Kenny Chesney performs at Heinz Field as part of his No Shoes Nation tour in June 2013.

Summer concert season seen as boon to Pittsburgh economy

VisitPittsburgh estimates the Chesney show and concerts by Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones and One Direction will generate $35.4 million.

about 16 hours ago

WQED’s 3-year look at black men and boys ends tonight

Tonight’s finale will be followed by a live half-hour panel discussion on race relations.

26 minutes 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.

31 minutes ago

Officials: Apartment fire that killed elderly South Fayette man started in laundry room

The cause of the fire at the Valleyfield Apartments complex on Washington Pike is under investigation.

about 6 hours ago

 Alex Arch, 16, of Keystone Oaks, shares a laugh during a prom for special needs students Wednesday inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

about 16 hours ago

 Randy Cellone, president of Cellone’s Bakery, stands in the company’s Crafton-area facility.

Cellone’s Bakery plans expansion with a new facility, new product ideas

A few weeks ago, the company started up its first production line at a new 112,000-square-foot manufacturing site off Route 60 near Crafton.

about 16 hours ago

 Councilwoman Darlene Harris won the Democratic primary last week and is all but assured of keeping her seat in the November election.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris questions renovations at Pittsburgh inspections department

Darlene Harris opened a new front Wednesday in her feud with the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

about 16 hours ago

 Lydia Vevers, left, and Mallory Rongier work in the bakery section
 of Market St. Grocery, Downtown.

Market St. Grocery stocks shelves with local ingredients and unusual products

For the everyday shopper and the gourmand, the Downtown Pittsburgh market offers a range of products at competitive prices.

about 16 hours ago

Worker rescued from collapsed trench; agency says safety procedures weren't followed

Initial investigation shows the worker was not in a trench box, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration official.

about 1 hour ago

Body of man, 26, found in Yough River in Fayette County

The county's 911 center received multiple reports of a man in his 20s who went under the water about 6:30 p.m.

about 8 hours 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.

about 16 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, unveiled in early March, includes $1 billion in new funding for education and reductions to the corporate tax rate and school property taxes.

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

about 16 hours ago

Crash victim refused ride home with sober friend, trial testimony reveals

The trial for homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence will continue today.

about 16 hours ago

Ex-BNY Mellon employee gets more than 7 years in prison for financial schemes

Joe Graziano, a former corporate trust administrator, admitted earlier this year that he stole millions from the bank.

about 4 hours ago

 Prosecutors aren’t saying how many students benefited from the alleged college test-taking scheme.

Pittsburgh authorities indict 15 Chinese in college test-taking scheme

Prosecutors said the defendants, including two living in Pittsburgh, defrauded Educational Testing Services and the College Board.

about 2 hours ago

 First-graders Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in June. Faison K-5 is one of five priority schools in Pittsburgh that received federal School Improvement Grants.

Public asked to comment on improvement plans for some Pittsburgh schools

The school improvement plans are required of certain schools in the federal Title 1 program.

about 6 hours ago

West Carson Street access to Corliss Tunnel to remain closed

The work is part of the $39 million West Carson Street reconstruction project that is scheduled to continue into April 2016.

about 8 hours 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.

about 8 hours ago

Construction worker injured after falling off beam in Strip District

The incident occurred at noon in the 2600 block of Railroad Avenue.

about 2 hours ago

 Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Department of Health, presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a press conference on Tuesday.

Allegheny County Health Department receives $750K grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation

The grant will be targeted to disadvantaged communities to provide, in part, items such as food trucks with fresh fruits and vegetables.

about 5 hours ago

Mon Incline reopens after mechanical issue

Shuttle buses transported riders between the incline stations.

about 7 hours 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.

about 5 hours ago

Section of Glass Run Road closed today, Friday

The road was scheduled to close from 7 a.m. today to 7 p.m. Friday between Baldwin and Gensler roads.

about 8 hours ago

Police search for suspect in Shadyside bank robbery

The robber is described as a black man, 5-foot-7 and in his 20s, weighing about 210 pounds.

about 8 hours 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.

about 7 hours ago

 Matthew Alexander of Sewickley organizes shelves at the Northside Community Food Pantry where he volunteers.

