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10:26 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

30 PA Municipalities Have Lost/Stolen Handgun Reporting Laws; None Enforced

Representatives of anti-violence groups came together in Pittsburgh City Council Chamber Tuesday to discuss gun violence prevention tactics. The consensus: thirty Pennsylvania cities and towns need to start enforcing the laws they've passed to require that owners report the loss or theft of a handgun to police, regardless of their fears of lawsuits.

Wilkinsburg Councilwoman Eve Goodman said she thinks many municipalities are reluctant to start enforcing the laws because the National Rifle Association could sue.

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Government
7:37 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge McDaniel Recognized By Governor's Office for Domestic Violence Work

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel was presented with the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Award on Tuesday. At the event she was praised as having been instrumental in changing the way the courts treat domestic violence victims and prosecute perpetrators.

Cheered on by her peers in the legal community and members of the health and victim services community, Judge Donna Jo McDaniel accepted the award from the governor’s office.

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Economy
6:52 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Prices Up in Northeast, Larger Jump Nationwide

The cost of consumer goods and services rose 0.5 percent last month in the northeast region, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and the New England states.  That compares to a 0.6 percent jump nationally.

"[Over the last 12 months] we saw an increase in prices in the northeast region of 1.7 percent," said Bureau of Labor Statistics spokeswoman Kara Markley.  "For the U.S. as a whole, the increase was 2 percent."

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Government
6:13 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Pennsylvania Senate Race Tightens, Cash Could Be Why

The U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania for months was viewed as a forgone conclusion but it might come down to the wire afterall.

Two polls out this week show Republican candidate Tom Smith is trailing Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey by just a few points.

The new numbers come from a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll showing Casey ahead by just two percent among likely Pennsylvania voters.

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Economy
6:06 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Panel: Pittsburgh Job Market, Atmosphere Attractive to Young Adults

Pittsburgh's diverse labor market and small-city atmosphere make it attractive to young people, according to a panel at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but the city should do more to attract young adults of diverse ethnicities, and local youngsters should vote more often.

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Government
11:43 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Ann Romney Stumps in PA

If the past week is any indicator, the presidential race in Pennsylvania is close enough for the wives of the candidates to pay a visit, but not the candidates themselves.

Ann Romney stumped for her husband at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County Monday afternoon. Her visit to the area comes a week after that of Jill Biden, the Vice President’s wife, who touched down in seven cities in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

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Welcome Sign
9:55 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

After 3 Years of Fundraising, Greenfield Gets New Welcome Sign

Back in 2009, the residents of Greenfield decided that the twenty-year-old welcome sign near the Greenfield Bridge was too dilapidated to represent the city neighborhood any longer. They began fundraising in November of that year.

Nearly three years later, the community finally raised the $68,000 needed to put up the new "portal," a large steel structure in the center circle of the Alger Street and Beechwood Boulevard intersection. The sign was unveiled on Sunday.

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Government
8:33 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

PA Table Games Up 15%, Rivers Up 20%

Gross revenue from table games in Pennsylvania rose 15.4 percent last month compared to September of 2011 according to the PA Gaming Control Board.  In total, the state's 11 casinos generated $59.3 million in gross revenue from table games in September.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, the Rivers Casino took in $6,533,142 from 116 tables in September of this year compared to $5,433,105 from 107 tables in 2011.  The Meadows Casino had 80 tables in use in Sept. 2012, which took in $2,818,372, compared to $3,160,914 last year on 78 table games. 

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Government
6:56 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Natural Gas Impact Fee Collections to be Distributed

In the next ten days, municipalities and counties across the state are slated to receive their cut of the the roughly $204 million of impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Local governments in drilling regions are getting cash to spend on a menu of pre-approved areas, such as low-income housing and road repair. State Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati said the money could have a big impact on communities that have experienced the heaviest drilling activity.

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Economy
6:53 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Occupy Pittsburgh Marks One Year Anniversary

It’s been a year since Occupy Pittsburgh first set up an encampment in a small downtown park. On Monday, the group showed that it’s still operating, despite the lack of a physical headquarters for protests of economic and social issues.

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Education
6:33 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Teaching the Mathematics Behind Elections

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Teachers looking for supplements to their election lessons don’t have to look far. A Pittsburgh-based company, Carnegie Learning, created a program called “Election Math” featured on NBC Learn’s website.  Election Math was made for an 8th grade learning level, but is designed to benefit all ages, individuals or classrooms.

