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Gun Violence Prevention And Survivor Celebration Remain Central To The Women's Center's Mission

Gene J. Puskar
Young adult artists in Homewood paint a mural on the side of a building as part of a community wide 10 mural project in 2016. Gun violence prevention is among the many issues central to the Women's Center and Shelter's mission.

For more than 40 years, the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has stepped in to provide safe harbor and support for survivors of intimate partner violence, and they recently promoted one of their own. 

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Nicole Molinaro Karaczun previously worked with and led programs focused on intimate partner violence survivors, including immigrants and refugees with various safety concerns. As president and CEO, her new tasks will include strengthening the center's services for those in violent situations.

President and CEO Nicole Molinaro Karaczun took over this summer after 11 years serving the organization in training, development and programming. As connectivity and legislation around gun safety and protection from abuse orders evolve, she says their message of hope and healing remains unchanged. 

Later in the program, the skies above Pittsburgh are getting darker, and not because of the weather. For the latest in our Good Question! series, 90.5 WESA's Katie Blackley takes a look at why black birds favor an autumnal stopover in the Steel City.

Of the hundreds of Catholic priests accused in last month's grand jury report about clergy sex abuse, the overwhelming majority can't be prosecuted, either because they're dead or the statute of limitations has run out. But legal experts say the same may not be true for the church officials who supervised those priests.

For centuries, explorers, scientists and amateur botanists scoured the country to document and preserve plant species. Once prized like fine art, the collections were often bequeathed to institutions that housed herbaria, or libraries for plants, and a new effort is underway to make them all available through a digital database.

As Good Food Pittsburgh's Madeline Quigley reports, Oktoberfest is underway in Pittsburgh

And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Kate Giammarise checks in on new financial priorities for the city's affordable housing trust fund.

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Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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