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Health
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Telemedicine Initiative Aimed at Increasing Access to Healthcare in Pennsylvania

The growing popularity of telemedicine may still be out of reach to some, but Pennsylvania is trying to close that gap. Governor Tom Corbett has announced that the state will increase patients' access to specialist care through telemedicine by expanding coverage for people covered by the Medical Assistance Program.

"How this will work is using technology like interactive audio and video equipment, doctors and patients will be able to connect from remote locations," said Carey Miller, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

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Local
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Bill Would Cut Tax on Aircraft Repair, Create Jobs

Not many airplanes are repaired in Pennsylvania compared to surrounding states, due in part to a tax policy that makes replacement parts more expensive here, according to State Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Allegheny/Beaver). A new bill passed by the House, sponsored by State Rep. Peter Daley (D-Washington/Fayette) and co-sponsored by Matzie, seeks to make an exemption.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Linda Lane

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane tells Josh Raulerson reading has made all the difference in her life.

Recently, she's been reading:

Isabelle Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Painter and Sculptor Come Together at Johnstown Art Show

Dialogue, an exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures of two artists, will be shown at this year's annual ART WORKS Art Show in Johnstown. The inaugural showing will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd.

Norman Ed, the exhibit's sculptor and Johnstown native, said he will be working on the pieces up until the day of the show.

"The majority of the work is all buttoned up," Ed said, "but I love the energy and the certain kind of tension and frustration about trying to pull something off."

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Local
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

South Side Farmers' Market Returns to 18th Street

The general consensus seems to be in favor of the "new" location for Citiparks' South Side Farmers' Market. Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 7:30 PM the market will be set up in the parking lot on 18th and East Carson streets across from Fat Head's.

Two years ago the market was moved to 21st and Sidney streets, but this year it returned to the previous location. D.J. Jodikinos, part-owner of Jodikinos Farms, said his family has been participating in the market for more than 40 years.

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Local
11:00 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Squonk Opera Performing for Free This Summer

The Squonk Opera is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 free performances around the city of Pittsburgh, but the entertainers will not be on a stage.

Steve O'Hearn, Co-Artistic Director and performer for Squonk Opera, explains that each performance will start with a "wacky" parade featuring sousaphones and glockenspiels, and end up on an unusual surface.

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Environment
7:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Powdermill Nature Preserve Assembles List of Marcellus Shale Well Sites

The Powdermill Nature Reserve, a research center of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, has completed a list of all Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania. The list consists of all drilling sites in the state that have been permitted, drilled, are producing, abandoned, expired, shut-in (flow of gas has been stopped), or plugged (sealed with cement and/or mud).

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Economy
6:25 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Job Training Program Could be Model for Centers Statewide

A new manufacturing job training program designed to close the so-called "skills gap" will be short and affordable. It may also be a model to use throughout the state.

The state job training center, Pennsylvania Careerlink of Lancaster County, is launching a new kind of class that's two weeks long and combines several types of training. Enrollees will be able to learn basic math and reading skills, technical know-how, and workplace etiquette/communication skills.

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Government
6:25 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

New Senate Bill Would Require Schools To Teach About The Holocaust

Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) has introduced a bill that would require all Pennsylvania school districts to teach students in grades 6-12 about the Holocaust. The Bill would also require schools to teach about genocide, human rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism, and the abridgement of civil rights.

Senator Williams said if today's youth is not educated about this event, it could pave the way for something similar to happen in the future.

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Transportation
5:30 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Port Authority Calls Back Laid Off Workers, Adds Rail Operators

In an ongoing effort to ensure the light rail system runs efficiently during busy times, the Port Authority of Allegheny County is taking several steps including calling back workers who were laid off last year. Port Authority CEO Steve Bland told the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting, the loss of about 135 employees in recent months was a contributing factor to problems with the North Shore Connector earlier this month.

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Local
5:45 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Holiday Weekend Fireworks Celebrate Rich Pyrotechnic Tradition in Pennsylvania

Fireworks fans will have plenty of entertainment options this weekend around southwestern Pennsylvania.

New Castle-based Pyrotecnico will stage a show billed as "America's Largest Fireworks Festival" on Saturday at Hartwood Acres. The event features a series of fireworks displays with patriotic themes, as well as a full slate of live music starting at 3:00 PM.

Among the show's highlights is a 40-foot launching platform that will be hoisted high above the audience's heads, according to company president Stephen Vitale.

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Economy
8:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Visit Pittsburgh Takes Mt. Washington

Visit Pittsburgh has opened its fourth visitor center, and this one has a view. The region's top tourism promotion group opened a center in the Duquesne Incline's upper station this week.

"There are 500,000 people who go through the Duquesne Incline each year, 80% of which are visitors," said Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis.

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Local
7:45 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

System Makes it Easier to Get Voter ID in Pennsylvania

The Department of State has come up with a system to make it easier for voters to get the documents they need to secure a proper photo ID. Those who do not have a birth certificate with a raised seal from the commonwealth will not have to purchase a new one for $10 because the newly implemented system allows officials to certify the birth records of Pennsylvanians electronically.

