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Wolf To Sign Bill That Will Give Students More Options To Fill A High School Graduation Requirement

More options for high school graduation requirements are coming to Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf says he will sign a bill into law that will do away with the standardized Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement for students.

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Politics & Government

Don Wright/AP, Conor Lamb for Congress

The differences between U.S. Reps. Keith Rothfus (R – Sewickley) and Conor Lamb (D – Mt. Lebanon) came into starker relief during a debate Tuesday, when the candidates addressed issues ranging from climate change to immigration and guns.

The representatives met Tuesday evening for the debate, which aired live from the studios of WTAE-TV.

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh missed opening arguments for a handful of cases on the high court's docket this season, adding a fair amount of intrigue into an already controversial agenda.

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Democrat Conor Lamb has a financial edge coming out of the third turn of his 17th Congressional district race against Republican Keith Rothfus. Campaign finance reports covering the last full quarter before the Nov. 6 election show that he outraised his rival in the nation’s only November election contest where two incumbents face each other.

Science, Health & Tech

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There have been six cases of West Nile Virus in Allegheny County so far this year, the highest in more than a decade.

Identity & Justice

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro says recommendations from a state grand jury report that found Roman Catholic priests sexually abused more than a thousand children over decades will pass if given a vote in Pennsylvania's Senate.

Shapiro spoke Monday while greeting victims of sexual abuse demonstrating outside Senate offices.

Senate Republican majority leaders haven't promised a vote on all four recommendations. The chamber's top Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, says one recommendation is unconstitutional.

Education

Alex Brandon / AP

More options for high school graduation requirements are coming to Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf says he will sign a bill into law that will do away with the standardized Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement for students.

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Ride The Dips And Cut A Rug At Danceland: Remembering West View Park

Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Development & Transportation

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Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote on legislation Tuesday that would require building owners to install sprinkler systems in all high rise buildings 75 feet or taller. Since the 1980s, all new high rises in the city have been required to have sprinklers, though it's unclear how many older buildings are without them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says data collected from nearly a dozen roundabouts across the state reveal their design has resulted in a significant decrease in crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Photo by William D. Wade

The old phrase “whistling past graveyards” suggests how our culture has traditionally viewed the grounds where we bury our dead: as places of mourning, or even dread, to be avoided for as long as one can manage.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The 35-year-old Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh began in the old Allegheny Post Office, expanded to the Buhl Planetarium and will soon move into the stacks of the former Carnegie library. Executive director Jane Werner shared plans for the expansion and her belief that childhood and learning know no age limit. 

Later in the program, Homewood artist Vanessa German funneled her passion into a neighborhood space for kids to gather and create art of their own.

Environment & Energy

It’s the busiest time of year at many local farms, with hayrides, animals to pet, and apple cider to sip.

Economy & Business

Second Major Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy During Trump Presidency

Oct 11, 2018
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Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the oldest mining companies in the country, became the second major coal bankruptcy of the Trump presidency Tuesday when the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Texas court.

Local Headlines

German in Rainey's
Ricco JL Martello / Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

Vanessa German's passion is rooted in her imagination, which has led her to build elaborate sculptures and write and perform stage plays. It has also been the vehicle she has used to help ensure the tools of creativity are accessible to the residents in her community.

After growing up in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, German came to Pittsburgh to live with her parents nearly two decades ago. She says she began creating art by using materials she found during her travels.

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A librarian and a bookseller accused of stealing and trafficking rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme are standing trial.

Pittsburgh police say 61-year-old Gregory Priore stole prints, maps and rare books from the library and handed them off to Caliban Book Shop co-owner John Schulman to resell them. Prosecutors say the pair conspired to steal and sell several hundred rare items worth more than $8 million.

Food & Drink

Love Or Hate Scrapple, It's Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Meat

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It is Pennsylvania Dutch country's mystery meat.

Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, scrapple is a meaty, thrifty and filling comfort food.

Love it or hate it, scrapple is a Lancaster County tradition. It was created as a way to use what was left over on butchering day and consists of pork mixed with cornmeal and pepper. Depending on where you live, you might add a little sage or buckwheat flour. You might use venison, beef or chicken instead of pork.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Development of one of the largest urban farms in the U.S. is well underway on the former St. Clair Village site. Crews at the Hilltop Urban Farm have planted 68 fruit and nut trees in the one-acre youth farm, expected to open in April 2019.

After years of studies and plans, Hilltop Urban Farm director Sarah Ashley Baxendell said volunteers are preparing the land and vegetation for the winter, and are excited to start farming. Of the 107 acres available, 23 will be dedicated to agriculture.

Central Pa. Growers And Researchers Work To Stop The Spotted Lanternfly

Oct 12, 2018

Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery owner Barbara Christ stands among ten acres of grapevines on neat rows of trellises.

She points to a post at the end of one row of vines as a perfect location for an unwelcome visitor.

“They would definitely lay egg masses on something like this," she said. 

Christ is a retired Penn State plant pathology professor whose research focused on plant diseases. As a vineyard owner, she’s keeping an eye out for the spotted lanternfly.

“It could be extremely devastating to an operation like ours,” Christ said. 

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