Health
8:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Gets 'B' on Pain Medication Report Card

When it comes to prescribing pain medications for patients with chronic diseases, Pennsylvania is doing OK – but could be doing better.

That’s according to the 2013 "Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card," which gave the commonwealth a “B” grade.

The report card was created by the University of Wisconsin Pain & Policy Studies Group and was funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), its Cancer Action Network (CAN) and LIVESTRONG.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Corbett Not Letting Up On Public Pension Overhaul

Gov. Tom Corbett is not giving up the ghost of a public pension overhaul proposal — saying he may still call a special session of the state Legislature to address the issue.

The measure still does not have enough support in the House and Senate, Corbett said at a roundtable discussion in Hummelstown Friday.

The governor has been making daily statements about the plan, which would reduce retirement benefits of future public workers.

Supporters say the changes would reign in long-term costs of public pensions.

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Economy & Business
3:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Report: Pittsburgh Region Saw Job Growth Last Year, But Manufacturing Still a Concern

After seeing no appreciable job growth in the Pittsburgh metro area more than a year ago, the region added 10,700 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014, according to a report from Pittsburgh Today.

“That’s a 0.9 percent increase, which doesn’t set the world on fire, but Pittsburgh has always been kind of a slow and steady grower,” said Doug Heuck, Pittsburgh Today director. “But it’s good news that we’re back growing jobs again.”

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Property Tax Reform Efforts Spring Eternal

State lawmakers have snubbed two different efforts to reduce property taxes buoyed by recent activism on the issue. But for every season, turn, turn, turn.

Recently proposed tax shifts fit into one of two categories: statewide or local. But a nascent effort from Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) combines both approaches.

"With the increased discussion on property taxes, over the last year or so, I thought maybe it's the right time to try to put together another proposal that kind of meshes some of the different thoughts together," Reed said.

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Health
3:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

How Texting Could Help Prevent Binge Drinking

Could text messaging help reduce binge drinking among young adults?

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine suggests that this might be the case.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Binge drinking is considered to be five drinks or more for men and  four drinks or more for women generally over a two hour period.

Brian Suffoletto, lead author of the study and an assistance professor of emergency medicine at Pitt, said binge drinking in the U.S. has become an epidemic.

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NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Monday Rundown: Bringing 3D Printing to the Pittsburgh Masses

One of Piece Maker Technologies' 3D printers
Credit Piece Maker / Facebook

These topics air Monday July 21, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Morning Edition host Josh Raulerson takes over the hosting chair for Paul Guggenheimer.

Mass Produced 3D Printers

In addition to purchasing all of your home repair needs Home Depot is now selling a desktop 3D printer. Locally, the Carnegie Library has offered sessions on the basics of how 3D printing works. It’s the latest innovation in bringing high-tech manufacturing to the masses. Joining us are Senior Librarian Wes Roberts who runs the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Arden Rosenblatt, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based PieceMaker Technologies.

Summer Book Recommendations for Young Readers

According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss amounts to two month’s worth of reading for lower income students. Jonathan Auxier’s lifelong love of children’s books has turned into a career as an author writing for readers ages 8-14. We’ve asked him to recommend some books young readers will enjoy spending time with this summer.

Peace Corps

Since it’s creation over 50 years ago, the Peace Corps has been sending Americans overseas. Volunteers are sent to countries where their work can make a difference in the lives of others. However, applications for the Peace Corps are at an all time low. We’ll talk with recruiter for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Karen Corey, about changes to the application process the Peace Corps is making in order to attract more volunteers.

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Government & Politics
4:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Partial Veto of Projects Could Prompt Lawsuit

Lawmakers think the governor overreached when he vetoed not just parts of the state budget, but parts of another related piece of legislation, and House and Senate leaders are weighing their options to retaliate.

The state constitution allows the governor to partially veto “appropriations.” Lawmakers have interpreted that to mean specific sections of a state budget can be struck down by the governor.

Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett did that.

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Health
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

PA Hospitals Now Required to Perform 'Pulse Oximetry' Test on Newborns

In Pennsylvania, newborns are screened for more than 40 conditions, but only six of these screenings are mandatory according to Dr. Robert Cicco, the associate director of the neonatal intensive care unit at West Penn Hospital.

However, a new law will add a seventh condition to that list, requiring hospitals to screen babies for severe heart disease using a pulse oximetry test.

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Tuition Hike
12:24 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tuition Going Up 3.9 Percent at Pitt's Oakland Campus

Already cited by the U.S. Department of Education as having the highest tuition for a four-year public university or college, the University of Pittsburgh is raising its rates for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Pitt Board of Trustees Friday approved a $1.97 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 — up $10 million from the just completed year.

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