How to check safety records for rides in Pennsylvania amusement parks

A fun day in the sun turned to inexplicable horror on Sunday when a freckled 10-year-old boy who loved soccer was decapitated on the world’s largest water slide in Kansas City.

In Pennsylvania, state law requires that rides be inspected at least every 30 days by state-certified inspectors at amusement and water parks and each time rides are set up at carnivals and fairs.

 

Video: Reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County for PublicSource

Reporter Mary Niederberger speaks about how she was affected by her reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County and what she hopes people will take away from this story. She also talks about the special considerations she and PublicSource Managing Editor Halle Stockton took when deciding how to present the story because of its sensitive subject matter.

The derailment roundup

Environment Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening. And June was a busy month for crashes.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents, new safety regulations and other train derailments across the country, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories each month.