Dozens of prescription pill bottles
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Dozens of prescription pill bottles

Medical professional and politicians seek ways to prevent prescription addiction

Addiction to opioids can be insidious for patients, but new Pennsylvania guidelines can give doctors more tools to ward off problems.

Global force seeking to reach crash site is repulsed by fighting

Fierce fighting on Monday gripped a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine, blocking an international police force from reaching the wreckage of

 Steve Craig, of Lawrence County, chariman of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, leads a meeting of the commission Monday. The SPC, the region's forum for collaboration, planning and public decision-making, is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Roadwork plan increases Pittsburgh regional spending by 52 percent

The region will see a 52 percent increase in spending on roads, bridges and transit.

UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is finding ways to cut costs.


Report finds Medicare finances improving partly due to Obamacare, hospital expenses

Annual trustees forecast of two largest entitlement programs shows forces reining in health care spending are extending Medicare funds.

Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

The small dip is adding to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.



Residents defy extremists, save landmark

Islamic State fighters sought to blow up 840-year-old leaning tower, but residents formed human chain to guard it, and militants backed

World briefs: Rebels ambush Muslim pilgrims

PLUS: China targets church symbols; oil fire rages in Libya; Liberia borders nearly closed; U.S.: Russia violated pact; Russia loses Yukos


Transparency in government

The Pittsburgh City-County Building on Grant Street.
Many public officials have pledged to make information about their administrations readily available to the public.

How are city, county and state governments doing on those commitments? This page helps track the answer.


PG Blogs:

Community Voices:



Philadelphia archbishop confident Pope Francis will visit in 2015

Although Pope Francis’ people aren’t confirming it yet, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the pontiff has accepted an invitation.

PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.


Early Returns

Tax policy? It depends.

The details of tax policy, more than almost anything else in politics, make people???s eyes glaze over. It???s a shame that

Education cuts? It depends

So, did Governor Corbett cut state spending on education? Or did he increase it? Well, it depends. Education is the most

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