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Each year, millions of people around the world become refugees due to extreme weather like storms, flooding, and drought. As climate change worsens, their numbers are expected to rise. Climate change has been implicated even in refugee crises that most people think are entirely political in nature, like the horrific civil war in Syria.

Ohio Residents Sick Of Dealing With PA's Fracking Wastewater

Oct 10, 2018
Julie Grant / Allegheny Front

Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvania’s fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Being prepared is not just a motto for the Boy Scouts. When the mercury plummets, evening breaking news reporter Andrew Goldstein of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette knows the value of having the right tool for the job.

Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

Woodland Hills School District, which was accused of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them, reached a settlement Tuesday in a civil rights lawsuit.

Kiley Koscinski / 90.5 WESA

Millennials are credited with killing the hotel industry and the automotive industry. They aren’t investing in stocks. They don't even eat cereal. Criticism can make for a common refrain, but those headlines don’t paint a full picture of the world's largest living generation.

Farm Jenny

More than one million farms in the United States bring in less than $10,000 per year, meaning most of those farmers need a day job to pay the bills. Farm Jenny, a Pittsburgh startup, wants to give farmers a way to monitor their animals while they're away.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Debates organized by the League of Women Voters in at least three local state legislative races -- including one scheduled to take place Tuesday evening -- have been called off. 

The League's Greater Pittsburgh chapter had hoped to host a double-header forum Tuesday night in the 39th and 40th state House Districts at the Bethel Park Community Center. But it sent out notice of the debates without first confirming the participation of the Republicans running in those districts, Michael Puskaric and Natalie Mihalek.

Jacqueline Larma / AP

Inmates’ rights groups are trying to turn their opposition to recent state prison policies into a campaign issue for Governor Tom Wolf.

The new rules were handed down last month on the heels of a statewide prison lockdown, over concerns drugs were making their way inside state-run facilities.

Books must now be purchased though the Department of Corrections, and gifts and donations of books have been temporarily halted.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Since medical marijuana passed in Pennsylvania in 2016, only one labor union has come to an agreement with the city to allow employees to obtain medical marijuana cards: Pittsburgh firefighters.

Treasure Hunters Challenge FBI Over Dig For Legendary Gold

Oct 9, 2018
Michael Rubinkam / AP

Surrounded by dozens of stone-faced FBI agents on a frigid winter's day, Dennis and Kem Parada stared down at the empty hole and knew something wasn't right.

The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other tools to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd discovered the hiding place of the long-lost booty, leading the FBI to the mountainous, heavily wooded area last March.

Virgina Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

Most of the financials of Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses’ are a mystery to outsiders. As religious institutions, they don’t have to report income or spending. 

Matt Rourke / AP

The clock is winding down for Pennsylvanians who want to register to vote or update their voter information in time for the Nov. 6 General Election.

The last day for Pennsylvanians to get on the voting rolls in time to participate in the midterm election is Tuesday.

Voters in the state will choose a governor, lieutenant governor, United States senator, members of Congress and most of the state Legislature.

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More than half of North American bird species are threatened by climate change, according to the national Audubon Society, which links the welfare of birds to urbanization.

Pittsburgh City Photographer / University of Pittsburgh

Some people find billboards disruptive and unattractive. They cover up scenery and distract drivers. But billboards are one of the oldest forms of advertising and are still a popular way for companies to get their message across.

Haunted By Clergy Abuse, PA Family Leaves Catholic Church After Years-Long Struggle

Oct 9, 2018
Bastiaan Slabbers / Keystone Crossroads

Each time there’s a new report or newspaper article about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Chuck Gesing steels himself.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

One of the biggest costs of having a job is getting there. Figuring out how to decrease the time and money spent commuting was the focus of Mobiliti, a workshop held in Pittsburgh last week. Residents, employers, and technology companies worked together to hammer out possible solutions.

Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto’s former chief of staff, will become senior vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced today. In addition, Acklin will oversee development of the former Civic Arena site.

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Who is in charge of assuring a city's evening economy thrives? In Pittsburgh, it’s nighttime economy manager Allison Harnden. She talks about what that job entails and how the Pittsburgh model differs from similar positions around the U.S. and abroad.

An-Li Herring, 90.5 WESA

During their first debate in a closely watched Congressional election, Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Keith Rothfus spent much of their time treading carefully on a number of hot-button issues, and appeared intent on separating themselves from hardliners in their own parties. But differences did emerge on some bread-and-butter economic concerns including Social Security. 

Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA

Drafting Dreams is a Homewood-based program that teaches Pittsburgh-area K-12 students the principles of architecture and urban design.

Wolf Runs 'Ball-Control' Campaign In Staying Ahead Of Wagner

Oct 8, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Tom Wolf was in the midst of telling a Democratic Party dinner crowd last month how important it is for Democrats to tell voters what they stand for in this mid-term election campaign when he interrupted himself.

Group Brings Veterans Together For Whitewater Adventure

Oct 8, 2018
John Brighenti / Flickr

Enjoying life: it's just one of the things they went to war to preserve.

PA Banking On New Program Providing Inmates With Financial Savvy To Succeed

Oct 8, 2018
401(K) 2012/Flickr

Pennsylvania has a new idea to help lower recidivism rates.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

A state House committee plans to vote this week on a bill that could offer some help to people who allege they've been cheated out of royalty money from natural gas companies, but the measure falls short of what many landowners had hoped for.

In W.Va., Small Farmers Face Tough Odds As One Project Aims To Help

Oct 8, 2018
Brittany Patterson / WVPB

On a recent Monday morning, as the rising sun burns off the low-hanging fog and fishermen haul in their morning catches from the Greenbrier River, at Sprouting Farms, the day is well underway.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

In forming a nonprofit last week to oversee a supervised injection site in Philadelphia, public health advocates got closer to what may be the opening of the first such site in the country.

Zhoa / Flickr

After concerns that inmates were receiving drugs along with their literature, Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections is in the middle of overhauling the way inmates get books.

Don Wright/AP, Conor Lamb for Congress

On a recent Sunday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D - Mt. Lebanon) made the rounds in a sunny park pavilion packed with supporters. It was a family-friendly meet-and-greet, with a balloon artist and giant checker board for the kids. For the Democratic congressman, it was a familiar scene.

Martin Abegglen / Flickr

Dyslexia is a disability that hinders the brain’s ability to match sounds with letters. This affects reading, writing and spelling.

Paul Sancya / AP

University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.

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