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Government & Politics
7:37 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

UK Company Extends Offer to Run PA Lottery

The Corbett administration and a British company have mutually agreed to extend the firm's bid to run the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The bid by Camelot Global Services PA LLC was originally set to expire today, and Camelot has now extended the deadline to Jan. 10, 2013.

The extension allows the union representing Lottery employees to present to the state a counter-proposal which is due by January 8.

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Government & Politics
6:54 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Local Senator Angry With Insurers Over Coverage for Firefighters

A relatively new law which was supposed to support firefighters has a Pittsburgh area state lawmaker feuding with insurance companies.

State Senator Tim Solobay (D- Washington)  is quite angry over reports from municipal officials and fire departments in his district that some insurance companies are dropping workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters as a result of a relatively new state law that was enacted to help firefighters who become ill with cancer.

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Economy & Business
6:54 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

$10.1 Million from PNC for Updated McKeesport Housing Facility

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A 12-year, multi-million dollar investment from PNC Bank and $230,000 contribution from ACTION housing will allow a a major renovation of a YMCA facility in downtown McKeesport.

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Pennsylvania
5:54 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Pennsylvania's Year In Review

Happy Valley was not a happy place in 2012. And yet it was hard to stay away.

The child molestation scandal that engulfed Penn State dominated state news this year, from the stunning death of longtime football coach Joe Paterno to the gut-wrenching court testimony that sent his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, to prison for sexually abusing boys.

Other big stories included Superstorm Sandy, which cut power to more than 1.5 million customers in eastern Pennsylvania in late October. It took nine days to restore service in some places.

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Tim Cook

Pittsburgh's Saxifrage School is an experiment in higher education, rethinking the concept of college to emphasize purposeful learning and meaningful work. Founding Director Tim Cook's reading reflects that mission:

William Carlos Williams, Collected Poems

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Science & Technology
8:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Environmental New Year's Resolutions?

With the New Year comes resolutions. While many people are sticking to the old "losing weight" or "getting healthy" resolution, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) hopes some New Year’s resolutions will include actions that will be good for the environment.  

PRC Western Regional Director Dave Mazza said you can “reduce” by buying only what you need, whether it’s paint, fertilizer, cleanser, etc.

“Reuse” means finding a group that will take used building materials, medical equipment—even pet supplies.

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Government & Politics
8:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Another New Year, Another Toll Hike

As of January 6th drivers taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be paying higher prices at the tolls.

If you pay with cash, tolls will be 10 percent more expensive than in 2012; rates for E-ZPass users will go up by two percent.  This will be the fifth year in a row the Turnpike Commission approved a toll hike. The toll increase is due to the commission making annual payments to PennDOT for road, bridge, and transit projects as a part of Act 44.

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Government & Politics
8:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Child Actors Part of New PA Child Labor Law

In the last legislative session, Pennsylvania lawmakers approved sweeping changes to the state’s child labor laws including, for the first time, language aimed at protecting child actors.  The law goes so far as to define “reality TV” and place it under many of the same controls.

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Economy & Business
8:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Pittsburgh Hotel Occupancy Rates Highest in 20 Years

As 2012 comes to a close, VisitPittsburgh is reporting a record-setting year when it comes to hotel room occupancy in the region.  The rate is expected to come in at 70 percent, which is higher than it has been since the region’s tourism agency began tracking the number 20 years ago.

“It compares against the national average of 60 percent and the average of our competitor set of about 63 percent,” said VisitPittsburgh President Craig Davis.  The competitor set includes cities like Columbus, Baltimore, and Charlotte.

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Arts & Culture
8:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Celebration Promises Parade, Music, Fireworks, and More

Pageantry and celebration return to downtown Pittsburgh this New Year's Eve with the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2013.

First Night director Darcy Kucenic said families can choose from a number of activities early on in the night, including hands-on crafts, art displays, and musical performances at the Byham Theater and the Benedum Center.

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Economy & Business
1:12 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

Several large retailers took a leap of faith on what they thought would be a gangbuster holiday season, and they hired more seasonal workers this year than last.

Sales during the two months before Christmas weren't all that stunning, however, and that's meant fewer opportunities for seasonal workers, and some of them worked vastly fewer hours than they expected.

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Government & Politics
1:00 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

A Fiscal Deal Now Would Pale In Comparison To Original Visions

Whether negotiated in a rush before the new year or left for early January, the fiscal deal President Barack Obama and Congress cobble together will be far smaller than what they initially envisioned as an alternative to purposefully distasteful tax increases and spending cuts.

Instead, their compromise, if they do indeed cut a deal, will put off some big decisions about tax and entitlement changes and leave other deadlines in place that will likely lead to similar moments of brinkmanship, some in just a matter of weeks.

