A Week In Review: Headlines From The Week Of June 7th Through June 13th

Rachel Kalas
June 12, 2020 - 9:34 pm
Credit: Joe DeStio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A look back at the headlines from the week of June 7th through June 13th: 

Local:

Two Pittsburgh Catholic Elementary Schools To Close, Two Others Will Merge
"The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced the closures of two elementary schools and the merger of two other elementary schools." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Community Leader Shares His Experience Following Meeting With Vice President Mike Pence
"Former congressional candidate and current director of the Commonwealth Foundation Lenny McAllister was among a number of local religious and community leaders to meet with Vice President Mike Pence Friday at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Wilksinsburg." Continue Reading

Watch: Vice President Pence Meets with Pittsburgh Community, Religious Leaders
"Vice President Mike Pence met with religious and community leaders Friday at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Wilksinsburg." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Creates New Office Of Community Health And Safety
"Plans are in place for Pittsburgh’s new Office of Community Health and Safety." Continue Reading

Health Department Adds Race/Ethnic Data On COVID-19 Testing
"The Allegheny County Health Department has expanded the information available regarding COVID-19." Continue Reading

Family Nudist Lodge In Beaver Co. Will Remain Closed In 2020
"A “family nudist campground” in Beaver County has announced they will remain closed for the rest of 2020 and will reopen in 2021." Continue Reading

Police Make 'Significant' Drug Bust In Pittsburgh
"A man is in custody following a “significant” narcotics bust by Pittsburgh Police." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Water Customers Can Sound Off On Proposed Rate Hikes
"Customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will get a chance to sound off on rate hike requests for the next two years." Continue Reading

Astrobotic Technology On North Side Receives $199.5 Million NASA Contract
"Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s line of lunar landers and rovers deliver payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. (www.astrobotic.com)" Continue Reading

Nine Plaintiffs File Suit Against Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Over Alleged Abuse
"Nine plaintiffs have filed civil suits against the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh for alleged sexual abuse that occurred long ago." Continue Reading

Authorities Seek ID of Man Suspected of Violent Acts and Looting During Pittsburgh Protest in May
"The Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce (DAAT) is asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of committing violent acts and looting during the May 30 protests in the city of Pittsburgh." Continue Reading

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Announces Reopening Plans
"Your local YMCA may be reopening soon following the coronavirus shutdown." Continue Reading

Giant Eagle Making Changes In Wake Of George Floyd, Will Stop Selling Post-Gazette
"Following the death of George Floyd and other African Americans while in police custody, Giant Eagle has announced several actions they are taking, including halting the sale of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette." Continue Reading

City Of Pittsburgh Announces Free Drive-In Movie Series
"In place of the classic Movies in the Park put on by the city of Pittsburgh, the Office of Special Events presents the Dollar Bank Drive-In Movie Night series." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Police Looking For Another Man Involved With Criminal Acts During Protests
"The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are looking help in identifying another suspect in connection with criminal acts committed during protests last week." Continue Reading

National Aviary Set To Re-Open July 1
"The National Aviary is setting up for a July 1 re-opening after being closed due to the Coronavirus." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Food Bank Has Distributed Over 10 Million Pounds Of Food During Pandemic
"The food delivery service known as Door Dash is now deliverying for the greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank." Continue Reading

Former State Representative Bill Robinson Has Died
"Former State Representative Bill Robinson has passed away." Continue Reading

Kennywood To Open To The Public July 11
"Kennywood’s open…well almost." Continue Reading

Phipps Conservatory To Reopen Following COVID-19 Shutdown
"Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is set to reopen this weekend after being closed since March as a result of the mandated closures throughout Pennsylvania amind the Coronavirus pandemic." Continue Reading

Black Lives Matter Mural To Remain Downtown For Now
"The Black Lives Matter mural painted along the Allegheny River will remain for now." Continue Reading

Police Seek 3 Suspects Wanted In Connection With Riots In Pittsburgh
"The newly created Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce has released three photos of suspects accused of causing damage during riots in Pittsburgh." Continue Reading

Port Authority Gets Nearly $142 Million From CARES Act
"Port Authority of Allegheny County is getting nearly $142 million from the federally funded CARES Act." Continue Reading

Police Reform Legislation To Be Introduced In City Council
"On the same day George Floyd is buried in Houston, bill are being introduced in Pittsburgh City Council to reform how police do their work." Continue Reading

Police Arrest Man Accused Of Inciting Riot In Pittsburgh
"Police have arrested a man they say participated in the riots outside of PPG Paints Arena on May 30." Continue Reading

Reporter’s Tweet Leads to Discipline
"A tweet by a reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has erupted into controversy over alleged reporter bias, racial discrimination and claims of journalistic freedom." Continue Reading

Nearly 40 Charges Stemming From Pittsburgh Riots Dropped
"District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office has announced charges will be withdrawn in nearly 40 cases stemming from protests in Pittsburgh over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25." Continue Reading

