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On today’s program: A Pittsburgh journalist tells the stories of families wounded by the opioid crisis; a Hazelwood support group helps families of kids with autism; Pittsburgh prepares to honor slain Officer Calvin Hall; how Youngstown tracks health issues close to fracking sites; and a Lawrenceville nonprofit teaches residents about their housing rights.

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Furloughed government workers are heading back to work Monday after President Trump signed a temporary end to the partial federal government shutdown. The repercussions, though, are still being felt throughout the community. With the threat of another potential shutdown looming, local organizations are preparing for the worst.  

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After several reports of stalking in Lawrenceville this summer, several groups came together to host a workshop explaining how bystanders can help curb harassment and assault.

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Lawrenceville United and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape held a workshop earlier this month for Pittsburghers to learn how to intervene if they see an incident of sexual harassment or violence. 

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When Dave Breingan walks into the gym at Arsenal Middle School during an after school program, about a dozen kids immediately run up to him and say, "hi!"

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Since she was a little girl, Lauren Byrne wanted to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, a community leader in the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation.

After graduating college, she worked in Mayor Bob O’Connor’s office and transitioned into Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office. There she did what was “in her blood,” making changes in communities in the department of neighborhood initiatives.