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5:43 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

World Wish Day Comes to Pittsburgh

April 29th is World Wish Day, a day that celebrates the first wish granted by what would eventually become the Make–A–Wish foundation. To mark the day, Make–A–Wish is encouraging people to get involved and to help the group fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases come true.

Granting the wishes can get costly. Make–A–Wish spokeswoman Dana Antkowiak said it can especially get expensive when it comes to airfare.

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Health
3:44 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Children's Hospital Holds 7th Annual Conference on Child Maltreatment

Therapists, counselors, prosecuting and defense attorneys, family court judges, medical personnel and law enforcement officials filled the auditorium of the IBEW Local Union No. 5 this morning in the South Side for a conference on child maltreatment.

Janet Squires, Chief of the Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said the conference helps guide people to protect children's rights while understanding their profession's responsibilities.

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Economy
8:02 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Rainbow Kitchen Goes To “W.A.R” To Eliminate Hunger In Pittsburgh

UPMC Health Plan & Rainbow Kitchen Community Services will gather bicyclists and walkers Saturday to raise awareness and a few dollars for hunger. The eighth annual W.A.R.(Walk And Ride) Against Hunger supports a variety of anti-hunger efforts, which Rainbow Kitchen provides to the region.

Through a mixture of corporate sponsorship and individual donations and participation, Rainbow Kitchen is able to help fund programs for low-income families, the elderly, the disabled, and the unemployed.

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Government
7:46 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Parks Confident About Write-In Campaign Results

Greg Parks, the Pleasant Hills Democrat running for State Senate in the 37th district, believes enough people wrote his name on the ballot to make him eligible for a run in the general election.

The 50-year old Parks is a former member of the Pleasant Hills Council, and currently works as an instructional assistant at McKeesport High School.

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Local
6:13 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Police Forces Will Collect Unwanted Medications

Law enforcement agencies in Southwestern Pennsylvania will be collecting expired and unwanted medications this Saturday.

The Allegheny County Police will have prescription drug receptacles available from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at its stations at North Park and South Park. The Pennsylvania State Police will collect medications at several locations during that same time frame.

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Government
5:33 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

No Extra Cash for Prisons

The man leading Pennsylvania's prison system says it can handle the governor's proposal to hold the line on the agency's budget.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Pennsylvania's state prisons are enormously inefficient. He said the prison system was set up for major violent offenders, but now, one third of its inmates are short-termers entering a lengthy processing system as if they were major offenders.

As a result, said Wetzel, they end up serving several months longer than their original sentence.

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Health
4:52 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

About 2 in 15 Adults in Pennsylvania Readmitted After a Hospital Stay

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) conducted a first-of-its-kind study examining the hospital readmission rate of adults ages 18 and older statewide. The group found that about 13.5% of hospital stays were followed by at least one readmission within 30 days. About a third of those readmissions were the direct result of a complication or infection. But, that doesn't necessarily mean there was a problem with the patient's care. PHC4 Spokesman Gary Tuma said a number of factors could be at play.

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Local
4:28 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Zappala Warns of Budget Cuts to Victims' Compensation

April 22-28th is National Victims' Rights Week, which is meant to promote justice and awareness for victims of crime.

According to Commonwealth Victim Advocate Carol Lavery, the week "honors crime victims who have the strength to get up out of bed every day, to move forward with their lives despite what may have occurred to them at the hands of an offender."

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is marking the week by expressing his concern over what he believes can further hurt victims, the elimination of funding for Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO).

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Government
5:48 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Critz Defeats Altmire in 12th Congressional District

In a primary battle between two incumbent Democrats, Mark Critz defeated Jason Altmire to claim the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District.

The two Democrats were forced against one another due to recent redistricting. Pennsylvania Republicans essentially stitched together Altmire's 4th District and Critz's 12th District in December.

Critz said his victory was delivered largely by two voting blocs: labor unions, and residents of Cambria and Somerset Counties.

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Government
4:45 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Raja Wins State Senate Republican Primary in the 37th District

D. Raja lost his bid to become Allegheny County Executive last year, but voters got to know him and apparently enough liked his ideas, some of which he'll take to Harrisburg. He said he will lead by example by not taking a pension, and he wants to lower corporate taxes to make the state more business friendly.

The Mt. Lebanon resident and former Mt. Lebanon commissioner beat Fellow Republicans Mark Mustio and Sue Means in the 37th Pennsylvania Senate District Republican Primary by a wide margin, 44%, 25% and 32% respectively.

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Government
4:28 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Tom Smith Outruns Four Others to Land Republican Senate Nod

Armstrong County Tea Party leader and former coal company owner Tom Smith won the five-person race in Pennsylvania to become the Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate. Smith garnered 40% of the vote. Two of his opponents, Sam Rohrer and Steven Welch got 22 and 21 percent of the vote respectively. David Christian grabbed 10% and Marc Scaringi rounded out the field with 7%.

Smith will face Senator Bob Casey in the November election. Casey defeated Joseph Vodvarka, of Robinson Township, 80% to 20% for the Democratic nomination.

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Government
4:09 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Former PUMP Director Molchany Takes 22nd District Democratic Primary

Mt. Washington resident and former Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project executive director Erin Molchany defeated Martin Schmotzer in the 22nd Pennsylvania house district Democratic primary for Pennsylvania representative on Tuesday, 52 to 39 percent. The remainder of the vote went to Shawn Lunny, who had been tossed from the ballot by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but not in time for his name to be removed from the voting machines.

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Government
4:09 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Murphy Defeats Primary Challenger in 18th Congressional District

Republican Tim Murphy faced his first challenge from within his own party since taking office in 2003. Murphy handily defeated Tea Party-backed opponent Evan Feinberg, winning 63% of the vote. The Congressman thanked supporters at a gathering in Greentree, and said it's now time to move forward.

