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8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

All Pitt Students who Complete Prep Program Guaranteed an Internship as Part of New Initiative

In an increasingly competitive job market, the University of Pittsburgh is trying to give its students a leg up by ensuring they can secure an internship. Starting this fall, any registered Pitt undergraduate on the Pittsburgh campus will be eligible to participate in the Internship Preparation Program (IPP).

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Health
7:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Surplus Suture Wanted

A Pittsburgh-based international medical relief agency is calling on hospitals to donate surgical suture kits to prevent surgical delays and deaths in countries including Malawi, Jamaica, and Bolivia. For the past 23 years, Global Links has provided medical materials for resource-poor countries, and while large amounts of suture have already been donated, there is still a need for more.

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Health
7:05 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Highmark Updates Takeover Request to State Insurance Dept.

Highmark has sent the Pennsylvania Insurance Department an updated version of its request to take over local healthcare providers.  The new plan increases the cost estimate to $1 billion due to the addition of another hospital takeover option and new physician agreements.

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Government
9:32 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ravenstahl Touts Pittsburgh Successes in Washington D.C.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl was one of nine speakers from around the U.S. addressing the White House Forum on Urban Innovation today. He was asked to discuss the city’s successes in job creation, economic improvement, and education, most specifically the Pittsburgh Promise.

“While the entire story was well-received I think the focus and the majority of the questions I was asked was about the Promise, how we did it, how we started it, how we funded it, how it’s working, and the like, and there seemed to be a lot of interest in that program,” said Ravenstahl.

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Government
8:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

PA GOP Sen. Candidate says no Exception on Abortion

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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania said Monday that his opposition to abortion under any circumstances was something his own family had to deal with when his daughter became pregnant out of wedlock.

Tom Smith, the nominee running against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, made the comment after being asked how he would argue to keep the baby if a daughter or granddaughter were to become pregnant as a result of rape.

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Government
8:10 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Massachusetts Democrats Bash Romney on Education, Jobs

A pair of Massachusetts state representatives is touring Pennsylvania with a Democratic bus tour, criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his record as Governor of their home state.

Massachusetts Representatives James Murphy (D-Weymouth) and Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy) joined up with local Democrats outside the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building on Monday to bash Romney's policies on education and job creation.

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Government
7:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Voter ID Cards Will Be Available Starting This Week

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A new photo identification card, strictly for voting purposes in Pennsylvania, will be available starting this week. It was created in response to the state’s voter ID law, which requires voters to show an acceptable form of photo identification before casting their ballots.

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Education
5:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Many Health Issues, Including HIV/AIDS, To Be Discussed At Local Symposium

The rising rates of infection of HIV/AIDS in the Pittsburgh area will be one of the main topics discussed Tuesday at a symposium in Oakland hosted by Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Inc (ETAH).

"Achieving Health Equity for Minority Boys & Young Men": Focus on Boys & Young Men Symposium, Part II” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 28 in the University Club in Pittsburgh.

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Local
5:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Pitt Football Coach Excited for Season Opener

Paul Chryst will walk the sidelines as a first-time head coach when his Pitt Panthers take on Youngstown State at Heinz Field this Saturday night.

The former Wisconsin offensive coordinator said he's glad to make the transition from the booth to the field, but he's more concerned with Pitt's performance in its season opener. Chryst said he's trying to execute the game with as few mistakes as possible.

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Government
4:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ferlo Trying to Stop Highmark Premiums Hike

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Highmark is trying to raise premiums for 11 health insurance plans, but one state lawmaker is trying to put brakes on the company's request.

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Government
4:45 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Battle over PA Funeral Director Law Continues – State Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million in Legal Fees

This past spring, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down 11 provisions of the law that governs Pennsylvania’s funeral homes. The judge, last week, finalized his ruling, ordering the state to pay more than $1.1 million in legal fees and barring the state from enforcing sections of the law he deemed unconstitutional.

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Government
1:21 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Local, State Candidates Leery of Campaign Donations Via Text

The Romney and Obama presidential campaigns are poised to begin accepting donations via text message -- but it may be a while before state and local candidates in the commonwealth can do the same.

