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5:45 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Wozniak: End Emissions Testing

State inspections could soon be a bit less expensive if a Johnstown-area lawmaker has his way. Pennsylvania State Senator John Wozniak (D-Cambria County) is co-sponsoring legislation that would exempt new cars and alternative fuel vehicles from emissions inspections for 10 years.

"It's time to update our automobile mandates to reflect reality," said Wozniak. "When emissions inspections were enacted, there were still a lot of old, polluting cars on the road. Today, nearly all cars pass the emissions test and drivers have to pay up to $50 to be told what they already know."

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Local
4:02 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

South Side Market House's First Floor Opens

As "Sweet Home Alabama" played in the background, some of Pittsburgh's senior citizens line up for lunch and coffee Monday in the newly renovated South Side Market House. The facility has been closed for 15 months for renovations. Activities like this were moved to the Brashear Association's location on Sarah Street while renovations were underway.

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Economy & Business
4:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Advocacy Group For Homeless Veterans Asking Government For More Help

Monday, June 25, 2012

An estimated 150,000 American veterans are homeless or become homeless upon returning from overseas, and an advocacy group said the government is not doing enough to alleviate the issue. The Circle of Friends for American Veterans (COFAV) reported 150,000 are without shelter with only 1/10 of 1% of the Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) $130 billion budget supporting homeless veterans.

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Economy
3:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Advocacy Group For Homeless Veterans Asking Government For More Help

An estimated 150,000 American veterans are homeless or become homeless upon returning from overseas, and an advocacy group said the government is not doing enough to alleviate the issue. The Circle of Friends for American Veterans (COFAV) reported 150,000 are without shelter with only 1/10 of 1% of the Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) $130 billion budget supporting homeless veterans.

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Local
3:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Legislation Will Require Some Ticket Fines To Pay For New State Police Cadets

Pennsylvania communities that utilize the state police may want to rethink their law enforcement methods. Under Senate-passed legislation, municipalities without their own police forces would no longer receive their portion of citation fines. Rather, the money will now go towards funding for the State Police Academy.

Current law requires one-half of revenue from the fine portion of a citation issued by state troopers be sent to the municipality where the violation occurred. Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) voted in favor of the legislation.

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Arts
9:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Henry Reese

City of Asylum Pittsburgh brings international writers facing persecution in their home countries to Pittsburgh, where they're provided with the security and support they need to continue their work. In return, through readings and other public events, Pittsburghers get an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others whose lives may be very different from their own.

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Government
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Senate Set To Vote On Corrections Reform

The state Senate is expected to give its approval today to prison reform legislation, which is receiving bipartisan support.

Senate minority leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said SB100 is a "solid step" toward improving the corrections system in Pennsylvania and includes ideas proposed by his caucus, "including increased programming for short term nonviolent offenders to help effectuate their timely release back into the community, aggressively utilizing alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders and increasing the use of treatment programs," Costa said.

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Government
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

State Budget Likely To Be Approved This Week

State lawmakers this week are expected to approve a $27.7 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins Sunday, July 1.

In his February budget address, Governor Tom Corbett outlined a $27.14 billion spending plan, but after closed-door discussions with Republican legislative leaders, he agreed to come up to the $27.66 billion level proposed by the Senate. Some of the addition $500 million would go to reducing the governor's proposed cuts to education.

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Science & Technology
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Translating The Web While Learning A New Language

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have spun off a new, free website called Duolingo, where language learners translate real-world texts from the Internet while they're building vocabulary and grammar skills.

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Government
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Proposed Legislation Blocks Employers Asking For Passwords

Companies in Pennsylvania could be barred from digging into their workers' social media profiles. A state House proposal sponsored by Representative Jesse White (D-Washington) would ban employers from requesting passwords to sites like Facebook and Twitter as a condition of employment.

"They can't ask you in a job interview about your religious orientation, about your sexual orientation, those sorts of things, because they're not allowed to use them as a basis for employment," White said.

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Local
4:20 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty

Following two days of deliberations, a jury of seven women and five men Friday night convicted the former Penn State assistant football coach of 45 of 48 counts, including 17 first degree felonies.

Sandusky was accused of sexually assaulting 10 young boys during a 15 year period. He was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corrupting the morals of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

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Science & Technology
11:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Methane the Potent

Methane comes from a lot of things, not just a gas well. It bubbles out of swamps, landfills, and rice paddies. Believe it or not, cows are a major source of methane. A recent study said it was up to 100 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. To explain why, the story begins not on earth, but in space.

All energy on earth comes from the sun, mainly in the form of light.

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Environment
11:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Fracking: A New York Perspective

Toni Grekin lives on a farm near Deposit, NY, a one-stoplight town just north of the Pennsylvania line. A transplant from Brooklyn, she's been there since the '60s. Behind her farmhouse are acres of tree-covered hills and a little swimming pond. Energy companies first came to Grekin about four years ago, because she lives in a so-called "sweet spot" of the Marcellus Shale.

