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 The Animal Rescue League will begin building its new facility at Hamilton and Dallas avenues in the spring, according to its executive director, Dan Rossi.

Animal shelter gets go-ahead to build facility in Homewood

Community members have agreed to a proposal from a local animal shelter to build a $15 million, 40,000-square-foot facility in Homewood.

about 10 hours ago


 Youngsters hold tiger masks during a reading of “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown at the Hyundai Club West Lounge of Heinz Field. The event was an attempt to set a record for the world's largest vocabulary lesson.

Children 'go wild' for record-setting national vocabulary lesson

PNC Grow Up Great celebrated its 10th anniversary with a vocabulary challenge — teaching the same lesson at the same time in 37 cities.

about 10 hours ago


 A tow truck pulls behind a vehicle that caught fire this morning following a two-car crash on Bower Hill Road in Scott.

One injured in Scott two-car crash

One person was taken to St. Clair Hospital nearby the accident scene, according to an Allegheny County dispatch supervisor.

about 3 hours ago


High school students learn about careers in business, politics

City Council members Corey O’Connor and Dan Gilman offer career advice to local high school students through the U Can B program.

about 10 hours ago


Allegheny County police search for teen wanted in Penn Hills shooting

Allegheny County police charged Tyler Goodnight, 17, with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other crimes.

about 10 hours ago


City Council approves more money for Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime

City Council approved an additional $125,000 for outreach services to individuals likely to become victims or perpetrators of violence.

about 10 hours ago


Former professor at Pitt sentenced in drug case

Billy Day, was given six years of probation and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluations, as well as a mental health evaluation.

about 10 hours ago


 State police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman who was found shot in her Mars home Wednesday night.

Female victim in fatal Mars shooting identified

The Butler County coroner was expected to conduct an autopsy to determine a cause and manner of death, police said.

about 13 hours ago


Man arrested in connection with Hill District killing

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in the Hill District this summer, police said.

about 15 hours ago


 Alex Hribal, 16, leaves the Westmoreland County courthouse after a hearing last month.

Hribal seeks trial postponement in Franklin Regional stabbings

He is being held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center, where he is receiving mental health treatment.

about 22 hours ago


 "Nowhere in the text of the provision is there a requirement that Highmark include UPMC in all of its Medicare-Advantage products," Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote.

Highmark plan can exclude UPMC, Pennsylvania judge rules

The state argued in court last week that the agreements required Highmark to provide seniors with in-network access to UPMC care.

about 10 hours ago


 The entrance of Posner Tower at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Unlike many other sectors, job cuts at Western Pennsylvania hospitals have continued since the 2008 recession.

Hospital job cuts continue in Pittsburgh region

Western Pennsylvania hospitals, like most employers, shed jobs in the wake of the 2008 recession, but job losses have continued.

1 day ago


 Sgt. Eric Kroll gives a presentation on domestic violence at a city-wide Public Safety Council meeting.

Pittsburgh police to add smartphone app to tools against domestic violence

In 2013, Pittsburgh police responded to 10,622 calls for domestic violence, Sgt. Eric Kroll said.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh public safety director Stephen A. Bucar

Pittsburgh police officers’ outside work restructuring still ongoing

The city council advanced a request to renew a contract with a North Carolina company handling scheduling for police off-duty work.

1 day ago


Truck driver seriously injured in crash near I-79 in Ohio Township

The accident tied up traffic for a couple hours Wednesday afternoon.

1 day ago


 Robert Ferrante is accused of using the poison to kill his wife, Dr. Autumn Marie Klein.

Emails from Autumn Klein reflect troubled relationship with husband

Emails are presented in the sixth day of the criminal homicide trial of Robert Ferrante, charged with using cyanide to poison his wife.

about 11 hours ago


 Jurors convicted Robert L. Burgess, 37, of two counts of first-degree murder and related crimes in the shooting deaths of Richard and Demetria Harper, both 32.

Orphaned daughters describe horror of parents’ Beaver Falls killings

Testimony came during a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a day after jurors convicted Robert L. Burgess of two counts of first-degree murder.

1 day ago


 A state trooper suffered a broken pelvis, head wound, blood loss and other injuries after an SUV struck him in East Huntingdon Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania trooper suffers head, pelvic injuries after struck by SUV in Westmoreland

The trooper was sent to state Route 119 in East Huntingdon about 8 p.m. to remove wooden pallets scattered along the road, police said.

about 11 hours ago


Section of Boyce Road in South Fayette to remain closed into December

Pennsylvania American Water will replace a 36-inch water main that ruptured three times this week on Boyce.

1 day ago


 A science lab of Aquinas Academy in Hampton. The school has completed its $4.8 million McGonigle Mross hall, which has 15 classrooms, two high school science labs, a media room, and a fine arts wing.

Aquinas Academy to open new hall

Mross McGonigle Hall in Hampton has 13 high school classrooms for science, music, band and arts and some space for administrators.

1 day ago


Man surrenders in Homewood shooting death

Herbert Hart IV, 25, claimed self defense in killing Robert Wilson, his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, but police and prosecutors disagree.

about 11 hours ago


 The ramp from northbound Interstate 579 and the Veterans Bridge to Route 28 was to close shortly after 10:30 a.m. today and stay closed around the clock until late November.

Interstate 579, Veterans Bridge ramp to Route 28 closing through November

The ramp closure is the final big hurdle for drivers who have faced more than four years of restrictions and detours.

1 day ago


 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry.

Principal of new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High leaves post

Kellie Abbott is no longer principal of the school, which opened about seven weeks ago in Cranberry.

1 day ago


Woodland Hills school board shows divisions about consolidation plan

Several board members expressed concerns over the lack of specifics outlined to board members about the plan.

