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5:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Republican Governors Stump for Romney in Pittsburgh in Advance of Obama Visit

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty made a stop in Pittsburgh Friday, day two of their two-day bus tour of northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The pair was following the two-day campaign tour of President Barack Obama.

Jindal, Pawlenty and some area Republicans addressed a modest crowd gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. Chairman of the Republican Party in Allegheny County Jim Roddey said a Pennsylvania win is a must for Mitt Romney.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

High Heat And Low Rainfall Affecting Local Crops

The high temperatures are not only affecting the people of Pittsburgh, but the agriculture in the area as well. Several crops have been forced into early harvest and keeping them hydrated has been quite a chore for local farmers.

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Environment
8:25 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

4,700 Gallons Of Acid Spill At Bradford County Drilling Site

There's been another acci­dent at a north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia drilling site: 4,700 gal­lons of hydrochlo­ric acid spilled at a Leroy Town­ship, Brad­ford County well pad oper­ated by Chief Oil and Gas on Wednesday.

The spill comes two weeks after a thirty-foot methane geyser erupted near a Shell nat­ural gas well in nearby Union Town­ship, Tioga County.

Leroy is the same town­ship where a Chesa­peake Energy well suf­fered a 10,000-gallon frack­ing fluid blowout in 2011.

Local
7:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

More Tax Credits Available To Establish School Choice

More public school students in Pennsylvania will be eligible to receive scholarships to attend the school of their choice, private or public, as a result of legislation that was included in the 2012-13 budget signed Saturday by Governor Tom Corbett.

The budget measure includes creation of a new program funded by tax credits, the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Act, as well as the expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

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Local
7:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Representative Murphy: The American Dream is Dying

On the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to Pittsburgh, U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) blamed the president for the nation's sluggish economy. Murphy also introduced a first-generation American who said the American dream of upward mobility is no longer attainable.

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Government
6:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Voter ID Law Affects More than Expected, Nearly 1 in 10

The number of voters in Pennsylvania without the IDs they need to cast votes this fall is about 9 times larger than the 1% originally estimated, according to a new report by state officials.

By comparing voter registration rolls with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation databases, the Department of State determined 91% of commonwealth voters have PennDOT identification numbers. The original estimate cited by the Corbett administration was 99%.

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Health
6:00 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Low Water Levels Force Some Areas To Close At Youghiogheny Lake

An unusually dry season has caused water in the Youghiogheny Lake to drop five feet below the normal level, forcing some recreational areas to close sooner than expected. The Mill Run Recreational Area is expected to close this week, while the Tub Run Camping Area will more than likely close next week.

Werner Loehlein, Chief of Water Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Pittsburgh region, said minimal snowfall this past year has been a contributing factor to the low water levels.

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Environment
5:20 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Phipps Production Greenhouse Attains LEED Platinum

Pittsburgh is home to what may be the world's greenest greenhouse. The production greenhouse facility at Phipps Conservatory has received a first-of-its-kind Platinum certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance program.

"We believe they're the first greenhouses ever to be certified under this program, which is pretty exciting," Executive Director Piacentini said, "and not only did we get them certified, but we got the absolute highest category that you can get."

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Health
5:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Seven Allegheny County Communities Join Young Lungs At Play Program

Seven more communities in the Pittsburgh area have banned tobacco and smoking in their parks, playgrounds, and other recreational areas. Currently, 34 of the 130 municipalities in Allegheny County are a part of the Young Lungs at Play program.

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Science & Technology
7:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Searching For Savings, Drivers Turn To Natural Gas

Whether it's men­tal, writ­ten on an enve­lope or metic­u­lously doc­u­mented in a spread­sheet, a list of pros and cons often plays a role in the pur­chase of a new car.

What's the mileage like? How safe is it? How's it look?

If a shop­per was weigh­ing whether or not to buy a nat­ural gas-fueled car, the top item on the "pro" side would with­out a doubt be the cost of fuel: right now the gallon-equivalent of com­pressed nat­ural gas costs less than half as much as a gal­lon of gasoline.

Local
7:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

School Districts Save Millions With AIU Joint Purchasing Committee

In a time of education budget cuts, several school districts in western Pennsylvania will be saving millions of dollars over the next year by teaming up to lower energy prices. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) has locked in low prices for gasoline, heating oil, and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for districts throughout the region.