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Government & Politics
10:35 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Energy Assistance Fraud Reform Signed Into Law

While the demand rises for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and proposed budgets get cut threaten funding,  Pennsylvania officials want to make sure the program’s money gets to the right people.

The measure sponsered by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Ron Waters (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) aims to reduce fraud, duplication and abuse in the LIHEAP and Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Transportation
1:46 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Round Two of Pittsburgh v. Winter

The second wave of winter weather moved into the Pittsburgh area early Saturday morning leaving about five inches of fresh snow on the ground by the time it left.

The National Weather Service says another storm could drop as much as an inch on the Pittsburgh region over night Saturday into Sunday.

Pittsburgh Public Works crews were seen throughout the city Saturday morning trying to stay ahead of the snow. Most major arteries remained clear but some side streets remained untouched for hours.  

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Education & Learning
8:19 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

State Senator: PSU NCAA Fine Should be Spent In-State

One state senator says he is done asking nicely for the $60 million fine against Penn State to be spent in the commonwealth. Centre County Republican Jake Corman says has sent two letters to the NCAA, which fined PSU in July for the role the school’s football program played in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Government & Politics
8:15 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

PA Governor to Air Force: Closing 911th Airlift Wing is a Mistake

Governor Tom Corbett has joined the effort to keep the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift wing open. The facility located on Pittsburgh International Airport grounds is due to shut down with the start of the 2013 fiscal year.

Corbett said one reason to keep the wing open is because the region already has a great partnership with the military.

"This is a military facility, not just an air facility but a military facility," Corbett said. "Now we're looking to grow that presence here in Western Pennsylvania."

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Education & Learning
6:34 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Shrubs from Mellon Arena Thriving in Homewood

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Government & Politics
5:34 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

37 Illegal Pennsylvania Dog Kennels Targeted in 2012, Thousands of Citations Issued

The Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Office took action against 37 kennels operating without a license in 2012. Any person who keeps or sells 26 or more dogs in a calendar year is considered a kennel and therefore must be properly licensed under state law.

“We aggressively pursue kennel owners who are not in compliance with the state’s dog law, and we caught these kennels through routine inspections and information received by the public,” said Samantha Krepps, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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Health
2:28 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Heaters Bring Warmth, and Carbon Monoxide

Heaters are on full-blast this time of year, but the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) warns those warmth-generating appliances are often the cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Acting Director of the ACHD, Ron Vorhees, said the two main sources of carbon monoxide in the winter months are from heaters, and idling vehicles.

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Government & Politics
2:20 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Gov. Corbett Still Negotiating Deadline for Lotto Bid

The Corbett administration says it is trying to push a year-end deadline back by two or three weeks to decide whether to lease the operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a private company.  The main reason the commonwealth is pushing for more time has to do with the union that represents some of the lottery’s employees.

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Health
8:20 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Study Finds Targeted Therapy May Prevent Esophageal Cancer in Certain Patients

A pre-clinical study has found targeted drug therapy may be helpful in preventing esophageal cancer in a high-risk population. Researchers are looking at people who suffer from gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Some 20 percent of Americans have at least one symptom of GERD a week that requires some sort of therapy.

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Warhol Museum Ties Pittsburgh to Asia

The Andy Warhol Museum is using a traveling exhibition to connect students in Pittsburgh with students in Asia in a way that museum officials feel Warhol himself would have approved.  The retrospective “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” is spending two years visiting five different cities and the museum is linking students in each of the host cities with students at Pittsburgh’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).

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Government & Politics
8:20 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Pennsylvania Ranks High in Electric Utility Choice

Pennsylvania has earned top grades from an independent reviewer for having several electricity supply options available to residents and businesses.

In the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS), the commonwealth had the highest number of electricity suppliers offering rates to residential consumers, and ranked fourth in terms of choices for commercial and industrial customers. The yearly report is issued by an arm of Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC, a consulting and capital investment firm promoting the energy industries.

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Transportation
7:02 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

City Fights Snow and Prepares Weekend

50 city-owned vehicles have been working on Pittsburgh streets since Wednesday to battle the snow, sleet and ice combination coming down on the area. 

Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said the primary, or critical, roadways in the city were addressed first. By 2:00 p.m. Thursday, nearly all of the secondary streets had been plowed, cleared, and salted.

For those who park on those secondary roadways, which is the case in most of the city, Kaczorowski suggested moving the vehicle if at all possible.

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Economy & Business
6:57 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Female Employment Strong, but in Few Industries

A Pittsburgh-based study is showing females in the region tend to pursue careers in a select number of fields, while men are represented in more industries.The analysis is part of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board's (TRWIB)  research on various segments in the labor industry.

The data show Pittsburgh-area women, who make up nearly half the workforce in the region, are employed primarily in the healthcare, retail, education, and hospitality sectors. 

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