Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

2 days ago

Penn Hills council awards security monitoring contract

Penn Hills council awarded a two-year $20,328 contract for security alarm monitoring services to Security Systems of America of Forest

1 day ago

 Omar Shahid, left, local leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, speaks Saturday at the interfaith discussion at Al-Nur Mosque in Wilkinsburg. Sanjay Mehta, center, General Secretary of World Hindu Council of America and Rev. Rita Platt, pastor of South Avenue Methodist Church are also pictured.

Religious leaders assail violence in the name of faith

The gathering, held at the Al-Nur Mosque in Wilkinsburg, included leaders from Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and Judaism.

3 days ago

 Kevin Sousa stands inside the construction zone that is Superior Motors, a new restaurant he's opening in Braddock.

Kevin Sousa, a visionary chef with fiscal issues on his plate

Debts dogged previous ventures, but he’s clearing them while building a Braddock venue with foundation, nonprofit and crowdsourced support.

3 days ago

Sale of closed Hempfield prison to go forward

Sale of a closed prison property in Hempfield should save Pennsylvania $27 million over 10 years, a state official says.

4 days ago

 Drugs and money recovered during a Greensburg heroin bust earlier this year.

Three arrested in fentanyl-laced heroin death in Westmoreland County, where heroin overdose deaths reach all time-high

Coroner Kenneth Bacha attributes increase to crack down on prescription pain medications.

4 days ago

 East Allegheny superintendent Roger D’Emidio.

Retiring East Allegheny superintendent reflects on his tenure

Erasing a $2.5 million deficit and building the school are two of the accomplishments of which Roger D’Emidio is most proud.

5 days ago

Monroeville Mall youth escort policy in effect tonight

The policy was announced Feb. 8 and will launch at 6 p.m. tonight.

5 days ago

Energy Management Concepts Inc. makes highest bid for closed prison in Hempfield

Energy Management Concepts Inc. offered $950,000 for State Correctional Institution Greensburg.

5 days ago

Moss Side Middle Schoolers learn drumming, culture

The program is funded through a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

5 days ago

Pittsburgh choral arts groups to celebrate 10 years

Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts began in 2005 on the principle of camaraderie without judgment.

5 days ago

Penn Hills charter school seeks board approval for expansion

Imagine Entrepreneur Charter School wants to open a second location at 10700 Frankstown Road.

5 days ago

 Jackie Flasko, right, and Tom Nicklas use their iPhones to take photos of their kids during the 2015 MLHA Mt. Lebanon Hockey Association Classic at the RMU Island Sports Center.

Thrill of the ice: Indoor rinks in demand as hockey's popularity surges

USA Hockey Inc. has 519,417 players, ages 6-20, and 12,862 of them are playing hockey in Western Pennsylvania, according to USA Hockey.

5 days ago

East scape: Auditions scheduled for Greensburg, Trafford, Unity

News and other happenings throughout the south communities.

5 days ago

East a a glance: Murrysville road may become a dead end

Events and other happenings throughout the south communities.

5 days ago

 Reception Hotels is working with Philadelphia developer Core Realty to put a 155-room hotel on the fifth and sixth floors of the 13-story Macy's in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Development could be in store for Downtown Pittsburgh landmarks

East End natural and organic food market may expand into PPG Place, while a New York developer has its eye on Macy’s.

6 days ago

Woman charged with hosting underage drinking party at her Penn Township home

Police said that on Feb. 13 a video was shared with a school resource officer showing an underage drinking party.

6 days ago

Bridges in McKeesport, North Braddock to be restricted today

The inspections affect the Jerome Street Bridge and the Tassey Hollow Bridge.

6 days ago

Penn-Trafford paraprofessional charged with assaulting student

Police said charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Sharon Kosko, a 59-year-old aide at Penn Middle School in Jeannette.

5 days ago

Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

A new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

6 days ago

Former head of Horizons Hospice indicted for false billings

Mary Ann Stewart, the former chief operating officer at Horizons, is charged with health care fraud and lying to a federal grand jury.

5 days ago

 Matthew Eiseman

Penn Hills man pleads guilty to fatal drunken-driving crash on Route 28

James Hanion, 64, agreed to serve three to six years in prison as part of his negotiated plea with prosecutors.

6 days ago

Pa. death row inmate gets five to 10 years for hitting lawyer in court

The 47-year-old apologized and said he wanted to resolve his assault charges so he could focus on appealing his murder conviction.

1 week ago

Main player pleads guilty in major mortgage fraud case

George Kubini, 50, of Penn Hills, admitted his guilt before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

1 week ago

 Woodland Hills superintendent Alan Johnson, shown here in September, said the district is working to reduce the number of suspensions, including program changes as schools are realigned this fall and more teacher training on instructing children from diverse backgrounds.

Woodland Hills ranks in top 10 nationwide for elementary student suspensions

Researchers from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies say discipline gap needs to be addressed to solve the achievement gap.

