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Confronting The Challenges Facing U.S. Municipalities

Brian Siewiorek
90.5 WESA
Municipal leaders from the across the country are gathering in Pittsburgh this week for the National League of Cities Conference.

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. 

This week we'll look at some of the environmental issues impacting the region including the detection of methane leaks under the streets. Also, municipal leaders from across the country are in Pittsburgh for the National League of Cities conference. Our guests will fill us in on the topics the conference is addressing. We'll also discuss U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton's tenure now that he has announced his resignation.  

Focus on the Environment

It’s been a week of environmental news in Pittsburgh. From the detection of methane leaks under the streets to the annual look at the impact of drilling in the shale formation. Here to help us sort it all out are reporters Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front and Bill O’Driscoll of the Pittsburgh City Paper.  

League of Cities Summit Comes to the Steel City

Pittsburgh is playing host to more than 3,000 elected and appointed community leaders this week. They’re in town for the National League of Cities Conference. The goal of the event is to help municipal officials deal with the challenges they face. Joining us with the Pittsburgh perspective on the conference are Post-Gazette reporter Adam Smeltz and City Paper Staff Writer Ryan Deto.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton Stepping Down

David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania has announced his resignation. We’ll look at Hickton’s tenure and what this could mean for the region with Post-Gazette reporter Rich Lord and Managing Editor of the Legal Intelligencer Zack Needles. 

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