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A half-dozen people involved in a June 1 East Liberty protest have filed a federal lawsuit against city of Pittsburgh officials, alleging that police violated their civil rights and “escalat[ed] a peaceful protest into a scene of pandemonium, panic, violence and bloodshed.”

Rachel Gobep / 90.5 WESA

Last week, activists presented 12 demands for overhauling law enforcement to city and county officials. On Monday evening, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded with a 5,000-word statement that said the city was already adopting some policies but could do little about others.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the creation of a police-reform task force Wednesday. The task force will review current police practices and police-community relations, and will have recommendations to the mayor by the fall.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday he will wait for the results of two investigations before drawing conclusions about why and how police broke up a protest in East Liberty Monday. In the meantime, he vowed to adopt new police reforms — a pledge that received a tepid response from some local black activists, who said the city must go farther.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Amid conflicting accounts over what led Pittsburgh police to break up a protest in East Liberty Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto vowed to review transcripts of police communications “line by line” to determine what actually happened. But the mayor said at a news conference late Monday night that he would not make the transcripts public, a move that has prompted criticism from some transparency advocates.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

  On today's program: PA has little recourse to help cities devastated by wage taxes out-of-work employees never accrued; Pittsburgh is slow to adopt plans for future climate migrants; and scientists question whether closing schools was the right call.

​On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will announce the next steps for the city as the region moves into the yellow phase of the coronavirus pandemic. During an interview with WESA on Wednesday afternoon, he said Pittsburgh is prepared for the region’s slow reopening -- but that the city will be contending with the virus and its impact for years to come.

Ariel Worthy / WESA

In a mid-April address to the city of Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto said the coronavirus pandemic would mean “dark days” for the city’s finances. But even as there are signs that Allegheny County has limited the spread of the virus, and that reopening of some sectors of the economy may happen as early as next month, City Controller Michael Lamb agrees the city will feel the impact for some time to come.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

In an online speech that lasted less than 15 minutes, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the city has so far avoided the worst of the coronavirus – but that the effects of the pandemic will last for years.

On today's program: Pittsburgh's mayor says it will be weeks before local coronavirus cases peak; residents ask whether the government should direct more resources to people struggling during the pandemic; and a look at how local arts groups are coping with widespread shutdowns.

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On today's program: Rep. Jake Wheatley wants legalized weed to fund social programs, including record expungement; an update on a proposed low-to-no barrier homeless shelter on the Mon’s southern shore; a nursing program outside of Philly might be the best bang for your educational buck; the NAACP is calling for the permanent removal of an Allegheny County judge; and one of Pittsburgh’s busiest libraries is temporarily closing.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto got City Council’s approval to remove City Councilor Deb Gross from the board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, replacing her with fellow Councilor Erika Strassburger.

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On today's program: Mayor Bill Peduto on the year ahead and a new City Council; an effort to help gun owners surrender their weapons in times of crisis; local television stations reach a deal with cable providers; American Chestnut trees could make a comeback; and how to recycle your Christmas tree. 

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Darlene Harris isn’t going quietly: Less than a month before the Pittsburgh City Councilor is set to step down, she has filed a lawsuit against the city’s Ethics Hearing Board and Mayor Bill Peduto – the latest maneuver in her years-long defiance of the city’s campaign-finance rules.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

At first glance, the finances of the Pittsburgh Public Schools look healthy. It has nearly $112 million in the bank, and the district hasn’t closed a school since 2012 or raised taxes in five years. But early budget discussions, and a dispute with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto may be a sign of trouble to come.

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On today's program: How DNA from veterans could help cure societal ills; the FBI is investigating Gov. Wolf’s environmental oversight of a pipeline; redistricting, school closures and tax increases are all possibilities for Pittsburgh Public Schools; PA attorney general Josh Shapiro is talking opioids in D.C. today; and why some customers can’t link their PNC accounts to apps like Venmo.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

At a city budget address Tuesday Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he thinks the state should take over the city school district’s finances. 

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto followed through Friday on a pledge to address global problems like poverty, gender equality and clean energy. He said the city will adopt goals set by the United Nations and apply them to Pittsburgh.

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On today's program: Mayor Peduto returns from the world stage on climate action; robotics and AI are helping power a local agriculture company; Pittsburgh restaurants are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay; the state Supreme Court declines to abolish capital punishment in PA; and a reporter hopes to find tangible solutions to child poverty in the region. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said city and county officials are in talks to build a homeless shelter in downtown Pittsburgh.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling on state and federal legislators to pass a variety of gun-control bills in the next 30 days. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

On today's program: Mayor Bill Peduto says downtown crime is stable, but homelessness is on the rise; a Homewood artist quilts the history of her community; the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery is closing; a county program packs kids backpacks for the outdoors; and Port Authority won't cooperate with ICE agents. 

Humane Animal Rescue

The city of Pittsburgh confiscated more than 30 exotic and domestic animals from a home in Beechview Tuesday. 

Rachel Gobep / 90.5 WESA

Members of the city of Pittsburgh's Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund board will explore divesting from fossil fuels, firearms and ammunitions and for-profit prisons. This is at the direction of Mayor Bill Peduto, who sits on the board. 

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On today’s program: Pittsburgh makes a new commitment to equity with a dedicated city office; prosecuting the opioid crisis is sometimes a supply-and-demand challenge; gender-sexuality alliances are evolving in Pittsburgh-area schools; and survivors of sexual assault in local Amish and Mennonite communities share their stories.

City's Office of Equity to replace Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment
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Rachel Gobep / 90.5 WESA

On today’s program: How to prevent infectious diseases; a breakdown of yesterday’s primary election results; Mayor Bill Peduto on cybersecurity, postponing gun control ordinances and legalizing recreational marijuana; and an old amusement park near Lake Erie searches for its place in the 21st Century.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilors Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle are unveiling legislation to address racial inequality on Tuesday, the latest in a series of moves intended to include marginalized communities in the city’s much-touted resurgence. The legislation will require additional reporting from city officials and developers about their efforts on behalf of, and their impacts on, low-income residents and racial minorities in the city.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has spent years trying to get big tax-exemptions to help pay for social and environmental needs. He still appears to be a ways off from officially launching the effort, dubbed "OnePGH," but based on a public discussion of those goals on Thursday, his vision for it may actually be broadening.

Keith Srakocic / AP

A package of bills at the center of a heated debate about gun control in Pittsburgh is expected to become law today. Mayor Bill Peduto tells The Confluence he'll sign the bills at noon today. 

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city is prepared for a lawsuit over recently introduced gun ordinances.

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