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Thursday Rundown: US Steel and Foreign Competitors

Stefanos Kofopoulos

These topics air Thursday June 5, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

U.S. Steel Announces Layoffs

Are illegal imports costing steelworkers jobs in Pittsburgh? If this week's developments are any indication, the answer is yes. U.S. Steel announced it is laying off 260 employees at tubular products plants in McKeesport and Belleville, Texas. We'll talk with USW Union President Leo Gerard who says unfair trade by foreign competitors is having a detrimental impact.

Chaka Khan

Ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan is coming to Pittsburgh to perform as the headliner for "Pride in the Street" on Saturday, June 14. This year marks the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking mega-hit "I Feel for You." She talks about her reaction when she first heard the song as well as other aspects of her versatile career.

PA State Parks

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors this summer you can’t go wrong visiting one of the Commonwealth's many state parks. From Erie to Scranton and all points in between our guide to some of Pennsylvania’s state parks is travel contributor Elaine Labalme.

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