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8:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Leadership Conference Comes to Duquesne

Leadership, gender barriers, LGBT issues, disabilities at work; these were some of the topics discussed at the 3rd annual Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference today.  Duquesne University hosted the event, which was oriented to organizations that facilitate diversity and leadership initiatives.  The program offered more than 70 leadership and diversity sessions.

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Health
8:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Parkinson's in the Spotlight This Saturday in Pittsburgh

Hundreds of Parkinson’s patients and their loved ones are expected to gather at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Saturday in an effort to learn more about the disease, the latest research, and a few tricks to living with the illness.  The day-long and free Victory Summit sponsored by the Davis Phinney Foundation kicks off at 9:00am.

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Government
8:37 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Allegheny County Jail Finally Gets A New Warden

20 months and three interims later, the Allegheny County Jail has a new warden.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today he has appointed Orlando Harper as the new warden of the lockup.

Harper comes from Washington D.C., where he started as a security officer in 1986 and worked his way up the ranks to his current position of Deputy Warden for Operations at that city's Deprtment of Corrections.  Harper’s appointment ends the seven month term of William S. Stickman III. He was the third interim warden since former warden Ramon Rustin left in January 2011.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Household Chemical Collection At South Park

Not sure what to do with those half-empty cans of paint and stain or those dusty bottles of automobile fluids in your garage?  The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will host a household chemicals collection event Saturday at South Park.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of hazardous waste including paints, varnishes, cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals and car batteries.

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Local
5:01 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Lamb Calls For Higher Homestead Exemption

Pittsburgh’s top financial watchdog says the city and school district should increase their homestead exemptions when the new property values go into effect next year.  Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb sent a letter to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, members of Pittsburgh City Council, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane and members of the board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools proposing the idea. 

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Government
4:56 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

PA High Court Hears Voter ID Arguments

Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court justices on Thursday aggressively questioned whether a politically charged law requiring photo identification from each voter should take effect for the Nov. 6 presidential election and whether it guarantees the right to vote.

With the election just 54 days away, the justices did not say when they will decide, although lawyers in the case expected them to rule before the end of September.

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Government
3:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

City Council Approves $7 Million in URA Funding

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to two bills that together channel nearly $7 million toward the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority for 2012. The money would be used for the URA's development projects in various city neighborhoods, as well as employee wages and property purchases.

However, the money wasn't approved until after Council Members asked some tough questions about accountability of city funds with the nonprofit community redevelopment groups the URA deals with regularly.

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Government
3:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Is PA Still In Play?

Pennsylvania has long been considered a battleground state.  But the last week has marked a change in campaign spending which might indicate the commonwealth has lost its swing. 



”This is great to be in Cornwall, a historic place.  By the way, where do you get your hoagies, here?  Do you get them at Wawa’s,” asked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while campaigning in Lebanon County in June.

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Local
1:34 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Black Rhino Born at Pittsburgh Zoo

Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium have announced the birth of the first black rhinoceros at the facility in 47 years.

Zoo officials announced Wednesday that a Rhino names Azizi gave birth on Saturday to a 70-pound female calf.

Zoo officials say there are about 4,800 black rhino still in the world. Zoo president and chief executive officer Barbara Baker says the species is "critically endangered" due to poaching and other causes that prompted the world's population of the animals to drop by 96 percent from 1970 to 1992.

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Government
1:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Man Convicted of 1994 Hazelwood Shooting Freed

A Pittsburgh jury says a man who spent 18 years in prison in a murder case isn't guilty.

Thirty-seven-year-old Terrell Johnson has been serving a life sentence in the July 1994 murder of Verna Robinson of Hazelwood.

The jury in the retrial delivered a not guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon, prompting Johnson to break out in tears.

Authorities in Allegheny County said Johnson killed Robinson to prevent her from testifying against a friend in a drive-by shooting several months earlier.

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Government
9:22 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Council Approves $7 Million in URA Funding

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to two bills that together channel nearly $7 million toward the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority for 2012. The money would be used for the URA's development projects in various city neighborhoods, as well as employee wages and property purchases.

However, the money wasn't approved until after Council Members asked some tough questions about accountability of city funds with the nonprofit community redevelopment groups the URA deals with regularly.

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Government
7:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Secretary of Commonwealth Urging Young People to Vote

Highlighting the importance of voting and the state’s new voter ID law, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele talked to a class of seniors at Chartiers Valley High School Wednesday. It’s part of an ongoing effort to reach out to young voters, which will continue through Election Day.

“When I was their age we had to wait until we were 21 to vote, so I’m going to talk to them about how important it is for them to participate in the process and how important the young people’s vote is for the future of this country,” said Aichele.

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Government
7:06 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Voter ID Opponents Bash New State Law

Local politicians, labor groups, and community organizations gathered in Pittsburgh City Council Chamber on Wednesday to denounce Pennsylvania's new requirement to require photo identification before voting.  The event came one day before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the new state law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has challenged the voter ID requirement in court, arguing that it unconstitutionally inhibits some Pennsylvanians' ability to vote.

