On today's program: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins 19 other Attorneys General in a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service; Pennsylvania parks experience an uptick in visitors; and a local high schooler receives one of the nation’s highest honors for student poets.
Pennsylvania moves forward with lawsuit against USPS
(00:00 — 8:51)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 19 others are suing to block the Postmaster General from changing mail procedures without the proper authority, which they say could impair voting by mail, among other things. It’s the latest of multiple suits concerning the mail or mail-in voting being litigated. All while the general election is less than 11 weeks before the election.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is backing down, saying retail hours at post offices won’t be reduced, mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will not be removed, and no mail processing facilities will be closed prior to the November 3 election. Shapiro says he still plans on going ahead with the suit.
“I want a binding agreement that protects our Postal Service and make sure people can have confidence in the flow of mail into their communities,” he says.
Shapiro says his office is equipped to handle the multiple lawsuits Pennsylvania is involved in so all eligible Pennsylvanians can cast their votes in person or through the mail.
“We shouldn’t politicize the Post Office,” he says. “And we sure as heck shouldn’t politicize participating in our democracy.”
Pennsylvanians head outside during the pandemic
(8:57 — 13:05)
People continue to flock to state and local parks amid the pandemic, creating concerns about crowding. Park officials are taking steps to limit crowds in Pennsylvania’s state parks, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources asked people to use less crowded state parks.
But this shouldn’t stop people from heading outdoors, says John Hayes, outdoors editor at the Post-Gazette. He recommends visiting some of the state’s hidden gems, like Keystone State Park or Moraine State Park, and being a good visitor while there.
“As attendance increases at the parks, so do problems associated with attendance, like trash,” Hayes says. “Follow the rules.”
Local student wins national student poetry award
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A local high schooler was selected as one of five National Student Poets, one of the highest honors for student poets nationwide. In his poems, Anthony Wiles Jr., a rising junior at Sewickley Academy, writes about home and his family’s African American Appalachian heritage.
“Home for me has always been my safe space no matter if it’s the physical space of home that I’m living in right now or it’s the community that I call home or the people that I come from,” he says. “I reference home a lot because that’s grounding for me; that’s a sense of belonging; that’s where my roots are.”
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