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Following Police Shooting, Protesters Say District Attorney Zappala Should Go

One message rang clear through the cries of protesters this week after a police officer shot a black teenager: Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala needs to go.

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Politics & Government

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For the first time in Governor Tom Wolf’s tenure, he has signed a budget on time. And after three years of protracted negotiations, the election year plan is finished well ahead of its June 30th deadline.

The modest, compromise measure spends $32.7 billion—a roughly two percent increase over last year.

New spending goes mostly to public schools, pensions, prisons and human services—including about $800 million in one-time funding for Medicaid that was moved off-budget, which will have to be filled in again next year.

Republicans cheered the lack of new taxes.

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One message rang clear through the cries of protesters this week after a police officer shot a black teenager: Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala needs to go.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Efforts to overhaul the state’s redistricting process are faltering.

Science, Health & Tech

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Under Pennsylvania law, a person operating a car, truck, boat or airplane can be arrested if they're under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana is federally considered a Schedule 1 drug, lumping it with heroin, LSD and esctacy.

State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) says this creates confusion for law enforcement if they pull over a medical marijuana patient. Delozier will soon introduce legislation to allow medical marijuana patients to operate a vehicle while under the influence, as long as their driving is not impaired.

Identity & Justice

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officials to charge the officer.

Hundreds of marchers chanting "Who did this? The police did this" shut down a Pittsburgh area highway in the early morning hours, and a small group staged a sit-in outside the district attorney's office later in the day.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Sorrow, unrest and anger drove Pittsburghers into the streets this week in grief and solidarity following the shooting deaths of two young black men, Antwon Rose and Jimmy Wopo, as well as a border patrol policy that's left thousands of children stranded far away from their immigrant parents.

Education

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

The Woodland Hills School District has ranked among the top 10 districts nationwide for elementary school suspensions. Two years ago, several district and school leaders were sued by former students for incidents of alleged abuse at the hands of a former school police officer and a former high school principal.

Good Question!

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

How Deep Are Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers? Fort Pitt Bridge’s Secret Room Holds The Answer

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers. But many residents, like 90.5 WESA listener Judith Hoover, aren't sure where the bottom of each of the three lie.

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Development & Transportation

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Port Authority of Allegheny County crews are working around the clock to restore light rail service on the Blue Line, said spokesperson Adam Brandolph. Heavy rains and flash flooding Wednesday night washed out track supports and damaged power lines.

Margaret J. Krauss

The city of Pittsburgh continues to resist calls to release its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2. At a protest Thursday skeptics said they worry about Amazon’s potential impact on housing, transit and existing inequities. 

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Courtesy of Sylvia Rhor

A former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist who says he was fired because of his anti-Donald Trump drawings has found a new home for his work in Pittsburgh.

A new alternative weekly, the Pittsburgh Current, said Thursday it had reached an agreement with Rob Rogers' syndication group to begin running his cartoons.

Photo by Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA News

Pittsburgh’s annual commemoration of slavery’s end has outgrown Downtown’s Market Square. The weekend-long Juneteenth Celebration & Black Music Fest is headed a few blocks west, to Point State Park.

Environment & Energy

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pennsylvania's governor is asking for federal help to address costs and damage from heavy rains that caused landslides in the Pittsburgh area earlier this year.

Economy & Business

Amy Sisk / WESA

For Connie Ferris, acting as DJ at Benner’s Meadow Run campground is part of the allure of camping.

 

The music, along with shared meals and campfires amid a string of RVs parked here for the summer, helps make the place feel like a community.

 

Ferris spends half the week at the Fayette County campground. In the evenings, she connects her phone to a portable speaker and takes song requests.

 

Local Headlines

Cornelia Wolf, Mother of Pennsylvania Governor, Dies At 94

Jun 21, 2018
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The mother of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has died at age 94.

The governor's office announced Cornelia Rohlman Westerman Wolf died Thursday at her home in Mount Wolf.

A statement from the governor says his mother's strength anchored their family and she will be deeply missed.

Wolf's office says arrangements are pending.

(Photo credit: Governor Tom Wolf/flickr)

Police Fatally Shoot 17-Year-Old Boy Fleeing Traffic Stop

Jun 20, 2018
Keith Srakocic / AP

A police officer fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose of Rankin just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop late Tuesday in a confrontation partly captured on video from a nearby home.

Food & Drink

Matt Rourke / AP

State Representative Mark Mustio (R-44) of Allegheny County is fronting a charge to repeal Philadelphia's soda tax, and prevent similar actions from taking place elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

National & International

Just about 10 days ago, Katie Arrington was celebrating a hard-fought electoral win. The conservative South Carolina state lawmaker had dealt longtime incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford a surprising defeat in the state's congressional GOP primary.

Now Arrington, 47, is in the hospital facing quite another kind of fight.

A friend had been driving the U.S. House hopeful Friday night when their car was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong direction on the highway, according to her spokesperson.

Stories from National Partners

Nine-year-old Izerman calls his home, the Marshall Islands, "the only place that I would ever live in if I had to choose.”

That line could come from any one of the approximate 25,000 people under the age of 18 who live there.

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