Science Friday | A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays from 2-4pm

 

As the sociologist-in-residence at Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, Margee Kerr has observed hundreds of Halloween thrill-seekers in scary situations. Her takeaway? For many people, a good scare can be an enjoyable, empowering experience. Kerr and neuroscientist Greg Siegle recently set up shop at ScareHouse to discover why. Listen to this segment of Science Friday here.

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PA House Passes Final Budget; Ball In Governor’s Court

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has sent a gambling expansion bill to Governor Tom Wolf's desk--effectively finishing the budget they've labored over this entire fiscal year, four months past the due date.  The long, complex measure prompted hours of debate over the course of two days. It significantly broadens Pennsylvania's 13-year-old gaming industry. Gambling in airports and over the internet will now be legal. Truck stops across the commonwealth can install video gaming terminals--or VGTs--and up to 10 new miniature casinos are authorized. Lawmakers have repeatedly failed to pass similar bills in recent years.

Sharada & Jamael at Farmhouse Brewery

Brew Beats travels to the village of Owego, New York to profile The Farmhouse Brewery. Owner Marty Mattrazzo details how the brewery came into existence and why they rely on local farmers for many of the ingredients they use in their beverages. In addition, jazz duo Sharada Shashidhar and Jamael Dean also perform a special concert at Farmhouse. Selections include Coltrane's "I Hear A Rhapsody." Watch Online

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New York Lawmakers Unsure About Special Session

ALBANY (WSKG) - New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances. Governor Cuomo has said it’s possible he’ll call a special session to address potential gaps in the state budget, that could total several billion dollars. But he says the uncertainty over what will happen in Washington on health care funding and on major tax changes is making it hard to plan. “To come back and have a special session, we need certainty as to what is going to happen,” Cuomo said. “The possibilities are devastating”.

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Raucous Meeting Leaves PA Lawmakers At-Odds Over Illegal Voting

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State representatives are trying to figure out how to stop voter registration glitches that have allowed over 500 non-citizens to vote in state and national elections since 2000.  That was the focus of a state government committee hearing Wednesday. But after dissolving into partisan shouting matches several times, lawmakers left the session saying they don't agree on how to handle the situation--or even how serious it is. Over the last 17 years, roughly 93 million ballots have been cast in Pennsylvania. At least 544 of them came from non-US citizens who were in the country legally, according to the Department of State. That's roughly one out of every 172,000.

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PA’s State Budget Could Be Finished Today

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After almost four months of false starts and negotiation breakdowns, the state legislature has passed most of a plan to fund Pennsylvania's budget--almost entirely through borrowing and internal transfers. Lawmakers say the end is finally in sight. However, the House still has to pass a gambling expansion bill, which they'll resume debating at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, after running out the clock late Wednesday night. The final proposed funding package is essentially the same as one the House passed last week. And Senate GOP Leader Jake Corman said that's with good reason.

Celebrate Halloween with New ‘Arthur’

This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn's amazing haunted house (that's scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted... but by what?