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7:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Pitt Student Club Gets $100,000 To Manage

It will no longer be "Monopoly money" for some University of Pittsburgh students.   Members of the Socially Responsible Investment Club (SRIC) shift this semester from theory to the opportunity to invest $100,000 in companies that are acting as responsible corporate citizens.

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Health
9:35 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Study Looks At Connection Between Eating Behaviors And Weight Loss

With more than one third of the American population considered to be obese, weight loss is a popular and important issue, especially among women. A study has shown that postmenopausal women who increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables while decreasing their intake of desserts, sugar-sweetened drinks, meat, and cheese are more likely to control and maintain their weight over time.

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Environment
1:11 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Drought Watch Lifted for Allegheny and 14 Other Counties

State environmental officials have lifted a drought watch for 15 counties in western Pennsylvania.

A statement released Friday by the Department of Environmental Protection says rainfall over the last six weeks has improved stream flows and soil moisture.

The counties involved are Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren and Washington.

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Health
7:56 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

2012 Experiencing Record High Of Positive West Nile Mosquito Samples

Although there have been no human cases detected in western Pennsylvania, there has been a record-high number of mosquitoes carrying the deadly West Nile Virus (WNV). Allegheny County health officials reported 138 samples tested positive, which is nearly twice as many as last year and the highest number ever.

The samples were gathered during the period in the summer when humans are most vulnerable to the virus. Dr. Ron Voorhees, Acting Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said the root of the problem actually comes from birds.

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Government
6:27 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

No one should ever drink and drive. That warning has been taught for years in every high school and driver’s education class across the country.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over, a campaign run by the State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has increased DUI enforcement efforts through Labor Day. However, this campaign isn’t meant to just deter those who may think about driving drunk. It’s also meant to stop a rise in another dangerous trend: those who take drugs and drive.

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Government
5:35 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

DEP Tightens Permit Process

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In response to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's executive order at the end of July urging state agencies to do more with fewer dollars, the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is implementing a stricter process for reviewing applications and issuing permits.

Kevin Sunday, DEP spokesperson, said the proposed procedure to apply for waste management, air quality, oil, and gas permits is very strict.

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Economy
5:28 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

City of Pittsburgh Faring Well in Regional Home Values and Sales

Pittsburgh’s second ward, which includes portions of downtown and the Strip District, is number 2 on a list of the top 35 areas for home sales and home price appreciations over the last decade. Several other areas of the city also made the list.

“Communities like North Side, Lawrenceville, Southside,” said RealSTATs Vice President Daniel Murrer, “it was really good to see the appreciation going on in the city of Pittsburgh, and a lot of that we attribute to investors going into rundown properties, gutting them, then selling them for a higher price.”

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Transportation
5:04 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

PAT CEO Bland Is Candidate For Jacksonville Job

The head of the financially-challenged Port Authority of Allegheny County is up for a similar post in Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union reported today that PAT Chief Executive Office Steve Bland is one of three finalists to be executive director of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

"My family and I love living in the Pittsburgh area, my wife s original hometown, and we have no immediate plans to leave," Bland said in a statement released by the Port Authority.

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Environment & Energy
2:23 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Zurawlow and Chevron

Andrezj Bak and his wife Barbara, residents of Zurawlow, read a letter Chevron sent the residents of the community.
Erika Beras/90.5 WESA

Friday, August 31, 2012

You might miss Zurawlow as you drive the narrow roads that weave through the gentle rolling hills of Southeastern Poland.  A small sign is all that indicates a small town is just up ahead, along a dirt and gravel road.  

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Local
1:05 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Jury Gives Death Penalty in Greensburg Torture Killing

A man deserves to die by lethal injection for his role in the torture killing of a mentally disabled woman held captive in a dingy apartment for more than two days, a jury ruled Thursday.

The jury delivered the death penalty instead of life in prison for 22-year-old Melvin Knight after hearing nearly two weeks of testimony about the grisly death of Jennifer Daugherty in February 2010.

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Local
9:35 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Zurawlow and Chevron

You might miss Zurawlow as you drive the narrow roads that weave through the gentle rolling hills of Southeastern Poland.  A small sign is all that indicates a small town is just up ahead, along a dirt and gravel road.  

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Government
10:35 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

PA Lawmakers Not Likely to Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving

The commonwealth's nearly six-month-old texting-while-driving ban is proving difficult to enforce, in part because it doesn’t extend to all handheld cell phone use behind the wheel.  However, that doesn't mean state lawmakers are of a mind to tighten the measure.  

Senate President Pro Temp Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)  doesn’t deny the texting ban was a product of compromise, but he said
outlawing the use of handheld cell phones behind the wheel won’t eradicate distracted driving.  

