The Allegheny Front for the week of

September 5-11, 2014

Report Points to Fly Ash Pollution in Prisoner Health Complaints

A new report by two social justice groups highlights health complaints from inmates at a Pennsylvania state prison in Fayette County. Some prisoners blame their cancers and respiratory illnesses on pollution from a nearby fly ash dump.

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Dominion Announces Partnership to Build W.Va. Pipeline

Dominion Resources officially announced a new partnership that will pump billions of cubic feet of natural gas a day out of West Virginia. That is if a federal regulatory commission approves the project.

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Branch by Branch, Artist Grafts Tree of 40 Fruit

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch. Sam Van Aken calls it the Tree of 40 Fruit.

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W.Va. Chemical Leak: You Should Know What’s Right Next Door

Karan Ireland smelled a strange odor one morning in her Charleston, W.Va. home. Later, she learned the sweet licorice smell was coming from her water. A nearly 50,000-gallon chemical tank had been leaking into the Elk River, half a mile from the community’s water intake.

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War on Coal Stars at Labor Day Parade

Union organizers of Pittsburgh's official Labor Day parade disinvited Republican Governor Tom Corbett. The governor and coal workers cast this as another strike in what they call the war on coal, and spoke out in counter-demonstrations and parties.

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