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Critics of a proposal to ban “less-lethal” weapons throughout Allegheny County outlined legal and practical concerns about the measure Wednesday. The bill, pending before the county’s 15-member council, would prohibit munitions such as those police in Pittsburgh used to disperse crowds at recent protests over police brutality and systemic racism.

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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6:24 p.m. - Philly police head decries tear gas usage against protesters

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania's ability to provide food assistance benefits without in-person interviews is set to expire July 31, and Gov. Tom Wolf is asking the federal government to extend waivers related to the program during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

KEITH SRAKOCIC / AP

Allegheny County continued its upswing of novel coronavirus infections, with another 45 cases reported on Wednesday. This follows Monday's count of 45 cases, which was the highest daily total in more than a month.

But UPMC, the state’s largest medical system, says it’s important to take a broader look at how the pandemic is progressing.

Bills Move On Police Training, Dealing With Diverse People

Jun 24, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania's House and Senate began passing legislation Wednesday spurred by widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, including legislation designed to prevent “bad apples” from continuing to find employment in police departments.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania now exceed 83,000, while there are 54 new reports of coronavirus-related deaths, many if not all of them who were residents of nursing homes or personal care homes, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: Pittsburgh Public Schools look to lower the number of arrests at District schools; and Pittsburgh’s film industry prepares to return to work. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Less than a year after producing a harrowing report on the health crisis facing black women in Pittsburgh, the city’s Gender Equity Commission has offered some solutions – with a focus on crises in policing and health care that have dominated headlines.

David Zalubowski / AP

A proposal to test all Allegheny County employees is expected to replace a bill that would have required universal COVID-19 testing only at the county Jail and Kane Community Living Centers.

Rachel Gobep / 90.5 WESA

Last week, activists presented 12 demands for overhauling law enforcement to city and county officials. On Monday evening, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded with a 5,000-word statement that said the city was already adopting some policies but could do little about others.

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.

 

6:30 p.m. - Local health experts offer differing opinions on increased coronavirus cases

Kiley Koscinski / 90.5 WESA

It’s been two years since the bronze statue of Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and a barefoot black man playing a banjo was removed from Schenley Plaza. The statue was denounced for decades, but the criticism gained steam in the aftermath of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. over the removal of Confederate monuments.

Tomlin: Steelers Will Support Players If They Opt To Kneel

Jun 23, 2020
Gail Burton / AP

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it's done “thoughtfully and with class.”

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Wrestle Anew With Major Gambling Bill

Jun 23, 2020
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Top Republicans in Pennsylvania's state Senate are pressing sweeping gambling legislation that would allow slot machine-like terminals in thousands of bars, restaurants, nonprofit social clubs and other businesses that hold liquor licenses.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Ther were 38 more deaths in Pennsylvania have been attributed to COVID-19, the state Health Department said Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 6,464 since the pandemic began.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: Mayor Bill Peduto assembles a Community Task Force on Police Reform;  Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center deals with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the state; and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership expands outdoor dining and walking spaces downtown. 

Courtesy of RoadRunner

A Pittsburgh-based startup is using technology to revolutionize the recycling industry. RoadRunner Recycling uses software designed to help businesses recycle more and save money.

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.

 

4:12 p.m. - Steelers to back players who kneel during national anthem

 

WAYNE PARRY / AP

COVID-19 infections are again increasing in Allegheny County.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A coalition of advocacy groups is calling on the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors to remove police officers from school buildings.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania now exceed 82,000, while new reports of coronavirus-related deaths have slowed significantly in the past couple days, according to Department of Health data.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

The Allegheny County Board of Elections met Monday morning to review how the county handled the June primary -- an election that took place amid the unprecedented circumstances of a pandemic, a new mail-in voting law and voter turnout that was twice as high as expected. But while Democrats and Republican board members said the overall process was smooth, both sides saw areas for significant improvement.

House Votes To Make Republican Rep. Cutler Its Next Speaker

Jun 22, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

The Pennsylvania House elected a seven-term Republican member Monday to become speaker, elevating him to the chamber's top job a week after his predecessor resigned.

The vote for Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County was technically unanimous, and was a step up from the position of majority leader he has held for nearly two years.

Cutler was formally nominated by Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster, who praised him for seeking common ground.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

 

On today's program: State Rep. Ed Gainey discusses his legislation that would change use of force laws in Pennsylvania; coronavirus cases in western Pennsylvania are going down, but Lyme disease cases are going up; and a Hazelwood nonprofit adapts to life during the pandemic.

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The historic Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is expected to be ready for new tenants this fall. The first phase of renovations was completed last week.

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file

August Wilson is going Hollywood, after a fashion.

The famed playwright from Pittsburgh will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.

Wilson was among the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 2021 honorees announced last week. Also announced as honorees in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category were Sarah Brightman and Luciano Pavarotti.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

A former librarian and a bookseller who pleaded guilty in the theft of rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme have been sentenced to lengthy terms of home detention and probation by an Allegheny County judge who cited the coronavirus in sparing them time behind bars.

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.

 

6:33 p.m. - County health officials voice concerns about uptick in COVID-19 infections

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Air travel looks different now, and not just because traffic has declined precipitously. Travelers at Pittsburgh International Airport, for instance, must wear face coverings and practice distancing, and staff have ramped up cleaning practices, all to combat spread of the coronavirus.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A new University of Pittsburgh survey offers initial insights into how Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 response impacted Allegheny County’s labor force in the weeks after the statewide shutdown went into effect. 

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