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Environment
6:07 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Elk Hunting Season Coming Up

Each year thousands of Pennsylvanians and out-of-staters apply for a Pennsylvania elk hunting license, but only a lucky group of 65 are awarded with one.

The state’s elk population currently resides in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton and Elk Counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.  In 1913  the Pennsylvania Game Commission reintroduced elk into the state by bringing them in from Yellowstone National Park.

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Government
6:06 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

PA Missing Out on Drilling Taxes

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The Public Utility Commission reported this week that revenues from the state's impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas drillers totalled $206 million, but a liberal-leaning policy group says the commonwealth could have collected tens of millions more if it imposed a shale gas tax.   The impact fee is a flat amount assessed on wells drilled in the state with the revenues designated to offset negative effects of the drilling on municipalities and counties. 

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Government
2:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Former Senator Jane Orie to Appeal Prison Sentence in Corruption Case

Former state Senator Jane Orie has filed notice that she's appealing her 2½- to 10-year state prison sentence for campaign corruption and forgery charges.

Orie's two-page notice to the state Superior Court does not specify why she's appealing the sentence she received in June following her conviction on charges that she used her state-funded legislative staff to do political fundraising and campaign work.

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Government
8:23 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

City Council, Labor Leaders Push for 'Second Bill of Rights'

Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to endorse a "Second Bill of Rights" that calls on the federal government to guarantee American citizens additional rights related to employment, voting, education and healthcare.

The nonbinding Will of Council document will be sent to the White House and to Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, according to sponsoring Councilwoman Darlene Harris. She said the members of the state legislature would also receive a copy.

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Environment
7:40 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Deer Disease Confirmed In Beaver County

Two deer have died from a disease not seen in southwestern Pennsylvania since 2007.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Monday confirmed epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) to be the cause of death for two deer in Beaver County. EHD is a disease contracted by deer through the bites of very small midges, and causes massive hemorrhaging.

Game Commission spokesperson Jerry Feaser says this disease usually results in death for the deer.

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Health
7:14 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pittsburgh Healthcare System 1 of 40 in U.S. for Vet Research Project

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All veterans who receive healthcare from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System have the opportunity to be one of potentially one million veterans participating in a research project at 40 locations nationwide, the Million Veteran Program (MVP).  Dr. Elif Sonel, a medical physician with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, says MVP is a national, voluntary research program.

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Government
6:43 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

City Council Considers Special Billboard Tax

A ten percent tax on billboard advertising in Pittsburgh could raise up to $4 million for the city, if Pittsburgh City Council passes a new bill introduced on Tuesday.

Sponsoring Councilwomen Darlene Harris and Natalia Rudiak said the tax revenue would be put toward the purchase of police cars, which they said must be replaced every two or three years. However, Rudiak said she could not recall if the legislation included language to codify that usage, and the text of the bill was not available on Council's website at the time of this article's publication.

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Local
5:50 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

VP Biden Visits Flight 93 Memorial

Ceremonies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the western Pennsylvania field are a reminder that the nation hasn't forgotten survivors and relatives 11 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

"We wish we weren't here. We wish we didn't have to be here. We wish we didn't have to commemorate any of this," Biden told relatives and guests at the memorial for United Airlines Flight 93, the jet on which passengers fought hijackers for control amid the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

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Government
5:48 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Bill Would Make Home Invasion a Distinct Crime in Pennsylvania

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One Philadelphia state senator is hoping to make a distinct crime out of home invasions, in response to a spate of recent home invasions in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The State Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing in Philadelphia on Thursday to gather input on the legislation from State Senator Mike Stack (D-Phila.).

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Government
5:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pitt Law Professor Thinks Law Enforcement Can Do More

The FBI reports that 322, 537 crimes were committed in Pennsylvania in 2010 with 14.4% being violent offenses.  According to a University of Pittsburgh law professor, more scientific methods could have been used by police to investigate those crimes.

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Transportation
3:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Morning Traffic Headaches For Motorists Using Veterans Bridge, Bigelow Boulevard

The most recent phase of the $36 million Crosstown Boulevard/Veterans Bridge Preservation Projects is causing morning rush hour traffic snarls for North Hills and Bigelow Boulevard commuters, and officials are looking at ways to ease the congestion.

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Government
2:26 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Corbett Tries to Free Small Businesses of Overregulation

The governor is promising a whole new ball game for small businesses who he says are trapped under the weight of state regulations. 

After touring a Lebanon County manufacturing company Monday, Governor Corbett outlined new ground rules for state regulators. They’ll have to embark on a more thorough exploration of how regulations, while still in the proposal stage, could ask too much of small businesses.

The legislation being pushed by Corbett has been stopped twice before by former Governor Ed Rendell, something Corbett said illustrates a backwards approach to governing. 

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