• Gaming Control Board Clears Plan For Mini-Casino Near Turnpike

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s gambling offerings are growing again.
    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday cleared Penn National Gaming’s plan to build a mini-casino close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near the city of Reading. It’s the first of five mini-casino licenses auctioned off last year to get such approval.
    The board also approved Mount Airy Casino Resort in northeastern Pennsylvania to offer sports betting. Sportsbooks are already open at six
  • Rabid Cat Found In Westmoreland County

    BELLE VERNON (KDKA) — A rabid cat was found in Belle Vernon Saturday.According to the Department of Health, it was located in 4200 block of State Route 51.The Department of Health is recommended anyone that had a bite, scratch or any other significant exposure to the cat should contact the Westmoreland County State Health Center at (724)-832-5315.They are also telling anyone with a pet that may have come in contact with this cat to contact their veterinarian about advice on how to protect
  • Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Creating CPR Curriculum For Pa. Schools

    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that would require high school students to learn CPR prior to graduation.Act 7, formerly Senate Bill 115, requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create curriculum teaching CPR.“I’m proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure,” Gov. Wolf Said. “Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed. Teaching our young Pennsylvan
  • Pirates Recall Keller From Indianapolis

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pirates have recalled pitcher Mitch Keller from Triple-A Indianapolis.
    In order to make room on the roster, they have optioned Montana DuRapau to Indianapolis.
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  • Parents Seek Tougher Sentence For Daycare Owner Caught Abusing Toddler Son On Camera

    ROBINSON, Texas (CBS Local) — A longtime Texas daycare owner who admitted to hurting a baby in her care won’t be serving jail time and the victim’s parents say they are devastated.
    Glenda Hammons, 81, of Robinson was indicted last month after being arrested in August. According to a police affidavit, she was caught on camera abusing the child, who was was 21-months-old at the time.
    In the video taken by another child at the daycare, Hammons can be seen holding the toddler up by
  • Two killed in triple shooting at Hill District Airbnb rental

    A man and woman were killed and a third person injured during a shooting at a party in the 3300 block of McNeil Place.
  • Tractor Trailer Rolls Over In Washington County

    BENTLEYVILLE (KDKA) — Crews were on scene for three hours responding to an overturned tractor trailer.According to the Bentleyville Volunteer Fire Department, a call came in at approximately noon for a rollover on Wilson Road’s roundabout.The crews on scene mitigated hazards and diverted all traffic.No injuries were reported.
  • Man Asks Pittsburgh City Council To Change Pronunciation Of Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– A Scottish man spoke to the Pittsburgh City Council to argue that “Pittsburgh” is being pronounced incorrectly.
    Earlier today, Robert Thomson proposed to the council that people should properly pronounce the word with a Scottish tone.
    According to our news partner the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thomson argued that “The founder of Pittsburgh, General John Forbes, was a Scot, and he intended it that way.”
    Councilman Anthony Coghill, who also has Scott
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  • Finally, there will be apartments at Allegheny City Stables site on the North Side

    “Daunting is a good word for it, but it has been a labor of love” — Andrew Reichert, developer of old stables building in Allegheny West.
  • Ohio-based mission worker accused of abuse in Haiti

    Ministry with Mennonite and Amish ties says it fired accused worker, but advocates want an accounting for what it knew and when
  • Returning To The Classic: Kennywood Brings Back Heinz Ketchup

    WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – It may be red and taste like tomatoes but hardcore ketchup fans at Kennywood quickly figured out it wasn’t Heinz. “It doesn’t taste as good, its weird,” said one young connoisseur.
    Cash Pcola heard about the switch on social media, “I went to Giant Eagle on the way here and picked up a bottle. It was worth the drive.”
    While the decision was made at the corporate level to move all of the Palace Entertainment parks to Hunts Ketchup, i
  • Historic Allegheny Stables To Become $7.5 Million Residential Development

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The only municipal building left in the former city of Allegheny is being developed into a $7.5 million residential complex.Constructed in 1895 in the North Side’s Allegheny West neighborhood, the Allegheny City Stables held carriages and horses for the city until 1907, when Allegheny was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh.After that, the stables housed Pittsburgh’s horses and carriages. In 2007, the Allegheny West Civic Council helped bring the stables at 83
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  • Pa. State Senate Panel Votes To End Most Vehicle Emissions Tests

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A proposal is advancing that would end mandatory annual emissions inspections for Pennsylvania vehicles that are less than 9 years old.
    Pennlive.com reports the state Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted 9 to 5 to end the requirement, which costs about $40 on average.
    The annual inspections are currently required in 25 counties.
    There’s evidence that less than 2 percent of vehicles in those counties fail the tests during the first eight years afte
  • Naked Cyclists Use Public Rental Bikes For New Orleans Event

