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Pennsylvania reported nearly 1,000 new virus cases and another 24 new coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to more than 122,000 Pennsylvanians infected and more than 7,400 dead.

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On today's program: Allegheny County plans to open all polling locations, recruiting more than 6,500 poll workers for the November election; and two years after the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, some say more changes need to be made. 

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

As Dannielle Brown began day 40 of her hunger strike to get answers on the 2018 death of her son Marquis Jaylen “JB” Brown, Duquesne University held a press conference Wednesday to argue it was doing what it could to respond.

EPA Expected To Undo Methane Leak Rule For Oil, Gas Industry

7 hours ago
Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennslvania

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

12:19 p.m. – Latest COVID numbers

Susan Walsh / AP

On Saturday, President Trump had a message for the millions of out-of-work Americans for whom boosted federal unemployment benefits ran out last month: don’t worry.

Kiley Koscinski / 90.5 WESA

Students are arriving on campus at the University of Pittsburgh this week. But instead of crowded crosswalks and lines for parking, students pushed freshly sanitized moving carts to their dorm rooms with little downtime.  

The university’s arrival staff worked with its health and safety advisory board to draw up a move-in plan that took months to revise and finalize, according to Olivia Phillips, Pitt’s arrival coordinator. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The Allegheny County Health Department is pleading with bars and restaurants to continue following state and local regulations aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Tim Tai / Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania State University, the behemoth public research university with enrollment nearing 100,000, is forcing students to sign a liability agreement and assume all risk of COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall semester.

Courtesy Bureau of Prisons

An outbreak at the federal prison in Lewisburg is driving a surge in coronavirus cases in Union County.

PIAA Wants Meeting About 'Possible Options' For Sports

22 hours ago
Ralph Wilson / AP

Pennsylvania school sports’ governing body has told Gov. Tom Wolf it wants to talk with his aides about “possible options for fall sports” among its member schools.

Mariner East Construction Spills 10,000 Gallons Of Drilling Mud Into Chester County Lake

23 hours ago
Courtesy of Ginny Kerslake

Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline construction caused an estimated 10,000 gallons of drilling mud, or bentonite clay, to spill into Marsh Creek and Marsh Creek Lake at a state park in Chester County this week.

Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

When the coronavirus pandemic hit back in March, museums and other cultural centers around the country were forced to close. Now many have reopened, albeit with restrictions designed to stem the spread of the virus. But they are struggling to attract visitors, and many are deeply concerned about the future.

Judge Faces Ethics Charges Over Racist, Demeaning Comments

Aug 12, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A Pittsburgh judge who allegedly referred to a Black juror as “Aunt Jemima” was accused of misconduct in office Wednesday by the state's entity that investigates and prosecutes judicial wrongdoing.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: Newsroom employees at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette vote to walk out after three and a half years of negotiations failed to produce a new contract; groups in Pittsburgh and across the country work to preserve historic sites significant to communities of color; and amid the pandemic, some museums worry about their futures. 

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Find all of the WESA Daily Briefing posts here

Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

5:37 p.m. - Penn State forces students to sign liability agreement for fall semester

Three Mile Island Operator, Surrounding Communities To Scale Back Emergency Planning For Site

Aug 12, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

The company that owns Three Mile Island’s Unit 1 reactor will scale back its emergency planning starting in January.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Earlier this summer the Allegheny County Health Department recommended that people who were returning from out-of-state travel should quarantine for two weeks, unless they could get two consecutive coronavirus tests that were both negative. 

Pennsylvania Mayors Appeal To Congress For Federal Aid

Aug 11, 2020
Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Mayors in Pennsylvania are challenging the state's members of Congress to help them get direct budget aid from the federal government, warning that cities of all sizes face steep deficits and deep service cuts as a result of the coronavirus' impact on the economy.

Emily Reddy / WPSU

Pointing to health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding them, the Big Ten announced Tuesday afternoon that it is postponing fall 2020 sports, including football.

Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Inquirer

What began as a simple request for information about liquor licenses in Pennsylvania has turned into a protracted court battle pitting the public’s right to government records against the state-run liquor board’s ability to make money.

Matt Rourke / AP

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former police officer acquitted in the shooting death of a Black teenager who was seeking reinstatement to another position as a university police officer.

These COVID-19 Patients Survived. But They Never Recovered

Aug 11, 2020
Courtesy of Melissa Mazur

Certain units of measurement have become familiar standards in the new language of this pandemic: 6 feet of distance, 20 seconds of hand washing, 2 weeks of quarantine.

Pennsylvania Mayors Appeal To Congress For Federal Aid

Aug 11, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Mayors in Pennsylvania are challenging the state's members of Congress to help them get direct budget aid from the federal government, warning that cities of all sizes face steep deficits and deep service cuts as a result of the coronavirus' impact on the economy.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The coronavirus pandemic and the job losses that came with it have had a significant impact on LGBTQ people. For a community that already faces barriers to housing and employment, the shutdown has exacerbated systemic problems, especially for transgender and non-binary people of color. 

Carolyn Kaster / AP

 


On today's program: A new rule from the Trump administration could put homeless transgender people at greater risk; the Historic Review Commission considers six sites in Pittsburgh for historic designation; and some COVID-19 patients’s symptoms last beyond the expected two week range.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Find all of the WESA Daily Briefing posts here

Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

6:06 p.m. - Medical company receives $1 million to develop new COVID-19 test

Keith Srakocic / AP

Union members at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette voted overwhelmingly to go on strike Monday after years of stalled contract negotiations and multiple complaints of labor law violations by Block Communications Inc., the company that owns the newspaper. The announcement to strike was accompanied by strong words for the employer.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

 

Pittsburgh Pride has been canceled. The Delta Foundation, the non-profit that organizes the event, said the coronavirus pandemic led to the “hiatus” and that the annual parade and festival will be postponed until 2021.

Kate Landis / PA Post

Pennsylvania lawmakers acknowledge they need to change the state’s election code before November to accommodate the expected large number of mail-in ballots.

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