May 20, 2015

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PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: The State of Downtown Pittsburgh report

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership released its fourth annual report detailing the growth and vibrancy of the city. Among other statistics, in four years, the downtown population increased 13 percent.

Harrisburg: The trajectory of Attorney General Kathleen Kane

When Kathleen Kane took office in 2013, she had the bravado to convert the stagnated position dominated by Republican men into something different. But critics say a string of irrational decisions and an obsession with another elite prosecutor ended up derailing her.

Allentown: 20-year-old math genius graduates with three degrees

Matthew Kilgore, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair, graduated from Lehigh University with bachelor’s degrees in math and computer science and a master’s in math. He said he’s ready to take on another degree, a doctorate from MIT.

Statewide: Gov. Tom Wolf appeals train companies

On Tuesday, Gov. Wolf sent letters to Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation, recommending four safety features utilized by BNSF Railway in the Pacific Northwest, and also referenced the Department of Transportation’s final rule regarding transportation of flammable liquids.

Statewide: Overlooked rural roads

In Pennsylvania, 18 percent of rural roads are in poor condition and 25 percent of rural bridges are deficient, according to a report by TRIP.

NATIONAL

Six Chinese men indicted for economic espionage against the U.S.

The defendants are alleged to have stolen cell phone microchip technology from two companies, Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions, and then selling it to Chinese military and commercial customers.

Los Angeles to raise minimum wage to $15

On Tuesday, the L.A. city council voted to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. Los Angeles is the largest U.S. city to adopt the law.

Update on Hillary Clinton’s emails

On Tuesday, Clinton and the State Department assured everyone that they aren’t delaying the release of her private emails. There are 12 full-time State Department staffers sifting through 55,000 pages, and Clinton said she has no control over the timetable or release.

Wage abuse abounds in N.Y.

It’s not just nail salons: In 2013, New York City had $125 million in unpaid orders for wage reimbursements. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he plans to institute new rules for wage protection and health precautions.

IN OTHER NEWS

3-D printed human skin

It sounds horribly macabre, but it’s actually a good thing — rather than test products on animals, L’Oreal is partnering with Organovo to develop faux human skin for experiments.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.