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5:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

As the 4th of July Nears, Medical Experts Warn of Danger Posed by Fireworks

Every year thousands of people across the U.S. are injured by fireworks. The vast majority of those injuries occur between June 18 and July 18. Law enforcement officials and doctors warn that even seemingly harmless fireworks you can buy from road-side stands are explosive devices and can be dangerous.

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Local
11:33 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Committee Vote Clears Way for PA Budget Vote Friday

The state budget bill has passed a key Senate committee, setting it up for a final vote by the full Senate Friday. As happened in the House, committee debate offered a glimpse of what topics are likely to receive the most airtime during the Senate's floor debate. Two unsuccessful amendments prompted the debate that serves as our best preview of tomorrow's back and forth.

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Local
7:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Clarks Are Still Rockin'

In the mid 1980's four local guys got together at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to "give rock and roll a try." Nearly 30 years later, The Clarks are still together and still giving it a go.

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Local
9:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Extended Regatta Boasts More Sand, Bigger Boats This Year

Two days before the commencement of the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Jill Harris chiseled away at a 35-foot sand sculpture depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The installation features 27 human figures and is made of 160 tons of sand.

"At this point nobody has any legs or feet and I still don't have the Declaration on the table," said Harris, president of Florida-based Sandsational Sand Sculpting. "Since the Regatta is a Fourth of July event, we wanted to do something that was Americana."

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Environment
9:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Tree Pittsburgh Highlights Urban Forestry Projects for Obama Administration Official

On a hot, sunny day in Pittsburgh, a couple dozen teenagers were tending to tiny seedlings at Tree Pittsburgh's Tree Seedling Nursery in Point Breeze. They were there as part of Operation Better Block's Jr. Green Corps, an initiative that provides Homewood youth with structured activities in an effort to impact their physical environment, equip them for leadership roles in the community, and provide them with an opportunity to explore green collar jobs and careers.

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Local
7:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Federal Official Commends Pittsburgh for Refugee Placement

Over the last ten years, Pittsburgh has welcomed more than 1,500 refugees from 22 countries, most of whom hail from Bhutan, China's neighbor in southern Asia.

Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, met with Pittsburgh City Council to address resettlement of refugees in the city. During her visit she also spoke with members of the community and refugees who have settled in the area.

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Local
7:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Five New Degree Programs Approved For Three State Schools

Five new degree programs have been added to the repertoire of three of the Pennsylvania State System of High Education (PASSHE) schools. Two of the five programs have been specifically designed to address the growing needs of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.

Students now have the option to pursue an Associate degree in either applied technology at Edinboro University or natural gas production at Mansfield University, a Bachelor's degree in safety management at Mansfield, or a Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling or sport science at Lock Haven University.

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Local
7:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Disappointed By US Supreme Court Decision

11% of Pennsylvanians are uninsured. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, that may change, as well as many other aspects of the way health care is delivered.

When Governor Tom Corbett was Pennsylvania Attorney General in 2010, he was part of an unsuccessful lawsuit calling for a repeal of the act requiring Americans to buy health care or pay a penalty.

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Local
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Take Me Out To The Baseball Exhibit

The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum are inviting baseball fans to step up to the plate and attend the new exhibit, "The Story of Negro League Baseball: We Are the Ship," opening Friday, June 29.

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Transportation
6:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sunday Marks Hike in Port Authority Fares

For a zone one ride on an Allegheny County Port Authority bus or train, the one-way fare will increase by 25¢ and zone two fares will increase by 50¢ starting July 1st. Ticket and pass prices are also due to increase on Sunday.

Heather Pharo, PAT spokesperson, said even though most fares are increasing, some will remain the same.

"Transfers are going to continue to be $1 for a full fare," Pharo said. "The T surcharges on the cash fares will continue to be 75¢ for full fare."

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Health
1:45 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Speculation Grows on AdultBasic Court Case

A recent opinion handed down by the Commonwealth Court could signal problems with the way the state eliminated its low-cost health insurance program last year. A group of former enrollees of AdultBasic sued over how it was set to zero. Legislators used a provision in a budget-related bill called the "fiscal code" to make the change.

The court hasn't heard that case or ruled on it, but the opinion has overruled part of the state's preliminary objections to the lawsuit, signaling the way AdultBasic was slashed could still be deemed unconstitutional.

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Government
1:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Lawmaker Wants Better Oversight of Provider's Budgets

Language to shine a light on executive pay at nonprofits that contract with the state is now in the mix of budget-related legislation. State Representative Scott Petri (R-Bucks County) said after past state budget cuts to the Department of Public Welfare, and with more cuts looming, lawmakers were getting an earful from groups that contract with the DPW.

