Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

about 17 hours ago

 Paige Widmer

Search continues for bodies in Lake Erie

Both Amy Santus and Paige Widmer died of drowning, according to autopsies by the Lucas County coroner.

about 18 hours ago

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, lowest since 2008

The rate for March fell for the right reasons -- more people working and fewer unemployed.

1 day ago

Boating accident on Lake Erie leaves two dead, two missing

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two remaining people in the water near South Bass Island in Lake Erie.

1 day ago

 Tim Wright gives an interview after being mentioned in President Barack Obama's speech to the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale on Wednesday.

Push on to bring adults back to the classroom

Pennsylvania has struggled to entice older learners without college degrees back to the classroom, but ranks nearly last by some measures.

2 days ago

Pa. seeks U.S. flexibility in new emissions rules

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is urging flexible new pollution emissions rules for existing coal-fired power

3 days ago

Pa. Cyber Charter teachers join union

Teachers at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School have voted for representation by the PSEA.

4 days ago

 The Old Main administration building on the campus of Penn State University.

PSU's future has trustee candidates divided

Penn State's Board of Trustees election could indicate the direction the PSU community wants its university to go.

6 days ago

Juvenile facility called better for suspects

The Franklin Regional suspect's stay in juvenile detention was made possible by a 2010 law change.

1 week ago

Pa. film seeks to combat abuses in U.S. juvenile justice system

"Kids for Cash" deals with the corruption of two Pennsylvania judges who locked up teens for minor transgressions.

1 week ago

State Superior Court to hear arguments on Orie Melvin's appeal

The Superior Court arguments will take place May 20 at the Lawrence County Courthouse, the Allegheny County district attorney's office said.

1 week ago

 Work was underway yesterday at the Route 51-88 construction site.

PennDOT warning to drivers: Slow down in work zones

If the sight of orange construction barrels makes you see red, this is not going to be a pleasant summer for you.

1 week ago

State wins ruling on tobacco accord

A Philadelphia court on Thursday reduced by two-thirds the loss in tobacco settlement payments Pennsylvania would have sustained this year

1 week ago

Pennsylvania State System allows Clarion to drop flat rate for tuition

If Clarion opts to proceed, its pilot program to charge all undergraduates per credit would last no more than two years.

1 week ago

 Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

Judge opens secret court records

AG Kathleen G. Kane had shut down an investigation targeting Democratic members of the state House.

1 week ago

 Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

Court questions validity of sanctions against Penn State

A Commonwealth Court panel has questioned the validity of the NCAA consent decree entered into by Penn State.

1 week ago

State backtracking on Medicaid cuts in proposal to U.S.

Some services Pennsylvania had proposed eliminating from Medicaid coverage could be covered after all.

1 week ago

Penn State intellectual property auction coming to close

Friday is the last day to bid on Penn State's intellectual property licenses through their first online auction.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania's U.S. senators in controversial judicial deal

Groups are urging the senators not to sign off on David Porter's nomination, citing what they call his extreme conservative views.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania had fewest traffic deaths in 2013 since records began in 1928

Traffic fatalities fell from 1,310 in 2012 to 1,208 in 2013, according to statistics released by the state Department of Transportation.

1 week ago

Pa. troopers to pose as road workers to nab speeders

A sting operation will try to slow drivers down in turnpike work zones.

1 week ago

Farrell man drowns saving boy in Mexico

A Farrell man has drowned while saving a young boy caught in rough surf while the man was vacationing in Cancun, Mexico.

1 week ago

 George Washington and Chief Guyasuta meet once again atop Mt. Washington.

Pennsylvania's national parks plan special events

A new exhibit on Seneca Indians highlights the spring programs at southwestern Pennsylvania's National Park sites.

1 week ago

 Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum stirs his drink during a recent visit to Smokey Row Coffee Co. in Des Moines, Iowa.

Santorum, in movie exec mode, considers his options for 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa -- We open in a high-ceilinged mansion. A movie producer -- a Bill Pullman type -- talks to a crowd beside a grand piano.

1 week ago

Critics rap Pa. on medical rides

Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA plan to overhaul Medicaid means new low-income beneficiaries wouldn’t get rides to and from appointments.

1 week ago

Sandusky attorney accused of leaking evidence

The judge set a hearing, if one is required, for May 15 in Bellefonte, Centre County.

2 weeks ago

Three children killed in central Pa. house fire

Officials said the fire was reported at about 1:20 a.m. Friday in Rush Township in Northumberland County. The victims were ages 2, 7 and 13.

