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U.S. State Department Brings Networking Event To Pittsburgh

Apr 14, 2016
Sean Ray / 90.5 WESA

There are many ways to serve your country and since 2010 over 200 employees from the Pittsburgh region have served the U.S. Department of State. Among them, former U. S. Ambassador to Ireland, and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, Dan Rooney. We’ll discover what the U.S. Department of State is looking for in people to serve America’s interests at home and abroad with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Human Resources Carol Perez.  

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Anyone who visits a Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Center in Pittsburgh can meet with neighbors or grab a bite to eat. Now, they can also surf the internet with free Wi-Fi.

Citiparks and the Department of Innovation and Performance announced the installation of free Wi-Fi in 22 of its centers throughout the city.

The announcement was made at the Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center on Wednesday.

Multidisciplinary Perspectives On Prolonged Solitary Confinement

Apr 14, 2016
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  Prisoners who spend prolonged periods in solitary confinement are susceptible to a number of mental health disorders. They can include anxiety, depression and paranoia. Much like post traumatic stress disorder effects of these health concerns can continue for a long time. We’ll address the issue of prolonged solitary confinement with Professor Jules Lobel of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Professor Michael Zigmond, University of Pitt. Medical School and Shandre Delaney, an activist whose son is in solitary confinement.

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At least 80 police officers from multiple agencies were called Downtown to control hundreds of protesters outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during Donald Trump’s campaign stop Wednesday night.

“It could have gone better, but it wasn’t police who made it escalate and I feel good about that,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay said. “The officers showed restraint.”

Two officers were injured by pepper spray, one in a minor scuffle and another was kicked in the hand, according to police. McLay was initially unsure if any officers used mace.

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Josh Malloy, 25, lives in East Liberty with his little brother and said his $12.50 per hour salary makes it difficult to keep up with the cost of living. 

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  Presidential progeny Chelsea Clinton stopped by her mother’s Democratic campaign office in East Liberty early Wednesday.

The younger Clinton met supporters and volunteers at the office. She said Clinton’s work with early childhood education programs and women’s rights will be critical to the fate of future generations.

“It is important that we have a president that knows how to stand up for our values,” Clinton said. “And knows how to make government work on behalf of our values when in office and when not in office.”

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Supporters started lining up around noon outside of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland Wednesday to see Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump is the first Republican candidate to visit the Steel City and started his visit by taping a one-hour Fox News special

Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay said about 60 officers were on patrol in Oakland.

How Smiley Became The Face Of Eat'N Park

Apr 13, 2016
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

When it came time to reshape the image of Eat’n Park the idea was in plain sight. A smiley cookie. Cliff Miller is the man responsible for turning the classic cookie into one of the region’s most iconic brands and joins us for an exit interview.

How Communities Around The World Are Combatting Climate Change

Apr 13, 2016
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The latest news on climate change is how it’s tilting the Earth’s axis. Is it too late for the world to reverse the effects of climate change? In his new documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, director Josh Fox travels the world to discover how communities are combating the impacts of climate change.

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If you had $50,000 to improve your community, what would you do? Would you invest in infrastructure, build a park or fund a non-profit organization? Or might you try something a little more creative?

The Knight Cities Challenge pushes urban thinkers to do just that: think creatively about how to engage their community. There are 26 Knight Cities around the country, including Philadelphia and State College, and anyone in those cities can submit a project to the challenge. The winners, announced Tuesday, get a portion of $5 million.

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Our guest, U.S. Attorney David Hickton, says he may prosecute members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law typically meant to indict those affiliated with major organized crime.

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Fifty-six years after the Equal Pay Law took effect in Pennsylvania, politicians and advocates gathered in Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday to call attention to the continuing pay disparity in the state and nationwide.  

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Managers at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station got some advice this year from a panel of unlikely consultants – high school students.

Blackhawk High School students studied federal regulations for problems like workers' exposure to dangerous gases and the disposal of radioactive waste. Nuclear engineers and scientists from First Energy Corporation challenged the teens to produce energy safely and more efficiently.

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As Pennsylvania’s government faces a budget deficit of well more than $1 billion in the next fiscal year, one legislator is teaming up with a Harrisburg think tank to call for changes to income tax rates.

According to state Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia) and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the three proposals hashed out Monday would close the state’s “structural” budget deficit by shifting the income tax burden from low- and middle-income residents to the wealthiest Pennsylvanians.

