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Monday Rundown: Civic Leaders and Environmental Stewards in Pittsburgh

Heather McClain
90.5 WESA

These topics air Monday July 7, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Civic Leadership Academy

The Civic Leadership Academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn more about their local government. It is also hoped that some of the city’s most pressing needs can be tackled with help from volunteers who go through the program. We’ll take an in-depth look at the program with Melanie Ondek – Grants Officer who oversees Serve PGH and Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum who participated in the most recent Civic Leadership Academy class.

The State of the Honeybee

Two years ago we took a look at the world of urban farming in Pittsburgh, with a focus on beekeeping in particular. As in many cities, those who want to build apiaries in Pittsburgh have had to jump through various bureaucratic hoops and deal with the myths and fears surrounding honeybees. But President Obama recently stressed the importance of preserving our honeybee populations for the sake of food security. The White House has even announced plans to form a task force to investigate honeybee colony collapse. With renewed attention on the decline of pollinators, we’ll talk with Steve Repasky, President of Burgh Bees and David Tarpy, Professor and Extension Apiculturist in the Department of Entomology at NC State about efforts to preserve the honeybee here and across the country.

Ed O'Bannon vs. the NCAA

After three long weeks, testimony has ended in the trial of Ed O'Bannon vs. the NCAA. A decision in the case will likely come in August, following closing arguments in which each side argued whether the organization's rules prohibiting college athletes from profiting from their name, image and likeness, outweigh the alleged anti-competitive effects on Division I-A football and Division I basketball. Brady McCollough, who's been covering the trial for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins us in studio to discuss the case. 

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