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Government
7:40 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Corbett Names New Chief of Staff

Gov. Tom Corbett's top aide is leaving his job as the first-term Republican battles criticism from opponents over his cost-cutting agenda and from allies over his ability to forge policy and broadcast a persuasive and strong public message.

Corbett made no mention of pressure when he announced Thursday that he is nominating his chief of staff and longtime friend William Ward to fill a vacant seat on the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court after 16 months in Harrisburg with Corbett.

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Local
7:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Pittsburgh City Pools and Spray Parks Open Soon

It's not quite time to hit Pittsburgh's 17 city pools, but its two spray parks will be open for business this Saturday.

Starting at 1:00 PM on May 26th the city's spray parks in Troy Hill and Beechview will be operational. The city's pools open for the season on June 14th at 1:00 PM.

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Arts
7:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Pittsburghers' Input Sought On Cultural Heritage Plan

The city is now accepting public comments for PRESERVEPGH, the cultural heritage planning effort. Members of the community are encouraged to leave comments and concerns regarding the draft plan containing preliminary recommendations. The plan will be available online until June 19.

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Government
6:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Allegheny County Controller Adds Her Name to the List of Those Unhappy with Corbett’s Budget

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget compromises the tax payers of the county. According to Wagner, the budget will lead to Allegheny County residents being double-taxed by a governor who's from Allegheny County and has a background in law enforcement.

"Yet his budget is cutting our courts, and cutting law enforcement here in Allegheny County, forcing us to pay for those services here in Allegheny County and statewide," said Wagner.

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Local
4:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Domestic Partners Could be Exempt From Inheritance Tax

A Democratic-backed proposal in the Pennsylvania House would change the rules for inheritance taxes. Under the provision not just married couples and young children would be exempt from paying the tax, but all domestic partner couples would receive the protection.

"My married neighbors don't have to pay this inheritance tax. In their case, the state rightfully acknowledges the unfair burden that would be placed on the survivor. My situation would be no different," said David Jacobs, who lives with his partner of 17 years in Philadelphia.

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Local
8:15 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

District Attorney Seeks More Restitution From Orie

Prosecutors want former North Hills Republican state Senator Jane Orie to pay up to $780,000 in penalties when she's sentenced on conflict of interest and other charges for using state-funded staff and materials to do political campaign and fundraising work over an eight-year period.

The demands are contained in a 68-page sentencing memorandum filed by Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Claus this week.

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Local
8:00 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Metcalfe: Limit Providers that Get Public Health Dollars

Health care providers in Pennsylvania would be unable to receive public dollars if they perform abortions under a Republican state lawmaker's proposal introduced today. Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County) is singling out Planned Parenthood in particular as one of the largest providers of abortion services that he wants to defund.

"They're utilizing taxpayer subsidies for their window dressing and as their public relations funding arm, and that's what needs to come to an end," said Metcalf.

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Local
7:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Hundreds March in Opposition to Governor’s Education Cuts; Several Arrested

Amid chants of "Hey Corbett, you can't hide, we can see your greedy side," hundreds of protesters marched from the United Steelworkers building in downtown Pittsburgh to Governor Tom Corbett's regional office on Fifth Avenue. They were pulling a large wheeled sign that read, "Save our Schools," and were calling on the governor to back off of proposed cuts to public education.

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Environment
5:53 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Phipps ‘Living Building’ to Open Soon

Phipps Conservatory is almost ready to open a structure that will likely be the greenest of Pittsburgh's many green buildings.

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes was designed to meet a standard called the "Living Building Challenge," in which a building's environmental impact is reduced to as close to zero as possible. To that end, the new office building will produce all of its own energy, and provide all of its own water using rainfall and aquifers.

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Economy
5:41 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

United Way of Allegheny County Surprises Nation With Campaign Total

United Way of Allegheny County announced they have raised more than $32.3 million in the 2011 annual campaign. That is a 1.6% increase from last year. The total exceeded their goal of surpassing the $31.8 million raised the previous year.

Campaign co-chairs David J. Malone, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Financial Group, and Art Rooney II, President of the Pittsburgh Steelers, revealed the total at the Annual Campaign Celebration this week.

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Transportation
3:00 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Parkway West Traffic Ranks Among U.S.'s Worst

Even the most "livable" city has its problems. The Parkway West's (I-376) stretch from Green Tree to the Fort Pitt Tunnel is the ninth worst traffic corridor in the nation according to the National INRIX Traffic Scorecard.

Of the 162 corridors INRIX evaluated across the country, Pittsburgh's problem area is the only one outside of New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to make the worst-10 list.

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Local
2:50 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Pennsylvania Attorney General Arrests Senior Fraud Artists

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office is charging four southeastern Pennsylvania men with leading a financial fraud scheme targeting seniors throughout the state.

"There are a number of different forms of contact but most of it we believe was simply cold calls, just approaching seniors directly in their home, to see if they were interested in buying these services," said AG Spokesperson Nils Frederiksen.

The services and goods offered allegedly included shopping assistance, personal organizer services, bogus safety equipment and fraudulent insurance.

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