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Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

about 7 hours ago


UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

about 7 hours ago


Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

about 7 hours ago


 Planned Parenthood lead clinician Katherine Schott holds a copper-based ParaGard IUD, left, and a hormone-releasing Mirena IUD.

Pediatrics group says IUDs teens’ best birth control choice

Most women and girls still use inexpensive birth control pills, but the group’s statement might trigger a shift.

1 day ago


 Police officials talk about recovered items stolen from construction sites during a news conference Monday at the Ohio Township police garage.

Police crack ring that stole from construction sites

The suspects allegedly stole appliances, tools and materials valued at more than $100,000 from houses under construction during the past

about 8 hours ago


Pa. reducing backlog of civil cases, chief justice says

American Bar Association guidelines suggest that most civil cases should be disposed of within two years of filing.

about 8 hours ago


McKees Rocks man gets life for killing woman, unborn child

Marlin Kelly, 29, will serve life in prison for the killing of Conekia Finney in Ambridge on Oct. 29, 2012.

about 18 hours ago


Area heroin task force releases recommendations to curb abuse

The group convened by U.S. Attorney David Hickton calls for doctors to be careful with pain medication and helping inmates who are released.

about 1 hour ago


Whitaker settles civil rights claim for $350,000

Danielle Newlon sued the borough and Officer William Davis after he broke out her window with his handgun during a traffic stop in 2012.

about 18 hours ago


Allegheny Regional District's preliminary budget is largest ever

The RAD budget was buoyed by an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue, which RAD officials have attributed in part to strong auto sales.

about 14 hours ago


Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

1 day ago


Allegheny County Council to weigh open fire regulations

County Council will soon consider new open burning regulations from the Allegheny County Health Department.

1 day ago


Johnstown priest accused of traveling to Honduras for sex with children ordered detained until trial

U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Pesto ordered the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, detained.

about 17 hours ago


City Calendar: 09/29/14

A look at the upcoming events for the week ahead.

1 day ago


Confluence readies for PumpkinFest

Confluence will celebrate its fall holiday PumpkinFest on Oct. 3-5.

2 days ago


Unwanted prescriptions to be collected in Allegheny County Saturday

County police will collect the drugs at the North Park and South Park stations.

3 days ago


 Governor Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Point Park University Playhouse on Forbes Avenue today

Corbett wants facts on explicit emails

The move by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, generated attention from both sides of the political divide.

3 days ago


Newborn hit in head by hunter’s stray bullet

District Attorney Pat Dougherty said it initially was believed the bullet only grazed the boy, but it actually went through his head.

3 days ago


 White House: Eric Holder to resign as attorney general

Holder's resignation as attorney general brings mixed reaction in area

An attorney general who will be remembered as controversial but who consistently forwarded the administration’s agenda.

4 days ago


 A new calf at Vale Wood Farms, a family dairy farm business in Loretto, Cambria County, bears a No. 7 on his forehead. The farm has named him "Baby Ben."

Mooove over Ben, this Pennsylvania calf's a new No. 7

The folks at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, Cambria County, have named a calf “Baby Ben” after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

4 days ago


Johnstown-area priest accused of sex tourism

An investigation into the international travels of the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr. led to the federal charges.

4 days ago


 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band are scheduled to perform in Pittsburgh Jan. 22.

Bob Seger tour coming to Pittsburgh

The veteran rocker’s Ride Out Tour includes a Jan. 22 stop in town.

4 days ago


Three Pittsburgh area stores affected in Jimmy John's data breach

The chain said “customers’ credit and debit card data was compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials” from a vendor

4 days ago


Beechview man sentenced for heroin distribution

Andrew Anderson, 31, of Shadycrest Drive, sold hundreds of bricks of heroin in the region, according to federal authorities.

4 days ago


 James Traficant Jr.

Traficant remains sedated in critical condition, family attorney says

Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant of Ohio, who spent time in prison on racketeering charges, was injured in a tractor accident Tuesday.

4 days ago


 The Highmark and UPMC logos are seen atop buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.

6 days ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to Allegheny County Council

In two weeks, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald presents his proposed county budget, which he said will not include a tax increase.

6 days ago


Allegheny County judge schedules hearing in dispute over confidential informant

A hearing on the status of a confidential informant in an ongoing drug case is scheduled for Wednesday.

