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COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 2-Day Total Of 268 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 268 new Coronavirus cases and three additional deaths over the past 48 hours. Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 177 are confirmed and 91 are probable cases. Of the new deaths, one happened in May and two happened in July. All three were people in their 80s who were residents of long-term care facilities. There have been 7,345 total hospitalizations and 103,646 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,008. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
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19-Year-Old Woman Critically Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash

By: KDKA-TV News Staff FOREST HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) – A 19-year-old woman is in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash in Forest Hills Tuesday night. Allegheny County Police say the woman was driving west on Ardmore Boulevard and was making a left turn onto Yost Boulevard when someone driving a Chevy Trailblazer hit her. (Photo: KDKA) Police say the driver of the Chevy ran from the scene on foot, and was last seen heading east on Ardmore. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The driver is described by police as a tall Black male who has a thin build. At the time of the crash, police say he was wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call the County Police Tip Line at 1-833-255-8477.
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Fall 2021 Back To School Mask Guide

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As students prepare to head back to the classrooms for the upcoming school year, some schools and districts may be implementing different guidelines when it comes to masks, face coverings, vaccines, and COVID-19. The CDC has recommended that masks be worn by all students and staff in all K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, but local districts are approaching the guidance in different ways. The federal government’s mandate still requires that masks or facial coverings be worn while riding buses or public transportation. All of this may have you asking one or more of the following questions: “Will...
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2 North Side Restaurants To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two restaurants on the North Side will start requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for diners. On Facebook, Leo. a public house said proof of full vaccination and ID are required there and at Lola Bistro starting Wednesday. “No vaccination = no service,” Leo. said on Facebook. WATCH: Briana Smith Reports The restaurants’ decision came a day before New York City announced that vaccination proof will soon be required for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment. Signs are up and starting tomorrow, no vaccination = no service. That’s for two restaurants on the Northside. Why the owner made the decision and why other businesses may soon follow. LIVE on @KDKA at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/rFvPqnVjB7 — Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) August 3, 2021 Cases are currently rising in the Pittsburgh area, with the CDC saying multiple local counties have a “substantial” level of COVID-19 transmission. Health officials say the climbing cases are fueled by the more contagious delta variant and unvaccinated Americans.
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CDC Issues Eviction Ban On Areas With ‘Substantial Or High’ Transmission Of COVID-19

WASHINGTON (KDKA) – On Tuesday, the CDC issued a new moratorium on evictions that will last until October 3. Some are calling it “extraordinary relief” but it doesn’t apply to all. It applies to those living in counties with “substantial or high” levels of COVID-19 transmission. The new moratorium could help many stay in their homes as the delta variant continues to spread and as states have been slow to release federal rental aid. Late last week, President Biden said he was allowing the ban on evictions to expire, hoping Congress would take action but they were unable to get the votes to pass another moratorium. He then encouraged the CDC to consider other options, which led to this new moratorium. So, with the new extension, where is “substantial or high” levels of spread? Locally, many southwestern Pennsylvania counties find themselves in the “orange” on the map below, indicating “high” levels of spread. For those looking for help or assistance, you can find links to resources below. Rent Help Pittsburgh Family Links Help Initiative
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Shower Standards: How Often Should People Shower In Order To Keep Themselves Clean?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis said during a recent interview they don’t shower every day and don’t bathe their kids daily they opened a shower of social media reaction. While those who shower daily might initially react, “Gross!” Dr. Charles Mount who heads up the Dermatology Department at AHN says, “I think it’s okay to miss days bathing or showering.” But…he also says, “I think it is perfectly fine to bathe and shower every day as adults. Not wanting to have any body odor that would affect us socially or professionally. It’s all a valid concern....
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Pittsburgh Weather: Temperatures Slowly Begin To Rise Starting On Wednesday

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Good morning, if you’ve been thinking that the past couple of days have been on the cool side you would be correct! Through the first three days of August, it’s been the coolest start to the month in a quarter-century. WEATHER LINKS: Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos I have our average daily temperature coming in at 68.0°. 1996 was the last time (67.8°) we saw temperatures this cool to start the month. The first three days of this month are also in the top 20 coolest starts to August...
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Eat’N Park And Hello Bistro Hosting Hiring Events

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Happening today, Eat’N Park and Hello Bistro are looking for new employees. Anyone looking for a job can stop by their local Eat’N Park for an interview as part of the company’s hiring event taking place from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The company is looking for greeters, servers, and cooks. Meanwhile, Hello Bistro has openings for guest services, chefs, and utility team members. That job fair will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
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PennDOT: HOV Lanes On Parkway North Now Fully Reopened

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The HOV Lanes in Pittsburgh have fully reopened following what PennDOT has said was a technical issue. The lanes on the Parkway North were supposed to open at 6:00 a.m. to inbound traffic during the morning rush and then outbound traffic during the evening rush. Two or more people are required to be in your vehicle to use them, except after hours. Those lanes, once fully reopened, will be closed from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on weekdays in order for PennDOT to train and certify new staff for HOV operations.
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Violent SUV Crash Briefly Shuts Down Portion Of Ardmore Boulevard

By: KDKA-TV News Staff FOREST HILLS (KDKA) – A part of Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills was briefly shut down overnight following a violent SUV crash. The SUV left the road and slammed into a tree just after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Along with the SUV, a second vehicle was involved in the crash. The road has since reopened. There is no word on the condition of those inside the vehicles. Stay With KDKA.com For More Details
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Man Sentenced For Embezzling Nearly $1.5 Million From His Former Employer

