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9:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

No Special Election For Pippy's Old Seat

The seat in the Pennsylvania's 37th Senate district will remain vacant for the next six months.

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Local
9:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Environmental Group Sues Pittsburgh for Buncher Project

The environmental group Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), alleging the defendants aren't enforcing local and federal stormwater management laws at a new development site.

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Environment
8:30 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

City, Greenspace Alliance to Work Together on Continuing Greening Efforts

An alliance of seven Pittsburgh non-profits highlighted "greening" efforts throughout the city, and explained to members of the city council why the "greening" is important. As part of a post-agenda council meeting Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance said the nature areas are vital to the area's economy and health.

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Science & Technology
7:22 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Smart Headlights Could Improve Visibility While Driving

Snow and rain may no longer be an excuse to avoid driving at night. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a smart headlight system designed to help improve visibility during inclement weather.

The new technology, as demonstrated in laboratory tests, prevents distracting and dangerous glare that results from headlight beams reflecting off raindrops and snowflakes.

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Local
6:04 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

World Trade Center Could Be Coming To Pittsburgh

Allegheny County's next big development could be on a 195-acre plot of land next to Pittsburgh International Airport. County and airport officials want the site to be home to a World Trade Center.

The finished project would consist of a hotel, more than one million square feet of office space, research buildings, and approximately six jet hangars with ramps leading to a taxiway. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said such a development is crucial to Pittsburgh and its role in today's world.

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Government
5:15 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Turzai: Liquor Privatization Not Dead Yet

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania went home for the summer without voting on a plan pushed by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to privatize liquor sales in the state, but he said the idea will be back under consideration in the fall.

Turzai's plan calls for the state to close its more than 600 Wine & Spirits Stores and then issue 1,600 licenses to sell wine and distilled spirits. Beer distributors will be given first crack at purchasing the licenses. The remainder would be sold to the highest bidders.

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Local
4:33 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Farm Aid Concert Comes to Pennsylvania

Local farmers will finally have a reason to smile during this year's poor growing season when the Farm Aid benefit concert comes to Hersheypark Stadium later this year. This is the first time the annual event will be held in Pennsylvania.

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Local
4:15 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

DA: No Death Penalty for Konias

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala announced Tuesday that he will not seek the death penalty against the armored car guard who allegedly shot and killed a fellow guard and then stole $2.3 million from the truck. The announcment comes on the day Kenneth Konias Jr. was to be arraigned.

The 22-year-old Dravosburg resident faces charges of homicide, robbery, and theft. Police found the Garda Cash Logistics truck assigned to Konias under the 31st Street Bridge February 28. Inside the truck was the body of 31-year-old Michael Haines.

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Arts
2:10 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Bill Fuller

Restauranteuer Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef of the Big Burrito group, has his plate full this summer with Wallace Stegner's 600 page, Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose.

Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

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Environment
12:49 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

New Research Poses More Questions on Marcellus Shale Pollution

New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add fuel to the debate over whether the industry poses long-term threats to drinking water.

A paper published on Monday by Duke University researchers found that gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania did not contaminate nearby drinking water wells with salty water, which is a byproduct of the drilling.

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Economy
12:30 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Labor Activists Rally Against Outsourcing

Toting signs reading "Bring Jobs Home," several dozen labor activists crowded the lawn of the United Steelworkers building on Monday to demand passage for U.S. Senate Bill 2884.

The bill would end tax incentives for companies that move their workforces overseas. Under the legislation, tax credits would be given to companies who move jobs back to the United States.

United Steelworkers International Secretary Treasurer Stan Johnson said the U.S. has lost about six million industrial jobs over the last decade.

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Local
8:00 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

3% Tuition Increase Approved for 14 State-Owned Universities

The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) voted nearly unanimously on 2012-13 tuition rates and technology fees. They will be raised 3%, according to PASSHE Spokesman Kenn Marshall. "That amounts to $188 for the full academic year, or $94 per semester," Marshall said. "This will be the fifth time in the last eight years that our tuition increase has been at or below the rate of inflation."

The new tuition rate at all 14 state-owned universities for full-time undergraduate students, who are Pennsylvania residents, will be $6,428.

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Government
6:00 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Pittsburgh Becomes First U.S. City to Host One Young World Summit

The One Young World Summit will be held in the United States for the first time this fall and right here in Pittsburgh. The conference provides an opportunity for aspiring leaders to represent their respective businesses and showcase their talent.

