What To Take Away From Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District Race

Mar 16, 2018

Democrat Conor Lamb is the apparent winner in the hotly contested special election to represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, and he did it by only a few hundred votes

The GOP is challenging the results as ballot-counting continues, and Republican Rick Saccone has yet to concede.

The race drew waves of reporters to the Pittsburgh area. Discussing its implications are WESA's An-Li Herring, Chris Potter with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Scott Detrow of NPR and Wes Venteicher with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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For some in Western Pennsylvania, food is everywhere -- at corner groceries, Giant Eagles, restaurants and stores -- but for others, that’s not the case. And even if the hungry can get to these places, they may not be able to afford to buy what’s inside.

90.5 WESA partnered with PublicSource this week to look at the lack of access to food across the region, from rural areas struggling to provide, to the hundreds of organizations working to assess the need to schools trying to get students to opt for healthier choices.

Joining to discuss the multi-part series and what journalists have learned are PublicSource's Oliver Morrison and WESA reporters Megan Harris and Virginia Alvino Young.

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Landowners that enter into lease agreements with gas companies often bargain royalty payments for any product drilled from beneath their soil, but while some mineral owners are happy with these deals, others argue its a rigged system and comparable to theft.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters Amy Sisk and Marie Cusick explain the royalty process and why some strike it rich, but others strike out.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program. Each week, reporters, editors and storytellers join veteran journalist and host Kevin Gavin to take an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.