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One year into Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey's tenure, he's looking to reduce youth violence

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey in his office on June 8, 2022.
Nick Konopka
90.5 WESA
Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey in his office on June 8, 2022.

On today’s episode of The Confluence: 

Ed Gainey reflects on his first year in office, public safety remains top concern
(0:00 - 18:07)

Mayor Ed Gainey has been in office for one year. During that time, he says some accomplishments are the steps his office took to implement his “Plan for Peace” and investments in infrastructure and public works.

Despite these accomplishments, the Gainey administration has also dealt with an increase in the city’s homicides. However, he says that his administration’s work in the community to combat violence is starting to see some results.

“When I'm out in these neighborhoods, I'm hearing more parents say, ‘How can I help? What can I do?’, and we have more leads now than ever before of the community helping us be able to solve these crimes,” he says.

Last summer, the city’s police chief left the position, and the search is still underway for a new leader. Gainey says “in the next couple months,” the city’s police force should have a new chief.

Gainey says despite ongoing challenges, his priorities remain the same as he heads into his second year.

“We want to make [Pittsburgh] the safest, most welcoming, thriving city in America,” says Gainey.

What is milk made of?
(18:13 - 22:30)

We’ve been asking families for questions that a child in your life might have, but leaves you scratching your head.

Today’s question concerns a drink that pairs very well with cookies: milk! Greyson asked: What is milk made of?

“Most of it's actually water and then the nutrients that are there that our body needs, we have a good amount of protein,” says Kevin Harvatine, a professor of nutritional physiology at Pennsylvania State University. “So, about 3% of the milk that you drink is protein. There's also 3% fat in the milk that the cow’s making.”

Harvatine says milk also contains sugar in the form of lactose, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, which is important for the growth of bones and teeth.

If a kid in your life has a good question, you can fill out our form or send it to

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