Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

In Pittsburgh Budget Address Mayor Says School District Should Be In State Oversight

At a city budget address Tuesday Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he thinks the state should take over the city school district’s finances.

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Politics & Government

FBI Eyes How Pennsylvania Approved Pipeline

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Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.

Courtesy of Heidelbaugh for Attorney General

Pittsburgh-area attorney Heather Heidelbaugh announced Tuesday that she will run for Pennsylvania Attorney General next year. 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

The Detroit trial of an elected official from Pittsburgh is off to a slow start because of a snowstorm.

Science, Health & Tech

Carnegie Mellon University

College students have access to an abundance of data to track their progress in classes, from test scores to grades on projects and assignments. Professors, however, often have to rely on subjective evaluations once a year to get a sense of how they are doing. A system developed by a Carnegie Mellon University team aims to give educators more data to work with so they can improving their teaching techniques.

Simon Klingert / AP

A major veterans advocacy organization says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should be doing more to help vets who were exposed to toxic chemicals in combat zones, particularly pollution from burn pits.

During the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military contractors routinely burned garbage that included heavy metals, chemicals, human waste and plastic. As early as 2008, soldiers reported illnesses they said was due to being exposed to fumes from the burn pits.

JASON REDMAN / AP

Information is power, and Allegheny County has a new tool to track public health trends at they're happening.

Identity & Justice

Gene J. Puskar / AP

An 88-year-old Roman Catholic priest awaits sentencing after a judge in Pittsburgh convicted him of indecent assault and other charges involving a pre-teen boy. 

Jacqueline Larma / AP

People urging Gov. Tom Wolf's administration not to close Retreat State Prison will get a second chance to be heard after a microphone picked up Corrections Secretary John Wetzel during a public hearing whispering to a deputy that he was only pretending to pay attention.

Nicklas Supply

 

On today's program: A conversation about social responsibility when it comes to hate; Obama-era coal pollution rules could dissolve; U.S. hardwoods profit margins are getting axed by the trade war; and more companies in Pittsburgh are giving their employees a say in major decisions. 

Education

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Academic achievement gaps are persistent in Pittsburgh Public Schools, according to an annual report released Monday by education advocacy group A+ Schools.

Good Question!

Courtesy of Mitch Dakelman

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Laid The Groundwork For Today's Interstate Highway System

The Pennsylvania Turnpike: the concrete connector of the commonwealth and America’s first superhighway. The roadway was once called the “World’s Greatest Highway” and helped lay the foundation for what would become the federal interstate highway system.

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Development & Transportation

Argo AI

On today's program: Argo AI’s CEO explores the future of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh; Hazelwood’s neighborhood plan gets approved after years of work by residents; and Honor Flight Pittsburgh is taking veterans on tours of Capitol memorials free of charge.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

Potholes have long provided Pittsburgh a rich vein to mine for jokes and complaints. So when a sinkhole downtown swallowed a Port Authority bus two weeks ago—unaccompanied, thankfully, by serious injuries or fatalities—it was pure gold for wags and Halloween costumes alike.

For utility companies, it set off a flurry of infrastructure work.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A youth baseball tournament, historical symposium and statues of Negro League players are among the local events that will commemorate the 2020 centennial anniversary of the Negro National League. The full celebration lineup was announced Tuesday at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

 

Queer and transgender artists of color will be featured at the My People: Festival of the Arts at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty this week.

Environment & Energy

EarthJustice

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed relaxing two Obama-era regulations on waste products from coal-fired power plants, a move environmental groups say would prolong the risk of toxic spills or drinking water contamination.

How Much Plastic Waste Is Ending Up In Rivers? This Researcher Wants To Know

Nov 5, 2019
Julie Grant / Allegheny Front

As Shell Chemical is building a new plastics production plant in western Pennsylvania, there’s been outrage worldwide over environmental problems caused by increasing plastic pollution. Pictures of impacted wildlife like those of turtles with plastic straws in their nostrils have led to political action around plastic in the oceans.

Screengrab via U.S. Geological Survey map

Federal officials say a small earthquake in eastern Pennsylvania didn't cause any damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 1.6 magnitude quake occurred around 10:50 p.m. Sunday near Wyomissing Hills in Berks County.

Several residents reported hearing a loud boom and said the quake shook bookshelves and caused their doors to briefly rattle.

Officials say earthquakes with a magnitude between 1.0 and 3.0 aren't typically felt by residents.

Economy & Business

Anne Danahy / WPSU

Bo Hammond is hardwood sales manager for Collins Hardwood, a company based in Oregon with locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and California. Hammond is giving me a tour of the company’s operations in Kane. It’s located in McKean County off Hardwood Drive.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

At AgraPharm LLC’s warehouse in Beaver County, the scent of cannabis is potent.

“What you're smelling today is about only a third of what it really smells like when we first harvest the crop,” said AgraPharm’s CEO Ed Santillan.

Local Headlines

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

At a city budget address Tuesday Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he thinks the state should take over the city school district’s finances. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Pennsylvania police officer almost two years ago.

Food & Drink

In France, climate change is already affecting one of the country's most emblematic industries — winemaking. French vintners say heat, drought and erratic weather are altering the landscape and their centuries-old way of working.

Brothers Remi and Gregoire Couppé are fourth-generation winemakers who craft a top vintage, grand cru St. Emilion. In the past few years they've been confronted with some new challenges. Remi Couppé, 44, says there's no denying the weather is getting hotter and drier.

National & International

Record-breaking cold and snowfall is numbing many parts of the U.S. from the Great Plains to the East Coast and north through New England. By Wednesday the cold snap is expected to spread farther south to the upper Texas coast in what is being described as an "arctic outbreak" by the National Weather Service.

The dead-of-winter temperatures come with roughly five weeks of fall remaining on the calendar.

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