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Pa. attorney general's office: Agents broke up $1 million drug ring

The AG’s office said members of the group made at least 14 trips to New York City to buy drugs between Oct. 24 and Feb. 19.

about 7 hours ago


Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

Speakers noted the difficulty of reaching a formula that could fairly distribute state money to the many types of schools in Pennsylvania.

about 20 hours ago


Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

about 20 hours ago


Grants aimed at reducing runoff into Lake Erie

The money will dent the flow of fertilizer and manure  feeding the algae blooms that threaten the supply of drinking water from Lake Erie.

1 day ago


 The state Supreme Court on Tuesday found that a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed upon a poker dealer convicted of stealing $200 from the Rivers Casino on the North Shore is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania's top court rules $75,000 fine for employee's theft at casino illegal

The state Supreme Court ruled that the $75,000 mandatory fine given a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was excessive.

1 day ago


Wolf campaign continues to hammer Corbett

Fresh Start is bringing its Tomalis protests to Pittsburgh as part of a statewide effort to dog Gov. Tom Corbett.

1 day ago


 Signs lead to the Monroeville tollbooths of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pennsylvania Turnpike defendants challenge corruption evidence

Defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption case say the state can’t prove a direct relationships between contracts and donations.

2 days ago


Prosecutors argue Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption charges should go to trial

Prosecutors tell a judge they have to prove a pattern of conduct, not a direct awarding of contracts for contributions to support charges.

1 day ago


State Health Department changes shale gas complaint procedures

Critics say the state Health Department’s changes to track health complaints about Marcellus Shale drilling don’t go far enough.

2 days ago


 Pope Francis gives a thumbs up during a meeting Aug. 15 with Asian youth at the Solmoe Sanctuary in Dangjin, South Korea.

Pope Francis confirms hopes for 2015 trip to Philadelphia

The U.S. visit would include stops in Philadelphia, Washington and New York.

3 days ago


Uber presents testimony before Pennsylvania PUC judges

The company’s attorney instructed a witness not to answer questions about the number of rides provided while under a cease-and-desist order.

2 days ago


 Stephen Chbosky during the filming in Pittsburgh of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

Pennsylvania's annual $60 million film credits cap unlikely to increase this year

Between 2007 and 2012, Pennsylvania issued $298 million in tax credits among 292 productions and 500 applicants.

4 days ago


Accident involving camper causes delays on Pennsylvania Turnpike

All lanes are open, but many drivers left their vehicles while waiting for the accident to be cleared causing a "gigantic backlog."

4 days ago


Penn State trustees discuss downsizing the board

During a contentious committee meeting, board members discuss three different proposals for restructuring the board.

5 days ago


Pennsylvania unemployment rises for the first time in two years

It still remained below the national 6.2 percent rate and is a 25 percent decrease from the number of Pennsylvanians out of work last July.

5 days ago


Regional task force on drug addiction nears final report

Effort to stem opiate tide has 11 initial concepts as it sprints toward September report.

6 days ago


 Early morning clouds of the Pittsburgh skyline are reflective in a quiet Fountain pool at Point State Park on Friday.

Proposed Act 47 program's changes leave out Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh officials say the city would be unfairly left out of proposed revisions to the act designed to help distressed cities.

6 days ago


Police: Brockway man commits suicide after shooting barmaid in Elk County

Nobody was answering the phone Friday at the club about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

6 days ago


 The Post-Gazette's new printing press now occupies this former solar firm facility in Clinton, Pa.

To our readers: Introducing the new Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As we plan the new Post-Gazette, we are reprinting a parade of nameplates from our past.

6 days ago


 Ron Tomalis, former special adviser to the governor on higher education.

Ron Tomalis probe demands continue

Calls continued Wednesday for investigations into whether he was a “ghost employee” and into email retention policy.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania restaurants object to LCB markup proposal

The disclosure of an internal Liquor Control Board proposal to raise the markup on wine and spirits has Pennsylvania restaurants protesting.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett said today he would consider filling the higher education adviser position if re-elected.

Corbett defends education adviser who resigned amid questions about duties

Gov.Tom Corbett said Ron Tomalis “did his work” despite others calling for his ouster after the Post-Gazette found little work product.

6 days ago


 Tom Wolf and  Tom Corbett

Corbett, Wolf set fall debate schedule

The two men will square off Sept. 22 at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce dinner in Hershey, according to a schedule from the campaigns.

1 week ago


Uber seeking drivers in State College, Reading, Erie

Hearing for the ride share company’s permanent application to begin service is Monday in the PUC's Downtown Pittsburgh office.

1 week ago


Three arrested in investigations by Pa. attorney general's office

Officials said Terrick Smith, of Braddock, and Marquese Underwood, of West Mifflin, had guns that had been reported stolen.

1 week ago


Penn State trustees vote to continue following consent decree

Penn State’s Board of Trustees passes resolution that allows continuation of NCAA consent decree as settlement talks with the NCAA move on.

