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5:15 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Pittsburgh Public Schools Unveils Plan to Tackle Racial Achievement Gap

Pittsburgh Public Schools already has a plan in place to address the racial achievement gap. A new plan, released Friday, builds upon that. The "Equity: Getting to All" report finds the district is doing many of the things that should lead to improvements in student achievement and to improvements in schools.

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

A New View of Whistler Comes To CMOA

While he might be best known for a painting of his mother, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an accomplished printmaker and even more accomplished at managing his public persona. The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) opens an exhibition Saturday titled Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World that delves into the places where Whistler's art and his personality cross.

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Local
9:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Attorneys in Jordan Miles Civil Trial say it all Comes Down to Credibility - Jury Now Deliberating

It's now up to the jury to decide if Jordan Miles' civil rights were violated two years ago, when he says he was beaten and wrongfully arrested by three plain-clothes Pittsburgh Police Officers. In closing arguments each side claims the other is making up ridiculous stories.

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Local
8:45 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Voter ID Lawyers Rest

A commonwealth court judge is expected to rule on the future of the state's controversial voter ID law in a little more than a week. The announcement of a goal of August 13th for a decision came as lawyers for both sides wrapped up closing arguments Thursday.

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Local
8:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

DA Zappala Calls Automatic License Plate Readers “Public Safety” Tools

Allegheny County's top prosecutor says he doesn't object to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania for information on how law enforcement uses automatic license plate readers to record and store the movements of drivers.

As part of a nationwide effort, the ACLU has sent requests to 15 police departments plus the Pennsylvania State Police for the information.

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Local
5:26 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Johnstown Middle School Gets Grant to Improve Performance

Ten Pennsylvania schools will share $6.9 million in federal School Improvement Grants awarded to some of the commonwealth's poorest performing schools.

The Greater Johnstown Middle School will receive nearly $1 million. District Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak said part of the grant money will be used toward creating a culture of students who are better prepared for high school and college.

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Local
5:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Has Record-Setting Year

With today's weak economy, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) reported this week it experienced record-setting numbers in their programs last year. Approximately 27.4 million pounds of food, or about 22.8 million meals, were distributed in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Iris Valanti, Director of Communications for the GPCFB, said they saw more families affected by the struggling economy throughout the past year.

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Local
5:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Revenues Up In First Month Of Fiscal Year 2012-13

In July 2012, Pennsylvania collected $1.8 billion in General Fund revenues, which is up by $124.1 million compared to the previous July.

Allison Roberts, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, said there are several factors contributing to why July 2012 is performing better than July 2011.

"If you look at our motor vehicle sales tax, which is the sales tax collected from the sale of cars and trucks and other motor vehicles, they were 24.4 million dollars up from July 2011," Roberts said.

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Local
4:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

House Bill Will Not Require Minors To Pay Inheritance Tax On Parents' Property

Minor children who experience the death of one or both parents will no longer have to pay an inheritance tax on property. The bill, introduced by Representative Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford), ensures that "death taxes" will not have to be paid by minors at a time when they are experiencing a tough, personal loss.

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Local
3:03 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Laws Banning Cigarettes in Bars Leave Loopholes for Hookah

In many major cities smoking cigarettes is banned in bars, but chances are patrons could legally walk to a nearby café and breathe in some hookah smoke that many believe is just as bad, if not worse, than cigarette smoke.

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Local
9:44 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Public Hearing Ordered for City Property Advertising Bills

Pittsburgh City Council will consider comments from experts and the public at large before voting on a package of bills that would allow private companies to advertise on some city property.

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Local
8:30 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Poll: President Obama Leads Romney in PA

President Obama leads Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney 53-42 percent among likely voters in Pennsylvania. The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll, released Wednesday, also shows U.S. Senator Bob Casey ahead of Republican challenger Tom Smith 55-37 percent.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Mr. Obama's lead is built squarely on female voters. "He has a 59-35 percent lead among women voters, while men go to Romney 50-47 percent. Independent voters also back Mr. Obama 58-36 percent."

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Local
8:15 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Councilman Tries to Revive Dormant Living Wage Law

Pittsburgh City Council is considering a bill that would activate a dormant, ten-year-old law to set a "living wage" minimum for all city employees.

At its committee meeting Wednesday, Council voted to hold the measure for a post-agenda meeting to discuss legal questions surrounding the bill.

Sponsoring Councilman Ricky Burgess said the legislation wouldn't enact a new law, because the state government banned living wage legislation a few years ago. Rather, he said Council must activate the old city law.