Aubrey Montgomery, finance director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said a state law could be interpreted to prohibit such contributions.

For a campaign to be able to accept texted donations, it needs to have an agreement with the wireless carrier. Montgomery said that could clash with Pennsylvania'’s law, which bans so-called “aggregating third parties.”

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Education
8:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Afterschool Programs in PA

A survey released last week by the Afterschool Alliance representing 4,947 sites serving 567,470 children painted a grim picture for the afterschool programs in the country and the commonwealth.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Law Changes Nonprofit Fundraising

Sometimes a new law is heralded by the groups it’'s meant to help.  Other times, it’'s an occasion for some organizations to realize they'’ve been out of compliance for years. 

Legislation signed into law in February governing small games of chance was intended to benefit the nonprofit groups holding raffles and drawings to raise money for their community, but lawmakers and State Police troopers enforcing it say the changes have led to confusion.  

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Portraits of the Healthcare-Lacking

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An artist from Bucks County has been painting portraits of people who do not have health insurance.

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Government
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Allegheny Among Counties Being Considered for State Block Grants

Allegheny County Human Services Director Marc Cherna says he thinks Allegheny County has a good chance of being chosen as one of 20 counties across Pennsylvania that will be allowed more flexibility when it comes to spending state human services funds. 

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Patrick Dowd

Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent."

Edwin Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command

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Education
1:05 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Penn State Board Chair: Tough Times Ahead

The head of Penn State's board of trustees is warning of difficult times ahead as the school tries to make changes following the child sex abuse scandal.

Board Chairwoman Karen Peetz said at a public meeting Saturday that the months ahead "may be less shocking, but they may well be more difficult as the legal ramifications of this tragedy continue to play out."

She said the board is committed to making changes and was reviewing plans to implement recommendations of a university report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

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Local
7:35 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Drake Well Celebrates New Exhibits

A petroleum history exhibit opens this Sunday in Titusville, where 153 years ago, Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern industry.

The Drake Well Museum’s new 10,000-square-foot exhibit is called, “There's a Drop of OIL and Gas in Your Life Every Day!"

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Local
2:30 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Sandusky Victim Sues Penn State

The young man whose 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and criminal convictions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is asking a court to find the university also at fault.

A lawsuit, filed Friday by the person known as Victim 1 at Sandusky's trial, said university officials made deliberate decisions not to report Sandusky to authorities.

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Government
12:54 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Rothfus to Speak at GOP Convention Monday

A Pittsburgh area politician will have five minutes to address the delegates and the country at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Keith Rothfus, is the Republican nominee running against U.S. Representative Mark Critz (D-PA-12) in the November election.  He admitted he's a little nervous, and that he wasn't planning on going to the convention before he was asked to speak, but said his selection is an honor.

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Government
11:42 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Facebook Page Demands Corbett's Impeachment

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Arts
11:16 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Kennywood Ethnic Days Thrive

Pittsburgh's multi-ethnic heritage is celebrated at Kennywood Park multiple times each summer.  Cultural groups gather for more than a dozen nationality days at the amusement park including a Polish Day that has been taking place for 81 years.  

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Environment
9:12 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Peregrine Falcon Continues to Make a Come-Back

It’s been another successful nesting season for the peregrine falcon in Pennsylvania. The pesticide DDT wiped out the falcon population east of the Rocky Mountains in the 1940s and 50s. But the species has been making a slow come-back ever since a repopulation effort began in the 80s. Dr. Arthur McMorris, the peregrine falcon coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission explained that a successful nesting season means the population is growing.

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Government
7:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Pittsburgh Police Chief: Hiring Procedure is Fair

While Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper would not comment specifically on pending litigation, he says the police department’s hiring process is fair.  Harper's comments came 24 hours after the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal suit alleging the department discriminates against African American applicants.

Harper told Essential Pittsburgh Host Paul Guggenheimer Friday that, “as a chief of a major city police department, diversity is very important.” 

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