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When Christopher Brown first became interested in photographing people who lived on the streets of Philadelphia, he wrote down a list of images he wanted to capture: relationships, loneliness, shelters, addiction, technology, pets, and keepsakes. But after having a few conversations over a cigarette or two with the people he met, Brown quickly realized he needed to scrap the list.

Anyone hesitant to take someone overdosing on heroin to the hospital or cooperate with the police for fear of arrest will now be immune to prosecution on drug use or possession charges.

Starting today, uninsured Pennsylvanians whose annual income is less than 138 percent of the household federal poverty limit may apply for health coverage through the state’s new “Healthy PA” program, which offers subsidized, Medicaid-like insurance plans through private health carriers.

As the saying goes, time is money – and keeping the historic clock collection ticking on time at the state Capitol will cost taxpayers $197 each day – or a little more than $1 a day per clock.

The Capitol Preservation Committee on Tuesday awarded a $360,057 five-year contract to Harrisburg-based Johnson and Griffiths Studio that covers the cost of maintaining and winding the 186 working clocks located throughout the Capitol.

While Pittsburgh’s acting police chief keeps a wary eye on events in Ferguson, Mo., local community organizers have been coordinating with activists in the conflict-stricken city as a grand jury there ponders whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen.

Last year in the city, 1,463 gunshots were reported to 911 — experts say that a multitude of shots are never even called in. That gunfire, says Pittsburgh City Councilor Ricky Burgess, can paralyze a neighborhood.

In 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Pennsylvania's infrastructure. It gave the state's roads a D-.

Bill Ward served in the army from 1974-76 and went into construction afterwards, but recent health issues forced him out of his job and into the path of potential homelessness.

But Ward is not homeless thanks to the “Pittsburgh Rapid Results Veterans’ Homeless Boot Camp.”

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado recently looked at more than 100,000 birth records in the state from 1996 to 2009. They calculated how far each of the mothers lived from an oil or gas well. Lisa McKenzie was the lead author on the study.

“What we found was mothers with the most wells around their homes, and closest to their homes, had a 30 percent higher chance of having congenital heart defects than mothers with no wells around their homes,” McKenzie says.


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