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Mercer County school district among 28 to win technology grant

The grant was announced today to help further support STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — projects.

about 4 hours ago


 Highmark has about 182,000 Medicare Advantage customers in Western Pennsylvania.

Judge rules UPMC must accept Highmark Medicare Advantage members

The judge ordered that the health care giants make no change to their business relations, "no matter how small," without court approval.

about 5 hours ago


Greentree Road repaving to restrict traffic, close parkway ramp

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between Manilla Avenue and McKinney Lane starting at 7 p.m.

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 Participation in Medicaid, the state-run health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, has grown by about 10 million in the U.S. over the last 18 months.

Pennsylvania moves to keep pace with increase in Medicaid

Proposed regulations, issued this week, represent the first major update to federal Medicaid guidelines since 2002.

about 20 hours ago


 Some in the group of 15 are accused of posing as others to take the exams for a fee, sometimes up to $6,000.

Chinese national charged in test-taking scam to appear in Boston court

He was among a group of Chinese citizens in the U.S. and China named in an indictment brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh.

about 10 hours ago


Parkway West weekend closure cut short by weather forecast

The highway will close from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center.

about 12 hours ago


Hulton Bridge to close for two weeks in June

The closure is one of two planned for the bridge as a $64.8 million PennDOT project to replace the bridge with a four-lane span continues.

about 13 hours ago


 The 19-day-old peregrine falcon chick is observed during  its first exam at the Cathedral Of Learning.

Peregrine falcon chick passes physical, but not with flying colors

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh has a live camera focused on the nest, and observers have seen a series of developmental issues.

about 7 hours ago


Rash of suspicious fires reported at Pitt

Campus police are searching for a suspect, who they described as a white male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall of medium build with shaggy hair.

about 6 hours ago


 U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.

U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

Removal from the list removes a prohibition on receiving U.S. economic aid, a ban on U.S. arms exports and controls on "dual-use” items.

about 8 hours ago


More storms lash Texas after severe weather kills 16

The National Weather Service was issuing a flash-flood watch Thursday for parts of Texas already reeling from torrential rains.

about 20 hours ago


Residents to appeal move toward gas drilling near Mars Area schools

Middlesex on Wednesday approved new zoning rules that open up more than 90 percent of the township for gas drilling and development.

about 20 hours ago


 Cara Zanella, of North Huntingdon, practices May 7 at Center Ice Arena with her ice dance partner, Lance Holton of Seven Springs.

Skating brings North Huntingdon woman freedom from pain of arthritis

“It puts me into such a peaceful state of mind,” said Cara Zanella, who skates in part for the physical therapy it offers.

about 20 hours ago


FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces growing pressure to resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter faced calls to resign Thursday from politicians and sports figures, but maintained an air of implacability in

about 20 hours ago


U.S. to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military is seeking ways to improve training and arming of Iraq’s Sunni tribes.

about 20 hours ago


Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

about 20 hours ago


Russian political activist is hospitalized with mysterious illness

The wife of a Russian opposition activist hospitalized with a mysterious ailment is urging he be treated elsewhere in Europe or Israel.

about 20 hours ago


Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore has had 38 homicides so far this month, its deadliest in 15 years.

about 20 hours ago


Women in Tunisia tell of decades of police cruelty, violence and rape

Women in now-democratic Tunisia have been offering compelling public testimony about decades of abuses under the prior two dictatorships.

about 20 hours ago


Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

He was indicted Thursday on federal charges he violated banking laws to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to mask “misconduct.”

about 20 hours ago


Fathers Know Best: When on course with Dad, it wasn’t about the golf

Playing golf with father was all about Dad, not the golf.

about 20 hours ago


Obituary: Rev. Gary Denning / Pastor of First Baptist Church was ‘not afraid to take risks’

Rev. Denning retired from First Baptist in 2013 after suffering an earlier stroke. He was 65.

about 20 hours ago


 Chris Patton, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, applies sealer to one of the Adirondack chairs.

Sto-Rox Students' Adirondack chairs to raise funds for teacher's son

Sto-Rox High School construction technology students built the chairs, which will be auctioned to benefit a boy who has Batten disease.

about 20 hours ago


 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse for his sentencing on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Former recruit says Sandusky assaulted him at Penn State camp

The alleged victim says he attended a football camp at Penn State University in 1988 as a recruit and "guest of the university."

about 12 hours ago


Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

about 20 hours ago


North Allegheny directors working to avoid tax increase

The board is expected to vote on the final budget June 24.

about 20 hours ago


Low-income students in McKeesport to receive Bridge Foundation scholarships

The Bridge Foundation, U.S. Steel and elected officials donated $60,000 for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

about 20 hours ago


Avonworth hires new assistant superintendent

An Avonworth High School principal will take on the new position of assistant superintendent.

about 20 hours ago


Peters roadwork to address flooding

The township is planning a major renovation of Moccasin Drive and Old Washington Road over the summer.

about 20 hours ago


 South Allegheny High School senior Seth Hitchens is shown parts of the laser cutter by J.D. Whitewolf of Red Ant Lasers.  The company is helping students build a laser cutter in teacher Doug Marino's technology education class.

South Allegheny students learn about laser cutters

A portable laser cutter should prove useful for a wide range of subjects at the high school.

about 20 hours ago


Montour considers budget with no tax increase

The 2015-16 Montour School District Budget is proposed to be $61.466 million and does not call for a tax increase.

about 20 hours ago


North Allegheny technology advisory committee urges adoption of 1-to-1 initiative

The committee recommended that students in middle and high school have laptops and elementary students have iPads.

about 20 hours ago


 Madison Schratz and Lucas Carroll.

Canonsburg students among those selected for Nordenberg scholarship at Pitt

Two Canon-McMillan students have been named to the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

about 20 hours ago


 FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, today.

Blatter re-elected as FIFA leader

Sepp Blatter, weakened by the arrests of current and ex-FIFA officials, was opposed by soccer federations in the U.S., Canada, and England.

about 7 hours ago


Big Blue Quest raises awareness of colon and rectal cancers

The walk/run will be held Saturday at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

about 20 hours ago


Some supervisors question Pa. House bill that would cut six-year terms to two years

A state House bill would provide for second-class township supervisors to be elected to two-year terms.

about 20 hours ago


Golf classic aims to raise money for South Fayette Foundation

The foundation has brought in $23,000 since 2010. The classic will be held July 13 at Southpointe Golf Club in Cecil.

about 20 hours ago


Garden at Aiken school in Green Tree promotes healthy lifestyle

Students helped to plant the garden and are learning how to care for the plants.

about 20 hours ago


World briefs: 90 percent of stockpiles eradicated

Plus: Peacetime deaths a secret; Severe heat kills 1,400; PM pushes for referendum; and more.

about 20 hours ago


National briefs: Obama said recent storms a reminder to prepare for disasters

Plus: Anthrax mishap; HIV treatment; narrowing the “digital divide;” subway advertising; air-traffic facility fire

about 20 hours ago


School news: Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

about 20 hours ago


 Alex Arch, 16, of Keystone Oaks, shares a laugh during a prom for special needs students Wednesday inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

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Mon Incline reopens after mechanical issue

Shuttle buses transported riders between the incline stations.

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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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 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 21 hours ago


 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.

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 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.

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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 21 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, unveiled in early March, includes $1 billion in new funding for education and reductions to the corporate tax rate and school property taxes.

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

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