The Clairton coke plant along the Monongahela River.

Clairton Coke Works still lagging on air pollution

U.S. Steel Corp. to pay $300,000 penalty for exceeding emissions limit at new coke battery.

about 5 hours ago

Sto-Rox lodges another appeal to block Propel-West

Sto-Rox School District wants Commonwealth Court to block the school because it would take so many students it could kill the district.

about 5 hours ago

 Construction work along Route 30 in Hempfield is scheduled to wrap up in November, according to PennDOT.

Route 30 work on target for November finish

The $8 million project to add center turning lanes to a 1.5-mile section of the highway in Jeannette and Hempfield began in 2012.

about 5 hours ago

 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s vote will transform Britain

On eve of the vote, several opinion polls indicated a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result.

about 4 hours ago

House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

about 5 hours ago

End-of-life care needs sweeping overhaul, panel says

American way of dying is broken, too costly, and not necessarily what patients want, national expert panel finds.

about 5 hours ago

 Children participate in Maria Congelio's kindergarten class at McIntyre Elementary School in Ross. Behind them is the whiteboard with the Class Dojo app, where she can keep a chart for rewards, timers and other tools to help motivate the kids. Ms. Congelio carries her smart phone while teaching and can instantly reward students on the chart with the app.

DoJo used to monitor students at McIntyre Elementary in Ross

Teachers use the application with kindergartners as a digitized version of a behavior chart and allows parents to monitor kids’ behavior.

about 5 hours ago

 A ribbon cutting and dedication last week celebrated the opening of Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School in the McKeesport Area School District.

'It really brightens McKeesport'

The official grand opening of the Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School celebrated the facility’s assets, environment responsibility.

about 5 hours ago

Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

about 5 hours ago

With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

about 5 hours ago

Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

about 7 hours ago

House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

about 5 hours ago

With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

about 5 hours ago

Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky trips

In the past two months, more than 1,300 Gazans are believed to have gone to Egypt.

about 7 hours ago

Blue Devils marching band show to mark 20th year in Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon High School’s festival of bands will take place this weekend, coordinated by nearly 100 volunteers and featuring nine bands.

about 5 hours ago

Low expectations as Obama, Rouhani head to U.N.

Few expect there will be a meeting between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

about 7 hours ago

Getting into N. Korea a powerful temptation for some Americans

Americans have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea.

about 7 hours ago

2nd U.S. space group seeks alternative to Russian engines

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is teaming with Boeing and Lockheed Martin in a bid to develop a U.S. alternative to Russian-made rocket engines.

about 5 hours ago

Olweus anti-bullying program starts another year at Chartiers Valley schools

The theme for this year’s program is “Peace by Piece,” signifying that each individual is responsible for peaceful decision-making.

about 5 hours ago

National briefs: Hackers from China targeting U.S.

Plus: Anti-aging competition; Bill would end ATF; Structures threatened; Ebola recovery expected.

about 5 hours ago

World briefs: Saudi clerics decry jihadi terrorism

Plus: Arrest spooks billionaires; Afghan journalist killed; Chinese leader in India; Nigerian terrorists strike; Nurse contracts Ebola

about 5 hours ago

 The U.S. flag is reflected in the window of a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle in Scranton for the viewing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson. Trooper Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.

Pa. residents on edge as manhunt continues for 'survivalist' who killed trooper

Some area school districts decided not to open, including Pocono Mountain district, where alleged shooter Eric M. Frein was once a student.

about 6 hours ago

Thompson Run Road restrictions start today

The traffic restrictions are scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from today though Sept. 26.

about 14 hours ago

Enterovirus reaches Pennsylvania; at least six cases reported in Erie, Philly

Health officials say 12 states, including Pennsylvania, now have respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus.

about 22 hours ago

 Sen. Jane Orie

State Supreme Court refuses to hear Orie appeal

Former state Sen. Jane Orie wanted the state Supreme Court to review her conviction on forgery, theft of services and other charges.

about 6 hours ago

Goodbye Rosedale Technical Institute; hello Rosedale Technical College

Non-profit school says it is changing its name to better reflect its impact on workforce development.

about 16 hours ago

Controller seeks more information on county vehicles

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said she has not received a complete inventory of county-owned and leased cars, as requested.

1 day ago

Port Authority announces weekend T detours

Crews will replace the crossing at Potomac Avenue.

about 18 hours ago

Wilkinsburg School District plans to fire human resources director

The district would not specify why it was terminating its contract with Andrea Williams, who has been on full-time leave since March 28.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania House votes to rename Department of Public Welfare

Advocates have long pushed for the switch to the Department of Human Services.

about 6 hours ago

Dispute over Tomalis emails may not be resolved soon

The state Department of Education moves to block the release of emails of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.

1 day ago

State, corrections union investigate health at prisons by coal sites

The reviews come after two human rights groups found substantial cancer rates at SCI Fayette, built next to a fly ash dump.

1 day ago

Consultant raps city on payroll audit data

The meeting detailed the latest chapter in the clash between Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the city over a new payroll system.

1 day ago

Obituary: Richard Leo Welsh / A “giant” in the field of vision services

Richard Welsh left the seminary to spend a lifetime helping the blind and vision-impaired, becoming a nationally recognized leader.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

1 day ago

Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

1 day ago

Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

1 day ago

U.K. official at center of child sex scandal quits

Shaun Wright had clung onto his job as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire in the face of the almost-universal criticism

1 day ago

Iraq parliament rejects picks for defense, interior

The move left crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against the Islamic State.

1 day ago

Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

1 day ago

Ukrainian president travels to U.S., leaving a raft of problems back home

President Petro Poroshenko’s country chafed at the tentative cease-fire and the slow pace of change.

1 day ago

 Frank Van Den Bleeken

Belgium grants jailed rapist-murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the nation doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused?

1 day ago

U.S. poverty declines in 2013

The U.S. poverty rate dropped in 2013 for the first time in seven years, and child poverty rate fell for the first time in 13 years.

1 day ago

CDC finds Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of obesity-related ailments.

1 day ago

Local Dispatch: Volunteer gene boosts rewards of retirement

Retirement brings all kinds of fulfilling options, once you’re tired of watching TV.

1 day ago

Number of prisoners in U.S. grew in 2013

Combined state and federal prison inmate ranks rose slightly because of more state incarcerations after a three-year decline.

1 day ago

Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Car bomb kills 3 soldiers in Afghan capital

PLUS: Mortar fired from Gaza; atrocities in Syria; reprieve for Uber; Uighur prof on trial

1 day ago

National Briefs: 2 firms win pacts to ferry astronauts

PLUS: Fourth casino goes belly up; immigrants lose insurance; nuclear waste action; 20 years for gun battle; rail service restored

1 day ago

 Ron Tomalis resigned as special adviser on higher education effective Aug. 26.

Auditor general expands probe of Pennsylvania education department

The move comes in the wake of new reports about the job performance of Ron Tomalis, a former special adviser on higher education.

about 6 hours ago


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