The Allegheny Front for the week of

May 9-15, 2014

Photo Commentary: Climate Change Fries Fish

The Allegheny Front's Justin Brown has another photo commentary of our original reporting and interviews.  This time, it's the plight of the Eastern Brook trout, Pennsylvania's state fish.  The only trout native to Pennsylvania could be a climate change casualty.

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Election 2014: Democrats Debate Severance Tax

Pennsylvania voters head to the polls May 20, and Democrats will choose between four candidates who want to run against Republican incumbent Governor Tom Corbett in November. All four want to create what’s called a severance tax on drilling, but they have different on ideas on how large that tax should be.

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Climate Change Could Cook Brook Trout

Eastern Brook trout have been swimming the ancient Appalachian valleys for millions of years, and the fish are known for their aesthetic beauty. But this beauty is sensitive—it needs exceptionally clean and very cold water to survive. It's expected to be an early casualty of climate change.

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Students Learn from Trout in the Classroom, and Outdoors

The Trout in The Classroom program has hundreds of teachers and students in Pennsylvania raising Brook trout—the state fish—from eggs, and then releasing them into waterways.  It connects students with their local watersheds.  One class near Pittsburgh has big hopes for its little fish.

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Climate Roundup: White House Issues Report; Regional Conferences

When the White House put out an 800-page climate change assessment this week, it pointed out that, yes, it IS going to get hotter. And that Northeasterners, like others, will need to adapt soon. Conferences in Ohio and West Virginia aim to let citizens know how their world is changing and how to curtail that change. 

 

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Shale News: Advocates March in Harrisburg; Fracking in Deer Lakes Park

While shale advocates marched on Harrisburg, the Allegheny County Council approved of a measure that would allow fracking under Deer Lakes Park, near Pittsburgh.

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Gas Royalties Bill Remains Controversial in Harrisburg

A proposal aimed at ensuring Pennsylvanians are paid properly for the natural gas on their property is facing strong opposition from the oil and gas industry.

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Groups Make Art from Trash at Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh's marathon course runs through the Homewood neighborhood, known for high crime rates and blight. But residents and nonprofits GTECH Strategies and Operation Better Block turned out on marathon day to show the runners something different—an upcycled mural made of trash, and designed to represent the runners themselves.

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