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8:41 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Auditor General Candidate Profile: Frank Pinto

Frank Pinto is one of two candidates running for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania Auditor General in Tuesday's primary election. The 67-year-old Pinto feels he is the right choice for the position because of his "51 years of living, teaching, and working" in politics.

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Arts
7:49 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Duquesne Psychology Students Highlight Hill House History

The Hill House, in Pittsburgh's Hill District, traces its roots to two organizations from the early 1900's. Ever since then, more than 500,000 people have come and gone through the House's doors.

Now, some of these narratives will be recounted to the public by a group of Duquesne University students as part of the Hill House's 1000 Stories project.

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Health
7:28 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Obesity in Black Communities an Issue of “Food Justice”

Food Justice is focusing on bringing about equity in terms of access to healthier foods in all communities. The food justice movement is a fast-growing one, as more attention is being paid to childhood obesity and the higher rates of obesity among minority groups.

"What we know from research is that communities that are primarily African American, as well as Latino, tend to have fewer grocery stores where you can find greater access to a variety of foods and lower-cost foods," said Monica Baskin, associate professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Science & Technology
5:54 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Natural Gas Industry Looking at Possibility of Using Coal Drainage instead of Fresh Water

A report issued by the RAND Corporation finds that using abandoned mine drainage for hydraulic fracturing gas wells could be employed more frequently in future development, thereby lessening the burden on fresh water supplies. The report, funded by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, concludes that drainage from closed mines is plentiful, and the technology to use it is feasible.

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Local
5:25 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Panel Gathers to Explore Veteran Transition

Veterans and veterans' advocates gathered Wednesday night to hash out some of the issues facing GI's as they return from combat zones and try to assimilate back into stateside life. The discussion repeatedly returned to finding and keeping a job.

The jobs just haven't been there for the last few years, said Pennsylvania Careerlink Mon Valley office Veterans' Representative John Bittner. But it's getting better.

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Economy & Business
3:56 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Panel Gathers to Explore Veteran Transition

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Veterans and veterans’ advocates gathered Wednesday night to hash out some of the issues facing GI’s as they return from combat zones and try to assimilate back into stateside life. The discussion repeatedly returned to finding and keeping a job.

The jobs just haven’t been there for the last few years, said Pennsylvania Careerlink Mon Valley office Veterans’ Representative John Bittner. But it’s getting better.

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Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Business Interest Group Encourages Use of Natural Gas Vehicles

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development has released a report touting the economic benefits of converting fleets to natural gas. ACCD spokesman Ken Zapinski said the cost differential between oil and natural gas is setting records. "In terms of the price differential, and based on new reserves coming online for natural gas," Zapinski said, "the projections from the Energy Information Administration are that gas is going to stay significant for decades to come."

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Local
8:28 am
Thu April 19, 2012

CMU Master Plan Approaches Final Approval

Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to Carnegie Mellon University's latest ten-year master plan.

According to CMU Director of Design Bob Reppe, one key aspect of the master plan is for the school to embrace Forbes Avenue as the main campus thoroughfare. Reppe told the council the university has started to make a few changes to reflect the new attitude toward the busy street.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Volunteers Will Hit Streets This Weekend for Earth Day “Redd Up"

An expected 20,000 volunteers will hit the streets and parks throughout the Pittsburgh region this weekend for a semi-annual litter clean-up in conjunction with Earth Day on Sunday.

Boris Weinstein, founder of Citizens Against Litter, which helps organize the clean-up effort in Washington, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Butler, and Beaver counties, said 250 communities and groups have already signed on to help out.

Of those 250, 84 are city neighborhoods and 57 are Allegheny County boroughs and townships.

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Government
7:20 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Attorney General Candidate Profile: Kathleen Kane

Two candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Attorney General in Tuesday's primary election.

Kathleen Kane from Lackawanna County is running against Patrick Murphy to be the Democratic candidate for the office of State Attorney General.

Kane has run her campaign on the idea of removing politics from the office, both now and if she is elected.

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Government
6:50 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Continued Resistance to Voter ID Law

The controversial voter identification law passed in Pennsylvania will be fully implemented for the Presidential election in the fall, but not without protest.

Senior citizens, low-income individuals and others in need of photo ID gathered outside of downtown Pittsburgh's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) License Center to rally against the law, claiming it will keep particular demographics away from the polls.

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Government
6:47 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

State Simplifies Obtaining Voter ID

When the state Legislature passed the Voter ID Law requiring people to show photo identification when they go to the polls, critics said it could make it more difficult for seniors to cast votes because the elderly often have expired drivers licenses.

The commonwealth's Department of State announced today that people with expired licenses will not have to provide a proof of residence when receiving a voter ID.

