Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Why Does The Armstrong Tunnel Have A Curve?

Traveling from Forbes Avenue on Duquesne University’s campus to the South 10th Street Bridge, drivers and pedestrians making a right into the Armstrong Tunnel encounter something unusual for a tunnel: a curve.

Read More

Politics & Government

Democrats Banking On Suburban Discontent In 2018

Mar 23, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

From the old steel communities around Pittsburgh to the lakefront communities of Chicagoland, Republicans are facing an increasingly clear reality: They've got trouble in the suburbs.

GOP Chief Justice Slams Republican Judicial Impeachment Move

Mar 22, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

The Republican chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expressed concern Thursday about an effort by several House Republicans to impeach four Democratic justices over their rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

Virginia Alvino Young/Conor Lamb campaign / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania’s congressional hopefuls now have a little more certainty about the May 15 primary election.

The newly drawn congressional district map was upheld after being challenged in court, and the deadline has passed for major party candidates to get on the ballot.

Science, Health & Tech

Toby Talbot / AP

With more than 650 drug fatalities in 2017, Allegheny County broke the record for fatal overdoses set the previous year, which in turn broke the record established in 2015.

Identity & Justice

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

In an empty classroom after lunch period, student organizers go over final details for an upcoming rally and march, including confirming speakers and collecting cash for T-shirt orders.


PA District Arms Teachers With Rocks In Case Of School Shooter

5 hours ago
Google Maps

A rural school district in eastern Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks as a last resort should an armed intruder burst in, the superintendent said Friday.

Every classroom in the district about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia has a 5-gallon bucket of river stones, said Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel.

"We always strive to find new ways to keep our students safe," Helsel told The Associated Press in a telephone interview, adding that the rocks are one small part of the district's overall security plan.

Good Question!

Doug Brendel / Heinz History Center

What Happened To Skybus? The Futuristic Transit System That Pittsburgh Didn't Choose

Lewis Marascalco remembers the buzz he and his fellow engineers felt while they were working on a futuristic transportation system everyone was calling “ Skybus . ”

Read More

Development & Transportation

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Some advocates are worried that recent changes to Pittsburgh’s public transit system could hurt the riders that use it most. 

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Image by David Bernabo

These days, people are largely disconnected from the origins of most of what they buy or use, from the drill rigs where oil is pumped to the factories where electronic devices are assembled. Such places are often also sites of human or environmental abuse. The same goes for food – including restaurant meals.

Screenshot / Twitch.TV

It takes around 414 hours to watch all 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and thousands of people around the world are embracing the continuous stream of programming.

Environment & Energy

Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Some Clearfield County residents have fought for years to block a proposed injection well to store wastewater from the state’s natural gas fields, but the project has secured a permit from Pennsylvania environmental officials.

Economy & Business

Matt Slocum / AP

Several truck driving groups have filed a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the state Department of Transportation over toll increases.

The lawsuit filed Thursday claims the increases violate federal commerce law and hinder a citizen's constitutional right to travel. The group says money collected from tolls is being used on projects unrelated to the Turnpike System.

Local Headlines

Johnstown Flood: McCullough’s ‘Lucky Break’ Launched Career

8 hours ago

By the 1960s, interest in the 1889 Johnstown Flood was waning.

Food & Drink

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

It’s Wednesday and Chef Amy Reed, the general manager of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Café, is chopping cilantro. Around her are peels of salad carrots, red peppers and seasonings for Friday’s sold-out “Waste Not Dinner," a gourmet meal made from discarded foods.

“The peels are gonna go straight into the vegetable stock that we use to make to make the carrot risotto,” said Reed.

John Hamilton / PublicSource

On a recent Friday, James Dreher was hard at work stirring dozens of pounds of ground beef with a small paddle.

John Hamilton / PublicSource

At Markeya Lowery’s last case management job, she filled a similar role to the one she has now – helping people address all the distractions and hardships that make going to school and holding down a steady job really difficult.

National & International

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Stories from National Partners

We dodged another government shutdown

19 hours ago

We avoided a government shutdown today, folks. President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, even after he said he’d veto the bill. Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post and Rachel Abrams of The New York Times join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. After the budget talk, we switch gears to trade. Trump asked China to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $100 billion. But perhaps he should be complaining about intellectual property violations instead. We discuss it.

with Ira Flatow & the Sci Fri Crew

Like us on Facebook

Sign up for our e-newsletter!


90.5 WESA Celebrates 90 Neighborhoods: 90 Good Stories

Nominate a neighbor who's making a difference where you live for our newest "Celebrates" series

Where the News Comes Together


Classic and Contemporary Jazz Streaming 24/7