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Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Democratic Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and Republican businessman Jeff Bartos met at WPXI on Saturday for the first and only scheduled debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A federal indictment filed this week alleges Russian hackers targeted a nuclear power company near Pittsburgh beginning in 2014, in addition to anti-doping agencies throughout the world.

Courtesy of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra opens its “Celebrate 50” season next Saturday, marking 50 years in Greensburgh, Pa. 

Mariner East 2: What Are Natural Gas Liquids, And What Happens If They Leak?

Oct 5, 2018
Youtube / StateImpact Pennsylvania

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, this StateImpact Pennsylvania video examines the natural gas liquids that flow through the pipeline and what happens if they leak — something that could be caused by:

  • Welding failures
  • Material defects
  • Corrosion
  • Shifting land exposing the pipe

 

 

Philly Program Teaches Defendants How To Help Themselves

Oct 5, 2018
Bastiaan Slabbers / Keystone Crossroads

 It was an early autumn afternoon in 1975 -- a moment that Steve Austin wishes he could take back.

Prisons Say Changes After Guards Fell Ill Have Cut Smuggling

Oct 5, 2018
Mark Scolforo / AP

Pennsylvania prison officials say they are seeing positive results from changes to mail and visiting policies meant to address a slew of incidents in recent months that caused dozens of corrections officers and other employees to seek medical help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

Some UPMC workers took to Pittsburgh’s downtown streets Thursday to highlight their uphill battle to form a union.

Provided by the University of Pittsburgh

Luddy Hayden remembers meeting only one African-American instructor while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Emma Lee / WHYY

After two years of legal setbacks, a federal court ruled this week that two families from Bucks and Montgomery counties can proceed with lawsuits asking the U.S. Navy to cover the costs of medical monitoring after years of drinking contaminated water.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

A state senator from western Pennsylvania says there will be $154,000 in state grants going toward improving safety in local schools.

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

How much does your county spend on public defense?

Kathy Willens / AP

 


In 1968, journalist Joan Didion wrote, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

AP/90.5 WESA

Republican Jeff Bartos and Democrat John Fetterman are scheduled to debate this weekend in Pittsburgh. The two candidates for lieutenant governor will participate in a debate Saturday which will air 7:30 p.m. on WPXI-TV.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Author and education researcher Karin Chenoweth spent a decade in public schools where low-income students perform at high levels. She calls them “unexpected schools.”

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

The outrage over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court returned to Pittsburgh on Thursday evening. Dozens of protesters gathered in Oakland to demand that Kavanaugh’s nomination be rescinded.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

In an exclusive interview with WESA on Thursday, attorney Michael Avenatti said that an FBI investigation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was an “absolute joke,” because agents did not reach out to his client or witnesses who could help corroborate her allegations.

Williams Partners / via StateImpact Pennsyvlania

A major new natural gas transmission pipeline will come online this weekend. Oklahoma-based Williams Partners said it has received approval from federal regulators to put its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline into full service on Oct. 6.

Sereny Welsby, a 30-year-old aspiring filmmaker, was thrilled back in April when she got a job with the Silk Screen Asian-American Film Festival.

The feeling, she says, didn’t last long.


Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The first major development at Hazelwood Green is underway, with decades of construction to come. 

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pennsylvania State Police say they regret any damage that occurred last weekend when one of their helicopters flew low over a tailgating crowd before the Penn State-Ohio State game, sending tents and other items flying.

George Romero / Wikimedia Commons


Fifty years ago this week, American moviegoers wandered into a low-budget horror flick filmed outside Pittsburgh. What they saw would change the genre forever.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

A Pennsylvania woman gave birth in a sports bar bathroom and left the baby there, where it soon died. Now the woman is sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison.

Megan Farmer / KUOW

Twenty cities are still waiting for Amazon to anoint the home of its second North American headquarters. Most will be disappointed, which begs the question: was it worth all the trouble?

The Dangerous Work Of Building Pipelines

Oct 4, 2018
Keith Srakocic / AP

Building oil and gas pipelines can be dangerous work. And the fatality rate on the job reflects that. 

U.S. Charges Russian Intel Officers For Hacking Anti-Doping Agencies, Westinghouse & Others

Oct 4, 2018
Keith Srakocic / AP

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday charged seven Russian intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations hours after Western officials leveled new accusations against Moscow's secretive GRU military spy agency.

Nam Y. Huh / AP

Middle-aged women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted, at work or otherwise, are more likely to have mental or physical health problems, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh.

The study looked at 304 nonsmoking women between the ages of 40 and 60, controlling for several factors like race, age and obesity.

Min Xian / Keystone Crossroads

Growing up, Michael Fiore didn’t worry about drugs or the violence in Blair County. Back then, he says the area, home to Altoona and Hollidaysburg, was safe.

Gerry Broome / AP

President Donald Trump is making another visit to Pennsylvania, this time to Erie where one of his staunch supporters in Congress is facing his toughest re-election battle yet.

Trump's campaign said Wednesday that the president will hold a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on Oct. 10. Four-term U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Lou Barletta are expected to attend, and Trump will headline a fundraiser for the men while there.

Kelly is facing a challenge from Democrat Ron DiNicola while Barletta is mounting an uphill campaign to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Bob Casey.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Tuesday that some of the most urgent terror threats facing the county and region include violent domestic groups, such as white supremacists , and "homegrown violent extremists" – individuals who are radicalized by terrorist groups, often through the internet.

Amy Sisk / 90.5 WESA

The state Senate voted to protect domestic violence victims and strengthen Protection From Abuse orders on Wednesday. But there was opposition from some Western Pennsylvania legislators.

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