Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland, right are spending their first American Thanksgiving with their host mother, Darlene Frederickson of Greensburg. The juniors in high school 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.

about 5 hours ago

 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.

about 5 hours ago

 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.

about 5 hours ago

 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.

about 5 hours ago

Wilkinsburg council applies for grants, studies

One study would involve the borough’s former railroad station, which is on the national Register of Historic Places.

about 5 hours ago

Two Penn Hills football players to attend U.S. Army National Combine

Rick Squires and Julian Major will travel to San Antonio in January.

about 5 hours ago

Saint Vincent College launches green initiatives

Water bottle refilling stations, elimination of styrofoam containers are among the measures.

about 5 hours ago

 Maxine Bruhns has spent 50 years with the Nationality Rooms at Pitt.

Five decades of bringing diverse cultures under one roof at Pitt

As director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms, Maxine Bruhns has seen museum of ethnic Pittsburgh grown from 19 to 30 rooms.

about 5 hours ago

Advisory committee outlines potential traffic improvements in Murrysville

Study recommends increase in traffic impact fees and long range plans to relieve congestion caused by growth.

about 5 hours ago

Initiative puts emphasis on youth in McKeesport area

One of the projects that participants in YouthCAST are working on is beautifying ReClaim McKeesport sites.

about 5 hours ago

Samantha Bennett: Trying so hard to forget your Facebook

Breaking up on social media -- it’s complicated

about 5 hours ago

 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

about 5 hours ago

East at a glance: Repairs continue to Van Meter Road in Rostraver

Community events and news taking place throughout the east communities.

about 5 hours ago

East scape: Campus events, clubs and more

Community events and news taking place throughout Pittsburgh’s east communities.

about 5 hours ago

 Mayor Richard Lattanzi, left, glances Tuesday at the document, just signed by Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, releasing Clairton from its Act 47 financial distress status at the municipal building in Clairton.

Decades later, Clairton no longer 'distressed'

The city’s financial picture has improved enough for it to be removed from state’s Act 47 program.

about 11 hours ago

 Alex Hribal is escorted from the offices of the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Department in September 2014.

Judge to rule next year whether suspect in Franklin Regional attack should be tried as adult

Alex Hribal now 18, was 16 at the time of the April 2014 attacks at the high school in Murrysville.

about 13 hours ago

 Arletta Scott Williams, Alcosan's executive director, says "we need to extend the schedule. We need to change the parameters. And while we’re going through all of this, that’s when we start to get the outcry for green infrastructure. Which was something we had looked at early on. … Nobody was buying in, so we dropped back to the approach we took.”

Alcosan supports greener overflow solutions

Spokeswoman says 2026 deadline impossible, especially as it tries to satisfy greener, not “grayer” approach.

about 6 hours ago

 This is the surveillance footage of the man Allegheny County police suspect in the robbery of the First Commonwealth Bank at 500 E. Waterfront Drive in Homestead. The bank was robbed  Tuesday at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Man claims to have bomb in Homestead bank robbery

Police say the man took off with money after claiming the case he was carrying contained a bomb.

about 12 hours ago

 The police chief said in an internal memo that officers are allowed to initiate such pursuits only if they believe a violent felony occurred.

Pittsburgh police undergoing 'full review' of pursuit policy

WHAT’S NEW: Surveillance video showing end of police chase posted by auto dealer on its Facebook page.

about 16 hours ago

RAD board approves nearly $97 million budget

The budget is the largest in the district’s history and $3.1 million more than the 2015 budget.

1 day ago

Fee structure needed to make special education affordable to districts, keep AIU centers operational

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s director says a new model -- one that does not require it to absorb deficits -- is needed.

1 day ago

 The house in the 2400 block of South Braddock Avenue that Michael Copeland, 17, was steps away from as he was shot on his way to school Monday morning.

Police: Swissvale teen shot going to school

The shooting occurred about 6:15 a.m. in the 2400 block of South Braddock Avenue.

1 day ago

 Firefighters respond to a fire at 95 Hilda Street in Lincoln Lemington on Monday.

Two hurt in fire at apartment building in Penn Hills

After arriving on scene, firefighters entered the building and rescued two men who had burns and were suffering from smoke inhalation.

1 day ago

Grand jury: Indiana County financial adviser schemed investors out of $1.2 million

Bernard M. Parker, head of Parker Financial in Indiana, Pa., was indicted under seal on counts of securities and mail fraud.

1 day ago

County health department closes Hot Spot Cyber Cafe in North Versailles

Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online via the health department’s website.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school board fires former business manager

Richard Liberto is currently the business manager in the Wilkinsburg School District.

