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 The Lund family, from left, Don, Brian (in front), Nikki, Catie, Donna and Donny, is the focus of the documentary, "The Family Next Door," which explores the challenges, grace and determination of living with Brian's and Donny's autism.

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

“The Family Next Door” is a new documentary that highlights the challenges and triumphs of an Upper St. Clair family dealing with autism.

about 14 hours ago


Police identify victim in fatal Lawrence County home invasion

Mariek Deondre Payne, 20, of New Castle, was found dead Sunday around 1 p.m. near an alley on Walter Street in Union.

about 4 hours ago


Two charged in Mercer County man's death

Police said Mr. Johns’ body was found on Irishtown Road near Route 58 in Pine, Mercer County over the weekend.

about 6 hours ago


Motorcyclist killed in crash with tractor-trailer in Bedford County

Police said Ryan R. Habinak, 40, of Bedford, was killed around 3:30 p.m. on Route 220 in Bedford.

about 6 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett announces the start of a $28.5 million repair project on the Birmingham Bridge on Tuesday.

In visit to Pittsburgh bridge, Corbett touts transportation improvements

The governor said PennDOT will have 250 projects underway by the end of the year that wouldn’t have been possible without the bill.

about 1 hour ago


911 center audit: More staff needed to cut down on overtime

An audit says Allegheny County spent more than $2 million in overtime due to understaffing, high turnover and insufficient cross-training.

19 minutes ago


Two suffer head injuries in Crafton home invasion

Police said officers went to a duplex on Coulter Street shortly before 3 a.m. and found two men in their early 30s with head injuries.

about 6 hours ago


 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

about 14 hours ago


 Alex Hribal, 16, leaves Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Friday after a hearing on whether and where he should be transferred while awaiting trial.

Upper St. Clair psychiatric hospital refuses to treat Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

Alex Hribal on Friday was ordered to be transferred from Westmoreland County juvenile detention center to Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

about 5 hours ago


Pittsburgh panel submits recommendations for expanding early childhood education

The panel convened by Mayor Bill Peduto is submitting ideas to the state in an effort to get part of $250 million in federal funds.

about 1 hour ago


Pittsburgh Council approves $100,000 for spray parks

The water amenities cost less to operate than the city pools that were closed more than 10 years ago during Pittsburgh’s financial crisis.

about 2 hours ago


 Maddie Manning of the Oakland Transportation Management Association leads Sara Klein, a Pitt senior, and Nicole Barnett of the Allegheny County Health Department across Forbes Avenue in Oakland during a pedestrian safety event Monday.

Oakland college students get lessons on traffic safety

The weeklong program encourages students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University to pay attention.

about 14 hours ago


 The crowd on Tuesday at Market Square in Pittsburgh ahead of the Pirates' 2014 NL wild-card game against the Giants.

Fans take to Market Square for Pirates postseason rally

Pirates announcer Greg Brown opened the ceremony by proclaiming Wednesday’s wild-card game a "black out."

about 2 hours ago


 Greene County officials said inspectors will determine whether the historic Pollocks Mill Bridge can be repaired after a tanker truck broke through part of it on Sunday.

Crews remove truck from partially collapsed historic bridge in Greene County

Officials said inspectors will determine whether the 136-year-old bridge can be repaired

about 4 hours ago


Traffic restrictions scheduled today and Wednesday in Moon, Robinson

Alternating one-way traffic will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days on Beaver Grade Road.

about 6 hours ago


Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore-Wash. airport

The federal Transportation Security Administration says its officers found the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on Monday.

about 3 hours ago


Larimer couple sentenced for Pittsburgh-based magazine scam

Federal prosecutors said the pair hired sales people to sell bogus subscriptions door-to-door in various cities.

about 5 hours ago


 Robert Flynn

Man, 19, must stand trial in assault of U.S. marshal

​Robert Flynn, will stand trial on charges that he pulled down a deputy federal marshal’s shorts while she was jogging on the North Shore.

about 14 hours ago


 LaRay Jones

Family questions man's death at Esplen home of his estranged wife

“Everything’s a question,” said the mother of LaRay Jones, who was killed in Esplen Sunday.

about 14 hours ago


UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

about 14 hours ago


Part of Pitcairn Road in Monroeville to reopen after slide repair

The section between Monroeville and Stroeschein roads has been closed since May because of a landslide.

about 4 hours ago


Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

about 14 hours ago


Police seek witnesses in fatal Penn State crash

State College police said 21-year-old Joshua Mejia, of Bergenfield, N.J., was driving the van when it crashed and burned Sunday about 2 p.m.

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 Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to dismiss charges that he siphoned some $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta is charged with siphoning $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

about 2 hours ago


South Fayette commissioner charged with two felonies

Jessica Cardillo, 32, was charged this month with two counts of felony insurance fraud.

about 14 hours ago


River Rescue pulls body from Allegheny River

An Allegheny County dispatch supervisor said the discovery was reported shortly before 8 a.m.

about 6 hours ago


Pittsburgh City Council considers settling another sex assault suit

Council will consider settling a lawsuit filed by another woman who accused Adam Skweres, a former Pittsburgh police officer, of assault.

about 14 hours ago


 With the settlement, Dollar Bank will be paid the $7.9 million it is owed after the August Wilson Center organization defaulted on its mortgage last year.

