Morning update: Taking a stand, private meeting, Irish Fest
A look at what’s happening and what’s coming up in Western Pennsylvania.
Bridge repairs to begin Thursday
Crews are moving fast to try to repair fire damage to the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh. They’ll use steel made in New Castle and install it in a difficult feat of engineering.
Chief meets with council
Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay will meet privately with members of city council on Thursday to discuss the department’s proposal to change how police respond to some calls for service.
Bus driver, company sued
The family of a Penn-Trafford boy has filed suit against the bus company and its driver who had their son get out and remove a live electrical wire hanging over the bus.
Contract on hold
Greensburg Salem school board hoped to start the new year with a teachers contract in place, but talks have stalled again. Teachers continue to opt out of any activities not mandated by contract.
Taking a stand
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial protest during the national anthem set off a firestorm of debate. At a local level, high school football coaches respect his right to protest while encouraging patriotic tributes from their teams. For more Week 2 coverage, visit our high school sports page.
Here to stay
With the season just days away, Steelers All-Pro guard David DeCastro said he is “getting close” to signing a long-term extension to remain with the team.
Irish eyes’ll be smiling
Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is a half of a year away, but you can still celebrate the Emerald Isle this weekend at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival.
It’s going to be hot. Forecast for Pittsburgh is 86 degrees on Thursday, but some parts of Western Pennsylvania could hit 90. Overnight, the temps should cool off to about 69, WPXI meteorologists say.