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9:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Jordan Miles Testifies in Civil Trial against Three Pittsburgh Police Officers Accused in Beating

Jordan Miles gave details Thursday about the night he was beaten by three plain clothes police officers. In day three of the civil suit trial against the officers, the young man said he was terrified of the men.

Miles took the stand and outlined the events that took place the night of January 12, 2010. That's when three white police officers beat and, he said, wrongfully arrested him. Miles said he didn't realize the men were police officers, which is why he ran from them and resisted arrest.

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Local
8:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Corbett “Disappointed” in Old PSU Leadership

The special investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh into Penn State unearthed incriminating emails never obtained by the commonwealth's investigation into Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse, and that has Governor Tom Corbett a bit miffed. Corbett said during a news conference today that he did not get those emails during the grand jury investigation led by him when he was the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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Local
8:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Pennsylvania ACLU Files Lawsuit On Behalf Of Man Arrested For Recording Police Officer

Gregory Rizer of Fayette County was arrested and his cell phone was confiscated by Point Marion police officer Kevin Lukart on January 3 after he recorded a question and answer session between Lukart and his friend while at home. The ACLU has now filed suit claiming police trampled upon Rizer's civil rights.

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Local
8:15 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Kennywood One Step Closer to Alcohol Sales

Kennywood Park has agreed to limit proposed beer sales to satisfy a Pittsburgh area state lawmaker who had planned to fight the park's application for a liquor license.

West Mifflin authorities approved the decision to transfer one of the borough's liquor licenses to Kennywood in April, but in an attempt to make the implementation of alcohol at Kennywood a more "safe experience," State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) intervened.

Now Ferlo is satisfied with the conditions Kennywood officials have agreed to in order to maintain the park's "family-friendly" atmosphere.

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Transportation
8:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

U.S. Airways CEO Says Time For Merger With American Airlines is Now

U.S. Airways CEO Douglas Parker said a merger with the bankrupt American Airlines could create the "greatest airline in the world."

U.S. Airways has more flights coming into Pittsburgh International Airport than any other airline. Douglas said a merger with American benefits more than just U.S. Airways' bottom line.

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Economy
6:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Midwest Drought Might Drain Pockets in PA

The drought in the Midwest is bad enough to cause economic ripple effects across the country, including noticeable price hikes in Pennsylvania grocery stores in coming months, according to PNC economist Kurt Rankin.

"The drought may not affect western Pennsylvania directly, although I haven't had to cut the grass quite as much this summer," Rankin said, "but we will see the price increases."

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Government
5:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

State Stands by Voter ID Law, Despite New Controversy

There is little concern on behalf of the Corbett administration regarding the state's new discovery that fewer voters have PennDOT-issued IDs than previously suspected.

"No one will be disenfranchised in Pennsylvania. No one," Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele said.

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Local
2:09 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mom Didn't Recognize Jordan Miles After Police Beating

The mother of a young black man who claims three white Pittsburgh police officers wrongfully beat and arrested him told jurors Wednesday that her son's injuries made him unrecognizable when she picked him up at the county jail the next night.

Terez Miles' testimony came in her son's federal civil rights trial against the officers stemming from an incident on Jan. 12, 2010.

At about 9:30 the next night, Miles went to pick up her 18-year-old son, Jordan, and watched several other inmates emerge from jail and fan out to other waiting cars.

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Local
11:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Vintage Grand Prix Celebrates 30th Year

It's been thirty years since the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix first began showcasing fine automobiles to raise money for autism research.

Since then, the event has raised nearly $3 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School, thanks to the help of the late former Steelers broadcaster and local legend Myron Cope.

This year, the event is expected to be bigger than ever, with 2,200 cars predicted for the general show in Schenley Park on Saturday and Sunday.

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Local
10:09 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

PWSA Unveils First Draft for Massive Regional Sewer Overhaul

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) briefed City Council Wednesday on a preliminary plan to overhaul the region's sewer systems.

According to PWSA officials, not only will the project be expensive, but it will also require new sewage agreements between Pittsburgh and scores of other municipalities.

In order to catch up with new regulations from the federal government, Pittsburgh and its neighboring municipalities must add new sewer lines and storage tanks to prevent "combined sewer overflow" (CSO) from spilling out of sewage systems after heavy rainfall.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Racial Disparity in Diabetes Rates Focus of Meeting at Pitt

More than 25 million people in the U.S. are living with Type 2 Diabetes. That's about 8.3% of the population, but there is one group experiencing higher rates.

"If you look at blacks over the age of 20, non-Hispanic blacks, almost 19% have diabetes," said Mim Seidel, a registered dietician with the Food Studies Program at Chatham University.

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Health
7:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Medicaid Expansion In PA Could Add 800,000 Recipients

State Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would allow more Pennsylvanians to be insured through Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. If his measure is passed, medical coverage would be expanded to include residents who earn less than 133% of the federal poverty level.