August Wilson Center in Downtown Pittsburgh rescued

A New York City developer bows out, and an entity to be formed by three Pittsburgh area foundations will buy the building for $8.5 million.

about 15 hours ago


 Michael Jacus, a junior bioengineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, prepares specimens for isolating strands of DNA for the upcoming iGEM competition at MIT while team instructor Jason Lohmueller observes.

Competition spurs genetics research from Pitt, CMU students

This year’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is focusing on finding a useful function from bacteria.

about 22 hours ago


Man heads to trial in assault on federal marshal in Pittsburgh

​Robert Flynn, 19, was ​held for court on​ ​​charges that included aggravated assault ​on a law enforcement officer.​

1 day ago


 Range Resources' Carter Impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County.

Pennsylvania DEP admits drilling probe error in Range inquiry

The state might have used incomplete, inaccurate data to decide whether chemicals leaking from a shale wastewater site contaminated a well.

1 day ago


 Planned Parenthood lead clinician Katherine Schott holds a copper-based ParaGard IUD, left, and a hormone-releasing Mirena IUD.

Pediatrics group says IUDs teens’ best birth control choice

Most women and girls still use inexpensive birth control pills, but the group’s statement might trigger a shift.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

Some say Pittsburgh mayor’s school panel on system overhaul lacks focus

As it prepares for its third meeting, the task force is still developing goals.

1 day ago


 State police investigate the death of a man whose body was found near an alley in Union, Lawrence County on Sunday.

Teen charged in Lawrence County home invasion killing

State police said Anthony John Welsh, 17, of New Castle is charged with second-degree murder, robbery and other offenses.

1 day ago


Johnstown priest accused of traveling to Honduras for sex with children ordered detained until trial

U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Pesto ordered the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, detained.

1 day ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto, in Los Angeles today for a conference of urban officials from around the world, will take part in a Facebook question-and-answer session this afternoon.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto, in LA for conference, to participate in Facebook Q&A

Mr. Peduto is scheduled to speak this afternoon in a panel discussion on income inequality.

1 day ago


Police investigate death of man found along Mercer County road

Police said Michael Anthony Johns Sr., 60, of Grove City was found lying on Irishtown Road near Route 58 in Pine, Mercer County.

1 day ago


 Police officials talk about recovered items stolen from construction sites during a news conference Monday at the Ohio Township police garage.

Police crack ring that stole from construction sites

The suspects allegedly stole appliances, tools and materials valued at more than $100,000 from houses under construction during the past

about 15 hours ago


Pa. reducing backlog of civil cases, chief justice says

American Bar Association guidelines suggest that most civil cases should be disposed of within two years of filing.

about 15 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks today about a newly announced grant to redevelop the former Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store at Mellon Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Gov. Corbett announces redevelopment grant for former Saks site, Oliver building

The project will remake both Smithfield Street structures into mixed use developments.

about 15 hours ago


Pitt gets federal funds to build regional public health training center

The center also will serve as the health informatics training center for the entire country.

about 15 hours ago


Elliott man admits killing McKees Rocks activist

Londele Cox, 22, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison after pleading to third-degree murder in the death of Isaiah Dent, 61.

about 22 hours ago


McKees Rocks man gets life for killing woman, unborn child

Marlin Kelly, 29, will serve life in prison for the killing of Conekia Finney in Ambridge on Oct. 29, 2012.

1 day ago


 Neil Capretto, the medical director for Gateway Rehab, speaks as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David J. Hickton looks on Monday. They were announcing the release of the U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery report.

Area heroin task force releases recommendations to curb abuse

The group convened by U.S. Attorney David Hickton calls for doctors to be careful with pain medication and helping inmates who are released.

about 8 hours ago


Whitaker settles civil rights claim for $350,000

Danielle Newlon sued the borough and Officer William Davis after he broke out her window with his handgun during a traffic stop in 2012.

1 day ago


DA: Hunter could be charged for infant shot in Indiana County

Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty says the hunter had an agricultural deer control permit when he fired the shot.

1 day ago


Traffic restrictions start today on 10th Street Bridge

The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday.

1 day ago


Allegheny Regional District's preliminary budget is largest ever

The RAD budget was buoyed by an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue, which RAD officials have attributed in part to strong auto sales.

about 21 hours ago


 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., greets people before the dedication of a high school named in his honor Sunday afternoon in Cranberry.

Cardinal Wuerl blesses school bearing his name

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, a $70 million facility, was dedicated Sunday.

1 day ago


 The Leslie Park pool in Lawrencveille. Several Lawrenceville community groups have teamed up with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and an outside contracting firm to redesign and improve the park bordering the Allegheny Cemetery

New funds provide for expansion of Lawrenceville parks improvements

Planning process for improvements at Arsenal Park gathers Leslie Park into the fold and gains another chunk of funding.

1 day ago



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