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Across Mister Rogers’ Actual Neighborhoods, His Faith Echoes

His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.

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Politics & Government

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Several Western Pennsylvania veterans, including two military lawyers, are running for Congress next year. Two of them have publically backed President Trump’s controversial decision to pardon three members of the military who have been convicted or accused of war crimes — despite concerns that this may weaken military discipline and morale. 

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Bill

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Carolyn Kaster / AP

Pennsylvania's state Senate passed a bill Wednesday to outlaw abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, although it faces a veto on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed compromise legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 in a deal with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Science, Health & Tech

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As baby boomers age, more Americans may find themselves caring for family members with disabilities.

A new research institute in Pittsburgh, called the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support, will focus on the unique challenges of caregiving. The center is a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

On Tuesday, 16 universities across the United States and United Kingdom held #NoTechforICE events, urging the company Palantir to drop a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Identity & Justice

Catholic Church Boards Reviewing Sex Abuse Fail Victims

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Gregory Bull / AP

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards.

Marc Levy / AP

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) has been trying to overhaul Pennsylvania’s statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse ever since he joined the state House seven years ago.

Education

Keith Srakocic / AP

Faculty in Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system are giving their approval to a new four-year union contract.

Coro Center for Civic Leadership

 


On today's program: The Coro Center is celebrating 10 years in Pittsburgh; how a local book club inspires kids to dream; American shale gas is playing a role in the UK’s debate over fracking; the city’s low-barrier winter shelter opens downtown; and what to look for in the city’s 2020 budget.

Good Question!

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Large Rings On The Rivers Are A Reminder Of The Once-Bustling Wharfs

Near downtown Pittsburgh, along the 10th Street Bypass and Allegheny riverfront trail, large metal rings that look like giant doorknockers are fixed to retaining walls. They’re rusty and discolored after decades of enduring the city’s weather.

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Development & Transportation

Sarah Kovash / WESA

Four city councilors introduced legislation on Tuesday that would scrutinize the city's relationship to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, calling for a review of all working agreements with the organization. 

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The future of the Shop ’n Save plaza in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood will be decided by the public, the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority voted on Thursday. The agency will try to buy the mostly vacant Centre Heldman Plaza, which requires paying off the mortgage and back taxes.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Across Mister Rogers’ Actual Neighborhoods, His Faith Echoes

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.

Photo by Brittany Spinelli

Clare Barron’s acclaimed play “Dance Nation” is a comedy with dancing, but it’s no musical. It’s not really even, at its core, about dance.

Environment & Energy

After Murray Energy Bankruptcy, What's The Future Of Coal?

6 hours ago
Jae C. Hong / AP

President Trump came into office promising to save coal. And coal jobs.

Instead, America’s coal industry has continued to slide. The question now is — how far will it go? An industry that once employed hundreds of thousands now has about 50,000 workers. Eight coal companies have declared bankruptcy in the last year.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Some state lawmakers are telling Gov. Tom Wolf he went too far with an executive order for the commonwealth to join a regional effort to cut power plant emissions.

Pennsylvania Families Demand Investigation Into Rare Cancers

Nov 18, 2019
Keith Srakocic / AP

The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry.

Economy & Business

Keith Srakocic / AP

A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is advancing in the Legislature, up against a deadline for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to relent on his effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers.

Allyson Ruggieri / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in October for the second straight month, even as payrolls and the labor force hit record highs.

Local Headlines

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Two students in Pennsylvania are in police custody after a gun was found in a parked car on campus.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation allowing hunting on three Sundays a year in Pennsylvania.

Food & Drink

Pennsylvania Farmers Must Adapt To Survive, Advocates Say

22 hours ago
Rachel McDevitt / WITF

A major advocacy group for Pennsylvania farmers says many have had to change the way they do business to stay afloat financially.

National & International

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

A judge has blocked the U.S. government's plan to begin executing federal prisoners for the first time in nearly 20 years. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday halting four executions set to begin next month over concerns about the government's lethal injection method.

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