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Pittsburgh International Airport passenger arrested with loaded gun

It was the first firearm found in carry-on luggage at the airport this year.

about 9 hours ago


 Carrie Lane, the Youth Services Coordinator of the Allegheny County Library Association, assembles American Girl Doll kits at the ACLA's West End office on Wednesday. The doll kits will be available to check out of ten Libraries around the Pittsburgh area for one week at a time beginning Jan. 28.

American Girl dolls for all

Children can now check out American Girl dolls at nearby libraries, allowing them to learn about both local and American history.

2 days ago


 Noreen and Rich Kohl can keep their Giant Breed Rescue business at their home in New Sewickley, Beaver County.

Giant Breed Dog Rescue wins court case, can continue operating

Rich and Noreen Kohl’s Beaver County home serves as a refuge for large dogs. They faced opposition from neighbors and the zoning board.

4 days ago


Montour board appoints substitute superintendent

Montour appointed educational consultant Terrence Kusher to fill the top administrative seat left empty earlier this month.

4 days ago


Commonwealth Court allows Beaver County kennel to continue to operate

With Wednesday’s ruling, kennel owners Richard and Noreen Kohl can keep Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Dog Rescue open.

4 days ago


 Aiden Ozbey, center, 5, of Collier Township, tries to shield the ball from other players while playing a game in the new hockey rink at the Settlers Cabin Park in Oakdale on Jan. 17.

New dek hockey rink opens at Settlers Cabin Park

The rink is part of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Project Power Play initiative.

5 days ago


Aldi first business to open at The Crossings in South Fayette

A Starbucks and Chipolte Mexican Grill are scheduled to open next.

5 days ago


Could field trips make a comeback in Montour?

School board is discussing a return to student field trips, a line trimmed from the budget several years ago to save money.

5 days ago


Findlay's Moody Road 'highway' to get more study

A former detour has become a regular route for some drivers and residents are asking the township to curtail speeding on the road.

5 days ago


 Paula Simmons, 24, of Peters Township, joined South Fayette as recreation director on Jan. 6.

South Fayette has new recreation director

Paula Simmons, 24, previously directed the newly created recreation department in Brentwood.

5 days ago


Talks on Moon Area-Cornell merger await new state government

Moon Area School District officials approached Cornell School District officials in June to discuss possibly combining the districts.

5 days ago


Collier taking steps to promote businesses

A resolution to “Buy Collier First” implements several measures to raise awareness of community businesses on the township website.

5 days ago


 Keiterez Bynum

Students starting to 'warm up' to Sto-Rox coordinator of student success

Keiterez Bynum says he’s excited to go to work and hopes to make students excited to come to school.

5 days ago


Chartiers Valley High a finalist for national STEM award

The school district has taken steps to improve science, technology, engineering and math training in curriculum across the board.

5 days ago


 Highland Park native Nick Peterson.

New job allows Pittsburgh native to discover new part of region

Nick Peterson, who grew up in Highland Park, is the new marketing coordinator for Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks.

5 days ago


Pittsburgh-area quilters prepare for March show

Organized by the Three Rivers Quilters Guild, the show offers cash prizes and ribbons to first- through third-place winners in 15

5 days ago


West at a glance: Bidding open for state park concession contract

News and other happenings from throughout the west communities.

5 days ago




West scape: Children's party slated for Scott library

Events and other happenings throughout the west communities.

5 days ago


Samantha Bennett: Plan for 'new me' is a lemon

A regimen of healthy, natural eating turns out to be a headache.

5 days ago


 Malcolm C. Peplow discusses the 100-year-old brass box given to his father during the Christmas truce of 1914 on the Western Front in Europe during World War I.

Brass box from princess connects Collier resident to family, World War I

Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas present to British soldiers and sailors still has place of honor in the home of Malcolm C. Peplow.

6 days ago


North Fayette's DeMarco to seek Allegheny County Council at-large seat

Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon, announced last week that she would not run for a second term.

5 days ago


 Donald E. Boyer

Montour probe finds official had 2nd job, was OK’d by superintendent

The board authorized the investigation after it could not get satisfactory answers about an administrator’s status with the district.

1 week ago


2 Beaver Falls fires investigated

Officials are investigating two Beaver Falls fires that destroyed multiple buildings over the weekend.

1 week ago


 The European starling was imported to America in the 1890s, a noble gesture gone wrong.

Why starlings are still the unwelcome avian guest

Brought to America in the 1890s, the invasive species may be declining in number, but sympathy for the bird is hard to find.

1 week ago


Missing finger, confession lead to bank robbery arrest

One of the pieces of evidence against Kirk Stutes was the fact that he was missing a finger, authorities said.

