Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis was named by Mr. Corbett as his special adviser in June 2013.

State audits: Education Dept. failed to monitor special adviser under Corbett

The state audit report says the Department of Education "failed to monitor its special adviser (Tomalis)" to then-Gov. Tom Corbett.

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 Denise O'Connor, left, shown here with Dr. Alan Lantzy in December 2013, is the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank's executive director and a longtime lactation consultant.

Pennsylvania’s first milk bank is ready to stock its shelves

The Three Rivers Mother’s Milk Bank in Pittsburgh is ready to stock its shelves to help premature babies thrive.

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 This  NASA photo, taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows dark narrow 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water.

Water on Mars helps confirm Duquesne University research

Only microbes that breathe and metabolize metals such as arsenic could survive on Mars, says Duquesne University biologist John Stolz says.

about 12 hours ago

 An early-onset Alzheimer's patient undergoes a brain scan at UPMC Presbyterian, part of a study at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center.

Pittsburgh businesses learning to deal with customers struggling with dementia

Training programs are launched to prepare Pittsburgh businesses to deal with customers with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

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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.

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 The 3-D technology was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2011, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC began using it in September of that year.

3-D mammograms now covered by insurance in Pa.

Pennsylvania women can get 3-D mammograms after Gov. Wolf administration announces insurance must pay for them.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf has been scrambling to line up support for what could be a key test vote in the state House on Wednesday.

Wolf's plan to end state budget impasse includes higher taxes on income, gas drilling

The Wolf administration said the new money will close the deficit and add about $400 million annually for basic education.

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Tips to make a business more Alzheimer's friendly

There are techniques employees can do to create a helpful place for those who have dementia.

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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.

about 12 hours ago

 Teacher Paula Busanic said she's disappointed with the way the administrators at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood are treating the use of American Sign Language (ASL) at the school. She and others protested outside the school today.

Protesters push for greater use of ASL at School for the Deaf

The protesters say the school administration does not enforce the use of ASL by non-deaf people in the school.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust, in conjunction with GFour Productions, is presenting “Menopause the Musical” Oct. 14 at the Palace Theatre.

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Moon Area revives merger talks with Cornell

Curt Baker, Moon Area superintendent, presented a proposal to the school board Monday night.

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 Arthur B. McDonald in Kingston, Ontario, today.

Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald win Nobel Prize in physics

Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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 Ambassador John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda, the president of the General Assembly 68th session, speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters in 2013.

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

John Ashe faces conspiracy- and bribery-related charges along with five others.

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 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sept. 27 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State THON organizers to review 'canning' safety in wake of crash that killed student

Vitalya Sepot, 19, of Branford, Conn., was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sept. 27.

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 Police stand outside of the Community College of Philadelphia today while police searched the school after a report of a person with a gun.

Philadelphia college searched after report of armed person

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that there were no reports of shooting or injuries.

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NATO warns Russia over airspace violations

The warning underscored the heightened risk of a wider conflagration as Russia escalates its intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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New marine reserves declared in Maryland, Mich.

The new protected waters in the United States are the first to be designated as such in 15 years, the White House said in a statement.

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 The Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, where the high court started a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

The justices rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer.

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Boehner: House to vote for speaker Oct. 29, other jobs after

It was a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Clinton announces gun safety initiatives

Her willingness to put the gun issue at the forefront of her campaign represents a risk that the politics have indeed changed on the issue.

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National briefs: Students, staff return to site of massacre

Plus: Calif. right-to-die bill signed; Passenger jet diverted after pilot’s death; Derailment injures 7; 2 in Ark. arrested for threats

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World briefs: 56 killed in bombings around Iraq

Plus: Clashes continue in Mideast; Airstrike not sought by U.S.; Iran sanctions to be enforced; Ukraine elections.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Best route to good commuting options: Take survey

Attention commuters: Fold your kickstands, stop your engines and take the “Make My Trip Count” survey today.

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 “In recent years, certain products have become very popular among aficionados, enthusiasts and collectors," says Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as the board prepares for a lottery for Buffalo Trace Distillery's Experimental Collection on Oct. 13.

Will Pennsylvania's liquor lottery be a win for customers?

Following a website crash last year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is using a lottery this year to sell sought-after spirits.