    NEW ORLEANS (CBS Local) — Organizers of the 2019 World Naked Bike Ride admit they didn’t see this coming — that participants would use publicly available rental Blue Bikes.
    The 11th World Naked Bike Ride in New Orleans took place on Saturday, with participants peddling their way through the French Quarter in various degrees of undress.
    “This is the first year Blue Bikes were widely used by participants, and we had not anticipated this,” the event’s head of sec
  • City Of Pittsburgh Pools Open For Summer

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh’s city pools are officially open for the summer.
    The Citiparks pools will be open until 7:45 p.m., and will be open every day, weather permitting, through the end of the summer.
    Citiparks is offering its “Learn to Swim” program for kids again this summer.You can now register in person starting today.
    For more information, visit this link.
  • GOP Pushes Back On Cash Gov. Wolf Seeks For Voting Machines

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican lawmakers aren’t committing to the money sought by Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that counties replace their voting machines by 2020’s presidential elections.
    Republicans who control the Legislature say a roughly $34 billion budget counterproposal they are finalizing this week doesn’t include the $15 million Wolf requested.
    Wolf last year began pressing counties to buy machines with a paper-based backup that
  • FDA: Frozen Blackberries Possibly Contaminated With Hepatitis A

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Costco shoppers should check their freezers after a recall alert.
    The FDA says frozen berries sold at Costco have been recalled.
    The recall is for the Three Berry Blend from Townsend Farms sold in San Diego and Los Angeles as well as Hawaii.
    Concerns over possible Hepatitis A contamination prompted the recall.
    None of the products have tested positive for the disease and no illnesses related to the product have been reported so far. The recall was a move of an abundance
  • Governor To Veto $100M Private Schools Bill In Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania.
    Wednesday’s statement from Wolf’s office comes a day after the Senate approved the bill on a party-line basis. The bill was sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai and just four Democrats voted for it in the House.
    Wolf ran for office pledging to boost
  • Governor To Veto $100 Million Private Schools Bill In Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania.
    Wednesday’s statement from Wolf’s office comes a day after the Senate approved the bill on a party-line basis. The bill was sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai and just four Democrats voted for it in the House.
    Wolf ran for office pledging to boost
  • Humane Animal Rescue Caring For Majority Of Seized Exotic Pets

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many of the exotic animals seized from a Beechview home are now being cared for at Humane Animal Rescue as authorities try to find them proper living arrangements.
    Three Chinese water dragons are among the dozens of animals being housed at Humane Animal Rescue.
    Dan Rossi, the shelter’s executive director, showed KDKA all of the animals.
    They are: Three alligators, two guinea pigs, six rabbits, one rattlesnake, five Yellow Belly Sliders (under 4 inches), four Quail
  • Port Authority Piloting Wristbands To Use Like ConnectCards

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With Port Authority’s new wristbands, gone are the days of scrambling to find your ConnectCard to make your bus on time.
    The public transportation company is piloting ConnectBands — wristbands that can be used in place of the reusable fare payment cards known as a ConnectCards.
    Mark your calendars! Next week we’ll begin piloting ConnectBands – a thin, sleek bracelet that works just like your ConnectCard. Interested in participating? Stop by the D
  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Penn Hills

    PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A pedestrian has been killed in an accident this afternoon in Penn Hills.
    According to Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton, the accident happened along the 7200 block of Saltsburg Road.
    (Photo Credit: Brenda Waters/KDKA)
    Officials have not yet released the name of the victim.
    But officials say the older victim was crossing the road when he was struck by the vehicle driven by an older driver.
    Allegheny County Police have been called to the scene to assist with the inve
  • Heinz Endowments gives $1 million to Pittsburgh Promise

    The Pittsburgh Promise awards Pittsburgh's high school graduates up to $5,000 annually to assist in their post-secondary education.
  • Better Business Bureau: Watch Out For Scams When Buying Tickets

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you’re hoping to get last minute tickets to Ariana Grande’s show tonight, you’re going to want to be careful.
    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams when they’re purchasing tickets for popular Pittsburgh summer events.
    When one local woman tried to buy tickets to the Ariana Grande concert tonight at PPG Paints Arena, tickets were almost $300.
    She found someone selling tickets for $175.
    “They had to
  • Target Expands Family Childcare Benefits And Paid-Leave For Employees

    (CNN) — America’s top retailers are trying to outmatch each other with new employee benefits to attract workers as unemployment hovers near its lowest level in decades.
    On Monday, Target announced it will strengthen its child care benefits and expand paid family leave for 350,000 part-time and full-time hourly employees across stores, distribution centers and headquarters.
    Employee turnover is disruptive for retailers, which are locked in a tight battle to squeeze out sales in store
  • GOP Pushes Back On $15 Million Gov. Tom Wolf Seeks For Voting Machines

