"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, 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 2 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

 Shoshana Roberts, 24, is a CAPA graduate.

Anti-harassment video of Pittsburgh CAPA grad goes viral

The two-minute video, filmed in New York City, was made by the group Hollaback! to raise awareness of street harassment.

about 19 hours ago

 Termaine Washington called the county 911 center repeatedly saying he had planted a bomb at the Allegheny County Jail and at PNC Park during a baseball game.

Man who threatened to blow up PNC Park pleads guilty to escape charge

Termaine Washington pleaded guilty in 2013 to using a stolen cell phone to call in various bomb threats in September 2012.

1 day ago

 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was found guilty of six criminal counts and sentenced in May 2013.

Orie Melvin’s apology called a non-apology

She was convicted of using judicial and legislative staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, during her campaigns for Supreme Court.

2 days ago

Changes coming to Route 28 in Pittsburgh on Thursday

The ramp from Crosstown Boulevard to Route 28 north will close at 10:30 a.m.

2 days ago

 Nathan Vandemark, 13, and Nora Kelley, 6, both of Aspinwall, help to plant bulbs in November at Aspinwall Riverfront Park. The park's entrance and traffic signals are part of seven projects in Allegheny County that will benefit from a new Pennsylvania transit fund.

New Pennsylvania transit fund to benefit seven projects in Allegheny County

The winning projects, announced by PennDOT this afternoon, require 30 percent local matching funds.

2 days ago

Two W.Va. men arrested in federal heroin, cocaine bust could face life in prison

Federal agents and police Thursday rounded up 34 people on drug and gun charges after a two-year investigation.

2 days ago

Two ‘safe’ U.S. House districts challenged

Redrawn 3rd and 12th Congressional districts favor Republican incumbents Mike Kelly and Keith Rothfus.

4 days ago

 Ling Robinson and her daughter.

Odysseys: Introducing Pittsburgh to Thai cuisine

By the late '90s, Ling Robinson embarked on her dream of owning her own restaurant.

4 days ago

Local veterans services look for better coordination

There are 180 organizations in the area that serve veterans in some way, and dealing with them is often confusing.

4 days ago

 Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School-Time hosted an event in conjunction with Lights on After School day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, with about 500 kids in attendance. Dandre Wells, 10, second from left, from the After School program at the Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District, does the hoola hoop dance as part of the After School activities.

Allegheny County’s after-school programs lead the way

In Allegheny County, more children have after-school opportunities than the national or state averages, but there’s still a large unmet

4 days ago

City Calendar: 10/27/14

A look at events coming up in the week ahead.

4 days ago

 Grand Oaks Manor, the historic home in Brentwood owned by Bob Cranmer. Cranmer has written a book about the home, which he believes was haunted until it underwent an exorcism several years ago.

Former residents of Brentwood 'demon' house dispute book's claims

Bob Cranmer’s new book describes evil forces that inhabited his Brownsville Road home. Some former occupants beg to differ.

5 days ago

 At the 14th Annual Sen. John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Day, held at the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square, from left to right: Allegheny county Common Pleas Court Judge Kathleen Durkin, members of the Allegheny County Sheriff's Non-Support Warrant Squad: Sgt Michael Scherbanic , Detective Mark Zimmerman , Sgt. James Klingensmith, Detectives Vincent Longo and Jay Stegena and Chairman Larry Dunn during the "Amen Corner's" .

Allegheny County law enforcement officials honored at awards luncheon

Fourteen law enforcement officials were honored Friday at the annual Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection.

6 days ago

 Carving pumpkins is a great activity for all to enjoy.

Host a pumpkin carving party this weekend

Pumpkin carving is a simple, fun affair for everyone to enjoy.

6 days ago

 Rivets line the interior of the bridge in September.

Partnership to replace 558 bridges in Pa., dozens of small ones in Allegheny County

Under the agreement, the consortium will design and construct the bridges and maintain them for 25 years; PennDOT will retain ownership.

6 days ago

Police looking for thief posing as Allegheny County district attorney

Police say the man went to at least three stores in Butler County claiming he’s the district attorney or a member of his staff.

6 days ago

 Mazzy Bailey, then 17, of Bedford Dwellings in the Hill District, goes in for a dunk in 2012 at a lowered rim during events at the Bedford Dwellings Community Day as organized by the Housing Authority. The authority won’t release its findings from an investigation into tenant council elections at the housing complex.

Pittsburgh Housing Authority won’t release probe results

The authority’s 76-page report covers allegations over Bedford Dwellings tenant council election procedures.

1 week ago

 "The law-abiding and hard-working people of Homewood deserve safe streets and peaceful neighborhoods," said U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

Feds dismantle powerful cocaine, heroin rings in Pittsburgh

Federal agents are looking for four on the run, including one suspect from San Bernardino, Calif., and another from Clarksburg, W.Va.

6 days ago

Alleged leader of counterfeit credit card ring arrested in Allegheny County

But the Pennsylvania AG’s office says an accomplice in the scheme remains at large.

6 days ago

 The Port Authority board voted without dissent to approve an 18-month agreement with Aetna Inc., which outbid Highmark and UPMC.

Port Authority OKs health plan that will save agency $6.5 million

The agreement preserves employee access to doctors in the Highmark, UPMC and independent networks

6 days ago

 Sen. Mike Stack, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Pa. senator may hold seat, despite lieutenant governor nomination

Wolf’s running mate considers double duty; might retain Senate seat if elected.

