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What to do to help save plants hit by unexpected frost in Pittsburgh area

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What to do to help save plants hit by unexpected frost in Pittsburgh area


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With a frost hitting parts of the Pittsburgh area this morning, what can you do right now to save the plants you might’ve planted over the past couple of weeks? 

KDKA’s John Shumway spoke with an expert and found that if you took no action, there is a glimmer of hope out there.

When your livelihood depends on the crops you are raising, you take frost very seriously. 

Rob Shenot of Shenot Farms in Wexford says that if you took no action, the best thing you can do is to hope that things don’t turn out as bad as you thought they were going to. 

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While the chance to cover your plants may have passed, Shenot says that setting up a fan to blow across the plants might help. 

“Just move some air around to keep the frost from settling on the the flower buds for instance,” Shenot said. “That might be an effective thing just to keep keep the air moving a little bit.”

As for what you need to worry about, Shenot says that tomato plants would be very vulnerable along with pepper plants and flowers, if they’re an annual. 

Shenot said that vegetable plants like kale, broccoli, or things in the cabbage family are going to be just fine. 

The good news is that the frost this morning isn’t going to be around long and the sun and rising temperatures will help. Then you will just have to wait and see if your plants recover.

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In some cases, it will be obvious that the plant is dead as its leaves could turn black and shrivel.

In other cases, it may take a few days or weeks to be able to tell if the plant is going to recover.

One thing you might want to do once the temperature gets into the upper 40’s or close to 50 degrees is water the base of the plant. That might help with recovery. 

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Kudos to Cleveland for embracing change, unlike Pittsburgh: Letter to the Editor


I just want to let you know how impressed I was during an early May visit to the city of Cleveland. It has been years since I have visited. You should be proud of what city government along with residents have done to make it so welcoming. Everyone we met was friendly and very hospitable.

I have lived in Pittsburgh most of my life and have seen the decline of that city economically and visually, as well as how unsafe it has become due to daily violence. So, as I compare these two cities, I see that one city government has had vision and was not afraid of change, while the other (Pittsburgh) is stuck in the mud with little-to-no vision on how to change. I want to give credit where credit is due.

I look forward to taking many more trips to visit Cleveland with my family. Having vision, taking chances and showing residents where their tax dollars go can help make people feel more vested and better able to appreciate the city in which they live.

Name withheld by request,

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The writer is an educator and resident of Pittsburgh.



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Wegmans in discussions to open first store in the Pittsburgh area, report says

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The popular grocery chain Wegmans could be planning on opening its first store here in the Pittsburgh area soon. 

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times sources, the New York-based company is in negotiations to open a store at the Cranberry Springs complex in Cranberry Township near the Penguins’ practice facility just off of Route 228 and Interstate 79. 

A spokesperson for Wegmans declined to comment when asked about the plans. 

Wegmans currently has 19 stores in Pennsylvania with some in the Erie and State College areas, but have not expanded into the Pittsburgh region. 

It’s unclear when Wegmans might close the deal for its first Pittsburgh-area store or when that store could potentially open for business. 





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City of Pittsburgh excited for economic impact of hosting 2026 NFL Draft

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You call the city Picks-burgh. The NFL announced that the Steel City will be getting the 2026 draft.

The draft is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the city. It’s something they’ve been planning for some time and are excited to see.

Some estimations have the draft bringing at least 300,000 people to Pittsburgh. This past April in Detroit, it brought 775,000.  

“It’s going to be great. It’s going to be one of the biggest events the city has ever seen,” Strip District Business Association member Jim Coen said.

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While the marquee is the player draft, there will be other events during that weekend. It’s estimated the city will see $120-160 million in revenue. According to Forbes, in 2023, Kansas City generated about $165 million, with more than 310,000 people attending the draft. 

It’s hoped the money will flow beyond just the North Shore and Downtown.

“All through even the Strip District, you’re going to see activities,” said Sen. Wayne Fontana, a member of the Sports and Exhibition Authority.

We may have two years to wait, but it’s never too early to start planning.

Restaurants and businesses are now starting the process of finding the products they may need along with adjusting hours.

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“Just brick by brick, to just get to those goals you want to reach in two years,” Redbeard’s Bar and Grille general manager Brent Kightlinger said.

While the draft will celebrate NFL players, the goal of hosting an event like this is to sell the city to tourists. For many people, this may be their first time here. 

The work begins with promoting the attractions.

“They’re going to see our Cultural District. They’re going to know about our world-class museums [and] our renowned restaurants,” Sen. Fontana said over Zoom.

It’s expected any hotel near the North Shore or Downtown will be booked solid.

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“Bringing all these others from other parts of the country and other parts of the world, once they see this city, they’re going to fall in love with it,” Coen said.

There will be plenty of prep work between now and then.

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