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Environment & Energy
9:12 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Pittsburgh Prepares for New E-Waste Law

What do you do with your old computers and TVs when you break down and buy the latest piece of technology to hit the shelf?

Some people might stick the outdated one in the basement or give it to a friend, but many others set the old electronics out on the curb for the garbage men to cart off the next morning. From there, the "e-waste" is thrown into the local trash dump, where it proceeds to leak toxic metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium into the earth and possibly the groundwater.

Not anymore.

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Government & Politics
9:12 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Allegheny County Project Prom Kicks Off Tenth Anniversary

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It’s not too early and not too cold to start thinking about the high school prom and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services is hoping you will do just that.  The department has kicked off its tenth annual Project Prom, which offers free formal attire and accessories to local students who might otherwise find it difficult to afford the requisite finery.  

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Environment & Energy
8:26 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Oil, Gas Companies Turning To Natural Gas-Diesel Fuel Blend

Technological advances in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are paving the way for companies to become both producers and consumers of natural gas. From Pennsylvania to Texas, diesel pump engines are being converted to operate on a cheaper bi-fuel mix of diesel and natural gas.

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Economy & Business
8:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

United Way and Allegheny County Offer Free Tax Prep Share Tweet

Low- and middle-income workers will have help filing local, state, and federal taxes this year through the 2013 Free Tax Preparation Campaign.

Angela Reynolds, Director of Programs for Financially Struggling Adults and Families with the United Way, said volunteers will be offering assistance in 11 sites throughout Allegheny County beginning Monday.

She said to qualify for help, people must individually be making  $20,000 or less, or filing jointly $40,000 or less annually.

Reynolds said all scheduling will be done through the 211 phone line.

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Arts & Culture
6:46 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Night Market Will Feature Art, Food, And Curling

Project Pop Up is back again this week with the third Night Market in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl. This event will feature many food and craft vendors along with a curling demonstration outside its new location with the musicians' group Symbiotic Collusion on 7th Street.

Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the sponsor of Project Pop Up, said this event will be slightly smaller than the last, but will still offer the same quality of talent.

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Arts & Culture
6:39 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Let Freedom Sing for MLK Day

The sixth annual Let Freedom Sing event is a set of two concerts performed in the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, aimed at bringing together different cross-sections of the Pittsburgh region—young and old; black and white; urban and suburban.

The first concert was held Saturday in East Liberty to a capacity audience. Monday night's concert will be held at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Kris Rust, choral director of Franklin Regional as well as the co-founder of this event, feels many kids don’t see the significance of MLK day.

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Economy & Business
4:03 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Weekly Wages Rise In Pittsburgh For Third Straight Year

Heads up Pittsburghers—you’re making more money.

According to PittsburghTODAY, average weekly wages in the Pittsburgh region rose by 1.94 percent between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012. The study also noted wages rose, on average, from $875 to $892 a week.

The increase has been a continuing trend for the city--average weekly wages increased by 3.16 percent between 2009 and 2010 and another 3.55 percent between 2010 and 2011.

Doug Heuck, Director of PittsburghTODAY, said Pittsburgh’s unique and diverse economy has helped.

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Environment & Energy
9:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

County takes input on North & South Park Projects

Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will host two public input meetings to discuss improvement projects in North Park and South Park.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings to learn about the projects and to provide feedback and comments.

Christine Fulton, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, said the needs for renovations in the parks is actually a good thing.

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Government & Politics
9:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Progressing In Equal Opportunity, Still Needs Work

“Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. be proud today?”

That is the question Vibrant Pittsburgh has posed nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights leader’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. While there has been significant progress made in education, equal employment, healthcare, and socioeconomic status, Pittsburgh can still do more.

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Government & Politics
9:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Sen. Kasunic Wants to Reform Small Games of Chance Law

If reforms are not made, Pennsylvania’s current Small Games Law will lead to some volunteer organizations having to close their doors, according to State Senator Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette County).

Kasunic has proposed legislation he thinks will make it easier for non-profits to raise money.

Kasunic said, soon after the Legislature passed the current law, organizations began to complain about the reporting problems it created.

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Government & Politics
9:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Rep. Murphy’s SMART Act Helps Seniors, Cuts Red Tape in Medicare Repayment Process

When a senior citizen covered by Medicare is treated after an accident or an injury, it’s generally paid for by Medicare. Those medical expenses must then be reimbursed through insurance or a legal settlement. But, the process by which that was to happen has not been running smoothly. The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers, or SMART, Act aims to remedy that.

SMART Act sponsor, U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) said the hurdles in the Medicare Secondary Payer program were becoming troublesome and costly for seniors and the system.

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza

Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza are the co-founders and artistic directors of Attack Theatre. Their upcoming show draws heavily on opera, a genre that not so long ago was considered popular entertainment.

Ron David, Opera For Beginners 

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Arts & Culture
9:28 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Penguins on Parade at Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

With the cold temperature, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is letting its penguins out to get some fresh air. Every weekend in January and February, the penguins come out of their enclosure and walk outside, whether it’s clear or snowy.

