Pope Francis

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.

about 17 hours ago

PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

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

about 19 hours ago

UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.

about 18 hours ago

Convicted dealer pleads guilty in second drug case

Troy Dawkins, 46, who has addresses in Aliquippa and on the North Side, admitted to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

about 19 hours ago

 NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Letter asks NCAA President Mark Emmert to rescind the remaining sanctions because of the harm they’re causing student-athletes.

about 20 hours ago

 Physician Jeannette South-Paul speaks with patient Myrtis Henderson at the Matilda Theiss Health Center in the Hill District. Dr. South-Paul, a professor of family medicine, helped expand the clinic in 2002.

PG special report: Access to specialty health care out of reach for many in region

Proposed solutions, like affiliations between health centers, networks, ensure uninsured and under-insured don’t fall through the cracks.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

State budget worries halt plans

Gov. Corbett cited the gap in revenue projections earlier this month when he vetoed $65 million in funding for the General Assembly and $7.

1 day ago

Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

1 day ago

 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

1 day ago

Luzerne County woman dies in house fire

A house fire in Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania has claimed the life of a 65-year-old woman.

1 day ago

Scranton police seek man in rape of girl, 14

Scranton detectives seek a man who traveled to Scranton from Tennessee to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

3 days ago

Planned changes to Right to Know law stir worry

Updates to the state’ law on open records could be in the works in Harrisburg when legislators return in the fall.

3 days ago

Police: Carjacked vehicle hits Philadelphia crowd, killing 2 children, critically injuring 3

Homicide Capt. James Clark said “something obviously went horribly wrong” and the vehicle went out of control and struck a group of people.

4 days ago

 A hospital worker, far right, views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia in which a caseworker was killed.

Motive unclear in fatal hospital shooting near Philly

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker and wounded a psychiatrist.

4 days ago

Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

5 days ago

 Farm hands pick carrots at the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm in Rochester.

Gas facility plan divides New Sewickley residents

Cardinal Midstream Inc. has applied for a permit for a proposed 12-acre compressor station site about 2,000 feet from the Kretschmann farm.

5 days ago

 Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City today.

Gaza war prematurely ends trip for Penn State students

Penn State University ordered the evacuation of 19 students in the country for an archaeological dig.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton, from left, PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch and state police Lt. Edward Murphy at a roadside news conference Wednesday in Middletown.

Pennsylvania testing 70-mph limit on parts of two interstates

Going 70 mph will get you there faster but not necessarily safely, two experts warn.

5 days ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

5 days ago

 This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland. German prosecutors had hoped to try Johann "Hans" Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. Breyer died late Tuesday.

Suspected Nazi death-camp guard dies in Philadelphia

Johann Breyer, who was arrested last month at his home, had said he was forced to work as a guard at Auschwitz.

6 days ago

Pa. lottery sales expanded to record $3.8 billion

Sales in fiscal year 2013-14 were $99.9 million more than in the previous year, the lottery said.

6 days ago

 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

6 days ago

 Don Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, cleans carrots at his farm in Rochester, Beaver County.

Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future

A Community Supported Agriculture organic farm operation will fight at a hearing tonight against a permit for a compressor station nearby.

6 days ago

2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

6 days ago

Wolf takes shots at Corbett over Pa. credit downgrade

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, called the downgrade a “verdict on the lack of management and leadership in Pennsylvania.”

6 days ago

 Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney were not retained as assistant coaches by Penn State coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012.

Jay Paterno, Bill Kenney sue Penn State for 'improper termination'

In the complaint, they claim the university damaged their reputation through press releases.

6 days ago

 Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

1 week ago

Agency reduces Pennsylvania’s debt rating

Moody‘‍s Investors Service cited pensions and one-time revenue sources for cutting the state’‍s bond rating to Aa3 from Aa2.

1 week ago

 The home of Mary Rader and her parents Dennis and Deanna Beighley in Greenville, Mercer County. Detectives say a 7-year-old boy was nearly starved inside this Mercer County house.

