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Economy
2:52 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Pittsburgh Unemployment Deceptively Rises To 7.4 Percent

In the last unemployment report to be released prior to the November 6 elections, Pittsburgh’s jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in August to 7.4 percent in September. However that percentage doesn’t tell the entire story according to Doug Heuck, the Director of the regional benchmarking website PittsburghTODAY.

“When you actually look at the change in actual employment and the number of jobs added in that period, Pittsburgh actually had the third highest rise in jobs [among peer cities] in terms of percentage change over that year,” he said.

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Government
8:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Washington Co. Commissioner Challenges State Treasurer

The race for Pennsylvania Treasurer has become a political campaign pitting experience in the private money management sector against experience managing taxpayer funds.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, is seeking reelection in the November 6th election. A former investment banker with a background in venture capital, McCord points to his business credentials and his track record in office as reasons voters should grant him a second term.

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Local
8:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Branches or Trees Down?

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High winds associated with the remnants of Hurricane Sandy were not as high in southwestern Pennsylvania as had been originally feared but they still cause problems for some trees.  Arborist John Smith said a broken tree limb does not necessarily mean the whole tree has to come down.

Even uprooted trees less than 20 feet tall are not lost causes said Smith.  An arborist can often save the tree.

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Government
11:24 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Federal Court in Pittsburgh to Open Vet's Court

The Department of Justice says it is partnering with the Veterans Administration to create a new system for veterans who are facing criminal charges.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton says in a release Wednesday that veterans are increasingly finding themselves entangled in the criminal justice system due to mental health and substance dependency issues related to their military service.

The program will also provide treatment options through the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh.

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Science & Technology
10:18 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Underground Lab at Pitt to Take Computing into the Future

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Stretching beyond the limits of traditional computing is the ultimate goal of researchers using new facilities at the University of Pittsburgh. A set of isolated laboratories will allow them to look at materials that show promise for quantum computing.

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Government
6:29 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Obama Holds on to Upper Hand in PA; Sandy Unlikely a Factor

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party likes its position in the polls, less than a week before the presidential election.

President Obama is leading Republican Mitt Romney by an average of 4.6 percent in Pennsylvania surveys.

Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Chair Jim Burn said conversations with Philadelphia-area Democrats indicate that the aftermath of superstorm Sandy probably won’t hamper voter turnout in the east.

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Science & Technology
6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Low Reservoir Levels, Nearby Snowfall Helped Lessen Flooding Risk from Sandy

Aside from a few wind gusts and steady rain, Pittsburgh was spared from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.  With the worst of the storm now behind us, officials are breathing a sigh of relief.  Initially, it was feared the excessive rains would mean heavy flooding in the Pittsburgh region, but less rain over the summer helped the situation.

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Government
11:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Corbett Reviews PA National Guard

Since Sunday, Gov. Corbett had been monitoring the state’s response to Hurricane-then-Superstorm Sandy from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management’s headquarters in Harrisburg. On Tuesday, he visited Fort Indiantown Gap, the deployment site of the nearly 2,000 Pennsylvania National Guard troops assisting with recovery efforts.

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Local
7:53 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Oakland Releases New Master Plan, Throws Party

New transit lanes for bicycles, a Bus Rapid Transit System station, and redevelopment of the Bates Street intersection area are recommendations proposed in a master plan that envisions Oakland alive with residential and business development.

The recommendations will be open for discussion during the “Oakland 2025” release party Thursday evening at Alumni Hall at 4227 Fifth Avenue.

Wanda Wilson, Executive Director of the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC), said every neighborhood needs a plan.

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Government
7:53 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Critz vs. Rothfus in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District

Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District was redrawn last year to eliminate much of its territory in Greene, Fayette, and Washington Counties. Those areas were replaced by the northern tier of Allegheny County and all of Beaver County.

The new 12th District took in the home of District 4 Congressman Jason Altmire, setting up a hotly contested Democratic primary between him and District 12 Representative Mark Critz. Critz won that election this April and now faces North Hills attorney Keith Rothfus.

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Government
8:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

US Atty. Hickton: Efforts to Increase Police-Community Trust Working

In an effort to combat the decades-old problem of mistrust between some communities and law enforcement, a Pittsburgh community group is hoping to implement some changes. U.S. Attorney David Hickton convened the Community-Police Relations Group about a year and a half ago. In that time, they’ve achieved four major accomplishments to that end.

“We have, with great cooperation from the police and city leadership, enhanced police training,” said Hickton, “two, we have done a study of effective community police collaboration models within our own community.”

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Environment
7:45 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Red Cross: Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross in western Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers to help take care of those in need locally and on the east coast due to Hurricane Sandy.

The national organization has provided about 3,200 people with shelter and mobilized more than 1,300 disaster relief workers as a result of the super storm.

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Economy
6:51 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Mon Wharf Goes Under, 10th Street Bypass Stays Open

When it comes to flooding downtown you can consider Pittsburgh lucky when it comes to Hurricane Sandy.

While there is a flood warning in effect for the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville and for the Conemaugh River in Seward, it seems Pittsburgh has avoided major flooding from Hurricane Sandy and the many of the other predicted impacts of the storm.

Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said warnings were issued, but no rivers are expected to flood downtown.

