DEP finds air near gas well explosion to be safe

The gas well in Greene County exploded and caught fire in February, killing one worker. The state tested for pollutants after the blast.

18 minutes ago

Feds lower level of coal dust allowed in mines

The new regulation, aimed at curbing black lung disease among miners, was opposed by the mining industry as being too costly to implement.

about 1 hour ago

Former Steelers physician seeks to have evidence suppressed

Dr. Richard Rydze faces 185-count indictment related to the illegal sale of performance-enhancing drugs and narcotics.

about 1 hour ago

Casey pushes to get things moving at nuclear waste site

The site in Armstrong County contained more uranium and plutonium than was known, prompting a halt in the cleanup operation in May 2012.

about 3 hours ago

 This image of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will be the inspiration for a statue to be erected in downtown State College. A 2001 Paterno statue was removed from the school campus in 2012; the university is not involved in the new effort.

A new Joe Paterno statue planned for State College

The statue, depicting the football coach sitting on a bench and reading a book, would be placed on property in front of The Tavern.

about 4 hours ago

 Participants at an anti-fracking rally last weekend at Deer Lakes Park.

Both sides debate drilling at Deer Lakes Park

Allegheny County residents dominated another meeting of county council as many spoke for and against a plan to drill for gas at the park.

about 15 hours ago

 PNC CEO William Demchak

PNC stockholders reject paying for greenhouse gas report

The shareholder proposal would have studied how companies in PNC's lending portfolio impact climate change.

about 16 hours ago

Survey: Voters see link between education and economic development

The findings from a recent phone poll show that most voters believe public schools should get more state money.

1 day ago

 The cooling towers at the nuclear plant at Shippingport in 2012.

Nuclear reactor owners asked to reassess quake resistance

FirstEnergy is reassessing seismic risks for its Beaver Valley nuclear reactors in Shippingport, Beaver County.

1 day ago

 Presley Gillespie

Pittsburgh nonprofit lures expert from Youngstown

Neighborhood Allies has hired Presley Gillespie, a nationally recognized community builder, as its first president.

1 day ago

Quick ruling sought in state's same-sex marriage case

Attorneys hoping to overturn Pennsylvania's law file a motion saying the state has presented no case in its defense.

1 day ago

FDA regulators offer makers of eteplirsen a path forward

The new drug stabilizes the symptoms of a rare and fatal form of muscular dystrophy known as Duchenne.

2 days ago

Gasoline prices on the rise in Pittsburgh region

Average retail gasoline prices in Pittsburgh have risen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 a gallon yesterday.

2 days ago

 Scott S. Smith, the new special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, poses for a portrait April 15 inside the bureau's South Side facility.

New FBI leader tested early

FBI's new Pittsburgh chief faced immediate crisis at Franklin Regional

2 days ago

Brookline man arrested after fight with girlfriend, police

Aaron Goempel was dying eggs with his girlfriend when the argument began. It ended with him in jail.

2 days ago

 Sister Bernice Fiedor holds the statue of Pope John Paul II at St. Anne Home in Greensburg. Sister Bernice spent many years at the Rome house of her Felician religious order, whose roots are in John Paul’s native Poland. Before Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow became pope, she and another sister would regularly drive him to appointments during his visits to Rome.

Local Catholics remember two popes fondly

Many are preparing for a major celebration next Sunday, when Pope Francis presides at the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII.

3 days ago

RiverQuest seeking merger to survive

RiverQuest plans to make a decision by the end of June.

4 days ago

Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

4 days ago

UPMC data breach could be part of a national scheme

Health care providers across the nation have been targeted by cybercriminals.

4 days ago

 A group walks between stations during the reading of the Stations of the Cross on Friday above Seton-La Salle High School in Mt. Lebanon. The group was observing Good Friday.

Prayers, procession focus of Good Friday

The Stations of the Cross comprise a traditional devotion that re-creates the final hours of Jesus' life.

4 days ago

Allegheny County councilman's role in Deer Lakes drilling plan subject of complaint

Tim Ludwig says Councilman Nicholas Futules -- who has a gas lease elsewhere -- shouldn't participate in the Deer Lakes drilling discussion.

4 days ago

Pa. DEP investigating liner leak at gas wastewater site in Washington County

A state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman confirmed that Range Resources discovered the leak during an inspection this

5 days ago

Man sentenced to 75-150 years for rape

Ralph Skundrich also faces trial on similar charges in Butler County on June 11.