Katie McSorley, President of the Mid-Atlantic region for Euro RSCG, one of the largest marketing and public relations firms in the world, said the event is not only a meeting of the best and brightest youth, but a networking opportunity as well.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Activists Blockade Marcellus Shale EQT Site in Moshannon State Forest

The road has been cleared to a Marcellus Shale drilling site in Moshannon State Forest in Clearfield County. A Bureau of Forestry spokesman says a few protesters were still in the area today but debris has been removed from the roadway.

EQT suspended operations at the gas well Sunday morning when an estimated 50 activists from Marcellus Shale Earth First! blocked access to the site.

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Government
5:30 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

City Finances Could Be Headed for Trouble

The city of Pittsburgh ended 2011 with a surplus of $20 million. That's according to the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) released today by City Controller Michael Lamb. That may sound like good news, but Lamb said the surplus was due to one-time revenue sources.

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Local
5:15 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Corbett Considers Financial Recovery Measure For Schools

Legislation intended to revitalize and possibly restructure some financially-ailing school districts in the commonwealth is sitting on the governor's desk. An administration spokeswoman said discussions continue as to whether Governor Corbett will sign HB 1307, the Financial Recovery Legislation for Schools.

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Government
5:15 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Former Senator Pippy to Lead New Coal Lobbying Group

In the face of what they call "unnecessary regulations" from the federal government, two large coal industry organizations have merged to form the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA).

Former state Senator John Pippy will lead the new lobbying group, which comprises the Pennsylvania Coal Association and Families Organized to Represent the Coal Economy (FORCE).

"We're bigger, we're stronger, and we're going to be louder," said Pippy.

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Local
3:00 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Ohio Man's Hearing Delayed in Pitt YouTube Case

An Ohio man's preliminary hearing on charges he threatened administrators at the University of Pittsburgh in a YouTube video has been postponed until August 13.

24-year-old Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, has denied any wrongdoing and his attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment after Monday's hearing before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh was postponed.

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Andrew Masich

On the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, Heinz History Center President and CEO Andy Masich's mind is on the role of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania in those historic events.

Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels

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Local
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

State Police Chopper’s Relocation Could Leave Shale Area Underserved

A group of state lawmakers representing northern Pennsylvania is worried the removal of a State Police helicopter from its Lycoming County base will hurt their region.

State Police, citing personnel and financial concerns, moved the chopper about 75 miles to the southeast when its lease expired this past January.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Veterans Bridge, other Downtown Roadways to Get Major Rehab; Road Closures Planned

Starting Monday morning July 9, the bridge/ramp from Bedford Avenue to southbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) will be closed for long-term rehabilitation. The work will include expansion dam replacements, deck and parapet replacements, and the resetting of bearings. This is part of a larger investment to improve heavily-traveled roadways in the city.

"A $36 million investment into the infrastructure into the downtown Pittsburgh area, some big restrictions will be occurring as the month of July progresses," said Jim Struzzi, a spokesman for PennDot District 11.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

State Commission To Oversee Public-Private Road, Bridge Projects

In 2008, a proposal by then Governor Ed Rendell to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 75 years to a Spanish-U.S. consortium for $12.8 billion gained no traction with lawmakers. The privatization effort was an attempt to come up with funding alternatives to pay for mounting road, bridge and mass transit costs.

Four years later, the legislature has approved and Governor Tom Corbett has signed House Bill 3 that's aimed at creating public-private partnerships (P3's).

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Local
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Pittsburgh Students Learn Firsthand About Holocaust

"…[T]he reality of it was overwhelming. It's something I'll never forget."

That is how Shady Side Academy student Destin Groff reacted after touring the Maidanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland last week. Groff is one of several area students and teachers spending a week in Poland through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's "Classrooms Without Borders" program.

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Government
9:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Obama Adds Energy for Pittsburgh Audience

Several hundred gathered on the Carnegie Mellon Campus Friday under the hot sun to see President Barack Obama wrap up a two-day tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania, but dozens of them swooned even before the president took to the stage. Medical teams were handing out water to the sun-baked crowd, but there was a steady stream of supporters who were hitting the grass and being taken away in ambulances.

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Arts
9:00 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Presbyterians Will Boycott, But Not Divest

The Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, voted yesterday by a 2-vote margin not to divest pension funds from three U.S. companies whose products are said to be used in non-peaceful pursuits in the occupied Palestinian territories: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions.

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