Kiley Koscinski

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On today’s program: Robotics are injecting new life into manufacturing; the Advanced Leadership Initiative brings experienced black executives to the C-suite; only half of eligible Pennsylvanians are receiving WIC assistance; and a Tribune-Review report finds a lack of oversight in regional public pools. 

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On today’s program: The number of kids in foster care has increased as the opioid epidemic grows; Pittsburgh has a half-hidden fountain of youth; FBI documents could cast a shadow on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; peregrine falcons have found a home at the Rachel Carson state office building in Harrisburg; and Pittsburgh is getting more than 90 beers to honor each of its official and unofficial neighborhoods. 

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On today’s program: The Allegheny Land Trust is protecting a former mine from developers; water from military bases near Pittsburgh International Airport is being contaminated by toxic chemicals; U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb talks Russia investigation and abortion bans; the kids for cash scandal gets a musical; and a national tournament for blind bowlers comes to Pittsburgh.

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On today’s program: PA's Supreme Court kicks the UPMC/Highmark case back down to a lower court; exposure to high levels of pollution may lead to increased risk of childhood cancer; and the final installment of WESA's series Still Working.

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On today’s program: Pittsburgh makes a new commitment to equity with a dedicated city office; prosecuting the opioid crisis is sometimes a supply-and-demand challenge; gender-sexuality alliances are evolving in Pittsburgh-area schools; and survivors of sexual assault in local Amish and Mennonite communities share their stories.

City's Office of Equity to replace Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment
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On today's program: business investment indicators increased in the region; the Braddock Battlefield History Center is reopening; Kim Gordon puts music to a Warhol silent film classic; and a new production tells the story of a future where holographic companions replace lost loved ones.   

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On today’s program: Building a case against cybercrimincals can be tough, but apprehending them is a lot harder; Democratic presidential candidates explore climate change; a Buffalo organization helps immigrants find their place in America; 143 Day in Pennsylvania honors Fred Rogers; and Pittsburgh’s population is changing beyond the numbers.

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On today’s program: How to prevent infectious diseases; a breakdown of yesterday’s primary election results; Mayor Bill Peduto on cybersecurity, postponing gun control ordinances and legalizing recreational marijuana; and an old amusement park near Lake Erie searches for its place in the 21st Century.

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On today’s program: A look at Pittsburgh’s primary elections; scientists seek a cure for a disease endangering Pennsylvania’s bat populations; online privacy on display through the Carnegie libraries; and the controversies and constitutionality of facial recognition technology.

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On today’s program: Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich talks about her culinary empire and bringing people together with food; a workspace and art gallery serves as a showcase for up-and-coming artists; CMU shares how AI could be used to assist surgeons in planning cardiac operations; and a new tax shelter creates new investment in Pittsburgh, but may also speed up gentrification.

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On today's program: The University of Pittsburgh just got a treasure trove from the estate of horror great George Romero; a queer youth theater program is debuting a new multimedia production; City Council District 9 candidates are readying for Tuesday's primary election; CEOs take a stand against the stigma around mental illness; and the state's top court hears from both sides of the UPMC / Highmark split. 

Abby Warhola
The Andy Warhol Museum

Silver walls adorning the Andy Warhol Museum's event space are taking on new meaning this week as the organization celebrates 25 years in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Executive director Patrick Moore says they haven’t stopped growing since.

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The Hill Community Development Corporation is hoping a $55 million project to redevelop the New Granada Theater block will be a catalyst to continued development in the area. The project will include office and retail space as well as mixed-income housing units, according to CEO Marimba Milliones.

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Jeremy Resnick co-founded Propel Charter Schools in the basement of a Homestead hospital more than 16 years ago, and helmed the organization as it's expanded to 4,000 students in 13 distinct schools.

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Tamburitza folk music is inherently a genre of many cultures – it’s played by a family of lute guitars that combine the Persian tanbur with a mandolin and classical guitar. The music traditionally celebrates the culture of Eastern European countries, but the new executive director of the Pittsburgh Tamburitzans is hoping to expand the reach of their repertoire to include countries like Greece and Ireland.

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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is bringing his statewide marijuana listening tour to Allegheny County this weekend. He’ll visit the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood and then the Penn State McKeesport campus, both on Saturday.

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Hatred manifests itself in flyers distributed in certain neighborhoods, in internet postings, and as Pittsburghers know too well--through violent, even deadly acts. Is the hate movement increasing? 

Kathleen Blee, dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, says yes, and its participants have learned from their forebearers.

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Educator Hilary Link will soon trade the Eternal City for Allegheny College in Meadville where she says she's excited to help foster student growth year-over-year. 

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After the 2018 midterm election, the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation made a big shift from 13 Republicans and five Democrats to an even split of 9-9, but Pennsylvania Republican Party chair Val DiGiorgio says he’s not worried about the 2020 presidential race.

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Pennsylvania democrats are counting on the midterm momentum they garnered last year as they gear up for the 2020 presidential race. Donald Trump's victory in Pennsylvania in 2016 came as a surprise to many democrats, including Nancy Patton Mills, who now serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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U.S. Steel plans to spend $1 billion to upgrade its Clairton Coke Works and Edgar Thomson facilities near Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he's thrilled to see Pittsburgh return to the forefront of steel manufacturing—that the investment could help stabilize steel jobs in the region, but likely won't create any new positions.

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Officers assigned to missing persons cases often aren’t given the best resources for their search and rescue dogs to trail the lost or kidnapped person, but a new kit could change that.

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As a reverend, teacher, community organizer and poet, Eleanor Williams is a woman of many talents. She joined 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence to talk about her work and her latest endeavor with the North Side Partnership Project, a coalition of seven nonprofits.

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The Pittsburgh Center for Victims is offering survivors of violent crimes a way to stay informed about the legal status of their perpetrators. The center has worked with the Allegheny County Jail to keep survivors informed about release dates for more than 20 years, but according to Center for Victims CEO Laurie MacDonald, the app takes this work a step further.

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From humble beginnings — there wasn't even a marathon in Pittsburgh in 2008 — CEO and race director Patrice Matamoros says she put her whole heart into building the engine behind today's Pittsburgh marathon. Festivities this weekend will be her final lap.  

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Lisa Ceoffe, forester for the City of Pittsburgh, says the health of the city’s tree population has improved since she assumed the position in the Department of Public Works a little more than 10 years ago. 

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for summer programming set to include music from John William’s films, the Rolling Stones and the U.S. premiere of “Thorgy and the Thorchestra” – a collaboration with "RuPaul’s Drag Race" star Thorgy Thor. 

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Religious, community and political leaders plan to gather this Sunday at Temple Sinai to mark six months since a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue.

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The public can now access hundreds of pages of Pittsburgh police policies in a database on the city website. Chief Scott Schubert says it's an exercise in bureau transparency and hopes it will foster trust with the community. 

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Opioid overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania dropped 43 percent in 2018 after several years of steady increases. Officials in the FBI-Pittsburgh field office credit the decrease to a coordinated effort that targets legal and illegal sellers of the drug, addiction treatment, and an increased accessibility to the overdose reversal medication naloxone.

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