5 days ago

 Plumes of emissions from FirstEnergy Corp's Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County, are visible behind a horse farm in nearby Hookstown.

Pa. coal emissions plan criticized as too lenient

The new rules propose technology that the groups say is inferior to the equipment at the majority of power plants in the state.

5 days ago

Prosecutor presents panel to fight opiate addictions, overdoses

A group of people from the business, medical, governmental, religious and nonprofit communities will take on the opiate overdose epidemic.

5 days ago

 Some offices in the Allegheny County Courthouse, foreground, will be closed today in observance of Good Friday.

Several Allegheny County offices closing on Good Friday

Some county offices are closed or will be closing early today in observance of Good Friday.

5 days ago

 The scene of a car crash on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in South Bend, Armstrong County.

Four killed in two-vehicle crash in Armstrong County

Three teens and a 41-year-old woman are killed in the collision on Route 156. Three other adults are hospitalized.

5 days ago

Advocacy group sues Pa. universities over athletic opportunities for women

The Women's Law Project with the Office for Civil Rights targets 9 state universities in a legal complaint.

5 days ago

 Bishop David A. Zubik beginning a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral.

Bishop Zubik urges Catholics to reach out to others

“Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus,” the bishop writes in a letter encouraging evangelism.

5 days ago

U.S. attorney forms group to battle opiate problem

Dubbed the Working Group on Addiction: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery, the 18-member group first met April 7.

5 days ago

 Jared Boger, shown in a 2013 Murrysville High School yearbook photo, has been upgraded to fair condition. He was one of 21 students, together with a security guard, who were victims of a mass stabbing at the school earlier this month.

Student injured in Franklin Regional knife attack upgraded to fair condition

Jared Boger, 17, one of four students still being hospitalized, is "doing well," his mother said.

5 days ago

Cardiologist who improperly referred patients to hospitals must pay $1M

In violation of the law, an Ohio doctor was compensated for directing patients to two sites where he practiced medicine.

5 days ago

Officials: Ohio River skeletal remains are human

The medical examiner's office says the partial remains found Tuesday belong to a man in his 30s or 40s, who is still unidentified.

6 days ago

 A collapsed banquet hall and beach club at Conneaut Lake Park were destroyed in a 2008 fire.

New group seeks to run Conneaut Lake Park

A reconfigured group of trustees wants a judge to let it oversee the historic 122-year-old amusement park in Crawford County.

6 days ago

Joblessness not due to skills gap, experts say

Over five years, the impediment to work is a lack of jobs, not a lack of skills, economists say.

6 days ago

 The scene of a car crash on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in South Bend, Armstrong County, in which four died.

Armstrong County crash kills four

Three other people were injured in the crash that happened Wednesday night on Route 156.

6 days ago

 Vice President Joe Biden listens while President Barack Obama delivers a speech Wednesday at CCAC West Hills Center.

Obama, Biden tout job training in North Fayette

The president and vice president came to highlight the need for educating people and getting them back on the job.

6 days ago

 Shea Love greets a well-wisher on Wednesday as her son Christian Stanfield, 15, watches, outside a restaurant in South Fayette. Earlier, the Allegheny County district attorney’s office announced that it was withdrawing a charge of summary disorderly conduct against Christian, who recorded one of a series of bullying instances against him in his math resources class.

Charge against South Fayette student who recorded alleged bullying will be dropped

The sophomore was charged with disorderly conduct after recording an incident on his iPad mini.

6 days ago

New Castle woman sentenced in death of Shenango Township officer after crash

Kylee Barletto, 26, will be given credit for the 339 days she's served toward a 5- to 10-year sentence in prison and must pay a $725 fine.

6 days ago

Deputies close Pitcairn bar for not paying drink tax

Gone Country at the Firehouse Lounge is the 45th establishment closed for not paying the 7 percent tax on all alcoholic drinks.

1 week ago

IRS investigators file tax-related charges against four

The accused are two Washington County men, a Latrobe woman and a dentist based in Robinson.

1 week ago

 Supports hold signs early this morning in front of the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church as students return to Franklin Regional High School.

Classes resume at Franklin Regional High School

Students returned to school the morning after residents, parents and alumni braved the chilly weather for a community candlelight event.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 Bev Jordan of West Deer, along with Ed Valentas of Monroeville  support drilling with signs saying, "Marcellus Yes"  as they attend Allegheny County Council's public hearing  Tuesday at the Allegheny County  Courthouse.

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.

1 week ago

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close overnight

Workers will be removing a section of the suspended ceiling.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


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