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Economy
7:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Gaming Report On Diversity, Donations And Jobs

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says diversity hiring is rising at the 13 casinos across the state.

The board's annual Diversity Report indicates a year-to-year progression in diversity hiring.  Director of Diversity Mozelle Daniels said casinos have done an excellent job of minority hiring.

“This year we’re at 29.7 percent, or I should say 30 percent, last year we were at 25.4, and [in 2010] we were at 17 percent,” Daniels said.

While goals, or quotas, are illegal to set Daniels said, the casinos wouldn’t need them.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Chuck Kinder

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Science & Technology
7:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New Business Partnership Recycling Plastic Liners From Marcellus Drilling Sites

One of the "byproducts" of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry is tons and tons of used well pad liners.  Now two companies have begun collecting and recycling the plastic liners from drilling sites throughout the Marcellus region.

WellSpring Environmental Services in Orwigsburg, PA and Ultra-Poly Corporation in Portland, PA hope to take at least 20 million pounds of plastic per year out of the waste stream.

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Government
10:35 am
Sun September 16, 2012

ACLU Launches “Let Me Vote” Campaign

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is introducing new tools and information on its website so voters can be sure the ID they’re bringing to the polls this November is the right one, according to the ACLU.

Associate Director Sara Mullen said they are worried about the misinformation people are hearing about voter ID requirements. She said many believe they need a birth certificate to get a PennDOT ID.

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Local
3:35 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Penn State Trustees Promise Close Look at Freeh Changes

Penn State trustees on Friday promised to move forward with a detailed evaluation of changes recommended by former FBI director Louis Freeh in response to the child sex-abuse scandal that tarnished the university's reputation.

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Environment
7:06 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Oak Wilt Fungus and Emerald Ash Borer Persist

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Local parks organizations are trying to inform homeowners about the dangers of two of the greatest threats to the region's trees.  A series of informational meetings about controls for oak wilt fungus and the emerald ash borer have been held in Allegheny County.  

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Government
5:26 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

911th Airlift Wing Safe – For Now

The U.S. House this week approved legislation that will keep the federal government running into next year, and will keep the 911th Airlift Wing from being closed, at least for the time being. The temporary funding measure, or Continuing Resolution, restricts the Department of Defense from retiring, realigning, divesting, or transferring aircraft of the Air Force.

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Local
5:05 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Covered Bridge Festival Celebrates SWPA's Rural Heritage

The Covered Bridge Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday in Washington and Greene Counties - and marks the counties' biggest tourism weekend of the year. The festival takes place at ten sites and celebrates southwestern Pennsylvania's rural roots and the beginning of fall.  JR Shaw with the Washington County Tourism and Information Agency said the event, now in its 42nd year, gives the public a glimpse of the past.

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Transportation
4:46 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Wins Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike Conference

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A nationwide conference geared toward highlighting and brainstorming ideas for pedestrian and bicycling enhancements is coming to Pittsburgh in two years.  

Pittsburgh will host the 2014 Pro Walk/ Pro Bike Conference September 8-12, and use the opportunity to showcase bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure initiatives in the city. The biennial event has been held since 1980 and is coordinated by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

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Health
4:02 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

DA Recommends Stepped-Up Security at UPMC Facilities

Following the deadly Western Psych shooting in March and the recent abduction of a newborn from Magee Womens Hospital, the Allegheny County District Attorney is recommending police patrols be added inside of UPMC medical facilities.

“One of the most important considerations is the presence of a uniformed police officer,” said Zappala, “just to refresh the public’s memory, it took about 5 minutes and a little over 15 seconds for police to arrive on scene [at the Western Psych shooting] and the movement of the shooter was pretty much unlimited until that time.”

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Local
12:41 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Constitutional Questions Abound in Reapportionment Hearing

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Conflicting interpretations of the state constitution drove the discussion before Pennsylvania's high court Thursday as the justices considered a new redistricting plan that would govern legislative elections for most of the next decade.

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Local
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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