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Trump's Energy Secretary Questions Mainstream Science On Human Impacts Of Climate Change

Sep 22, 2020
Reid R. Frazier / StateImpact Pennsylvania

On a tour through Western Pennsylvania Monday, the Trump administration’s top energy official questioned the mainstream scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.

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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Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

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

AP

The question over whether to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the upcoming election looms large for both of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators.

Ariel Worthy / WESA

A total of just seven police officers, only three of whom are full-time, currently patrol the streets of four Allegheny County boroughs. But officials in Braddock, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock and Rankin say they want to combine their forces into one regional police department.

Matt Rourke / AP

Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy envelopes.

Courtesy of Mercuri and Skopov campaigns

For the last 20 years, the North Hills suburbs were represented in the state House by conservative champion Mike Turzai. Now that the former House speaker has resigned, there’s a chance for a major shift in representation for a district where demographics are already changing.


Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: COVID-19 cases are up slightly in Allegheny County since the start of the school year; a preview of the races for president, state row offices, and legislative seats in Pennsylvania; and a look at the 28th House district race to replace former House Speaker Mike Turzai. 

Trump's Ohio Suburb Slide Signals Peril In Industrial North

Sep 21, 2020
Julie Carr Smyth / AP

Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district.

Marc Levy / AP

Gov. Tom Wolf will go through with a veto of a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, he said Monday.

Erin Keane Scott / 90.5 WESA

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

Find all of the WESA Daily Briefing posts here

Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

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

Photo by Joshua Franzos / Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has removed the life-sized diorama known to generations of visitors as "Arab Courier Attacked By Lions."

The exhibit dramatically depicted a man mounted on a camel fending off two big cats, presumably somewhere in the North African desert. It's a fictional scene, and not terribly accurate culturally or scientifically. But the exhibit has been on almost continuous display since 1899, and the male lion's gaping jaws, and the rider's terrified expression, imprinted themselves on countless schoolchildren.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

This summer, as protesters took to the streets to condemn racism and police brutality, two Pittsburgh Public Schools board members continued a longtime call for institutional change within the district.

Emma Lee / WHYY

Pennsylvania's highest court has put a stop to a local policy that allowed streaming of Philadelphia criminal trials over the internet.

Pennsylvania Sees Big Drop In Jobless Rate In August

Sep 18, 2020
ALLYSON RUGGIERI / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate took a steep drop in August as the labor force shrank and payrolls shot up again in a continuing rebound from shutdowns and the worst economic effects of the pandemic, according to state figures released Friday.

Tyger Williams / Philadelphia Inquirer

With less than seven weeks to go, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has significantly altered how the state’s election will run on Nov. 3, allowing ballots that arrive after Election Day to be counted and giving voters the option to use satellite drop boxes.

Carrie Antlfinger / AP

To accommodate an enormous influx of mail ballots in a highly contested presidential election year, the Allegheny County Board of Elections voted unanimously Thursday to expand voting options, and officials updated the public on other plans to expand the county's ability to count ballots in November.

Courtesy of hannibalburess.com

One night in 2017, comedian Hannibal Buress was out with some friends in Miami. He had a few drinks. Later, he says, by now on his own and with a dead cellphone, he offered a police officer $20 to call Uber for him. Buress says the officer refused, then followed him into a bar and ordered him to leave.

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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Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

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.


Steelers Try To Move On From Flap Over Justice Advocacy

Sep 17, 2020
Seth Wenig / AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they had a plan for how to properly and respectfully make a public statement regarding social justice during their season opener against the New York Giants.

Philadelphia Puts Ban On Police Chokeholds Into Law

Sep 17, 2020
Matt Slocum / AP

The Philadelphia City Council formally banned police from using certain modes of restraint on crime suspects Thursday, including kneeling on a suspect's neck, and voted to open contract negotiations with the police union to the public.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

 


On today's program: A federal emergency assistance program for people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic is running out of money well ahead of schedule; voters can choose from multiple ways to cast their ballots this November; and local arts organizations say they’ve been harmed by a ticketing service that’s not holding up its end of the deal.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

In a public letter published last week, four former PublicSource journalists described alleged mistreatment while they worked at the Pittsburgh news organization. 

Pennsylvania Court Gives Democrats Wins In Mail-In Vote Case

Sep 17, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania’s highest court gave the Democratic Party a series of victories Thursday in the presidential battleground state, relaxing deadlines on a fledgling mail-in voting law, approving more ballot collection sites and kicking the Green Party’s presidential candidate off the November ballot.

Study Finds Link Between Air Pollution And Risk Of Stroke For People With AFib

Sep 17, 2020
Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

People with the heart disorder, atrial fibrillation (AFib), who are exposed to greater levels of air pollution have a 1.2-fold higher risk of stroke than their peers who live with less pollution.

That’s according to a study published this week by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Drexel University.

Green Party Candidate Is Ordered Off Pennsylvania Ballot

Sep 17, 2020
Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

The Green Party's candidate for president did not strictly follow procedures for getting on Pennsylvania's ballot in the November election and cannot appear on it, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, delivering a win for Democrats as Joe Biden tries to capture the battleground state's electoral votes.

Courtesy of Stage 62

Small and mid-sized arts nonprofits in Pittsburgh are among the hundreds of groups who said they are still hurting because an online ticketing service has failed to pay them money they are owed.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Two hundred Pittsburgh households will soon get an extra $500 a month as part of a two-year foray into offering residents a guaranteed income. On a call with leaders from other cities Wednesday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the city will start to make the payments later this year as part of a pilot program funded by philanthropic donors.

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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Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

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

United Front? Villanueva's Choice Surprises Teammates

Sep 16, 2020
NAM Y. HUH / AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed the need for unity as the team weighed how to properly promote social justice.

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