1 week ago


 Debra L. Doud, 49, of Rochester, was killed in a motor vehicle crash Friday morning when a truck slammed into the back of her Pontiac Grand Prix on Route 65 around 6:50 a.m. in Ambridge.

Truck driver admits to falling asleep at the wheel in Ambridge fatal crash

Debra L. Douds, 49, of Rochester Township, was stopped at a red light when her car was struck.

1 week ago


Aliquippa man gets prison in Matthews International fake invoice scheme

Peter Kalemon, 46, of Aliquippa, had pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September.

1 week ago


 Amanda Kirby, a youth services librarian for the Western Allegheny Community Library in Oakdale, poses for a portrait with a silver ticket, part of a promotion marking the library's Silver Anniversary.

Silver tickets mark 25 years for Western Allegheny library

The North Fayette library is celebrating its silver anniversary by hiding these tickets in books and other materials.

1 week ago


 As seen from Beechwood Boulevard, snow blankets a Squirrel Hill residential development overlooking the Monongahela River on Jan. 7.

Whether winter blues or cabin fever, depression in winter months is real in Pittsburgh, nationwide

Nationwide, 3 out of 4 Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers are women. About 5 percent of the American population suffers from SAD.

1 week ago


A way to keep winter roads clear in Green Tree, Collier and North Fayette

Some communities are using salt brine, known as liquid salt, to keep roads free of snow. Europe has been using the substance for years.

1 week ago


Manslaughter charges are dismissed against father

David  and Jennifer Beatty must still stand trial on child endangerment charges because of the allegedly deplorable condition of their home.

1 week ago




Attempt to re-hire Moon Area school football coach fails

District decision to take its football program “in another direction” stands after the school board voted down a motion to rehire coach

1 week ago






 Wendy Snow Walker

Arts director teaches 'everyone from 3 to 103'

Wendy Snow Walker is the new director of the Henry Mancini Arts Academy and has created a program called Heroes.

1 week ago


Jury to resume deliberations Friday morning in party bus killing trial

James Lawrence, his girlfriend and a childhood friend testified Wednesday that he was with them the night Steven Lee Jr. was killed.

1 week ago


 Coraopolis police Chief Alan DeRusso has been off on worker’s compensation since an August accident, borough manager Raymond McCutcheon said.

Coraopolis police chief placed on leave after being charged in August car crash

The crash occurred Aug. 7 around 8:14 a.m. when Chief Alan DeRusso's unmarked police car ran a red light and struck a woman's vehicle.

1 week ago


 Michael Keaton arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday night.

Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton puts Robinson’s Forest Grove on the map

Michael Keaton set the world straight about his hometown during his four-minute heartfelt Golden Globes acceptance speech.

2 weeks ago


 Bonnie Hendzel

Janitor, friend charged with theft from police credit union

Police said they took drinks and office supplies, and surveillance footage showed them looking through personal information.

1 week ago


 Jury selection was set to begin this morning in the trial for Michael McVey, 51, of Steubenville.

Steubenville schools chief quits in deal to drop case tied to rape

The charges stemmed from an investigation into a 2012 rape case involving two football players.

2 weeks ago


Esmark wins bid for Serbian mill once abandoned by U.S. Steel

The Sewickley-based company plans to invest about $400 million in the venture over the next five years.

2 weeks ago


 In December, Economy police released this sketch of a woman whose embalmed head was found off Ridge Road Extension. Authorities said the sketch hasn't helped in the search.

Officials hope 3-D model will help identify embalmed head

Economy Police Chief Michael O’Brien said a police sketch of the dead woman’s face released late last month hasn’t helped.

2 weeks ago


Ohio woman arrested for trying to take drugs into SCI-Mercer

Staff found marijuana and pills on Janice Hicks, 55, of Columbus when she tried to visit an inmate at the state prison in Mercer County.

2 weeks ago


Woman killed in crash in New Sewickley

The crash happened at 6:50 a.m. on Freedom Crider Road near the intersection with Woodcroft Road, said Beaver County emergency dispatch.

2 weeks ago


FDA cites McKees Rocks food warehouse

The warehouse owned by a New York-based company was cited for “significant violations” after an inspection found unsanitary conditions.

2 weeks ago


Cincinnati developer to build warehouses in Pittsburgh airport corridor

Al. Neyer LLC plans to build two single-story warehouses on 40 acres of land in Clinton Commerce Park.

2 weeks ago


Montour board places superintendent on paid leave pending retirement

Donald E. Boyer is on paid leave of absence pending his retirement on March 30.

2 weeks ago


Montour teacher charged with selling heroin from home in Robinson

Charles Schaldenbrand was charged after police said he was dealing heroin from a home he rented from the police chief of Robinson.

2 weeks ago



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