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Man Tied To Synagogue Shooting Suspect Arrested

A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

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Politics & Government

Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf ceremonially signed House Bill 2060 into law Wednesday, tightening rules that determine when and how a convicted domestic abuser can turn in their firearms. According to the Governor’s office, Wolf had actually already signed the bill October 12 “due to the urgency of enacting the legislation.”

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Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon has become the first woman in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation since 2014.

Scanlon was sworn in Tuesday to an open congressional seat in southeastern Pennsylvania left vacant after Republican Pat Meehan resigned in April.

Scanlon last week won a special election to fill the remaining seven weeks of Meehan's term in the Delaware County-based seat. The four-term Meehan resigned while under an ethics investigation for using taxpayer money to settle a former aide's sexual harassment complaint.

Matt Rourke / AP

As Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 legislative session draws to a close, lawmakers are picking their leadership teams for the next two years.

House Democrats are seeing some of the biggest sea changes.

The midterm elections brought the caucus almost a dozen new seats, mostly in the collar counties around Philadelphia. And two longtime leaders are departing: Minority Whip Mike Hanna and Appropriations Committee Chair Joe Markosek, of Centre and Allegheny counties, respectively.

Science, Health & Tech

Mel Evans / AP

 

Many substance abuse disorder treatment centers expect their patients to immediately stop using when they enter treatment. But this approach, often referred to as quitting “cold turkey,” is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Identity & Justice

Man Tied To Synagogue Shooting Suspect Arrested

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Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

Fostering Youth Transitions / Data Brief via the Annie E. Casey Foundation

As many as 15,000 children are in Pennsylvania's foster care system at any given time, and a disproportionate number are often African-American. How can existing family relationships be better resourced and supported? And how can society better help kids transition from foster care to adulthood? 

Education

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The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could set state precedent, holding school districts liable for ongoing student-on-student harassment.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Public Schools continues to face stark challenges when it comes to students reaching academic milestones even though a report released Monday shows incremental improvement in a few areas.

Good Question!

Amy Sisk / WESA

Pittsburgh: City Of Steel, And Salt?

Every Pittsburgher knows steel mills and coal mines make up the city’s rich industrial past, but this area was once a hub for another industry: salt.

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Development & Transportation

Elaine Thompson / AP

Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.

Kieran McLean / 90.5 WESA

What do Canada geese and scooter rental companies have in common? They both head south for the winter.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Film Pittsburgh

For many of the world’s filmmakers – surely most of them – short films are the way to go, a more affordable way to tell a story or realize one’s vision than a full-length feature. The hard part of the bargain is it’s a lot harder to find an audience. Movie theaters don’t routinely program short films; television stations don’t show them; and online, you’re competing with the whole internet.

Eric A. Smith / Hill Dance Academy Theater

A Pittsburgh dance organization is supporting a new initiative for more diversity in professional ballet. The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet is an effort anchored by the Dance Theater of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance/USA. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is among 21 major ballet organizations to adopt the agenda.

Environment & Energy

Amy Sisk / WESA

A few years after Polish scientist Marie Curie discovered radium, two Pittsburgh brothers sought to build upon her work by launching a commercial enterprise that began in Colorado with mining radioactive ore and culminated in free health clinics to market the new element.

 

David Zalubowski / AP

Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a new policy aimed at clarifying rules about how power is resold, in an effort to promote investment in public electric vehicle charging stations.

Economy & Business

Richard Vogel / AP

Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.

Local Headlines

Vernard Alexander
Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA

Businessman Vernard Alexander of Homewood is known in his neighborhood as the "Connecting King,” because he uses online platforms to share information about jobs, housing and funding sources to help others in his community.

Amy Sisk / WESA

Emergency services personnel for Allegheny County spent last Saturday morning responding to routine police calls, such as complaints about parking or residents blowing leaves into neighbors’ yards.

Food & Drink

A team of researchers peered inside bumblebee colonies and spied on insects individually labelled with a tiny tag to figure out exactly how exposure to a common insecticide changes their behavior in the nest.

National & International

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with President Trump, was arrested Wednesday following allegations of domestic violence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Avenatti, who has denied the allegations, was booked Wednesday afternoon for a felony domestic violence charge, after police took a report on Tuesday of the alleged incident. He was released on $50,000 bail.

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