“We’ll bring them out to play in the snow, and it’s so nice to see them play in the snow, they actually snap at the snowflakes and it enables Pittsburgh folks to come out and see the birds,” said aquarium Curator Dwayne Biggs.

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Economy & Business
9:25 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

PA Unemployment up, Workforce Also Grows

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate crept up a tenth of a percent in December but the state says it’s not as bad as it might seem.  Pennsylvania posted a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate today of 7.9% for December of 2012.

The number is a .1 percent above the national average and .2 percent above the rates seen in Pennsylvania in December 2011. 

However, the rate obscures the fact that the number of jobs in Pennsylvania grew from November to December by nearly 12,000.  The unemployment rate increased because the work force also grew more than 16,000. 

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Government & Politics
8:24 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Democrats To Celebrate In DC

Democrats from across Pennsylvania will head down to Washington, D.C.  Monday to commemorate President Obama’s second inauguration and to send a clear message to the president as he begins his second term.

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Government & Politics
8:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

New Year's Eve 911 Officers Did Not Follow Training, but Didn’t Break Rules

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said officers who responded to a call from Ka’Sandra Wade, who was killed that same night, did not act in accordance with their training. But, he said they also didn’t break department and rules or protocols.

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Economy & Business
7:26 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Nemacolin Applies for Table Games

Even though the slots casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has not yet opened, management there is already asking the Gaming Control Board to expand its license to include table games.  A hearing on the application will be held February 7th.

By law, a casino operator in Pennsylvania must first be awarded a slots casino license before it can apply for a license to operate table games.  “We are following that rank and order as we speak,” said Nemacolin Manager Chris Plummer. 

Plummer said the plan all along was to open the casino with the table games already in place.

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Education & Learning
4:51 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Penn State Board Looks at Including Governor and President

Penn State trustees are weighing whether to make the university president and the governor nonvoting members of the school's governing board.

A trustees committee recommended the change Thursday, though the full board needs to vote on the matter. That may not happen for at least another couple of months, as the board studies other potential governance reforms.

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Government & Politics
7:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Pennsylvania Auditor General Looks at Marcellus Shale’s Water Impact

After less than a week on the job, newly-sworn in Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced his office will conduct a performance audit of water programs related to the development of Pennsylvania’s shale gas reserves. He said his office will look at a number of facets.

“How does the permit staff go out and review the drilling operations before they issue a permit? What systems are in place to continue to monitor it? Are they doing random inspections, or are they consistently monitoring each site? Those are some of the things we’ll be looking for,” said DePasquale.

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Government & Politics
7:26 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Health Activists Ask Ravenstahl, Fitzgerald to Make UPMC "Act Like Charity"

Religious leaders, healthcare activists, and UPMC employees gathered in Downtown today to deliver a “Code of Conduct for a Strong, Healthy Pittsburgh” to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The code of conduct urges UPMC to do more to support local communities and provide affordable care to everyone.

Erin Ninehouser, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (one of the groups supporting the code), said UPMC only spends about two percent of its revenue on charity care.

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Economy & Business
7:23 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

MLK Forum Highlights Cost of War

The moral, economic, political, and spiritual consequences of war will be discussed during the forum “The Cost of the Wars on the African American Community."

The event is hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of Black Voices for Peace, which holds events yearly to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Riverside Speech, in which he announced his opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Economy & Business
7:22 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Regional Home Sales Up in 2012

West Penn Multi-List Inc. recently released 2012 home sales data for the Pittsburgh region showing that sales were up 10% over 2011. George Hackett, President of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh and West Penn Multi-List said people are feeling more confident.

"Just the attitude of people thinking that real estate is better - you know for a long time all you heard was negative stuff - now all you hear is positive stuff, and because of that, that is as encouraging as anything," said Hackett.

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Government & Politics
5:36 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Lottery Privatization Deal Finalized by Corbett

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's administration has finalized a contract to allow British lottery operator Camelot Global Services to run the Pennsylvania Lottery for the next 20 years. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office said the contract paperwork arrived Wednesday night. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office has 30 days to review it.

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Government & Politics
4:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Corbett on Defensive in Lottery Deal

Capitol Media Service

<strong>UPDATE 12:50pm 1/17/13:</strong> The Corbett administration has signed the 20-year deal with Camelot Global Services to run the PA Lottery.

<strong>Original story:</strong>

It is widely expected that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will announce Thursday that he has inked a final deal with a private British firm to run the state’s lottery for the next 20 years.  The administration came out strong Wednesday against those who have been bashing to tentative deal.

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Health
11:31 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Highmark Releases Plan to Pull West Penn Allegheny Out of Debt

Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) have agreed to an out-of-court deal that would have the health insurer buy out the outstanding debt load of WPAHS.

The two nonprofits released a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying the companies' original affiliation agreement had been amended to include the new proposition.

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