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 Gov. Tom Wolf has signaled he is likely to veto at least some of the GOP budget plan.

Wolf seeks to reassure state workers, vendors on budget

The governor separate letters to state workers and to the tens of thousands of vendors who do work with the commonwealth.

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Parkway West work schedule announced for the week

The inbound parkway will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center at 10 p.m.; outbound will be closed from Green Tree-Crafton to I-79.

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Gas prices take dip in Pittsburgh region

A check of more than 700 gas stations in the area found prices down 0.5 cents per gallon to an average of $2.97.

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Traffic restrictions start today on Business Route 22 in Monroeville

Inspection of the bridge over Thompson Run Road is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday.

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Lane closures expected today on Route 88 in Bethel Park

Work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Church Hill Road and Berryman Avenue.

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 Plum High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri

Plum teacher faces second intimidation charge

Joseph Ruggieri is one of two Plum High School teachers accused of having sex with female students.

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Penn Hills school board passes budget balanced with $12 million loan

The board approved in a 6-1 vote a final budget with $87.8 million in costs and $97 million in revenue.

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 Father Dan Walsh blesses Duquesne University's new organ Sunday during its dedication in the chapel.

Duquesne University completes $500,000 renovation of chapel pipe organ

The original 24-stop, 1,290-pipe organ was installed in 1896 and was last refurbished in 1964.

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 Teachers, parents and supporters march past the front of the Allegheny Intermidiate Unit (AIU) building at The Waterfront, May 27, 2015, in a demonstration protesting reported cuts in the teaching staff.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's closed-door meetings raising questions

AIU is bound by the state’s open-meeting law, although it rarely holds public discussions about its operations or spending.

about 23 hours ago


 A "shared space" concept will be considered for the section of Liberty Avenue that forms the entrance to Downtown Pittsburgh.

Experts say shared space, transportation free-for-all makes sense for Pittsburgh

The idea to make Liberty Avenue a shared space from Commonwealth Place to Stanwix grew out of a symposium held last week.

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 At 2 a.m. Tuesday, the eastbound ramp to the Bloomfield Bridge will close for 44 days, with traffic detoured to Baum Boulevard and Liberty Avenue to reach the other end of the bridge.

North Oakland road project expected to cause major traffic disruptions

The $13.4 million project will reconstruct or resurface parts of Bigelow Boulevard, North Craig Street and Baum Boulevard.

about 23 hours ago


 The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds use of disputed lethal-injection drug

The court said the sedative drug does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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 A man push his trolley while playing music begging for money in central Athens on the early hours of Sunday, June 28, 2015. Germany's vice chancellor says that a Greek referendum on the bailout talks could in principle make sense, but notes that it should be clear to voters what they will be deciding on. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

The developments have thrown into question Greece’s financial future and continued membership in the 19-nation shared euro currency.

about 14 hours ago


 Egyptian prosecutor general, Hisham Barakat

Cairo blast kills Egypt’s top prosecutor, raises fears

The state prosecutor is the top Egyptian official to be assassinated since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi two years ago.

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 Police stand over escaped convict David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

Officials: Captured N.Y. convict 'critical but stable'

The governor said Sweat initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical Sunday night.

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 Ashley Smith and Sophia Swinderski roller skating down Butler Street in Lawrenceville on Sunday during OpenStreetsPGH, a free public event that make streets pedestrian-only.

OpenStreetsPGH draws crowd despite cool, wet weather

Many businesses tried creative ways to attract new customers with cars off the streets.

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 The statewide force stands at about 4,500 positions. But there are about 400 vacancies, with more expected in January.

Pennsylvania state police looking for a few good men and women

Getting people to consider a career as a trooper has proven to be a tougher sell than it once was.

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 A firefighter moves a hose into position outside a house into which a small plane that took off from Lancaster, Pa., had crashed in Plainville, Mass., Sunday.

Lancaster, Pa. plane crashes into Mass. home, killing 3

The plane wound up behind the two-story colonial, where a section of the tail and a charred wing rested on a hillside in the yard.

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Obituary: Michael Krak / Selfless pediatrician who served his community

The native Pittsburgher, who practiced served his community for over 40 years, helped the polio vaccine trials organized by Jonas Salk.

about 23 hours ago


 The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

Supreme Court ruling preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting

The argument against independent commissions rests in the Constitution’s Election Clause.