1 week ago

 Detective Barb Sparrow, left, and Deputies Mark Lewis, center, and Tom Ninehouser, right, process guns surrendered during the "Guns for Opportunity," program sponsored by the Boilermakers Local 154 and hosted by Braddock Redux .

First guns-for-welding-training collection today

Braddock will host the first collection today in the "Guns for Opportunity" program that trades free welding training for guns.

1 week ago

Forest Hills Mayor O'Malley dead at age 73

Marty O’Malley, 73, described himself as a “progressive Democrat” when he became mayor in January 2010.

1 week ago

Allegheny County sheriff's deputies arrest man on most-wanted list

Deputies found Steven Pawlowski, 30, at his apartment building on Cambridge Drive.

1 week ago

 Jason E. Cooper

Plum high school teacher facing sex charges is back in jail

Police say Jason E. Cooper engaged in inappropriate activity with an 18-year-old female student at the high school and at a home.

1 week ago

 Anica Joyc swings her son Delko, 5, on one of the inner tubes alongside the snowtube hill at Boyce Park in January.

Boyce Park snowtubing area to close Wednesday for 'Let It Snow' filming

The ski slopes, however, will be open and operate on a normal schedule.

1 week ago

Woman accused of assaulting baby in Westmoreland County

According to court documents, Jessica Nichols, 22, of Greensburg faces charges of assault and endangering the welfare of children.

1 week ago

One injured in two-car Indiana County crash

The collision was reported about 6 a.m. on Route 119 near Route 56 in Homer City, according to the officials.

1 week ago

Motorist killed in late-night Rostraver crash

Jessica Calma, 33, of South Huntingdon died in the crash, which occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Finley Road.

1 week ago

Coroner: Couple found dead in snow had 'significant medical conditions'

Linda Darlene Cook, 61, and Kenneth Leroy Steffey, 64, were found dead by a family member outside their home in the village of Distant.

1 week ago

Penn Hills school board settles grievances with teachers

The board approved an agreement with the Penn Hills Education Association to address two grievances filed last year.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh police follow vehicle into Wilkinsburg, arrest two after chase

Officers tried to stop the vehicle at a gas station on Frankstown Road, but it speed off, police said in a news release today.

1 week ago

 Toy Nixon-McCray, 33, of the East Hills. Toy is wanted for kidnapping her three biological daughters.

East Hills woman charged with kidnapping biological children

Toy Nixon-McCray, a 33-year-old from the East Hills, took her three daughters -- ages 14, 5 and 6 months old.

1 week ago

Firefighters battle blaze at Jeannette spa

The fire has now spread into Computer Clinic at 418 Clay.

1 week ago

 Ruth Shirey, left, and her son Todd Royce Walters

Son faces charges in death of retired IUP professor Ruth Shirey

Faculty, staff and students at Indiana University of Pa. were reeling from the killing early Friday of an emeritus geography professor.

1 week ago

Eastbound turnpike lanes reopened after tractor-trailer overturns

The eastbound side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed between Monroeville and Irwin after a tractor-trailer overturned before 7 a.m.

1 week ago

Woman injured in Allegheny River Boulevard crash

The road was shut down between Sandy Creek Road and Washington Boulevard.

1 week ago

 The former Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette in Westmoreland County.

IRS drops claim against Westmoreland's Monsour property

The Internal Revenue Service agreed to drop its $4.6 million claim against Westmoreland’s Monsour property.

1 week ago

 Sixth-grade teacher Kelly Polosky coaches Dajaun Hamilton with his iPad in early February at Kelly Elementary School in Wilkinsburg.

Wilkinsburg School District to upgrade elementary schools

School district hopes to receive state reimbursement under the Planning and Construction Workbook for the renovation.

1 week ago

Man shot multiple times at Westmoreland County apartment building

The shooting took place shortly before 5 a.m. at the Arnold Towers apartments.

1 week ago

Fracking application under review in Penn Township

It is the first one since commissioners started revising their zoning laws late last year.

1 week ago

Initiative aims to boost home ownership in Monessen

The program provides funds for down payments and closing costs and could benefit at least two dozen moderate-income households.

1 week ago

 Renovation work continues in April 2014 by volunteers at the Lamp Theatre in Irwin.

Irwin awards contracts for Lamp Theatre project

Work on the landmark theater could start in March; the Lamp closed 10 years ago.

1 week ago

Norwin school board passes preliminary budget

Without trimming, the $67,983,000 budget would require a real estate tax increase of 4 mills.

1 week ago

Monroeville eyes impact of Penn Township Marcellus Shale well sites

Future Marcellus Shale drilling sites in Penn Township are close to the Monroeville border, and wells may enter the municipality.

1 week ago

Italian Oven eatery coming to Monroeville

A veteran restaurateur hopes to capitalize on the fast casual food trend and the popularity of Monroeville’s business district.

1 week ago


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