John Ruch, president of Historic Harmony, in the Mennonite cemetery and meetinghouse in Jackson. Both are protected under preservation easements through the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Preservation easements protecting some historic properties in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has experts inspect the exteriors and grounds of each site annually.

about 18 hours ago

Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

about 18 hours ago

Some supervisors question Pa. House bill that would cut six-year terms to two years

A state House bill would provide for second-class township supervisors to be elected to two-year terms.

about 18 hours ago

Westmoreland County drug court could start late this summer

The court-ordered therapy program is seen as an alternative to incarceration.

about 18 hours ago

 Cara Zanella, of North Huntingdon, practices May 7 at Center Ice Arena with her ice dance partner, Lance Holton of Seven Springs.

Skating brings North Huntingdon woman freedom from pain of arthritis

“It puts me into such a peaceful state of mind,” said Cara Zanella, who skates in part for the physical therapy it offers.

about 18 hours ago

Murrysville to use task force report as guide for gas well development

The mission of the task force was to evaluate the impacts of the state Supreme Court 2012 decision that overturned portions of Act 13.

about 18 hours ago

Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

about 18 hours ago

Pennsylvania Polka and Ethnic Food Festival coming to Monroeville

The event will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center May 30 and 31.

about 18 hours ago

Big Blue Quest raises awareness of colon and rectal cancers

The walk/run will be held Saturday at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

about 18 hours ago

 Jake Emmerling.

Newsmaker you should know / Derry native portrays boy in 'The Book of Mormon'

Jake Emmerling was 8 he saw his first Broadway show, "Les Miserables" at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

about 18 hours ago

Man killed in Armstrong County house fire

The fire was reported at 8:43 a.m. at 642 Bunker Hill Road.

about 1 hour ago

East scape: Hempfield church accepting items for Trash 'n Treasure sale

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

about 18 hours ago

East at a glance: T-shirts honoring Ligonier Lt. Eric Eslary go on sale

News and other happenings throughout the north communities.

about 18 hours ago

Samantha Bennett: Hand-me-downs from the up-and-coming

The furnishings of college dorm rooms have shed the stains of days gone by.

about 18 hours ago

Man wanted in Jefferson Hills homicide captured by Fugitive Task Force

Allegheny County homicide detectives charged Trenton Knight, 26, with shooting and killing Darius Williams, 40.

1 day ago

Charges dropped in homicide case after co-defendant refuses to testify

The case against Corey Palmer, who was tied to the shooting when officers said they found him with the weapon involved, will continue.

1 day ago

Penn Hills teen charged in shooting outside New Kensington church

The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Allegheny Valley Church of God on Kenneth Avenue.

1 day ago

 Teachers, parents and students march in September at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus on Jacks Run Road. Teachers were on strike for 16 days earlier this school year.

East Allegheny teachers reject arbitrator's decision, weigh options

The union said members voted Wednesday to reject the determination made by arbitrator William Miller in final best-offer arbitration.

1 day ago

Ex-South Allegheny teacher to stand trial on charges of inappropriate contact with students

Authorities said the students were 12 and 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.

1 day ago

 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum teacher held for trial over intimidating sex scandal witness

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

1 day ago

Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

1 day ago

Man injured in New Kensington shooting

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. on Kenneth Avenue.

2 days ago

Indiana County woman pleads for leniency in federal fraud case

Cheryl Diane Brooks of Clymer pleaded guilty in 2013 to mail fraud, conspiracy and tax offenses in connection to her role in the scheme.

2 days ago

Ex-PPG chemist charged with selling secrets released on bond

Thomas Rukavina, 62, of Plum, was released on $100,000 bond after withdrawing an earlier request for a competency evaluation.

2 days ago

 Police and fire officials are investigating an apartment house fire this morning in Latrobe Borough that displaced six adults.

Man admits setting Latrobe apartment on fire, police chief says

Latrobe police Chief James Bumar said Brandon Baradziej admitted starting the fire to collect money from his rental insurance.

2 days ago

 Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool

Plum School District creates safety committee

The school board took a step to try to prevent inappropriate relationships between staff and students.