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Environment
11:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Methane Hunters

Eric Lipsky is a scientist at Penn State-Greater Allegheny, near Pittsburgh. For years he's studied air pollution like diesel exhaust with a group from Carnegie Mellon University. Now, Lipsky is looking for methane from the gas industry.

Lipsky's team assembled at a turn off onto a gravel road in western Pennsylvania. The people who own this land allowed Lipksy's team, with their mobile monitoring van, onto the site. Helping him out tonight are a pair of undergraduates and Rawad Saleh, a PhD who is a post-doc at Carnegie Mellon.

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Science & Technology
11:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

A Biography of Methane

Coal, oil, and natural gas are all fossil fuels, but they have different origins. Coal mainly comes from plants that grew on land and died long ago. The source for oil and methane — the main ingredient of natural gas — is something else.

"But they all more or less have a fairly common origin in that they were once some sort of algae or some other form of sea life, like plankton for instance, that died off long ago," said Dave Yoxtheimer, a geologist at Penn State who studies the Marcellus shale, the largest shale gas deposit in the U.S.

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Environment
11:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Scientists Square Off Over Fracking's Impact on Climate

Last year, a scientist from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York published a paper in a scientific journal. The journal is called Climatic Change. Robert Howarth is the scientist who published the paper. He teaches environmental science at Cornell. He got the idea for the paper about three years ago. That's when the region around Ithaca was drawing interest from the oil and gas industry because it sits on top of the Marcellus shale, a vast deposit of natural gas.

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Local
7:45 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Security at Hospitals to be Amped Up

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he's increasing security at county hospitals with psychiatric wards as a result of a March shooting at UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) that left two people dead and several others injured.

"Obviously when you're talking about psychiatric hospitals or facilities with a psychiatric unit you're talking about dealing with unstable people," said Zappala on Friday morning, citing concerns for the workers.

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Transportation
7:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

PAT Board Approves Budget

The Port Authority of Allegheny County board members today approved a $333,071,733 operating budget for fiscal year 2012-13. It includes 25¢ fare increases effective July 1. The new budget is $37 million less than the current year's.

The budget also assumes a 35% service cut that includes the elimination of 42 routes, plus most weekend and weeknight services, effective September 2nd.

"Time is running out," Bland said. "We continue to work with state, county and union leadership on a solution in the hopes of avoiding the September service reductions."

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Arts
2:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hometown Homegrown Event Will Showcase Pittsburgh's Food Traditions

To celebrate Pittsburgh's rich history of rich foods, visitors to the first Hometown-Homegrown event will be treated to a taste of the city's culinary passion. Presented by the Heinz History Center and GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, the food expo will serve up samples from the best of the best in western Pennsylvania.

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Local
1:45 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Jury Rehears Testimony, Continues To Deliberate Sandusky's Fate

Prior to beginning a second day of deliberations the jury in the child sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky reheard testimony of two witnesses.

It was like a read-through of a play, with one of the prosecutors reading for witness Mike McQueary, and then the lead defense attorney reading for another witness, Doctor Jonathan Dranov, who contradicted some of McQueary's testimony.

The testimony concerned allegations Sandusky assaulted a boy, dubbed "Victim Two" in the Penn State locker room showers.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Turf Wars

Bill Day walks onto a platform at the Fayette Energy Facility. It's a vast warehouse-type building that's about five or six stories tall. There's actually a building in the building. Inside sits a turbine engine, the heart of the power plant.

"Yeah, it is similar to a jet engine design. It's just much, much larger," says Day.

Day is the plant operations manager. He's been here since Duke Energy opened the facility near Masontown, Pennsylvania in 2003. He walks across the plant and points to the so called "power block."

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Center For Environment And Energy Opens For Operation

What used to be an abandoned BP gas station in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood at the corner of Larimer Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard is now the Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center.

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Local
8:20 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Duquesne School District Could Receive Funding, Lose Power

Republican state lawmakers are working to ease the transition of seventh and eighth graders from financially-distressed Duquesne City School District to neighboring East Allegheny and West Mifflin Area School Districts this fall, but they're doing so through a bill that strips almost all say from the local district and places power in the hands of the state.

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Local
8:00 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Pennsylvania Students and Parents Ask Lawmakers to Extend Loan Interest Rates

If no Congressional action is taken, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford Student Loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. A group including Pennsylvania students, parents, and the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG), a non-profit, non-partisan, public interest advocacy organization, are calling on Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to take action to keep interest rates where they are now.

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Transportation
6:20 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Dutch Bicycling Experts to Weigh in on Improving Bike Infrastructure in Oakland

Members of the Dutch Cycling Embassy are in Pittsburgh for a couple of days to examine the Forbes and Fifth corridors in Oakland, and to offer insight into how the roadways could be made more bicycle-friendly.

"It's a tough challenge, you have to be honest, because the car culture here is much more dominant than it is in Europe, but at the same time there are very promising developments. The trends for cycling in the U.S. are going up," said Tom Godefrooij, senior policy advisor for the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

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