1 week ago


Federal judge hears arguments about disputed proceeds in 'Kids for Cash' scandal

A U.S. District judge held a conference in a case that pits plaintiff Gregory R. Zappala  against his former partner Robert J. Powell.

1 week ago


 U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, center, talks to Niare Jordan, 5, right, a  student at the Hug Me Tight Childlife Center in the Hill District.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicks off preschool grant competition in Pittsburgh

Mr. Duncan said early childhood education is "the most important investment we can make."

1 week ago


 Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, left, and Gov. Tom Corbett meet in June at the Environmental Partnership Dinner in Philadelphia.

Corbett, Wolf to debate in Wilkinsburg in October

The gubernatorial candidates also will debate in Hershey and Philadelphia.

1 week ago


 Ron Tomalis.

Tomalis resigns as education adviser to Corbett

His resignation comes two weeks after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found little evidence of work at his post as adviser to the governor.

1 week ago


 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen in 1994.

Rolf Larsen, former state Supreme Court justice, dies

Mr. Larsen was the first justice to be impeached and removed from office by the state Legislature.

1 week ago


 Ron Tomalis

Deleting all government emails violates Pennsylvania policy

The acting secretary of education’s comments on daily email purges contradicts department policy and state law.

1 week ago


California man guilty of sneaking cocaine through San Francisco airport to Pittsburgh

Kenneth R. Douglas, 66, of Hayward, faces a December sentencing.

1 week ago


 Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township in 2013.

DEP gets second dour report on gas well oversight

A second report faults state handling of shale gas development boom, and says residents’ health is compromised

1 week ago


State Department of Education accepting applications for mentoring grant program

Through the program, high-achieving schools can apply to become mentors to low-achieving schools.

1 week ago


 Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser

Penn State trustees to discuss NCAA lawsuit status

The trustees will hold a public conference call Wednesday morning to discuss the NCAA consent decree and a $60 million fine.

1 week ago


State releases first performance scores for school districts

School Performance Profile scores for districts in 2012-13 put North Allegheny at the top and Wilkinsburg at the bottom in Allegheny County.

1 week ago


 Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser.

9 PSU trustees seek meeting on consent decree

The request was made in a letter that was addressed to board chairman Keith Masser and seeks a special meeting to be held later this month.

1 week ago


Refusal to sell wedding gowns to lesbian couple stirs debate in Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg Town Council plans to discuss the incident Monday.

1 week ago


 Richard Starchia, left, Riconya Jackson, center, and her mother, Tonia Jackson, pay their respects July 28 at a makeshift memorial for three children who were killed when a car lost control July 25 and hit a group of people in Philadelphia. The children's mother died Thursday night.

Mother of 3 kids killed in Philadelphia carjacking dies

A Temple University Hospital spokeswoman said Keisha Williams, 34, died Thursday night. She had been in critical condition since the crash.

1 week ago


 NCAA President Mark Emmert. A federal judge has given the NCAA and state officials a month to try to work out a possible settlement of a lawsuit over the penalties Penn State University is paying for mishandling the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

State, NCAA get delay to work on Penn State settlement

A judge granted a joint motion Thursday that says another month would give the parties a “meaningful opportunity” to resolve the lawsuit.

1 week ago


 The Downtown Pittsburgh skyline seen from the North Shore.

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh receive poor marks for friendliness to small business

A survey of more than 12,000 small business owners by a San Francisco firm gave the region some of the worst grades in the country.

1 week ago


Allegheny County Department of Human Services to offer caregiver training sessions

All sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the agency’s offices, 2100 Wharton St., South Side.

2 weeks ago


 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead on July 6 to prepare to parade around town in a showing of solidarity.

Protests against Lyft are adding up

Meanwhile, Lyft’s Harrisburg-based attorney is seeking to have the only remaining protests by Allegheny County-area companies dismissed.

2 weeks ago


 Police guard an entrance to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after an ambulance arrived Saturday transporting an American infected with Ebola. A second American is expected to be treated there today.

Officials say Pennsylvania prepared if Ebola strikes

Pittsburgh officials assure that isolation facilities and protocols are ready to treat and control any outbreak of the deadly virus here.

2 weeks ago


 Joe Cimino, water treatment plant operator for Galeton Water Authority, talks about a 2011 incident in which the Potter County borough had to close one of its two public water supply intakes after muddy runoff clogged water filters. The runoff came from a Chesapeake Energy well site under development; the company paid $215,000 in fines.

Drillers did not report half of spills that led to fines

Half the spills at Marcellus Shale well sites that resulted in fines weren’t spotted by gas companies as required by state law.

2 weeks ago


CMU to continue to help Pennsylvania deal with workers' claims

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry will extend a contract with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

2 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis

Gov. Corbett says Ron Tomalis is not a 'ghost employee'

The department did not order a nameplate for his office door until Tuesday, two days after a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story raised questions.

2 weeks ago


Drug ring underling files motion to reduce 30-year sentence

Omari Patton’s motion says his sentence was based on an improperly calculated amount of cocaine.

2 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

2 weeks ago



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