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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At a city budget address Tuesday Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he thinks the state should take over the city school district’s finances. 

Supporters of a city of Pittsburgh ballot initiative to pay for park improvements with a property tax hike declared victory Tuesday night. With all but a handful of voting districts reporting in, the measure appeared to have won the approval of just over half of city voters.

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Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to spending more than $10 million on upgraded body cameras and stun guns for city police. 

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Students at Greenfield School K-8 stood on the athletic field as the school dedicated an adjacent garden to the families of the victims and Zone 4 officers who were on the scene of the Tree of Life shooting last October. 

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released preliminary operating and capital budgets for 2020 on Tuesday. The operating budget envisions spending an estimated $605 million next year. That's about 5 percent higher than the year before, with larger percentage hikes in the public safety spending, with the budget rising from $105 million to $115 million for police, and a hike from $76 million to $87 million for fire. 

Tim McNulty from Mayor Bill Peduto's office said the increases are largely due to a "calendar quirk." 

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Attorney David Shrager said the misdemeanor charges of simple assault against his clients — who were captured on video assaulting two black women at an Exxon Gas Station — were appropriate, and that a community-led attempt to elevate the charges to a felony level was not right. 

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Last week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that gun rights groups like Firearms Owners Against Crime and the National Rifle Association can challenge some local gun ordinances in court. 

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State Rep. Dan Frankel says he wants guns to get the same attention that e-cigarettes recently received after President Donald Trump announced an effort to force e-cigarette companies to take flavored vaping products off the market. 

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Pittsburgh City Council approved a future public hearing on possible reparations for black residents. The idea was proposed by the New Afrikan Independence Party, which delivered a petition to council on Tuesday. 

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When Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall was fatally shot while off duty in July, friends and family remembered him for wanting to make a difference. And his partner, Reggie Eiland, remembers that Hall believed strongly that the police force should resemble the community it served.

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The city of Pittsburgh wants to reduce its energy and water use by 50 percent by 2030. And new legislation proposed by Mayor Bill Peduto Tuesday offers one way to help do so: make city-owned buildings more energy efficient by setting a target of "net zero."

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At a Tuesday public meeting in Rankin, state Reps. Summer Lee and Ed Gainey heard from several members of the public on legislative proposals to limit the use of deadly force by police. But the issue was especially personal for Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose II.

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Dick's Sporting Goods announced on Thursday that sales are up at some stores that are no longer selling guns. But the Corapolis-based company said it hasn't made a decision about whether to pull firearms from all its stores.

Last fall, as a test, it pulled 10 stores out of the "hunt business." Those stores would not sell any hunting- related gear, including guns, and instead would increase inventory of more profitable items, like sports jerseys and outerwear. 

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The Sports and Exhibition Authority announced Monday that it terminated controller Sharon Mink, after discovering that she allegedly made an unauthorized wire transfer of $21,350 in April 2018. 

Federal Magistrate Judge Cynthia Eddy denied bail Friday to the man accused of seeking to bomb a Pittsburgh church.

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer is facing terrorist charges for allegedly threatening to bomb Legacy International Worship Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Prosecutors say he was targeting various ethnic communities including Christians, law-enforcement and Shia Muslims. While friends and family members pleaded for Alowemer to be released pending trial, prosecutor Soo Song characterized him as "a danger to the community." 

Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations wants to be "proactive" in handling issues like housing discrimination, gentrification, evictions and displacement. 

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Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall was remembered by many as a difference-maker. 

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Pittsburgh Police arrested and charged Christian Bey for the murder of Officer Calvin Hall, major crimes Commander Victor Joseph told reporters at a Monday afternoon press conference. 

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In front of the Zone One Police Station on Pittsburgh's North Side, a police car blocked the entrance. Its lights were on and a blue wreath hung from its front grill. It was the squad car once driven by Officer Calvin Hall, parked in observance of an End of Watch ceremony to commemorate Hall's death days before.

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Residents from Lawrenceville told Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that they were happy to see inclusionary zoning coming to their neighborhood. 

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Pittsburgh’s police department had 84 police recruits last year, and according to a yearly statistical report released last week,  only four of them were black. That’s less than 5 percent of the class, in a city where African Americans make up roughly one-quarter of the population.

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Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved adding more inclusive language for the LGBTQ community in its anti-discrimination ordinance. The rule now defines the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression," which weren't previously defined. 

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Bullets that go up have to come down, warned Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. He warned that shooting firearms in the air in celebration during the Fourth of July could have deadly consequences. 

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said the city has largely been on budget for the first six months of the year. Two departments have overspent in their budgets though: the police bureau and the emergency medical services department. They have spent 53 percent and 54 percent of their budget, respectively. 

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After two weeks of door-knocking in Pittsburgh's North Side, Pittsburgh United will hold a community meeting for residents to see if they are eligible for programs in the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Opportunity Fund. 

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A Pittsburgh City Council committee meeting turned tense Wednesday amid discussion about approving a contract between the city's Ethics Hearing Board and two outside attorneys.

The board is seeking to contract with attorneys from two law firms: Rothman Gordon and DeForest, Koscelnik, Yokitis & Berardinelli. The contracts would be worth up to $45,000 combined, and would cover  services rendered during campaign finance hearings earlier this spring as well as future services.

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A colorful makeshift book drop box sat in front of the podium in the lobby of the United Steelworkers building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday evening. One by one, employees stated their names and positions with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. They then dropped their signed union cards in the drop box. 

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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