Body Pulled From Ohio River On New Year’s Eve

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A body was pulled from the Ohio River Monday morning.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the Emsworth Lock and Dam at approximately 10:35 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting that there was a body in the water.

Ohio Township Police and paramedics found a man floating face down in the river. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

Source: Body Pulled From Ohio River On New Year’s Eve

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Vehicle Catches Fire In Fort Pitt Tunnel « CBS Pittsburgh

 

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A vehicle fire shut down the Fort Pitt Tunnels on Sunday night as Steelers fans were trying to get home.

The fire broke out just before 8:30 p.m. in the outbound tunnel.

In a photo, a cloud of smoke can be seen inside the tunnel.

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According to emergency dispatchers, the Fort Pitt Tunnels were closed in both directions while crews removed the vehicle.

Officials said the inbound lanes reopened around 8:40 p.m.

Allegheny County officials said it was unknown if anyone was injured or if there was any damage to the interior of the tunnel.

 

Source: Vehicle Catches Fire In Fort Pitt Tunnel « CBS Pittsburgh

In Pennsylvania, people can be jailed for falling back on lease-to-own payments | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Stores like Rent-A-Center were recently criticized for predatory practices against low-income and minority shoppers. In Pittsburgh, the stores are virtually only located in poor and Black communities.

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1 Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash On Allegheny River Boulevard « CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person was injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Allegheny River Boulevard near Highland Park on Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Allegheny River Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.

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According to Allegheny County officials, four vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police say one person had to be extricated from a vehicle and was sent to the hospital in stable condition.

Source: 1 Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash On Allegheny River Boulevard « CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and paramedics union agree to new contract

By Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh paramedics will begin working 12-hour shifts, expand their coverage areas and receive 17.3 percent pay increases on average with four hours of overtime built into hourly rates, according to a contract recently approved by the city and paramedics union.

The contract takes effect Jan. 2. It includes an optional five-year extension and a clause that would scale back paramedics’ base pay should overtime costs exceed $4.3 million. Medics would receive a three percent increase if that happens.

Source: Pittsburgh and paramedics union agree to new contract

Why Doesn’t Pittsburgh Have A Real Commuter Tax?

Every day, roughly 300,000 people commute to Pittsburgh for work. They rely on city roads to get there and city police and fire to ensure their safety

“Pittsburgh sort of has a commuter tax,” said Bill Urbanic, Pittsburgh City Council’s budget director. “There’s a couple different places where we derive funds from folks that either work or visit the city.”

People who work in Pittsburgh pay an annual local services tax of $52. In addition, for-profit employers pay less than 1 percent to the city per person in payroll preparation tax. That’s it, and it doesn’t cover the costs incurred by the city, said Urbanic.

Source: Why Doesn’t Pittsburgh Have A Real Commuter Tax?

PennDOT closes inbound Parkway East for road work | TribLIVE

Part of the inbound Parkway East closed for road work Wednesday morning, and the closure will last through Sunday morning.

The westbound lanes are closed between the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge off-ramp and the Grant Street on-ramp. The closure is scheduled to last through 10 a.m. Sunday.

All inbound traffic will have to get off at the Boulevard of the Allies off-ramp.

The following ramps will also be closed — the Boulevard of the Allies on-ramp to westbound Interstate 376; the westbound Interstate 376 Second Avenue off-ramp; and the westbound Interstate 376 Grant Street off-ramp.

Source: PennDOT closes inbound Parkway East for road work | TribLIVE

A Tanzanian food truck is ready to roll out in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kilimanjaro Flavour is just waiting for its health permit.

Get ready for Kilimanjaro Flavour, a new food truck named for Africa’s highest mountain from Tanzanian native Grace Mbowe. It’s one of the few options for East African food in the region.

The truck is ready to go; Ms. Mbowe awaits inspection from the Allegheny County Health Department.

Ms. Mbowe has assembled a menu of samosas, chicken and rice, and skewers seasoned with fresh spice blends.

“East African food is different from West African food,” she says. They’re using so many spices that we don’t.” Tanzanian fare often uses coconut milk and displays crossover with Indian breads such as chapati and samosas or biryani.

Source: A Tanzanian food truck is ready to roll out in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Water main breaks impacting South Park, Finleyville | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania American Water announced Monday afternoon that water main breaks are affecting two communities south of Pittsburgh.

The water main breaks occurred in the area of Wilson Road in South Park and on Chevy Chase Street in Finleyville.

 

Source: Water main breaks impacting South Park, Finleyville | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At Local Police Departments, Inequality Abounds | 90.5 WESA

Where you live in Allegheny County determines what kind of police officer responds to your call for help.

The best-staffed police departments in the county have 10 times more officers per resident than the least staffed, and the best-funded departments have more than 10 times the budget per resident than the poorest.

Source: At Local Police Departments, Inequality Abounds | 90.5 WESA

Victim In Sunday Morning Fatal Shooting In Homewood-Brushton Identified « CBS Pittsburgh

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the man who died early Sunday morning after being shot in the Homewood-Brushton neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

The victim was 23-year-old Shanon Williams of McKeesport, Pa.

Source: Victim In Sunday Morning Fatal Shooting In Homewood-Brushton Identified « CBS Pittsburgh