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Allyson Ruggieri / 90.5 WESA

Starting Monday, many Pennsylvanians could be vulnerable to utility shutoffs when a coronavirus-related moratorium that has been in place since mid-March will end.

Courtesy of Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival

Pittsburgh’s newest film festival is actually a blend of several existing film festivals.

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All eyes are on Pennsylvania as ballots continue to be counted. If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden takes the commonwealth, he’ll win the presidency. WESA’s government and accountability editor Chris Potter and reporter Lucy Perkins break down what’s at stake and what’s to come.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

As uncertain as the 2020 election has been, one thing appears clear: A ballot referendum to strengthen Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board is certain to pass. More than three-quarters of city voters voted in favor. If the reforms go into effect, officers could face stricter discipline, including termination, for not cooperating in investigations.

Here's Who In PA Will Get A Coronavirus Vaccine First When One Is Approved

Nov 5, 2020
Jose F. Moreno / Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania health officials still cannot say when a coronavirus vaccine will be available, but plans for how one will be distributed and who will get it first are coming into focus.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County won't start tabulating its last 35,000 ballots until tomorrow, including up to 29,000 from voters who originally got the wrong ballot. And although beginning that work Friday has been the plan for nearly a month now – a plan backed up by a federal court order – the brief hiatus in counting somehow managed to throw an already contentious election into even deeper chaos.

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On today's program: Ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania and other swing states; and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Institute. 

Carolyn Donaldson / WPSU

As election offices continue to count votes in Pennsylvania, at least nine northern and central counties have already recorded more votes than they cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Even though the vote count is not complete yet, counties including Blair, Clearfield, Clinton, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Lycoming have already counted more votes this time than in the 2016 presidential election. 

Andrew Harnik / AP

Democratic U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb has declared victory in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District in the Pittsburgh area.

The Associated Press has not yet called that race.

Lamb was facing Republican Sean Parnell. Lamb became a Democratic star in 2018 when he won two races in two districts that had been hostile to Democrats. One was a special election in a district President Donald Trump won by 20 percentage points and a general election in a redrawn district against a three-term incumbent.

Mail Ballot Trends Suggest Biden On Path To Victory In PA

Nov 5, 2020
Emma Lee / WHYY

Joe Biden’s odds of winning the White House increased Wednesday, even without winning Pennsylvania, as the Associated Press called Wisconsin and Michigan for the former vice president.

Kiley Koscinski / 90.5 WESA

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon for two protests to demand that, “every ballot be counted” in Pennsylvania. Later in the evening three people were arrested after a group split off from one of the protests. The state has been a major focus of the 2020 Election, as ballots are still being counted to determine which presidential candidate will earn the commonwealth’s 20 electoral votes.

KATIE BLACKLEY / 90.5 WESA

As the weather gets colder and coronavirus cases continue to climb, Allegheny County’s top public health official says people must change their behavior.

From 90.5 WESA, this is Land & Power: who has it, what they do with it, and how that shapes the cities around us.

 


Emily Previti / WITF

With at least a million votes left to be counted in Pennsylvania, two former governors and a longtime county elections director convened a press briefing Wednesday morning after President Trump’s misleading remarks about winning the state and the start of an anticipated deluge of legal actions challenging the commonwealth’s vote count. 

The Months-Long Political Saga That Guaranteed A Long Vote Count In Pennsylvania

Nov 4, 2020
Robert Frank / Spotlight PA

It didn’t have to be this way in Pennsylvania.

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On today's program: Pennsylvania has begun to tally votes, but final results won’t be available for a few days; and, as ballots are processed, Pennsylvania and other states could see more legal challenges.

Matt Slocum / AP

All of Pennsylvania's 18 members of Congress sought reelection, and in early results at least 11 won.

They are Republicans John Joyce, Mike Kelly, Fred Keller, Guy Reschenthaler, Glenn Thompson, Lloyd Smucker and Dan Meuser; and Democrats Mike Doyle, Dwight Evans, Mary Gay Scanlon, Brendan Boyle and Madeleine Dean.

The presidential campaign has gotten most of the attention, but other high-profile races include congressional seats and three statewide row offices.

Election officials caution that full results of Tuesday's election may take some time.

Matt Slocum / AP

Legal challenges and a mountain of uncounted ballots are promising a long watch to find out who the people of Pennsylvania chose as president.

Republicans Seek To Sideline PA Mail Ballots That Voters Were Allowed To Fix

Nov 3, 2020
Robert Frank / Spotlight PA

Inside the spacious exhibition center at the York Fairgrounds, dozens of county employees on Tuesday sorted through thousands of mail ballots in the lead-up to the close of polls.

Pennsylvania Emerges As Online Misinformation Hotspot

Nov 3, 2020
Mary Altaffer / AP

A single voting machine jammed for just minutes Tuesday morning at a precinct in Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania -- but misleading posts on Facebook and Twitter claimed multiple machines there were down for hours.

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View live results for Pennsylvania's races for president and House.

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Susan Uffelman, 53, of Pittsburgh and Michele Charmello, 51, of Pitcairn, Pa., stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum—Uffelman to the right, Charmello to the left. 

Terry O'Reilly

Pennsylvania voters are playing a crucial and perhaps decisive role in choosing the next president as Donald Trump and Joe Biden headline a statewide election in which millions of ballots have already been cast.

Long lines formed at many polling places as voters also decided races for Congress, the General Assembly and a trio of statewide offices — attorney general, auditor general and treasurer.

Matt York / AP

On today's program: Women cast ballots at higher rates than men, but don’t vote in a bloc; workers at the Allegheny County Elections Division warehouse will begin pre-canvassing mail-in ballots this morning; and the Neighborhood Resilience Project is trying to recruit African American volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Photo by Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

Kyle Holbrook has been creating and coordinating large-scale public murals in Pittsburgh for two decades. He’s done them around the U.S. and around the world. But seldom has the area native’s work seemed more visible in his hometown – or more timely – than during the past few months.

Niven Sabherwal / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania voters are playing a crucial and perhaps decisive role in choosing the next president as Donald Trump and Joe Biden headline a statewide election in which millions of ballots have already been cast.

Polls opened Tuesday against the backdrop of a pandemic, a police shooting and civil unrest in Philadelphia, and the potential for a drawn-out legal fight over late-arriving mail-in ballots.

No, Pennsylvania Isn't Trying To Disenfranchise COVID Voters

Nov 2, 2020
Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Conservative commentator Wendy Bell falsely claimed Monday that the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is attempting to “silence voters” by ordering people who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus to stay home on Election Day.

Andrew Harnik / AP

With Election Day less than a day away, former Vice President Joe Biden visited western Pennsylvania to make his final pitch to voters. After speaking in Cleveland earlier in the day Monday, Biden kicked-off a three-stop swing through the region with a mid-afternoon speech in Beaver County.

Tyger Williams / Philadelphia Inqurier

Laura Gallagher waited until she was back in her car to cry.

Photo by Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

For nearly eight months, the coronavirus pandemic has prevented most of Pittsburgh’s live-performance venues from opening to in-person audiences. Artistically – and logistically – many troupes, halls and promoters have found creative ways to adapt to the era of physical distancing, from filmed online dance shows to radio-style dramas and even a drive-in arts festival.

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