A Week In Review: Headlines From The Week Of July 5th Through July 11th

Rachel Kalas
July 07, 2020 - 8:29 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A look back at the headlines from the week of July 5th through July 11th:


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KDKA Radio Editorial: Masks Work
"We're strongly in favor of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It's proven effective." Continue Reading

Allegheny County Reports Increase In Opioid Overdose Deaths
"The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office is reporting 564 drug overdose deaths in 2019." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Releases Plan For Return To School
"The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has released its plan for students to return to the classroom next month." Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against Kennywood Parent Company Over Park's Mask Policy
"It claims the police requiring all guests to wear masks with no exceptions for medical reason and disabilities violates the American with Disabilities Act." Continue Reading

Rent A Local Movie Theater For Only $50
"A local movie theater is giving you the chance to rent an entire theater for you and 24 of your friends and family." Continue Reading

Unhealthy Ozone Levels Recorded For The First Time In 2 Years
"For the first time in two years, Allegheny County is recording unhealthy ozone air pollution readings." Continue Reading

Refusing To Work Because You Are Earning More On Unemployment: Could Face Consequences
"Despite June's promising jobs report, many Pennsylvanians are struggling to make ends meet as the economy recovers from pandemic shutdowns." Continue Reading

Meadows Racetrack And Casino Forced To Ban Smoking Inside, As Well As All PA Casinos
"There is a temporary smoking ban inside The Meadows Racetrack & Casino due to the current health crisis." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh-Based Company Blasting Trump Immigration Policy
"A Pittsburgh-based high-tech firm is blasting the Trump administration’s immigration policies." Continue Reading

Record Number Of Fireworks Injuries Treated At UPMC Mercy Burn Center Over Fourth Of July Weekend
"UPMC Mercy Burn Center treated a record number of firework-related injuries over the Fourth of July weekend." Continue Reading

Work Zone Speeding Enforcement In Effect Around Pittsburgh
"Highway construction projects resume on Monday and so does work zone speeding enforcement." Continue Reading


Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule Announced
"After a long delay to the start of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pirates released their 60-game regular season schedule for the 2020 season." Continue Reading

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs Agree to 10-Year Extension
"The Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes have agreed to a staggering contract extension that will keep the reigning Super Bowl MVP with the franchise for the next decade plus." Continue Reading

Complete List of Confirmed MLB Coronavirus Cases and Players Opting Out of 2020 Season
"Amid a rising number of COVID cases in MLB—All-Stars Freddie Freeman and Salvador Perez were reportedly among the league’s 31 positives tests this week" Continue Reading

NHL, NHLPA Agree On Return To Play Plan
"The NHL and NHLPA have come to an agreement on a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the Return to Play Plan." Continue Reading


Gov. Wolf Says Wearing A Mask Is Important To Stopping Spread Of COVID-19
"Gov. Tom Wolf released a status update regarding the state’s mitigation efforts and the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard for the week of July 3 – July 9." Continue Reading

Hundreds Of Thousands Headed To State Parks 4th Of July Weekend
"According to a report, nearly 107,600 people visited Presque Isle State Park in Erie over the Fourth of July weekend." Continue Reading

With Surge In COVID-19 Cases, New Questions Surround Schools Reopening In The Fall
"As the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County surges well into three digits, there are questions about whether schools will teach in person this fall." Continue Reading


Trump Commutes Longtime Friend Roger Stone's Sentence
"President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct." Continue Reading

US government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates
"The federal government launched a broad national campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledge daily stresses in people's lives." Continue Reading

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall
"President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons." Continue Reading

'Senseless crime': The victims of July Fourth shootings
"A 6-year-old computer whiz. A young mother working for a better home for her kids. An 8-year-old who loved to make dance videos." Continue Reading

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
"A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852." Continue Reading


US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization
"The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change." Continue Reading

China's Inner Mongolia Region Reports Bubonic Plague Case

"While China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. " Continue Reading

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