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Government
4:05 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Mustio Falls to Raja in Race for 37th District Senate Seat

Mark Mustio failed in his attempt to claim the seat left by good friend State Sen. John Pippy in Tuesday's primary election.

Mustio, aiming for the 37th District Senate seat, fell short, coming in third behind winner D. Raja and grassroots candidate Sue Means. Raja claimed 44% of the vote and Means claimed 31%. That left just 25% for Mustio.

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Government
4:04 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Joe Preston Falls to Ed Gainey

State Representative Joe Preston has been a member of the Pennsylvania state legislature for nearly three decades, but that will come to an end in December. Preston fell in the 24th Legislative District Democratic Primary Tuesday to one-time employee Ed Gainey by a 66% to 34% margin.

Gainey said he won the race by out-campaigning Preston. "It's hard work, but it is also good work to go door to door and talk to the people," said Gainey, "find out what their concerns are and find out where you can assist them."

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Government
3:46 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Maher Wins GOP Race for Pennsylvania Auditor General

"A CPA for PA, an auditor for Auditor General," those were the refrains heard time and again at John Maher's campaign headquarters Tuesday night in Bethel Park. As the GOP Auditor General candidate, Maher is already looking toward November, when he will face Democrat and Pittsburgh native Eugene DePasquale. Maher said he'll need to get the word out, explaining that "we'll need about a million Democrats to win."

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Government
8:55 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Veteran Pittsburgh State Lawmaker Joe Preston Defeated

Veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker Joe Preston will not be serving a 16th term in the House. With 99.5% of precincts reporting, Ed Gainey has defeated Preston 65.8% to 33.9%.

In the special election in legislative district 22, Democrat Martin Schmotzer will succeed Chelsa Wagner who resigned after being elected as Allegheny County Controller. Schmotzer defeated Republican Chris Cratsley in the special election 51.7% to 38.2%.

However, Schmotzer won't serve beyond the 8 months remaining in Wagner's term because Erin Molchany defeated him in the Democratic primary 53.1% to 38.9%.

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Economy
7:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Annual Career Week Focuses On Pathways To Regional Jobs

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) is holding its 6th annual "Imagine! Career Week," which involves job-related programs for people of all ages in the Pittsburgh region from April 26th to May 4th.

Micah Frankenfield, youth manager for TRWIB, says workshops and programs throughout career week are particularly important for young people.

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Transportation
7:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Some Young Drivers Ignoring Seat Belt Laws

New research has shown that novice teen drivers who live in states with so-called "secondary enforcement" seatbelt laws are less likely to use the life-saving devices than those in "primary enforcement" states.

A primary seatbelt law allows an officer to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to the person simply for not wearing a seatbelt. 33 states, including Pennsylvania, have primary offense seatbelt laws.

17 states have secondary offense seatbelt laws that only allow for a citation to be issued if the driver is stopped for a primary violation, such as speeding.

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Government
4:48 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Maher Wins GOP Nomination for Auditor General

Nearly two thirds of the precincts have checked in statewide…and in the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, Kathleen Kane has 54.5% of the vote and Patrick Murphy 45.5%.

The winner will take on David Freed who is unopposed for the GOP nomination.

Also on the GOP ballot, in the race for auditor general, John Maher has captured the Republican nomination with 67.5% of the votes to Frank Pinto's 32.5%. The victor takes on Democrat Eugene DePasquale in the fall.

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Health
4:30 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Department of Health Practices Emergency Response

A three-day disaster drill tested Pennsylvania emergency services across the state this weekend. Teams assembled in Lebanon, Clearfield, and Lehigh Counties to practice their response to disaster scenarios.

Joe Schmider, State Director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, said participants treated the situations as if they were real, and were not told what they would encounter during exercises.

He said, when actual disasters occur, resources become strained, and practice sessions help them to learn to cope when an emergency presents itself.

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Local
4:20 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Homewood, Brushton Set to Receive Sustained URA Funding

Pittsburgh City Council is poised to direct $1.75 million toward the redevelopment of Homewood and Brushton over the next five years.

The bill from Councilman Ricky Burgess would dedicate $350,000 per year toward the dilapidated East End areas. The money would be administered by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Burgess said the funding would be used largely to hire staff for a local community development group.

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Government
3:38 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Bill DeWeese Resigns

Convicted state Rep. Bill DeWeese has handed in his resignation from Pennsylvania's House of Representatives.

A spokesman for House Speaker Sam Smith says Smith received the letter yesterday and that DeWeese's resignation takes effect at noon Tuesday, less than two hours before he is scheduled to be sentenced on corruption charges. Legislative offices were closed Tuesday for the primary election.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Smith Versus Casey for Senate in the Fall

Armstrong County Tea Party founder and former coal company owner Tom Smith emerged as the winner from a 5-member field for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

With 99% of precincts counted across the commonwealth, Smith has 39% of the votes compared to Sam Rohrer's 22%, Steven Welch with 21%, David Christian with 11% and Marc Scaringi's 7%.

Smith will face Senator Bob Casey in the November election. Casey defeated Joseph Vodvarka, of Robinson Township, 80% to 20 for the Democratic nomination. Casey is seeking a second 6-year term.

House District 12

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Local
12:58 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Pittsburgh Armored Car Shooting Suspect Nabbed in Florida

A man wanted on charges he stole more than $2 million from an armored car he was paid to guard in Pittsburgh, murdering his partner in the process, was arrested Tuesday morning in Florida, an attorney and a federal prosecutor said.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh told The Associated Press that 22-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. had been arrested in Pompano Beach, Fla.

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