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 Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order banning gifts for employees of the executive branch earlier this month.

Gov. Wolf signs order banning new gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania public lands

“This is a beautiful state and this is one way we can promote that and protect it,” the new governor said.

about 8 hours ago


 Parents pick up their children from the Propel School in Braddock Hills after someone called the school with a threat.

Propel students sent back home after phoned-in threat

This morning’s incident comes three days after the school went on lockdown after two guns were found inside the school.

about 11 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

After a career in venture capital, Rob McCord won the treasurer’s office in 2008.

about 4 hours ago


 Last year’s medical marijuana bill, SB 1182, passed the Senate, 43-7, in September but did not move to the House.

Supporters promise 'comprehensive, strictly regulated' medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

about 20 hours ago


 Cam Howard takes a picture with Babe, the Butler BlueSox baseball team’s mascot.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

about 20 hours ago


Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to post his working calendar online

The governor is posting it online as part of his efforts to provide transparency in state government.

about 10 hours ago


 Six members of the "Friendship 9" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson.

Pittsburgh-area man among 'Friendship 9' activists whose convictions erased in '61 sit-in

Retired professor Thomas Gaither, of Butler County, was arrested for trying to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C.

about 20 hours ago


 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

Now serving as a U.S. attorney in New York, she pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

about 20 hours ago


U.S. Supreme Court delays executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

The executions were stayed amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal injection drug protocol.

about 20 hours ago


 President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Obama laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.

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Judge dismisses state suit against NCAA after settlement of Penn State scandal issues

A judge dismissed the suit after the NCAA restored 112 Penn State football wins and agreed to spend a $60 million fine in the state.

about 4 hours ago


 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Frein pleads not guilty in shooting death of Pennsylvania state trooper

The self-styled survivalist who eluded capture for weeks is charged with killing one state trooper and wounding another.

about 6 hours ago


 The Kovalchick Complex at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's tuition plan will hit students in the wallet

One student who is taking 16 credits expects to see her tuition rise by $1,628 a year to $8,448, an increase of about 24 percent.

about 19 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Woman gave up cell phone to a man in need at airport

Plus: Many offered help to couple on a cold day; Christmas miracle came through gift cards’ return.

about 20 hours ago


 Eric Barron answers questions after a news conference on the announcement of his approval as the new president of Penn State University.

Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

Eric Barron said the report by Louis Freeh created an “absurd,” “unwarranted” picture of students, faculty and others at Penn State.

about 21 hours ago


Public trusts science but doesn't always agree with scientists, Pew study shows

A new survey shows scientists and the public are divided over climate change, using animals in research and genetically modified foods

about 6 hours ago


 Police have at least one person in custody and a firearm has been recovered at the Propel School in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center.

Wilkinsburg, Propel schools develop security plans

School officials and police are mapping out long-term security plans for area schools after two recent incidents on or near school campuses.

about 19 hours ago


 Uber and its rival ride-share company Lyft moved into the Pittsburgh area last year.

PUC finalizes Uber's two-year experimental license

PUC’s chairman says the long process to reach the agreement illustrated the need for regulatory reforms at the legislative level.

about 10 hours ago


Tractor-trailer crash shuts down lane on Route 22 in Westmoreland

A coal truck collided with a tractor-trailer hauling beer shortly after 4 a.m., according to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

about 13 hours ago


Wolf eyes 2 temporary picks for state high court

The seven-seat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has two vacancies, with a third seat coming open at the end of the year.

about 20 hours ago


Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

about 20 hours ago


 The Old Main building on the campus of Penn State University.

Penn State panel recommends school revamp how sexual misconduct cases handled

The university’s Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment made its report public today.

about 12 hours ago


 Mechanic Butch Bacvinskas converts a Yellow Cab MV1 to run on propane in the company's garage on Beaver Avenue.

