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 Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are confident that a change in administration and in legislative attitudes will lead to a bill that is more progressive.

Support surfaces for Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

about 7 hours ago


 Cam Howard, left, and his sister, Riley, get ready for the first day of school.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

about 7 hours ago


 Six members of the "Friendship Nine" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson.

Pittsburgh-area man among 'Friendship Nine' activists whose convictions erased in '61 sit-in

Thomas Gaither, of Prospect, Butler County, was arrested for trying to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C.

about 7 hours ago


 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

The 55-year-old native of Greensboro, N.C., pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

about 7 hours ago


Justices delay executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

Three Oklahoma executions have been stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal

about 7 hours ago


 IUP students leave the student union Wednesday.

Indiana University’s new tuition plan will hit students in the wallet

One student who is taking 16 credits expects to see her tuition rise by $1,628 a year to $8,448, an increase of about 24 percent.

about 6 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Woman gave up cell phone to a man in need at airport

Plus: Many offered help to couple on a cold day; Christmas miracle came through gift cards’ return.

about 7 hours ago


 Eric Barron answers questions after a news conference on the announcement of his approval as the new president of Penn State University.

Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

Eric Barron said the report by Louis Freeh created an “absurd,” “unwarranted” picture of students, faculty and others at Penn State.

about 7 hours ago


 Police have at least one person in custody and a firearm has been recovered at the Propel School in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center.

Wilkinsburg, Propel schools develop security plans

School officials and police are mapping out long-term security plans for area schools after two recent incidents on or near school campuses.

about 6 hours ago


Tractor-trailer crash shuts down lane on Route 22 in Westmoreland

A coal truck collided with a tractor-trailer hauling beer shortly after 4 a.m., according to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

16 minutes ago


Wolf eyes 2 temporary picks for state high court

The seven-seat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has two vacancies, with a third seat coming open at the end of the year.

about 7 hours ago


Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

about 7 hours ago


Backpacks for Hunger program eases weekend hunger for kids

Backpacks for Hunger, which provides food each weekend for students, has expanded to a second school in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

about 7 hours ago


Penn Hills school board superintendent resigns

Assistant superintendent Nancy Hines has been named acting superintendent, effective Feb. 1, replacing Thomas K. Washington.

about 7 hours ago


Gateway School District may consider reorganizing schools

The district also is developing a five-year plan for capital projects.

about 7 hours ago


Breast cancer patients are 'Casting for Recovery'

The nonprofit helps breast cancer patients with education and peer support and with therapy through the sport of fly fishing.

about 7 hours ago


Peters council delays action on gas drilling ordinance

The township will form a working group to gather information and make recommendations to council on the drilling of gas wells.

about 7 hours ago


Obituary: Bill Dwyer / North Side contractor helped to build neighborhood program

Bill Dwyer helped to renovate a former school for The Pittsburgh Project, a program that emncourages youths to help the elderly.

about 7 hours ago


South Fayette again accepts proposals for Star City site

South Fayette continues to look for a developer for Star City property to take the burden off township taxpayers.

about 7 hours ago


West Mifflin school district files lawsuit against former official

The former assistant business manager is said to owe the district $5,174 in tuition reimbursements.

about 7 hours ago


Alzheimer's caregivers share their stories in book

Members of Clergy Against Alzheimer’s have written the book, which is available on Amazon.

about 7 hours ago


 Principal Adam Sikorski, left, and assistant principal Michael Henaghan are duct taped to a wall as part of fundraising efforts for the Peters Township Middle School’s dance-a-thon.

'Sticky situation' aids Peters middle school’s dance-a-thon

Middle-schoolers pay to duct tape administrators to a wall as part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

about 7 hours ago


Penn Hills planning director, 'dreamer' to retire

Howard Davidson has seen much change during the nearly 40 years he has worked for the municipality.

about 7 hours ago


West Allegheny goes with co-principals at high school

This restructuring is part of districtwide changes and tweaks to build on initiatives identified in the district’s strategic plan.

about 7 hours ago


Turnpike Commission enacts gift ban

The ban is similar to an executive order signed last week by Gov. Tom Wolf prohibiting gifts for executive branch employees.

about 7 hours ago


North Allegheny school district budget has $5.5 million shortfall

The business manager said their are too many unknowns to determine if a tax increase will be necessary.

about 7 hours ago


 Artist renderings of Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

Penn State announces $9.5 million project to renovate science and engineering building