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Local
9:59 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Labor Leaders Celebrate the Men and Women who Built America

While the Labor Day holiday is to many a marker of the end of summer, for others it is a reminder of those who worked and continue to work in industries such as coal and steel. Labor Day was designated as an official U.S. holiday in 1894.

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Government
8:42 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Energy Symposium Focuses on Marcellus Shale Industry

Government and energy officials are in Washington County today for a two day conference discussing the impact of the energy industry in Pennsylvania.   

Thursday’s sessions feature insights from natural gas industry officials as well as DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. Friday, employees of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the company Waste Management, and fiscal analysts will speak, according to events moderator and state Senator Tim Solobay (D-Washington County).

Solobay said he thinks a lot of questions will be focused on new uses for natural gas.

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Environment
8:36 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

NWF Study Finds Climate Change is Ruining Summer

A new National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report points to heat waves, wildfires, fish deaths, and drought as evidence of climate change in the United States and its devastating ripple effect seen this summer.

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Government
6:58 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Bill Aimed at Making it Easier for Military Spouses to Transfer Out of State Professional Licenses.

In the hopes of making it easier for military spouses to continue to work, Pennsylvania Representative Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) has introduced a bill that would streamline the process of transferring out-of-state professional licenses into the Keystone State. About one third of military spouses in the workforce are in careers that require licensure.

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Government
1:08 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Police Bemoan Text Ban Loophole

The law prohibiting writing and sending text messages from behind the wheel was popular, passing with all but a handful of votes in both the state House and the Senate. 

But just because it sailed through the General Assembly doesn’t mean it was a good law, say police who find their hands tied when they try to cite someone for a texting violation.

If the driver says she wasn’t texting, but simply using her phone in another way, the $50 fine isn’t warranted.  The ban doesn’t apply to using a handheld cell phone while driving.

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Government
12:41 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Critics Find Problems in New ID Card Process

The Department of State’s new voter ID card hasn’t even been available a week yet.  The latest account, from close of business Tuesday, shows that 65 have been issued statewide.  But critics say they’re concerned a devil lurks in the details.

The Committee of Seventy, an advocacy group that has been opposed to the state’s new photo requirement at the polls from the get-go, has raised concerns that getting a DOS voter ID won’t be such a simple undertaking for Pennsylvania-born residents. 

Why?  The answer is somewhat involved.

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Local
11:57 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Poland Hopes to Frack Shale Deposits

Ask Poles how they feel about fracking for natural gas and responses are mixed. They hope for big money and free flowing gas. They recognize legal, environmental and societal concerns, but ask them why fracking for homegrown gas is important and the answer is the same: energy independence.

Poles from all walks of life say if they can get to the natural gas that geologists and energy companies say is trapped deep underground, Poland would be free from reliance on its neighbors to the east — Russians.

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Economy
11:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Amazon.com to Begin Collecting PA Sales Tax

Beginning Saturday, Amazon.com Inc. will start collecting Pennsylvania sales tax on orders that are shipped to the state, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The online retail giant had previously refused to register to collect Pennsylvania's 6 percent levy on its orders. But a spokesman said the company reversed itself because a state directive requiring it takes effect Saturday.

"We believe that customers (in Pennsylvania) will continue to come to Amazon because we offer the best prices with or without sales tax," said the spokesman, Scott Stanzel.

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Government
9:35 am
Thu August 30, 2012

A Test Drill in Lesniowice

Poland has the same kinds of natural gas shale formations we have here in Pennsylvania. Many Poles hope hydraulic fracturing technology and the resulting release of natural gas will bring the country energy independence and a financial boom, but also like here in Pennsylvania, a number of Poles have a not-in-my-backyard attitude toward the developments. 

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Government
9:06 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Pennsylvania Environmental Group Applauds New Vehicle Emissions Standards

United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this week announced new emissions standards that will nearly double current average fuel efficiency by 2025. Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) welcomed the announcement, calling it a great success for the economy and for public health.

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Government
7:47 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

County Controller Outlines Potential PAT Revenues

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said the county transit agency could be doing more to earn itself money.

Wagner said she thinks $10 million per year is a conservative estimate of the amount the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) is "leaving on the table."

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Health
7:13 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Steelers, UPMC Urge Young Athletes “Don’t Hit the Head, Don’t Use the Head” in Play

In an effort to raise awareness about and prevent concussions, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is sharing one of the team’s mantras – “don’t hit the head, don’t use the head,” to young football players in the region.

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Local
6:19 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Terrell Johnson to Get New Murder Trial Next Week

A Hazelwood man will get a new trial next Tuesday in the 1994 murder case for which he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Terrell Johnson, now in his mid-thirties, will be tried again for the gunshot murder of Verna Robinson on July 21, 1994. Both prosecution and defense will each bring forward at least one new witness.

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