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New legislation consideration

AP—Pittsburgh City Council is considering a packet of legislation that would force business owners to pay a prevailing wage and make their buildings and vehicles environmentally friendly if they receive public subsidies to build them. Unions have lobbied city council to pass such rules.

Council President Doug Shield introduced a bill requiring janitors, kitchen workers and grocery employees to be paid a prevailing wage of $11 an hour, instead of the $7.25, in any business built with public funds. The bill could affect a Target store and a grocery store planned for two of the city’s poorer neighborhoods. Councilman Bill Peduto says he’ll introduce a similar bill requiring businesses that get public money to use “green” technologies later this week.

Hill District shooting

Homicide detectives are asking for help with their search for the suspects involved in a Hill District shooting in the 2000 block of Tustin Street Nov. 22.

Early Sunday morning officers responded to the report of a male shot and laying in the street and found 19-year-old Daniel Baptist with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and at last report is in critical condition. After several interviews, detectives learned that Baptist had left a party and was walking home when he was shot. Witnesses say they heard shots, but had no description of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Callers can remain anonymous.

Council could save

libraries

Earlier this week, Pittsburgh City Council reportedly unanimously approved a one-time contribution of $600,000 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to make sure all the branches will continue to be open. The library board is expected to vote at their December meeting on whether they will keep the branches open or continue with the proposed plan to close several locations. In October the board voted to close the Beechview, West End and Hazelwood branches in February and the Lawrenceville branch in the summer before the opening of the East Liberty branch, which is currently being renovated. The closures were in response to budget problems.

Citizen’s bank discounts

Throughout the weekend of one of shopping’s busiest times, the Citizens Bank street teams will help shoppers by handing out shopping bags at the entrances of Ross Park, South Hills Village and Monroeville malls, and passing out information on the extra earnings for the Giant Eagle fuelperks! Program.

“At Citizens, we are committed to offering innovative products and services that can make a real difference in the everyday lives of our customers,” said Ralph J. Papa, chairman of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. “With the holiday season approaching, the Citizens Bank fuelperks! Program will provide a great opportunity for both Citizens and Giant Eagle customers to save more on gas as they make their holiday purchases.”

Customers will also be introduced to the fuelperks! debit card, which will reward them with discounts on fuel through purchases made inside and outside of various Giant Eagle locations. To enroll customers will need a Giant Eagle Advantage Card and must enroll their checking account and debit card in the fuelperks! Program at any Citizen’s Bank branch in Western Pennsylvania. The street teams will be at Ross Park Mall Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; South Hills Village Nov. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Monroeville Mall Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact a local Citizens Bank branch.

University accreditation

Chatham University has announced that three of its nursing programs have received accreditation from the Commission on College Nursing Education. The school’s RN-to-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing were accredited through December 2019 and their Doctor of Nursing Practice program received an initial accreditation through December 2012. The RN-to-BSN and the DNP programs are online classes that prepare individuals in various fields of the nursing profession. The MSN program will be offered as an online program in the fall semester of 2010.

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