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7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Study Outlines Cost-Benefit of Bullying Prevention Program

A new report from the Highmark Foundation argues for the worth of the group's bullying prevention program in Pennsylvania schools by outlining the initiative's estimated cost-savings in terms of health care and education.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Voter Registration Deadline Looms

80 to 90 million Americans are expected to cast ballots in the November 6 presidential election. Tuesday October 9 is the final day to register to vote.

Mark Keeler, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the requirements for voter registration are straightforward.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Pledge Drive Edition

In recognition of the fall membership campaign, book picks from 90.5 WESA and WYEP pledge room volunteers:

Kate Howe, Beaver Falls

VictorHugo, Les Miserables

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Government
7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Are You Getting The Oomph You Expect From Gasoline?

The Pennsylvania House passed, and sent to the Senate, legislation that would authorize inspectors to begin random testing of octane levels in gasoline.  

Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery) said the state Department of Agriculture’s Weight and Measures inspectors are required to check that gas pumps are correctly dispensing gas.  He said Senate Bill 341 would task those same officials to also check octane levels in the gas.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Small Reforms to Small Games of Chance Laws

Legislation to ease restrictions on small games of chance in Pennsylvania is moving through the General Assembly.  By a vote of 46-3, the state Senate has approved a bill to reform state law to legalize 50/50 drawings.

Although State Senators Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette) and Tim Solobay (D-Washington) voted for the reform, they believe not enough was done to protect and accommodate non-profit volunteer organizations.

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Steelers
10:39 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Suisham Drills Winner as Steelers Top Eagles

Backed up deep in their own territory, their slow start to the season in danger of turning into a legitimate freefall, the Pittsburgh Steelers did what they always seem to do when things get tight.

They relaxed.

Ben Roethlisberger converted a pair of critical third downs during a remarkably patient 64-yard drive over the final 6:33 and Shaun Suisham drilled a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Steelers to a 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the rain on Sunday.

"We had the ball last," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "Such is life."

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Government
9:35 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Proposal To Eliminate Safety & Emissions Tests For New Vehicles

Legislation in the state Senate intended to save Pennsylvania drivers approximately $50 million a year is drawing criticism from some inspections stations.  Senator John Wozniak (D-Cambria) successfully amended the bill so that safety inspections and emission tests would be waived for the first two years and 10 years respectively after the purchase of a new vehicle.

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Health
12:35 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

No Cases Of Meningitis Outbreak Found In Pittsburgh Area

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD)  has joined with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to investigate an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The outbreak has been linked to patients who received injections of methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid used to stop inflammation. The drug was made by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts which issued the voluntary recall and has shut down its operations.

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Government
12:29 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

City Drops Appeal Opening Door to St. Nick's Demolition

The demolition of the historic St Nicholas church on Rt. 28 can go forward now that the city of Pittsburgh has withdrawn an appeal.

In July, a judge ordered that St. Nicholas Parish could raze the 110-year-old church, which the city and a group of community activists considers historic. That order called on the city to issues a certificate of economic hardship that would allow the parish to obtain a demolition permit.  The city appealed that decision.

This week the city withdrew its appeal, meaning the demolition can go forward.

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Education
12:09 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Monessen Football Players Face Drugs, Weapons Charges

Three teammates of the Monessen High School football team have been placed in a juvenile detention center after drugs and guns were found in their team lockers.  Monessen police are not identifying the players because they're charged as juveniles.

Police say a 15-year-old has been charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a 16-year-old with illegal weapons possession, and a 17-year-old with possession with intent to deliver heroin, and weapons charges.

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Government
6:53 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Medicaid Co-Pay For Families With Disabled Kids Rescinded

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has decided to delay implementation of the co-pay program that would have applied to parents of some children with physical, intellectual and mental disabilities.

The co-pay did kick in this month for families with a disabled child on Medicaid earning 200 percent above the federal poverty level. These families, who previously had services paid for by the state, would have had to pay a fee on every service their child receives. It would have affected 48,000 families. 

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Government
6:36 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Pennsylvania Won't List Bats as Endangered For Now

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that it's not moving forward at this time on regulatory changes to protect three species of cave-dwelling bats, whose numbers have declined drastically due to the fungus known as White Nose Syndrome:  the northern long-eared bat (99% decline), the tri-colored bat (98% decline), and the little brown bat (99% decline).

