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Foster children who live in residential facilities in Pennsylvania suffered physical and verbal abuse in hundreds of documented cases between 2010 and 2018, according to a new report. The study found that at some facilities, which include group homes and larger institutions, violations continued to occur even after state inspectors recorded earlier instances of abuse.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Assault weapons and some types of ammunition and accessories would be banned in Pittsburgh under new legislation to be introduced to City Council Tuesday. A third bill in the package would temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if a family member or law enforcement deems the person to be a risk to themselves or others.

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Over the last few years, Melody Ray has fielded many calls seeking advice on how to talk to kids about addiction and overdose. 

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The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office didn’t have much to say when it released a scathing grand-jury report on how the city of Pittsburgh investigates police shootings last Friday.

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Beginning next year, paramedics and emergency medical technicians for the City of Pittsburgh will work 12-hour shifts, instead of the current eight-hour shifts.

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Lindsey Williams, who won a close election in Pennsylvania Senate District 38 last month, has offered up nearly 100 pages of material to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to prove she is eligible to hold the seat.

Bizuayehu Tesfaye / AP

A computer scientist at Duquesne University is working to develop software that strips unique words and phrases from a piece writing to preserve anonymity for the author.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Everyone’s heard the siren of a fire truck as it zooms down the street. But the sounds associated with fire alerts have changed over time. All around the Pittsburgh region, fire stations alert volunteers and the public in distinct ways.

Fight Over Williams’ Residency Sends Lawyers Searching For Precedent

Dec 10, 2018
Courtesy of Lindsey Williams for PA

For the Pennsylvania Senate, the election didn't necessarily end at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Suprima Joshi, Xianfu Sun

In Bloomfield, at the confluence of four roads, one bridge, and 11 lanes of traffic, there stands a grocery store. Some see an invaluable resource in the Bloomfield ShurSave IGA, others an underused space, and some, an opportunity—the future is in the eye of the beholder. As well as that of any future developer.

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JR Block, the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, made a rare public appearance on Wednesday.

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Century III Mall did not go up for the planned sheriff’s sale on Monday, according to Kevin Kraus, chief deputy at the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

Kiichiro Sato / AP

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will weigh whether to block the use of the death penalty unless the state overhauls how it is imposed. In an order Monday, the court said it will consider taking the unusual step of hearing the case before lower courts have ruled on it.  

U.S. Soldier From Western PA Dies From Wounds In Afghanistan Blast Last Week

Dec 3, 2018
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The Pentagon says that a fourth soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 24 years old and from Export, Pennsylvania.

Three other service members were killed in the explosion last Tuesday near Ghazni, and two others were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

Ted S. Warren / AP

Teenagers are using marijuana more than cigarettes, and they try it before their first tipple, according to recent studies. 

Mick Stinelli / 90.5 WESA

It's empty, cavernous and quiet. A pristine shopping center just 30 years ago, the Century III Mall in West Mifflin now lists just 14 stores on its website. But among its vast swath of empty storefronts is also a thriving comics store.

Lindsey Williams for PA

The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate is requesting Lindsey Williams provide records proving her eligibility to serve in Harrisburg next year.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

In a withering opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Wednesday that Allegheny Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel must be removed from a case involving a convicted sex offender. The 13-page opinion expressed “substantial doubt as to [McDaniel’s] ability to preside impartially and provide a fair tribunal,” after the judge refused to comply with an order to correct her original sentence in the case.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Starting Jan. 1, glass and some plastics will no longer be accepted in recycling bins in 22 South Hills communities, including Moon Township, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. This is because a new Waste Management contract will go into effect, and the company is trying to move away from recycling glass.

Erica Deyarmin-Young, a public affairs coordinator with Waste Management, said processing glass is time consuming and expensive for the company.

Former PA Attorney General Kane Loses Bid To Delay Jail Sentence

Nov 28, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Wednesday lost an eleventh-hour request to be given more time before she must report to jail and begin serving a 10- to 23-month perjury and obstruction sentence.

State Watchdog Releases Recommendations For Reducing Gun Violence

Nov 27, 2018
Ben Allen / WITF

After a year-long review of firearm safety in the commonwealth, Pennsylvania's auditor general has released a report with 12 recommendations for reducing gun deaths.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

For a parent or guardian, having a child get on the wrong school bus or end up at the wrong stop can be a nightmare. But local company Keeping Your Kids Safe is giving parents peace of mind that their child is in the right place.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania is in the midst of launching its sports betting industry—becoming part of the first wave of states to do so.

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Every year, politicians raise hundreds of millions of dollars to finance their campaigns. But insiders know that the money is used for far more than competing in elections.

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Officials say all Pittsburgh police officers will be equipped with body cameras by next year.

David Zalubowski / AP

Pittsburgh Public Schools board representative Kevin Carter says he did not sign a letter of support for Amazon’s HQ2 that bears his signature. And the solicitor for the school district, whose office procured that letter, says an investigation will begin immediately. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh was one of the first cities in the U.S. to experiment with the concept of a dedicated bus rapid transit system. Today, Pittsburgh’s three busways cover nearly 20 miles and help remove thousands of cars from the city’s congested highways.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

A Pittsburgh bank employee who said on social media that a man who drove through a crowd of protesters should have used a bus instead of a car is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she was fired because she's white.

Guy Reschenthaler official Facebook page

Congressman-elect Guy Reschenthaler won't take office until January, and the date for replacing him in the state Senate has not been set. But Democrats and Republicans alike are already eyeing the 37th state Senate District, which sprawls from airport-area suburbs through prosperous South Hills communities and into Washington County's Peters Township.

Turnout Up, Everywhere In PA Since The Last Midterm

Nov 19, 2018
Emily Previti / Keystone Crossorads

Voter turnout was up in every county in Pennsylvania this year compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

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