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This winter’s saturating rains and repeated freeze-thaw cycles have led to damaged roofs, thousands of potholes and landslides across several steep city hillsides. What are Pittsburgh leaders doing to help the 20 families displaced by Mother Nature, and how can they better address infrastructure needs?

90.5 WESA's Margaret J. Krauss joins the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Bob Bauder to discuss.

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More than 9 million 9-1-1 calls are made in Pennsylvania each year to call centers serving 67 counties and two cities. Fielding all these calls requires a lot of employees and increasingly high-tech facilities in which they can work. And all of this costs money—lots of money.

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee met recently to discuss renewing the 1996 Emergency Telephone Act, which expires June 30 and outlines funding guidelines for Pennsylvania dispatch centers.

September is “National Preparedness Month” in Pennsylvania – but how prepared are you?

Glenn Cannon, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), said there are many potential emergencies the commonwealth faces: flooding, winter storms, tornadoes and the threat of issues with one of the nine nuclear reactors.

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed a bill that gives 911 systems across the state a one-year warning that they will no longer be able to turn to the state for all the funding they want. 

House Bill 583, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester), provides for a one-year transition period to a system that will base disbursements on funds that have actually been collected through the 911 surcharge rather than simply fully funding all requests.