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1:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

County Executive Fitzgerald Unveils New Alerts System

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald demonstrates the newly unveiled Allegheny Alerts system.
Credit Julian Routh

Reporters and county officials watched in anticipation as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald slowly typed his name and phone number onto a giant computer screen in his office Thursday morning.

After creating an account, a phone rang in the middle of the table, and a look of relief permeated Fitzgerald’s face.

That was the first notification from the newly unveiled Allegheny Alerts system.

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Education
1:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State Legislation Could Cause $2.6 Billion in Cuts to Education Funding Over the Next 5 Years

Opponents of a state bill that would replace school property taxes with a sales tax have voiced their concerns for small businesses and the poor should the bill be passed. According to an analysis by the PA Independent Fiscal Office, this bill would cause $2.6 billion in cuts to funding for school districts in the next five years.

According to PA Education Law Center Executive Director Rhonda Brownstein, the possible effects of this bill would be devastating to school districts across the state.

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Ongoing Coverage
7:28 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mass Stabbing At Franklin Regional HS: Thursday's Developments

Sixteen-year-old Brett Hurt, alongside his mother Amanda Hurt, appeared at a hospital news conference Thursday. Brett Hurt was one of 22 people injured in a knife attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

UPDATE: (4:02 p.m.) Doctor: Wounds Not Trivial 

Many of the victims of Wednesday’s stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School are doing well, according to doctors, though three remain in critical condition.
 
One stabbing victim remains in “very critical” condition at UPMC Presbyterian. Three others remain in the intensive care unit at Forbes Regional Hospital.

A 'Blank Expression,' Then Bloodshed At Franklin Regional High School

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Ongoing Coverage
7:15 am
Thu April 10, 2014

A 'Blank Expression,' Then Bloodshed At Franklin Regional High School

A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at Franklin Regional High School Wednesday, leaving 22 people injured.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him. 

The suspect, Alex Hribal, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound, then was brought into court Wednesday in shackles and a hospital gown and charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. He was jailed without bail, and authorities said he would be prosecuted as an adult.

Thursday's Developments: Victim Undergoes Another Surgery; School May Reopen Monday

School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says

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Government & Politics
6:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Expected to Pass This Week, Bill Will Broaden Scope of Mandated Reporters

A plethora of legislation was proposed in the aftermath of the Sandusky Penn State sex abuse case. One of the most comprehensive bills is expected to pass this week.

Senate Bill 21 will broaden the scope of mandated reporters when it comes to child abuse – and hold them more accountable.

Mandated reporters are those who have contact with children, anyone from a public library employee to clergy to a medical examiner. These reporters would be required to alert law enforcement when they suspect a child is being abused.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Canadian Relations in Pittsburgh

Constable Eric Hymander is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5WESA

 These topics air Thursday April 9, 2014 at noon and 8 p.m. on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon and 1 p.m. weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Building a Financial Timeline: Why Students Need to Be More Proactive With Money

Students are coming out of college with thousands of dollars of debt and Gene Natali says he can help them secure their financial futures.
Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr

Many college students have very little to no experience in financial planning, which is why University of Pittsburgh Professor of Finance, Jay Sukits, created an event to help students become financially literate.

Gene Natali, Senior Vice President at CS McKee and co-author of The Missing Semester is speaking at the event, Money 101-Taking Control, dedicated to teaching high school and college students about managing their finances.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Conscious Uncoupling and Finding A Way to Divorce Without Courts

When the honeymoon is over and it's time to part ways, more couples are looking for a win-win approach to divorce.
Credit Trevor Hurlbut / flickr

If you follow celebrity news, one story which made news last week was Gwyneth Paltrow’s divorce from Coldplay musician Chris Martin. The news was especially notable because of a term they used to describe the breakup - “conscious uncoupling.” The phrase raised eyebrows in the relationship counseling and divorce industries.

Paula Hopkins, a divorce attorney who specializes in collaborative law in the Pittsburgh area had never heard of conscious uncoupling until Paltrow’s announcement. But following the announcement, Hopkins found quite a bit of information about the term.

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Public Safety
2:59 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

US Education Secretary: Students Deserve Safety

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school is a tragedy and serves as a reminder that children and staff deserve to work and learn in a safe environment.

In a statement, Duncan said he is saddened and his thoughts go out to the victims at Franklin Regional High School.

He says when families send their children to school each day, they expect their children to return home safely.

Essential Pittsburgh
2:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Franklin Regional High School To Be Closed for Investigation After Multiple Stabbings

Emergency management officials provide an update following a multiple stabbing incident Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Multiple injuries were sustained at Franklin Regional High School this morning. 19 students and one adult security guard were stabbed and taken to area hospitals.

Condition reports of all 20 victims continue to change, at least 7 people are said to be in serious condition, all are expected to survive.

A 16 year old suspect is in custody, according to 90.5 WESA’s ongoing coverage of the incident

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Community
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

On Social Media, Words of Sympathy for Franklin Regional

People turned to social media Wednesday to share their thoughts and concerns following a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County.

Public Safety
11:15 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Following Franklin Regional Stabbing Incident, Nearby Schools Put On Alert

After 20 people were injured in a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning, neighboring school districts are on high alert.
 
Cara Zanella, director of communications for Gateway School District in Monroeville, said the district immediately offered school buses and other assistance to their neighbors and informed parents of the situation at Franklin Regional.
 

