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Oct. 10-16 Explained: Misprinted Ballots, Racist Slurs & Pennsylvania Wildfires

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Lucy Perkins
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90.5 WESA
A satellite voting location in Allegheny County.

On this week's Explainer:

WESA’s Lucy Perkins outlines what happened that caused nearly 29,000 misprinted ballots to go out to Allegheny County residents. County elections officials are blaming the error on a third-party vendor.

From confusion about mail-in ballots to the process of voting in person, WESA has rounded up a list of frequently asked questions about the November election.

WESA’s Bill O’Driscoll reported on a recent incident in Pittsburgh’s Riverview Park during which three white men threatened and harassed a local educator. Fourth grade teacher Mark A.D. Williams recorded the men illegally riding motorscooters through the path and then yelling racial slurs at him.

When you think about wildfires, you probably think about California or Australia, where millions of acres have burned in record-setting fire seasons over the past few years. But Pennsylvania has wildfires too, and climate change could make them worse. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Rachel McDevitt has been keeping up with conservation officials and says the state’s annual wildfire season could be changing.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher and Spotify.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer of Pittsburgh Explainer and our Good Question! series. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm
Liz Reid oversees newsroom operations at WESA. She began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor. You can reach her at lreid@wesa.fm.