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Notices of possible faculty layoffs go out at five of Pa's 14 state-owned universities

The professor cuts, if they happen, would occur at the close of the 2014-15 academic year. Possible numbers have not been decided.

about 5 hours ago


Races to close Parkway North HOV and Downtown streets

The closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for the 17th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race.

about 6 hours ago


Temple making standardized tests optional

Temple University announced it will move to test-optional admissions, the first public research university in the Northeast to do so.

about 7 hours ago


 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

about 20 hours ago


 Exhaust from power plants.

EPA regulation hearings draw interest groups to Pittsburgh

Industry decries the controversial proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants.

about 19 hours ago


 Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and current Gov. Tom Corbett.

Internet poll shows Corbett-Wolf race for governor tightening

The poll was conducted for CBS and the New York Times by the Internet polling firm YouGov.

about 20 hours ago


Post-Gazette's 'Sunshine Law' appeal denied in Beaver County

The paper requested that deliberations on a controversial permit for a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station be opened to the public.

about 1 hour ago


Panel calls for better centralization among Allegheny County's libraries

A county-city panel Tuesday issued a report on the future of libraries in Allegheny County, recommending more centralization of services.

about 20 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, state Sen. Matt Smith and Bob Dudash, president of the ACTA board, look over the bike repair station at the new Super Stop Bus Stop in front of Ikea in Robinson.

Robinson welcomes 'super shelters' for bus riders

A new bus stop that also serves pedestrians and bicyclists has several amenities not found elsewhere.

about 20 hours ago


 Protesters stage a sit-in near the entrance to UPMC Shadyside hospital. Six people were cited during the sit-in, which was protesting the replacement of a cleaning contract with a non-union staff.

At least 20 arrested, six cited during UPMC protests

UPMC workers seeking to join the Service employees international union were joined by members of other unions in a protest.

about 1 hour ago


Local Dispatch: Meaningful words ended the waffling over cancer fight

He was waffling on what to do about a cancer diagnosis until prompted by some persuasive words.

about 20 hours ago


Israeli barrage knocks out Gaza's only power plant, threatens major humanitarian crisis

Palestinian death toll near 1,200 after 70 were killed in attacks Tuesday, and Hamas leader’s empty home was flattened.

about 20 hours ago


Pa. legislators cite ‘risks’ of undocumented immigrant children

GOP members of the House write that they are concerned some of the more than 500 such children in the state could threaten public safety.

about 20 hours ago


EU and U.S. jointly target Russian economic sectors with toughest sanctions yet

Energy, arms and finance affected to protest Moscow’s involvement with Ukraine.

about 20 hours ago


Senate OKs highways spending, but bickers with House over bill's funding

Legislation is headed back to House with changes that Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept.

about 20 hours ago


China's ex-security czar is top target of anti-corruption drive

President Xi Jinping’s campaign has never before investigated a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee,

about 20 hours ago


Congress has dueling immigration bills unlikely to succeed before recess

Senate plans procedural vote today, and House will vote on its measure Thursday, but neither chamber will support the other’s legislation.

about 20 hours ago


Kosovo army leaders said to have targed Serbs to harvest organs

European Union special prosecutor cites campaign of persecution following 1998-99 Kosovo war.

about 20 hours ago


More than 35% of US adults with credit reports have debt reported to collectors

Delinquent debt is concentrated in Southern and Western states, especially Texas consumers

about 20 hours ago


Miss. can't shut last abortion clinic, federal appeals court says

Judges say every state must guarantee constitutional rights.

about 20 hours ago


World briefs: Court avoids oil dispute

Plus: Karzai cousin killed; Canada, China dispute; Path to crash site; Stowaway’s body found

about 20 hours ago


National briefs: Conrail hit on accident

PLUS: Wrongful conviction compensation bid; VA nominee confirmed; Boehner reacts to impeachment flap; Ventura wins suit.

about 20 hours ago


Medical professionals and politicians seek ways to prevent prescription addiction

Addiction to opioids can be insidious for patients, but new Pennsylvania guidelines can give doctors more tools to ward off problems.

1 day ago


 Pope Francis

Philadelphia archbishop confident Pope Francis will visit in 2015

Although Pope Francis’ people aren’t confirming it yet, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the pontiff has accepted an invitation.

