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Shady Avenue in Pittsburgh will undergo nearly a year of scrutiny and planning to improve safety on the busy corridor. City officials partnered with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a regional planning body, to analyze crash data, traffic and amenities along the road.

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Leon Ford rose to national prominence after he survived a police shooting in Pittsburgh nearly seven years ago. He became a leading voice for improved police-community relations, and even launched a campaign for Pittsburgh City Council.

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A rare virus that can lead to serious neurological problems or death in humans has been found in three Pennsylvania counties. 

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A rare, potentially deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes has been confirmed in three Pennsylvania counties.

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Pittsburgh Police responded to a medical situation in the South Side early Sunday morning. The initial investigation suggests a drug overdose.

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The violent assault of two black women at an Exxon Mobil on Brighton Road on Pittsburgh's North Side Friday night led Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers to file assault charges with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

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Students and adults filled the street in front of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building downtown on Friday as part of the global Climate Strike. Speakers included 18-year-old Leandra Mira of Upper St. Clair, who organized Pittsburgh’s protest and called on lawmakers to take action in fighting climate change.

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A flush and boil order for Pennsylvania American Water customers in 35 municipalities was lifted on Sunday morning. The advidsory stemmed from a major water main break on East Agnew Avenue in Carrick Friday morning that forced the evacuation of some residents and flooded parts of Becks Run Road. 

The Philosophy Of Climate Denial

Sep 19, 2019
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How do you change the minds of climate deniers and people who doubt the scientific process in general? We ask a philosopher of science for some answers.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a Lecturer in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He has written books about defending science and fighting back against “alternative facts.”

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A prominent state Senator was arrested Tuesday evening on child pornography charges and related offenses.

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Black women in Pittsburgh are more likely to die during pregnancy than their peers in 97 percent of U.S. cities, according to a sweeping new report from the city's Gender Equity Commission. There's also significant inequity when it comes to employment, poverty and college readiness for black women when compared to white women and men.

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Union leaders at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are getting a better sense of how many people will be laid off once the newspaper’s shortened printing schedule takes effect at the end of the month.

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Njaimeh Njie spent three years on her public artwork “Homecoming: Hill District, USA.” This month, she completed the project’s final piece, a photo mural on the front steps of the Hill House Association’s landmark Kaufmann Center. But if a visit just hours after the installation is any indication, the work is already meeting its goal of connecting community members across time and space.

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night, just days after striking a settlement with more than 2,000 local governments over its alleged role in creating and sustaining the deadly opioid crisis.

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An Edgewood man blew up his house on his daughter's wedding day, police said shortly after his body was found in the rubble late Saturday.

The man had been seen standing in front of his house in Edgewood shortly before it exploded and caught fire, authorities said, but for several hours he couldn't be accounted for. His death has been ruled a suicide.

How Did Fracking Contaminants End Up In The Mon River? A Legal Loophole May Be To Blame

Sep 11, 2019
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About a year and a half ago, Guy Kruppa realized something was wrong with his bugs.

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The developers proposing a Giant Eagle revamp on Shady Avenue in the East End presented their plans to the Pittsburgh Planning Commission Tuesday. The Shakespeare Street development has received some pushback.

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The tail-end of summer means the moth-like spotted lanternfly will begin laying its eggs in a few weeks. Many Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents aren’t taking the threat of the invasive species lightly, and are increasingly going out of their way to kill the critters and their larvae.

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A teenager has died after he was shot apparently by accident inside a home in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Officer says 16-year-old Alexander Alman died Monday at a hospital.

Family members tell WPXI-TV Alman and another boy were playing with a gun when he was shot in the face on Sunday afternoon.

Alman was a junior at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. 

For years, Democratic voters in Allegheny County have complained of a lack of choice: Incumbent state legislators with familiar names run all but unopposed, returning to Harrisburg year after year. But times may be changing.  In the 20th state House district alone, two 32-year-old female candidates are pledging to be a more visible presence than incumbent Adam Ravenstahl.

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There’s a party at the graveyard this weekend. Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh’s oldest of its kind, turns 175 this year.

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Beginning next year, the Port Authority of Allegheny County plans to extend bus service in some areas to 24 hours a day. According to the agency's CEO Katharine Kelleman, the change is meant to help night shift workers get to and from their jobs. 

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The U.S. Army is developing data surveillance and analysis technology in Pittsburgh, though an offshoot of the controversial Department of Defense initiative Project Maven within Carnegie Mellon University’s Army AI Task Force. 

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In 1918, the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania gifted the city of Pittsburgh a 10-acre stretch of green space that sits right on the dividing line between Homewood and Point Breeze North. The land had once belonged to American inventor George Westinghouse, and the new city park was named after him.

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More than two decades ago, Lan Cao published her debut novel, “Monkey Bridge.” It was among the first novels by a Vietnamese-American author about the Vietnam War, and it was partly based on Cao’s own experience coming to the U.S. as a teen-aged war refugee, in 1975, at age 13. 

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Cruz Eduardo Tinoco Salvador was an obvious target for immigration officials. On his left hand, a tattoo read “Sur 13.” On his middle finger, three small dots indicated the same affiliation.

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All across the country, students are returning to school, and in Pittsburgh, that includes youth housed at the Allegheny County Jail. The jail runs a full high school for juveniles charged as adults.

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Pittsburgh's medical community creates a lot of data, and embedded within that data are potential answers to important questions. The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance -- a collaboration of UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University -- sifts through that data. This month, they announced a new sponsor in that effort: Amazon's computing subsidiary. 

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Parents of students who attended the recently closed Saint Raphael Elementary want to know what happened to $250,000 they raised in an effort to keep the school open. They’re also demanding increased transparency from the parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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Under Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, district travel has increased by 179 percent, or an average of $24,250 a month, according to findings from the Pennsylvania Auditor General.

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