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Homewood was founded by Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families, but it eventually became one of the city’s poorest and most racially segregated neighborhoods.

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A significant algal bloom is expected to develop in western Lake Erie later this month, though it's unlikely to impact the eastern part of the lake, which borders Pennsylvania.

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On Monday night, the Stringer family heard a familiar voice shouting outside their house.

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Every night, 70-year-old Jeanne Delancey goes to sleep beneath a dinner plate-sized patch of mold that surrounds a vent on her bedroom wall.

“I tried to clean it, you can’t even clean it. It doesn’t come off,” she said.

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“An opera is a story that people sing,” said Fred Rogers, in introducing the 1980 episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” featuring his one-act opera “Windstorm in Bubbleland.”

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Pennsylvania Republicans are poised to select a new leader in Hershey this Saturday, and early indications are that the fight to replace Val DiGiorgio could be bruising.

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

Furries are people who have created anthropomorphized versions of themselves, and a Pittsburgh-based researcher has found that up to 15 percent of people with this hobby have autism spectrum disorder. This number includes people who have been diagnosed with autism, but may or may not agree with the analysis, and people who have never received a diagnosis, but self-identify as autistic. 

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The Deutschtown Music Festival is Pittsburgh's largest free, standalone music festival, and in its seventh year, it’s still growing.

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Deciding what happens on private property might seem like a basic right. But when it comes to fracking, Ohio and other oil and gas-producing states have laws that can force landowners to lease their underground mineral rights to energy companies.

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Allegheny County Republicans failed to elect a new leader last week – so they are taking another shot at it next Saturday, this time with one fewer candidate and a different set of rules.

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With a new roof and exterior brickwork, the 103-year-old Wilkinsburg Train Station is looking for tenants. The historic structure sat vacant for nearly 50 years and is in the midst of a significant restoration.

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One day after WESA reported that local Democratic Party leaders had no means of removing a committee member accused of physically accosting a black 13-year-old boy, a newly elected county councilor says it’s time for the party to change its rules.

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By some standards, poison hemlock is a rather pretty plant, identifiable by its tall, dotted stalk and delicate, white, umbrella-shaped blooms.

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A Pittsburgh city firefighter and member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee is facing misdemeanor charges for his role in a racially charged altercation, recordings of which have led to controversy online and on the airwaves. 

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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh says a dozen people — including six babies — are being treated for the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA.

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Penn Hills School District leaders say the district is in good shape for the next school year thanks to a last minute funding increase from the state.

The board unanimously approved a budget and a long-term financial recovery plan Saturday during a rescheduled meeting. The board had postponed its meeting this week as it waited for the state’s general assembly to approve a budget.

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Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation barring Pennsylvania's municipalities from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags and other containers, wrappings and bags.

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Cindy Valent says her youngest son Curt had a smile “that would light up a room.” He loved sports like baseball and hockey — he aspired to have a job that paid well enough to afford Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets. 

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At first glance, Tustin Park looks pretty modest. The tiny park – some call it a “tot lot” – sits on a side street in Uptown, and consists mainly of some playground equipment, a water fountain, and a few tall trees.

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Western Pennsylvanians breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week when it was announced that UPMC and Highmark had reached a 10-year agreement, though not everyone insured by Highmark will have access to all UPMC medical facilities.

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Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party resigned Tuesday, hours after the Philadelphia Inquirer published details of lewd text messages he allegedly exchanged with Irina Goldstein, a Philadelphia City Council candidate. 

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A colorful makeshift book drop box sat in front of the podium in the lobby of the United Steelworkers building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday evening. One by one, employees stated their names and positions with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. They then dropped their signed union cards in the drop box. 

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

Two western Pennsylvania health care giants have a deal that averts the looming breakup of their business relationship, an agreement that prevents disruption and higher costs for many patients.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Like locusts descending on a field of corn, swarms of tiny scooters struck awe and fear into the hearts of city dwellers across the globe. The small, whirring machines seemed to portend a changing transportation landscape.

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh employees are expected to launch a unionization effort Monday. A committee that formed a year ago will begin collecting union cards in hopes of joining The United Steelworkers.

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From Saw Mill Run to Nelson Run to Glass Run, there are about 80 roads in Allegheny County that include the word “run” in their names. No one sprints down these streets, but the word is ubiquitous in the region.

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On today’s program: How to keep your house from making you sick; conservationists are working to save bats from wind turbines; AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka talks trade tariffs; and the surprising history of Pittsburgh's Skinny Building.

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The Woodland Hills School Board passed a plan to furlough up to 70 positions districtwide and approved a 3-percent property tax increase.

 

The board approved the 2019-20 district budget in a 5-3 vote Wednesday night. 

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

A Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. three years ago plotted to bomb a church this spring to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq, federal authorities said in announcing the man's arrest Wednesday. 

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