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On Friday the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority cleared the way for the Pittsburgh Penguins to begin development of the former Civic Arena site in spring 2020. The particulars of the deal have been the subject of intense negotiation for years.

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On today's program: The Pittsburgh Film Office is having to turn a lot of big productions away; Andy Warhol’s faith goes on display; the city is giving away its plants Downtown; and mental health treatment remains elusive for some defendants waiting to stand trial.  

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Abortion-rights supporters and opponents rarely share feelings on much of anything. But both sides were claiming victory — at least for the moment — after a federal appeals court tweaked a Pittsburgh ordinance that limits abortion protests outside women’s health clinics.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

More than 4,100 children in Allegheny County were homeless in 2018. Students, youth advocates and city officials gathered in Market Square on Friday afternoon to raise awareness of this population at the Standup For Homeless Children demonstration. 

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A Pennsylvania doctor who authorities say traded opioid prescriptions for sex and sexually explicit photos and texts has been convicted.

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Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania to make the case for Congress to pass President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

After Deadly Shooting, Tree Of Life Plans Reopening

Oct 18, 2019
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Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshipers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a "center for Jewish life in the United States" and a symbol against hatred.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Premiums for health insurers' individual policies in Pennsylvania for 2020 will reflect an aggregate statewide increase of 4 percent, with an increase of 10 percent in the small group market.

Keith Srakocic / AP

The system overseeing more than a dozen Pennsylvania universities has unanimously voted to ask the state for up to $100 million over the next five years to further consolidate.

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Andy Warhol is arguably the most influential artist since World War II. But Warhol was full of paradoxes – at once aggressively public and deeply private, and a serious artist who presented his life and art as all surface: the soup-can paintings, the candy-colored Marilyns, the glitzy Manhattan social scene. Beyond his towering status, there’s not much consensus about who Warhol, a man whose works have sold for $100 million or more, really was.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The U.S. Census Bureau has asked Pennsylvania and other states to voluntarily turn over driver’s license information, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to compile citizenship status and other detailed data about people living in the country. But the state has not indicated whether it will comply.

Report: ExxonMobil Scouting Property For 2nd Cracker Plant In Beaver County

Oct 17, 2019
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ExxonMobil is reportedly looking for land to build a large chemical plant in Beaver County. 

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Democratic Governor Tom Wolf got some unexpected visitors Wednesday—or at least, the hallway outside his office did.

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Sports betting in Pennsylvania blew through its previous monthly record with the start of the NFL season.

Pennsylvania Governor's OT Expansion Rule Heads To A Vote

Oct 17, 2019
Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Wolf is scaling back a proposal to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers in Pennsylvania, and is putting it on a path to a vote next month.

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On today's program: Pennsylvania may consider allowing college athletes to get paid; encouraging natural gas development in the state could mean big changes at the DEP; a local man claims he lost a job after using medical marijuana; and unionized cleaners in Pittsburgh are fighting for better working conditions. 

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An outdated piece of pipe that had corroded so much its sides were the width of half a credit card led to the catastrophic explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in June, according to a new report out Wednesday by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

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Pennsylvania’s auditor general says when his team set out to determine how much addiction to opioids—and in particular, the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl—costs Pennsylvania, they immediately ran into some problems.

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Mark Sanford isn’t the first presidential candidate to visit Oakland in the run-up to 2020. Democratic hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke have made visits of their own. But none of them took the concept of retail politicking quite as far as Sanford, a South Carolina Republican who previously served as the state’s governor and representative in Congress.

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City of Asylum is one of Pittsburgh’s busiest arts presenters, offering free literary readings, live music and film screenings a few nights each week at its home base, North Side venue Alphabet City.

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Western Pennsylvania Congressional incumbents have outraised their opponents in the most recent fundraising period, according to campaign filings released by the Federal Election Commission this week.

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Pennsylvania's top elections official is defending the language of a constitutional amendment ballot question and urging a state court to deny a request to stop it.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania opened its medical marijuana registry to patients two years ago, and it was only a matter of time before a case like Derek Gsell’s would arise.

Darron Cummings / AP

President Donald Trump will travel to Pittsburgh next Wednesday to appear at an oil and gas industry event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. He will be the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference, which is organized by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

On today's program: Southwestern Pennsylvania is hiring a couple hundred plow truck drivers; the Steelers say Mexico is their biggest international market, but others are growing; Pittsburgh Opera is encouraging patrons to use their cell phone during shows; and Pittsburgh International warns catfishing for airline fees is much more common than you’d think.

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Highmark-affiliated Penn State Health signed a letter of intent to buy Geisinger’s Holy Spirit Health System, five years after Geisinger acquired the hospital chain. The health systems aim to complete the deal by June 30, 2020, pending regulatory approval.

Matt Rourke / AP

Federal investigators said Wednesday that an aging, failed elbow pipe appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people and destroyed part of the processing unit at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania’s governor is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees.

Dave Klug / AP

Lawyers for the man accused of shooting to death 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year said in a filing Tuesday that the case would be over if federal prosecutors had accepted his offer to plead guilty in return for life-without-parole.

KEITH SRAKOCIC / AP

A long-delayed proposal to create a public registry of oil and gas leases in Allegheny County still faces hurdles after county councilors met to discuss it Tuesday. The bill would require landholders to report where they lease property for fracking and oil drilling.

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