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 Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang hits a three run home-run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Pirates slug their way to 7th win in a row, 11-5

Three home runs off Padres starter Ian Kennedy, all of them well-struck, extended the Pirates’ winning streak to seven games.

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 Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Department of Health, presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a press conference on Tuesday.

County gets $750,000 grant to help launch health initiative

The grant will be targeted to disadvantaged communities to provide, in part, items such as food trucks with fresh fruits and vegetables.

about 5 hours ago

 Joe Graziano and Kylie Mascara with his 2010 matte black Lamborghini.

Pittsburgh bank official known for lavish lifestyle sentenced for fraud

Joe Graziano, a former corporate trust administrator at Bank of New York Mellon, admitted that he stole millions from the bank.

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Pittsburgh, Dormont police respond to body found along railroad tracks

The body was found this afternoon near Station Square

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 A worker was taken to the hospital after being trapped for more than an hour when a trench collapsed on him at the construction site of a storm water retention facility  for 36 townhomes in Lawrenceville.

Worker rescued from collapsed trench; agency says safety procedures weren't followed

Initial investigation shows the worker was not in a trench box, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration official.

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 “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” George Pataki said in a video announcing his run for the Republican nomination for president.

Pataki adds socially liberal voice to Republican presidential race

Pataki, who served three terms as governor from 1995 to 2006, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate or the presidency in past years.

about 5 hours ago

 Prosecutors aren’t saying how many students benefited from the alleged college test-taking scheme.

Pittsburgh authorities indict 15 Chinese in college test-taking scheme

Prosecutors said the defendants, including two living in Pittsburgh, defrauded Educational Testing Services and the College Board.

about 5 hours ago

 Gas vents skyward as Chevron contractors maneuver a new well cap in place on one of the leaking gas wells that blew up in 2014, killing one worker and injuring another.

Chevron to pay $5 million to settle wrongful death suit

An Allegheny County judge approved the settlement in the case involving a worker who died at a Marcellus Shale site in Greene County.

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Inbound Parkway West closure set this weekend

The inbound Parkway West will be closed for part of the weekend as a construction project continues.

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Man shot near Grandview Park on Mount Washington

The victim is in critical condition at UPMC Mercy.

about 6 hours ago

Woman dies in house fire in Greene County

The investigation into the fire is continuing and the cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.

about 7 hours ago

Man wanted in Jefferson Hills homicide captured by Fugitive Task Force

Allegheny County homicide detectives charged Trenton Knight, 26, with shooting and killing Darius Williams, 40.

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 Penguins coach Dan Bylsma argues with linesman Scott Driscoll in the second period of a playoff game against the Rangers in 2014. Bylsma was fired after the season.

Buffalo hires ex-Penguins coach Bylsma

In parts of six seasons with the Penguins, Dan Bylsma had a 252-117-32 record, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2009.

about 13 hours ago

Construction worker injured after falling off beam in Strip District

The incident occurred at noon in the 2600 block of Railroad Avenue.

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 There are cheers all around when second-grade students get the right answer in a time-telling exercise at Pittsburgh's Lincoln PreK-5 School.

More than 90 percent of Pa. school districts submit plans for increased funds

Plans show 197 of them would use additional funding to expand high-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten.

about 15 hours ago

 Nick Kingham delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in March at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Pitching prospect lost for year

Pitching prospect Nick Kingham has season-ending surgery; Jameson Taillon’s rehabilitation from same surgery continues.

about 15 hours ago

Government audit faults Philly VA official's psychic party

Earlier this year, federal officials found widespread problems at the facility, including manipulated claims and ignored veteran inquiries.

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 Teachers, parents and students march in September at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus on Jacks Run Road. Teachers were on strike for 16 days earlier this school year.

East Allegheny teachers reject arbitrator's decision, weigh options

The union said members voted Wednesday to reject the determination made by arbitrator William Miller in final best-offer arbitration.

about 17 hours ago

 First-graders Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in June. Faison K-5 is one of five priority schools in Pittsburgh that received federal School Improvement Grants.

Public asked to comment on improvement plans for some Pittsburgh schools

The school improvement plans are required of certain schools in the federal Title 1 program.

about 17 hours ago

Officials: Apartment fire that killed elderly South Fayette man started in laundry room

The cause of the fire at the Valleyfield Apartments complex on Washington Pike is under investigation.

about 18 hours ago

Mon Incline reopens after mechanical issue

Shuttle buses transported riders between the incline stations.

about 19 hours ago

Penn Hills teen charged in shooting outside New Kensington church

The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Allegheny Valley Church of God on Kenneth Avenue.

about 19 hours ago

Body of man, 26, found in Yough River in Fayette County

The county's 911 center received multiple reports of a man in his 20s who went under the water about 6:30 p.m.

about 19 hours ago

West Carson Street access to Corliss Tunnel to remain closed

The work is part of the $39 million West Carson Street reconstruction project that is scheduled to continue into April 2016.