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican lawmakers aren’t committing to the money sought by Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that counties replace their voting machines by 2020’s presidential elections.
    Republicans who control the Legislature say a roughly $34 billion budget counterproposal they are finalizing this week doesn’t include the $15 million Wolf requested.
    Wolf last year began pressing counties to buy machines with a paper-based backup that
  • Two foundations award $169,000 in grants to 15 local artists

    Local artists receive grants ranging from $8,500 to $35,000 that will allow them to produce new work and partner with Pittsburgh galleries.
  • Pampers Promises To Install 5,000 Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

    (CNN) — From the trunk of a car to the lid of a piano, dads sometimes have to get creative when it’s time to change their child’s diaper without a changing station.
    Pampers says it’s time that men’s restrooms catch up with the responsibilities of modern fathers.
    The company announced an initiative to install 5,000 changing tables in men’s restrooms across the U.S. and Canada. The announcement accompanies Pampers’ new ad campaign, which encourages fathers
  • Rep. Reschenthaler Misses Jon Stewart’s Scathing Testimony, But Says He Supports 9/11 Compensation Fund

    WASHINGTON (AP/KDKA) — Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.
    Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years. Pointing to rows of empty seats at a House Judiciary Committee hearing room, Stewart said “sick and dying” first res
  • PizzaFest Kicking Off In Strip District This June

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Artisan pizza, craft beverages, live music: this festival in the Strip District is every foodie’s dream.On June 23, guests at PizzaFest – A Slice of Delish will be able to sample slices straight from the ovens of seven artisan pizzerias.They’ll also have the chance to participate in pizza trivia for prizes, learn about the art of pizza-making from the vendors and view a live demonstration of pizza acrobatics from Matt Hickey of Caliente Pizza.
    Hosted b
  • ‘I’ve Never Seen Kevin Bacon Like This Before’: Mark O’Brien On Showtime’s ‘City On A Hill’

    (CBS Local)– Showtime’s new series “City On A Hill” starring Kevin Bacon premieres on Sunday June 16 and the experience has been one of the craziest of Mark O’Brien’s career.
    He’s working side by side with an industry legend, it’s one of the biggest parts of his career, and he also shares the set with his wife Georgina Reilly. On top of all that, the couple has a new 18 month old as well.
    “It’s been a really formative time of life,
  • Distracted Driver Crashes Car Into House In Westmoreland County

    HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A car drove into a house that is almost 60 feet off the road in Westmoreland County.
    The driver claims his phone went off and when he tried to silence it, he lost control.
    (Photo Credit: KDKA)
    The driver wasn’t injured, but his BMW was damaged.
    The homeowner, Richard Mahoney, says his house has been a hot spot for this kind of activity.
    (Photo Credit: KDKA)
    “They come through this corner pretty fast here but this is the first time anybody’
  • High Speed Car Chase Closes Penn Avenue

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A high speed car chase resulted in an accident that closed part of Penn Avenue.Penn Ave is currently closed between Negley Ave and Euclid Ave due to a high speed car chase/accident. Please give us a moment as we collect more information and establish a detour. This will affect the 71A, 71C, 77, 87 and 88.
    — Port Authority Alerts (@PghTransitAlert) June 12, 2019
    According to the Port Authority’s alerts on Twitter, they were seeking a detour between Negley and
  • Police: Teen Busted For Driving 105 MPH Blames ‘Too Many Hot Wings’ For Bathroom Emergency

    Canada (CBS Local) — “Too many hot wings.” That’s the excuse a Canadian teenage driver offered to police after he was busted for speeding, according to officials.
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba recently stopped the 16-year-old after an officer clocked the his Camaro at 170 kilometers per hour, which equals 105 miles per hour.
    Officers say the driver claimed he was driving so fast because he had eaten too many hot chicken wings and really needed to get to a
  • 25,000-Pound Sphinx Moving For First Time In Nearly 100 Years

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – How do you move a priceless, 25,000-pound sphinx? Very carefully.
    The largest sphinx in the Western Hemisphere is on the move for the first time in nearly 100 years.
    The Penn Museum in Philadelphia is relocating its 3,000-year-old sphinx of Pharaoh Ramses II from the Egypt Gallery where it’s resided since 1926. The sphinx’s slow, painstaking journey began Wednesday morning. It’s moving about 250 feet to a featured location in the museum’s new ent
  • FBI Searching For 33 Pa. People Accused Of Drug Trafficking

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh FBI is currently searching for 33 individuals charged with narcotics trafficking and firearm possession.
    United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced that a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh issued three separate, but related, indictments.
    Over 30 people are accused of possessing drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute.
    (Source: FBI)
    The Pittsburgh FBI says it’s searching for three outstanding suspects who are
  • Nevada Bans Employers From Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests

