Ariel Worthy

Digital Producer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Ariel finally made a “big move” 45 minutes down the interstate to the University of Alabama where she studied Journalism and International Studies. During her time in college she interned with Tuscaloosa News, a daily newspaper in her college town. After college, she got her first job back in her hometown with Birmingham Times, a weekly where she served as reporter and editor. Ariel made an even bigger move to Pittsburgh and joined the 90.5 WESA family as digital producer. She is adjusting to experiencing actual cold weather. 

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A Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. three years ago plotted to bomb a church this spring to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq, federal authorities said in announcing the man's arrest Wednesday. 

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved spending $10 million from the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Opportunity Fund on Tuesday.  

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Residents in Allegheny County will have the chance to test-drive new voting machines next month. The county's Division of Elections will host a series of demonstrations involving the voting systems, one of which the county will purchase and have installed for use at its 1,300 polling places in time for next year's presidential election.

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Bobby Wilson toppled Pittsburgh’s District 1 City Councilor Darlene Harris, following a sometimes bitter election fight, likely removing the sharpest critic of Mayor Bill Peduto from the nine-member body. 

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The city of Pittsburgh is postponing enforcement of its controversial gun legislation, a move made amid multiple lawsuits surrounding the bills. 

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A handful of candidates are hoping to replace Pittsburgh's District 9 City Councilor Ricky Burgess in next week's primary, but he says it takes years to make the connections he's made over the past three terms. 

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In recent years, Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris has frequently opposed Mayor Bill Peduto's agenda. But if she's sometimes alone around the council table, she is now in a three-way race for reelection in City Council District 1, north of the rivers.

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"All of those in favor of adult recreational cannabis use in Pennsylvania, raise your hand and please say aye," Lt. Gov. John Fetterman asked a Pittsburgh crowd. 

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The City of Pittsburgh's annual finance report for 2018 was released on Wednesday and it showed that the city had an uptick in employment and gave out less parking tickets. 

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It's just over three weeks before the May primary, and some candidates for city office are facing off with Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board, though they may not all face the board in person. 

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The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police announced Thursday that the majority of its policies are now published online. Those policies include the bureau's code of ethics, use of force policy and its rules on critical incidents, such as police-involved shootings that result in death or serious injury. 

Police Chief Scott Schubert said that the move was part of the bureau's efforts to promote transparency. 

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Pittsburgh City Council approved granting $77,500 to Gabriel Despres on Tuesday, a payment to settle a federal lawsuit Despres filed after former police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich beat him in 2015. Matakovich is serving a 27-month prison sentence as a result of the incident outside Heinz Field.

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has launched a new website that allows visitors to see how and where the city's budget is spent. 

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After months of debate, hearings and protest, Pittsburgh's controversial gun legislation is officially on the books. Mayor Bill Peduto signed gun control bills which, if allowed to go into effect, would ban the use of some kinds of weaponry within city limits. But the city may well have to win a legal standoff with gun-rights advocates before that can happen. 

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The Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval Tuesday to gun restrictions proposed after last year's synagogue massacre, inviting a legal challenge by gun-rights activists who have long tangled with the city over firearms.

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On March 12, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking anti-discrimination ordinance to bar discrimination against pregnant women and their partners. The measure had moved quickly – Council passed it two weeks after its introduction – despite providing a significant expansion to existing protections for workers. 

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Two candidates running for the District 1 seat on Pittsburgh City Council, Quincy Swatson and Chris Rosselot, have withdrawn from the race.

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Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday green-lit its controversial gun-control legislation by a preliminary vote of 6-3. 

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Pittsburgh City Council amended its controversial gun-control legislation Wednesday, making some provisions dependent on state approval, while adding new language councilors said the city can enforce on its own. 

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According to the Detroit News, a police video shows that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner cursed at Detroit police officers and grabbed at one of them during an incident at a Detroit hotel last week. 

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Matt Drozd has announced a bid for Allegheny County Executive. Drozd is County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's only declared challenger so far. 

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Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has returned home after she was detained by police in Detroit on Tuesday. Her attorney, Heather Heidelbaugh, said officers handcuffed Wagner's husband when he tried to get back into their hotel room. 

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Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations will soon have a job opening for a new executive director. Carlos Torres, the commission's former director, stepped down last week -- for reasons that aren't clear. 

Torres could not be reached for comment, but the commission acknowledged his resignation Wednesday. Commission Chair Mariana Padias said Torres stepped down after the Office of Municipal Investigations concluded an investigation on him. 

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto put his support behind District 1 City Council candidate Bobby Wilson on Thursday. The endorsement distinguishes Wilson in a field that currently includes three other candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Councilor Darlene Harris. 

UPDATE: PWSA lifted the flush and boil water advisory for the western neighborhoods on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority issued a precautionary boil water advisory for parts of the Duquesne Heights, Elliott, Ridgemont, West End and Mount Washington neighborhoods. The advisory came after PWSA reported a water main break in Duquesne Heights this afternoon. 

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Pittsburgh City Councilor Erika Strassburger introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against pregnant women. 

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The Pittsburgh region could get hit with 4 inches of snow, just in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

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Critics of Pittsburgh's proposed gun-control regulations were vocal during a post-agenda hearing convened by City Councilor Darlene Harris Tuesday afternoon. 

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Natalia Rudiak still remembers driving down Route 51 on a day in 2012 when she saw a billboard of her face being put up. 

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city is prepared for a lawsuit over recently introduced gun ordinances.

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