Environment


 Larry Schweiger
Larry Schweiger

PennFuture picks Pittsburgh native as CEO

Larry Schweiger replaces former president and CEO Cindy Dunn, who now heads the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


 Allegheny County had an average of about 107 asbestos-related deaths a year for the 15 years studied, the highest of any county in the state.

Study: Asbestos deaths in Allegheny County, Pa. much higher than national average

Asbestos, called the “hidden killer” because illnesses take decades to develop, still causes diseases despite not being made in the U.S.


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In Syria, the weaknesses of Islamic State and U.S. strategy on display

President Obama met with military leaders at the Pentagon and cited recent gains in Syria as progress in the fight against Islamic State.



South Carolina Senate casts first vote to remove Confederate flag

A final vote is pending and the outcome for the measure in the state House is uncertain.


 

World


Merkel warns Greece time running out to save place in euro

A key emergency meeting of European finance ministers is to be followed today by a summit of the continent’s leaders.



In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

Pope Francis at first Mass of his South American tour seeks support for family themes that are the focus of an October synod of bishops.


 
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Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind Act

A proposed bill would prohibit the federal government from mandating controversial national education standards.



Bill set to speed up sexual assault investigations

The Neuman Bill will establish timelines for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits and use the data to convict repeat offenders. …


 

Early Returns


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Former United States Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton walks in the Fourth of July


Perry on Politics: Trumping the field

(Associated Press photo) Donald Trump -- yes, the legendary The Donald -- is tied for second in polls in both Iowa and New