Jessica Nath

News Fellow

Jess is from Elizabeth Borough, PA and is a junior at Duquesne University with a double major in journalism and public relations.  She was named as a fellow in the WESA newsroom in May 2013.

Her career goal is to work as a foreign news correspondent "hopefully in radio."

Fun fact:  "Would love to travel internationally...starting in South Africa."

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Youth Summit
1:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Students to Discuss Violence, Bullying in Summit Friday

Niya Ingram, a tenth grader at Brashear High School, listed “killing, bullying and…gangs” among the issues she and her peers are facing.

That’s why she is helping facilitate the Coalition Against Violence’s (CAV) “Strategies for Change” Youth Summit Friday in coordination with the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP).

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Government & Politics
5:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Senate Bill Enables Disabled to Set Up Tax-Free Savings for Education, Long-Term Care

It’s being called the biggest piece of legislation to affect disabled Americans since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed by the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 404-17.  It allows Americans with disabilities or their families to set up a tax-free savings account in order to prepare for long-term care.

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Marcellus Shale
4:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Report Claims Negative Impacts of Marcellus Shale Drilling

While the population in Marcellus Shale drilling towns has not increased, crime, housing costs and other negative impacts have.

That’s according to the left-leaning Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s report "The Shale Tipping Point: The Relationship of Drilling to Crime, Truck Fatalities, STDs and Rents in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio."

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Dynamic Parking
11:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Legislation Calls for Dynamic Parking in Pittsburgh

If legislation up for debate Wednesday goes through, you could see parking meter prices in Pittsburgh fluctuate depending on the time of day.

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced a bill that would allow for dynamic prices for parking meters in certain neighborhoods starting in 2015.

“It adjusts the price of parking meters based on parking supply and demand,” Rudiak said. “So it will actually change the price based on how close one is parked say to the main street business district or how far.”

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Community
4:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Chanting 'Shut It Down,' Protesters Block Downtown Pittsburgh Streets

Dozens of protesters participated in a rally in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday.
Jessica Nath 90.5 WESA

“Hands up – don’t shoot!”

That was the cry of dozens of Pittsburghers who gathered downtown Thursday to protest the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

“The average person, the average citizen has to get involved in this. This involves all of us,” said organizer Julia Johnson. “Police brutality, systemic racism, the list goes on and on of the issues that our country is suffering from right now. Everyone must be a part of this movement. We must liberate ourselves from this oppressive system.”

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Pets
5:20 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Legislation Aims to Protect Pets from Extreme Cold, Heat

If it’s too cold for you outside, then it’s too cold for your pet.

That’s the message Councilwoman Darlene Harris is sending Pittsburghers with the two pieces of legislation she introduced Tuesday.

The first piece of legislation would fine cat and dog owners a maximum of $500 dollars for leaving their pets outside for a long period of time when temperatures are below 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees.

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Health
3:09 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Allegheny Health Network Now Offers Drug to Prevent Re-Clogging of Arteries

The Allegheny Health Network is the first health system in the Pittsburgh region to offer a new medication called Lutonix to help those suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Between 8 and 12 million people in the U.S. are affected by PAD - the hardening of the arteries from cholesterol and plaque buildup. It can obstruct blood flow, which could result in amputation or death if untreated.

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Science & Technology
3:43 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CMU Robot to Visit the Moon

"Andy" the moon rover, named after Andrew Carnegie, will go to the moon next year.
Jessica Nath 90.5

John Mann’s class project this semester will be sent to the moon next year.

The Carnegie Mellon University computer science student, along with about 30 other students, is taking part in a class called Mobile Robot Design that centers on constructing a moon rover named “Andy.”

Mann said the students are split into groups, each with a particular job.

“I primarily do software, particularly software related to driving Andy and getting and displaying information from Andy,” Mann said.

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Holiday Parking
4:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

T'is the Season for Free Parking in Pittsburgh

With the holiday season approaching, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has voted to give the gift of free parking again.

During a board meeting Thursday, the Parking Authority board voted unanimously in favor to expand free parking to their surface lots on Saturday, November 29th. 

“We…are joining the city and their efforts to promote Small Business Saturday with free parking at all the meter(s) on both the street – the city has done – and the Parking Authority is going to do free parking at surface lots,” David Onorato, Executive Director, said.

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Homeless Veterans
4:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pittsburgh Initiative Houses 125 Homeless Veterans

Bill Peduto joined First Lady Michelle Obama's Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by December 2015. Now 125 homeless vets have received permanent housing in Pittsburgh.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

  Bill Ward served in the army from 1974-76 and went into construction afterwards, but recent health issues forced him out of his job and into the path of potential homelessness.

