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Science & Technology
6:19 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Energy and Innovation the Focus of 2-Day Conference

The 2nd annual Energy and Innovation Conference brings together officials from the energy industry, manufacturing, and environmental groups, to examine how all the sectors can work together. The conference also examines the country’s place in terms of oil, natural gas, and coal development.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Sandy Damage in PA hits $16 Million

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says the state's damage from superstorm Sandy in Pennsylvania tops $16 million.

PEMA spokeswoman Ruth Miller said Wednesday that the agency's staff continues to compile damage cost estimates that are still being reported.

The Pennsylvania figure is dwarfed by the billions of dollars in damage being reported in New Jersey and New York, but is in line with several other states that sustained damage.

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Education
10:32 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State System Union Holds on Strike

The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says it won't consider striking until next semester.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced the decision Tuesday in a letter to students.

Union members frustrated with the lack of progress in contract negotiations gave their leadership the authority to call a strike earlier this month.

Bargaining has stalled over issues including pay for part-time instructors, health care benefits and compensation for online education.

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Government
9:01 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Child Abuse Task Force Calls For Sweeping Changes

A special task force created in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is calling on the legislature to make changes in the law to allow reports of child abuse within an institution to go up the chain of command.

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Education
8:23 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Annual Heinz Distinguished Lecture Focuses on Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future

Eco-friendly buildings and products don’t happen by accident, they require innovative planning. That’s the message of Paul Anastas’ lecture Tuesday night at the University of Pittsburgh.  The Teresa and H. John Heinz Professor in the practice of chemistry for the environment at Yale will focus his comments on creating a sustainable future through green chemistry.

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Transportation
7:03 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Investment Will Assist 24 Pennsylvania Rail Projects

Two dozen freight rail projects in Pennsylvania are receiving $18.6 million in state funding for infrastructure upgrades, much-needed repairs, and improving businesses’ rail access in 25 counties throughout the state.

The grant money is administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports, and Waterways.  PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said the money will be divided based on the specifics of each project.

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Government
6:41 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Making Allentown Safer One Phase at a Time

Allentown is between Mt. Washington and the South Side, the T runs right down its main street, and there is a small business district. But, blight and safety concerns have hampered growth in the area. A little less than two years ago, the Allentown Business District Safety Initiative was launched to address that. Phase I added lighting, gates and fencing to improve the safety of the neighborhood.

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Environment
6:11 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Landscape Change A Direct Result Of Natural Gas Industry

With the number of natural gas wells growing in Pennsylvania, the likelihood of negative effects on the landscape is also increasing. A report released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) was able to document highly detailed patterns of disturbance related to the industry.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Hunters Looking To Help Hungry Families

750 thousand hunters are expected to take to the woods across Pennsylvania during the two-week deer hunting season that began Monday, and hunters are being urged to donate deer meat to the “Hunters Sharing the Harvest’’ program, which distributes venison to Pennsylvania food banks, soup kitchens and pantries.

“Hunger affects more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians in all corners of our state,” said PA Agriculture Department spokesperson Samantha Krepps, “By donating venison, hunters can help keep food on their neighbor’s tables this winter.”

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Environment
8:57 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Duquesne Talk Centers on Consequences of Global Climate Change

There’s little debate left among scientists that climate change is real and that the Earth is experiencing some of its effects already. To what extent, and to what extent further changes can be affected is up for debate. The head of the National Wildlife Federation will deliver a talk Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh, “Living in a New Climate Paradigm.”

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Government
8:57 am
Tue November 27, 2012

On-Line Holiday Shoppers: Don't Forget the Sales Tax

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Pennsylvanians who observed Cyber Monday by taking to the Internet for some holiday shopping should save their receipts. Consumers are responsible for reporting online purchases to the state when those purchases don’t include sales tax.

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Government
8:57 am
Tue November 27, 2012

$26.5M For Parks, Trails Improvements in PA

Nearly two hundred projects across the commonwealth are receiving a combined $26.5 million in grants intended to enhance existing and create new recreational opportunities as well as conserve natural resources.

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Economy
8:40 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Bakery Square Expansion Moving Forward

The successful office and retail development of Bakery Square in Larimer is on track to gain more property and add buildings.

After a special zoning proposal for "Bakery Square 2.0" drew no opposition at a public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council on Monday, the legislation will come before council on Wednesday for a preliminary vote.