1 day ago


New traffic pattern to debut on inbound Route 28

The traffic split will be removed but the right lane will continue to be an exit-only lane at East Ohio Street.

1 day ago


Police investigating CMU student found on dorm roof

The 23-year-old female student was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she is being treated for back injuries and two broken ankles.

about 13 hours ago


Global force seeking to reach crash site is repulsed by fighting

Fierce fighting gripped a dozen towns, blocking an international police force from reaching the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

1 day ago


 Steve Craig, chariman of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, leads a meeting of the commission Monday.

Roadwork plan increases Pittsburgh regional spending by 52 percent

State funding boosts improvements to roads, bridges and transit.

1 day ago


UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.

1 day ago


 Prescription drugs.

In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls

Pennsylvania legislation is pending to allow data sharing of prescription drugs among doctors and pharmacists, but the ACLU opposes it.

1 day ago


 Mihir Garimella with the flying robot on which his project was based. He was one of the 90 Google Science Fair regional finalists and 15 Computer Science Award nominees in the world.

Local student a finalist in Google Science Fair for his flying robot, inspired by fruit flies

Mihir Garimella, an incoming freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School, is one of 90 finalists in a global competition.

1 day ago


 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland.

Grand jury says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police in sexual assault cases

The report does not recommend criminal charges, but does advise training for employees as well as changes to state law.

1 day ago


Poll: Minorities support regulating pollution

Poll shows minority voters very aware of climate change issues and supportive of political candidates who make the issue a priority.

1 day ago


 A September 1998 file photo shows the tilting al-Hadba minaret in Mosul.

Iraqis defy extremists, save landmark minaret

Islamic State fighters sought to blow up 840-year-old leaning tower, but residents formed human chain to guard it, and militants backed

1 day ago


Report finds Medicare finances improving partly due to Obamacare, hospital expenses

Annual trustees forecast of two largest entitlement programs shows forces reining in health care spending are extending Medicare funds.

1 day ago


Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

The small dip is adding to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.

1 day ago


Big money to fight big donors

Mayday’s odd alliance will spend $12 million to help elect lawmakers who back curbing influence of wealthy donors.

1 day ago


State board reverses Sto-Rox school board's denial of Propel charter

The board unanimously approved the charter school application on the condition that a legally compliant school building is constructed.

about 20 hours ago


 The Wilkinsburg school board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires acting superintendent

The board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent, making him the third person since March to hold the title.

about 22 hours ago


Health happenings for July 29, 2014

A stroke prevention and rehabilitation talk at UPMC, Monroeville, is among this week’s health events.

1 day ago


Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

1 day ago


News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

1 day ago


PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.

1 day ago


National briefs: Airlines win battle on fares

PLUS: Southwest Airlines faces fine; surveillance programs criticized; Virginia's same-sex marriage ban overturned; sex-abuse suspect

1 day ago


World briefs: Rebels ambush Muslim pilgrims

PLUS: China targets church symbols; oil fire rages in Libya; Liberia borders nearly closed; U.S.: Russia violated pact; Russia loses Yukos

1 day ago


 A Lyft car seen in a car's sideview mirror.

PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses

Lyft's hearing before a panel of administrative law judges will be Aug. 7 and 8; Uber's hearing will be Aug. 18 and 19.

1 day ago


 Physician Jeannette South-Paul speaks with patient Myrtis Henderson at the Matilda Theiss Health Center in the Hill District. Dr. South-Paul, a professor of family medicine, helped expand the clinic in 2002.

PG special report: Access to specialty health care out of reach for many in region

Proposed solutions, like affiliations between health centers, networks, ensure uninsured and under-insured don’t fall through the cracks.

2 days ago


Convicted dealer pleads guilty in second drug case

Troy Dawkins, 46, who has addresses in Aliquippa and on the North Side, admitted to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

1 day ago


 NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Letter asks NCAA President Mark Emmert to rescind the remaining sanctions because of the harm they’re causing student-athletes.

1 day ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

State budget worries halt plans

Gov. Corbett cited the gap in revenue projections earlier this month when he vetoed $65 million in funding for the General Assembly and $7.

2 days ago



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