Police say 8-year-old boy from Mercer County was 'a couple of weeks from death'

The child somehow escaped from his Greenville home June 6 and ran into the street where he met a woman walking her dog, police say.

1 week ago

 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

1 week ago

San Francisco billionaire to spend money in Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

Tom Steyer and his Super PAC, NextGen Climate, are making big moves in Pennsylvania this year.

1 week ago

Greg Zappala, others file lawsuit against "Kids-for-Cash" perpetrators

The complaint alleged racketeering, unjust enrichment and other torts, claiming millions of dollars in damages.

1 week ago

 Chloe Kondrich, 11, plays with her brother Nolan, 15, in their family’s living room as their father, Kurt, watches.

New Down syndrome law ensures moms-to-be greater access to available help

New state law will require health care providers to give information and support to women given prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

1 week ago

 Donald Yahnert clears his clogged trimmer as he cuts underbrush at the overgrown cemetery at the former Dixmont State Hospital in Kilbuck today.

State says cemeteries won’t be neglected again

Ordered to the site by department officials in Harrisburg, the  crew normally works at Torrance State Hospital in Westmoreland County.

1 week ago

 Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday.

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son discusses alleged sexual abuse, bedtime 'ritual'

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Matthew Sandusky on her television show about what it was like growing up with his father.

1 week ago

 The official state Capitol portrait of former House Speaker Bill DeWeese.

Portraits of convicted Pennsylvania lawmakers receive an asterisk

Visitors to the state Capitol now will see a plaque attached to the portraits of those sentenced to prison.

1 week ago

State’s corrections work seen as example for the nation

Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections is becoming a regular on Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to shape federal prison reform policy.

1 week ago

PUC enforcers oppose Uber's emergency application

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft have applications pending before the PUC to start experimental transportation services in Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

Highway fund may run out of money by fall

The White House proposes spending $302 billion on transportation over four years.

2 weeks ago

 Divers from Murrysville Rescue 1's dive team head to shore this morning after searching the Allegheny River for the body of a man thrown from a jet ski Sunday.

Allegheny River jet ski accident shines light on dangers of recreational vehicles

Water scooters are second among common vessel types involved in reported boat accidents nationally, the U.S. Coast Guard reported in 2013.

2 weeks ago

 The House Republican pension bill, which Gov. Tom Corbett, also a Republican, supports and has urged legislators to pass, would provide school budgets with little near-term property tax relief.

Corbett: Pension overhaul targets property tax issue

Current benefit costs put a strain on many school districts' budgets.

2 weeks ago

Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

State officials work with doctors to establish guidelines for painkiller prescriptions.

2 weeks ago

 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

2 weeks ago

Penn State OKs $2M upgrade to football building

Penn State University‘‍s football facilities are slated to undergo a $2 million renovation.

2 weeks ago

 Jerry Sandusky

PSU trustees asked to reopen Freeh report

Moving such a resolution to an action authorized by the board will require significant legwork.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett holds a copy of state budget documents during a news conference Thursday in Harrisburg.

Gov. Corbett says he will take pension reform to the public

Gov. Tom Corbett, State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai wrangle over public pensions reform, leadership issues

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett holds a copy of state budget documents during a news conference Thursday in Harrisburg, Pa.

Gov. Corbett, own party display years of mutual frustration

Republican governor denounced a Legislature controlled by his own party.

2 weeks ago

 Lara and Razlyn Flavin, 1, sport pink mustaches in support of ride-sharing company Lyft today.

Peduto, Fitzgerald and Fontana urge the PUC to reverse course on ride sharing

Both Lyft and Uber continue to operate in the Pittsburgh area despite a July 1 cease-and-desist order from an administrative law judge.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett arrives for today's news conference in Harrisburg.

State budget creates schism

The governor’s office said the state’s official revenue estimate is $60 million less than the budget projection that cleared the House.

2 weeks ago

14,000 draft notices sent to Pennsylvania men born in 1800s

The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.

2 weeks ago


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