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Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon has become the first woman in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation since 2014.

Scanlon was sworn in Tuesday to an open congressional seat in southeastern Pennsylvania left vacant after Republican Pat Meehan resigned in April.

Scanlon last week won a special election to fill the remaining seven weeks of Meehan's term in the Delaware County-based seat. The four-term Meehan resigned while under an ethics investigation for using taxpayer money to settle a former aide's sexual harassment complaint.

Stephen DUnn / AP

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could set state precedent, holding school districts liable for ongoing student-on-student harassment.

Matt Rourke / AP

As Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 legislative session draws to a close, lawmakers are picking their leadership teams for the next two years.

House Democrats are seeing some of the biggest sea changes.

The midterm elections brought the caucus almost a dozen new seats, mostly in the collar counties around Philadelphia. And two longtime leaders are departing: Minority Whip Mike Hanna and Appropriations Committee Chair Joe Markosek, of Centre and Allegheny counties, respectively.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Should President Trump worry about the results in Pennsylvania’s congressional races last week?

Yes.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.

Fostering Youth Transitions / Data Brief via the Annie E. Casey Foundation

As many as 15,000 children are in Pennsylvania's foster care system at any given time, and a disproportionate number are often African-American. How can existing family relationships be better resourced and supported? And how can society better help kids transition from foster care to adulthood? 

NASA

University of Pittsburgh scientists are working with NASA to conduct research 240 miles above Earth – on the International Space Station. 

One of the six projects will look at how microgravity affects the fabrication of magnesium alloy, a versatile material used in a variety of applications inculding electronics, medical devices, aircraft and motorcycles.

Courtesy of Film Pittsburgh

For many of the world’s filmmakers – surely most of them – short films are the way to go, a more affordable way to tell a story or realize one’s vision than a full-length feature. The hard part of the bargain is it’s a lot harder to find an audience. Movie theaters don’t routinely program short films; television stations don’t show them; and online, you’re competing with the whole internet.

Lindsay Lazarski / Keystone Crossroads

The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s absentee-ballot rules Tuesday, alleging that voters are being disenfranchised by the state’s tight deadlines for returning ballots.

Keith Srakocic / AP

A 2014 study of 1,609 Allegheny County teens between the ages of 14 and 19 found those who have lost a friend or family member to murder are three times more likely to attempt suicide. In total, 13 percent of those surveyed reported to have suffered this loss. 

Amy Sisk / WESA

A few years after Polish scientist Marie Curie discovered radium, two Pittsburgh brothers sought to build upon her work by launching a commercial enterprise that began in Colorado with mining radioactive ore and culminated in free health clinics to market the new element.

 

Richard Vogel / AP

Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.

Eric A. Smith / Hill Dance Academy Theater

A Pittsburgh dance organization is supporting a new initiative for more diversity in professional ballet. The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet is an effort anchored by the Dance Theater of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance/USA. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is among 21 major ballet organizations to adopt the agenda.

Matt Rourke / AP

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman ascended to higher office on the Democratic ticket last week with incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, and he’s already off to a nontraditional start.

Lt. Gov.-elect Fetterman said Thursday he won’t relocate to Harrisburg or live in the official property associated with his new office.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Public Schools continues to face stark challenges when it comes to students reaching academic milestones even though a report released Monday shows incremental improvement in a few areas.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

 

 

The decisive battle at Chosin Reservoir was one of the Korean conflict's most harrowing battles, fought in sub-zero temperatures along a frozen lake in the mountains.

Historian and author Hampton Sides says it’s also the most decorated battle in modern American history. He discusses his latest book, “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle,” on the 100th anniversary of what later became Veterans Day.

Provided by the Quincy Kofi Swatson Campaign

The May primary is a half-year away, but already Pittsburgh City Council races are drawing interest. And 27-year-old Quincy Kofi Swatson is seeking the City Council District 1 seat currently held by Darlene Harris.

Alexander Hamilton Descendant Loans Heirlooms To Philly Museum

Nov 12, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

The fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton loaned some family heirlooms, including a ring that has a lock of his hair inside, to the Museum of the American Revolution Monday.

Photo by Autumn Stankay / SkySight Photography

Starting Nov. 3, many visitors to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art have gotten a pleasant surprise: The venerable institution no longer requests donations from visitors.

David Zalubowski / AP

Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a new policy aimed at clarifying rules about how power is resold, in an effort to promote investment in public electric vehicle charging stations.

Advocates Hope Wolf Uses Decisive Election Victory To Seek Large School Funding Boost

Nov 12, 2018
Katie Meyer / 90.5 WESA

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf won a second term by defeating Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Council will take a final vote tomorrow on whether to authorize the city to conduct a government-wide gender equity study. Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission would oversee the study.

Kieran McLean / 90.5 WESA

What do Canada geese and scooter rental companies have in common? They both head south for the winter.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

On the sixth anniversary of the police shooting that left him paralyzed from the chest down, Leon Ford, 25, formally launched his campaign for Pittsburgh City Council.

Marjory Collins / Library of Congress

 

Americans have been celebrating the service and sacrifices made by their fellow countrymen and women in every military conflict since the end of World War I.

Courtesy of Lindsey Williams for PA

After facing allegations of being a socialist, a slew of negative advertisements and a lawsuit challenging her eligibility to serve, Lindsey Williams won a narrow victory in the state Senate 38th District on Tuesday night.

Gab Server Subpoenaed By Pennsylvania Attorney General

Nov 9, 2018
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The Internet server company that hosts the controversial social media network Gab has been subpoenaed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the office confirmed.

Bastiaan Slabbers / Keystone Crossroads

Dorothy Johnson-Speight still holds the burden of a mother’s pain.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

One week after the last funeral for the 11 people killed at Tree of Life Synagogue last month, the community is still mourning. Hundreds gathered at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh Friday afternoon to honor lives lost, and celebrate the city’s strength.

Ariel Worthy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, at the insistence of President Donald Trump, prompted protests across the nation, including Pittsburgh.

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