July 30, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Task force on affordable housing to meet

The task force, which was formed nearly six months ago, is scheduled to convene for the first time today. The group’s goal is to develop a “suite of affordable housing policies” to cover people living in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification.

Pittsburgh: “Women Betrayed” rally at Planned Parenthood

Protesters rallied at the downtown establishment this week in response to videos released showing Planned Parenthood staffers discussing illegal activities. The organization said the footage was heavily edited and unlawfully obtained.

Pittsburgh: 5 charged in T station beating

Kevin Lockett, who was attacked by five Baldwin men on May 30, faced the suspects in court on Tuesday. A surveillance video showing the incident was played at the hearing.

Statewide: Child abuse report shows risk in Pennsylvania

The state report on child abuse shows a more than 30 percent spike in protective service referrals between 2010 and 2014. During this timespan, the Center for Children’s Justice found that more than 400 children in Pennsylvania died or nearly died because of abuse or neglect.

Harrisburg: Governor’s proposed budget threatens hospital funding

The plan would increase taxes on hospitals as well as reduce funding for maternity-related services and burn centers. Wolf spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said the cuts are not unprecedented.

Statewide: EPA to ease limits on cross-state air pollution

After court order, the EPA is altering its policy on air pollution from smokestack emissions. Pennsylvania will get new limits on either sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides. A dozen other states will see changes, too.

Indiana County: Cadmium exposure

One person was hospitalized and 16 others were treated and released for cadmium exposure. The toxic chemical was found at a metals and alloy plant. About 300,000 workers are exposed to it annually throughout the United States.

NATIONAL

Cecil the lion case goes to court

Two Zimbabweans allegedly involved with killing the beloved lion went to court Wednesday. They were both freed on bail. Suspect Walter Palmer, an American dentist who faces poaching charges, said he regrets the killing.

Teen charged as adult in death of 8-year-old

Prosecutors charged a 15-year-old boy with the murder and kidnapping of Madyson Middleton. She was last seen at the California complex where she lived on Sunday, and her body was found Monday night in Santa Cruz.

Brady responds to NFL suspension

Tom Brady said he “did nothing wrong” in response to his newly-instituted four-game suspension. Brady also addressed accusations that he destroyed his cell phone in order to hide evidence from the NFL.

IN OTHER NEWS

Happy birthday to everyone!

New developments in the lawsuit by filmmakers who are fighting to use the song “Happy Birthday to You” without copyright infringement. Today, Warner/Chappell has a copyright on the song. However, the formalities surrounding the copyright are foggy.

The daily report was compiled by Elaina Zachos, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at ezachos@publicsource.org.