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Environment
5:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Artists Celebrate The Lives Of Aquatic Life That Perished In Dunkard Creek

Ann Payne and Wendy Henry exchange anxious glances as they walk. They are heading down a path to the bank of Dunkard Creek in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. The two haven't been to this spot since Henry asked her friend Payne, a Morgantown artist, to look at an unfolding disaster on the creek near her home.

"Remember we walked down this way toward the creek and off to the left there was a bunch of birds and I thought good grief- there's a bunch of green herons. We got closer and they were eating bodies of dead fish" says Payne.

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Science & Technology
4:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

State Prison Uses Landfill Methane for Power

The state prison in Somerset County is using methane gas from a local landfill to generate the electricity and steam that power the penitentiary.

Though the methane-to-electricity plant has been online since January, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections dedicated the plant Tuesday in memory of the late DOC Operations Director Robert Calik.

With an estimated cost-savings of $68 million over the next fifteen years, the plant would pay for itself and more.

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Economy
4:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Pennsylvania's Debt Downgrade has Wide Impact

Pennsylvania's recent debt downgrade means it may cost the state more to borrow money, because investors will want to pay less for taking on riskier debt, but the effect of the lower score might be more political than financial.

The drop from Aa1 to Aa2 by Moody's Investor Service is likely to have a small effect on typical investors who invest in state bonds, but analysts are taking note of the major reason given for the change: ballooning pension costs expected to hit the state in increasingly large waves over the next several years.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hot, Dry Conditions Halt Water Withdrawals from Susquehanna

Near-drought conditions persist throughout the Susquehanna River Basin, and businesses that usually take large amounts of water out of the system's streams and rivers are being told to stop.

It's mostly natural gas companies that have seen their water withdrawal permits suspended, but others got the kibosh as well: resorts, golf courses, a trout park and hatchery.

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Government
8:38 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Mitt Romney Outlines Five Steps to a Better Economy

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney told a large crowd of supporters in Irwin that Barack Obama has failed America and called the president's policies "job crushing." The former Massachusetts governor said the upcoming presidential election is about "the soul of America."

Romney said Mr. Obama has seen a steady unemployment rate and a decrease in median income.

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Local
6:45 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

NCAA Head: “Death Penalty" Possible, Lawyer Thinks Unlikely

The president of the NCAA said he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, but a well-known sports lawyer said he thinks it is unlikely that will happen.

In an interview Monday night on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show, NCAA President Mark Emmert said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted. Emmert said he's "never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university."

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Local
6:30 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

New State Law to Promote Equity for Girls in High School Sports

Local women's rights activists are celebrating a new state law that requires every Pennsylvania public school to report the size, scope, and budget of each of its sports programs.

Women's Law Project Attorney Susan Frietsche said the new law will shed light on schools' efforts to comply with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that requires equal spending on male sports and female sports in grade schools and colleges.

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Local
6:21 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

50% Fewer “Summer Dreamers”

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Economy
5:45 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

U.S. Voters Rate Manufacturing Job Creation as Top Economic Priority

A new poll released by the American Alliance of Manufacturing finds a majority of likely voters list jobs and, more specifically, manufacturing jobs, as a top priority. 53% of those surveyed rated manufacturing as most important to the overall strength of the American economy.

"Voters are hearing more about manufacturing from a variety of sources, but they feel little is getting done. Manufacturing is seen as a critical and irreplaceable part of the economy and our place in the world," said Mark Mellman, CEO of the Mellman Group.

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Arts
5:34 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Bill Bodine

The Frick Art & Historical Center's Director says in a good museum, as in a good book, "each object has a story to tell."

Bill Bodine recommends:

Edmund DeWaal, The Hare With Amber Eyes

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Local
5:30 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

PA Legislator Pushes For Increased Children's Advocacy Centers Funding

Specialized child abuse treatment facilities in Pennsylvania could get a boost if one lawmaker's long-advocated proposal gets traction this year. State Representative Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh) said the 21 Children's Advocacy Centers in the commonwealth need more funding, judging by the rate of reported child abuse.

"Just in 2011 there were over 3,400 substantiated cases of child abuse in Pennsylvania, and over 50% of the child abuse cases, which the Department of Public Welfare classified as substantiated, classified as sexual abuse," Harhart said.

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Local
2:24 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

NCAA Head Won't Rule Out “Death Penalty” for Penn State.

The president of the NCAA says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

In a PBS interview Monday night, NCAA President Mark Emmert said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted.

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Local
9:15 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Touts Bio-Based Economy

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack brought his message of rural revitalization to Pittsburgh Monday. The former Governor of Iowa spoke before the National Association of Counties' convention, where he outlined four cornerstones on which the rural economy will grow.

Secretary Vilsack told the elected officials that the Agriculture department is stressing "production agriculture," which he says is more efficient than ever before and more efficient than in any other country.

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