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Local
6:35 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Reassessment Task Force Didn’t Do its Job According to Conservative Think Tank

A task force charged with looking at the property reassessment system statewide issued a report last week. While it included several recommendations, it also stated that "the six-month time frame did not allow a more in depth study of these very complicated issues…" The Allegheny Institute said the task force did not meet its mission.

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Environment
6:30 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Seed and Story Library Comes to Lawrenceville

Starting in May, southwestern Pennsylvanians can "borrow" local seeds from the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, with the hope that gardeners will then return harvested seeds in the fall for use the following spring.

Mary Monaghan, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Libraries, says returning newly harvested seed is completely voluntary. There will be no late fees, and librarians will not come to your garden to confiscate seeds.

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Environment
6:23 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

EPA Moves to Curb Gas Well Air Pollution

The Obama administration has ordered natural gas developers to address the air pollution that's created when a gas well is hydraulically fractured.

The rule only applies to wells drilled into deep shale gas formations, like the Marcellus Shale beneath Pennsylvania.

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Local
5:43 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Thelma Lovette YMCA Officially Opens in Hill District

The newest YMCA in Pittsburgh has opened its doors. The $12 million facility is named for long-time civil rights leader and activist Thelma Lovette. The 96 year-old grew up in the Hill District and has been an active supporter of the YMCA for decades.

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Economy & Business
3:54 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Allegheny County Gets Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

When many U.S. military personnel leave the service to return home, they might not have a home to return to or they wind up in the streets eventually.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says there are more than 10,000 homeless veterans nationwide, including those in southwestern Pennsylvania, which has one of the highest veterans per capita rates in the country.

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Science & Technology
7:43 am
Wed April 18, 2012

New Movie Highlights Pittsburgh as World Leader in Science

The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park is the subject of a new film to be debuted Wednesday night. Undaunted looks at the history of the University of Pittsburgh owned and operated facility, first opened in 1867, and the people that brought it to life. The film goes so far as to call it the true birthplace of aviation and the field of astrophysics.

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Local
7:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Allegheny County Gets Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans

When many U.S. military personnel leave the service to return home, they might not have a home to return to or they wind up in the streets eventually.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says there are more than 10,000 homeless veterans nationwide, including those in southwestern Pennsylvania, which has one of the highest veterans per capita rates in the country.

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Local
10:13 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

First Lady Visits Pittsburgh, Greets Service Members at 911th Airlift Wing

The 911th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command has been targeted for closure in 2013, but service members, their families and friends, lawmakers and citizens have been fighting to keep it open.

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Economy
8:46 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

U.S. Secretary Of Labor Talks In Pittsburgh

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis today joined management and labor officials in the Pittsburgh area for a discussion titled "Industry, Trades & Skills," at the Community College of Allegheny County.

The forum was part of a CCAC discussion series intended to enhance the understanding and recognition of the role labor unions and labor relations have played in shaping western Pennsylvania.

Secretary Solis' keynote address focused on the impact that apprenticeship programs have had on the U.S. economy.

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Government
8:05 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Corbett Goes For Romney

The campaign of GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has the support of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett held no public event to announce it, and did not make any public comments on it before the Romney campaign released a statement Tuesday.

Corbett's support is somewhat belated, since the closest challenger to Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, dropped out of the race a week ago. The endorsement from Corbett arrives a week before Pennsylvania's April 24 primary, which Romney is expected to win, particularly with Santorum out of the race.

Local
6:20 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Murphy Wants the White House, Air Force to Talk About the 911th

A Pittsburgh area Congressman says the Air Force's decision to close the 911th Airlift Wing was "misinformed and mistaken and misguided."

U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) testified Tuesday before the House Committee on Armed Services which is beginning to craft the National Defense Authorization Act (the military budget) for fiscal year 2013. The Air Force is planning to shut down the 911th Airlift Wing by September of next year as part of a proposal to trim overall costs by $8.7 billion.

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Government
5:58 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Romney Visits Bethel Park to Talk Taxes

A normal day of bridge tables, Zumba classes, and yoga at the Bethel Park Community Center was interrupted on Tuesday with a special guest who brought his own security.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought his campaign to a picnic table outside the building, talking politics and taxes with Western Pennsylvanians one week before the state's primary election.

Romney said he wants to lower taxes for the middle class and small businesses as part of his goal to "simplify" the nation's tax system.

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Local
2:57 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Marathon Season Heats Up in Pittsburgh

With the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon less than three weeks away, organizers are trying to assemble a small army of volunteers to help ensure a safe and smooth race day.

"When you have about 25,000 runners you need quite a few people to support those runners on the course on race day and throughout race weekend," said race director Patrice Matamoros. "We probably need about a thousand more volunteers at this point, so the need is urgent."

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