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Peduto Says City 'Dodged A Bullet' With Derailment, Worries About Trains Carrying Crude Oil

8/8/2018
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The Norfolk Southern tracks in Pittsburgh have now been cleared after seven cars from a Norfolk Southern train derailed and crashed into the Station Square light rail stop.

Duration:00:04:24

Wolf Says 3D Printing Of Guns Is 'Dangerous, Breaks State Law'

7/30/2018
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State officials say they've successfully stopped a company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files. But the halt is temporary.

Duration:00:04:21

Fitzgerald: Antwon Rose Protesters Have Had 'A Lot Of Impact'

7/18/2018
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The June shooting death of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black 17-year-old, by Michael Rosfeld, a white East Pittsburgh police officer, continues to have political, policy and policing repercussions. In addition to protests large and small, as well as various community meetings since Rose's death: About 50 community members showed up at an East Pittsburgh Borough Council meeting Tuesday evening demanding that Rosfeld be fired or they will vote council and Mayor Louis Payne out of office. Allegheny...

Duration:00:04:34

Peduto Says Amazon Competition A ‘Poker Game’ And City Shouldn’t Have To Reveal Its Cards

7/11/2018
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It’s now up to Common Pleas Senior Judge Terrence O’Brien whether to order the city and Allegheny County to release details of their bid to lure Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, to Pittsburgh.

Duration:00:04:32

Fitzgerald Says Gov. Wolf Has Confidence In New Party Chair After Last One Pressured To Resign

6/20/2018
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Democrats across Pennsylvania have a new party leader. Nancy Patton Mills was elected Saturday as chairwoman of the State Democratic Committee as candidates are gearing up for critical races for governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and the state legislature.

Duration:00:04:37

After Primary Upsets, Allegheny County Exec. Says Democrats Are ‘Voting In A Much Different Way’

5/23/2018
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The number of women in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Allegheny County will likely triple after November’s general election—from one to three. That’s because Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee upset longtime Democrat incumbents Dom Costa and his cousin Paul Costa in the May 15 primary election. There were no Republicans on the primary ballot so Innamorato and Lee will likely go unchallenged in November. “Sarah and Summer are to be congratulated for working hard, being...

Duration:00:04:39

Amazon Officials Went On Site-Seeing Tour Of Pittsburgh About A Month Ago, Peduto Says

5/8/2018
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Officials from Amazon visited Pittsburgh for a one-day trip about a month ago, Mayor Bill Peduto has confirmed.

Duration:00:04:23

As The Hockey Games Heat Up, So Does The Trash Talking

5/3/2018
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The play and words are heating up between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals in their Stanley Cup playoff series after the Caps' Tom Wilson broke the jaw of Penguin Zach Aston-Reese with a hit to the head in Tuesday's 4-3 Washington victory. Penguin players were furious because moments after the hit, Wilson could be seen laughing on the bench while Aston-Reese was sprawled on the ice. In another of their conversations about Pittsburgh sports teams, NPR’s biggest Pittsburgh sports fan,...

Duration:00:04:31

Wolf Says ‘Terrible Conspiracy Theories’ Aside, Most Want To Bring Logic To Gun Debate

5/2/2018
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Gun-rights supporters crowded into the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg Monday to rally for their Second Amendment rights. Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) organized the annual event and said “the left is out of control” in proposing restrictions. “As a legislator I’ve sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the state Constitution," Metcalfe said. "Article 1, Section 21: The right of the people to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned."...

Duration:00:04:31

Fitzgerald, PAT CEO Work To Secure Federal Funding For New BRT Plan

4/18/2018
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The Port Authority of Allegheny County will re-submit an application in September for federal funding for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project.

Duration:00:04:32

City Dealing With Record Year Of Landslides & Already 5 Times Over Budget, Peduto Says

4/11/2018
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While PennDOT and local authorities are dealing with a destructive landslide that collapsed a stretch of Route 30 near East Pittsburgh and forced 30 people from their homes , the city of Pittsburgh continues to address a “record year for landslides” in the city.

Duration:00:04:21

‘Of Course I’m Going To Stay With The Team,’ Bittersweet Feelings As Pirates Season Starts

3/29/2018
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Twenty consecutive losing seasons, followed by three years of making the playoffs, and now the Pirates will try to avoid a third straight losing season.

Duration:00:04:26

City, County Consider Suing Prescription Opioid Distributors, Marketers

3/21/2018
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With more than 650 drug fatalities in 2017 , Allegheny County broke the record for fatal overdoses set the previous year, which in turn broke the record established in 2015.

Duration:00:04:25

City To Replace Foster Memorial With Statue Honoring African-American Woman

3/16/2018
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The controversial Stephen Foster Memorial, which many have described as racist , is scheduled to be removed from Schenley Plaza in Oakland next month. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and his Task Force on Women in Public Art want to fill that vacated space with a statue honoring an African American Pittsburgh woman. “Of all the sculptures and statues throughout the entire city of Pittsburgh, there is not one that recognizes an African-American woman, not one in the entire city,” Peduto said. In...

Duration:00:04:31

Wolf On Gun Reform: 'Let’s Stop Saying It’s Hard And Actually Get Moving On This'

3/7/2018
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Three weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 dead, there seems to be some momentum for action on gun reform bills in Congress and in the legislatures of states, including Florida and Pennsylvania.

Duration:00:04:34

Fitzgerald Compares Releasing Details Of Amazon Bid To Steelers Giving Playbook To Opponents

2/21/2018
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Friday is the deadline for city leaders to either comply with or appeal to the Court of Common Pleas an order from the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records to reveal details of its application to have Amazon establish its second headquarters in Pittsburgh.

Duration:00:04:31

Without Act 47 Oversight, Peduto Says City Will Be Financially Solvent – But Cautious

2/14/2018
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After 14 years of being designated "financially distressed," on Monday the city of Pittsburgh exited Act 47 state oversight of its finances. State officials hailed the city's return to fiscal good health. 90.5 WESA's Kevin Gavin spoke with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto about the city's financial future. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity. KEVIN GAVIN: Mr. Mayor why should we have confidence that the city is ready to be free from that watchdog status and won't return to...

Duration:00:04:14

In Pittsburgh, We Have Rivalries – And Then The Teams We Love To Hate

2/2/2018
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There are sports rivalries, and then there are teams that Pittsburgh fans love to hate.

Duration:00:03:43

When Pittsburgh Says Goodbye To Beloved Players, People ‘You Feel Are Part Of Your Family’

1/26/2018
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Pittsburgh loves its sports heroes, and they often love the city back.

Duration:00:03:34

Fitzgerald Says New Port Authority CEO 'Wants To Connect People' To Jobs And Opportunities

1/18/2018
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Katharine Eagan Kelleman began her new job Tuesday as the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. She takes over at a time when the transit agency has a lot on its plate, everything from a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit link between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and beyond, to devising a cashless fare enforcement system that doesn’t profile certain riders. Kelleman replaced David Donahoe who served seven months as interim CEO after Ellen McLean’s contract was not renewed. She...

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