Mustafa Mousab Alowemer

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Federal Magistrate Judge Cynthia Eddy denied bail Friday to the man accused of seeking to bomb a Pittsburgh church.

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer is facing terrorist charges for allegedly threatening to bomb Legacy International Worship Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Prosecutors say he was targeting various ethnic communities including Christians, law-enforcement and Shia Muslims. While friends and family members pleaded for Alowemer to be released pending trial, prosecutor Soo Song characterized him as "a danger to the community." 

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On today’s program: What the new UPMC and Highmark agreement means for patients; a Pittsburgh author releases his debut novel; Aliquippa is using a federal grant to improve access to fresh food downtown; and a terrorism expert explores how counter-terrorism has evolved. 

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The man accused of plotting to bomb a North Side church made his first appearance in federal court Friday morning. After hearing testimony from an FBI agent, federal Magistrate Judge Cynthia Eddy found there was probable cause to keep Mustafa Mousab Alowemer behind bars.