Pitt Police 'Vigorously Opposing' Rehire Of Officer Acquitted For Murder Of Antwon Rose
"The University of Pittsburgh Police Department says it has no plans to rehire the former officer acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose in 2018." Continue Reading

2020 Pittsburgh Irish Festival Canceled
"The Pittsburgh Irish Festival has faced multiple challenges in the past few years, including severe flooding and now the global pandemic has forced the cancelation of the annual tradition." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Police Chief Explains Why He Joined Demonstrators In Beechview
"Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert released a statement Sunday after he marched with protesters in Beechview on Friday, where he also took a knee." Continue Reading

Sports: 

The Week That Was In Pittsburgh Sports...Week Of 6/8
"Here are five things that happened in Pittsburgh sports despite it being Week...I don't even want to know the number...without live team sports action." Continue Reading

State: 

Gov. Wolf To Take Executive Action On Police Reform
"Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced he is taking executive action on police reform." Continue Reading

PA Speaker Mike Turzai To Resign Before End Of Term
"Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai of Bradford Woods is announcing today that he’s resigning this year before his term ends." Continue Reading

Reports Of Alleged Child Abuse Rising In PA After COVID-19 Shutdown
"Child welfare advocates in Pennsylvania say reports of alleged abuse are starting to return to the state’s Child Line system." Continue Reading

Black Democrats Commandeer Speaker's Podium Demanding Action On Police Reform
"Black Democrats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have commandeered the podium at the start of a voting session, disrupting the day’s business to argue for action on police reform bill." Continue Reading

PA Senator Calls For Police Reform, Not Defunding
" Protests against police brutality seem to be building momentum for further police reforms in Harrisburg." Continue Reading

Fracking Company Charged For Negligence at Washington County Sites
"Range Resources has accepted responsibility for negligence at two gas well sites in Washington County." Continue Reading

Brighton Rehab In Beaver Co. Fined Over $60k For COVID-19 Missteps
"A federal inspection of the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County has resulted in a fine of more than $62,000 for violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic." Continue Reading

Washington County Fair Canceled Over Pandemic Concerns
"The Washington County fair board voted Thursday night to cancel this year’s fair due to pandemic concerns." Continue Reading

Scott Twp. Commissioner Under Fire For 'Guy Dressed Up As A Woman' Comment About Dr. Levine
"A Scott Township Commissioner is facing backlash after he made inappropriate comments about PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levin during a virtual public meeting on Tuesday night." Continue Reading

NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down Near Beaver Falls
"The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Beaver County Wednesday night." Continue Reading

PA Game Commission Says Leave Baby Bunnies Alone
"The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking people who find babies bunnies alone in a yard to leave them be." Continue Reading

Temple Student Publicly Shamed For Posting Pic to Social Media of $10 Bill with Pro-Trump Phrases Written on It
"The degree to which the left will stop to ruin reputations, spread lies and destroy lives is both breathtaking and despicable. They don’t even care if their ire is correctly founded. Once you’re in their crosshairs, forget it." Continue Reading

State Rep Warner Blasts Governor Wolf, Calls Actions 'Height of Hypocrisy'
"Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Warner blasted Governor Tom Wolf for his response to the call to end the emergency declaration in the state." Continue Reading

PA Troopers Working To Stop Hiring Police With History Of Misconduct
"The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has joined the Attorney General’s coalition working to end the hiring of officers with a history of misconduct." Continue Reading

Wolf Issues New Outdoor Activity Guidance for COVID Reopening
"The Wolf administration has issued new guidance regarding outdoor activities for businesses in the yellow phase of the COVID-19 reopening plan." Continue Reading

Report: Criminal Justice Reform Could Save Taxpayers Millions
"A new report find criminal justice reform could save taxpayers millions." Continue Reading

National: 

Thousands mourn George Floyd in Texas amid calls for reform
"The last chance for the public to say goodbye to George Floyd drew thousands of mourners Monday to a church in Houston where he grew up, as his death two weeks ago continues to stoke protests in America and beyond over racial injustice, and spurred France to abruptly halt the use of police choke holds." Continue Reading

Judge tosses out Jussie Smollett's double jeopardy claim
"A Cook County judge on Friday shot down actor Jussie Smollett's attempt have the criminal charges against him dropped, telling the actor that the new charges against him do not violate his right against double jeopardy." Continue Reading 

Historical Figures Reassessed After George Floyd's Death
"The rapidly unfolding movement to pull down Confederate monuments around the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death has extended to statues of slave traders, imperialists, conquerors and explorers around the world, including Christopher Columbus, Cecil Rhodes and Belgium’s King Leopold II." Continue Reading

Up to 25,000 Retail Stores May Permanently Close in 2020
"While stay-at-home orders are being lifted and stores are starting to reopen, it may be too late to save a number of brick-and-mortar shops." Continue Reading

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