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2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Tim Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--A change in state law gives Pittsburgh Public Schools more flexibility in unloading its older, unused buildings. The district no longer needs court oversight to sell unused buildings without auction or sealed bids, and can opt to give them to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. State legislators included the change -- affecting only Pittsburgh -- in the state school code. District and authority officials created the plan as a way to...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Thomas Olson, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--About 60 workers locked out of Calgon Carbon Corp.'s Neville Island plant ratified a three-year labor agreement Monday night that will cut pension and retiree health benefits but raise wages. The employees, members of United Steelworkers Local 5032, voted 40 to 12 to ratify the tentative agreement, which runs until July 2011, said Jerry Morton, president of the local. Workers on June 30 rejected a similar proposal from management...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--AK Steel Corp. said Monday it plans to invest $21 million more into its Butler plant to expand production capabilities for grain-oriented electrical steels that are in strong demand in both the United States and global markets. The West Chester, Ohio-based steelmaker expects the project will be completed late next year. The capital investment includes installing production equipment to use AK Steel's proprietary special annealing...

2008-07-22 03:00:29

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre launched its ambitious Synge Cycle on Saturday with the opening of "Playboy of the Western World." During the next four weeks, the company will offer all seven of Irish playwright John Millington Synge's plays when it adds three programs of pairs of his shorter plays. Among those works is Synge's "When the Moon Has Set," which Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre believes might be that...

2008-07-22 03:00:26

By Mike Cronin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--Not many things are less sexy than raw sewage flowing into Western Pennsylvania waterways. But few are more important, said Nate Wildfire, a policy coordinator for East Liberty Development Inc. "People don't understand that the water you flush down the toilet and the water that goes into stormwater drains go to the same place," Wildfire said. Officials from an array of government and nonprofit groups began meeting about a year...

2008-07-22 03:00:23

By Mark Houser, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--Besides life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the government should guarantee everyone a high-speed Internet connection, according to a member of the Federal Communications Commission. "No matter who you are, or where you live, or how much money you make ... you will need, and you are entitled to have these tools (broadband Internet) available to you, I think, as a civil right," said commissioner Michael Copps during a Monday...

2008-07-22 03:00:12

By David Brown, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--John McCain showed strength of character as a prisoner of war that qualifies him to lead the nation, says a Marine veteran who was incarcerated with the senator at the "Hanoi Hilton," an infamous North Vietnamese POW camp. McCain has a "character of steel that was hardened by the fires of hell," former POW John Warner said Monday at a campaign event in Green Tree. Warner, 67, of Rohrersville, Md., joined Allegheny County...

2008-07-21 15:00:48

By The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 21--AK Steel Corp. plans to invest $21 million more into its Butler plant to further expand production capabilities for high value-added grain-oriented electrical steels that are in strong demand in both the U.S. and global markets. The new project will be completed late next year, the West Chester, Ohio-based steelmaker, said today. AK Steel already is implementing a $180 million capital program to increase production at its Butler and...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

By Mike Cronin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 21--Not many things are less sexy than raw sewage flowing into Western Pennsylvania waterways. And few are more important, says Nate Wildfire, sustainable policy coordinator for East Liberty Development, a neighborhood-based nonprofit organization. "People don't understand that the water you flush down the toilet and the water that goes into stormwater drains go to the same place," Wildfire said. So Wildfire and officials from an...

2008-07-21 03:00:37

By Tim Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 21--A $275 million boost in state money for public schools includes unprecedented accountability measures for districts with the biggest gains. The state demands that districts with basic education funding boosts of more than 4.4 percent apply the money directly to improving student achievement. Districts must submit plans for using state money, and state education officials can veto plans for districts not meeting yearly progress targets....