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Loose Barges Temporarily Shutter Multiple Pittsburgh Bridges

Pittsburgh officials say multiple bridges are now reopened after barges got loose and began floating down the Monongahela River.

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Politics & Government

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A three-term Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat in the middle of his term.

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Dozens of protesters gathered at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, demanding an end the partial government shutdown. Nearly 250 TSA officers are working without pay in Pittsburgh.

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At the center of the government shutdown is President Trump’s proposal for a steel border wall. Trump pitched it as a big opportunity for steel companies.

Science, Health & Tech

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority remains out of compliance with federal standards for lead in drinking water.

Identity & Justice

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A crowd of people filled the block in front of the City-County Building, as well as the parking lot across from it on Saturday for the third annual Women's March. 

New Attorneys General To Continue Investigating Clergy Abuse

Jan 18, 2019
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Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse.

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In light of the #MeToo movement, a new initiative in western Pennsylvania will offer free and confidential services for students and low-wage workers facing sexual harassment and assault.

While there has been a lot of attention given to high-profile cases, sexual harassment is pervasive in workplaces, K-12 schools and colleges, according to the Women’s Law Project, which launched #MeTooPA to help individuals who are traditionally underserved by the legal system.

Education

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Nearly a year after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, students at the University of Pittsburgh marked his birthday by demanding diversity. Five decades later, university leaders acknowledge it is a persistent challenge.

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Proper classroom accommodations for students on the autism spectrum can be hard to come by. One local group hopes to provide better access to environments where students have the best chance at a good education. 

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Pittsburgh Almost Had The Most Billboards In The Country

Some people find billboards disruptive and unattractive. They cover up scenery and distract drivers. But billboards are one of the oldest forms of advertising and are still a popular way for companies to get their message across.

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Development & Transportation

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Pittsburgh officials say multiple bridges are now reopened after barges got loose and began floating down the Monongahela River.

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Near downtown Pittsburgh, along the 10th Street Bypass and Allegheny riverfront trail, large metal rings that look like giant doorknockers are fixed to retaining walls. They’re rusty and discolored after decades of enduring the city’s weather.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Photo by Tyler Ross

It started with TV animal shows. Watching them left comedian Shane Mauss with a lot of questions. So he started emailing scientists.

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The opportunities for playing – and hearing – live music Downtown are expanding.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation announced Wednesday that nine venues will add music or expand existing offerings.

Environment & Energy

Pittsburgh-Area Legislators Want Hearing On Clairton Coke Works

Jan 18, 2019
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Several state elected officials from the Pittsburgh area want answers on Allegheny County’s response to pollution at US Steel’s Clairton Coke Works after a Christmas Eve fire damaged air pollution controls at the plant.

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A Pittsburgh suburb has rejected a proposal to allow drilling for natural gas under a local park.

The Franklin Park borough council voted 4-2 Wednesday against signing a lease with PennEnergy Resources. The company wants to drill from a well pad in the neighboring community of Economy into Franklin Park.

Economy & Business

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stayed the same in December, at close to a two-decade low, although payrolls still jumped to a new record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last month.

The national rate is 3.9 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 21,000. Employment rose by 16,000 to a new record of nearly 6.2 million, while unemployment also rose by 5,000 to 274,000.

Local Headlines

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SETpoint is a Pittsburgh-based group offering specialized self-defense training for those who experience the threat of gender-based violence, serving groups both nationwide and here at home.

 

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Are we getting pounded with snow this weekend or not? 

It's still unclear. 

Food & Drink

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East Liberty native Tim Ryan grew up wanting to be an attorney, not a chef, but an early stint at dishwashing changed his mind. 

National & International

Journalist Brian Palmer toured several Confederate sites and monuments across the South and found a distorted message that celebrates the Confederacy and often omits the fact of slavery all together.

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