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After Advocates Complained, City Says Bike Lanes Are Coming To Smallman Street

The City of Pittsburgh says a five-block bike lane is coming to the Strip District, on Smallman Street between 16th and 21st streets. It's part of a larger redesign of the stretch, which will likely reconfigure parking by the Produce Terminal.

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Politics & Government

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The Peduto administration released its 2019 capital and operating budget proposals late Friday evening, as part of its obligation to submit spending plans to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority ahead of the formal introduction to City Council in November.

Obama Turns Focus On Pennsylvania, Hopes To Boost Democrats

Sep 21, 2018
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Barack Obama was turning his political attention Friday to a state that Donald Trump won as the former president prepared to campaign Friday in Philadelphia with two leading Pennsylvania Democrats running for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

In the Nov. 6 contests, Democrats are trying to oust Republicans in four U.S. House districts and more than a dozen state legislative seats in the Philadelphia area alone. Obama twice carried Pennsylvania in his presidential races, and Democrats hope the state can help them retake control of Congress from the GOP.

Barletta Tries To Wake Up Sleepy Senate Race With Attack Ad

Sep 21, 2018
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race.

Barletta, a four-term Republican congressman, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.

Matt Rourke / AP

The Democrat running against State House Speaker Mike Turzai says the Republican isn’t taking domestic violence legislation seriously.

Science, Health & Tech

Jaime Dunaway / AP

A midstate county may be the first in the state to use an in-house DNA testing device to aid investigations.

The Cumberland County District Attorney's office is not alone in using rapid DNA testing in criminal investigations, but it is one of the first to purchase an instrument to let them do the test in the office.

District Attorney Skip Ebert said it could dramatically increase the number of suspects identified each year.

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a group of yoga instructors gathered at BYS Yoga’s third-floor studio, with big windows overlooking Carson Street. These yogis were the students, and they were there to learn a non-coercive instruction style, called trauma-informed yoga.

Identity & Justice

Will Bill Cosby, 81, Go To Prison? A Judge Is Set To Decide

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Matt Slocum / AP

Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more.

Bill Cosby will walk into a Pennsylvania courthouse Monday and face the judge who has presided over the world-famous comedian's sexual assault case for nearly three years. The sentencing hearing may conclude with Cosby losing his freedom for the rest of his life.

Education

Philly's $40,000 Cab Ride, And What It Says About Modern, Urban Education

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Emily Cohen / WHYY

If you squint just right, Roberta Bellamy looks like she’s living in a public school paradise.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet says district-wide reform is a marathon, not a sprint.

Good Question!

Keith Srakocic / AP

Flocks Of Black Birds Are Darkening Pittsburgh Skies, But It's Not A Bad Omen

The skies above Pittsburgh are getting darker, and it’s not because of stormy weather. Look up around dusk this fall and you may see flocks of black birds, preparing for their annual trip south through Pittsburgh.

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Development & Transportation

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The City of Pittsburgh says a five-block bike lane is coming to the Strip District, on Smallman Street between 16th and 21st streets. It's part of a larger redesign of the stretch, which will likely reconfigure parking by the Produce Terminal.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On Friday the board of the Allegheny County Airport Authority voted to prohibit members from directly investing in airlines.

The amendment to the authority’s administrative policy handbook comes after two board members, Jan Rea and vice chairman Robert Lewis, acknowledged their investments in OneJet.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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Technical rock climbing jumped on the U.S. scene as early as the late 1800s, but it took nearly a century before advances in ropes and climbing aids helped bring it into the mainstream. In recent years, sport climbing -- and sport climbing gyms -- have exploded in popularity, and starting in 2020, three climbing disciplines will be represented for the first time at the Olympic games.

Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts – an arts showcase dedicated to premieres – is itself no longer new. But after previous iterations in 2004, 2008 and 2013, the fourth Festival of Firsts does promise to be the largest ever.

Environment & Energy

Amy Sisk / WESA

Pittsburgh’s tallest skyscraper has cut way down on its water and electricity usage over the past decade as it undergoes energy efficiency upgrades.

Economy & Business

LM Otero, AP File

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate hit a nearly two-decade low in August, even as payrolls slipped below July's record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in August, the lowest point since 2000.

The national rate is 3.9 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 9,000, as employment rose and unemployment shrank.

Local Headlines

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating reports of dozens of dead deer in two counties.

Commission officials say game wardens have been confirming the reports and taking viable samples of the dead deer for laboratory testing.

Previous deer die-offs were caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The commission suspects the recent deaths may be linked to another EHD outbreak.

Young Girl Injured In Crash Sues City Over Police Chase

Sep 20, 2018
Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

A young girl seriously injured after a 2015 high-speed chase with police ended in a head-on collision is suing the city of Pittsburgh and the Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County, alleging the chase never should have happened.

Food & Drink

Kara Holsopple / Allegheny Front

Sara Bir is a chef, writer, and self-proclaimed plant nerd. Her new book, "The Fruit Forager’s Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond," is part cookbook, and part field guide.

National & International

The Trump administration says it wants to move to a "merit-based" immigration system — one that gives priority to immigrants who speak English, and are highly educated.

But critics say that rhetoric is at odds with the administration's actions.

"Show me any policy that's come out so far that has actually made it easier for highly skilled immigrants," says Doug Rand, who worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology under President Obama.

Stories from National Partners

A new study finds that global warming will bring with it an increase in agricultural pests, which will lead to significant crop loss across the globe.

Scientists have already raised grave concerns about the effects of climate disruption on global agriculture. Research has shown that rising temperatures can reduce nutrient quality in staple grains, and that droughts and flooding can reduce yields. The recent report adds an additional worry.

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