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Section of Glass Run Road closed today, Friday

The road was scheduled to close from 7 a.m. today to 7 p.m. Friday between Baldwin and Gensler roads.

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 This March 17, photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College.

Penn State frat's national office says it respects suspension

Fraternity says it looks forward to working with the university to "effectuate improvements in the Greek system on campus."

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 Central Catholic players celebrate the school’s first WPIAL baseball title Wednesday at Consol Energy Park in Washington. The Vikings defeated Norwin, 2-0, for the Class AAAA championship.

Central Catholic baseball wins first WPIAL title

The Vikings defeat Norwin, 2-0, in Class AAAA championship.

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 From top left: Jeffrey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz. From bottom left: Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li

U.S. indicts 14 world soccer officials, alleging $150 million in kickbacks

The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body.

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New Clean Water Rule will benefit Pennsylvania resources

Federal officials say the new Clean Water Rule extends regulations that had covered drinking water sources for only one in three Americans.

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 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum teacher held for trial over intimidating sex scandal witness

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

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 Mary Mayberry, center, who teaches at Mon Valley School, joins other teachers, parents and supporters marching Wednesday outside the Allegheny Intermediate Unit building at The Waterfront to protest reported cuts in staff.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts will affect three centers: Sunrise in Monroeville, Mon Valley in Jefferson Hills and Pathfinder in Bethel Park.

1 day ago

 Some of the smartphones the three suspects are accused of stealing from the Sprint store at the Pittsburgh Mills mall.

Store employee, others charged with stealing 90 smartphones at Pittsburgh Mills

The three were arraigned on burglary and other charges and jailed after failing to post bond in connection with Monday night’s incident.

1 day ago

 The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark decline invitation to negotiate

Judge calls consent decrees on breakup “terrible agreements,” to rule on legality of UPMC’s decision to sever Medicare Advantage contract.

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 Workers clean up the Carnegie Science Center parking lot the morning after Kenny Chesney's 2013 concert at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh aims to control Chesney crowd

Pittsburgh is taking crowd control measures near Heinz Field after excess trash was left behind after concerts the past two years.

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 Rick Santorum, with wife, Karen, and daughter, Bella, 7, announces his candidacy for president Wednesday at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Butler County.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Courting voters who he said had been abandoned by both parties, he pledges to battle the allied abuses of big government and big business.

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 Knoch's Garrett Traggiai, left, upends West Allegheny catcher Brandon Pouch in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Wednesday night at Consol Energy Park in Washington.

Knoch seizes crown, beats West Allegheny

The Knights knock off the defending champions, 5-1, for their first WPIAL championship.

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Northview Heights man found guilty of murder

Paul Kendrick, 20, was also found guilty of conspiracy and illegally carrying a firearm.

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Lane closures will occur on West End Bridge

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through June 5.

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 State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, who is resigning within the month, was Wednesday named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

Matt Smith will leave Senate for Pittsburgh chamber

Matt Smith was named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

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Officials called to the scene of a fire in South Fayette

The Allegheny County Medical examiner's office has been called to the scene of a  fire that blazed through an apartment complex in South

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2 men arrested in Ambridge stabbing

Two men were arrested following a fistfight turned stabbing in Beaver County on Wednesday afternoon.

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 Jamie Dixon's Pitt men's basketball program posted a perfect APR score of 1,000.

Pitt, Penn State, WVU maintain satisfactory Academic Progress Rate

Pitt men’s basketball posted a 1,000, one of two men’s hoops teams in the ACC to achieve a perfect score.

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Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

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Pittsburgh school board names chief of safety

The board named George Brown, who has been serving as acting chief of school safety, as its chief of school safety.

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Pittsburgh school board OKs $2 million in contracts

The contracts are aimed at keeping Empowering Effective Teachers program and other initiatives going when grant money runs out.

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 Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole went seven innings, scattering six hits and seven strikeouts against the Marlins.

Pirates rally, complete sweep of Marlins with sixth win in a row

Right-hander Gerrit Cole left the game in a two-run hole, but the Pirates bats sparked a 5-2 victory.

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 The scene of a stabbing of three men on Maplewood Avenue in Ambridge.

Three men stabbed in fight in Ambridge

Ambridge police chief says the fight broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Maplewood Avenue.

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Wolf to take applications for pipeline task force

Pennsylvania expects to see thousands of miles of pipelines built over the next decade.

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Indiana County woman pleads for leniency in federal fraud case

Cheryl Diane Brooks of Clymer pleaded guilty in 2013 to mail fraud, conspiracy and tax offenses in connection to her role in the scheme.

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Westmoreland, Indiana, Cambria counties under drought watch

A drought watch is the least severe of the state's classifications and calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

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