Financially strapped state universities are asked about their assets

The 14 State System universities hold hundreds of millions in unrestricted net assets but most are earmarked.

about 3 hours ago

Columbus day closings

Post offices will be closed, with no pickup or delivery of regular mail. Banks will be closed. State liquor stores will be open.

about 3 hours ago

 The CSX Corp. train that derailed and ignited in February spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Kanawha River in Mount Carbon, W.Va.

Inspectors missed defect that caused fiery oil train derailment in W.Va.

The Federal Railroad Administration today announced the results of its investigation into the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon.

about 4 hours ago

Former Fayette County police officer pleads guilty to depriving man of civil rights

Norman Howard, 42, a former Redstone Township officer, admitted that he punched a man in the face and then lied to cover it up.

about 10 hours ago

 A poll released Thursday shows that more than half of Ohio voters believe that adults’ personal use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal.

Ohio voters support use of medical marijuana

A proposed constitutional amendment would legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.

1 day ago

 "I would love to see rates continue to decline," said Christina Cassotis, authority CEO, adding the best way to do that is to increase the number of passengers using the airport.

Gas drilling revenue to help cut airlines' costs at Pittsburgh International

James Gill, the airport's COO, said about $10 million in projected drilling revenue will be earmarked toward the reduction.

about 14 hours ago

TRAFFIC: Route 51 restrictions planned this weekend

Also the Parkway West will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I-79 from 9 tonight to 8 a.m. Saturday.

about 13 hours ago

Oct. 8 lottery numbers corrected

The correct numbers from Thursday night’s drawing can be found at the Pennsylvania Lottery website and also below:

about 19 hours ago

 A $9 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will support expansion of conservation efforts at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Pittsburgh Zoo receives largest-ever gift, $9 million

The award will support expansion of conservation efforts at the zoo, officials said.

about 16 hours ago

Teenager death in Armstrong ruled natural

A teenager who died in Armstrong County in September had a congenital heart problem, the county coroner said today.

about 6 hours ago

 Thirty eight year old Antoine Ward (in this photo) was arrested on Januray 31st and charged with two counts of Criminal Homicide, Former Convict not to Own a Firearm, and Firearms not to be Carried without a License.  Ward is currently in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.  Ward's last known address is in the Beltzhoover section of the City.-  Pittsburgh homicide detectives have made an arrest in the shooting deaths of Cheralynn Sabatasso and Jason Eubanks on January 23rd .

DA's office no longer seeking death penalty in 2014 double killing in Allentown

Antoine Ward charged with two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Jason Eubanks and his girlfriend Cheralynn Sabatasso.

1 day ago

WVU hires Penn State administrator to rebuild Greek life

A student’s death and an earlier alcohol-fueled disturbance involving another frat prompted WVU to suspend most Greek activities last fall.

1 day ago

PennEnvironment going forward with suit against ArcelorMittal coke plant

PennEnvironment executive director David Masur said today that the company only recently offered to discuss the violations.

1 day ago

 The Parkway West outbound will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

TRAFFIC: Parkway West outbound closures scheduled this weekend

The highway will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

1 day ago

 Operation Safety Net founder, Dr. Jim Withers, hands medicine to a homeless man while making the rounds in Downtown Pittsburgh in 2011.

Pittsburgh doctor named to CNN’s heroes list

Dr. Jim Withers founded Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's Operation Safety Net in 1992.

1 day ago

Animal Friends to break ground on wellness center Sunday

The grand opening of the facility at 562 Camp Horne Road is expected to be early in 2017.

1 day ago

Crash, roasted chicken close lane of Turnpike

A tractor-trailer caught fire at mile marker 50 in Plum about 4 p.m.

2 days ago

Expect major delays on Parkway West this weekend

Parkway West reconstruction this weekend will feature work in both directions and come with new detour routes.

2 days ago

Allegheny County, Mount Oliver police investigate shooting of 24-year-old

After being shot, the man ran five blocks to the police station.

2 days ago

 “This gift provides a permanent stream of critically needed resources to attract and support talented faculty and students,” Subra Suresh said.

Hillman Foundation helps Carnegie Mellon create endowed chair

CMU says the fund will provide the school with more flexibility to attract and retain top-notch faculty and a diverse cohort of students.

2 days ago

TRAFFIC: North Shore lots, garage open at 4 p.m. for tonight's Pirates game

Also, the Roberto Clemente Bridge and Federal Street are closed due to the Pirates game tonight.

2 days ago

 Some seniors have indicated they’ll change plans because they’re tired of the back and forth between UPMC and Highmark, said one Pennsylvania Health Access Network official.

State Supreme Court to hear case involving UPMC, Highmark

The justices will hear arguments today on whether UPMC must include Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members in its network next year.

4 days ago

 Rich Fitzgerald says that, according to his budget proposal, most county departments would see a 1 or 2 percent increase due to normal cost of living adjustments.

Fitzgerald’s 2016 budget has no property tax hike

For the 14th year out of the last 15, the proposal would be without a millage hike for Allegheny County residents.

3 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court: Jim Thorpe’s body to remain in town that bears his name

The justices refused to hear an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma.

4 days ago

Most Allegheny County vehicle owners will pay for more for registrations in ’16

County council approved a measure that would add $5 to the state’s $36 annual registration fee.

