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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 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 8 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 2 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 21 hours 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


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


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


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


 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

2 days ago


Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

2 days 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


Luzerne County woman dies in house fire

A house fire in Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania has claimed the life of a 65-year-old woman.

2 days ago


Planned changes to Right to Know law stir worry

Updates to the state’ law on open records could be in the works in Harrisburg when legislators return in the fall.

4 days ago


Scranton police seek man in rape of girl, 14

Scranton detectives seek a man who traveled to Scranton from Tennessee to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

4 days ago


Police: Carjacked vehicle hits Philadelphia crowd, killing 2 children, critically injuring 3

Homicide Capt. James Clark said “something obviously went horribly wrong” and the vehicle went out of control and struck a group of people.

5 days ago


 A hospital worker, far right, views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia in which a caseworker was killed.

Motive unclear in fatal hospital shooting near Philly

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker and wounded a psychiatrist.

5 days ago


 Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City today.

Gaza war prematurely ends trip for Penn State students

Penn State University ordered the evacuation of 19 students in the country for an archaeological dig.

6 days ago


 Farm hands pick carrots at the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm in Rochester.

Gas facility plan divides New Sewickley residents

Cardinal Midstream Inc. has applied for a permit for a proposed 12-acre compressor station site about 2,000 feet from the Kretschmann farm.

6 days ago


Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

6 days ago


 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

6 days ago


 Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton, from left, PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch and state police Lt. Edward Murphy at a roadside news conference Wednesday in Middletown.

Pennsylvania testing 70-mph limit on parts of two interstates

Going 70 mph will get you there faster but not necessarily safely, two experts warn.

6 days ago


 This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland. German prosecutors had hoped to try Johann "Hans" Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. Breyer died late Tuesday.

Suspected Nazi death-camp guard dies in Philadelphia

Johann Breyer, who was arrested last month at his home, had said he was forced to work as a guard at Auschwitz.

1 week ago


2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

1 week ago


 Don Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, cleans carrots at his farm in Rochester, Beaver County.

Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future

A Community Supported Agriculture organic farm operation will fight at a hearing tonight against a permit for a compressor station nearby.

1 week ago


 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

1 week ago


Pa. lottery sales expanded to record $3.8 billion

Sales in fiscal year 2013-14 were $99.9 million more than in the previous year, the lottery said.

1 week ago


Agency reduces Pennsylvania’s debt rating

Moody‘‍s Investors Service cited pensions and one-time revenue sources for cutting the state’‍s bond rating to Aa3 from Aa2.

1 week ago


 Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

1 week ago


 Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney were not retained as assistant coaches by Penn State coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012.

Jay Paterno, Bill Kenney sue Penn State for 'improper termination'

In the complaint, they claim the university damaged their reputation through press releases.

1 week ago


Wolf takes shots at Corbett over Pa. credit downgrade

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, called the downgrade a “verdict on the lack of management and leadership in Pennsylvania.”

1 week ago


 The home of Mary Rader and her parents Dennis and Deanna Beighley in Greenville, Mercer County. Detectives say a 7-year-old boy was nearly starved inside this Mercer County house.

Police say 8-year-old boy from Mercer County was 'a couple of weeks from death'

The child somehow escaped from his Greenville home June 6 and ran into the street where he met a woman walking her dog, police say.

1 week ago


 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

1 week ago


San Francisco billionaire to spend money in Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

Tom Steyer and his Super PAC, NextGen Climate, are making big moves in Pennsylvania this year.

1 week ago


 Chloe Kondrich, 11, plays with her brother Nolan, 15, in their family’s living room as their father, Kurt, watches.

New Down syndrome law ensures moms-to-be greater access to available help

New state law will require health care providers to give information and support to women given prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

1 week ago


Greg Zappala, others file lawsuit against "Kids-for-Cash" perpetrators

The complaint alleged racketeering, unjust enrichment and other torts, claiming millions of dollars in damages.

1 week ago


 Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday.

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son discusses alleged sexual abuse, bedtime 'ritual'

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Matthew Sandusky on her television show about what it was like growing up with his father.

1 week ago


 Donald Yahnert clears his clogged trimmer as he cuts underbrush at the overgrown cemetery at the former Dixmont State Hospital in Kilbuck today.

State says cemeteries won’t be neglected again

Ordered to the site by department officials in Harrisburg, the  crew normally works at Torrance State Hospital in Westmoreland County.

1 week ago


 The official state Capitol portrait of former House Speaker Bill DeWeese.

Portraits of convicted Pennsylvania lawmakers receive an asterisk

Visitors to the state Capitol now will see a plaque attached to the portraits of those sentenced to prison.

2 weeks ago


State’s corrections work seen as example for the nation

Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections is becoming a regular on Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to shape federal prison reform policy.

2 weeks ago


PUC enforcers oppose Uber's emergency application

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft have applications pending before the PUC to start experimental transportation services in Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago


Highway fund may run out of money by fall

The White House proposes spending $302 billion on transportation over four years.

2 weeks ago


 Divers from Murrysville Rescue 1's dive team head to shore this morning after searching the Allegheny River for the body of a man thrown from a jet ski Sunday.

Allegheny River jet ski accident shines light on dangers of recreational vehicles

Water scooters are second among common vessel types involved in reported boat accidents nationally, the U.S. Coast Guard reported in 2013.

2 weeks ago


 The House Republican pension bill, which Gov. Tom Corbett, also a Republican, supports and has urged legislators to pass, would provide school budgets with little near-term property tax relief.

Corbett: Pension overhaul targets property tax issue

Current benefit costs put a strain on many school districts' budgets.

2 weeks ago


Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

State officials work with doctors to establish guidelines for painkiller prescriptions.

2 weeks ago


 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

2 weeks ago


Penn State OKs $2M upgrade to football building

Penn State University‘‍s football facilities are slated to undergo a $2 million renovation.

2 weeks ago


 Jerry Sandusky

PSU trustees asked to reopen Freeh report

Moving such a resolution to an action authorized by the board will require significant legwork.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett holds a copy of state budget documents during a news conference Thursday in Harrisburg.

Gov. Corbett says he will take pension reform to the public

Gov. Tom Corbett, State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai wrangle over public pensions reform, leadership issues

2 weeks ago



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