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 Construction crews work on the new Hulton Bridge in Marsh. The bridge, which spans Oakmont and Harmar, will open to traffic on Oct. 20. The existing bridge, pictured to the right, is closed to traffic through Oct. 19 as crews work to rebuild parts of Hulton Road in preparation for the opening of the new bridge.

TRAFFIC: Hulton Bridge closes until Oct. 20, when new span opens

Crews will reconstruct parts of Hulton Road from 3rd Street to the new bridge and also on Freeport Road. Detours will be posted.

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 J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire.

Philadelphia civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, died Sunday at the age of 65.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to reporters in August in Norristown, Pa.

Wolf reiterates need for tax increase to balance budget

The governor is expected to unveil a revised proposal on Tuesday and Republican leaders say the House will take a vote on Wednesday.

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 Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.

Poll shows Trump, Carson ahead among Pennsylvania Republicans

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Caron and businessman/reality-TV-star Donald Trump each got 18 percent registered Republicans in the poll.

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Gas prices trend downward in Pittsburgh; temporarily lower than Ohio

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

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 Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will announce an audit of anti-abortion organization Real Alternatives this month.

Anti-abortion nonprofit facing state audit

The state auditor plans to take a closer look at Real Alternatives, which oversees nonprofits that hope to persuade women against abortion.

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 A vehicle and a home are swamped Monday by floodwaters from nearby Black Creek in Florence, S.C.

South Carolina trying to emerge from never-seen-before flooding that has left 9 dead

Even as some waters began receding, the governor pleaded with residents to remain in their homes, if they still had them.

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USGS: Magnitude-6 earthquake strikes off central Chile

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of central Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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 Family, union and company officials wait Sunday outside the Seafarer’s International Union hall in Jacksonville, Fla., as an intensive search resumed Sunday in the southeastern Bahamas for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board.

More debris but no word on fate of ship lost off Bahamas

Aircraft and ships taking part in the search located a container that appears to have come from the 790-foot El Faro.

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Israel bars Palestinians from entering Old City after deadly attacks

It was the first time Israel has taken this step since it captured the Old City in the 1967 Mideast War.

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California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

The Golden State becomes the fifth in U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

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Chaffetz challenge deepens U.S. House Republicans’ disarray

Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Heritage transportation service to start charging 10-cent and 25-cent fees

The shuttle provider, which serves mostly lower-income residents in the Mon Valley, also is adding destinations.

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 The state fiscal year began July 1 without a budget after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted $30.2 billion budget passed by the state House and Senate.

Nonprofits say they may soon reach crisis point due to state budget impasse

State budget stalemate has nonprofits that provide human services scrambling for funds and ways to keep their doors open to those in need.

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ICA asks state Supreme Court to step into its gaming revenue fight with Pittsburgh

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority says it is a state agency and should not be judged by “an inferior judicial tribunal.”

about 18 hours ago

 Jessica Lynn Riffey, 34, is accused of repeatedly injecting her 14-year-old daughter and another teen with heroin.

Woman accused of injecting 14-year-old daughter with heroin

Jessica Lynn Riffey was charged with corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and drug delivery.

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 Madina, an 8-year-old who was at the Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, is comforted Saturday by Georgia Novello, a nurse at another hospital in Kabul.

Doctors Without Borders leaves city after airstrike

The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people.

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Oregon town residents seek solace in church after college massacre

Roseburg is still bewildered by the massacre and disturbing details coming to light.

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Pope opens synod; calls for welcoming church but no gay marriage

The run-up to the family-themed synod, attended by some 300 bishops and other delegates, has been dominated by gay issues.

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89-year-old dies in Baldwin Borough home from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

Police say the source of the deadly gas seems to have originated from a car in the garage.

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National briefs: Clinton pokes fun at herself on SNL

Plus: Students arrested in plot, BP settlement details, Deadly explosion in NYC, Biden gives support, Trump talks polls and guns

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World briefs: French Riviera hit by deadly flash floods

Plus: 96 killed in Guatemala mudslide, Iran panel favors nuke deal, Migrant baby found, Obama approved weapons

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Medical emergency sends Boston-bound plane to NY; pilot dies

The American Airlines co-pilot tells Syracuse air traffic tower that the “captain is incapacitated.”

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Bus driver flown to UPMC Presbyterian after Fayette County crash

No Brownsville Area School District students were on the bus when it crashed around 8:50 a.m. on Isabella Road in Luzerne.

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Today is voter registration deadline

State officials are reminding residents they can register online for the first time.

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