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Economy
6:32 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

1 in 3 Pennsylvanians Say They're Better Off Financially Than in 2008

The question Ronald Reagan famously used during his 1980 campaign for president, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" is still being asked by many, including Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Government
4:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Jesse Jackson Encourages Pittsburghers to go to the Polls

The Reverend Jesse Jackson's political tour of Pennsylvania -- which began over the weekend in Philadelphia, touring union halls, churches and speaking on radio programs -- continued today with a stop in Pittsburgh to rally local voters. Early in the day he spoke at a community breakfast featuring numerous elected officials including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. He’s touring areas of the U.S. to encourage people to go the polls November 6th, especially in this state where he said efforts are underway to disenfranchise voters.

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Economy
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Federal Grant To Increase Business Exports

Small companies in Pennsylvania are set to get some help in growing their exports.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

B-PEP Registers Pittsburgh Voters

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) teams hit the streets of Pittsburgh the last few months, making sure people registered to vote before last week's deadline and the group[ thinks it did a fairly good job.

Celeste Taylor, B-PEP Voting Rights Community Organizer, said they sent teams to register voters in the Hill District, at Pittsburgh churches, and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

She said they were most successful at CCAC where they registered more than 600 voters.

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Health
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Health Fair Aims to Empower Patients to Take an Active Role in Medical Care

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Using a sport analogy, the Consumer Health Coalition is urging people to build a championship healthcare team, with themselves being the most valuable player. A workshop in the Hill District will teach patients how to take a more active role in their own medical care.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

PA House Dems Want Justice Dept Review of State's Sandusky Investigation

It’s unclear whether debate over a Democratic measure will tie things up in the state House this week.
 Last week’s session ended when Democrats attempted to advance a proposal urging federal authorities to reexamine how the state handled the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky. 

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bringing Creativity Back To Pittsburgh

A local non-profit group is hoping to get a handle on just how creative one city neighborhood is and then look for ways to encourage more creativity.  CityLAB has launched the Garfield Creative census, which will calculate the percentage of creative workers in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Speaking Volumes: R. Stanton Wettick

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When he's not eyeball-deep in legal briefs, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Stanton Wettick likes to reads fiction and nonfiction imbued with a sense of place. He recommends:

Richard Ford, Canada

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Government
7:13 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Arlen Specter: A Timeline

Major events in the timeline of former Sen. Arlen Specter's career in politics:

— 1959: Hired as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

— 1964: Serves on the Warren Commission, which concludes that a lone assassin killed President John F. Kennedy.

— 1965: Runs successfully on Republican ticket for Philadelphia district attorney, even though he was a Democrat.

— 1967: Loses election for Philadelphia mayor.

— 1969: Elected to second term as district attorney.

— 1973: Loses bid for third term as district attorney.

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Government
7:10 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Longtime Senator Arlen Specter Dies

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the outspoken Pennsylvania centrist whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday. He was 82.

Specter, who announced in late August that he was battling cancer, died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said his son Shanin. Over the years, Arlen Specter had fought two previous bouts with Hodgkin lymphoma, overcome a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest following bypass surgery.

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Government
9:35 am
Sun October 14, 2012

PA Sen. Draws Attention to Homeless Children

Noting that children who find them selves on the street some time during the shcool year are 60-percent more likely to drop out of school than the average student, State Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Pittsburgh) introduced a resolution last week declaring the Week of October 14th Homeless Children’s Awareness Week in the commonwealth.

“in 2010 alone 1.6 million children experianced homelessness with more than 31,000 of those yopuths residing in Pennsylvania,” said Fontana.

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Transportation
8:21 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

IBM Wraps Up Pittsburgh Transit Consultation

IBM data experts made their final recommendations Friday after three weeks of studying Pittsburgh's transit systems and transit infrastructure. The city was one of 33 recipients of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, which allowed Pittsburgh City Planners to work with analysts to further the city's transportation initiatives.

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Arts
7:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Art of the World’s Fair Comes to Pittsburgh

 The Carnegie Museum of Art is opening a new exhibition this weekend highlighting the art of design that has been part of the World’s Fairs over the years.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fair, 1851-1939 includes more than 200 objects representing the advances in artistry exhibited during 88 years of the fair’s history.

Jason Busch, Chief Curator at the museum, said they want people to feel like their stepping back in time.

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Transportation
6:58 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Construction on Final Section of Great Allegheny Passage Officially Underway

The final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage is expected to be completed in April 2013.  When done, the 141-mile bicycle trail will connect Pittsburgh to Maryland. At that point, the trail, which connects to Washington D.C via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, has a small gap between Pittsburgh and Duquesne. Officials say the trail is already a big draw, and this will only boost that.

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