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Solar Jobs Grow In Pennsylvania, While Declining Nationally

Jobs in Pennsylvania’s solar industry grew 10 percent last year, while declining three percent nationally, according to a new analysis.

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Politics & Government

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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman visited U.S. Steel’s coke works in Clairton Friday morning, and offered a ringing endorsement of its efforts to recover from a Christmas Eve fire that has renewed local environmental concerns.

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Republicans in Pennsylvania's Senate have been paying the legal bills of the chamber's ex-security chief in lawsuits by two women accusing him of harassing them while on the job as Senate security guards.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati's office has approved at least $23,355 to cover the legal bills of former security director Justin Ferrante, according to a report published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, LNP and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Courtesy of Judith Ginyard, Kierran Young, and Cherylie Fuller

Three new candidates have entered an already-crowded race to replace Pittsburgh City Councilor Ricky Burgess. If the field holds, Burgess could face five challengers on the Democratic primary ballot in the 9th District this spring.

Science, Health & Tech

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for parts of Hazelwood, Swisshelm Park and Greenfield.

Identity & Justice

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The Catholic Diocese of Erie launched its victims’ compensation fund Friday for people who were sexually abused by clergy and others associated with the church. Plans for the fund were announced in December.

The Independent Survivors’ Reparation Program will be open until August 15, 2019, and the website to file claims is now live.

Penn State Trustees Group Challenges 2012 Sandusky Report

Feb 13, 2019
Gene J. Puskar / AP

A small group of Penn State board members that includes longtime defenders of famed football coach Joe Paterno is challenging as unreliable a 2012 university-commissioned investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

In a 109-page report, five current and two former alumni-elected trustees said their review of a trove of documents found that the school-funded private investigation was tainted by improper contacts with the university, the NCAA and state and federal law enforcement.

Education

PA Teachers Fight Against Arming School Staff Despite Court Ruling

Feb 15, 2019
Matt Smith / Keystone Crossroads

A Schuylkill County judge says she needs more information from the Tamaqua Area Education Association before ruling on a policy that would allow some staff to carry firearms in school.

Good Question!

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Ride The Dips And Cut A Rug At Danceland: Remembering West View Park

Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Development & Transportation

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Construction on the Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood is expected to begin in March. The work won approval from the board of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Thursday.

Kevin C. Brown / 90.5 WESA

Modern existence requires a lot of signs: road signs, park signs, building signs, direction signs, special event signs. Plenty of signs could be ordered online, in this age of hyper-availability, but Allegheny County doesn’t outsource its written communication with the public; instead, the county runs its own sign shop.

MV+A Architects / Used with permission from LG Realty Advisors

Despite a rally and two hours of public comment Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved a development plan for the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty. The rally attendees and majority of public speakers were against the plan by LG Realty, urging the commission to only consider a plan that included affordable housing. 

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Renee Rosensteel

Jimmy Cvetic, a singular Pittsburgh character, has died.

Courtesy of Jeff Goldblum / Decca Records

West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum has a knack for booking roles in lucrative Hollywood franchises like Jurassic Park and the Marvel universe, but he's nurtured another love, albeit quietly, for most of his life: jazz.

Environment & Energy

Solar Jobs Grow In Pennsylvania, While Declining Nationally

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Emma Lee / WHYY

Jobs in Pennsylvania’s solar industry grew 10 percent last year, while declining three percent nationally, according to a new analysis.

Study: Healthier Diets Lower In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Feb 14, 2019
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Many people assume a healthy diet is also good for the environment. A recently published study lends some credence to that conventional wisdom.

Reid R. Frazier / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A pair of environmental groups say they plan to sue U.S. Steel following the December fire at Clairton Coke Works that damaged pollution control equipment.

Economy & Business

Kevin C. Brown / 90.5 WESA

John Spellman is all about customer service. As the owner and operator of The Shady Dog, a lunch cart in Pittsburgh’s East End, Spellman says he’s learned a lot about who people are and how they operate. Perhaps most tangibly, Spellman has arranged his schedule to sidestep the Monday blues.

Local Headlines

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Update: the Borough of Charleroi Water Authority lifted the boil water advisory on 2/16/19. 

The Borough of Charleroi Water Authority is warning residents of parts of Charleroi, Monessen and Speers to boil their water before drinking. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

The Monongahela River is expected to rise more than 5 feet by Wednesday.

The melting snow mixed with Tuesday’s rainfall is causing the river to surge, says John Darnley with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

“All the local streams and tributaries are basically bank-full,” he said. “And so you should be careful if you’re driving in a low-lying area next to a stream that normally floods.”

Water from the Allegheny River could reach the 10th Street Bypass, but the rise shouldn’t affect portions of the Parkway East downtown.

Food & Drink

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

When it comes to pizza, everyone knows Chicago has deep dish and New York has a thin, foldable crust.

National & International

Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman sentenced to 21 months behind bars after he sent explicit photos of himself to an underage girl, has been released from prison.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the 54-year-old Weiner is now in the custody of a New York residential reentry management office — also known as a halfway house. He's scheduled to be released on May 14.

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