Dr. Ben Carson, left, and Alfonso A. Costa in December 2005.

Pittsburgh-area developer, close friend of presidential contender Carson has complex legal history

Alfonso Costa faced a trail of lawsuits as he built around Pittsburgh.

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 “We will take a serious look at it and if we have to change our policy, we would do that,” Caster Binion, the authority’s executive director, said.

Pittsburgh Housing Authority awaits 'guidance' on 'over-income' tenants

Forty-three families live in Housing Authority units despite making too much money to qualify.

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Public art opportunities available for six Pittsburgh-area communities

Foundations grant will spur temporary ’placemaking’ art works.

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 Thomas Rouser has Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the banquet at Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.

Light of Life shines on Thanksgiving

About 1,000 people received a warm Thanksgiving meal Thursday as part of the annual tradition.

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 During the week after Christmas, the Parkway East is scheduled to be closed for four days while crews truck in dirt to create a dirt pillow under the Greenfield Bridge, implode it and haul away the debris and dirt.

Parkway East travelers get a reprieve this weekend

Public works officials hopeful delays in first closure of Parkway East will be rectified in next weekend’s closure.

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 Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in the Strip District Nov. 5.

Concord planning more hotels across Pittsburgh region

In the last two decades, Mark Laport’s company has erected 13 hotels in the Pittsburgh area. And it’s not done.

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 Syrian refugees raise two babies as they arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, September 14, 2015.

Christian coalition in Pittsburgh urges U.S. to accept more refugees

The statement by the executive committee of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania counters calls to restrict Syrian Muslims.

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Pittsburgh police's policy for firing at cars is ‘sound’

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Wednesday released an internal email describing when officers can shoot at moving vehicles.

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PG’s Goodfellows Fund campaign begins today

The Goodfellows Fund raises money for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children programs.

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Four injured in one-vehicle crash in Rostraver

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Route 51 and Simmons Lane.

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Fire marshal investigating cause of condominium fire near Carnegie

No one was injured in the blaze in the Pennsbury Village condominiums.

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 A vehicle is flipped onto its side in a deadly crash early this morning on Penn Avenue near North Lang Avenue in North Point Breeze.

One killed, one injured in N. Point Breeze crash

The crash was reported shortly after 3 a.m. on Penn Avenue near North Lang  Avenue, authorities said.

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Responders on scene of Centre Avenue crash in Shadyside Thursday night

The accident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m., police said.

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After virus outbreak, open dog adoptions at humane society will resume Saturday

Some dogs were quarantined as a precaution Nov. 6, and six died from the virus, the shelter director said.

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 Some Mt. Lebanon residents say they have a right to know, for safety reasons, where deer-control archery hunts are taking place in their community.

State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt

The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay a nonprofit wildlife management organization to organize a controlled archery hunt.

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Overbrook man smacked with gun, robbed during home invasion

Pittsburgh police are investigating an armed robbery this morning at a Overbrook apartment.

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TRAFFIC: Friday's Pitt game to restrict parking on North Shore

Also, the Parkway East will close for one more weekend to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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Taxi driver shot in Hazelwood

The taxi driver was driving east on Second Avenue when a shot pierced the rear window and struck him, police said.

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 Thousands of Pittsburghers and out-of-towners took part in the annual Turkey Trot races this morning.

Thousands pound the pavement for annual Turkey Trot races

The 5K and 5-mile races meandered through the streets of the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh this morning.

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Obituary: George Franklin McGinnis Jr. / Sailor survived typhoon, kamikaze attack in WWII

Mr. McGinnis, 91, formerly of Dravosburg, died Sunday at Sunrise of Upper St. Clair, apparently of a heart problem.

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 Greetings, friends.

Local Dispatch: Why we still send Christmas cards

One can see how this quaint custom might fade. But when you send someone a real Christmas card, you are also sending a piece of yourself.

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 Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay said he would never consider a "no-pursuit" policy.

Pittsburgh police chief ‘locks down’ rules for vehicle pursuits

Chief says a Bloomfield crash Sunday in which a 12-year-old was critically injured was the impetus for an order halting most police chases.

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 Nan Beachem gets a hug from her daughter, Kyree, at their Ellwood City home in October. The rolling backpack, right, goes everywhere Kyree goes, carrying the medicine she needs to live.

Ellwood City girl, 8, receives quadruple organ transplant

Kyree Beachem, an 8-year-old girl from Ellwood City with Kyree’s Dream Team Facebook page, received a quadruple organ transplant Wednesday.

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Man arrested for shooting at two women

Jermaine Dehonney was being sought after police said he was involved in a dispute with two women and shot at them, though neither was hurt.

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Ross man surrenders after SWAT standoff

A man barricaded himself in the basement of his home on Klemont Avenue in Ross.