But Ward is not homeless thanks to the “Pittsburgh Rapid Results Veterans’ Homeless Boot Camp.”

The Boot Camp “is effectively like a spark to really galvanize the community to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015 and really kind of bring everyone together for a common goal and a common cause,” Jesse Rodriguez, operations director of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, said.

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Blood Donations
4:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Blood Donations Decrease as Holidays Approach

  Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and that need doesn’t diminish over the holiday season.

But the number of blood donations does decrease this time of year, according to Marianne Spampinato, Red Cross spokeswoman.

“People get busy with holiday activities, and travel and we also have longer periods when schools are out of session,” Spampinato said. “Businesses may be shorter staffed, and unable to support local blood drives as much as they do other times of the year.”

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Student Loans
3:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

PHEAA Tells Recent Grads to Prepare to Repay their Student Loans

College has come and gone for Pennsylvania spring graduates — and now it’s time to pay up. 

The six-month “grace period” is almost over, and the bills are going to start arriving.

Keith New, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency communications director, said the average Pennsylvania borrower graduates with $25,000 debt, and the six months are meant to help them get financially comfortable before beginning to repay it.

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Gaming Funds
1:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Chelsa Wagner: With the Distribution of Gaming Funds, Not Everyone is a Winner

County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling for more transparency in the distribution of Allegheny County’s gaming funds.

Wagner’s office audited the distribution of casino monies to the Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) and the Gaming Economic Development Fund (GEDF) from 2010 to 2013 – totalling $28.2 million.

The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), an independent board appointed by the County Executive, is responsible for choosing which applicants receive funds from gaming: ranging from municipalities to non-profits to hospitals.

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Veterans' Day
11:45 am
Tue November 11, 2014

PA Senator Calls on PA to Think of Veterans Every Day, Not Just Today

Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, but that only tells half the story.

1,500 of them are homeless, which is a 46.2 percent increase since 2009.

About 2,400 Pennsylvania vets claimed Unemployment Compensation benefits last November according to the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis.

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Emergency Shelter
4:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

County Emergency Shelter Ready for Severe Weather

When the temperature dips below 26 degrees (F), most Pittsburghers have a warm place to stay – but imagine not having that option.  Homeless shelters that are open year round fill up quickly on cold night leaving  many without warmth.

That’s why Allegheny County and Operation Safety Net are opening the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) from November 15, 2014, to March 15, 2015 again.

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Government & Politics
2:24 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Allegheny County Controller Says Fitzgerald Misused County-Owned Vehicle

County Controller Chelsa Wagner stands next to a poster displaying a tweet from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at the Democratic National Convention.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is accusing County Executive Rich Fitzgerald of mishandling thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds by using his county-owned vehicle for personal purposes.

At a news conference Thursday, Wagner said she sent Fitzgerald a letter instructing him to send her staff accurate documentation so they can determine how much he must reimburse the county. She said his office would have to determine how they would reimburse the funds.

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Environment
3:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Land Trust Receives Grant to Acquire 30 Acres of Sewickley Green Space

The Allegheny Land Trust wants a 30-acre chunk of land in Sewickley, and a new grant might help obtain it.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has provided a $250,000 grant to acquire the green space along Waterworks Road.

“It’s primarily going to be used for wildlife habitat, water interception, absorption and the scenic character of the borough and surrounding boroughs around Sewickley,” said Chris Beichner, Land Trust CEO and president.

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Community
4:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

ISO Wants to 'School' You in Socialism

Capitalism isn’t working, and another world is necessary.

Those are the mantras of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), which is inviting Pittsburghers to go to “school” this Saturday to learn why.

Paul LeBlanc, an ISO member and event organizer, said the most fundamental definition of socialism is what he calls “economic democracy,” or a system where the “majority” of people would own and control the economy.

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Pittsburgh Technical Institute
3:30 am
Sun October 26, 2014

PTI Scholarship Encourages High-Schoolers To Promote Change

The Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) is promoting social change in the world by awarding five high school students a $7,000 scholarship.

The Promote Change scholarship requires students to do just that by creating a campaign using three projects.

Nick Talotta, senior director of admissions, said students can create posters, design websites or even sponsor a fundraising activity.

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Legionella bacteria
5:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Allegheny County Sets New Guidelines to Fight Legionella Bacteria

When six people died from Legionella bacteria in Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals in 2011-12, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) set out to find a better way to combat future outbreaks.

The organizations have now released updated guidelines to control Legionella bacteria in western Pennsylvania.

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Science
3:30 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Look Skyward, Pittsburgh: Meteor Shower, Partial Solar Eclipse Expected This Week

The Pittsburgh sky has a busy schedule this week, with a meteor shower tonight and a partial solar eclipse Thursday.

