Universal, no-excuse mail-in voting has survived a court challenge in Pennsylvania and will live on after an eventful first year on the books. But a look back to its creation through its critical role in the 2020 election offers a window into how policy and politics can shift on a dime.December 10, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/trump-politicized-mail-in-voting-in-2020-pa-republicans-supported-it-originally/
You've seen the footage of the cars in lengthy lines for food bank distributions. Now, hear what it's like on the ground during a pandemic. On this episode, an employee of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank tells us how they are working to safely get food on the tables of those in need.April 21, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/from-the-source-podcast-episode-4-the-food-bank-employee-helping-to-get-food-to-people-during-a-pandemic/
Neville Island residents could have been drinking PFAS-contaminated water for a month, township officials say
The township engineer said workers discovered the possible contamination during a monthly meter reading on Oct. 22 and it was impossible to say at what point, over the previous month, the contamination might have occurred. It could’ve happened all at once, the day before the testing, he said, or "it could’ve come out very slowly over a period of 30 days. We really can’t answer that."November 8, 2019 | https://www.publicsource.org/neville-island-residents-could-have-been-drinking-pfas-contaminated-water-for-a-month-township-officials-say/
Active shooter drills have become common in Pittsburgh-area schools but mental health effects remain unknown
With mass shootings on the rise, school districts find themselves with the responsibility to prepare students and staff. But there is little study to how effective drills are and if there are long-term implications.August 14, 2019 | https://www.publicsource.org/active-shooter-drills-have-become-common-in-pittsburgh-area-schools-but-mental-health-effects-remain-unknown/
Pittsburgh-area school districts work to comfort students, maintain safety and denounce hate in wake of Tree of Life shooting
A number of school district superintendents across Allegheny County posted messages of condolences on district websites, sent email blasts letting families know that counselors were available and outlining resources for helping children with anxiety in the shooting’s aftermath.October 29, 2018 | https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-area-school-districts-work-to-comfort-students-maintain-safety-and-denounce-hate-in-wake-of-tree-of-life-shooting/
How diverse is Pittsburgh, really? We built a map to find out.
We also sent reporters across the city to talk to Pittsburgh residents about diversity in their communities.October 9, 2016 | https://www.publicsource.org/what-data-and-residents-tell-us-about-pittsburghs-most-and-least-diverse-neighborhoods/
A little-known independent agency that provides financial analysis of pension systems in Pennsylvania has been caught in the middle of the latest battle between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans in the Legislature.February 25, 2016 | https://www.publicsource.org/wolf-and-republicans-battle-over-pension-review-commission/
As suddenly as he lost his ability to speak last fall, Stuart Sanderson’s connection to the world outside his Philadelphia nursing-home room was severed because of anxiety over a simple webcam.
A compact video camera on his computer monitor allowed him to speak to family even without a voice. Stu, as he prefers to be called, has cerebral palsy, but video calls put him in touch with his ailing father and his brother, who would take the time to read his lips.March 28, 2015 | https://www.publicsource.org/eye-on-the-inside-do-cameras-in-nursing-homes-protect-or-intrude/