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Transportation
4:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

PAT CEO Suggests Solutions

Slightly more than half of downtown Pittsburgh's workday commuters use public transportation to get to their employer's location. Some of Pittsburgh's largest employers downtown report as much as 70% of their workers using public transit.

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Science & Technology
3:15 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Corbett Administration Defends Tax Credit

When Governor Tom Corbett praised a deal with a major energy giant to set up shop in Beaver County, he didn't mention a $1.7 billion tax break was needed, too, but now the administration says that was part of the original deal.

Royal Dutch Shell made that request of the Corbett administration when it said it was considering building a natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania.

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Local
2:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Sandusky Trial Resumes Monday

Jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial get a long weekend. Testimony concluded for the week Thursday at the Centre County Courthouse. The former Penn State assistant football coach is charged with 52 counts of abusing 10 children over a 15 year period.

The prosecution did not rest its case but is expected to wrap up its testimony Monday, and the defense would then begin calling witnesses.

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Science & Technology
7:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

“In the Classroom, Not A Landfill"

An estimated two and a half million tons of computers and other electronic waste, or "e-waste," is tossed out each year in the United States. Only about 25% is recycled. The rest takes up space in landfills, and sometimes seeps lead and other hazardous chemicals into the ground and water supply. One local nonprofit's found a way to reduce that toxic load, and help people, too.

A few students are gathered in the computer lab of an after-school program south of Pittsburgh in Dormont. It's almost the last day before summer vacation, so it's a little quieter than usual.

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Economy
8:15 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

U.S. Labor Secretary Announces National Workforce Grant in Pittsburgh

Nearly $147 million dollars in federal grants will be given to develop and expand strategies to help Americans return to work in fields that are currently hurting for workers. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited Carnegie Mellon University to announce the funding, and to tour the university's Planetary Robotics Lab.

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Science & Technology
7:30 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Comments Accepted on Halted Nuclear Waste Cleanup Project

The Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is holding a public comment meeting on a nuclear waste removal project halted in September. Work was stopped after a safety breech and the discovery of "complex" materials which are more difficult to remove, prompted a policy review.

"We don't have any new information, but we want to get their voice and collect their comments so we can forward them up to the people reviewing this policy," said Corps public affairs officer Jeff Hawk.

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Local
7:20 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Resigns

The CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) has decided to return to his southern roots. After only a year as the head of the GPCFB, D. Jermaine Husser is leaving to be closer to his family in Charleston, South Carolina. He will remain in his position until the end of the summer when he hopes his replacement will be ready to take over.

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Local
7:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

State Committee Asks Pittsburgh About Education

Governor Tom Corbett created a traveling advisory commission on postsecondary education through an executive order as a way to get more insight from Pennsylvanians on the educational practices in the state. The group met in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday to hear questions, concerns and suggestions from local university presidents, educational board members, students and community members.

Rob Wonderling, Chair of the Commission said the listening process is only in its early stages.

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Local
4:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Push To Restore Funding For Parks Projects

A fund for park projects was slashed in early spending proposals from the governor and state Senate, but it may have new life in budget talks, if House members have their way.

It's commonly called the Keystone Fund or "Key 93," money set off to the side of the main state budget dedicated to state and community park projects.

It collects 15% of state tax revenue on things like property sales. It was created in 1993 after receiving bipartisan support and clearing a voter referendum.

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Government
2:45 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

State House Proposal To Reform Pensions For Some State Employees

House Republicans have unveiled their own proposals to change state worker pension in Pennsylvania just weeks after their counterparts in the Senate introduced a pension reform plan.

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Local
1:45 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Prosecution Winding Down Its Case Against Sandusky?

On the fourth day of testimony in the child sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, a 25-year-old man told jurors that in 1998 the former Penn State assistant football coach bear-hugged him in a locker-room shower.

The accuser, identified by prosecutors as Victim 6, said Sandusky put soap on his back and shoulders after a workout then lifted him up chest-to-chest to rinse his hair. He said he blacked out at the time of the encounter, when he was 11 years old.

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Science & Technology
8:30 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Supporters Laud EPA Proposal to Limit Power Plant Carbon Emissions

Pittsburgh City Council heard public testimony Wednesday about a federal Environmental Protection Agency proposal to curb carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.

All of the speakers at the hearing supported the EPA's proposed rule, which would cap carbon emissions from future coal-fired plants at 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour. The unprecedented regulation would not cover existing plants, or those built within a year of the rule's adoption.

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Economy
8:20 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Chamber of Commerce Wants to Know How Pittsburgh Keeps Strong Job Market

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has been invited to speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this Thursday about the Pittsburgh area's strong job market.

Fitzgerald said the region's job growth can't be chalked up to a single industry. He said the burgeoning Marcellus Shale natural gas sector is only a "piece of it."

