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The MacArthur Foundation has announced that Hayes is among this year’s 2014 MacArthur Fellows, each of whom receives a $625,000 stipend.

Hayes, a native of South Carolina, is an English professor at the University of Pittsburgh who’s written five collections of poetry. He studied writing at the graduate level at Pitt and later taught at Carnegie Mellon University. He returned to Pitt last year.

A standing-room-only audience has packed the Avalon Municipal Building on a rain-soaked April evening to hear Allegheny County Health Department officials explain the latest consent decree to correct air quality violations at the coke works across the river. It’s a tough crowd.

Most live in the north boroughs near the Shenango, Inc. plant. They know the long history of enforcement actions against it that were followed by fixes that were followed by new violations. They’re aware of the health risks that air pollutants pose, and studies that suggest their rates of disease are high. They speak in voices that express concern and fear, frustration and anger.

Courtney Ehrlichman makes the commute to her Carnegie Mellon University job with her young daughter on an Xtracycle fitted with a Hooptie. That’s a bicycle designed to haul cargo with a child carrier attached. And it’s part of the changing street scene in Pittsburgh.

On his way home in recent weeks, Montrel Morgan would often drive past the house of NaGus Griggs on West King Street in York, just looking for him, making sure his teammate and friend was OK.

Just six months earlier, Morgan and Griggs – the two leading scorers on the New Hope Academy basketball team – celebrated the school's first, and only, District 3 championship.

FINDLAY TWP. -- The Allegheny County Airport Authority’s bond rating has been affirmed by Fitch Ratings of New York for the second year at A-, reflecting a long-term stable financial outlook and improved traffic performance at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The federally-approved waiver for Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania is set to begin covering hundreds of thousands of newly eligible Pennsylvanians in January. Depending on who's governor-elect at that point, there may be some changes.

Karan Ireland knew something wasn’t right one cold January morning.

“Looking back at everything, I determined that it was the sixth of January, I smelled something in my bathroom. It was a sickly sweet smell, although I’ll tell you it smells exactly like sugar-free Red Bull. That’s what I associate it with now.”

For students in the Philadelphia school district, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Starting this fall the School District of Philadelphia will serve free breakfasts and lunches to all students, waiving the need for parents to submit a paper application proving their income is low enough to qualify.

The plaintiff in the latest civil suit to emerge from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal had his case vetted by Penn State's mediation team last year.

Bret Southard, the attorney for the 18-year-old plaintiff, confirmed in an interview with PennLive Thursday that he did have conversations with Penn State's mediators about a possible civil settlement.

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