1 day ago


Statues St. Mary Church returned to St. Juan Diego Parish grotto in Sharpsburg

Two statues that were part of the original grotto at St. Mary Church in Sharpsburg have been returned to the church community at St. Juan

1 day ago


Peduto selects acting EMS chief to lead bureau

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Thursday nominated acting EMS chief Mark Bocian to a permanent position.

about 13 hours ago


Parents provide conflicting accounts on childhood of Beaver Falls killer

Robert Burgess was convicted Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder and related crimes in the 2008 deaths of  Beaver Falls couple.

about 18 hours ago


 Customers walk past mannequins wearing "white survival suits," one of this year's most popular Halloween costumes in the wake of the Ebola crisis, on Oct. 18 at Spotlight Costumes on the South Side.

Disney characters, decontamination suits popular Halloween costumes

Influences on Halloween dress-up this year include the films “Frozen” and “Maleficient” and the Ebola outbreak.

1 day ago


Notables: Fox Chapel Area High School, Seneca Valley High School

Adia Augustin, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School, is a semi-finalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an

1 day ago


 The Oaks Theater in Oakmont is undergoing an extensive renovation to make it more friendly to live entertainment.

Oaks Theater in Oakmont undergoing transformation

The 76-year-old Oakmont theater will keep its single screen, but stages will be added for live performances.

1 day ago


Mt. Lebanon may earmark money to trim deer population

The commission has proposed amending the budget to spend $68,000 on deer management.

1 day ago


 Irwin Councilman John Cassandro points out the work being done to renovate the inside of the Lamp Theatre in Irwin.

Lamp Theatre in Irwin could open by summer

Volunteers envision it as a place for live theater and musical performances, movie showings, dance recitals and comedy acts.

1 day ago


 Detail image of the 16 x 33 foot mural in  Rochester, Pa.

Artist works with public to create Rochester mural

More than 100 residents, including schoolchildren, helped Bernie Wilkie create a community mural in Rochester Borough.

1 day ago


Steel Valley school board ponders land bank

A land bank can acquire properties, renovate them and get them back on the tax rolls.

1 day ago


 The $6 million Post Exchange for military families and veterans that opened along with the new Pittsburgh Area Commissary in Moon has a two-chair barber shop for military haircuts. Barber Jeff Michel, a Vietnam-era Army veteran, cuts the hair of Tom Carter, from Beaver Falls, an Air Force veteran who fought in Vietnam.

Commissary opens in Moon

New $15 million commissary replaces the C.E. Kelly facility in Collier

1 day ago


 A shawl is displayed in the fiction section of the Monroeville library.

Monroeville library has its patrons covered

Nearly 200 blankets, scarves and shawls are on display for Blanket the Library, a celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary.

1 day ago


 Nathan Clifford, 12, a sixth-grader at Sto-Rox Middle School, and Joe Terrell, a Comcast employee, work on preparing a dish during a food preparation competition similar to the Food Network's "Chopped" show during a Beyond the School Walls mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

Comcast helps to mentor Sto-Rox Middle School students

The students are part of a program called Beyond School Walls, sponsored by Comcast in conjunction with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

1 day ago


 Mark DeGrano and Rocco Mamakos at GlutenWize in Turtle Creek.

High school friends cook up gluten-free business in Turtle Creek

The Squirrel Hill residents run GlutenWize, which makes and sells cookies and granola.

1 day ago


Mt. Lebanon residents to vote on two ballot questions

One would make wording in the home rule charter gender neutral. The other would allow public notices to appear in ways other than legal ads.

1 day ago


 During a reception, Collier Township manager Salvatore Sirabella, from left, Judge Gerard Bigley of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, and Collier police Chief Craig Campbell.

New Collier police chief aims to add manpower

Craig Campbell has 26 years of police service under his belt.

1 day ago


Hindu Temple in Monroeville wants to expand

Proposed addition to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple would add new worship space, an office, a kitchen and meditation areas.

1 day ago


 Peter O'Rourke will conduct glass cutting sessions at Mount Pleasant Glass Museum. He worked at Galway in Ireland then came to the Lenox factory in Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant glass cutter to offer session at museum

Peter O’Rourke will teach two sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Mount Pleasant Glass Museum.

1 day ago


New South Fayette police chief details his vision

A proponent of transparency, Mr. Phoennik said visibility is important in the community.

1 day ago


 Haley Silverman

Two Mt. Lebanon High School seniors serving as junior commissioners

Nikola Ranick is on the commission for the first semester, Haley Silverman for the second.

1 day ago


Exchange your Halloween costume at North Fayette library

The Western Allegheny Community Library in North Fayette has costumes to buy or exchange.

1 day ago


Glass Wall Museum aims to preserve Southpointe history

Isoplex will serve as a museum for the history of development on land surrounding former Western Center hospital.

1 day ago


 Dan Colagrande, owner of the former Balkan Hotel /Bar, peeks through an old speakeasy window in a door in the basement. The former hotel will be on the Norwin Historical Society Christmas House tour.

Tickets on sale Monday for Norwin Holiday House Tour

Seven homes are featured on the historical society’s tour Dec. 6.

1 day ago


Bethel Park laptop computer initiative gets positive feedback

The school board gets an update on early implementation of a $1.3 million plan to equip every school with laptop computers for student use.

1 day ago


 Maria Baseggio, president of P.E.O.

Philanthropic group president to speak Saturday at St. Clair Country Club

Maria Baseggio’s topic is “The Future is Now.”

1 day ago


When to go trick-or-treating in the West suburbs

Here are the trick-or-treat hours for West communities:

1 day ago



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