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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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Economy
6:27 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Governor Signs Unemployment Compensation Reform Bill โ€“ Opponents Fear the Worst

Governor Tom Corbett has signed Senate Bill 1310, which will allow the state to sell as much as $4.5 billion in bonds to pay off its $3.87 billion debt to the federal government plus interest. It also limits eligibility for unemployment benefits to reduce spending. Some opponents have called the bill an attempt by the governor and the legislature to chip away at the unemployment system.

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Health
4:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Pittsburgh Paramedics Reject Contract Offer; Strike Authorized

The local paramedics union has voted down a contract offer from the city of Pittsburgh, and authorized a strike.

The contract offer was rejected overwhelmingly with a vote of 134-9. Local 1 of the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics said it will continue to negotiate in good faith with the Ravenstahl administration to prevent a strike.

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Local
2:01 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Alleged Victim, Caseworker, Assistant Coach Testify In Sandusky Trial

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary is testifying this afternoon at the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Last fall McQueary told a grand jury that he saw Sandusky with a boy in the showers at an athletic facility on campus.

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Transportation
1:13 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

"T" Stops to be Eliminated

Some commuters will have to re-route starting June 25th because of changes to 13 stops of Pittsburgh's light rail system operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT).

Signs are now posted at the Traymore, Coast, Boustead, Neeld, Kelton, Martin Villa, Smith Road, Santa Barbara, Mine 3, Lindermer, Center, Latimer, and Sandy Creek "T" stops to inform riders that the rail will not stop at those locations starting the last Monday of June. The signs suggest alternate stops to use.

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Health
10:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wrong-Site Surgeries and Falls Significantly Decreased As Result Of Prevention Program

Wrong-site surgery and harmful fall prevention tactics appear to be working. According to the June Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, there has been a decline in the number of reports filed. Wrong-site procedures occur when surgeons operate on a body part other than that intended.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Conferees: Federal Transportation Funding in State of Crisis

With the current federal transportation funding plan scheduled to expire July 1, speakers at the International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh on Monday declared a crisis situation in the maintenance and repair of the nation's dilapidated bridges.

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Local
10:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Pitt To Trim Staff By At Least 300

Trying to offset a $47 million cut in its state appropriation for operations this fiscal year and another anticipated reduction in the next budget, the University of Pittsburgh has initiated a voluntary Early Retirement Plan.

"We didn't want to lay people off," said Robert Hill, vice chancellor for public affairs. "So the voluntary early retirement program was established so that there would be a more orderly reduction in staff levels."

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Health
8:15 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

One In Three College Students Report Smoking Hookah

A new study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows nearly 1 in 3 college students have admitted to smoking tobacco from a hookah, a single or multi-stemmed instrument in which flavored smoke passes through a water basin before it's inhaled.

Brian Primack, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, said the study's findings were somewhat surprising.

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Local
8:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Investigators Still Trying to Determine Who was Behind Pitt Bomb Threats

While the bomb threats that terrorized the University of Pittsburgh in the spring have ceased, the investigation into who was behind them has not. The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force is continuing to look into the string of threats. In all there were 43 messages with 143 threats.

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Transportation
6:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Gas Prices Down Again

Average retail gasoline prices in the Pittsburgh area have fallen in the last week to an average of $3.54 per gallon, two cents lower than the national average. That's lower than last year and down about 23ยข from last month.

Patrick DeHaan is a senior petroleum analyst in Chicago for GasBuddy.com, which tracks gas prices at 140,000 stations in the U.S. and Canada. He said prices are down because recent jobs reports have thrown into question the whole economic recovery.

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Government
5:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

State Lawmaker Says Port Authority will get No State Help Until Legacy Costs are Addressed

Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign legislation that takes away the Port Authority of Allegheny County's ability to review applications to provide bus service in the county. Interested parties would still have to get approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and live under that entity's regulations.

The Senate last week approved House Bill 10, which the lower chamber passed in the fall.

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Health
2:30 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Allegheny County Health Department To Treat Water Basins For Mosquito Breeding

To head off West Nile Virus, the Allegheny County Health Department today begins to treat storm water catch basins in the Pittsburgh area with pesticides to combat the breeding of mosquitoes. The treatment will continue weekdays from 4:00-9:00 PM.

The bugs can carry the virus, which has already been detected in samples in Allegheny County this year. Four mosquitoes tested positive: three coming from Pittsburgh's East End and the other from Penn Hills.

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Local
2:15 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Day Two Of Sandusky Trial

A now 27 year old man, known as Victim 4, took the stand Monday in the first day of testimony in the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

The witness says he was sexually abused as a 13 year old on campus and then in hotel saunas, starting with horseplay in showers and "soap battles" that turned into inappropriate touching and oral sex.

Sandusky sat still during the testimony Monday as the man explained that he began showering with Sandusky in 1997.

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