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On today’s program: Pitt's jazz studies program has a new leader with lots of big ideas; Larimer's African Healing Garden makes its home in an empty lot; Ohio residents are fighting companies over the fate of fracking waste; residents in Bucks and Montgomery counties are battling contamination in private wells; and the Voter Participation Center is campaigning to get more Pennsylvanians to vote.

A Tick Researcher's Tips For Staying Safe Outdoors

Jun 13, 2019
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The rise of Lyme disease cases in Pennsylvania has been alarming. There were 10,000 in 2018, and that’s more than in any other state. The illness can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash in its early stages, and if left untreated, more serious health issues like arthritis and nervous system disorders. 

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Former school superintendent Joe Lagana was walking out of a homeless shelter 20 years ago when he saw a young man writing on the hood of his car. He thought the vehicle was being vandalized, until he spotted the boy's alarmed expression and scribbled paper—he'd been doing his homework. 

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Benji. holds little, if anything, back on his latest album, "Smile, You’re Alive!" The Pittsburgh native spoke with WYEP’s Joey Spehar for the Live & Direct series about the inspiration behind his music, his career trajectory and how he almost lost his entire album before its release. Benji. was recently named one of NPR's top artists to watch in 2019.

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Over the next few days in Vatican City, Pope Francis will meet with bishops from around the world to address ongoing clergy sexual abuse scandals, including those accused in Pennsylvania. 

WHAT: A public forum on the future of energy, presented by StateImpact Pennsylvania, The Allegheny Front and 90.5 WESA

WHEN: January 29, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219

REGISTER: This event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please register here.

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After building a reputation as a well-known activist in Pittsburgh, Leon Ford is ready to take what he considers the next step: running for office.

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The state Supreme Court ruled to permanently shield the names of 11 unidentified priests listed in a grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse, citing Pennsylvania's unique right to reputation.