Could the Steel City become a silicon city? A look at a post 9/11 Pennsylvania

This weekend marks 20 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We check in on Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed in a field. Marketplace's Nova Safo joins us from Pittsburgh.
 In Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, which used to be majority Black, longtime businesses mix with newcomers popping up amid redevelopment spurred by tech industry growth.
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How Pennsylvania plans to handle COVID vaccine distribution

Nov 25, 2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says she's confident in the state's plan for rolling out vaccines.
Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health and president of Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, is "very confident" in the state's vaccine plan, but says it will need more funding.
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Why this swing-state county is investing over $1 million in its voting infrastructure

Pennsylvania elections official Kenneth Lawrence says Montgomery County is gearing up for a deluge of mail-in ballots, and there won't be a final result on election night.
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Pennsylvania tries a new initiative to curb illegal gun purchases

Sep 11, 2019
Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing), reaches out to women and teenage girls to warn them about the risks of making straw purchases — up to ten years in prison under federal law.
Dorothy Johnson-Speight holds a picture of her son, Khaaliq. He was fatally shot in Philadelphia in 2001 by a neighbor who was a convicted felon and should not have been able to own a gun.
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In Amish country, a planned casino raises the stakes

Jun 26, 2019
Some expect economic benefit from a casino in the works. Others question whether it will change the community.
The view from Paul Stoltzfus's family farm.
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Pennsylvania weighs nuclear subsidies after Three Mile Island

May 20, 2019
The nuclear power plant will be "retired" at the end of September, but the state wants to support the four remaining plants.
Steam rises out of the nuclear plant on Three Mile Island  in Middletown, Pennsylvania on March 26, 2019.
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The rekindling of fire lookout towers

Oct 26, 2018
How one state is reinvesting in a century old method to fight wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
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When an economy needs refugees

Sep 19, 2018
Erie, Pennsylvania, strategically welcomed refugees when its population was shrinking. Now the White House is cutting their numbers.
Dylanna Jackson is a director of a resettlement program in Erie. 
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In Erie, social services are a lifeline

Jul 26, 2018
New work requirements may change things for those who receive food and housing assistance in the Pennsylvania city.
Roberta Lubman, 66, regularly eats lunch at the Erie City Mission in downtown Erie. The free daily meal supplements what she receives from SNAP.
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