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May 22-28 Explained: Parnell Waffles On 2020 Election, Dems Intro Fracking Bills & Land Banks Await Help

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Katie Blackley
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90.5 WESA

On this week’s Pittsburgh Explainer:

When Republican Sean Parnell first announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat next year, he said did not want to rehash the 2020 election results. But as government and accountability reporter Lucy Perkins reports, last week Parnell said he backed a forensic audit of the results.

A bill in the state House would make it easier to revitalize main streets throughout the commonwealth. Development and transportation reporter Margaret J. Krauss reports the proposal would provide environmental liability protection to land banks, to help address vacant storefronts in commercial corridors.

Democratic state Senators are pushing efforts to increase accountability for natural gas companies. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Rachel McDevitt has the latest on the lawmakers’ proposals, which include increasing the distance gas wells must be set back from homes, hospitals and schools.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Listen on the NPR One app or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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.
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