Alex Arch, 16, of Keystone Oaks, shares a laugh during a prom for special needs students Wednesday inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

about 18 hours ago

Mon Incline reopens after mechanical issue

Shuttle buses transported riders between the incline stations.

about 9 hours ago

West Carson Street access to Corliss Tunnel to remain closed

The work is part of the $39 million West Carson Street reconstruction project that is scheduled to continue into April 2016.

about 10 hours ago

Section of Glass Run Road closed today, Friday

The road was scheduled to close from 7 a.m. today to 7 p.m. Friday between Baldwin and Gensler roads.

about 10 hours ago

 Prosecutors aren’t saying how many students benefited from the alleged college test-taking scheme.

Pittsburgh authorities indict 15 Chinese in college test-taking scheme

Prosecutors said the defendants, including two living in Pittsburgh, defrauded Educational Testing Services and the College Board.

about 4 hours ago

 There are cheers all around when second-grade students get the right answer in a time-telling exercise at Pittsburgh's Lincoln PreK-5 School.

More than 90 percent of Pa. school districts submit plans for increased funds

Plans show 197 of them would use additional funding to expand high-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten.

about 5 hours ago

 First-graders Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in June. Faison K-5 is one of five priority schools in Pittsburgh that received federal School Improvement Grants.

Public asked to comment on improvement plans for some Pittsburgh schools

The school improvement plans are required of certain schools in the federal Title 1 program.

about 7 hours ago

 Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Department of Health, presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a press conference on Tuesday.

Allegheny County Health Department receives $750K grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation

The grant will be targeted to disadvantaged communities to provide, in part, items such as food trucks with fresh fruits and vegetables.

about 6 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, unveiled in early March, includes $1 billion in new funding for education and reductions to the corporate tax rate and school property taxes.

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

about 18 hours ago

Government audit faults Philly VA official's psychic party

Earlier this year, federal officials found widespread problems at the facility, including manipulated claims and ignored veteran inquiries.

about 5 hours ago

 “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” George Pataki said in a video announcing his run for the Republican nomination for president.

Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki launches 2016 Republican presidential bid

Pataki, who served three terms as governor from 1995 to 2006, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate or the presidency in past years.

about 10 hours ago

 Teachers, parents and students march in September at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus on Jacks Run Road. Teachers were on strike for 16 days earlier this school year.

East Allegheny teachers reject arbitrator's decision, weigh options

The union said members voted Wednesday to reject the determination made by arbitrator William Miller in final best-offer arbitration.

about 7 hours ago

Drought feared to raise food prices in Western U.S.

Washington state has declared a drought emergency as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other Western states also deal with a lack of water.

about 18 hours ago

 This March 17, photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College.

Penn State frat's national office says it respects suspension

Fraternity says it looks forward to working with the university to "effectuate improvements in the Greek system on campus."

about 11 hours ago

U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states

The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public.

about 18 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Motorist helps with tire

Plus: Return of lost phone says a lot about city; man gives big assist after a car accident.

about 18 hours ago

Obituary: Walter Byers | Former NCAA leader who rued corruption

Mr. Byers was one of the 20th century’s most powerful sports figures.

about 18 hours ago

Obituary: Matthew Frank Antonin Sevcik | Radiologist pushed back against his early dementia

Radiologist Matthew Sevcik, 50, of Sewickley died five years after being diagnosed with early-onset fronto-temporal dementia.

about 18 hours ago

Ex-South Allegheny teacher to stand trial on charges of inappropriate contact with students

Authorities said the students were 12 and 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.

about 8 hours ago

 Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they pass through the Royal Gallery Wednesday during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

U.K.’s Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen’s Speech

Pomp met politics in the 62nd time the 89-year-old monarch has delivered the annual Queen’s Speech.

about 18 hours ago

Nebraska abolishes death penalty

The Cornhusker State became the first conservative state since 1973 to abolish the death penalty.

about 18 hours ago

 FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during a sandstorm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, Iraq.

Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq’s Anbar kill 17 troops

As Iraqi forces gathered for an offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar, Islamic State militants struck first.

about 18 hours ago

Threat to Texas dam subsides as flood recovery continues

The death toll continues to rise as authorities struggle to recover from punishing rains that unleashed floods throughout the state.

about 18 hours ago

World hunger falls to 25-year low on China, Brazil’s ascent

There are 795 million hungry people in the world, down from 821 million from 2010-2012 and 216 million fewer than in 1990-92.

about 18 hours ago

World Briefs: Airstrikes kill at least 75 in Yemen

Plus: President praises security; Amnesty condemns Hamas; Allies increase pressure; and more.

about 18 hours ago

National Briefs: FBI says spy tools in jeopardy

Plus: Theater gunman’s writings; IS sympathizers threaten airlines; financial vulnerability; Clinton emails.

about 18 hours ago

 Councilwoman Darlene Harris won the Democratic primary last week and is all but assured of keeping her seat in the November election.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris questions renovations at Pittsburgh inspections department

Darlene Harris opened a new front Wednesday in her feud with the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

about 18 hours ago

 Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.

1 day ago

Inbound Parkway West to close for weekend

The closure from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

1 day ago

 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum teacher held for trial over intimidating sex scandal witness

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

about 18 hours ago

 A man is comforted Tuesday after finding out that a relative drowned in her truck in Houston. Storms during the holiday weekend dumped record rainfall on Texas, causing major flooding throughout the state, and spawned tornadoes.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.

1 day ago

 A May 18 study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 657 children aged 5 to 11 have committed suicide since 1993.

Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.

1 day ago

 Rick Santorum, with wife, Karen, and daughter, Bella, 7, announces his candidacy for president Wednesday at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Butler County.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Courting voters who he said had been abandoned by both parties, he pledges to battle the allied abuses of big government and big business.

about 19 hours ago

China, updating military strategy, puts focus on projecting naval power

The strategy paper comes at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

1 day ago

 Mary Mayberry, center, who teaches at Mon Valley School, joins other teachers, parents and supporters marching Wednesday outside the Allegheny Intermediate Unit building at The Waterfront to protest reported cuts in staff.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts will affect three centers: Sunrise in Monroeville, Mon Valley in Jefferson Hills and Pathfinder in Bethel Park.

about 18 hours ago

Pittsburgh school board names chief of safety

The board named George Brown, who has been serving as acting chief of school safety, as its chief of school safety.

about 21 hours ago

Pittsburgh school board OKs $2 million in contracts

The contracts are aimed at keeping Empowering Effective Teachers program and other initiatives going when grant money runs out.

about 22 hours ago

New Clean Water Rule will benefit Pennsylvania resources

Federal officials say the new Clean Water Rule extends regulations that had covered drinking water sources for only one in three Americans.

about 18 hours ago

Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

about 20 hours ago

Summer Memories: Cross-country camper trailer could be a real trip

A camper trailer provided all the highs and lows of a boy’s vacations.

1 day ago

Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

1 day ago

 The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark decline invitation to negotiate

Judge calls consent decrees on breakup “terrible agreements,” to rule on legality of UPMC’s decision to sever Medicare Advantage contract.

about 18 hours ago

Hundreds of Jefferson Hospital patients’ personal data may have been compromised

Affected patients are being notified in writing that their records may have been released.

1 day ago

 From top left: Jeffrey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz. From bottom left: Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li

U.S. indicts 14 world soccer officials, alleging $150 million in kickbacks

The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body.

about 18 hours ago

First National Bank's parent company to buy Pa. branches from Bank of America

F.N.B. Corp. said it would acquire two branches in Berks County, two branches in Lancaster County and one in Chester County.

1 day ago

Obituary: Richard Page / Clarinetist was always ready to make instrument repairs

Mr. Page’s love for music impacted everything he did in life, his wife said.

1 day ago

FBI, IRS raid soccer headquarters in Miami Beach

The raid on the organization that regulates soccer in North and Central America came hours after 7 officials were indicted.

1 day ago

Lane closures will occur on West End Bridge

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through June 5.

about 19 hours ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

1 day ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

1 day ago


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