Propel students bused 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.

2 minutes ago

 Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are confident that a change in administration and in legislative attitudes will lead to a bill that is more progressive.

Support surfaces for Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill

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

about 9 hours ago

 Cam Howard, left, and his sister, Riley, get ready for the first day of school.

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 9 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 9 hours ago

 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

The 55-year-old native of Greensboro, N.C., pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

about 9 hours ago

Justices delay executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

Three Oklahoma executions have been stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal

about 9 hours ago

 IUP students leave the student union in January 2014.

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 8 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 2 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 9 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 9 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.

39 minutes 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 9 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 9 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 9 hours ago

Gateway School District may consider reorganizing schools

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

about 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 hours ago

National Briefs: Democrats plan strategy for ’16 election cycle

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

about 9 hours ago

Developer visualizes residences betwen Heinz Field, PNC Park

Columbus developer Continental Real Estate Cos. pitched a plan to the city to build apartments adjacent to the Hyatt Place hotel.

about 9 hours ago

 Work on the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel has been rescheduled for this weekend, starting at 10 p.m. Friday.

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close this weekend

The inbound tunnel will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

1 day ago

 Willie Thomas "W.T." Massey, one of the members of a group of black civil rights protesters nicknamed the "Friendship Nine," reacts during proceedings today in a Rock Hill, S.C., courthouse in which the nine had their convictions from a 1961 sit-in erased

Famed S. Carolina protesters cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

The eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted 54 years ago of trespassing and protesting at a variety store.

about 12 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests

Wolf plans to reinstate a moratorium on leasing new oil and gas wells in the state’s forests and parks, thus fulfilling a campaign pledge.

about 12 hours ago

Metal detectors to be used at Propel's Braddock Hills High

Classes will resume tomorrow at the high school, which has been closed since a gun incident Monday.

about 15 hours ago

 “These authorities have enabled our region to achieve many strides in economic development, but they run on taxpayer money,” Chelsa Wagner said in a statement.

Allegheny County controller threatens legal action to audit four authorities

Controller Chelsa Wagner is getting no cooperation from the Airport, Port, Sanitary and the Sports and Exhibition authorities.

about 10 hours ago

 According to the survey, hip replacement variation in Pittsburgh was 32 percent (a range of $19,456 and $25,696).

Replacing knee, hips a bargain at Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission adopts gift ban for employees

The ban applies to all Turnpike employees, though it doesn't take effect for several weeks, Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said.

about 16 hours ago


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