Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh City Council amended its controversial gun-control legislation Wednesday, making some provisions dependent on state approval, while adding new language councilors said the city can enforce on its own. 

Amy Sisk / WESA

Kristal Bodenschatz stands tall on the balance beam before she launches into a front tuck.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee.

Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs / Detre Library & Archives at the History Center

A harsh winter with nearly 63 inches of snow, a sudden spring thaw and little to no water regulation combined to cause the worst flooding in Pittsburgh history: the St. Patrick’s Day flood of 1936.

Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art

The 57th Carnegie International ends March 25, so it’s time for a last look at the sprawling exhibit featuring cutting-edge work by 32 artists from around the world.

Three local arts leaders responded to a request to discuss one of their favorite works in the show.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

It’s no surprise that Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris is ignoring a city ordinance that requires political candidates to disclose their campaign finances each month. After all, she ignored the same requirement back in 2017, when she ran unsuccessfully for mayor.


Sally Stapleton, managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said she will leave her position at the end of March, according to sources at the paper. She did not say why she was leaving and under what circumstances, in a brief announcement to the newsroom Tuesday.



Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ Homewood workshop is filled with the whirring sounds of electronic music. Founder Richard Nicol started the company in his basement in 2012. Now, he and his team design and develop synthesizers for creating electronic music that are used all over the world.

Matt Smith / WHYY

John Witzgall and Bob Bolus have a lot in common. 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

According to the Detroit News, a police video shows that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner cursed at Detroit police officers and grabbed at one of them during an incident at a Detroit hotel last week. 

Mel Evans / AP

Members of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed their favored candidates at the South Side’s IBEW Local #5 Sunday, casting ballots during a marathon session of glad-handing and eating donuts and other treats provided by candidates.


The Art Institute of Pittsburgh abruptly closed its doors on Friday, leaving faculty and staff unemployed, and students with uncertain futures. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Thousands of films, novels and songs entered the public domain at the start of the new year. It’s the first time in decades that titles like Charlie Chaplin’s silent movie “The Pilgrim” and Virginia Woolf’s “Jacob’s Room,” were made available for anyone to reproduce or use for their own creative purposes.

Photo by Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA News

Not every self-taught artist gets a solo exhibit. Fewer still earn the privilege at age 89. 

Report: Coal Ash Contamination Widespread In U.S., PA

Mar 5, 2019

A new report finds coal ash pollution is leaking into groundwater at nine power plants around Pennsylvania and over 200 nationwide.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania residents planning to travel travel domestically by plane or enter federal facilities will soon need an updated identification card called a Real ID. Starting this month, Real IDs will be available for Pennsylvanians online, at PennDOT Driver's License Centers or at Real ID centers.

Amy Sisk / 90.5 WESA

The Lewis and Clark expedition is often thought of as a story about the West, but its earliest stages can be traced up the Ohio River to Pittsburgh where Meriwether Lewis set out in a keelboat to meet up with William Clark.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Friday was the first day for political candidates in the city of Pittsburgh to begin filing monthly campaign-finance reports before the May primary. But one officeholder has made clear she won't comply. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny River Boulevard hugs the southern bank of its namesake waterway, carrying travelers between Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood to the borough of Oakmont. But the road includes distinct architectural features that make it different from others.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

This is one of two parts of our hour-long special, airing at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, looking at translation services in western Pennsylvania school districts. The other part is available here

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Longtime Penn Hills resident Eugene Berry said he recently advised his daughter and son-in-law to not buy a home in the Penn Hills School District.

He told a room full of more than 200 other community members that he was concerned about the impact the school district’s financial condition would have on the municipality.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

D. Raja runs a successful technology firm, has been the chair of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County since 2016, and run for prominent public office twice before. But some of his neighbors, at least, are still getting to know the Republican nominee to replace Guy Reschenthaler in the 37th state Senate district. 

Courtesy of the artist

Cartoonist Rob Rogers’s new book is titled “Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey.” On its cover, a caricature of Rogers himself stands in a police lineup while holding a large mug shot of President Donald Trump.  

Ted S. Warren / AP

Pennsylvania is about to start issuing driver licenses that allow holders to board commercial airliners and enter certain secure federal facilities when federal Real ID standards take effect in Pennsylvania next year.

Casey Adds Backing To $15 Minimum Wage Bill In U.S. Senate

Feb 26, 2019
Andrew Harnik / AP

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he's adding his name to the 30 fellow Democrats who are co-sponsoring legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The bill that Casey said Tuesday he's joining would raise the federal minimum wage, set at $7.25 an hour since 2007, in six annual steps to $15.

It's written by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and backed by five other Democratic senators who, like Sanders, are seeking the party's nomination to run for president.

Ariel Worthy / WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilor Erika Strassburger introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against pregnant women. 

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

The digital signs on the front of each Port Authority of Allegheny County bus will no longer read “Go Steelers” or “Go Bucs,” or thank the region’s veterans. 

Gene J. Puskar

UPDATE: As of Monday night, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission said utility companies across the state were still working to restore power to 146,000 people. See our earlier story below:


Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania after high winds roared through the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

Mel Evans / AP

Officials in 18 Pennsylvania counties accepted gifts, such as wine festival tickets, trips and dinners at high-end restaurants, from voting equipment vendors ahead of the 2020 election, according to the state auditor general.

Courtesy of Allegheny County

The Allegheny County public defender’s office underspent its budget for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.