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7:58 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Pennsylvania 4-H Clubs Celebrate 100 Years

Pennsylvania's 4-H Clubs have a good reason to party. The youth development program, which focuses on agricultural science, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Some 205,000 youth are members of the Pennsylvania 4-H. To commemorate the centennial a picnic will be hosted by the Penn State chapter in Somerset County Tuesday.

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Transportation
7:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

PAT Cuts Costing Taxpayers

With the Port Authority of Allegheny County's scheduled service cuts in September looming, an initiative of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh, found the cuts could be costing taxpayers more than was thought.

Chris Sandvig, GoBurgh's Regional Policy Director, said the group anticipates the cuts will cost taxpayers in Allegheny County as well as the surrounding counties hundreds of millions.

"Really that's based upon car ownership of transit riders," Sandvig said.

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Government
5:15 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

State Representative Matt Smith Looking To Join Senate Race

The Democratic Committees of Allegheny and Washington Counties meet Tuesday to select the party's nominee for the November election to succeed John Pippy in the 37th Senatorial District. State Representative Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) has made it publicly known he is interested in joining the Senate race.

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Local
5:00 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

University of Pittsburgh Approves 3% Tuition Hike

The University of Pittsburgh approved a $1.94 billion operating budget Friday that includes a 3% tuition increase for all students at the main campus in Oakland and a 2% increase for students at the school's four regional campuses. The new tuition rates bring annual in-state tuition to $15,730 while out-of-state students pay $25,174.

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Health
5:00 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Child Abuse Signs and Signals

Thursday's report by Judge Louis Freeh encouraged citizens to be more agressive in reporting sexual abuse. Joan Mills, manager of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's "A Child's Place," said she hopes it encourages people to speak up about suspicions they might have.

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Local
1:15 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

No Penn State Trustees Plan to Resign

Three chastened members of the Penn State Board of Trustees answered questions for some 20 minutes after their public response to the report of the internal investigation into the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

No trustees plan to resign, even in light of the investigation's findings that they shouldn't have settled for smokescreen answers from the university's top leaders when allegations against Sandusky first surfaced last March.

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Local
9:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Community Leaders Debate How to Repurpose Schenley High School

The closing of Schenley High School in 2008 was hotly debated in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system and the building's North Oakland community. Today the discussion rumbles on about the best way to repurpose the building for the future.

This week, community leaders, architects, and development professionals met for the second of three sessions to determine what to do with the space, and how to dignify the historic building many hold dear.

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Local
8:45 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Fractured Lives Along the Susquehanna

On hot days, twins Amanda and Chevelle Eck splashed in the Susquehanna River behind their trailer in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park.

Anytime their mother, Deb, worked late at her discount-store job, neighbors would meet the girls at the school bus stop and treat them to popsicles.

In less than five months, that community has disappeared as residents were evicted from the park, forcing some to surrender their mobile homes.

Local
8:39 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Mon Valley Films Shown at CCAC

Katie Miller will be a senior at Steel Valley High School in the fall. For five months this winter and spring, she and a group of nine fellow students explored the question, "Does where you live dictate your level of success in the future?" The result is a documentary that will be shown Sunday at the CCAC South campus, along with six other films produced through CMU's Hear Me 101 project. Miller believes this is stuff people need to talk about.

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Local
6:03 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Hill District Says Pens Should Pay Up

The Hill District Consensus Group is not happy with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They want more. The group is proposing to the Sport and Exhibition Authority (SEA) to use its influence to request that the Penguins give greater monetary contributions to the community.

Carl Redwood of the Hill District Consensus Group suggests that the Penguins give one dollar to a Hill Community Improvement Fund for every car parked in the lot next to the CONSOL Energy Center for the next 28 years. He anticipates that would generate $600,000 a year for the fund.

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Health
5:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Highmark Stresses Low Readmission Rates

Come fall, the federal government's Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) agencies will no longer provide incentives for hospitals with low numbers of patients who are readmitted to the hospital after 30 days of discharge. Despite that, Highmark is continuing an emphasis on low readmission rates by requiring the majority of hospitals participating in its pay-for-performance Quality Blue plan to report readmission numbers in 2013.

Page Babbit, Director of Provider Engagement at Highmark, said the program has many goals, but a main purpose is reducing readmissions.

