City Government
3:30 am
Thu December 25, 2014

2015 City Council Preview: Gilman, Kraus, Harris

This is the second in a three-part series looking ahead to the 2015 priorities with members of Pittsburgh City Council. Find part one here.

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Community
3:30 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Riverlife President's Tenure Comes to an End

After 15 years as President and CEO of Riverlife, a pro-riverfront development organization, Lisa Schroeder is leaving Pittsburgh.

“The rivers were, in many ways, the sewer of the region, as well as an industrial highway,” Schroeder said. “So it really took some deep digging philosophically to start looking at the riverfronts as the natural treasure.”

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Recycling
3:30 am
Thu December 25, 2014

What To Do With All That Christmas Packing Material?

Chances are, if you got that gigantic flat screen television this holiday season, there was polystyrene in the packaging. But now that the TV is on the wall, what are you going to do with all that stuff?

Instead of throwing away the white molded packaging material, the Pennsylvania Resources Council is encouraging you to recycle it at a designated drop-off spot.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:09 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Holiday Hiatus and More Best of 2014

Credit Michael Wyszomierski / Flickr

Essential Pittsburgh is on holiday hiatus. Please enjoy 90.5WESA's Holiday Programming in the meantime.

We will resume our "Best of 2014" shows on Monday December 29 with a science and SciFi themed show.

Ira Flatow, host of the NPR call-in science program Science Friday talks about how they've evolved over the last 25 years and found new ways to make science relatable.

Actor George Takei tells compelling stories about his experiences playing Helmsman Sulu on Star Trek, working on a TV show in Pittsburgh, and how his award-winning musical Allegiance connects with his activism for gay rights and Japanese American rights.

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Environment
1:22 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

PA Wildlife Conservation Officers Now Allowed Body Cameras

Wildlife Conservation Officers and Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) in Pennsylvania now have the option to wear body cameras in the line of duty, says state Representative Dan Moul (R-Adams).

“I will argue every day of the week that a WCO is the same as any police officer,” Moul said, referring to a newly enacted state law that allows municipal police officers to wear body cameras. “Their duties are just a little different. The training is virtually the same.”

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Community
1:07 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

On Christmas Day, Jewish Volunteers Lend a Hand at Area Charities

For the 14th consecutive year, Jewish volunteers will spend time helping at various charities in the region on Christmas Day. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh coordinates the events not only to help those who benefit from the work, but also to give a day off to the charities’ employees.  

“Mitzvah days are done around the country in different Jewish federations. Jewish people are always looking for something to do on Christmas Day other than eat Chinese food and go to the movies,” said the federation’s Volunteer Center Coordinator Jenny Jones.

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#WESALIVE
8:06 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Send Us Your Requests For Kevin Gavin's Holiday Music Special

WESA's Kevin Gavin is ready to play some of your favorite holiday tunes.
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

For the 38th year, 90.5 WESA’s Kevin Gavin is hosting an all-request holiday music program on Christmas Eve.

Listeners are invited to call the station at (412) 697-2955 to make requests or year-end donations. You can also make a request via Twitter using #wesalive.

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Community
7:45 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Off-the-Beaten-Path Activities for the Holiday Season

As we speed toward the new year, the Pittsburgh region offers up a glut of holiday activities. Here are some ideas to help you get out of the house.  

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City Government
3:30 am
Wed December 24, 2014

2015 City Council Preview: Burgess, O'Connor, Kail-Smith

This is the first in a three-part series looking ahead to the 2015 priorities with members of Pittsburgh City Council.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Could the Next State Budget Include a New Funding Formula for PA Schools?

For as long as property taxes have been used to locally funded schools, there has been a debate over fairness and it might come to head this year in Pennsylvania.

State Senator Matt Smith (D – Allegheny) is hopeful the 2015-16 budget will incorporate a funding formula for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts.

He is a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, which is tasked with crafting the formula.  Created in June, the 15-member commission has about six months to go until it must submit a proposal to the legislature.

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