Essential Pittsburgh
11:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Pennsylvania Roads Take Slow Steps to Prep for Faster Driving

A speed limit 70 miles sign along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1942. The limit has since decreased to 65 mph, and 55 mph in some areas, but that can soon change.
A speed limit 70 miles sign along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1942. The limit has since decreased to 65 mph, and 55 mph in some areas, but that can soon change.
Credit Ann Rosener / Library of Congress/Wikipedia

These topics air Tuesday July 29, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Speed Limit Increase

The Pennsylvania Turnpike recently debuted a 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain exit 201, to Morgantown exit 298. While the area stretches from the center of the state to the east, after a trial period, the speed limit increase will soon be coming to Western PA's interstate roads. With a speed limit of 70 mph already in Ohio and West Virginia, is it about time for PA to match up with neighboring states? Renee Vid Colborn, Manager of Media and Public Relations at the PA Turnpike Commission and State Senator Jay Costa address the pros and cons of an increased speed limit for area highways.

A Church Divided

This week marks the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in the outbreak of World War I. While America remained neutral, Germany came to Austria's defense, which put Germans in Pittsburgh in a difficult position, and directly affected a downtown church on Smithfield Street. Historian Donn Neal joins us to talk about how life forever changed for the German Evangelical Protestant Church now known as the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown.

WESA Celebrates- Dr. Bill Neches' Heart Camp for Kids

For one special week, Camp Kon-o-Kwee is taken over by a group of very excited campers. All these campers have at least one thing in common: They’re growing up with congenital heart disease. Founded 24 years ago by Dr. Bill Neches, Heart Camp for Kids is a summer camp specifically for children and teenagers living with heart disease. Dr. Neches and the Heart Camp for Kids are profiled this week as part of 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference. 

The Business of Millennials

In the next decade the economy will experience one of the largest demographic workplace changes in modern history. By the year 2025 Millennials will make up approximately 75% of the U.S. workforce, and worldwide this generation will account for 50% of those employed. This week contributor, Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, looks at the The Business of Millennials.

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