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Environment
7:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

DEP Underground Storage Tank Cleaup Will Continue Through 2017

A 5-year law extension, signed during the budget debate last week by Governor Corbett, will enable the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to continue to carry out its job of preventing and cleaning contamination caused by abandoned and/or leaking underground storage tanks. The program, which would have expired Saturday, has been extended through June 30, 2017.

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Local
5:20 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Pittsburgh Joins National Effort to Raise Reading Proficiency by Third Grade

A coalition of lawmakers, charitable organizations, community foundations, businesses, and others will work together to boost literacy levels in young children. Pittsburgh this week became a charter member of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities Network. It's an effort that seeks to ensure all children can read well by third grade.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Local Conservation Group Working For Sustainable Future

Members of the Student Conservation Association's (SCA) Green Cities Sustainability Corps program have fanned out throughout the region to work to implement climate action plans. It is all part of the service-learning projects taken on by the students and young adults in the program that aims to introduce initiatives to ensure a sustainable future.

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Health
7:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Study Shows Moderate Alcohol Consumption Enhances Social Bonding

The next time someone suggests going out for a drink, you may want to take them up on their offer because it could improve your friendship. A new study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh reveals moderate alcohol consumption in a social setting can increase positive emotions and decrease negative emotions while enhancing bonding among peers.

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Science & Technology
6:30 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Sounds of Science

For over a century, scientists have known that gases in the atmosphere can trap heat, making the planet warmer. To illustrate this Greenhouse Effect, we recorded a pair of singers, David Jennings-Smith, a singer with the Pittsburgh Opera, and Pittsburgh vocalist Angela Morelli.

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Government
6:15 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

President Visits Pittsburgh Friday

President Barack Obama will conclude a two-day campaign bus tour in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon with a public event at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Obama's "Betting on America" tour will make stops in Maumee, Parma and Sandusky, Ohio before coming to Pennsylvania. Ben LaBolt, the national press secretary for the Obama campaign, said the president will speak to the need to continued investment in America.

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Government
6:00 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

New Law ‘Finally’ Allows Expert Witnesses in Sexual Assault Trials

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are able to call upon expert witnesses in sexual assault trials, under a new state law.

Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape said Pennsylvania is the last state to allow expert testimony in sexual assault cases.

She said social workers, psychologists, counselors, and other experts can now tell jurors about "the range of normal behaviors that a victim may exhibit" following sexual assault.

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Government
5:10 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Senator Jay Costa: Don't Hold Speical Election

In a letter to Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) requested there not be a special election held in Pennsylvania's 37th District to replace Senator John Pippy (R-Allegheny). Pippy resigned this past weekend after the 2012-2013 budget was signed.

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Government
4:00 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

County Council to Consider Allowing Councilmembers to Run for Office without Leaving Office

The Allegheny County Council this evening will consider an ordinance that would ask voters to decide if its members can stay in office while seeking another elected position. Currently the home rule charter stipulates that if any of the part-time councilmembers want to run for higher office, they must resign.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Huge Tugboat to Raise Awareness of Decrepit Locks & Dams

A 6,000 horsepower tugboat can lug around quite a bit of freight.

But when the AEP Legacy docked along the North Shore of the Allegheny River today, its most precious cargo was a message of warning.

"The infrastructure on the inland river system is in a dire state of repair," said Gretchen Chamberlain of AEP River Operations. Her company ships fourteen million tons of goods in and out of Pittsburgh every year, everything from glass and grain to coal and steel.

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Government
7:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Congressman Doyle Among Those Who Walked Off Floor During Holder Vote

Last week, as the U.S. House was preparing to take a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over documents related to the bungled gun-trafficking investigation known as Fast and Furious, more than 100 congressional members walked off the floor in protest. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) was among them.

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Local
7:45 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Pubilc School Teachers Will Be Evaluated With New Scoring Rubric

The commonwealth's school districts will have a new way of grading its teachers during the next academic year, but educators in state-funded charter schools won't be affected. The overhauled evaluations for traditional public schools use a wider range of scores, and at least half of a teacher's rating will be based in part on student performance.

The change is part of a bill passed during the budget debate in the final moments of the state's fiscal year.

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Government
7:15 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Pippy Resigns From Senate

John Pippy is ready for a new career. Pippy, a Republican from Moon Township, resigned his state Senate seat over the weekend after seven years in the House and nine in the Senate. Pippy announced in January that he would not run for reelection in the 37th district and leaves with five months remaining in his term.

"I felt like now was the time," said Pippy. "[When] you're realizing how much you're missing in the family life, I think that's probably a good indicator that it's time to try something different."

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