By: KDKA-TV News Staff BUTLER (KDKA) – A man is heading to prison for nearly six years after stealing nearly $1.5 million from his former employer. Paul Harmon admitted that he embezzled the money from Fuellgraf Electric Company in Butler. He was the company’s former corporate controller for more than 40 years. According to investigators, Harmon created hundreds of false entries in the company’s books to conceal the theft. He was ordered to pay back all the money.
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Truck Crash And Fire Briefly Shuts Down Route 28

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Tuesday night, a portion of Route 28 outbound was shut down for nearly an hour after a truck crash and a fire. A semi-truck and a pick-up truck collided near the old Heinz Plant around 6:30 p.m. Following the collision, the pickup truck had caught fire, causing the northbound lanes to close. No injuries are known at this time but crews were able to clear the scene and reopen Route 28.
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Robinson Township Police’s First K-9 Celebrates Final Shift

By: KDKA-TV News Staff ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Tuesday was a special day for a member of the Robinson Township Police Department. The department celebrated the final shift for its K-9, Sarik, who is now as of Wednesday, retired. He was the first K-9 in the department’s history when they first began the program in 2013. His handler thanked Sarik on Facebook for being his partner for the last eight years.
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Hussey Copper Smelting Facility In Leetsdale Agrees To Pay Settlement For Environmental Violations

By: KDKA-TV News Staff LEETSDALE, Pa. (KDKA) – Hussey Copper has agreed to pay a penalty of more than $850,000 and agreed to perform a comprehensive environmental audit, among other agreements, after complaints were brought against the company’s smelting facility from both state and federal agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a civil complaint was brought against the company by the USDOJ on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, alleging the company violated the federal Clean Water Act and Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law in Leetsdale. Hussey Copper had exceeded its wastewater...
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Local Communities, Police Departments Celebrate National Night Out

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands of communities celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday The annual event is held to improve relationships between police and neighbors. National Night Out, held for the 38th year, was founded by the National Association of Town Watch and takes place on the first Tuesday of August. This year, 38 million neighbors and 16,000 communities held events. Here in Pennsylvania, 181 cities registered for events, including several cities in our region. In Homewood, people observed the event near the intersection of Kendron and Sterrett streets. They had free food, music and more to bring neighbors together on the back end...
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PPG Paints Arena Recommending Masks Inside

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – PPG Paints Arena is recommending masks for everyone inside, starting with tonight’s James Taylor concert. Out of an abundance of caution, PPG Paints Arena is following the CDC’s guidelines and recommending everyone mask up indoors since Allegheny County has a “substantial” level of COVID-19 spread. The Penguins say arena officials will keep working with UPMC and the state Health Department to follow public health guidelines. Other safety precautions like paperless ticketing and cashless transactions are still in place. The news came Tuesday when the area hosted a crowd for the concert. Although some people are not fans of face coverings, they said each place has its own rules, so it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. “It makes sense to have it and then hopefully use it where it’s deemed appropriate,” said John Williamson. “We went through this last year. I just don’t want to see it turn into what it was last year,” said Albert Klamers. “I think we should wear them to protect yourself and others even if you have the vaccine.”
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Families Of Dayton Mass Shooting Victims Sue Maker Of 100-Round Magazine Used By Gunman

By: KDKA-TV News Staff DAYTON, Ohio (KDKA) — A gun manufacturer is being sued by family members of the victims of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The lawsuit asks for damages and an injunction against Kyung Chang Industry USA Inc. It wants to prevent the company from selling its 100-round, large-capacity ammunition magazines. Nine people died, including Washington County native Nicholas Cumer. Thity-one other people were injured. Police shot and killed the gunman.
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Pittsburgh Bureau Of EMS Swears In New EMTs, Paramedics

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The City of Pittsburgh has a new group of first responders coming to the rescue. City leaders swore in the recruits Tuesday afternoon. Pittsburgh leaders are proud to welcome two paramedics and four EMTs to the city. They say it was a small class, but they have a big responsibility to serve during these challenging times. Mayor Bill Peduto swore in the recruits at the City-County Building as their families watched in awe. (Photo: KDKA) The Pittsburgh EMS Chief says they just finished their 180-day probationary period and it wasn’t easy. He says they had to face the normal issues on the...
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CDC: Multiple Local Counties Have ‘Substantial’ COVID-19 Spread

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Multiple local counties now have “substantial” COVID-19 spread, according to the CDC. As of Tuesday night, the CDC had listed Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, Westmoreland, Indiana and Somerset as counties in our area with “substantial” community transmission. For it to reach “substantial,” a county needs at least 50 cases per every 100,000 people. Allegheny County is eight cases over that threshold at 58 cases. As cases creep up, things are ramping up inside Pittsburgh’s two largest hospital systems. Doctors say there’s one thing in common between almost all the patients: they’re unvaccinated. “We got as good as in the single...
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Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Lawmakers To Return To Renew His Opioid Emergency Declaration, But Republican Leaders Are Non-Committal

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Wolf has asked state legislative leaders to call their colleagues back from summer recess in order to extend his emergency order on the opioid crisis. Local officials say the opioid crisis is not over yet. A governor once could declare an emergency and renew it every 90 days. But a constitutional amendment approved by voters last May now limits that declaration to just 21 days and then requires legislative approval to continue. But here’s the problem right now. The legislature is on its 10-week summer break until late September. In a letter to House Speaker Bryan Cutler and Senate...