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Government
5:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

House Resolution Singles Out Outspoken Groups

A coalition of human service organizations gathered under the banner of Better Choices for Pennsylvania claim they have been singled out by the state for being vocal in the debate over state funding for human services. A House Resolution ordered a legislative committee to conduct an financial audit of a specific list of service providers.

Stephen Drachler, chair of Better Choices for Pennsylvania, believes this resolution is all about perception.

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Education
4:45 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Website Aims to Bring Objectivity to Marcellus Shale Economic Reports

As the natural gas boom continues in Pennsylvania, a new website aims to take the multiple economic impact review analyses and reduce the confusion and bias among them. Creator of the website, Matthew Rousu, said economic impact reports vary widely in quality depending upon who commissioned them.

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Government
7:35 am
Fri October 5, 2012

State Lawmaker Wants Federal Investigation into Handling of Sandusky Case

A Democratic-led effort to debate whether to have federal authorities look into how the Jerry Sandusky investigation was handled caused the abrupt end to Wednesday’s House session. The resolution would urge the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the way then state Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office handled the Sandusky situation.

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Government
7:38 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Terrance Williams Waits for New Sentencing

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold a stay of execution for Terrance Williams doesn’t mean the convicted murderer is off death row.  But lawyers aren’t yet sure when or if a new date will be set to put Williams to death. 

Lawyers were racing the clock in the case of Williams the minute his death warrant was signed in early August, setting an October third execution.

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Government
6:54 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Shell Agrees to Pay for Lost Tax Revenue

The Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company is proposing to compensate Beaver County for tax revenue lost when it builds a billion-dollar petrochemical facility, known as an ethane cracker, on tax-free land.

County Commissioner Tony Amadio said Shell’s operations would be located in a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ), land that is exempt from taxes for 22 years.

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Health
5:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

E-Medical Records: Personalized Medicine vs Confidentiality

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Personalizing medicine is the goal of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) five-year, $100 million investment to create an electronic database of medical information.  The technology uses analytic and predictive modeling applications designed to improve patient outcomes, research capabilities, and improvements within UPMC.

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Federal Grant Funds Job Retraining at Community Colleges

A federally funded program to provide low-cost job retraining at all of the state’s 14 community colleges is up and running, after a year of prep work.

Workers who have lost jobs due to companies moving overseas will be eligible for retraining in three industries expected to grow in the commonwealth: advanced manufacturing, energy, and health care information technology.

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Education
4:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

CCAC Receives $1.59 Million Federal Grant

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been selected, along with 13 other colleges and universities across the nation, to receive a $1.59 million grant aimed at ensuring students successfully make it through their chosen program. Nationwide, $5.4 million of the US Department of Education's money will go to the effort.

So what exactly will the Title III grant be doing?

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Government
4:21 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Groups File Lawsuit Against Department of Public Welfare

Several advocacy groups have joined together to file a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court against the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare challenging Act 80, which among other things, eliminated monthly general assistance cash grants of $205 a month.  Before the change, there were 68,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who received that benefit.

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Government
9:10 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Terrance Williams' Execution On Hold

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to overturn the stay of execution for death row inmate Terrance Williams.  The state asked for an emergency appeal of the lower court stay because the death warrant for Williams was set to run out at midnight Wednesday.  

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Government
7:51 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

U.S. Exports Touted as an Economic, Jobs, and Diplomacy Booster

As part of the “Made in America Manufacturing Tour,” U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez visited Carnegie Mellon University Wednesday, outlining the role United States exports play in strengthening the economy. He said thanks to technology, there has been a fundamental shift in the way businesses operate.

“Years ago the competition for business here in Pittsburgh or in my hometown of Tampa was just across town, now it is across the world and it’s critical that American businesses compete on a global scale.”

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Education
6:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Legislator Harshly Critiques State Standardized Tests

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State Senator Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) is a former mayor with a teaching degree, so he thinks his prior experience provides an interesting take on the expansion of standardized testing in Pennsylvania schools.

From a former mayor’s point of view, he says the tests go beyond evaluating student and teacher proficiency.

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Government
6:39 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Committee Proposes New City Council Districts

A committee using the 2010 Census to redraw the nine Pittsburgh City Council Districts has submitted its final proposal to Council, conceding a large population disparity among some districts in order to maintain two black-majority Council territories.

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