September 10, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Homicides are down but gun violence is up

There were 16 firearm-related deaths this summer compared with 21 last year, according to a report by Pittsburgh City Paper. However, there were 83 non-fatal shootings in the city this summer, up from 60 last year.

Pittsburgh: City launches “inclusive innovation” roadmap

Pittsburgh will start opening city data, among other initiatives, in its Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation. It will help citizens get access to “technology, city resources and information.”

Mount Lebanon: Deer debate continues

Commissioners approved of an archery hunt in response to the community’s deer population. They’re also planning to supplement the hunt with sharpshooters and a deer sterilization experiment.

New Castle: Fire ravages three homes

An empty house caught fire Wednesday morning and the blaze quickly spread to two other residences. Two people were in one of the houses at the time, but escaped unharmed. As of Wednesday afternoon, the cause of the fire was under investigation.

State College: Student killed by vehicle

A Penn State grad student was hit and killed near the university Monday night. He was a resident of Wexford and a graduate from North Allegheny High School. The man who was driving the vehicle that hit him stopped and had not been charged with a crime as of Wednesday afternoon.

NATIONAL

First hearing for Planned Parenthood

Representatives of the family planning center were not invited to attend the first judicial hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. An anti-abortion group, reproductive justice expert and two “abortion survivors” testified at the hearing, which is in response to controversial videos about Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program.

Airline chief steps down

The chairman and chief executive of United Airlines resigned alongside two other officials during a federal investigation of corruption. The probe questioned the carrier’s role in establishing an unprofitable flight for the convenience of a former Port Authority chairman that factored into the tense relationship between United Airlines and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Fire in Vegas

An engine failure caused a British Airways plane to catch fire during takeoff from Las Vegas to London. Twenty of the 172 people onboard were injured.

IN OTHER NEWS

Long live the queen

Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest ruling monarch of Britain on Wednesday. Queen Elizabeth, 89, has ruled for 63 years, seven months and two days, for a total of 23,226 days.

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