The PennDOT Driver License on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh. Katie Blackley / WESA

PennDOT reviewing Trump administration request for driver’s license data

By Lucy Perkins/WESA

The Census Bureau’s request follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibited the 2020 Census from including a formal citizenship question.


After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening

Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a “center for Jewish life in the United States” and a symbol against hatred.

By Ramesh Santanam/The Associated Press

Allegheny County man files suit saying he was denied job for medical marijuana use

Pennsylvania opened its medical marijuana registry to patients two years ago, and it was only a matter of time before a case like Derek Gsell’s would arise.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Get caught up: 4 big questions about the Trump-Ukraine affair

Here’s a look at where the saga stands, what investigators want to learn, and what major decisions still must be reached before the fever breaks.

By Philip Ewing/NPR

What does fentanyl cost Pa. in dollars? Auditor tries to find out.

In a new report, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale also urged lawmakers to legalize fentanyl test strips so drug users can check for the deadly synthetic substance.
By Katie Meyer

New voting systems about to launch in more than half of Pennsylvania counties

The vast majority of Pa. voters will fill out ballots by hand Nov. 5; in the past, direct-recording electronic machines dominated.
By Emily Previti

Chemical Safety Board says PES refinery explosion ‘did not have to happen’

The report by the Chemical Safety Board shows for the first time that some amount of the dangerous hydrofluoric acid was released to the atmosphere
By Susan Phillips

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  •  Matt Smith

    Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania – what happens next?

    Governor Wolf recently came out in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Wolf arrived at this position following Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s 67-county listening tour. As part of the tour, Fetterman participated in town-hall style meetings to gauge the support for legalizing marijuana and found that of those who “voiced their opinions, the majority supported legalization.”  

    By Merideth Bucher

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    Domestic violence — ending the abuse

    In the last decade alone, more than 1,600 people have died. Last year alone there were 123 victims in Pennsylvania who died from domestic violence incidents. Sixty-seven percent of those victims were killed by a current or former intimate partner and most were killed by firearm. There is no “typical” victim. The killed include men, women and children, young and mature, all races and socio-economic groups.

    By Scott LaMar and Merideth Bucher

  •  ANHA

    Syria, what is happening now?

    The Trump administration announced U.S. troop withdrawals from Syria in early October. As U.S. forces began pulling back from positions along the border, Turkish forces crossed the border to establish a presence.

    By Merideth Bucher