6 days ago

 A charred piece of furniture was a small part of the damage left behind that had been burned during Saturday's riots at WVU.

WVU expels three as a result of weekend riots

Eight people were arrested and 24 others cited for various infractions Saturday after the celebration of WVU's football win turned ugly.

1 week ago

 Red-light cameras stand at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue in Philadelphia.

Philly red-light camera revenue to fund six Allegheny County projects

Some $6.6 million will be given to 37 municipalities to fund 41 projects across the state.

1 week ago

 Lisa Pellegrini

State attorney general will handle assault of Pittsburgh prosecutor

The district attorney's office asked the attorney general's office to take over the case to avoid the appearance of any conflict.

1 week ago

 The basic ingredients of the "Almost Famous" Primanti's sandwich can be delivered to your door, assembly required.

Get a taste of Primanti Bros. anywhere in the U.S.

The eatery has partnered with a food delivery service to ship sandwich packs nationwide through November.

1 week ago

 Sanjeev Baidyaroy has described the preservation of The Roxian Theater in McKees Rocks as a “success story."

Young Preservationists cite places to save in Pittsburgh region

The Young Preservationists Association’s annual list of 10 preservation opportunities names a McKees Rocks theater and an optical factory.

1 week ago

 Passengers move through the security line at Pittsburgh International Airport in December.

Sun Air to offer commuter flights out of Pittsburgh International Airport

The Florida-based airline will be flying to Lancaster, Franklin and Bradford from the airport.

1 week ago

Headshop owner should remain jailed, prosecutors argue

Mayank Mishra, 33, owner of Rock America in the old Northway Mall, is in custody on federal drug paraphernalia charges and wants out.

1 week ago

 The Environmental Protection Agency’s website says air toxics, or hazardous air pollutants, are known or suspected to cause serious health issues including reproductive or birth defects.

University of Pittsburgh study correlates autism with air pollution

Researchers discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene and children with the disorder.

1 week ago

 In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American who was detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

Jeffrey Fowle arrived in North Korea on April 29 and was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at the nightclub.

1 week ago

 The honor guard marches in  front of the new Commissary  during the grand opening ceremony in Moon Township.

New commissary, department store open in Moon for military personnel, vets

The commissary sells groceries at discounted prices to military personnel, veterans and their families.

1 week ago

Morgantown police using social media photos to nab rioters

Morgantown police have arrested five people in connection with what they described as “riots” after WVU’s victory Saturday against Baylor.

1 week ago

Legal claims settled in abuse cases at Johnstown Catholic high school

Students said they were abused by Brother Stephen Baker, who worked at the school from 1992 to 2001.

1 week ago

 U.S. Attorney David Hickton

Experts offer solutions to confidential informant problems

Critics say confidential informant decisions should be subject to oversight in addition to Department of Justice process.

1 week ago

 Larry Demas, a worker at the Westmoreland Supply Paint & Decorating Center in Ross, displays paint colors in this 2009 photo.

PPG turns to Westmoreland Supply sale to boost brand

PPG hopes to further grow its retail paint network in region with acquisition of Greensburg-based Westmoreland Supply’s 12 stores.

1 week ago

 Gary Moorefield

An award-winning bust used multiple paid informants

Prosecutors say confidential informants are crucial to prosecuting large drug networks, while concerns linger about fairness.

1 week ago

Poll says Pittsburgh accent is 'America's ugliest'’s bracketed competition came down to Pittsburgh vs. Scranton. Pittsburgh prevailed with 54 percent of the vote.

1 week ago

 T.J. Doyle is the medical director at the State-MED communications center at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Pittsburgh service advises airlines on health crises like Ebola

Airlines internationally consult with UPMC’s STAT-MD to treat ill patients during flights or divert the flight for medical emergencies.

1 week ago

 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Justice McCaffery

The justice is entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations that he tried to blackmail a fellow justice.

1 week ago

 A charred piece of furniture shows part of the damage left behind in some of Morgantown, W.Va.'s streets during Saturday's riots at WVU.

WVU warns students those involved in weekend riots will face sanctions

University officials said they will be reviewing social media posts and videotapes regarding the incidents, which ended in several arrests.

1 week ago

Parkway West schedule of overnight closures revised this week

The inbound side will be closed from Interstate 79 to Green Tree starting at 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

1 week ago

 Nick Trombetta leaves the Federal Courthouse in Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, 2013, after he pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment in U.S. District Court.

You too could be a confidential informant: four case studies

Business pals, a handyman, a thief and bodybuilders became confidential informants in Pittsburgh-area federal cases.

1 week ago

 Andrew McGill at Terror Town in the Strip District.

Video series / Haunted houses in the Pittsburgh area: Which one is the scariest?

Andrew McGill and Andrew Rush from the Post-Gazette’s visuals department have been checking out haunted houses deemed the scariest.

1 week ago

Intermittent traffic stoppages set today for Interstate 279 in the North Hills

Traffic will be stopped in the southbound lanes intermittently for 10 minutes or less for a two-hour period.

1 week ago

 United States Attorney David J. Hickton with Gary Davis of the DEA on the right, announce a large drug bust of 19 individuals charged with prescription drug trafficking.

Confidential informants are an integral but problematic part of federal law enforcement

Federal agents in Pittsburgh area turn drug dealers, murderers and liars into informants that build cases, both good and flawed.

1 week ago

WVU issues statement in response to riots following win against Baylor

“The focus should have been on celebrating our team, coaches and their achievement," the statement reads.

1 week ago


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