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Allegheny County Council Considers Bill To Form Police Review Board

Six months after a white East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Allegheny County Council has taken up legislation to create an independent board to review allegations of officer misconduct.

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Politics & Government

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A new audit shows Pennsylvania’s economic development program has improved its return on investment.

The review is a follow-up to a 2014 study that found the department wasn’t always keeping tabs on the companies it gave money to.

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Six months after a white East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Allegheny County Council has taken up legislation to create an independent board to review allegations of officer misconduct.


David Shribman, the top editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said on Tuesday that he will be retiring at the end of this year.

Science, Health & Tech

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When Jai Sawkar was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, he slipped and hit his head.

Identity & Justice


Hate crimes have been a major part of the national conversation in recent years, including after the mass shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue in October. But judging from statistics reported by the Pittsburgh Police on Tuesday, there has been little change in the overall number of hate crimes committed within city limits over the last decade.

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It takes a delicate touch to step in in the wake of tragedy, and one Washington D.C.-based law firm has a lot more experience than most.

Camille Biros, business manager for Feinberg Law Offices, has helped shepherd clients through mass shootings, terrorist attacks and sexual abuse scandals. Now, they're helping mediate the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.


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Over the last few years, Melody Ray has fielded many calls seeking advice on how to talk to kids about addiction and overdose. 

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

Dec 13, 2018
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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 advisers.

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

Uber Approved To Resume Autonomous Car Tests In Pittsburgh

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.

The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber's autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after March 18 crash in Tempe, Ariz.

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Walking along Homewood’s major corridors may get a little easier: The Urban Redevelopment Authority has approved pedestrian improvements concentrated around Braddock, Hamilton and Homewood avenues. 

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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One of the first legal bets placed at Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino sports book didn't exactly bring the house down.

David Eldridge was one of five people to make the first legal bets at the casino during a grand opening last Thursday.

While many grand openings feature celebrities placing $20 on their favorite team to win the World Series or Super Bowl, Eldridge plunked down $10,000 — and on the New England Patriots over the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, to boot.

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Ohio, Aliquippa, Youghiogheny, are all Native American names. Their use in this region is emblematic of how profoundly the area was shaped by tribal communities.

Environment & Energy

Pennsylvania Joins Regional Effort To Cut Emissions From Vehicles

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Pennsylvania, along with eight states and Washington, D.C., announced plans Tuesday to create a new regional cap for carbon emissions from vehicles to combat climate change.

Patrick McDonnell, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, said with the release last month of the federal government’s National Climate Assessment, there can no longer be a delay on climate action. Among states, Pennsylvania is the third biggest carbon polluter, after California and Texas.

This Mayor Is Connecting The Dots Between Pollution, Equity And Health

Dec 17, 2018
Allegra Battle

Just over the border from the city of Pittsburgh, the Wilkinsburg mayor is pushing for a comeback, factoring in the environment and improving health while trying to change the negative perception people may have of her community.

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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Nikkia Ingram’s responsibilities at Pittsburgh Brashear High School have outgrown her job title of school security officer. That's because what began as informal mentoring sessions during lunch breaks and weekends has grown to include the creation of a local nonprofit called Cultivating Resilient Youth.

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A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush has had his right leg amputated below the knee.

Trooper Alex Douglass underwent the surgery this week at a New York City hospital.

His friend Earl Granville says Douglass had some medical complications with his leg and decided to amputate it to improve his quality of life.

Granvillle, a veteran who lost his leg in Afghanistan, says he and Douglass completed the New York City Marathon handcycle event last month. He says Douglass should be able to run marathons now with a prosthetic.

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

Steven Falk still remembers the moment he first laid eyes on Lafayette, Calif., even though it was 28 years ago. He was driving there to interview for a job as an assistant to the city manager.

"I saw this amazing landscape of emerald-green hills and native oak woodland, with neighborhoods sitting in and among these verdant valleys," he says. "I loved it from the very first minute I got here."

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