Franklin Regional High School students, from left, Nellie Beasley, Maggie Murphy and Kate Pickup pray Tuesday during a back-to-school vigil at the Murrysville Community Park. Students at the high school will return to class today. Classes have been canceled since a knife attack last Wednesday.

Candles light way for classes to resume at Franklin Regional

Residents, parents, alumni and students braved the chilly weather for a community event in the wake of last Wednesday's stabbings.

about 7 hours ago

 Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Police is seen dressed as an Amish woman. Sgt. Adams, a male police officer, spent time on duty in December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

Officer dons Amish dress to apprehend or scare off flasher

Sgt. Chad Adams felt it was important to publicize his undercover assignment, if only to deter the suspect.

about 7 hours ago

Duquesne school fact-finder rejects achievement as a salary measure

Duquesne teachers are being asked to agree to link student achievement to their raises.

about 8 hours ago

GOP challenger to Corbett can be on ballot

Bob Guzzardi, a Montgomery County businessman, describes himself as a limited-government alternative to the first-term Republican governor.

about 8 hours ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald answers a  reporter's question during a press conference announcing the county's decision to exclusively retain Highmark for its health care coverage through Dec. 31, 2015.

Allegheny County to stay with Highmark for health insurance

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he hopes the decision to keep Highmark spurs settlement talks with rival UPMC Health Plan.

about 8 hours ago

Lawrence County man charged with raping 14 year-old girl

State police charge Steven L. Haynes, 61, of New Castle, with indecent assault his home.

about 13 hours ago

 Bev Jordan of West Deer and Ed Valentas of Monroeville hold signs saying, "Marcellus Yes" , attended Allegheny County Council's public hearing about their entering a lease with Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley to drill for natural gas beneath Dear Lakes Park.

Public gets chance tonight to speak out on drilling at Deer Lakes Park

County council is considering a lease that would allow horizontal drilling for natural gas beneath the property.

about 14 hours ago

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close overnight

Workers will be removing a section of the suspended ceiling.

about 16 hours ago

Former airport director gets $134,375 in severance

Bradley D. Penrod, who had worked at the airport for more than 30 years, was ousted by the Airport Authority Board last month.

about 18 hours ago

Butler woman dies after Sunday motorcycle crash

Passenger Julie Codispot, 46, was riding with her husband when a vehicle hit their motorcycle at 5:08 p.m. Sunday on Route 19.

1 day ago

Obituary: W. Frank Myers Jr. / After stint as cowboy, he founded firm here

After his cowboy years, W. Frank Myers Jr. started a business and a family in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 Ne'Vaeh Quick, 6, plays in the sun and warmth last Tuesday on her Bloomfield front porch. Temperatures, however, will be dropping like a rock today.

Temperatures in Pittsburgh region have their ups and downs

The all-time records for warmth and cold may be broken, all in the same week.

1 day ago

Religious leaders join to condemn violence

Rodef Shalom, which has a sister-congregation relationship with a synagogue in Kiev, also said a prayer for those in Ukraine.

1 day ago

 Traffic is directed early this morning as students and parents arrive at Franklin Regional High School.

There is no perfect solution to preventing school violence

Increased physical security measures can only go so far if mental health supports are not in place in schools to help students and teachers.

1 day ago

 Harold Hribal, father of the stabbing suspect, center, and FBI agents enter Mr. Hribal's  house in Murrysville.

Telephone threats to Franklin Regional students investigated

When the calls were placed was not clear, but the caller is thought to be 16-year-old stabbing suspect Alex Hribal.

1 day ago

Man shot in chest by resident during home invasion released from hospital, arrested

Richard Javens faces burglary, robbery, conspiracy, trespassing charges and gun violations and is being held in the Lawrence County Jail.

1 day ago

 Connor Warwick

Stabbing victim Connor Warwick released from ICU

Connor Warwick, one of 21 students stabbed at Franklin Regional, remains hospitalized. Two other boys are still in critical condition.

1 day ago

Whistleblower suit involving VA contractor settled

Former counselor Anne Merical of Export claimed she was fired after pointing out medication distribution problems.

1 day ago

Police recover rifle, drug residue in Wilmerding home

Authorities responding to neighbors' complaints made undercover heroin purchases.

1 day ago

Allegheny County residents warned of 'bogus' health inspectors

The county Health Department says two men tried to gain entry to a home in Clairton.

1 day ago

 Teachers and staff leave Franklin Regional High School late Wednesday morning following the stabbing incident.

Franklin Regional teachers return to work

Students will be able to go to the school Tuesday and classes resume Wednesday. Counseling services will be available.

1 day ago

Alcohol poisoning blamed in student's death

Nicholas Barnes, 20, of Fox Chapel was found dead Feb. 15 in his University of Chicago dorm room.

1 day ago

Koppers acquiring wood preservation and railroad services businesses

The $460 million acquisition of Osmose Holdings, based in Buffalo, N.Y., will be financed through new and existing debt.

1 day ago

Preliminary hearings for former mayoral candidate, wife postponed

Hearings for Abdula "A.J." Richardson, 37, and Felecia Richardson, 43, of Sheraden, are now scheduled for April 23.

1 day ago

 JetBlue Airways will start daily flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to Fort Lauderdale.