"Marcellus Shale has certainly been one area, but they've been developing shale [gas] all over the country," said Fitzgerald. "Down in Texas, up in Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma — it's not like we're the only ones."

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Science & Technology
8:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Pennsylvania Republicans say EPA Declared War on Coal

Republicans are speaking out in protest of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations on the energy industry across the nation and in Pennsylvania. U.S Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA-18), Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan, and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith describe the regulations as a declaration of war on coal.

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Economy
7:45 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Senate Bill Could Save Many Pennsylvanians From Foreclosure

A program which has been credited with saving 46,000 homes from foreclosure in Pennsylvania has been given a new life and funding.

HEMAP, the Homeowners Emergency Assistance Program, was established in the commonwealth in 1983. The state spent $245 million on the program, which generated repayments to the state of $275 million. However, under Governor Corbett, funding for the program dried up and no new participants in HEMAP have been accepted since last September.

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Local
2:56 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Johnstown Company Contracted For Wireless Waterway Project

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission has agreed to a $1.3 million dollar contract with CONXX, Inc. to design, build and maintain a wireless network along the waterways in Pittsburgh.

The system will connect all of the security cameras along the rivers, allowing for better security from the Coast Guard's perspective and more efficient communication between towboat captains and dam lock operators.

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Transportation
2:00 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Challenges, Innovations Discussed at Bridge Conference

Conventioneers at Pittsburgh's International Bridge Conference are tackling the challenge of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure with new innovations in bridge-building.

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said one new, cost-effective trend is the use of prefabricated materials. Bridges are assembled off-site, then installed in a matter of weeks. Mendez compared "prefab" construction to the use of Lego building blocks.

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Science & Technology
1:45 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio Competing for Shell's Cracker

In March, Governor Corbett announced Royal Dutch Shell was entering into negotiations with Pennsylvania on a deal that would give the company $1.7 billion in tax breaks, but this week, he acknowledged Ohio and West Virginia are still making offers to the company. That uncertainty has critics wary of this tax benefit, especially since the commonwealth has already offered Shell a 15-year tax exemption.

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Science & Technology
1:45 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

5k Walk to Promote Prostate Cancer Awareness

A local foundation is promoting awareness of prostate cancer by hosting its tenth annual "5k/10k run/walk" in the North Side on Sunday morning.

The Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer said it expected about 3,000 people to show up at River Front Park for the races this year, which would set a record for the Father's Day event.

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Local
1:30 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

2 More Alleged Victims Testify Against Sandusky

The fourth alleged victim to testify at former Penn state assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestation trial, told jurors he only told his parents last year about the abuse he endured at the hands of Sandusky.

The now 27 year old man said he met Sandusky through his Second Mile charity and had more personal contact with him after attending a Penn State home game with Sandusky's family.

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Local
7:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Asbestos and the End of Schenley High

These days "asbestos" is a dirty word, but there was a time when this miraculous heat-shielding mineral did it all, from insulating pipes and plaster, to fireproofing, to sound absorption. Before it was tied to health problems, asbestos was a routine part of construction in the 20th century, and the construction of Pittsburgh's historic Schenley High School was no exception. Years after it was deemed uninhabitable because of asbestos, Schenley continues to languish. But in its heyday, the school was considered cutting edge.

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Local
8:34 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

McQueary Testifies Against Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary has testified at Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial about seeing Sandusky with a boy in a campus shower.

McQueary says Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for Penn State, was standing behind a boy who was propped up against a wall. He says the boy appeared to be about 10 to 12 years old.

He says he closed a locker loudly "in an attempt to say 'someone's here, break it up.'" He says he then called his father.

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Government
8:33 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Actor Kal Penn Talks with Pittsburgh Young Professionals

President Barack Obama incited a lot of excitement among young voters in 2008, but at a young professionals round table in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, a worry about voter apathy was expressed. Actor and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn spoke to the small group and asked for input on what the Obama campaign can do to energize young voters. He said the president has been a tireless proponent of issues important to young people, while Republicans have been focused on other issues.

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Health
6:54 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Highmark, Jefferson Medical Center Hope to Enter "Strategic Partnership"

It isn't a rescue, a takeover, or a merger, according to Highmark interim CEO and Board Chairman J. Robert Baum.

However, the Pittsburgh-based health insurer wants to provide at least $275 million to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center and its foundation in return for effective control of Jefferson's Board of Directors.

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Government
6:38 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

PA Republicans say Romney has a Good Chance

The 2012 Presidential Election campaign is intensifying in Pennsylvania.

President Barack Obama will appear this evening at 8:00 o'clock at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to raise money for the Obama Victory Fund Campaign, a joint fundraising committee of the Obama re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

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