If the special zoning is approved, developer Walnut Capital could demolish the former Reizenstein Middle School in January to make way for new construction across the street from the current Bakery Square site on Penn Avenue.

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Government
8:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Allegheny County Juvenile Justice Recommendations Released

Following two years of work, the Allegheny County Commission on Juvenile Justice has released a report outlining recommendations and rules for those working in all levels of the juvenile justice system.  

“Among the recommendations in the report are: judicial ethics, including mandatory formal training sessions on judicial ethics at regular intervals. Judicial training: including a recommendation that all family division judges attend a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education each year,” said Allegheny County President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel.

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Government
7:42 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Community Update On 911th Airlift Wing

As Congress considers legislation to block the closure of the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township, U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) will hold a community meeting this evening to update local residents on the status of the base.

Other area officials including State Representative Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and County Council members Heather Heidelbaugh, Michael Finnerty and Vince Gastgeb will be on hand to discuss the next steps needed to keep the critical military installation.

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Arts
7:12 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

"Conscientious" Consumerism During Holiday Season

If a product is considered to be “green,” the production of the item made little impact on the environment.  Similarly, if a product is “fair trade certified,” then the workers, who made it, received reasonable wages and the vendors sell the product at a fair price.

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Economy
9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Income Inequality a Growing Problem in Pennsylvania

Much like the rest of the nation, Pennsylvania has experienced a widening gap between the wages earned by low-income and higher-income people over the last decade.

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Science & Technology
9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

PNC Urges Consumers to Be Vigilant, Take Steps to Stay Safe Online

With so much commerce done online, like shopping, banking, and bill paying, everyone is a potential target for cyber thieves. According the National Security Council, President Obama has declared that “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” Cybercrime can be big – targeting countries, but it can also affect individuals.

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Government
9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Transportation Funding, Pension Reform Top Senate GOP Agenda

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) said top billing for the legislative agenda next year goes to a transportation funding package.

"That infrastructure is critical," Pileggi said.  "We need to invest in it.  I think that'’s our number one job-creating, legislative agenda item for the coming session."

Republicans are working with a slimmer majority this year, 27-23,  after losing three seats in the November election.  But, Pileggi said getting votes shouldn'’t be a problem and even if it were, transportation funding is likely to be a bipartisan issue.

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Government
9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

City Budget Season Kicks Off With Your Input

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holiday season -- the city budget season, in which Pittsburgh City Council will tweak the mayor's budget proposal to hammer out a final spending plan for 2013.

The process begins today with a public hearing on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's $469.5 million operating budget proposal, and his $65 million capital budget plan.

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Arts
9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Zach Simons

Zach Simons is a Pittsburgh-based standup comic and podcaster, and a lifelong Saturday Night Live fan. Lately he's been reading:

Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller, Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

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Arts
2:50 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Laser Scan of Frank Lloyd Wright Synagogue Will Lead to Virtual Tours

Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Beth Sholom synagogue outside Philadelphia just had a laser treatment.

This laser won't do anything for your wrinkles. It's a valuable tool for buildings to create three-dimensional maps for historic documentation and preservation.

Three backpack-sized scanners mounted on heavy-duty tripods went to work inside and outside the landmark Elkins Park temple for several days this month.

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Local
2:42 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Pitt Football Defeats No. 18 Rutgers

The Pitt Panthers football team upset No. 18 Rutgers, 27-6, at Heinz Field on Saturday.

This was a week in which Pitt traditionally would have played rival West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl, but now that the Mountaineers have left the Big East, the opponent was the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

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Local
12:16 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Amish Group Cuts Ties With Cambria County

An ultraconservative Amish group is moving out of west-central Pennsylvania, after nearly 15 years during which they've battled authorities over reflective triangles on their buggies and local sewage standards.

Experts say most of the 21-family Swartzentruber Amish congregation in northern Cambria County will likely wind up living near other Swartzentrubers in upstate New York. Those who don't could be heading to Maine or another New York settlement, south of Buffalo.

Environment
11:00 am
Sun November 25, 2012

7,600 Pittsburgh Area Kids At Risk For Lead Poisoning

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is urging families to have children younger than six years old tested for lead poisoning.

Nearly half a million children nationwide have elevated blood lead levels that may significantly damage their health, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Department spokesman Dave Zazac says that the ACHD each year encourages these blood tests.

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