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 A motorist maneuvers around a Port Authority bus during rush hour along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Viewing Oakland through the windshield of a Port Authority bus driver

If the perils of the traffic in Oakland make professional Port Authority bus drivers nervous, imagine what they do to regular motorists.

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 Cliff Foster

Former Pine-Richland coach accused of sexual relationship with girl to stand trial

Cliff Foster is charged with have a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old player.

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 David McIntyre, 11, poses with his 16-year-old brother CJ Mikula-Conrad at Kennywood in July. David was killed, and CJ was injured when a gunman opened fire in their Mount Oliver home Nov. 1.

Family to hold vigil for boys shot in Mount Oliver home

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 400 block of Hays Avenue.

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 Rashawn Walker leaves the Allegheny County Police Station earlier this month.

Man considered a suspect in McKeesport killing released home on electronic monitoring

Rashawn Walker turned himself in for questioning Nov. 10 and will appear Jan. 5 in juvenile court.

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Pedestrian hit by truck in West End dies

Russell Zdarsky, of Buffalo, N.Y., was walking along a ramp in the West End Circle shortly before 1:30 p.m. when he was struck.

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Burgettstown man killed after explosion in his back yard

Gary Myers, 46, of Burgettstown was flown to West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he pronounced dead at about 9:30 a.m., officials said.

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Maryland teen charged in kidnapping of Ohio girl

The girl was returned to her guardians unharmed, police said.

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 Motorists will get a reprieve from Parkway West lane restrictions this holiday weekend.

TRAFFIC: Motorists get weekend reprieve from Parkway West work

The Parkway East will close for one more weekend -- Dec. 4 through 6 -- to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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Beaver County men plead guilty on federal gun charges

Timothy Brown Jr. of Rochester admitted that he stole more than 50 guns from his father’s store John Brown's Armory.

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 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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 David Preston, professor at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, and author of “Braddock’s Defeat,”  talks to Woodland Hills High students.

Woodland Hills students learn about Braddock's defeat in battle

History professor tells students about defeat of British forces in battle that took place not far from Woodland Hills High School.

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 The new entrance to the two-story lobby area at the Word of Life Church in Hempfield on Route 136.

Word of Life Church in Hempfield expanding

The $3.5 million renovation won’t affect the church’s annual holiday event that draws a crowd of 1,200 to the nondenominational church.

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 Scott Beinhauer, left, director of operations of Beinhauer Family Services, speaks with, from left, Dianne Keller, Ann Sexauer, and Barb Wylie.

Stocking stuffers drive underway for soldiers overseas

The primary pick-up and drop-off locations are in Bridgeville, Peters Township and Bethel Park.

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 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

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North Allegheny enrollment falls slightly

The annual enrollment report for 2015-16 showed 8,155 students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Oct. 1, down from 8,229 last year.

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Mount Washington man pleads guilty to running W.Va. heroin ring

A grand jury said Christopher Gyorko was headed a ring that shipped the drug into Ohio and Marshall counties and surrounding parts of Ohio.

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 The Port Authority is expanding the number of parking spaces at the Washington Junction park-and-ride lot in Bethel Park.

More parking coming to Washington Junction park-n-ride lot

Plavchak Construction of Clairton has been in the process of renovating the lot since August.

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New Ross commissioner chosen by casting lots

Allegheny County Election officials oversee an exercise in chance when voters serve up a tie in municipal elections.

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 J.R. Hoffman gives Mitchell Grunwald, 16, a haircut in Mr. Hoffman’s barber shop, the Great Southern Barber Shop, in Bridgeville. The barber shop has been open in the same plaza for 60 years and is one of the only original business left in the plaza.

J.R.’s Great Southern Barber Shop has stood test of time in Bridgeville

Owner J.R. Hoffman marks 60 years of providing service for several generations of customers in his barbershop.

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 Peters teachers union members picket Oct. 28 after contract talks broke off late the evening before.

Peters students, teachers to return to class day after Thanksgiving

Friday is the final day of a month-long strike by the district’s 285 teachers.

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 The Village Theater Company board of directors announced that Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers has been appointed executive director of the Sewickley-based nonprofit. The organization is building and operating the Vanguard Theater, a film art house and cultural venue.

Village Theater names executive director

The group is in the process of building the Vanguard Theater, slated to open in September 2016.

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Ambridge to allow outdoor dining

The idea is to attract new businesses to the town as well as to help those that are already there.

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 The tracks at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin at Pittsburgh before going to the J&L Steel Mill before eventually ending in Cumberland, Md. Everything in the model is set during 1953.

Trains keep chugging through Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum holiday show

The 28th annual display at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Richland includes 350 locomotives and 6,500 feet of track.

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Wilmerding man admits to robbing two banks

One of the robberies ended in a fiery crash in Wilkins.

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South Fayette gets proposal for public works facility

Relocating the public works garage to Treveskyn Park would be first step in making way for a township community center.

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