That’s according to Dan Malerbo, Buhl Planetarium and Observatory program development coordinator, who said the best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower is between midnight and dawn Tuesday and away from the city lights.

“Under some clear skies you could probably see up to 20 meteors per hour,” Malerbo said. “These meteors radiate, they come out of direction from Orion the Hunter, up by his bright star, Betelgeuse, from that area of the sky.”

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Food Inspection
1:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Proposed Budget Increase Prepares for Hiring of Additional Health Inspectors

The Allegheny County Health Department's effort to update its restaurant grading system is getting a boost from the 2015 budget presented this month to county council.  The $839.2 million budget drafted by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald includes an increase in funding for the department's food inspection effort.

Jim Thompson, deputy director of environmental health, says the Health Department will increase its number of full-time food inspectors from 20 to 22 if council approves the spending plan.

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Public Safety
7:49 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Chronic County Budget Need Could Have State Solution

Another year, another Allegheny County budget proposal attempting to patch together funds for the Department of Emergency Services but the years of complaining by the County Executive might be about to bear fruit.

The 911 center operated last year at a loss of $6 million, according to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and though underfunding isn’t a new issue, he fears what lower than needed state funding could mean for the future.  Fitzgerald’s proposed $839.2 million budget for 2015 includes an increased cash match to plug the gap.

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Health
3:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Legislation Aims to Help 'Sandwich Generation' Care for Relatives

A new piece of legislation aims to take a bite out of the burden placed on the “sandwich generation” – a group of adults usually in their 40s or 50s who are wedged between caring for their parents as well as their own children.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

First Niagara Bank Donates $1 Million to Middle School Mentoring Programs

First Niagara Bank presented a check of $125,000 to the United Way of Allegheny County
Jessica Nath 90.5 WESA

Ty’wann Martin, a 7th grader, gripped the microphone, popped up from his seat and sauntered up to the front of the room filled with CEOs and executives from the United Way and First Niagara Bank Thursday.

“Hi, my name is Ty’wann, and I go to Pittsburgh Schiller,” he declared. “And when I get older, I would like to be an NBA player.”

He and a group of students from Schiller and Pittsburgh Classical Academy Middle Schools are part of the United Way of Allegheny County mentoring program.

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Pittsburgh Pirates
4:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Present and Former Pirates Unite for Playoff Rally in Market Square

Pittsburghers flooded Market Square for the rally.
Jessica Nath 90.5 WESA

“I’ve done a little bit of research: the old, old pirates back in the old days, whenever they made somebody walk the plank, it was on a Wednesday night – so welcome to Pittsburgh you San Francisco Giants!”

The crowd that had flooded Market Square at noontime Tuesday erupted into cheers as Steve Blass, former Pirates pitcher, made his threat and then walked off the stage.

Such was the tone of the rally, which was declared “Pittsburgh Pirates Pride Day,” as the city prepared for the wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.

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Ride-Sharing
4:03 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

PUC Judges Recommend Commission Deny Uber’s Permanent Application

Two Public Utility Commission Administrative Law judges may have recommended that the full Commission deny Uber’s application for a permanent license, but the ride sharing company doesn’t need to slam on the brakes quite yet.

“After weighing the evidence in the cases of the Uber applications that were before the Commission, our administrative law judges wrote recommended decisions addressing each of the issues in the case,” Denise McCracken, PUC Deputy Press Secretary, said. “These recommended decisions are denying the applications by Uber.”

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PPG Industries
1:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

PPG Industries Brings Employees to New Regional Headquarters in Cranberry

400 PPG workers from throughout the country have packed up their bags to begin work at the company's new regional headquarters in Cranberry Township.  The architectural coatings office celebrated its grand opening Thursday.

Scott Sinetar, Vice President of Architectural Coatings for the U.S. and Canada, said the creation of the new headquarters is the result of PPG Industry’s 2013 acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business.

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Gallery Crawl
11:45 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Celebrates 10 Years of Gallery Crawls

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is celebrating ten years of gallery crawls with an Afropean R&B music performance, numerous art exhibits ranging from a billboard display to a cell phone disco and even salsa dancing.

Darcy Kucenic, Manager of Education and Operations for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said the first gallery crawl was in 2004 and only featured four venues.

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Black Lung
3:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Federal Legislation Aims to Reduce Fraud in Black Lung Cases

“Justice delayed is justice denied” is a refrain that U.S Senator Bob Casey (D- PA) has been repeating as he fights to get black lung benefits into the hands of coal miners in a more timely manner.

After working for several months to break up the backlog in black lung benefits claims, Casey announced plans Thursday to introduce legislation aiming to reduce fraud in miners’ cases.

According to Casey, the case backlog is in the thousands now and grows by substantial numbers each year.

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