A new book looks at how local governments have dealt with the fracking boom. We talk with an artist who is giving the public a new way to look at a buried urban waterway. Plus, we join an outdoor club rappelling down a steep Pittsburgh hillside to pick up trash.
- New book looks at the big decisions small communities had to make when fracking came to town - Many small communities had to figure out how to deal with fracking with little guidance, and try to avoid the worst of the boom-bust cycle that energy extraction brings.
- Repelled by trash, they rappelled to pick it up at a steep Pittsburgh landmark - Mt. Washington has the best views of Downtown Pittsburgh. But if you look down the steep hillside, you'll see a sorry site filled with bottles, cans, and plastic debris.
- An artist wants to give people a new view of an urban stream - To get a glimpse of much of Nine Mile Run, you have to look under a manhole cover. So Artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi created a new portal to connect people to the stream.
- Pittsburgh City Council passes bill to ban single-use plastic bags in the city - Under the ban, plastic bags won't be an option for shoppers or for take-out. But it won't take effect for another year.
- Allegheny County’s last coal-fired power plant is closing - The site could be redeveloped for renewable energy or for another industrial use, the new owners say.