Penn State report: Effects of climate change to accelerate in Pennsylvania

The report says climate change can cause more severe storms, higher risk of insect-borne illnesses and significant changes to water quality.

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 While some of the mistakes did not necessarily make students ineligible for aid, a state review classified 47 percent of the records at Cheyney University as ineligible.

State review finds mismanagement of federal student aid at Cheyney University

At least one error in 85 percent of the records for federal grants and loans over a three-year period, placing the awarding of $29.6

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 The Legislature's Republican majorities passed a budget that was fully vetoed by Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, on June 30.

New poll finds more Pennsylvanians blame Legislature than governor for budget stalemate

The Franklin & Marshall College poll found more hold the Legislature -- 54 percent -- than Gov. Tom Wolf -- 29 percent -- responsible.

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Lane closure planned today and Monday on Route 28

Maintenance work will occur between the Highland Park Bridge exit and Delafield Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

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Fireworks show to close Rachel Carson Bridge today

The 10-minute display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. The bridge was expected to reopen around 11 p.m.

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Lanes closed again this weekend on Route 51 in South Hills

Traffic will be limited in both directions between Edgebrook Avenue and Bausman Street and Mullooly Street and Lebanon Church Road.

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Section of Brownsville Road in Whitehall closed for paving today

Work will occur until 4 p.m. between Provost Road and Route 51.

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 Alison Parker and Adam Ward together.

Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

A Virginia television reporter and cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast Wednesday by an ex-colleague who had been fired.

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 WDBJ-TV7 anchor Chris Hurst, right, the boyfriend of slain news reporter Alison Parker, hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner during the early morning newscast at WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., today.

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

The emotional crescendo of WDBJ-TV’s “Mornin’ ” show came when two anchors and a weatherman joined hands to mark a moment of silence.

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 One of the two new siamangs eats in a tree at The Islands exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on July 23.

Pittsburgh Zoo disqualified for six-figure state grant after dropping accreditation

The lack of accreditation excludes the zoo and aquarium from a state grant program that has provided $5.5 million over the past 15 years.

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 A group of teens walk through Grandview Park on Mount Washington in December.

Survey reveals concerns, positives in health of Allegheny County youths

They have higher rates of seeing doctors, eating vegetables and breakfast, getting eight hours of sleep, and feeling safe in their schools.

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Claims for jobless benefits fall to three-week low

Unemployment applications dropped by 6,000 to 271,000 in the week ended Aug. 22, a Labor Department report showed today.

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 James Vivenzio

Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

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 Oliver Lee Miller

Obituary: Oliver Lee Miller / Inspirational VA-trained housekeeper

Oliver Lee Miller broke his crack addiction, became a Veterans Administration housekeeper and reconnected with his Hill District family.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Printed sign and email led her back to bracelet

Plus: Fall that ruined her trip showed others’ caring; a fellow diner honored his service in Navy.

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 Movie massacre gunman James Holmes leaves court for the last time on Wednesday before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole after a hearing in Centennial, Colo.

Colorado killer’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Colorado theater mass killer James Holmes was sent to prison Wednesday for 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years.

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 Ahmed al-Mughassil, the main suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia, was captured Wednesday after being on the run for nearly 20 years.

Saudi Arabia arrests suspect in Khobar Towers bombing

Saudi Arabia has arrested the man thought to be the ringleader behind the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers.

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Church inquiry may put pope against a popular Bosnian shrine

The Vatican is expected soon to announce findings of its inquiry about reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje.

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South Sudan’s president signs peace deal to end rebel conflict

President Salva Kiir has finally signed a peace accord with rebels led by his former deputy, following 20 months of civil war.

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Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15, other semi-automatic rifles

The top U.S. retailer of guns and ammunition will stop selling semi-automatic rifles for lack of customers.

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National briefs: After promises, Obama returns to New Orleans

Plus: Louisiana officer, woman killed; Defects at waste site; Solar company probe; ’Senior Salute’ trial;  Smaller panda cub dies

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Details of offensive state emails released

The state Supreme Court released hundreds of emails and attachments sent on state computers it called “graphic” and “objectionable.”

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Outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel, Parkway West to close this weekend

Reconstruction work will close the outbound Parkway West and Fort Pitt Tunnel from Friday night to 6 a.m. Monday morning, PennDOT announced.

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 It was a day of activity at the state Capitol building Tuesday as House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but they went through the motions anyway.

Plan to override state budget fails

Pennsylvania’s elected leaders appear to be still far apart from an agreement after eight weeks without a state budget.

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 A memorial is assembled in front of WDBJ television station in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday.

Journalists feel ‘shock to the heart’ after on-air killings

The tragedy drives home how vulnerable TV crews can be outside of covering dangerous situations or reporting from war zones.

