A Week In Review: Headlines From The Week Of July 26th Through August 1st

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A look back at the headlines from the week of July 26th through August 1st:

Local:

Pittsburgh Public Schools Postponing In-Person Classes Through First 9 Weeks"After the Board of Directors passed the move unanimously, the first nine-week period of the school year will be performed digitally." Continue Reading
Pittsburgh Area Organizations Receive Economic Development Funds From CARES Act"Pittsburgh area organizations will be receiving $35 million worth of funding through the CARES Act." Continue Reading
Pittsburgh International Airport Awarded $3 Million In Safety and Infrastructure Grant Money"U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on Tuesday announced that Pittsburgh International Airport will receive part of $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants that are being allocated to 41 states and five territories." Continue Reading
Transportation Secretary Chao: Telework Amid COVID-19 Has 'Tremendous Impact' on Transportation Netowrk"When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, telework became an immediate necessity for many Americans as the the country took action to mitigate the spread of the virus." Continue Reading
Pittsburgh Among Top 10 Cities for Young Professionals"The City of Pittsburgh is once again on a Top 10 style list. This time it's among those that are the best cities for young professionals." Continue Reading
Allegheny County To Bait Traps To Vaccinate Raccoon For Rabies"Allegheny County starts baiting raccoons Friday to vaccinate the animals for rabies." Continue Reading
School Officials Say They Aren't Getting Enough Guidance For Return To School"School district officials are complaining they’re not getting enough guidance from the state on how to safely reopen next month." Continue Reading
UPMC Develops AI That Can Identify Prostate Cancer With Near 100% Accuracy"In a study published today in the Lancet Digital Health, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has demonstrated the highest accuracy in recognizing and characterizing prostate cancer by using artificial intelligence (AI)." Continue Reading
AHN, Highmark Open Cancer Treatment, Research Hub At AGH"On Monday, Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health opened a new cancer treatment and research hub at Allegheny General Hospital on the north side." Continue Reading
Pittsburgh Plays Major Role In Largest COVID-19 Vaccine Study"Pittsburgh is playing a major role in Phase 3 trials for the Moderna Coronavirus vaccine money." Continue Reading
Fitzgerald Says It's 'Outrageous' To Put COVID Testing Burden On Local Governments"There are some states that are struggling to get enough COVID-19 tests for the people that need them." Continue Reading
WVU Delays Start Of Classes By One Week, Introduces Phased Return To Campus"West Virginia University pushed back its start date by one week as the school introduces a phased returned to campus." Continue Reading
Study: Pittsburgh Hospitality Industry Loses Over 35,000 Jobs Since February"According to one study, the hospitality industry in Pittsburgh has seen an almost 31 percent loss of its jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." Continue Reading
Police Reform Bills Get Final Passage In City Council"A series of bills aimed at reforming the way police officer do their jobs in Pittsburgh have received final passage in City Council." Continue Reading
Dick's Sporting Goods Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving "Pittsburgh-based sports retail giant Dick’s Sports Goods is joining a growing list of major retailers that have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving this year." Continue Reading
Controversial Former Senate Candidate Don Blankenship Running For President"Former Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company, Don Blankenship, is the Constitution Party’s Nominee for U.S. President." Continue Reading
18 Pittsburgh-Area Businesses Issued Warnings For Violating COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements"From Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 1,709 licensed liquor establishment to ensure COVID-19 mitigation requirements were being followed." Continue Reading
Rep. Wheatley Set To Introduce Bill To Help Restaurants, Bars, Taverns Impacted By COVID-19"State Rep. Jake Wheatley will introduce legislation that would eliminate penalties and fees for delayed sales tax payments from bars, restaurants, and taverns, as well as provide a grace period for paying the liquor sales tax." Continue Reading
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Announces Social Justice Initiative"The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is launching a new campaign geared toward raising awareness about social inequality." Continue Reading
Port Authority Of Allegheny County Wants Your Help To Shape Public Transit"The Port Authority of Allegheny County needs your help in shaping public travel over the next 25 years." Continue Reading

Sports:

Steelers DC Keith Butler: Higher Expectations For Minkah Fitzpatrick, Devin Bush In 2020"Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler is looking for Devin Bush and Minkah Fitzpatrick to take another step forward in 2020." Continue Reading
Manfred Confident MLB Can Get Through Playoffs Despite Virus"MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred believs that the shortened season will make its way despite COVID-19." Continue Reading 
Pitt’s Narduzzi-100% Will Play College Football This Year"Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has no doubt that there will be college football this year." Continue Reading
Cardinals-Brewers Series Postponed Amid Several New Coronavirus Cases"The Cardinals and Brewers series was postponed after an outbreak in St. Louis' locker room." Continue Reading
Pierre McGuire "Blown Away by the Level of Thoroughness" in NHL COVID-19 Protocols"The NHL on NBC's Pierre McGuire joined The PM Team for his weekly interview on Tuesday, and discussed the NHL's Edmonton bubble, today's Pens-Flyers exhibition and the upcoming qualifying round series between Pittsburgh and Montreal that kicks off this weekend." Continue Reading
Pirates Announce Initiative To Support Local Small Businesses, Nonprofits"The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Tuesday a season-long initiative with PNC to help support several small businesses and nonprofits around the city." Continue Reading
Steelers Stephon Tuitt Says He Won't Take A Knee For Anthem"While tweeting that he will help fellow athletes with any financial issues they have, Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt said he will not be taking a during the National Anthem this season." Continue Reading
Pirates To Hold Virtual Fan Experience This Season"When the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday evening, seats will be empty, but fans can still enjoy ballpark perks online." Continue Reading
Former WVU Back Joins Steelers"The Steelers kicked off training camp by signing veteran running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year contract.  After playing at West Virginia from 2013-2015, Smallwood spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and the 2019 season with the Washington Football Team." Continue Reading
Steelers Reporting To Training, More Like Testing, Camp"Today is usually a day full of celebration." Continue Reading

State:

$10M In Tax Credits Procured For PA Farmers"Through the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, Pennsylvania farmers are eligible to receive tax credits." Continue Reading
House Education Committee Holding Hearing On Schools Reopening"A two-day hearing will be held by the House Education Committee to discuss reopening schools with teacher, administrators, and stakeholders." Continue Reading
PA To Hire 1,000 More COVID-19 Contact Tracers"Pennsylvania has secured the money to add 1,000 new COVID-19 tracers, adding to the already present 654 in the role." Continue Reading
Gov. Wolf Dismisses Rumors Of His Shutting Down Schools"Amid widespread rumors of shutting down schools, Governor Wolf took to Twitter to announce that it wasn't true." Continue Reading
Rep. Wheatley Set To Introduce Bill To Help Restaurants, Bars, Taverns Impacted By COVID-19"State Rep. Jake Wheatley is working to pass legislation that would remove punishments on restaurants and bars for delayed sales tax payments." Continue Reading
School Officials Say They Aren't Getting Enough Guidance For Return To School"School administrators are overwhlemed with trying to get schools reopened, but the problem is every school is different and the guidance needs to be equitable." Continue Reading
Study: Pittsburgh Hospitality Industry Loses Over 35,000 Jobs Since February"A study has shown Piitsburgh lost 31% of its hospitalty jobs since February." Continue Reading
PA Skilled Nursing Facilities Have Completed Universal Testing"All 693 Pennsylvania nursing homes have tested all residents and staff for COVID-19 at least one time, in accordance with the universal testing order by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine." Continue Reading
Preliminary Data Shows Approx. One Percent Decrease In Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths For 2019"Preliminary 2019 data on drug-related overdose deaths shows a decrease of more than one percent across Pennsylvania compared to 2018." Continue Reading
People Are Getting Unwanted Seeds In The Mail From Overseas"Officials are warning of unordered and mislabeled seeds being shipped to people from overseas." Continue Reading
Dr. Rachel Levine Addresses Recent Transphobia"Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine began her COVID-19 press briefing by addressing recent actions and comments of transphobia across the commonwealth." Continue Reading
PA Sees Steady Increase In SNAP Enrollments Amid COVID-19 Pandemic"Pennsylvania State Department Of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller told KDKA Radio that despite an increase in applications for the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it hasn't been overwhelming to the system." Continue Reading
Small Businesses And Farmers May Be Eligible for PA DEP Grant Money"Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is $1 million available to small businesses and farmers through a grant program." Continue Reading
Pennsylvania Cyber School Sees Huge Increase In Enrollment"With many school districts still working on plans for the new year, one program is seeing a huge spike in interest." Continue Reading

National:

Woman Who Destroyed Target Face Mask Display Says Husband Filed for Divorce"An Arizona woman who went viral for ranting and destroying a mask display in Target has said that she lost all her PR firm clients, and her husband has filed for divorce." Continue Reading
Dunkin' Will Require Customers to Wear Face Masks Starting August 5"Starting on August 5, Dunkin' will be enforcing a mask-wearing policy." Continue Reading
More Than 250 Test Positive for COVID-19 Amid Outbreak at Summer Camp"A summer camp in Georgia is one of the latest locations to have a COVID-19 outbreak; there were 250 cases." Continue Reading 
Fauci back on Capitol Hill as virus surge drives new fears"Dr. Anthony Fauci is confident that there will be a coronavirus vaccine for Americans 2021." Continue Reading
Herman Cain Dies at 74 From Coronavirus Complications"Former presidential candidate Herman Cain died after coronavirus complications. Cain was 74." Continue Reading
McDonald’s CEO Says Employees Might Call Police on Customers Not Wearing Face Masks"The fast food giant has started enforcing a mask-wearing policy. It went it effect on August 1." Continue Reading
Barr Says Unrest Not Linked To Floyd, Defends Feds Response"Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent." Continue Reading

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