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After March For Our Lives, What's Next For Student-Led Gun Reform Efforts?

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Sarah Schneider
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90.5 WESA
Demonstrators fill parts of Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 24, 2018, to rally against gun violence during March for Our Lives. The event was held in tandem with hundreds of sister marches nationwide.

Thousands of Americans turned out last weekend for the largest youth-led protests since the Vietnam War. What did March for Our Lives accomplish, and what are students and lawmakers taking away from this renewed effort against gun violence? 

Local journalists Ben Schmitt of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Stephanie Strasburg of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette join John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post to talk about the marches, survivors of gun violence, messaging coming out of the marches and how potential health studies and legislation could affect the debate.

Later in the program...

Self-driving car operations remain on pause in Arizona while authorities continue to investigate a fatal crash outside a crosswalk involving Uber. Arizona officials say they’re parking all autonomous vehicles indefinitely, but existing Pennsylvania laws never imagined a future fueled by AI. 

90.5 WESA's Margaret J. Krauss and Laura Bliss with CityLab explain what led to a woman's death in Tempe and whether local leaders think regulation should follow.

And finally....

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their 2018 season today in Detroit following a rain delay on Thursday. The game marked an end to an offseason that bid farewell to two beloved players and ranker among fans upset with the team's owner. 

Charlie Dietch, editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper, and Post-Gazette writer Sean Gentille weigh in.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program. Investigative reporter Mike Wereschagin guest hosts this week's show, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

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