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With Focus On Equality, Hundreds Show Up In Freezing Rain For Women's March

Hundreds gathered outside of the Pittsburgh City-County Building in the freezing rain on Saturday for the fourth annual Women's March. Attendees heard from several political candidates, mostly women, running for elected office this year and then marched from the City-County Building to Market Square.

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Politics & Government


For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny Council President Pat Catena rewarded his allies when he named committee chairs Thursday –and along the way he put two first-time progressive councilors, Bethany Hallam and Liv Bennett, in position to advance key items on their agenda. 

Toomey Says Senate Trial Should Be Fair, Mum On Witnesses

Jan 17, 2020
Cliff Owen / AP

Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen Pat Toomey said Thursday the Senate should conduct a fair impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he gave no indication of whether he would support calling witnesses.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's governor returned Thursday to the United States after a previously undisclosed trip to Israel that his office said mixed personal travel with state business.

Science, Health & Tech

John Locher / AP


On today's program: How President Trump’s trade deal could affect PA; cyber security experts are looking for protection from Iranian attacks; a proposed EPA rule could limit public policy materials; APM’s Molly Wood talks about Pittsburgh’s shot as a tech hub; and a local exhibit explores Andy Warhol's complex relationship with Catholicism.

Charlie Neibergall / AP

A new app aims to enlist Pennsylvania's outdoors enthusiasts in identifying and cataloging invasive species.  

Identity & Justice

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

Hundreds gathered outside of the Pittsburgh City-County Building in the freezing rain on Saturday for the fourth annual Women's March. Attendees heard from several political candidates, mostly women, running for elected office this year and then marched from the City-County Building to Market Square. 

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he will follow through on his plan to close another state prison, announced originally in August as a cost-cutting step amid a declining inmate population and rising prison costs.


Michael Rubinkam / AP

The 14 Pennsylvania state universities hope to reduce the size of their faculties by offering an incentive for professors eligible for retirement.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

One of the ways J.R. Hall bonded with his daughter Sophia at an early age was a mutual appreciation for documentaries.

“I would notice that, instead of watching Disney stories, a lot of times she would be snuggled up next to me watching documentaries, history shows, 'Frontline' and things on PBS,” he said. “And I thought it was kind of amusing. But then she started to ask questions and make observations that were really intelligent observations for a five-year-old.

Good Question!

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

When Driving Pittsburgh’s Major Roadways Was ‘An Experience,’ Complete With Picnic Stops

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.

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Development & Transportation

Sabrina Bodon / 90.5 WESA

Water company Aqua America will acquire Peoples Gas for $4.3 billion, after state regulators approved the merger on Thursday. By February the two companies will do business under the new name “Essential Utilities, Inc.” 

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Mayor Bill Peduto and his administration want to shift the focus of economic development and investment in the city. Instead of relying on the Urban Redevelopment Authority to drive broad growth, city hall and city agencies must work together to ensure all Pittsburghers thrive, said Dan Gilman, the mayor’s chief of staff.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh

Before he became a civil-rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist reverend. And he was deeply inspired by gospel music. And appropriately, from the start, Let Freedom Sing, Pittsburgh’s annual concert for King’s birthday, has focused on classic and contemporary spirituals.


Life is busy, and it can be hard to keep up with the news. That’s why 90.5 WESA is launching a new podcast called Pittsburgh Explainer. Every Friday morning, we’ll bring you the biggest news stories of the week in 20 minutes. Hosted by WESA editor Liz Reid, you’ll hear from the reporters who cover politics, education, tech, health, arts and more, and get the real stories behind the headlines.

It’s the news you need, in the time you have. Pittsburgh Explainer launches Feb. 7.

Environment & Energy

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Allegheny County Health Department officials have again issued fines against U.S. Steel for air pollution and permit violations that occurred at U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works last year.

Redlining’s Ongoing Harm: Intensifying Impact Of Climate Change, New Study Says

Jan 17, 2020
Emma Lee / WHYY

The legacy of the discriminatory federal housing policy known as redlining continues to deprive some urban neighborhoods of investment. Now, a new study maps how that former policy exacerbates the impacts of climate change.

Economy & Business

Courtesy of Covestro


On today's program: Covestro expands its local presence and testing safer hockey equipment; PennDOT will soon enforce speed limits in construction zones; and a dedicated jazz club finds its footing in Pittsburgh. 

Local Headlines

Katie Blackley / WESA

A former librarian and a bookseller have pleaded guilty in the theft of rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme.

Kristoffer Tripplaar / AP

Mack Trucks plans to lay off 305 employees at its assembly plant north of Philadelphia, the company said Wednesday.

Food & Drink

Rachel McDevitt / WITF

The 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off this weekend.

National & International

The Canadian Armed Forces are helping residents dig out of the snow after a powerful blizzard hit the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador over the weekend.

In the capital city of St. John's, the snowstorm completely buried cars and caused thousands to lose power. The massive storm dumped as much as 30 inches of snow on the city, according to The Guardian.

See Molly Wood At The Science Center

From Tech Champion to Tech Dynasty: Pittsburgh's Next Moves

Join us for lunch at the Carnegie Science Center with Marketplace Tech's Molly Wood, Jan. 30.

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