    (CNN) — Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.
    “It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana,” states the law, signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak on June 5.
    There are some exceptions
  • Mother Sentenced To Prison After Car Crash That Killed Her Own Child

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania mother who authorities say was driving under the influence of drugs when she caused a head-on crash that killed her young daughter is now headed to prison.
    Rebecca Willis was sentenced Tuesday to a term of 18 to 36 months in prison. The 44-year-old East Stroudsburg woman had pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment counts stemming from the June 2015 death.
    State police have said Willis was driving ne
  • Renowned breast cancer surgeon joins Pitt faculty, will direct clinical trials

    After 26 years at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Norman Wolmark leaves surgery to bolster research at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
  • Steelers Announce 2019 Training Camp Schedule

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their 2019 Training Camp schedule.
    Players and staff kick off camp on Thursday, July 25, when they report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe. This marks the 54th year the Steelers will hold camp on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
    The first practice open to the public will be the next day on Friday, July 26.Mark your calendars!#SteelersCamp dates have been announced!
    CALENDAR: https://t.co/5LOPSJ6bza@Fedex pic.twitter.com/IQmKc4
  • Ford Recalls 1.3M Vehicles Over Suspension Problems

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles mainly in North America to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems.
    The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. Ford says a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension moves a lot. That can limit steering control. One customer reported running into a curb when a link broke, but Ford says it’s not aware of any injuries.
    Dealers will replace the left a
  • Facebook Debuts New U.S. Blood Donation Tool

    By Jacqueline Howard, CNN
    (CNN) — Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too.
    On Wednesday, Facebook launched a blood donation feature in the United States to help users find places to donate blood in their area and be notified when a nearby blood donation center may be in need.
    The feature allows users to sign up to be blood donors in the “about” sect
  • Environmental Group: Popular Cereals Still Contaminated By Weed Killer

    (CNN) — Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.
    The Environmental Working Group, which has links to the organics industry, found that all 21 of the products it tested had levels of glyphosate that were “higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for c
  • Kraft Introduces ‘Salad Frosting’ To Trick Your Kids Into Eating Vegetables

    (CNN) — Salad frosting. Yes, it’s a thing.
    Instead of simply asking kids to eat salad dressing — or pretending the age-old condiment bears the hallmarks of a dessert staple — Kraft Heinz has introduced “Salad Frosting,” with the sweet tooth-invoking word right there on the label.
    But here’s the catch: It’s just a slim tube of ranch dressing, relabeled so parents can trick kids into happily eating their vegetables.
    “Kids will eat anything with
  • Arrest Warrant Issued After Ethnic Intimidation Suspect Misses Court Hearing

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of shoving another man onto the tracks at the Wood Street T Station downtown “because he was white.”
    Willie Hayes is facing a number of charges in the alleged incident, including ethnic intimidation, attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
    Photo Credit: (Allegheny County)
    Hayes was scheduled to appear before a judge for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, but officials say he did not show up.
  • Western Pa. Methodists elect conservative delegation to next conference

    Gay marriage, ordination seen as top issues by group that successfully endorsed slate of candidates
  • Pittsburgh Police Rescue Turtle From Busy Street In Lawrenceville

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Alligators, now turtles.
    Pittsburgh Police rescued a wayward turtle from a busy street in Lawrenceville on Tuesday afternoon.
    (Source: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police/Facebook)
    According to police, some concerned citizens flagged down officers at the intersection of Butler and 47th Streets just before 5:30 p.m. about the animal.
    The officers called Animal Care and Control, which rescued the turtle and took him to a local animal shelter.Police have not said who the turtle be
  • Cooking With Rania: Summer Desserts

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Rania Harris is in the Pittsburgh Today Live studio whipping up two different desserts perfect for summer nights.
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
    Ingredients:
    Crust:1 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about half of one 9-ounce package cookies, finely ground in processor)
    ¼ cup sugar
    4 tablespoons butter, meltedFilling:8 ounces cream cheese
    1 ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
    8 ounces whipped cream
    1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
    Chocolate Ganache drizzle
    Coarsely chopped
  • Cooking With Rania: Father’s Day Desserts

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Rania Harris is in the Pittsburgh Today Live studio whipping up two different desserts perfect for Father’s Day.
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
    Ingredients:
    Crust:1 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about half of one 9-ounce package cookies, finely ground in processor)
    ¼ cup sugar
    4 tablespoons butter, meltedFilling:8 ounces cream cheese
    1 ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
    8 ounces whipped cream
    1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
    Chocolate Ganache drizzle
    Coarsely ch
  • PTL Links: June 12, 2019

    Visit the links below for more on today’s guests & topics:Allegheny Health Network
    Cakery Square & Fudge Farm
    Kinetic Theatre & Showtime “The Loudest Voice” & David WhalenDollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Fest
    Rania’s Catering & Recipe
    CLO Grease

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