2 days ago

 Chief Joe Hartman, USN, center, faces the color guard Monday as it snaps to attention at the Courthouse Plaza in Greensburg for the singing of the national anthem before the rededication of the Westmoreland County Civil War memorial statue.

A new home for an old statue rededicated in Memorial Day ceremony

The memorial, now in the heart of Greensburg, was rededicated to all veterans who served in all of America’s wars.

3 days ago

Penn Hills school board approves preliminary 2015-2016 budget and tax hike

Penn Hills school directors unanimously approved a $77.1 million preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

2 days ago

 Police said an 11-year-old boy was critically wounded when he was shot with a BB gun in this playground of a former McKeesport school. Police charged a 312-year-old McKeesport man with the shooting. He told police the shooting was retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

Man charged with critically wounding boy with BB gun in McKeesport playground

A McKeesport man charged with the shooting tells police the incident on Sumac Street was in retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

4 days ago

Police search for couple after attempted theft of $3,200 in Walmart goods

The man became "violent and agitated" and shoved an employee, before the couple fled in a 2013 white Ford Taurus, police said.

4 days ago

 NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" films its show in Swissvale at the Carrie Furnace on Friday.

Carrie Furnace is steely backdrop for 'American Ninja Warrior' filming

In Pittsburgh, the bright lights of filming the action reality show “American Ninja Warrior” compete with the echoes of history.

5 days ago

Man jailed after trying to flee from police in Cambria County

State police say Michael Matta Jr., 45, of Highspire, led state police on a chase throughout Nanty Glo and Blacklick.

5 days ago

Woman arrested for setting fire to vacant McKeesport house

A woman was arrested by Allegheny County police after she admitted to setting the blaze that also damaged an adjacent, occupied home.

4 days ago

Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

6 days ago

 Lolita during a 1995 performance at the Miami Seaquarium.

Kennywood protesters to demand release of Fla. orca

The “killer whale” is owned by Palace Entertainment, which also owns Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild.

6 days ago

"Breaking Amish" reality star arrested in Indiana County

Jeremiah H. Raber was cited for shouting obscenities at state police.

6 days ago

 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

1 week ago

 State police said Michael J. Lowrey had this black pistol in his hand when he was confronted and refused to drop it.

Trooper shoots, kills burglary suspect in Somerset grocery

The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. as troopers encountered the man inside the Save-A-Lot in Somerset.

6 days ago

Wilkinsburg to fill police vacancies

The borough has offered jobs to five people to replace police officers who have left the department.

1 week ago

 It took two, Ellen Baird and Sarah Baehr, to sell all the great produce from One Woman Farm at last year's Ligonier Country Market.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.

1 week ago

 Kelly Vanek, from left, Marci Cosens, Beth Mueller, Brandi Darr and Amy Donia will embark on a bike and hike to celebrate cancer survival, honor their mother and promote healthy eating.

Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

1 week ago

Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

1 week ago

Democrats hope to regain majority on Westmoreland commissioners board

Republican commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney will face Democratic Commissioner Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli in the fall.

1 week ago

Teen summer job program aimed at low-income youth in Allegheny County

The Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment program hopes to employ 2,000 students this summer.

1 week ago

Incumbent Westmoreland County controller, sheriff to be on ballot in fall

In Westmoreland County, county Controller Jeffrey Balzer and Sheriff Jonathan Held won the Republican nominations on Tuesday.

1 week ago

Four to seek three judicial seats in Westmoreland County

The number of candidates for seats on Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court has been whittled down from the nine who ran in the primary.

1 week ago

 Meah Ezykowsky of Latrobe.

Newsmaker you should know / Unity teen honored for using tragedy to help others

Meah Ezykowsky, whose father was killed by a drunken driver, has been named 2015-16 Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year.

1 week ago

 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art.

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

1 week ago

East scape: Take a music class in Greensburg

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

1 week ago

'Most people just got it': Wilkinsburg no longer 'dry' town

More than 60 percent of voters approved the referendum, which will allow the borough to have five liquor licenses, based on its population.

1 week ago