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Environment
4:36 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In 2002, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) began showcasing and supporting the city's biotechnology tool, medical tool, therapeutics, diagnostics, and healthcare IT businesses. After a decade of solid growth the Greenhouse is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this week.

In ten years, the PLSG has worked with 384 companies. It has invested approximately $18.1 million in 73 portfolio companies, eight of which have exited for roughly $278 million. Additionally, about 500 jobs throughout the region, both directly and indirectly, have been created.

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Government
4:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Executive: Allegheny County 'Dodged a Bullet' with Hurricane Sandy

With only about 2,300 residents without power as of Tuesday morning and few emergencies reported, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said it seems as though the Pittsburgh area weathered Hurricane Sandy fairly well.

"It appears now that it's hit the middle of the state toward Harrisburg, that it's now heading north," said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said he expects a total of four inches of rain over Monday and Tuesday, which he said would probably not cause large-scale flooding.

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Transportation
4:26 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Causes Cancelations at Pittsburgh International Airport

Operations at Pittsburgh International Airport are a mixed bag today as Sandy continues to affect areas from the East Coast to the Midwest. Numerous flights were canceled this morning, mostly due to a lack of planes.

“When there’s upheaval in the airline system, when a whole day’s worth of flights get canceled out of heavily-traveled airports such as Philadelphia, the New York airports, Washington DC, it does leave an imbalance in the system and aircraft aren’t where they should be when they need to be,” said Airport Spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny.

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Government
2:26 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Winds Slow, Lights Come on, Flooding Still Possible

UPDATE: Oct 30, 4:15pm

FirstEnergy now reports fewer than 50 customers in Allegheny County are without power.  Duquesne Light says it stands at 650 customers without service.  Somerset County still has about 1,000 homes and business waiting to have power restored and hard-hit Fayette County still has nearly 1,600 customers without electricity.

Both companies say they hope to have all power in the area restored by midnight.

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Government
9:43 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Worst of Sandy Passes, 2,300 in Allegheny County Without Power

UPDATE: Tue, 7:36am

The strong winds and heavy rains passed through western Pennsylvania overnight leaving minor flooding, downed trees and power outages in their wake.  Duquesne Light and FirstEnergy report a combined 2,300 customers without power in Allegheny County.  Another 3,400 are without service in hard-hit Fayette County and another 2,200 have no power in Somerset and Cambria County combined. Fayette County was especially hard hit with FirstEnergy reporting 4,400 out of power.  Statewide more than 1.2 million are without electricity.

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Government
8:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Incumbent Murphy vs. Democrat Maggi in 18th Congressional District

Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi has challenged long-time Republican Congressman Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Maggi is touting his experience in local government, while Murphy is running on a conservative voting record.

Congressman Murphy has won at least 58 percent of the vote against Democrats since 2002, but Maggi is still hopeful he can unseat the five-term Republican in the newly redrawn district.

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Government
12:32 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Government and Nonprofits Offer Local Storm Help

UPDATE: Oct. 29 9:53pm

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has ordered non-emergency City personnel to stay home Tuesday.

“As this storm bears down on our City, we need to make sure we are keeping all residents out of harm's way whenever possible,” Ravenstahl said.

At the same time Ravenstahl announced that trash pickup would run on a normal schedule Tuesday and the city's 311 center will be open to take non-emergency calls from city residents.

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Health
7:50 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

“Nightmare on Main Street” the Theme of Medicaid Education Luncheon

Joining in the Halloween spirit, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is reaching out to communities to help people understand the Medicaid system and what’s at stake if cuts are made. PHAN said it’s a scary prospect and could have devastating impacts.

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Government
7:44 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Mayor Says Pittsburgh's Prepared for Hurricane Sandy

The felled trees, downed wires, power outages and possible flooding expected as a result of Hurricane Sandy have prompted Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to warn certain city employees of long hours in the days to come.

The mayor said Monday that city forestry crews will be on 24-hour shifts to remove any fallen trees, while other public works employees are prepared to take on 12-hour work cycles. He said the city has prepared for the oncoming storm under a new emergency operations plan he signed Friday.

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Science & Technology
7:26 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Four Nuclear Power Plants Will Remain Operational During Hurricane Sandy

Despite Hurricane Sandy’s projected path through Pennsylvania, four nuclear power plants in the storm's path will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending additional inspectors to monitor facilities in Dauphin, York, Luzerne, and Chester counties.

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Government
7:18 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

City, County Get Ready- Eastern PA Reacts

School closures, event cancelations and the postponement of Halloween activities are the first indications that the megastorm swirling over Pennsylvania is having an impact on southwestern Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Public School District and several suburban districts have cancled class for Tuesday.  Municipalities throughout the region including Pittsburgh have put off trick-or-treating until Saturday when the weather will be more conducive to young ghosts and goblins traipsing trough the neighborhood looking for sweets.

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Transportation
6:23 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Highlands are Ready for the Megastorm

Somerset County says it is ready to go when it comes to the “Frankenstorm” brewing over Pennsylvania.  The county and the rest of the Laurel Highlands stand at a high enough elevation that the area could see some wet snowfalls.

“We are a ‘snow county,’ we’re used to the snow,” said Somerset County Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Lohr. 

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