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Officials Celebrate Launch Of Crosstown Blvd. Cap Project To Connect Hill District And Downtown

Pittsburgh politicians and developers gathered Friday for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a cap over I-579. The project , headed by the Sports and Exhibition Authority, will connect the Hill District with the Central Business District downtown after years of discussion.

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Politics & Government

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Democrats on Allegheny County Council are slated to meet Monday with a dozen hopefuls who wish to replace Charles Martoni as the representative for Council District 8. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf is telling demonstrators that he'll fight Republican resistance to a Depression-era program in his budget proposal that provides a $200-a-month cash benefit for the poor who are disabled or otherwise unable to work.

Wolf, a Democrat, spoke with demonstrators from the Poor People's Campaign who showed up at his Mount Wolf home Thursday afternoon.

Demonstrators urged him to veto any spending package from the Republican-controlled Legislature that eliminates it.

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The money Pennsylvania schools receive per pupil varies widely, and on average, students of color get fewer resources. 

The state has a formula designed to address the inequity, but it’s only used for some funding.

On Wednesday, around 1,000 activists took a trip to the Capitol to call for change.

Most ralliers with the faith group POWER came from southeastern Pennsylvania.

Science, Health & Tech

Both photos by Gene J. Puskar/AP

Most UPMC patients with Highmark insurance will lose in-network access to the medical system's doctors and facilities at the end of this month, a Commonwealth Court judge ruled on Friday. 

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Addiction treatment needs to be integrated with other aspects of patients’ lives, according to presenters at the Pittsburgh-based Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions. Those aspects include stable housing and employment, adequate social support and other chronic health issues.

Identity & Justice

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The remains of Native American children who died while attending school in the midstate more than a century ago will soon be returned to their surviving family members.

Man Says He Abused 16 to 18 People, Now Wants Identity Shielded

Jun 14, 2019
Carolyn Kaster / AP

A man who told a grand jury investigating child sex abuse that he had victimized 16 to 18 people, but who couldn't be prosecuted because the cases were too old, is now seeking to keep his name and any other identifying information from being made public.

Details of the 2018 investigation and the man's testimony were disclosed this week when the state Supreme Court unsealed documents in the dispute over the grand jury's yet-to-be-released report, with any information that could identify the man blacked out.

Education

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A national initiative to improve childhood literacy has now found its way to McKeesport, in Pennsylvania’s first permanent laundromat library. 

Good Question!

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Pittsburgh's Underground Railroad History Sheds Light On City's 'Militant Abolitionist Community'

Atop Mount Washington, in the sprawling Chatham Village community, is a large brick home with large windows and spacious balconies. Chatham Village resident, architect and amateur historian David Vater said it used to be known as the Bigham House, and was the residence of abolishionist lawyer Thomas Bigham. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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Development & Transportation

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Pittsburgh politicians and developers gathered Friday for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a cap over I-579. The project, headed by the Sports and Exhibition Authority, will connect the Hill District with the Central Business District downtown after years of discussion.

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City of Pittsburgh officials are counting on $7 million from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for the 2019 budget. But PWSA can’t write any checks until there’s a new cooperation agreement.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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NBC's "Late Night" host and former SNL head writer and cast member Seth Meyers didn't grow up in Pittsburgh, but his dad did. He says his father's pride in the city was something he inherited and one of the reasons he considers Pittsburgh his ancestral home. 

Meyers returns to those roots Friday night to play two back-to-back shows at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. He jokes that this is the one stop of his tour where he can correctly pronounce the neighborhood "S'Liberty" to an audience who will understand. 

Sean Carroll / The Warhol Museum

Teens can explore the art of drag at The Andy Warhol Museum's new School of Drag Workshop Series this summer. 

Photograph by Stephen Willing

Back when she was a newspaper photographer – before and even after she won a Pulitzer Prize – one of Martha Rial's tasks was shooting for the publications' big community-news sections. Those were the pages that noted and celebrated the contributions of volunteers and others who made their towns better places to live.

Environment & Energy

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A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the multistate agency that oversees the Delaware River watershed to ban fracking and related activities in the area.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania has seen an abnormally high number of tornadoes this year — with more than two dozen confirmed as of early this month.

Bee Watchers Needed

Jun 6, 2019
Kara Holsopple / The Allegheny Front

Science relies on data. It requires the time and dedication to collect and analyze a lot of information. That’s where volunteers, or citizen scientists, come in.

Project Bee Watch is a citizen science project that leverages volunteer labor to understand how pollinators are faring in Allegheny County. 

Economy & Business

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This fall, Pittsburghers will be able to participate in a Walmart pilot program for InHome Delivery, a grocery delivery service that will drop food off not only at a customer's house, but inside their fridge and pantry.

Local Headlines

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Pittsburgh Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man at a Hill District home Tuesday night.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the home on McNeil Place was an AirBnB rental. The Trib reports:

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Authorities have released the names of two people killed by a lightning strike in a Pennsylvania county park.

Food & Drink

Kiley Koscinski / 90.5 WESA

On today’s program: The number of kids in foster care has increased as the opioid epidemic grows; Pittsburgh has a half-hidden fountain of youth; FBI documents could cast a shadow on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; peregrine falcons have found a home at the Rachel Carson state office building in Harrisburg; and Pittsburgh is getting more than 90 beers to honor each of its official and unofficial neighborhoods. 

National & International

Days after explosions blasted through two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the crew of one of the vessels arrived Saturday in Dubai, according to The Associated Press.

The workers' recollections of the Thursday explosion could potentially help back up or refute the U.S. claim that Iran is to blame. The nation's capital of Tehran denies the accusation.

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