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Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Announces Details Of Victims' Compensation Fund

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced a program Thursday to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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Politics & Government

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The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office didn’t have much to say when it released a scathing grand-jury report on how the city of Pittsburgh investigates police shootings last Friday.

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Nearly a decade after being tasked with the assignment, a state commission is still grappling with a mandate to create a risk assessment algorithm for Pennsylvania judges to use during criminal sentencing procedures.

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For the second week in a row, union employees at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette protested their employer’s handling of contract negotiations, focusing their efforts on health care cuts.

Science, Health & Tech

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Beginning next year, paramedics and emergency medical technicians for the City of Pittsburgh will work 12-hour shifts, instead of the current eight-hour shifts.

Identity & Justice

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The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced a program Thursday to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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The parents of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he fled a traffic stop are suing the officer's former employer— the University of Pittsburgh— for failing to properly discipline him or record performance issues in his personnel file.

Education

Pennsylvania's New List Of Struggling Schools Looks Beyond Usual Suspects

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Pennsylvania released a list of 289 struggling schools Thursday that will have to develop "improvement plans" with the direction of state advisors.

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Schools officials in Pittsburgh say a teacher has been hospitalized after a student pushed her and caused her to hit her head.

Good Question!

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What's Behind The Scenes Of The Carnegie Museum Of Natural History?

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is expansive — a person could spend hours walking the different exhibitions. But what's on display is only a small portion of what's in the museum's possession.

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Pittsburgh Almost Had The Most Billboards In The Country

Development & Transportation

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

Port Authority buses and trains arrive on schedule less than 70 percent of the time, according to a new report from state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. While there’s room to improve, DePasquale acknowledged that the agency has come a long way.

In 2014, his office released an audit that covered 2007 to 2012. Port Authority’s fiscal house was really out of whack, he said.

“What gets me rolling is when you’re giving a former executive director free housing, a free car, while cutting routes,” DePasquale said. “That gets my blood boiling.”

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An amendment passed Wednesday by Pittsburgh City Council would partially restore some of the proposed budget for the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Affordable housing activists cried foul when the original draft of the 2019 city budget slashed the URA’s funding by more than $5 million.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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Some side-eye. A curt “gurrrl, please.” A sarcastically drawn-out “ohhh-kaay.” These are just a few manifestations of shade, that versatile conversational tool long used by African-American woman and gay men. Thanks in part to reality TV, shade has spread in the culture, and Rashaad Newsome has seen a disturbing outcome: White people who casually throw shade also stereotype black people who do the same as “ghetto.”

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Everyone’s heard the siren of a fire truck as it zooms down the street. But the sounds associated with fire alerts have changed over time. All around the Pittsburgh region, fire stations alert volunteers and the public in distinct ways.

Environment & Energy

Teenager's Asthma, In Shadow Of Clairton Coke Works, Frames Town's Struggle With Dirty Air

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From her front porch, Collette Williams can see the lights of US Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the largest coke plant in North America, between the houses across the street.

She can also pick out the different colors of smoke and steam emanating from it.

“That’s like a white smoke,” she said, standing on her porch on an overcast afternoon. “And then over there, like a dark smoke.”

The fumes that day weren’t too bad, owing to rain that had just come through.

Pennsylvania, The No. 2 Gas-Producing State, Moves To Curb Air Pollution

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Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements.

Economy & Business

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Two more casinos in Pennsylvania have started up with sports betting.

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Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.

Local Headlines

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The body of a second Pennsylvania serviceman killed in Afghanistan has returned home.

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Police say a teenager was wounded by a bullet while riding on a school bus in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh police said in a Twitter post that a school bus driver said she was driving students home from New Academy Charter school shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday when she heard two or three gunshots.

She said a 17-year-old youth on the bus "yelled that he had been shot in the shoulder." Two other students were uninjured.

Food & Drink

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SNAP benefits, sometimes referred to as food stamps, were in a precarious position until this week when Congress approved a compromise on a 10-year, $867 billion farm bill that no longer requires recipients to meet a work requirement as previously proposed. 

National & International

Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault.

A Detroit-area man who sexually assaulted a sleeping passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday.

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