JetBlue to offer nonstop to Fort Lauderdale starting Oct. 29

The airline's daily flights will leave Pittsburgh at 7:15 a.m. with a return flight arriving at 9:31 p.m.

1 day ago

Gasoline prices inch up in Pittsburgh region

Gas prices rose 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.67 a gallon yesterday.

1 day ago

 A total eclipse of the moon in 2011. The moon can look red during the eclipse because sunlight is bent by the Earth's atmosphere before striking the moon and reflecting back into our eyes.

Clouds, rain expected to blot out total eclipse of the moon over Pittsburgh region

The eclipse, the first fully visible over the region since 2010, begins with the partial phase at 1:58 a.m. Totality is from 3:07 to 4:25.

1 day ago

 Three major projects are planned for this year and beyond on the Parkway West and the Fort Pitt Tunnels.

Work on Parkway West, Fort Pitt Tunnels coming

Before the work begins, PennDOT has a big decision to make: repair the ceilings of the tunnels or seek more money to remove them altogether.

2 days ago

Man killed by train in Fayette County identified

Fayette County Coroner Phillip Reilly said Sandor Macz, 39, was lying on the tracks when he was struck by a CSX freight train Saturday.

2 days ago

 Kollengode Venkataraman, editor for the Pittsburgh Patrika, a magazine for the local Indian-American community, sits inside his Murrysville home on Friday. Of India’s election process, Mr. Venkataraman says, “The corruption is known inside and outside India. The country is looking for a change.”

Election inflames many of city's Indian residents

They have strong feelings about Indian politics even after becoming American citizens and spending decades away from the country.

3 days ago

Franklin Regional announces schedule for reopening

Teachers at Franklin Regional High School will return to work Monday and students will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday

3 days ago

Repairs to close lanes Saturday on Parkway East

Repairs to concrete barriers between the Oakland interchange and Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge exit will close one lane at a time.

4 days ago

Fourth Avenue closed much of Saturday, Pittsburgh Film Office says

The office did not specify what production would have the street closed between Wood and Smithfield streets.

4 days ago

 Suspect Alex Hribal is escorted by sheriff deputies after his arraignment in the stabbing of students at Franklin Regional High School.

Suing parents for child's violent acts is difficult

Experts say there is a fairly high threshold for victims to successfully sue the parents of an underage assailant.

4 days ago

Pa. film seeks to combat abuses in U.S. juvenile justice system

"Kids for Cash" deals with the corruption of two Pennsylvania judges who locked up teens for minor transgressions.

4 days ago

Teacher gets community service in Steubenville rape case

Seth Fluharty was charged with failure to report suspected child abuse in the 2012 rape of a West Virginia girl by two football players,

4 days ago

Contract reached between Catholic high schools, teachers

According to the diocese, annual salary increases average about 2 percent over the life of the contract.

4 days ago

Fire breaks out at Mercer County industrial park

Fire crews from around Mercer County have been called to the Reynolds Industrial Park to fight a blaze at a commercial building

4 days ago

 Alexis Weber

Shaler woman receives top volunteer honor from Catholic Charities USA

After 20 years of volunteering once a week, Alexis Weber has been named 2014 Volunteer of the Year by Catholic Charities USA.

4 days ago

Retirement leaves county Airport Authority thin on top

The departure of Lucinda Harshman leaves the authority thin in a department in charge of trying to attract more flights to the airport.

4 days ago

 President Barack Obama holds up an order he signed establishing a vehicle for retirement savings during a January 2014 visit — his most recent to the Pittsburgh region — at the US Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin.

Obama, Biden to visit Pittsburgh area Wednesday

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are planning to attend an event in Leetsdale on the economy.

4 days ago

 Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

Judge opens secret court records

AG Kathleen G. Kane had shut down an investigation targeting Democratic members of the state House.

5 days ago

 The gas fire at Chevron's well in Greene County burns on Feb. 11, 2014.

DEP issues Chevron nine citations in fatal gas well blast

The drilling company refused to allow state investigators on the property for two days.

5 days ago

Obama expresses condolences, support to Franklin Regional principal

The president called Franklin Regional Principal Ron Suvak from Air Force One to compliment staff and students for their responses.

5 days ago

At least one hatchling thought to be in Harmar eagles' nest

Observers with the Audubon Society have observed behavior of the mother that suggest an egg has hatched.

5 days ago

 A landslide across the railroad tracks above West Carson Street led to a temporary shut down of the Duquesne Incline and the rail line.

LeMont Restaurant remains closed after Mount Washington landslide

Inspectors are still working to get to the side of Mount Washington below the restaurant after Tuesday's landslide.

5 days ago

Driver in police chase must be resentenced

The Superior Court rules that the Common Pleas judge was wrong to increase Nino Petrocelli's sentence after his motion to modify it.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania's state universities get more autonomy, influence

The State System's board of governors approve tuition flexibility and a larger role in creating minors and programs.

5 days ago

County launches Allegheny Alerts for non-emergency notifications

The free non-emergency notification service will update county residents with latest information.

5 days ago

Obituary: Lynn Hinds / Respected broadcaster and teacher

Colleagues here held him in high regard, and many stayed in contact with him up until the weeks before he died.

6 days ago


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