Groups Sue EPA Over Flares At Industrial Facilities

Nov 2, 2020
Reid R. Frazier / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Environmental groups are suing the federal government over air pollution from flares at gas processing plants and other industrial facilities.

Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Black voting rights activists in western Pennsylvania have assembled a support team to address instances of voter intimidation at the polls on Tuesday, though it's unclear if those worries will be realized.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA


On today's program: Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is requesting proposals for a stormwater master plan to stop stormwater and sewage overflows in the region; how to deal with election stress; and safety precautions to stay safe while voting in person.

Teresa Bradley / City of Pittsburgh

Residents of Garfield, Highland Park and East Liberty will receive new recycling bins from the city today. The blue 32-gallon bins will replace blue bags currently used by some residents.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA News

Poll worker Paul Dascani will be spending Election Day at St. Rosalia’s, a nearly 100-year-old Catholic church in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood. He decided to volunteer this year because of COVID-19.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Food insecurity has increased by more than 40 percent in southwestern Pennsylvania, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, according to one new estimate.

They Want To Vote, But Legally Can't. The PA Voices That Won't Be Heard

Nov 2, 2020
Courtesy of Valentina Graci

Due to age, immigration status, or lack of a permanent address, millions of Pennsylvanians whose lives will be shaped by the 2020 election cannot vote in it.

National Museum of Broadcasting

Pittsburgh is the site of the first commercial radio broadcast, which marks its centennial anniversary on Nov. 2.  

Photo by Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

A prayer rally organized by faith leaders Sunday to promote unity with police and elected officials was disrupted by anti-police activists.

Matt Slocum / AP

Donald Trump’s campaign and Allegheny County Republicans challenged the eligibility of some 237 applications for mail-in ballots on Friday, barely meeting a 5 p.m. deadline for such a filing.

Trump campaign livestream

Trailing in a state he probably must win in order to be re-elected, Trump announced at a Saturday rally that he’d signed an order to ban efforts that ban fracking for natural gas. It's unclear how effective such an order would be, however, and voters may never find out: Democratic nominee Joe Biden has disavowed wanting to impose a ban, and would likely not be able to do so in any event.

Keith Srakocic | AP (left) / Krist Gnibus campaign (right)

One of President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters is U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, who has represented northwest Pennsylvania for the decade. This year, he’s being challenged by first-time candidate Democrat Kristy Gnibus.

Tim Tai / Philadelphia Inquirer

In a precarious position in the polls and with his focus fixed on the swing state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump has had no shortage of criticisms — many of them rooted in falsehoods — for Gov. Tom Wolf.

Harassment, Anger, And Misinformation Plague PA County Officials Ahead Of 2020 Election

Oct 30, 2020
Margo Reed / Philadelphia Inquirer

On a recent weekday, Forrest Lehman was struggling to run two elections simultaneously — one in person and one by mail.

People With Firearms At Polls Risk Facing Criminal Charges

Oct 30, 2020
Keith Srakocic / AP

State authorities have a clear message for people with guns who plan to gather at polling places in Pennsylvania: voter intimidation is against the law.

Some Counties To Delay Counting Mail-In Ballots

Oct 30, 2020
Matt Slocum / AP

At least seven Pennsylvania counties will not start processing mail-in ballots until the morning after election day, raising alarm with some voters and the Wolf Administration.


Halloween will offer a special treat for stargazers this year. For the first time since 1944, a full moon will be visible on October 31 in Pittsburgh and across all U.S. time zones, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. It will also be a Blue Moon, which happens when there are two full moons in one month. The first was on October 1.

Iovino and Robinson campaigns

The race in state Senate District 37 wasn’t always so contentious. This past summer, Republican Devlin Robinson got some positive press after his campaign found and returned the wallet of his rival, Democratic state Senator Pam Iovino. But at this point, it’s a miracle someone hasn’t been mugged.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

While it’s almost cliché to call western Pennsylvania an election battleground, local political organizers do not take the status for granted. And as this year’s campaign comes to a close in the age of COVID-19, members of both parties are mobilizing voters in their own way.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

This week on the Explainer:

COVID-19 cases are rising in Pennsylvania, with more than 40,000 people testing positive this month. Health and science reporter Sarah Boden breaks down the numbers, noting health officials say there isn’t a particular source of new infections.

Patrick Semansky / AP

President Trump spent four years dismantling nearly 100 federal environmental rules and policies. So, what would a second term for Trump mean for the environment? 



Two years ago this week, a gunman killed 11 members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.


In their conversation for One Small Step, a partnership between StoryCorps and WESA, Amber Neider, 34, of Baldwin and Dan Leger, 74, of Squirrel Hill—who was one of those injured in the shooting—reflect on how they responded to the event as Pittsburghers. They also discuss how it has informed their views on gun rights. 

Gene J. Puskar / AP


On today's program: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved a proposal to waive liquor license fees to provide financial relief to restaurants and bars hit hard by the pandemic; researchers try to take down disinformation using science and technology; and how Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s differences on environmental and energy policies could affect Pennsylvania.

Matt Slocum / AP

Pennsylvania’s top election official said Wednesday that voters who have not returned their mail-in ballots yet should now drop them off in person.

sam dunklau / witf

Erie County has been described as crucial for either presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania.


Todo Acerca Del Voto Por Correo Y La Votación En Persona En PA

Oct 29, 2020
Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Existe mucha información errónea y confusión en torno a las elecciones generales de 2020. Los reporteros de WESA responden preguntas comunes sobre el registro de votantes, la votación por correo y la votación en persona.

¿Tienes una pregunta? Envía un correo electrónico a con “pregunta acerca de la votación” en el asunto y haremos todo lo posible para responderla.

Nota del editor: Esta publicación se actualizará a medida que recibamos y respondamos más preguntas acerca de la votación.

Larkin Page-Jacobs / 90.5 WESA

Despite the horrors of COVID-19, trick-or-treating in 2020 probably won’t be too different compared to previous years.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

After two days of public testimony, multiple amendments and hours of discussion, the Pittsburgh Public Schools board voted Wednesday to delay the return of in-person learning for most students.

Matt Rourke / AP

The coronavirus is spreading throughout all corners of Allegheny County.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day.