Pennsylvania has been given permission to get plans rolling to put up to 17 miles of trails on Quemahoning Reservoir land.

The Cambria Somerset Authority gave the Laurel Highlands Off Road Bicycling Association (LHORBA) permission to build the mountain bike trails this summer, as long as the group flags the area first and then has CSA staff inspect it.

Earl Waddell, the operations manager for the Cambria-Somerset Authority, said even though the trail had been approved there was still some planning that needed to be done.

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Lottery
2:28 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

PA Lottery Deal Extended

A top budget aide to Gov. Tom Corbett says a British firm has extended its bid to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery while the administration mulls over how it will respond to the state attorney general rejecting the deal.

Executive Deputy Budget Secretary Peter Tartline said the bid from Camelot Global Services that was scheduled to expire Saturday has been extended through Friday.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Thon Is On at Penn State

Penn State students Danica Day, a biobehavioral health junior from Hanover, Pa., and Rolando Irizarry, a senior in energy engineering from Reading, Pa., dance the line during THON 2013 on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.
Credit pennstatelive/Flickr



The beat goes on for more than 700 Penn State students grooving at the annual 46-hour dance marathon for charity.

The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. The signature Penn State event is taking over the Jordan Center this weekend with thousands of students hosting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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Education & Learning
3:24 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Thon Is On at Penn State

The beat goes on for more than 700 Penn State students grooving at the annual 46-hour dance marathon for charity.

The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. The signature Penn State event is taking over the Jordan Center this weekend with thousands of students hosting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

As for the 700 dancers, they must stay on their feet in a 46-hour stretch ending 4 p.m. Sunday. They're getting lots of encouragement on the crowded floor set inside the home of Penn State basketball.

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Government & Politics
3:15 am
Sun February 17, 2013

PA Lottery Deal Extended

A top budget aide to Gov. Tom Corbett says a British firm has extended its bid to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery while the administration mulls over how it will respond to the state attorney general rejecting the deal.

Executive Deputy Budget Secretary Peter Tartline said the bid from Camelot Global Services that was scheduled to expire Saturday has been extended through Friday.

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Government & Politics
11:43 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Senator Casey Announces Legislation to Benefit Locks and Dams

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) came to Pittsburgh to announce the Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways Act of 2013, known as the RIVER Act, to address the ongoing crisis in maintaining the locks and dams so crucial to the Port of Pittsburgh, the nation's second largest inland river port.  

River commerce in the region employs 45,000 people directly and 200,000 total, according to Casey.  He said the failure to maintain locks and dams is part of a larger problem.  

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Government & Politics
6:45 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Orie Melvin Case Sent to the Jury

Attorneys for suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister Janine Orie made their closing arguments to a jury of 3 males and 9 females Friday in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

The two co-defendants are accused of misusing government resources and staffers for Melvin’s state Supreme Court campaigns in 2003 and 2009.  There are also counts of conspiracy, tampering with evidence and official oppression.

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Government & Politics
6:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Alternative Sentencing Effective in Pennsylvania, but Underutilized

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections found that the State Intermediate Punishment, or SIP Program helps reduce recidivism and saves the state money. But a recent report from the DOC found that from 2010 through 2012, the program was not used to its full potential, especially in larger counties.

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