Transportation Issues, Helping Immigrants Thrive And The U.S. Senate Race.

Sep 16, 2016

The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program .

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist, and host, Kevin Gavin. They’ll go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

Topics scheduled for this week's discussion include the myriad transportation issues facing the city. Plans to help immigrants in Pittsburgh thrive and the virtual dead heat in the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Katie McGinty and Republican Pat Toomey.

Bridges, Bikes and Cars

The closing of the Andy Warhol Bridge along with the fire on the Liberty Bridge has created a domino effect of traffic challenges in the city. In addition, Uber is rolling out a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and the battle over bike lanes continues. Joining us for a look at transportation issues are Mike Walton of the Tribune Review and the City Paper’s Ryan Deto.

Immigration in Pittsburgh

This week community leaders released a blueprint designed to better integrate immigrants in Allegheny County and help them thrive. How will the city make this happen? We’ll pose that question to WESA reporter Virginia Alvino and Mila Sanina, executive director Public Source.

Dead Heat in the Toomey McGinty Race for the U.S. Senate

As Election Day approaches the race for the U. S. Senate between Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty is a virtual dead heat. While Bernie Sanders is in town to campaign with McGinty, Pat Toomey has made few appearances in southwestern PA. Philly.com columnist John Baer and national political reporter Salena Zito offer their views on the U.S. Senate race.

More segments of The Confluence can be heard here.