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

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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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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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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. 

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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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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. 

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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Generally speaking, races for the 15-member Allegheny County Council don't come with a lot of built-in interest. But Democrats across the county are expected to have a choice between two candidates with notable backgrounds – and the choice to make a generational change. 

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is ending any consideration of joining a potentially crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020.

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Are we getting pounded with snow this weekend or not? 

It's still unclear. 

Pittsburgh-Area Legislators Want Hearing On Clairton Coke Works

Jan 18, 2019
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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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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.

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In conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, crowds are expected to flood Downtown on Saturday for Pittsburgh's march. 

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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.

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Kamara Townes, who goes professionally by Wavy Wednesday, is an emerging artist who uses satire in her work to explore pop culture and racism. She uses bright colors and draws on cultural symbols like Barbie to confront social justice through her work. 

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Officials say a ceremony held annually at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday will not be held this year due to the partial government shutdown.

Furloughed IRS Workers Must Return To Work Ahead Of Tax Season

Jan 17, 2019
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Alex Jay Berman is stressed out. The Philadelphia father hasn't a gotten a paycheck in a month. In two weeks, the balance of his savings account will hit zero.

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Change is coming to the corner of Liberty Avenue and Main Street, the gateway to Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.

5-Term Republican Congressman Tom Marino Is Resigning

Jan 17, 2019
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Tom Marino, a five-term Republican congressman who helped steer Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that he is resigning just days into a new term.

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A union representing 450 Transportation Security Administration officers in Pennsylvania will rally Friday morning at the Pittsburgh International Airport to call for an end to the partial federal government shutdown.

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Imagine falling on the sidewalk.

You think you might have broken a rib, and you want to know what a chest X-ray costs at an emergency department near where you live in Harrisburg.

Congressman Who Worked On Trump's PA Campaign Is Resigning

Jan 17, 2019
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A five-term Republican congressman who co-chaired Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania is resigning.

Tom Marino said in a statement Thursday that his last day will be Jan. 23 and that he's taking a job in the private sector.

The 66-year-old Marino is a former county and federal prosecutor who co-chaired Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania.

He easily won re-election in November to his heavily Republican district in northern Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania's commercial casinos reached another record high in revenue in 2018.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said revenue at the state's 12 casinos rose by almost $22 million, or almost 1 percent, over 2017 to climb higher above $3.2 billion.

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Pennsylvania's newest chancellor of the State System of Higher Education says state-owned universities need to operate more like a system if they want to last.

In his State of the System address Wednesday, 58-year-old Daniel Greenstein says Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities should open courses on all campuses to all students.

The state system has struggled over the past decade with dropping enrollment and lower state revenue.

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