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 Jessica Tang of Sewickley holds her son Connor, 3 days old, at the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in the Strip District on Aug. 19. Ms. Tang had both of her sons at The Midwife Center.

Popularity of midwife delivery growing in Western Pennsylvania

Stand-alone birth practices can cut delivery costs up to 50 percent over traditional hospitals.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Emails AG Kane says spurred plot against her released

Attorney General Kathleen Kane wanted the documents released — including pornographic emails — to help defend criminal charges against her.

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 The average Pittsburgh commuter wasted 21 additional gallons of gasoline while stuck in traffic, study finds.

How much time and money does an average Pittsburgh commuter waste in traffic a year?

While Pittsburgh's numbers were bad, they were better than the national averages of 42 hours and $960 wasted in traffic.

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Pittsburgh pushes auditor general to audit oversight authority

Pittsburgh is taking its fight with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority over gaming money to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

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 Sprout Pharmaceuticals CEO Cindy Whitehead holds a bottle for the female sex-drive drug Addyi at her Raleigh, N.C., office on Aug. 15.

Insurers review pill aimed to boost women’s sex drive

Although retail prices could approach $500 a month for the female libido pill Addyi, its maker expects much lower co-pays for insured women.

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PennDOT clarifies boundaries of Baum Boulevard closure

The westbound side is expected to remain closed around the clock for about three months, with traffic detoured via Liberty Avenue.

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Freeport Road ramp to Route 28 to close tonight, Thursday night

A detour will be in effect from 9 each night until 5 a.m. the next day.

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Back to School: Old classmates graduate to a phase as new friends

Old classmates can turn into new friends 50 years later.

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Obituary: James C. Klingensmith / Key labor figure helped dad get famous Mazeroski photo

James C. “Klinger” Klingensmith was a longtime labor leader and college football official for the Big 10 Conference and Conference USA.

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U.N. nuclear watchdog gets 'substantive' data from Iran

Tehran has provided the United Nations’ agency with the data to ease worry about its nuclear program’s military components.

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 A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday in West Chester, Pa.

White House climber killed at courthouse after knife attack

The Coatesville, Pa., man was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff after he wielded a knife and slashed another deputy.

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France opens probe for suspect in train attack

The suspect whose attack on passengers aboard an Amsterdam-to-Paris train was foiled had watched an Islamist video urging violence.

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Friction over gay marriage mounts before pope’s visit

LGBT Catholics want a more major role in the World Meeting of Families that is spurring Francis’ visit, but organizers are resisting that.

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 Refugees, detained by police, rest and warm themselves with a small fire Sunday after crossing the Serbian border into Hungary near the town of Asotthalom.

U.N.: 3,000 refugees a day will pass through Balkans

The migrants will be seeking to transit the Balkans in coming months en route to Western Europe.

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Republican candidates mum on Social Security privatization

Republican presidential contenders this campaign season have been in favor of trimming Social Security benefits to “save” the system.

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Lake Michigan neighbors defend their water supply

A Wisconsin town can’t cure a contamination problem in its aquifer without an infusion of Great Lakes water, but first it needs the

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World briefs: Rescuers save migrants near Libya’s coast

Plus: 2 NATO soldiers killed; Free Syrian Army leader dies; Saudis intercept missile; India, Australia hold naval exercises.

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World briefs: U.S. seeks wider accord with China

Plus: Russia convicts filmmaker; Hezbollah backs protests; Girl sets off bomb, kills 15; Safari guide killed by lion

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Pittsburgh school board picks Westinghouse for public safety program

The program, will be open to students from through the city who want to become police officers, firefighters and emergency technicians.

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Pittsburgh schools' Title I and Title II grant shrink

The board approved $15.1 million in federal Title I money allocated via that state.

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Pittsburgh board advances plan to close Arlington school, renovate Mount Oliver building

The board took the first step toward closing Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 and renovating the now-closed Phillip Murray in time for next fall.

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 "PlantPure Nation."

Power of plants: Documentary will launch plant-based nutrition campaign

“PlantPure Nation,” screening on Thursday, will also launch a whole food plant-based diet campaign in Pittsburgh and beyond.

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Penn State study shows strategy to create more nutritious plant foods

A Penn State study says reluctant consumption of plants requires more healthful plant foods to help fight chronic disease and cancer.

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Belle Vernon teachers in class today after agreement reached

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday school board president Aaron Bialon announced that a tentative contract agreement had been reached

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 Maj. Tyree Blocker served with the state police from 1975 to 2005.

New Pennsylvania state police commissioner described as ‘a futurist’

Maj. Tyree Blocker’s colleagues describe him as at the cutting edge of technology and trends in law enforcement.

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