1916 Easter Rising's Continued Impact On Ireland And Abroad

Apr 12, 2016
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100 years after the Irish rebel forces collided with the British Army in the bloody Easter Rising, the country continues to experience political tension. This weekend as part of the “Easter 1916: Pittsburgh Remembers” organization, author and historian Tim Pat Coogan will discuss his latest book on the Rising and talk about its lasting impact in Ireland and abroad.

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Ant Farm

Apr 12, 2016
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Currently on display at the Heinz History Center is an exhibit celebrating toys from the 50’s through the 80’s. One toy marking its 60th anniversary has roots here in Pittsburgh. Maze Toons cartoonist and pop-culture contributor Joe Wos brings us the history of the ant farm.

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A long-sought measure to retroactively change the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases has been queued up for a final vote in the state House. 

The proposal would erase the statute of limitations in criminal cases of child sex abuse going forward, and extend the limit for civil cases from the victim’s 30th birthday to when he or she turns 50.

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SolarCity, the largest solar energy provider in the nation, announced Monday it's extending service into the western Pennsylvania region.

Allegheny County Airport Authority

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is rebranding as its international arm courts new partnerships and adds additional routes.

The new look includes a colorful logo unveiled Monday and a change in signage and local advertising campaign. Allegheny County Airport Authority Spokeswoman Alyson Walls said concept delivery and development cost about $60,000 and was in the works since late last year.  

A collaboration with Visit Pittsburgh aims to improve the experience of those traveling to the city, Walls said.

The Counterculture Approach Of Fred Rogers

Apr 12, 2016
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Growing up in China, Junlei Li did not spend his childhood watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

In fact, his first experience with Mr. Rogers was as an adult living in the U.S. when he saw Eddie Murphy’s impression on Saturday Night Live.

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Tonight the JFilm Festival is screening "Touchdown Israel," an exploration of the fast growing sport of American tackle football in Israel. The screening features a post film conversation with former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke. Hoke joins us to talk about his reaction to seeing American football catching on in Israel and whether it can truly become a global game.. Also, taking part in the conversation is Kathryn Spitz Cohan, Executive Director of JFilm.

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The Pennsylvania Primary is just over two weeks away and the Democratic presidential candidates have begun making appearances in Pittsburgh with the Republicans soon to follow. We'll talk with 90.5 WESA reporter Virginia Alvino and Multimedia Editor Megan Harris about the message candidates are trying to get across and how it's resonating with Steel city voters.

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Trump will tape a one hour special with Sean Hannity for Fox News at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

The free event is first come, first served for the general public. It starts at 5:30 p.m., and doors open at 2:30 p.m. 

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Senate backers hope medical marijuana legislation in Pennsylvania will get to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk this week.

A Senate committee made changes to the bill Monday, and the bill's backers say they hope it can win passage in the House and Senate this week.

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Some scholarship providers in western Pennsylvania say they're having trouble giving away free money.

Officials with the National Scholarship Providers Association tell The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that community foundations that award local scholarships can find it more difficult to give out money than larger, national scholarships.

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Only 15 percent of Pennsylvania mothers breastfeed their babies up to six month without supplement, according to a recent CDC study. Despite the health benefits of breastfeeding, many mothers receive conflicting messages, especially after they have their first child. In her article “Barriers to Breastfeeding,” PublicSource reporter Andrea Frazier looks at why breastfeeding rates in the Pittsburgh region have been unusually low and what health professionals are doing to increase awareness. We’ll also hear from Ellen Rubin of La Leche League, a local organization helping women successfully breastfeed their children through education and outreach.

Margot Callahan

Margot Callahan, of Highland Park, is providing her voice for a stranger – literally. She’s one of thousands of people who have donated their voices to people with vocal disabilities, caused by a range of factors such as a stroke, cerebral palsy or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

VocaliD is collecting those voices and using them for voice software devices. The goal is to provide a more accurate representation of the actual person’s voice, rather than being stuck with a robotic generic one.

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President Barack Obama’s major climate change initiative, the Clean Power Plan, is currently in legal limbo as federal courts decide its fate.  

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While the South Side maybe known for its bar crawls, this Sunday it will also be the site of the second annual church crawl. Nine churches from South Side’s faith community will offer free, guided tours of their buildings to anyone interested in learning about each church's history, artwork and faith.

Sharon Sobol, the event organizer, said South Side residents have a strong connection with their churches.

Michel Martin On Hosting NPR's 'Most Tinkered With' Program

Apr 8, 2016
NPR

Last month Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin was in Pittsburgh. She moderated NPR Presents Going There with Michel Martin: Reinventing the American City; an evening of conversation and performance at the August Wilson Center. She joins us for a conversation about the event, the current political climate and hosting NPR’s “most tinkered with” show.

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