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Public Safety
10:47 am
Wed April 9, 2014

MAP: Multiple Injuries Reported At Franklin Regional High School

Officials say four students were believed to be the most seriously injured Wednesday morning by a fellow student who stabbed or slashed others at Forbes Regional Medical Center, injuring as many as 20.

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued.

Public Safety
10:41 am
Wed April 9, 2014

MAP: Multiple Injuries Reported At Franklin Regional High School

Officials say four students were believed to be the most seriously injured Wednesday morning by a fellow student who stabbed or slashed others at Forbes Regional Medical Center, injuring as many as 20.

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued.

Ongoing Coverage
8:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Developments: Multiple Injuries in Knife Attack at Franklin Regional High School

Officials provide an update following a multiple stabbing incident Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Stabbing Spree Leaves 22 Injured

Doctors say one of the students wounded in a stabbing attack this morning at Franklin Regional High School is on a ventilator, after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by just millimeters.

In all, at least five students were critically wounded and 17 other people were also hurt — including a school police officer who confronted the assailant. The suspect is identified as a 16-year-old student. He's now in custody.

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Community Schools
3:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Could 'Community Schools' Work in Pittsburgh?

Educators, administrators and parents from across the country are gathering in Cincinnati for the next three days to discover how to best coordinate support services for students and parents beyond the classroom.

About 30 Pittsburghers, including Board of Education members Carolyn Klug and Sylvia Wilson, the city’s chief education officer Curtiss Porter, teachers and representatives of Great Public Schools Pittsburgh are attending the Coalition for Community Schools' annual forum to “learn how they help the children succeed” according to Klug.

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Election 2014
11:48 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Education the Focus of PA Governor Debate

Tom Wolf stands at the mic Tuesday night at a debate featuring all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates. (L-R) Rob McCord, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz wait their turn to speak.
Credit Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

Being “pro-recess” earned businessman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf the biggest laugh of the night, but it was PA Treasurer Rob McCord, who is also running in the May 20 primary, who picked up the widest applause when he stepped to the microphone in Tuesday’s debate and simply said, “I’d kill ‘em” to the question of what each candidate would do with the high-stakes Keystone Exams.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Franklin Regional Update, Financial Literacy 101 & A New Way to Divorce

When the honeymoon is over and it's time to part ways, more couples are looking for a win-win approach to divorce.
Credit Trevor Hurlbut / flickr

These topics air Wednesday April 9, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Steps for Older Adults to Reduce the Risk of Falling

Following a statewide rollout in 2008, Healthy Steps for Older Adults has helped reduce falls in the elderly by 17%.
Credit Jym Ferrier / flickr

Among people 65 and older, falling is a dangerous reality. Yet a new program has reduced falls among the elderly by 17 percent statewide according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Steven Albert is Chairman of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Services and says older adults often do not realize the severity of their falling risk. 

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Health
4:11 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report: More Cases of Cancer, But Fewer Deaths in Pennsylvania

More people in Pennsylvania are being diagnosed with cancer, but less are dying.

That’s according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which released the State of Cancer Care in America: 2014 — the first-ever report of its kind.

According to ASCO, the report provides a “comprehensive look” at demographic, economic and oncology practice trends and how they will affect the United States in the future.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:04 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Take A Trip To Canada, In Downtown Pittsburgh

This maple syrup poster is just one of the many Canada-themed images on display at Pop Up Canada on Smithfield Street.
Credit Marnie Schleicher / 90.5WESA

This week our neighbors to the north – Canada - will be celebrated in Pittsburgh via a temporary Canadian consulate. Canada is Pennsylvania’s largest trading partner and export market, receiving 30 percent of the state’s foreign-bound goods. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looked at the state’s business connections to Canada.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing

Lyft cars are identifiable by a fuzzy pink mustache.
Credit Marnie Schleicher / 90.5 WESA

  Sean Conboy online editor at Pittsburgh Magazine's 412 Blog breaks down trending topics in Pittsburgh, from social mobility to dining trends, Google Fiber, and most notably, the ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber

“Basically it’s taking what people see as a jitney sort of service and actually taking it into the 21st century,” Conboy said about Uber and Lyft.

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Small Business Outlook
3:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Small Businesses Expected To Hire, Report Shows

The future is looking a little bit brighter for Pennsylvania small businesses, according to a PNC survey.

The bi-annual report shows 13 percent of small and mid-sized businesses in the state will look to hire more full-time employees in the next six months. But 7 percent of business owners plan to reduce their full-time staff.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Foundations Offer To 'Save August Wilson Center'

The debt-ridden August Wilson Center might have a buyer.

A group of local foundations, including the Pittsburgh Foundation, submitted a bid last week to acquire the downtown Pittsburgh African American cultural center which is delinquent on its $7 million mortgage.

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Government & Politics
7:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Group Scores Dems For Governor On Gun Control Issues

It’s the one survey in the past two months that Tom Wolf isn’t winning: CeaseFirePA’s “voter guide,” a report of the gubernatorial candidates positions on nearly 20 different gun safety measures and an accompanying assessment.

Democratic candidates Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz are 100 percent aligned with CeaseFirePA’s positions. Rob McCord scored 84 percent, and Wolf scored 79 percent.

The two Republican candidates didn’t respond to the survey.

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