Insights On The Marcellus Shale Conference And A Preview Of The Newest Smithsonian Museum

Sep 23, 2016

The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program .

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist, and host, Kevin Gavin. They’ll go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

Topics for this week include a discussion of the Marcellus Shale Insight conference which took place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. We'll try to discover what issues are on the agenda for state lawmakers as they return to Harrisburg. Looking ahead we'll discover what Pittsburgh-related items are on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Marcellus Shale Insight Conference

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to Pittsburgh this week. He addressed the  Marcellus Shale Insight conference, an annual gathering of natural gas and energy industry leaders at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. We’ll discuss how his speech went over and other highlights from the conference with Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier and State Impact Pennsylvania  reporter Marie Cusick.

Happenings in Harrisburg

The state legislature is returning to session. However, in the limited days before the election, what issues are on their agenda and what, if anything, can be accomplished? We’ll pose those questions to John Micek, opinion page editor for the Penn Live and the Patriot News and Karen Langley Harrisburg bureau chief for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

This Week in Pittsburgh

From the PWSA’s handling of lead test kit requests to a public hearing for a housing opportunity. We’ll get a quick take on some of Pittsburgh’s top news stories this week with Charlie Deitch, editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper and freelance reporter Kim Lyons.

Pittsburgh’s Contribution to the Latest Smithsonian Museum

Opening this weekend on the National Mall is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A number of items on display have strong ties to Pittsburgh. Post-Gazette reporter Tracie Mauriello joins us with a preview of the country’s newest cultural institution. 

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