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Navigating New State Background Check Requirements

Individuals who work or volunteer with children have always been required to undergo a background check, but new legislation has increased the number of those who must comply.

Following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, members of the Pennsylvania legislature introduced a long list of bills intended to keep children safer, forced professionals to better report suspected abuse and make it easier for victims to get help.  While most of those bills never moved out of committee, many of them became laws.  Cathy Utz, deputy secretary for the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Department of Human Services keeps track of those laws and shares her knowledge on the program.

Also in the program, we look at the possibility of Pittsburgh businesses building connections with Cuba and two professors present an interactive video art installation at the 2015 Havana International Biennale this summer.

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