3 days ago

7 charged in counterfeit scheme that defrauded business in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

The bogus bills were used at locations that included jewelry shops, gas stations, Target and Walmart stores, restaurants and Rivers Casino.

3 days ago

W.Va. man pleads guilty to involvement in heroin ring

John D. McKee, 30, pleaded guilty to aiding the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of an elementary school in Marshall County.

3 days ago

TRAFFIC: Part of Smithfield Street, Downtown to close for 7 months

A northbound lane and parking lane on Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed from Fourth to Fifth avenues.

3 days ago

 Jim Good, the authority’s executive director, said in a statement Monday that the authority is working to cut the number of estimated bills to 2 percent “as soon as possible.”

$12,500 water bill? PWSA still subject of billing complaints

Months after the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority began receiving complaints, some customers are still getting outrageously high bills.

4 days ago

 The Rev. Nick Mastrangelo, second from right, and the Rev. Terry O’Connor, right, lead the procession Sunday out of St. Therese Church in Munhall, which was visited by the Pittsburgh Mass Mob.

Mass Mob visits historic Pittsburgh-area churches, lends moral support

The group formed last year to celebrate and build an appreciation for the region’s historic churches and their heritages.

5 days ago

State Rep. Gibbons to host veterans specialist for benefits queries

State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, will be hosting an event to provide veterans and their families with a better

4 days ago

 Victor Sutton, the volunteer who found missing toddler Rainn Peterson in North Bloomfield, Ohio, saw the girl while riding an ATV to search fields in the area.

2-year-old girl from Ohio found alive following two-day search

Rescuers were less than an hour away from changing the nature of their mission from one of search to one of recovery.

4 days ago

Gas prices trend downward in Pittsburgh; temporarily lower than Ohio

Analysts reiterated their confidence that prices will continue to fall throughout autumn.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh city calendar

Events, meetings and concerts within the city limits for this week.

5 days ago

 The Sellman family -- from left, daughter, Tracy; mother, Sheila; father, Robert; and son, Michael -- bought their one and only home in Turtle Creek in 1977.

It's true: Pittsburghers tend to stay put in their homes

“What you have in Pittsburgh is rare,” said the director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors.

6 days ago

Two IUP football players charged in assault

Gabriel Yuille and Kaliff Starke-Clemons were members of the IUP football team.

5 days ago

Fire departments battle 2-alarm blaze in McKees Rocks

The fire began at about 4 p.m. in a house on the 200 block of Wright Street. There was no word on any injuries, the supervisor said.

5 days ago

Police chase ends in two-vehicle wreck in Duquesne

The chase started in West Homestead as police pursued a suspect in a stolen car, according to KDKA-TV.

5 days ago

 In eight years, only one of at least 120 line-of-duty shootings by a Pennsylvania state trooper has been ruled “improper.”

When state police shoot, it’s almost always ruled ‘justified’

Policing the use of force by their own troopers, the Pennsylvania State Police routinely come out of shooting inquiries without fault.

6 days ago

 “We’ll be continually affirming the teaching of the church, and now we have to find ways to reach out and be there for people who have a great deal of difficulty living up to that teaching,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.

Vatican synod on family builds on pope's visit

The pope today is convening a summit of bishops at the Vatican that runs through Oct. 25.

6 days ago

 A sign calling for prayer outside Umpqua Community College a day after the shooting there, in Roseburg, Ore.

Options for an active shooter: run, hide or fight

In the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, experts say action is sometimes needed.

1 week ago

 Faisal Rajab, 23, of Moon.

Man accused of helping assault suspect flee to Saudi Arabia denied bail

Faisal Rajab, 23, of Moon, was charged Friday with four counts of hindering apprehension and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

6 days ago

Greene County man dies in crash; cause likely due to medical emergency

Authorities said the Waynesburg man struck and embankment and flipped his pickup truck.

6 days ago

 Bruce K. Heim

Penn State criticized for lauding ex-official of Sandusky charity

Penn State selected Bruce Heim to join a group of alumni for an honorary coin toss prior to Penn State’s game Saturday.

1 week ago

Airman from West Virginia among those killed in Afghanistan plane crash

Airman Ryan Hammond was on a U.S. Air Force C-130J military transport plane from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

1 week ago

 Metal decking is installed on the new Hulton Bridge in April. The $65 million bridge is scheduled to open Oct. 20.

TRAFFIC: Hulton Bridge to close Monday; Parkway West this weekend

Also, PennDOT says there will be a full closure of Parkway West’s inbound lanes, weather permitting, from 9 tonight through Monday morning.

1 week ago

 The Tower at PNC Plaza on Wood Street between Fifth and Forbes avenues features a double-skinned facade, a solar chimney and other amenities.

PNC shows off tower, its ‘crown jewel’

PNC CEO William Demchak described the building as the "crown jewel" of the bank's green development efforts.

1 week ago

RAD budget increased to $94.7M for 2016

The organization, which supports and finances the region’s cultural assests, says grant allocations will be increased in the new year.

1 week ago

 Michael Kelly

Former USC lifeguard faces new charges

Michael Andrew Kelly was a lifeguard at the township’s community center.

1 week ago

 Matthew Galla, the former manager of Munhall borough.

Former Munhall manager sentenced for theft of borough funds

A second judge honors Matthew Galla’s orginal plea deal after a first judge refuses to honor the agreement and then recuses himself.

1 week ago