Local
7:52 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Treasure Or Just Old Stuff

An estimated 2,000 people are expected to bring some of their prized possessions to the Heinz History Center Sunday between 10 and 4 for the 5th annual "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures."  The center's president Andy Masich said nearly 50 appraisers will assess the historic significance and monetary value of the visitors' items."

"One of the things we discovered is people have old stuff, antiques, heirlooms, things hidden in their basements and under their beds, and they want to know more about it."

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Economy
6:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

PA Unemployment Rate Up For 2nd Straight Month

Despite staying under the national rate of 8.3 percent, Pennsylvania’s jobless rate jumped from 7.6 percent in June to 7.9 percent in July. Over the past four months, the number of jobs in the state has decreased, following a two month increase in February and March. The unemployment rate was down 0.2 percent from July 2011.

The State Department of Labor and Industry reported 10,000 more people were looking for jobs in July while resident employment was down 10,000. The number of unemployed residents rose by 21,000. The labor force was up 110,000 above July 2011’s level.

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Government
5:53 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

New Commissary Coming For Pittsburgh Area Military and Vets

It’s been in the works for years, but a new military commissary in Moon is becoming a reality. Members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation gathered at the future site this morning for the official groundbreaking.

“This has been long in the making and I’m tickled that we’re finally able to be here for the second best day for this facility, because the best day will be in or about November of next year when we do the ribbon cutting and move in,” said Major General William D. Razz Waff, commanding general, 99th Regional Support Command.

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Government
4:02 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Changes To State Public Pension Forfeiture Act Presented To House

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Pennsylvania has a law to make sure state workers who use the resources or circumstances of their public employment to commit a crime do not collect a state-paid pension. Any one of a list of crimes results in pension forfeiture.

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Government
9:01 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

One Pittsburgh Urges Congressman Doyle to Support Raising the Minimum Wage

The current federal minimum wage $7.25 per hour. A group of Pittsburgh residents marched on the South Side Thursday, urging Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) to support a bill that would raise that to just under $10 over a three year span. The group marched to the congressman’s Southside Works office, where 12 of them had been granted a face-to-face meeting. Before that meeting, Doyle came out to address the crowd.

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Education
8:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

PA Democrats Argue Creative Solutions Could Restore Education Funding

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As the school year approaches, public school officials are scrambling to find new ways to pinch pennies and Pennsylvania Democrats are insisting they shouldn’t have to.

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Local
8:08 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Motions hearing in Curley, Schultz Penn State Case Wrap Up

Attorneys for two Penn State administrators charged in connection to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case await a judge’s ruling on whether charges will be dropped in response to pre-trial motions, which wrapped up today.

Prosecutors charged retired Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley back in November for failing to report allegations that Sandusky abused a child -- and then, lying about what they knew to a grand jury.

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Health
6:22 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

First Liberty Mile Run Will Feature Olympic-Caliber Talent

Pittsburgh continues to grow as a racing town as the city hosts the inaugural Liberty Mile run this Friday, August 17. Top competitors from across the country as well as recreational runners will participate in the event that is a partner of the Bring Back the Mile campaign. The closest race distance to the mile is the 1500 meter, about 0.93 of a mile. The 1500 has been an Olympic event since the 1896 summer games.

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Government
4:34 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Controller Finds Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission Failing in its Mission

In the first audit of the agency that “assists Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) with prime contracting opportunities,” city Controller Michael Lamb found it is not living up its mission. The Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC) is required by law to produce an annual report and three quarterly reports.

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Environment
12:01 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Gas Fume Vapor Systems Have Net Negative

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The federal  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires gas stations surrounding areas historically recognized as having air quality issues to equip gasoline pump nozzles with vapor recovery systems intended to siphon off fumes while pumping gasoline. But now Pennsylvania will no longer require new gas stations to have the vapor capture technology.

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