Yellow Cab not happy with Pennsylvania PUC's new mileage rule

The Pennsylvania PUC is imposing a new rule that allows taxis it regulates to be as old as 10 years, but limits mileage at 350,000.

about 20 hours ago


Backpacks for Hunger program eases weekend hunger for kids

Backpacks for Hunger, which provides food each weekend for students, has expanded to a second school in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

about 20 hours ago


Penn Hills school board superintendent resigns

Assistant superintendent Nancy Hines has been named acting superintendent, effective Feb. 1, replacing Thomas K. Washington.

about 20 hours ago


Gateway School District may consider reorganizing schools

The district also is developing a five-year plan for capital projects.

about 20 hours ago


Breast cancer patients are 'Casting for Recovery'

The nonprofit helps breast cancer patients with education and peer support and with therapy through the sport of fly fishing.

about 20 hours ago


Peters council delays action on gas drilling ordinance

The township will form a working group to gather information and make recommendations to council on the drilling of gas wells.

about 20 hours ago


Obituary: Bill Dwyer / North Side contractor helped to build neighborhood program

Bill Dwyer helped to renovate a former school for The Pittsburgh Project, a program that emncourages youths to help the elderly.

about 20 hours ago


South Fayette again accepts proposals for Star City site

South Fayette continues to look for a developer for Star City property to take the burden off township taxpayers.

about 20 hours ago


West Mifflin school district files lawsuit against former official

The former assistant business manager is said to owe the district $5,174 in tuition reimbursements.

about 20 hours ago


Alzheimer's caregivers share their stories in book

Members of Clergy Against Alzheimer’s have written the book, which is available on Amazon.

about 20 hours ago


 Principal Adam Sikorski, left, and assistant principal Michael Henaghan are duct taped to a wall as part of fundraising efforts for the Peters Township Middle School’s dance-a-thon.

'Sticky situation' aids Peters middle school’s dance-a-thon

Middle-schoolers pay to duct tape administrators to a wall as part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

about 20 hours ago


Penn Hills planning director, 'dreamer' to retire

Howard Davidson has seen much change during the nearly 40 years he has worked for the municipality.

about 20 hours ago


West Allegheny goes with co-principals at high school

This restructuring is part of districtwide changes and tweaks to build on initiatives identified in the district’s strategic plan.

about 20 hours ago


Turnpike Commission enacts gift ban

The ban is similar to an executive order signed last week by Gov. Tom Wolf prohibiting gifts for executive branch employees.

about 20 hours ago


North Allegheny school district budget has $5.5 million shortfall

The business manager said their are too many unknowns to determine if a tax increase will be necessary.

about 20 hours ago


 Artist renderings of Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

Penn State announces $9.5 million project to renovate science and engineering building

Work planned to upgrade labs at Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

about 20 hours ago


South Park Middle School to get $20 million renovation

Work on the 39-year-old school is to begin this summer and will include a new gymnasium, fitness center and large group instruction room.

about 20 hours ago


Montour school district appoints substitute superintendent

Terrence Kushner will hold the post until March 31, when he is expected to become acting superintendent.

about 20 hours ago


Hezbollah attack kills Israeli soldiers near Lebanon, raising fears of escalation

The flare-up shattered a fragile calm that has mostly held along the frontier since the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

about 20 hours ago


 Andressa Urach

TV star’s plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

Andressa Urach recently went into septic shock and was placed on life support after a botched operation.

about 20 hours ago


Action on South Fayette Pinnacle Point plan postponed

The 92-home open space plan is proposed on Old Oakdale Road about 1 mile from the South Fayette School District campus.

about 20 hours ago


 In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the U.S. Marshals Service,  Mr. Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than two years, was arrested in Florida.

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

A warrant had been issued for Tommy Thompson in 2012, after he failed to show up for a hearing on a lawsuit brought by some of his backers.

about 20 hours ago


West Allegheny food service management outsourced

The Nutrition Group, with offices in West Newton and Irwin, has been hired to manage district cafeterias.

about 20 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon approves trap-and-euthanize deer cull

Mt. Lebanon hires Wildlife Specialists of Wellsboro, Pa., for trap-and-euthanize deer cull effort.

about 20 hours ago




 Joe Jackson.

Sewickley theater teacher's performance presents opportunity for students

Joe Jackson, who teaches dance at Sewickley Academy, is performing with Pittsburgh Public Theater, which is benefiting his students.

about 20 hours ago


World Briefs: Ukrainian rebels move to seize hub

PLUS: Nigerian army faulted; German anti-immigration movement leaders resign; Argentine prosecutor’s death; Phillipines president

about 20 hours ago


National Briefs: Democrats plan strategy for ’16 election cycle

PLUS: New England digs out; D.C. drone flights curbed.

about 20 hours ago



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