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WESA’s Lucy Perkins outlines what happened that caused nearly 29,000 misprinted ballots to go out to Allegheny County residents. County elections officials are blaming the error on a third-party vendor.

Ariel Worthy / WESA

The city of Pittsburgh announced plans to invest new funds in its Black communities through an initiative called “Avenues of Hope.” The plan is to directly invest in small businesses and residents of seven historically Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Reports Most Daily Virus Infections Since April

Oct 9, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania reported its highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in more than five months on Thursday, with the governor expressing concern but contending the state is in a much better position now to handle the influx than it was at the beginning of the pandemic.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

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Keystone Crossroads' Avi Wolfman-Arent reports that more than a half a million kids in Pennsylvania are learning to read right now. It's a demanding task in normal times, and considered by many to be the most significant event of a child's academic career. Remote learning could exacerbate existing gaps in literacy skills, which can impact a student's grasp of other subject areas.

Philadelphia Officials Express Alarm Over 2020 Gun Violence

Oct 8, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

 

Philadelphia officials expressed alarm at surging gun violence this year that has already caused more homicides than were recorded in all of last year — and which continued Tuesday with more killings.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Authorities say a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania shopping mall.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto talked about police reform during an online panel discussion Thursday hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. During the discussion, he explained why firing problematic police officers — who have been a target of protests this summer — can sometimes be difficult. 

Andrew Harnik / AP

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Government and accountability reporter Lucy Perkins was there when former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was in town this week, riding an Amtrak train through parts of Ohio and western Pennsylvania. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

A flash that lit up the skies over parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the wee hours of Wednesday was probably a random meteor, an expert said.

Many social media users around the Pittsburgh area reported seeing a streaking fireball shortly after 4 a.m. It remained in the skies for a short time before disappearing from view.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:58 p.m. - Pa. farmers say the pandemic has exacerbated some of the stress they’ve been facing

Matt Rourke / AP

The coronavirus pandemic caused more than one million Pennsylvanians to vote by mail in the June primary, and state officials expect that number to roughly triple in November. With a little over a month until the election, the rules around voting by mail are still in flux, as several lawsuits make their way through the courts.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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6:00 p.m. - First mail-in ballots sent out to voters in Allegheny County

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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6:06 p.m. - Allegheny County will continue to enforce its size limits on gatherings, despite last week’s ruling in US Federal District Court

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:50 p.m. - Pennsylvania nears launch of new health insurance website

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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5:09 p.m — City, PPS partner for safer routes to school for children

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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2:48 p.m. — PIAA wants Wolf to allow more fans at sporting events

High school football kicks off tonight in many communities.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

An extra $500 per month will soon arrive for 200 Pittsburgh households. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the city will start to make the payments later this year as part of a universal income pilot program. The initiative is funded by philanthropic donors and will go to very low-income families with an emphasis on homes run by Black women.


Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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1:08 p.m. - Pennsylvania court gives Democrats wins in mail-in vote case

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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2:25 p.m. - PennDOT begins reissuing REAL IDs

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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2:45 p.m. - Pa. closer to joining regional effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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4:48 p.m. — Steelers will remember Antwon Rose, Jr. this season

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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6:10 p.m. - McKeesport COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Authorities said a West Virginia man was caught with a loaded handgun in a security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport. It was the third time in a week that a firearm was caught at the airport.

Allegheny County Police officers confiscated the gun and questioned the man from Buckhannon, West Virginia, on Tuesday, The Transportation Security Administration said. Seven bullets were found in his backpack.

An Allegheny Police spokesman said charges were not filed. The TSA said it does not release names of passengers.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:51 p.m. - Trump, Biden to visit Flight 93 Memorial tomorrow

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:09 p.m. - County to open free testing facility in McKeesport

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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5:45 p.m. - One hundred and twenty-eight students at the University of Pittsburgh test positive for COVID-19 since August 1

Erin Keane Scott

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:46 p.m. - Commonwealth Press voluntarily unionizes

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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5:12 p.m. - Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment payments slated to receive an extra $300 per week soon

Marina Riker / AP

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were in Southwestern Pennsylvania this week.


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