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Arts
7:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Shakespeare Competition Will Showcase Local Acting Talent

Fans of the Bard will have the opportunity to view and then judge short theater productions this week during "Bard Wars" at the Community College of Allegheny County. The school launches its first Shakespeare Creative Competition Festival June 28 with performances beginning at 8:00 PM each evening through June 30th.

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Government
6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Agreement for Funding from Non-Profits

The Pittsburgh City Council is on path to reach another multi-year agreement with the city's largest non-profits to provide payments in lieu of taxes. Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a measure that would authorize the city to enter into an agreement with the Pittsburgh Foundation, which will collect and manage the payments.

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Science & Technology
6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

DEP Offering Webinars To Promote Safe And Energy-Efficient Homes

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants Pennsylvania homes to be a bit safer and more energy efficient. It is trying to get out the word through a series of webinars. The online events will be offered every quarter starting Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM.

Amanda Witman, spokeswoman for the DEP, said the webinars are a part of the Department's new initiative to promote better living. The first webinar, titled "Summertime Advisories," will run a little longer than one hour. Witman said several more will follow focusing on a variety of topics.

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Government
5:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Rare Voices: Pittsburgh Women in Politics

Women's voices are uncommon on the Pennsylvania political scene.

In fact, the state ranks 47th in the nation in terms of female representation and participation in politics.

That's one reason photographer Martha Rial took a closer look at the political lives of three women of different generations in the region.

From them, she found that the issue of gender in politics hasn't changed much in 50 years.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Urban Garden Tour to Help Northside Common Ministries

Garden aficionados will get a chance to tour some North Side urban gardens Saturday June 30th while at the same time helping to fund Northside Common Ministries. The annual walk raises money to help provide food and shelter for homeless men.

The tour leaves from the group's Food Pantry and Homeless Men's Shelter and wraps up in West Park with a concert featuring local band the Whiskey Holler.

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Government
12:50 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Details of State Budget Still Murky

Senate and House Republicans released spreadsheets Tuesday afternoon detailing their negotiated $27.7 billion spending plan, and said the House Appropriations Committee would vote on the amended plan Wednesday morning, but some budget matters are still fuzzy.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Rural PA Residents Fight to Keep Marcellus Waste Away From Swamp

When you drill for nat­ural gas, for every gal­lon of gas pro­duced, some amount of waste­water gets cre­ated as well.

Some­times it can be sim­ple brine that can be dis­posed of in sim­ple ways, such as using it to melt snow on Pennsylvania's roads in win­ter. Or it is used to keep the dust down in summer.

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Science & Technology
9:30 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Find Historical Markers on Smartphones

History buffs and travelers alike may find the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's newly updated mobile website useful for finding interesting sites while on the go in the state. Smartphone users can go to PATrailsofHistory.com on their mobile web browser, click "Find What's Nearby," and locate historical markers and museums in close proximity.

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Local
9:22 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Equal Opportunity Could Become a Department in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess has introduced legislation that would elevate the Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity Review Commission to a city department. The move comes after questions surfaced over the programs success rate.

While the commission does advocate for minority inclusion on all city-funded contracts it does not track the final results. Instead, it stops after the contracts are let, rather than watching to make sure the contracts are fulfilled. Burgess introduced a separate bill outlining new quarterly and yearly reporting guidelines.

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Local
9:01 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

UPMC Bashed on Wage and Tax Issues

For the second day in a row, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has come under fire in the halls of local government. On Monday, County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned if all of UPMC's property holdings should be exempt from property taxes. On Tuesday the Pittsburgh City Council held a special meeting to look not only at the property tax issue but also at the health care provider's pay scale.

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Health
6:21 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

UPMC Study Explores Ingesting Amniotic Fluid in Premature Mice

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Children's Hospital doctor David Hackam conducted a 34-week study on mice that could be a breakthrough for the cause, treatment, and prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a disease in which the intestines die in babies born prematurely. Hackam's findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that when premature baby mice were fed amniotic fluid, it reduced the risk of NEC.

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Local
5:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Monroeville's Two Hospitals

Next week, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will open a new hospital in Monroeville, bringing 156 beds and a few hundred new jobs. There's just one thing- less than a mile up the road there's already an established community hospital run by UPMC rival West Penn Allegheny Health System.

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Government
3:45 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Turzai’s Voter ID Comment Draws Democratic Fire

Democrats are pouncing on Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai's (R-Allegheny County) statement that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law will allow Mitt Romney to win the state in November's presidential election. Turzai made the statement over the weekend while he was listing legislative accomplishments to the crowd at a state Republican Party gathering in Hershey.

Democratic state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny County) countered by saying the statement finally makes it clear why the voter ID law was passed.

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