1 day ago

 Rabbi Jason Edelstein

St. Vincent salutes Rabbi Jason Edelstein's long presence at Catholic college

The Latrobe college formally honors its longtime professor by naming an endowed chair in Catholic-Jewish relations for him.

2 days ago

 Dr. Karen Velazquez cuddles her newly adopted son Tyshawn, 2, as her daughter Faitimahzara, 7, clings onto her Saturday at the Allegheny County Family Court.

Welcome, Tyshawn, to your family

A Pittsburgh physician adopts for the fourth time with the support of 30 friends and family members in court.

3 days ago

 Yellow crime scene tape flutters in the wind, and more is tied to a fence outside building 9 in Prospect Terrace this morning, where a 26-year-old was killed and three others were injured in a shooting.

Police seek help from survivors of East Pittsburgh shootings

The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. Friday inside an apartment in building 9 of the Prospect Terrace complex.

4 days ago

 Immanuel Evangelical United Brethren church, Madison Avenue and Tripoli Street, Oct. 1, 1953.

How former church buildings in the Pittsburgh region find new life

Old churches provide aesthetics and space for spirited new uses.

5 days ago

 Jason Edward French

Irwin man charged with cruelty in dog's strangulation

Police went to Jason Edward Finch’s home and found a dead dog Tuesday.

4 days ago

Suspect held for trial in shooting death outside Wilkinsburg convenience store

Cory Jackson, 25, was held for trial on charges of criminal homicide and firearm possession in the July 15 slaying of Kelvaughn Hawthorne.

4 days ago

Apollo woman killed in Westmoreland County crash

The crash occurred on South Leechburg Hill Road at Route 56 around 11:20 a.m., according to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

4 days ago

Turnpike representatives present plans for reconstruction, widening project

Final design for the roughly five-mile western end of the project will begin in early 2016.

5 days ago

Norwin High band captures first place at national competition

Members competed against seven other bands in the category for ensembles of more than 136 performers.

5 days ago

 Lynn Lewis, right,  talks Nov. 10 with Ralph Croushore, president of the Peters Creek chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, about one of the turkeys he and his organization are distributing through the Central Food Pantry in Elizabeth.

Conservation group provides turkeys for Elizabeth Township families to cook at home

The Peters Creek Trail Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated about 90 turkeys this year for Thanksgiving dinners.

5 days ago

Dozens rally Downtown in push for expanded bus service in North Hills, East End

Several dozen people gathered at the Wood Street T station this morning before moving en masse to the monthly Port Authority board meeting.

4 days ago

Norwin’s Wind-Up/Wine-Down benefit set for Saturday

The event raises money to help students with music lessons, camp.

5 days ago

Penn Township receives more well drilling applications

A spokeswoman for a citizens group called Protect PT says the fracking proposals are cause for “huge concern.”

5 days ago

East scape: Concerts, sales and more

Community events and news taking place throughout Pittsburgh’s east communities.

5 days ago

Indiana County woman killed in crash

Clara Mae Santus, 80, of Black Lick, was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Indiana Regional Medical Center just before 6 p.m. today.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment drops to 5.1 percent

The state’s jobless report showed gains in key metrics like labor force, employment and payrolls.

5 days ago

Firefighter injured in Wilkinsburg house fire

Firefighters went to the 300 block of Pennwood Avenue at 2 p.m. and found light smoke coming from the third floor and roof of the home.

5 days ago

 The school bus crashed into the building that houses the Vitamin Shoppe on Route 22 around 3:30 this morning.

Police: Stolen school bus crashes into Monroeville store on Route 22

Police said the crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. across from the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.

5 days ago

Zappala says Plum grand jury should finish work by end of year

The district attorney asked for the grand jury investigation after two high school teachers were charged with having sex with students.

6 days ago

Wilkinsburg to apply for grant for emergency demolition of 2 homes

The homes the borough would like to demolish are located at 1614 Clark St. and 1152 South Ave.

6 days ago

Man hit by bus in Murrysville

The collision was reported at 5270 Old William Penn Highway, which is directly in front of John Meier & Sons Inc., at 7:30 p.m.

6 days ago

 “As we see the number of overdoses related to heroin and opioids increase, we’re seeing purity levels come up and we’re seeing prices come down," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle.

As DEA details drug overdoses in Pennsylvania, effort to monitor prescriptions stalls

A state prescription database which doctors could tap before prescribing drugs is on hold because of the budget impasse.

1 week ago

Local counties seeing increase in applications for concealed gun licences

Large-scale tragedies often have effect on applications, according to region’s sheriff offices.

1 week ago

Attorneys sworn to secrecy about Plum grand jury investigation

All three attorneys have requested discovery information from the ongoing grand jury proceedings to prepare for their trials.

1 week ago