5 days ago


Allegheny County Controller’s office has inventory of county vehicles

The Public Works Department provided the controller with requested information from 2009 through 2013.

6 days ago


 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

1 week ago


Court upholds conviction of former Monroeville tennis star who bilked investors

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in a terse ruling today.

6 days ago


 Attorney Fred Rabner

Prosecutors: Details on confidential informant disclosed

Assistant district attorney Jerry E. Johnson filed a motion late Friday against defense lawyer Fred Rabner.

6 days ago


Pitcairn 4-year-old found safe in N.C.

Raymont Pope and his father, Radford Pope, had been the subjects of a nationwide search.

6 days ago


Judge rejects drug ring member's motion for reduced sentence

Omari Patton is serving 30 years for his role in a network responsible for flooding the region with heroin and cocaine from 1998 to 2002.

6 days ago


Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage

The Post-Gazette was honored by the Religion Newswriters Association.

1 week ago


 A trainer feeds Independence, a bald eagle at the National Aviary on the North Side, after a flight show in May 2012.

How the Regional Asset District rode to the rescue of Allegheny County attractions

State legislation in 1993 created the special-purpose entity to help fund the zoo, aviary, museums, parks and others.

6 days ago


Allegheny County regional assets have many criteria to meet

Seven board members of RAD decide how to distribute millions in funding from the 1 percent sales tax in Allegheny County.

6 days ago


 Jace Grudowski, of Millvale, looks at a blanket for sale before last year's "The Lion King" performance at the Benedum that was adjusted for children with autism and their families.

With their portion of RAD funding, arts and other groups fix up what needs fixing

Sales tax revenue allocated by RAD board helps major arts groups across the region.

6 days ago


 "RAD's really important. It really is," Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald said.

Port Authority uses its share of RAD funding for state matching

Until 2013, RAD had not supported Port Authority. But $3 million helped the transit system unlock $31.5 million in state funds.

6 days ago


 The Braddock Carnegie Library was the first Carnegie library built in the United States.

RAD funding of Electronic Information Network a boon to Allegheny County libraries

Ever since the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh went digital, its Downtown and Business branch has become a particularly lively destination.

6 days ago


For cultural groups on lean budgets, RAD grants make difference

Many smaller groups often receive annual grants of $10,000 or less.

6 days ago


 Kurt Tintelnot, left, of Banksville and his close friend Melissa Lockhart of Carnegie fish off the bridge on the Montour Trail into Montour Run in May.

Stream of RAD funds keeps Allegheny County parks from going under

Nearly a third of Allegheny County RAD funds go to parks and trails.

6 days ago


 Bill Peters of St. Clairsville, Ohio, holds his daughter Brooklyn, 1, up to pet Lewis, an 8-year-old, 17-foot-tall Masai giraffe, at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in August.

Phipps, aviary and zoo put RAD funds to practical use

The RAD entered into contractual relationships with the Phipps Conservatory, National Aviary and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

6 days ago


 Fans watching the Steelers in action at Heinz Field in 2013.

RAD helped shape Pittsburgh's sports landscape

About 19 percent of asset district grants, $292 million, has gone to sports and civic facilities.

6 days ago


Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

1 week ago


 One of the most infamous spills in the state’s Marcellus history took place in May 2010 on land Don Johnson, above, and his wife, Carol Johnson, own. The couple spotted a leak from an East Resources well site on their Tioga County cattle farm. They and the state feared that some of the small herd of cattle drank some of the salty-tasting hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid that leaked from the well site, and the state quarantined the herd.

Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

“Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania DEP.

1 week ago


 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

1 week ago


 Ruben Sindahl, 30, of Denmark and his fiancee, Kelsey Patsch, 27, of Beaver stand outside of their Mount Washington home after recently getting engaged.

Odysseys: From Greenland to Pittsburgh, in love

A Danish lawyer is looking to start a new life in Pittsburgh with his fiancee.

1 week ago


 The Rev. Shane Austin of St. Paul Baptist Church outside the burned church before Sunday worship held at a community center across the street.

Congregants of Oakmont church destroyed by fire soldier on

Members of the St. Paul Baptist Church gathered at a community center following a blaze Friday that destroyed their church, built in 1874.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announce Live Well Allegheny, a long-term program to encourage proactive steps to improve residents' health, in January.

Allegheny County begins health assessment meetings tonight

The Allegheny County Health Department will hold 13 public meetings for the public to provide input on health issues.

1 week ago



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