Health
8:16 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Talking to Kids Following Traumatic Events

Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut left many parents and children nervous heading into schools across the country Monday. It also left many parents wondering how to talk to their children about what happened. Dr. Anthony Mannarino is co-founder of Allegheny General Hospital’s Center for Traumatic Stress in Children. He said when children ask hard questions, answers should be age-appropriate.

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West Penn Power Co.
7:54 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

West Penn Appeals $109M Death Verdict

West Penn Power Co. has appealed a $109 million verdict for the surviving family of a Hempfield Township woman who was fatally burned by a downed power line in her backyard as her two young daughters and mother-in-law looked on.

The jury award earlier this month in the death of 39-year-old Carrie Goretzka was the largest ever in Allegheny County.

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Government & Politics
5:26 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Proposed Reforms Target State-Related Universities on Transparency

Democratic state Representative Scott Conklin of Centre County has announced his plan to propose legislation to reform governance at Pennsylvania’s state-supported universities.

The legislation will be based on recommendations handed down by the state’s Auditor General, Jack Wagner, whose office issued a report on the problems with Penn State’s governance structure in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Environment & Energy
5:23 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Southwestern PA Coal Waste Dump to Close

A federal judge has signed off on a deal for FirstEnergy Corp. to close a coal slurry dump along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border in about four years. The Little Blue Run dump in Beaver County collects slurry pumped from the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Once closed, the dump will stay in place, but no additional waste will be added.

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Government & Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Hundreds of City Homeowners Winning Assessment Appeals

As the Allegheny County reassessment appeals process draws to a close on December 20th, about 2,500 Pittsburghers are saving an average of $26,484 on their higher reassessments.

This comes after the city controller’s office, in conjunction with City Council members William Peduto and Corey O’Connor began a program in February offering free assessment appeal services.

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Government & Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

“Right-to-Work” in PA?

With Michigan becoming the 24th state in the nation to adopt “right-to-work” legislation some organizations are looking to Pennsylvania to become number 25.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is urging Governor Tom Corbett to change his stance on a “right-to-work” (RTW) bill in Pennsylvania.

The measure would make it illegal for workplaces to require employees to pay union dues for the cost of being represented.

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Government & Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

'Ban the Box' Bill Ready to Become Law in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council appears ready to pass legislation that would prohibit any criminal background inquiries on initial job applications for positions in city government, deferring those questions until the verbal interview process.

The measure unanimously passed a committee vote on Wednesday and is up for final approval today. Proponents of the legislation say it will allow ex-offenders to have a second chance for employment when they normally wouldn't be considered for an interview.

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Government & Politics
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Coalition Forms to Stop Lottery Privatization

As the December 31st deadline nears for Pennsylvania to respond to a British company's bid the state’s largest employees’ union and the Alliance for Retired Americans are teaming up to stop the privatization of the lottery. 

The Corbett administration is considering a bid from Camelot Global Services, which promises to produce more than $34 billion over 20 years as the state looks into expanding into online gambling and Kino.

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Arts & Culture
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Megan Ward

Point Park University English professor Megan Ward is a Victorianist, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that her reading includes a lot of 19th century British fiction. She also loves the fiction of Michael Chabon, which Ward finds "Dickensian in its exuberance... its intricacies and weirdness."

Lately she's been reading:

George Eliot, Middlemarch

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Government & Politics
12:42 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

President Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future could — under one scenario — mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and its foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

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