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Fans Vote Steelers' Immaculate Reception NFL's Best Moment

Feb 2, 2020
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Fans have spoken, and the Immaculate Reception is their pick for the greatest moment of the NFL's first 100 years.

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Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog on Sunday declared: “Spring will be early, it's a certainty.”

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Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades launched a national boycott against PPG products with a protest in Market Square Friday afternoon.

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Outdoorsy Pennsylvanians can soon keep their fishing license in a pocket rather than having to attach it to an outer garment.

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On October 27, 2018, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood and killed 11 people, in what authorities call the worst incident of anti-Semitic violence on American soil.

WESA reporters covered the next year, as survivors, family members, and the entire community dealt with the aftermath and trauma of the shooting, including coming together to heal, trying to find ways to improve security and safety, determine how to rebuild the actual synagogue, and navigate the early stages of a death-penalty trial for the alleged gunman.

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Hundreds of high school students, all wearing blue corduroy jackets, packed the main arena at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Weeks after a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018, Pittsburgh City Council began considering legislation that would ban certain types of weapons in the city, including AR-15 type-rifles that authorities say was used in shooting. The legislation would open the city up to legal challenges and lawsuits, since Pennsylvania law prevents municipalities from regulating guns. 90.5 WESA reporters followed the legislation and aftermath through 2019.

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With his annual budget address coming next week, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is busy outlining some of his plans for the next fiscal year.

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The auditor general says a five-year overhaul of Pennsylvania’s statewide radio network is going according to plan. 

The system — used by police and other emergency responders — had been plagued by problems and cost overruns for decades.  

Photo by Charles "Teenie" Harris / Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Andy Warhol left Pittsburgh for New York City right after college. August Wilson departed shortly after he started writing plays. Rare among renowned artists from Pittsburgh, Charles “Teenie” Harris became famous not in spite of staying here, but because he did.

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Moondog’s Pub in Blawnox and the 183-year-old Brown Chapel AME Church on the North Side are among the many locations that Doors Open Pittsburgh – a nonprofit organization that offers tours of Pittsburgh buildings – will include in its 2020 series of 13 themed tours. 

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U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb voted with most Republicans, including Western Pennsylvania Congressmen Guy Reschenthaler and Mike Kelly, Thursday against a pair of amendments to limit President Trump's military authority in Iran, following the killing of a top Iranian general earlier this month. One amendment would require President Trump to get Congressional approval before using military force against Iran: The other repealed a 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to fight terrorism in Iraq.

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On today's program: Paid family leave in PA gets a committee hearing; county leaders weigh in on a decade of questionable air quality; UPMC may leverage investments in drugmakers into a whole new company; a mentorship program exposes kids to real-life careers; and PWSA is taking a state loan to upgrade its infrastructure. 

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The phrases “Monongahela Valley” and “new political blood” are not often found in the same sentence. But if Nick Pisciottano has his way, Democrats will see a generational shift in leadership after the surprise retirement announcement of state Rep. Bill Kortz earlier this month.

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UPMC’s pledge to spend $1 billion on life science innovations over four years is expected to support early stage development of medical devices, software, drugs and more nationwide. On Wednesday, executive vice president Jeanne Cunicelli said that investment will also be the catalyst for a new venture at UPMC: a for-profit pharmaceutical company.

Bickering Escalates Over MLB Plan To Cut 42 Teams In Minors

Jan 30, 2020
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Bickering over Major League Baseball's proposal to cut 42 farm teams escalated Wednesday with the exchange of acrimonious letters by the commissioner's office and the governing body of the minor leagues.

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In the week leading up to his annual budget address, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is previewing some of the biggest pitches he plans to make to the Republican-controlled state House and Senate.

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On today's program: The medical community is amending its thoughts on when and how new moms should be cared for; Doors Open Pittsburgh explores the city’s African American history; an expanding program teaches locals how to care for their environment. 

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The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program will employ what it calls “Promise Coaches” next fall in three Pittsburgh Public high schools in an effort to increase the number of students who are eligible for and take advantage of the post-secondary funding program.

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In the next few years, Port Authority of Allegheny County is preparing to make changes to its fare policy, its infrastructure, and how it connects to communities. But first, it wants to hear from residents. The agency launched its listening tour on Wednesday with three public meetings at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Each session began with brief presentations from Port Authority officials.

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Two retired satellites will cross paths this evening above Pittsburgh. At around 6:30 p.m., the IRAS telescope and GGSE-4 payload are expected to come within about 40 feet of each other during their orbits. But scientists say it’s unlikely the two will make contact.

Morning Edition Newscast: 12/20/19

Jan 29, 2020

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Pennsylvania state senators held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the possibility of joining a regional proposal to limit the transportation sector's greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Pennsylvania wants to be a player in the presidential primary, instead of an afterthought.

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would move up Pennsylvania's presidential primary elections by five weeks, starting in 2024.

That would make it the third Tuesday in March, rather than what current law dictates, the fourth Tuesday in April.

The bill goes to the state House of Representatives.

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Package deliver company United Parcel Service has committed to spending $1.4 billion to expand its operations in Pennsylvania and hire more than 1,700 new, full-time employees, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday.

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb told reporters Tuesday that the city should tighten up its handling of a program to hire baseball umpires for city youth baseball games. 

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A measure to amend the constitution in Pennsylvania and let each political party's gubernatorial nominee choose who will serve under them as lieutenant governor cleared a first hurdle Tuesday.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 46 to 2 for a constitutional amendment that would end the current practice, in which the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party's nominations. It passed the Republican-controlled House 130-67 in December, with most Democrats against it.

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Voters could get a chance to set term limits for Allegheny County councilors, while also freeing them up to run for other elected positions. Council’s Government Reform Committee will weigh both possibilities when it discusses two proposed ballot questions on Wednesday.

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A group of alumni met with University of Pittsburgh administrators Tuesday to amplify demands students have made for years: divest the university’s endowment from fossil fuels.

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Gov. Tom Wolf will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to help his fellow Democrats pick up seats and aid his push for priorities that stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature.

A campaign spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Wolf's campaign had $2.2 million heading into 2020 to help elect Democrats to the state Legislature.

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