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Hundreds of people have gathered in Philadelphia to protest rapper Meek Mill's imprisonment on probation violations.

Celebrities and athletes spoke at the rally Monday evening near City Hall, including former 76er Julius Erving, Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins and rapper Rick Ross. Erving called Mill's sentence "excessive" and "cruel."

Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison last week for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.

Video Recovered, 10 More Charged In Penn State Frat Death

Nov 13, 2017
Chris Knight / AP

Investigators on Monday said they recovered deleted security camera footage taken inside a Penn State fraternity house and had filed dozens of new charges in the death of a pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal injuries.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said the new evidence enabled police to determine that Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza had been given at least 18 drinks over less than 90 minutes.

James Doyle / NPR

UPMC announced a $2 billion plan last week to build three specialty hospitals focused on cancer; vision and rehabilitation; and heart and transplants.

Alfred de Montesquiou / AP

Police say they captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a small Pennsylvania town.

Reports about the spotted feline started coming in on Nov. 3. When Reading officers tracked it down, they initially thought they'd found a cheetah.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says they got a call from the police department about the feline on Saturday.

Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Six people are charged after authorities made the first known seizure in Allegheny County of a deadly opioid that's used to tranquilize elephants.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the six were selling $750,000 worth of carfentanil, fentanyl and heroin. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that's considered 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

Shapiro says his office and the Allegheny County Police Department "took down major drug dealers selling poison and carrying guns on the streets of Allegheny County.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

It will soon look a lot like Christmas in New York City thanks to a tree from Pennsylvania.

Police: Pennsylvania State Trooper Saved Own Life With Tourniquet

Nov 8, 2017
Pennsylvania State Police / AP

*UPDATED: Nov. 8, 2017 at 2:53 p.m.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived, authorities said Wednesday as they released more details of the violent confrontation along a busy highway.

Cpl. Seth Kelly, 39, remained hospitalized in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg in the close-quarters gunfight. The 13-year veteran was set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet.

Chris O'Meara / AP

Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

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Authorities have released the names of two men killed during a storm that weather officials have confirmed spawned a tornado in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT

 The commonwealth is hoping tourists will pursue happiness.

Pennsylvania American Water Company

UPDATED: This story is ongoing. If you live in the affected areas and are concerned about your water, check with Penn American for the most up-to-date information.

About 100,000 Pennsylvania American Water Company customers southwest of Pittsburgh are being asked not to drink or cook any water straight from the tap for the next 48 hours.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Steve Root moved to Pittsburgh’s South Side in 2006, and right away, he knew he wanted to get involved in the community and make connections.

Matt Rourke / AP

Philadelphia will move the statue of former Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo from its location in the shadow of City Hall.

Midstate Communities Weigh Whether To Allow New Mini-Casinos

Nov 3, 2017
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The state's new gambling expansion law is already triggering debate in communities across the commonwealth about whether they should try luring one of 10 new mini-casinos allowed under the law, or ban them.

November 2, 2017 newscast:

- Activists demand the Allegheny County Health Department make US Steel's Clairton Coke Works clean up its operations.

- Pennsylvania lawmakers seek to reform the budget process.

- Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers are reviewing a fact finder's report on their contract negotiations.

- Local weather.

Joaquin Gonzalez / 90.5 WESA

On a brisk afternoon, Brittany Reno is walking through Sharpsburg’s business district on Main Street, giving a tour.

“We’ve got a thrift store right here, St. Vincent de Paul, which takes care of a lot of our people," says Reno. "We also have a lot of family owned businesses here."

Josh Ferrell / CNN

 


The latest episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown series showcased glimpses of the Steel City on Sunday that many Pittsburghers didn't jibe with

Carolyn Kaster / AP

A Pennsylvania man who claimed he was fired for refusing to wear a company T-shirt isn't entitled to unemployment compensation.

Pennlive.com reports a Commonwealth Court panel ruled against Aleh Kiaturka on Thursday saying he actually quit over the shirt issue.

Fired workers can collect unemployment, but the court says those who quit don't get compensation unless they have a "necessitous and compelling" reason for leaving the job.

Jackie Cline / via AP

A Pennsylvania woman has celebrated her 94th birthday by going skydiving along with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

Williamsport resident Eila Campbell says she figured she might not "make it for another year" at her age, so she took the 10,000-foot plunge on Sunday at Hazleton Regional Airport.

Granddaughter Sara Schuelke and great-granddaughter Jess Fox also jumped. Each woman jumped separately but in tandem with an instructor.

Campbell described the free fall as "kind of a wow" and says she'd skydive again.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

In 2015, Caitlin McNulty had been running a youth ministry program out of a Brookline church for a few years when she began to realize that the teenagers in the neighborhood -- the city’s second-largest, and third most-populous -- needed more.

For Ornery Shelter Cats, 2nd Chance Is A Job Chasing Mice

Oct 18, 2017
Matt Rourke / AP

Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

In the next two decades, there will be a 40 percent growth in the population of residents 65 and older in Allegheny County, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday morning, Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh unveiled a plan of 30 action items to make Pittsburgh more inclusive for older residents by 2020.

The initiative's project manager, Laura Poskin, said the plan addresses issues of access, social connection and innovation.

Patrick Sison / AP

Beaver County announced Monday it is suing for millions of dollars in damages from opioid manufacturers,  drug distributors and physicians.

The civil suit claims 23 drug companies and doctors led consumers to believe that opioids were not addictive and the county spent taxpayer dollars responding to hundreds of deaths and overdoses.

Parents of Freed Afghanistan Hostage Angry At Son-In-Law

Oct 13, 2017
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The parents of an American woman freed with her family after five years of captivity say they are elated, but also angry at their son-in law for taking their daughter to Afghanistan.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Plea negotiations are occurring in the case of a now-20-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school, attorneys said.

"I think there is a good chance it will be resolved before trial," defense attorney Patrick Thomassey told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday.

Thomassey was referring to 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus a weapons charge, pending against Alex Hribal.

Courtesy of Ted Zellers

Basement toilets are a pervasive feature of Pittsburgh homes -- so much so that one local photographer set out to document them.

And although local lore suggests they were first installed so that mill workers and miners could clean up before entering the main part of the house, multiple local experts said they couldn't verify that, and most declined to weigh in on how these mysterious home features came to be.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

In the early 2000s, a pair of new college graduates lived in Highland Park, just across the street from a crumbling old church. It hadn't been used recently, and the arts grads dreamed of buying the property and turning it into a community asset where artists and the arts could flourish.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

It's been more than two weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico—knocking out the power grid, leaving people homeless and hospitals with dwindling supplies. Despite President Donald Trump's comments contrasting the storm to a "real catastrophe like [Hurricane] Katrina," many in Pittsburgh are eager to respond to the island's needs.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

A female college student stood in a room at UPMC Presbyterian hospital Thursday morning, laughing as another student tended to her gunshot wounds -- one on either side of her belly button.

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