Hoping to look more like market, North Side food pantry starts crowdfunding drive

Looking to double the outreach, the Northside Community Food Pantry has gone out of its neighborhood and to the web seeking donations.

about 20 hours ago

 Pittsburgh firefighters gather for a retirement party for Dale Malacki, left, today along the North Shore.

Boaters on North Shore have prime parking for concerts, games

Long-term stays could come to an end, however, with an ordinance being drafted by the city’s public safety officials.

1 day ago

 Mary Mayberry, center, who teaches at Mon Valley School, joins other teachers, parents and supporters marching Wednesday outside the Allegheny Intermediate Unit building at The Waterfront to protest reported cuts in staff.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts will affect three centers: Sunrise in Monroeville, Mon Valley in Jefferson Hills and Pathfinder in Bethel Park.

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 19 hours ago

 The scene of a stabbing of three men on Maplewood Avenue in Ambridge.

Three men stabbed in fight in Ambridge

Ambridge police chief says the fight broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Maplewood Avenue.

1 day ago

 Some of the smartphones the three suspects are accused of stealing from the Sprint store at the Pittsburgh Mills mall.

Store employee, others charged with stealing 90 smartphones at Pittsburgh Mills

The three were arraigned on burglary and other charges and jailed after failing to post bond in connection with Monday night’s incident.

about 17 hours ago

 Workers clean up the Carnegie Science Center parking lot the morning after Kenny Chesney's 2013 concert at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh aims to control Chesney crowd

Pittsburgh is taking crowd control measures near Heinz Field after excess trash was left behind after concerts the past two years.

about 17 hours ago

Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

1 day ago

Westmoreland, Indiana, Cambria counties under drought watch

A drought watch is the least severe of the state's classifications and calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

1 day ago

Man injured in New Kensington shooting

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

1 day ago

 The Rev. Lou Vallone, pastor of St.  John of God in McKees Rocks, performs the annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on Palm Sunday.

'What you see is what you get': Catholic priest is a biker with a message

The Rev. Lou Vallone enjoys getting on his 2003 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard and taking on the two-lane blacktop.

1 day ago

 Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.

1 day ago

Inbound Parkway West to close for weekend

The closure from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

1 day 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.

1 day ago

Water main break closes section of Mt. Lebanon Boulevard

Pennsylvania American Water said about 50 customers, including a McDonald's restaurant and an apartment building, were without water.

1 day 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.

1 day ago

Peters council to address speeding concerns on Boyer Road

The township will look into placing a portable speed hump on the road with a lighted speed counter to remind motorists to slow down.

1 day 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.

1 day ago

North Allegheny hires principal for high school

The North Allegheny school board has raided its neighboring district for a principal’s position.

about 17 hours ago

Elizabeth Forward school budget holds line on taxes

School directors first approved the budget by a unanimous vote, then voted on the millage proposal.

about 17 hours ago

Northview Heights man found guilty of murder

Paul Kendrick, 20, was also found guilty of conspiracy and illegally carrying a firearm.

about 17 hours ago

 State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, who is resigning within the month, was Wednesday named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

Matt Smith will leave Senate for Pittsburgh chamber

Matt Smith was named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

about 17 hours ago

McKeesport Area School District approves preliminary budget

McKeesport Area’s 2015-16 preliminary budget has a millage rate of 16.15 mills -- up from 15.7 for the 2014-15 school year.

about 18 hours ago

Officials called to the scene of a fire in South Fayette

The Allegheny County Medical examiner's office has been called to the scene of a  fire that blazed through an apartment complex in South

about 18 hours ago