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Local
8:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Jordan Miles’ Civil Trial Against Three Pittsburgh Police Officers Nears its End

Attorneys for the officers tried to establish that no long-term damage was done to the then 18-year old after attorneys for Jordan Miles earlier indicated he'd suffered long-term effects from the night he said he was beaten by three plain-clothes Pittsburgh Police officers.

Before the January 2010 incident, Miles was an honor student at Pittsburgh CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts high school) and qualified for the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program. Miles testified he now has trouble concentrating and had difficulty in college before ultimately leaving school.

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Local
8:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Brookline Becomes First Recipient Of “Biz Buzz" Grant Program

City officials officially launched a mini-grant program to strengthen neighborhood business districts in Pittsburgh.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today presented the Brookline business district a $2,500 grant to kick off the Pittsburgh Biz Buzz Program, the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) new small business grant initiative. It was designed to help local businesses in neighborhoods attract more customers through creative advertising.

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Local
7:45 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Traffic Changes Coming On Route 28

Motorists who use Route 28 between Millvale and East Ohio Street, get ready to shift.

From 8:00 PM Friday through 8:00 AM, Sunday traffic will be limited to one lane in the southbound direction of Route 28 for work needed in order to shift traffic onto the new lane of Route 28 next to the newly-constructed walls near the hillside.

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Local
5:30 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Legislation Targets Gang Recruiters

Legislation in the state Senate would make it a criminal offense to recruit gang members in the commonwealth.

Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) said the Chester County District Attorney brought the growing gang issue to his attention.

"They have the beginnings of some young criminal street gangs, and the district attorney wanted some additional tools to stop the problem before it grew and spread," Pileggi said.

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Local
5:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Advocates Hail New Women’s Preventive Care Coverage

Health advocates are praising portions of the federal health care law overhaul affecting women's health that begin today.

Women who renew their health plans starting today will receive coverage for services such as counseling for sexually transmitted diseases and screening and counseling for domestic violence victims. However, because the change only applies to new or renewed plans, it will take a couple of years for all women to see the change.

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Local
12:57 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Plaintiffs Worry About Knowledge of Voter ID Law

Witnesses at a hearing Tuesday on Pennsylvania's voter-identification law painted a bleak landscape of voters confused by the new photo requirement, PennDOT officials dispensing misinformation and conflicting estimates of how many voters lack valid IDs.

"The information is just not getting out quick enough" to ensure that voters know about the law and understand how to comply, testified John Jordan, director of civic engagement for the NAACP. "There's no way that this can be done" by the Nov. 6 election, he said.

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Local
12:46 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Orie Melvin Will Stand Trial

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin will stand trial on seven charges of illegally using her publicly funded staff for her political campaigns for a seat on the court in 2003 and 2009, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The conservative Republican from Pittsburgh's North Hills suburbs has denied the charges and suggested they are a political vendetta by the county's Democratic district attorney, Stephen Zappala Jr.

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Local
9:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

ALCOSAN Releases Wet Weather Water Plan – Authority Rates could Double or Triple

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has released a draft Wet Weather Plan as part of a consent decree with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. ALCOSAN isn't happy with the plan, neither are local environmental groups, but for different reasons.

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Health
8:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Pittsburgh Region Gets High Marks in Quality of Life Survey

Local residents are generally happy to live in the Pittsburgh area, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the University of Pittsburgh and PittsburghTODAY. However, African-American are not so pleased.

Roughly 1,800 survey respondents in the 32-county Pittsburgh region ranked the local quality of life at 7.8 out of 10. The national average is 7.4 out of 10.

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Local
7:30 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Robert Morris University Receives Endowment For New Research Center

The Heinz Endowments has awarded Robert Morris University a $900,000 grant to help fund a new research center to study the factors that set successful African-American men apart from their counterparts who choose not to pursue degrees in higher education.

Rex Crawley, Assistant Dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, said the inspiration for this new research started with previous studies done by Dr. Shaun Harper at Penn State University.

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Government
7:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

ACLU Requesting Information On Automatic License Plate Readers

15 police departments, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and the state police have received requests from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) for information regarding how police use automatic license plate readers (ALPR) to track and record the movements of drivers. ACLU affiliates in 34 other states have also requested information as part of a coordinated, nationwide effort.

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Local
7:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Governments Invest $1 Million into City-County Building Repairs

Pittsburgh City Council is waiving its normal rules to speed up a bill that would pay a contractor for its ongoing work to repair the exterior of the City-County Building.

Councilman Bruce Kraus said the $500,000 pledge from the city government will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Allegheny County, which also operates in the structure at 414 Grant Street.

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