Work planned to upgrade labs at Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

about 7 hours ago


South Park Middle School to get $20 million renovation

Work on the 39-year-old school is to begin this summer and will include a new gymnasium, fitness center and large group instruction room.

about 7 hours ago


Montour school district appoints substitute superintendent

Terrence Kushner will hold the post until March 31, when he is expected to become acting superintendent.

about 7 hours ago


Hezbollah attack kills Israeli soldiers near Lebanon, raising fears of escalation

The flare-up shattered a fragile calm that has mostly held along the frontier since the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

about 7 hours ago


 Andressa Urach

TV star’s plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

Andressa Urach recently went into septic shock and was placed on life support after a botched operation.

about 7 hours ago


Action on South Fayette Pinnacle Point plan postponed

The 92-home open space plan is proposed on Old Oakdale Road about 1 mile from the South Fayette School District campus.

about 7 hours ago


 In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the U.S. Marshals Service,  Mr. Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than two years, was arrested in Florida.

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

A warrant had been issued for Tommy Thompson in 2012, after he failed to show up for a hearing on a lawsuit brought by some of his backers.

about 7 hours ago


West Allegheny food service management outsourced

The Nutrition Group, with offices in West Newton and Irwin, has been hired to manage district cafeterias.

about 7 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon approves trap-and-euthanize deer cull

Mt. Lebanon hires Wildlife Specialists of Wellsboro, Pa., for trap-and-euthanize deer cull effort.

about 7 hours ago




 Joe Jackson.

Sewickley theater teacher's performance presents opportunity for students

Joe Jackson, who teaches dance at Sewickley Academy, is performing with Pittsburgh Public Theater, which is benefiting his students.

about 7 hours ago


World Briefs: Ukrainian rebels move to seize hub

PLUS: Nigerian army faulted; German anti-immigration movement leaders resign; Argentine prosecutor’s death; Phillipines president

about 7 hours ago


National Briefs: Democrats plan strategy for ’16 election cycle

PLUS: New England digs out; D.C. drone flights curbed.

about 7 hours ago


Developer visualizes residences betwen Heinz Field, PNC Park

Columbus developer Continental Real Estate Cos. pitched a plan to the city to build apartments adjacent to the Hyatt Place hotel.

about 7 hours ago


 Work on the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel has been rescheduled for this weekend, starting at 10 p.m. Friday.

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close this weekend

The inbound tunnel will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

about 23 hours ago


 Willie Thomas "W.T." Massey, one of the members of a group of black civil rights protesters nicknamed the "Friendship Nine," reacts during proceedings today in a Rock Hill, S.C., courthouse in which the nine had their convictions from a 1961 sit-in erased

Famed S. Carolina protesters cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

The eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted 54 years ago of trespassing and protesting at a variety store.

about 10 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests

Wolf plans to reinstate a moratorium on leasing new oil and gas wells in the state’s forests and parks, thus fulfilling a campaign pledge.

about 10 hours ago


Metal detectors to be used at Propel's Braddock Hills High

Classes will resume tomorrow at the high school, which has been closed since a gun incident Monday.

about 13 hours ago


 “These authorities have enabled our region to achieve many strides in economic development, but they run on taxpayer money,” Chelsa Wagner said in a statement.

Allegheny County controller threatens legal action to audit four authorities

Controller Chelsa Wagner is getting no cooperation from the Airport, Port, Sanitary and the Sports and Exhibition authorities.

about 8 hours ago


 According to the survey, hip replacement variation in Pittsburgh was 32 percent (a range of $19,456 and $25,696).

Replacing knee, hips a bargain at Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission adopts gift ban for employees

The ban applies to all Turnpike employees, though it doesn't take effect for several weeks, Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said.

about 14 hours ago


 Senate Bill 4 is opposed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Controversial proposal for nonprofit amendment advances in Pennsylvania

The proposal could lead to a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more authority over determining tax exemptions for nonprofits.

1 day ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with those attending an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast this morning in Harrisburg. He's urging passage of a anti-discrimination bill.

Gov. Wolf Wolf asks legislators to send him LGBT bills

In the last legislative session, a bill to add LGBT protections to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act attracted 90 House sponsors.

about 8 hours ago


 Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, speaks during a session of the LeWeb 2013 event in December 2013.

PUC petition to subpoena Uber boss Kalanick denied

The decision by two administrative law judges leaves open the chance that the PUC’s enforcement bureau could subpoena another Uber official.

about 15 hours ago



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