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Government
5:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Aiming to Make Restaurant ‘BYOW’ Policies Obsolete

Republican leaders in the state House have pledged to try again to privatize liquor stores in the fall, but that's not stopping one GOP lawmaker from trying to squeeze a little wine license reform out of the state.

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Local
5:10 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Gallery Crawl and Project Pop Up: Night Market Combine Friday Evening

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl comes with a new addition this Friday night. The crawl Friday evening from 5:30 to 9 comes with the usuall slew of free performances, exhibits and live music but this time around, from 8 pm to 1 am, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host the Project Pop Up: Night Market with 15 vendors of arts and crafts and food in the parking lot at 7th Street and Liberty Avenue.

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Local
2:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Freeh Outlines Report

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Local
1:35 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Report: Penn State Officials Concealed Abuse

Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials "concealed critical facts" about Jerry Sandusky's child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal concluded.

The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis Freeh, hired by university trustees weeks after Sandusky was arrested in November to look into what has become one of sports' biggest scandals.

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Health
12:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

State Cuts Funding for Allegheny County Health Department

The Allegheny County Health Department stands to lose more than $625,000 in state funding this budget year.

The state's allocations to municipal health departments across the state were all cut by the same percentage, according to ACHD Acting Director Ron Voorhees. The impending cuts would amount to about 1.6% of ACHD's yearly budget of $46.6 million.

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Health
8:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Federal Government Concerned over Pennsylvania's Dropping Medicaid Rolls

The federal government is asking why Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls have dropped over the past year, and is suggesting that some people might have been kicked off improperly. Carey Miller, spokeswoman for the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW), said the belief is that the department is in compliance with the federal rules in regards to the redetermination of clients enrolled in the Medicaid program.

"We do not believe that there have been any terminations in error, but will continue to review and fix any errors that we are made aware of," said Miller.

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Health
8:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

County Air Toxics Guidelines Opened for Public Comment

The Allegheny County Board of Health postponed a vote on new air pollution regulations on Wednesday, in order to open the measure for public comments.

For newly permitted sites only, the proposed "air toxics" regulations would govern any potentially harmful industrial emissions not already restricted by the federal Clean Air Act. While the rules don't apply to existing facilities, current air quality conditions would be taken into account when determining if a new site would harm public health.

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Local
6:23 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Pittsburgh Experiencing Decrease In Overall Crime, Increase In Burglaries

With Pittsburgh boasting a 25% decrease in overall crime during the last six years, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl recognized public safety leaders today for their successful efforts. However, the mayor said because of a spike in burglaries he is calling for a partnership between officers and the community to combat local crime.

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Local
4:36 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Mountain Bike Festival Returns

Trail rides at three different parks and a pig roast highlight this weekend's 7th annual Allegheny County Mountain Bike Festival.

Hartwood Acres Park will be the site of the first of the three rides on Friday, July 13th beginning at 6:00 PM between the amphitheater and the school. The second will start at Boyce Park's soccer field at noon and the third at Parish Hill Barn in North Park on Sunday. After the final ride on Sunday, there will be a free pig roast and beer from Penn Pilsner.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Western PA's Meals On Wheels Expanding Service, Adjusting Programs

An additional 2,200 senior citizens in the Pittsburgh region will be served as part of a long term development plan for the Meals on Wheels program. A $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will assist the senior nutrition group in helping nearly twice as many people as it currently does.

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Government
12:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Fitzgerald Expounds on PAT Cuts, Budget, Shale

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald gave his quarterly budget address to County Council Tuesday evening, touching on subjects from transit cuts to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

Fitzgerald said the county had just $6 million in its fund balance when he took office, but he pledged not to raise taxes. Instead, Fitzgerald said he instituted a hiring freeze. County Council raised the county's property tax millage by 21% in December, just before Fitzgerald took office.

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Local
12:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Freeh Report to be Released Thursday

The team brought in by Penn State to investigate "the facts and circumstances of the actions" at the university surrounding molestation of boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will release its highly anticipated report this week, with the school's reputation and future direction hanging in the balance.

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Local
9:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

City Council Demands Senate Action on Federal Judicial Vacancies

Pittsburgh City Council is calling on the U.S. Senate to fill a multitude of vacancies in the federal court system, particularly eight open seats on Pennsylvania's bench.

In a Will of Council document, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak called on Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to put pressure on party leadership for a vote on the dozens of judicial nominees awaiting Senate approval. Many of the open positions have been vacant since 2009.

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Government
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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