2 weeks ago

Inspections show food OK at Pitt-Johnstown after campus hit by norovirus

Officials at the Pitt-Johnstown said state inspectors found no food safety problems as investigators continued to trace the source of a

2 weeks ago

Military drone crashes near Fort Indiantown Gap

No one was injured when the RQ-7 Shadow drone crashed around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Lebanon County and was run over by a civilian vehicle.

2 weeks ago

Lancaster County store featured in Harrison Ford film ‘Witness’ closing

The shop was featured in several scenes of the 1985 drama about a Philadelphia police detective who hides out with an Amish family.

2 weeks ago

 West Chester University

State System of Higher Education could give more power to colleges

The system's board of governors already has granted campuses new price flexibility.

2 weeks ago

Mersen USA blames human error for fatal oven blast in St. Marys

Company officials said human error caused the explosion that killed a visiting employee and injured another worker at the Elk County plant.

2 weeks ago

Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

Even when pollution discharges contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded, documents have shown.

2 weeks ago

Poll shows Wolf in lead among Democrats in Pa. governor's race

The statewide poll by Franklin & Marshall College released Thursday shows 46 percent of Democratic voters still making up their minds.

2 weeks ago

State attorney general to ask court to unseal sting records

Ten newspapers from across the state, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, argue that the public has a right to open court proceedings.

2 weeks ago

GOP proposal would regulate 'navigators' of federal health law

A GOP proposal to regulate workers who help customers learn about insurance plans appears to have traction in a Senate committee.

2 weeks ago

House leaders impose ban on cash gifts

Democratic and Republican House leaders said its members and employees cannot accept a gift unless it is from a spouse, relative or friend.

2 weeks ago

Pa. Supreme Court will not review Sandusky sex abuse conviction

Former Penn State assistant football coach is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 boys.

2 weeks ago

Woman pays $200 bill with coins, Erie township says no more

A woman showed up last month with a shoebox full of nickels, dimes and quarters to pay a $200 sewer bill.

2 weeks ago

Thousands of jobs shed in Pittsburgh region’s hospitals

The employment decline comes as hospitals work to reduce their costs in light of reduced payments from Medicare and other insurers.

2 weeks ago

Pennsylvania Turnpike turnpike detour lifted after fire, crash

Crews cleared the debris and reopened the westbound lanes about 9:45 a.m. today.

2 weeks ago

Two men jailed in slaying outside Johnstown bar

Joshua Cambric, 33, of Johnstown is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Tony Phillips, also 33, of Lower Yoder.

2 weeks ago

Panel hikes penalty for hurting police dog

A state Senate committee unanimously voted Monday to amend state law to increase penalties for injuring or killing a police dog.

2 weeks ago

Man shot to death in Johnstown bar

Police in the Cambria County city said the gunfire occurred at about 7:30 p.m. outside Edder’s Den in Johnstown’s West End.

2 weeks ago

 Twenty-three tank cars carrying ethanol derailed in New Brighton Oct. 20, 2006. The cars involved in the accident were DOT-111s, which were designed in the early 1960s to carry nonhazardous materials such as corn syrup. More and more, however, they have been used to carry cargo they are not designed or suitable to carry: explosive crude oil. “They’re Pepsi cans on wheels,” says Fred Millar, a Washington, D.C., consultant to the rail industry.

1960s-era rail cars hauling crude oil badly need makeover as accidents multiply

For more than 20 years, safety officials have warned about these cars as accidents involving them have multiplied.

2 weeks ago

Plan to move Pa. welfare office out of East Liberty is reversed

The office could remain at 5947 Penn Ave. if an agreement can be reached with the landlord, or if a temporary office nearby can be found.

3 weeks ago

Fail to file 2010 tax forms could cost you

Pennsylvanians who didn’t file their 2010 tax forms left over $31 million on the government’s table, but it’s not too late to claim refunds.

3 weeks ago

 In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Jay Paterno speaks during a memorial service for his father, Joe Paterno, in State College.

Jay Paterno withdraws from Pa. lieutenant governor race

The son of the late Penn State football coach cites the hurdles posed by a challenge to his nominating petitions.

3 weeks ago

Attorneys for Orie Melvin file briefs in effort to win new trial

Former state supreme court justice was found guilty last year for theft of services, conspiracy and misapplication of government property.

3 weeks ago

Swim coach resigning after strip club job flap

Baron Leonard, 29, resigned on Wednesday from his coaching job at the Hollidaysburg Area School District.

3 weeks ago


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