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 Donald Trump speaks June 16 at Trump Tower in New York.

NBCUniversal cuts ties with Trump after 'derogatory' comments about Mexicans

The real estate mogul is one of many contenders for the GOP nomination for president.

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Iran nuclear talks to miss Tuesday deadline, will run ‘a few days’ longer

Iran’s foreign minister broke off from the negotiations and flew to Tehran for consultations.

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 Christian Vidaure, left, Darrell Hardaway, and Jasmine Haygood, right, perform during the 45th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday.

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Overall attendance was expected to be in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

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 In this May 6, 2014, file photo, Israelis watch an air show during Independence Day in Tel Aviv.

Report says world Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust level

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world.

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 An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes Sunday after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station; cargo lost

It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.

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 Republicans have large majorities in both Pennsylvania legislative chambers; 30-19 in the Senate and 118-80 in the House.

Liquor overhaul, budget bills nearing floor of state Senate

Also, late Sunday the Senate approved a bill that would create a statewide school district to oversee the lowest-performing schools.

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 Tourists mourn Sunday at the site of a shooting attack on the beach in front of a hotel in Port el Kantaoui, Tunisia, on the outskirts of Sousse, south of the capital Tunis. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for the massacre at the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people Friday, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the North African country’s recent history.

Kuwait says Saudi man was bomber in mosque attack

The disclosure of the bomber’s nationality heightened fears about the radicalization of youth in Saudi Arabia.

about 23 hours ago


National briefs: Survey: U.S. kids face abuse on many fronts

Plus: Puerto Rico debt; Trade, worker bills are law; N.C. private toll lanes; Detroit mom pleads guilty;New statue for Georgia

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Penn Hills school board appoints superintendent

The board approved the promotion of acting superintendent Nancy Hines to superintendent for a three-year term ending in June of 2018.

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World briefs: Terror attack leaves Britain in shock

Plus: Yemen blast hurts dozens; UAE gives death sentence; France detains Uber execs; China hosts 56 nations

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 Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

New York prison break ends with shooting of 2nd fugitive

Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York.

about 23 hours ago


World Briefs: Hundreds injured in Taiwan fire

Plus: Election won’t be observed; Serbia fetes Gavrilo Princip; woman named governor; and more.

about 23 hours ago


National Briefs: A grieving Biden visits Charleston

Plus: Bulger says his life was wasted; Ohio governor to announce bid; Missouri to change insurance; and more.

about 23 hours ago


U.S. top court invalidates Obama administration EPA regulation

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the EPA should have weighed the cost of compliance in deciding whether to regulate the pollutants.

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 Jeffrey Sheridan, Mr. Wolf’s press secretary, said the governor will work to develop a plan after receiving Mr. DePasquale’s report but said any municipal pension overhaul will likely not be part of budget discussions.

Auditor general to present pension recommendations to governor

Sate Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will recommend fixes for the state’s beleaguered municipal pension systems by Tuesday.

about 23 hours ago


Pennsylvania state budget battles of the past

The worst state budget fight was in 1969, when the disagreement lasted 247 days, with the state running on stopgap funding.

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 Evan Wolfson

Father of same-sex marriage reflects on long battle he led

Squirrel Hill native Evan Wolfson has led the national fight for same-sex marriage for more than 30 years.

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Attitudes evolving on sports gambling

As society has evolved and gambling has spread, legalized sports betting in the U.S. is becoming an increasingly real possibility.

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Region continues to gray, but some growth coming from millennials, Hispanics

The U.S. population grew by 3.3 percent over the last five years, but it increased in Pennsylvania by just 0.7 percent.

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ACLU app coming to Pennsylvania facilitates filming police interactions

The Mobile Justice app allows users to record video and audio and send immediately to the ACLU.

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How to record safely and efficiently

Filming horizontally is recommended, as is keeping a distance, and refraining from speaking or commenting in order to avoid confusion.

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Euro zone readies for Greek default after prime minister calls for referendum on bailout terms

Prime Minister Tsipras announces referendum for July 5, as police increase security as lines form in front of cash machines.

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 Global Links employees load their 124th shipment of medical supplies to Cuba onto a truck. This is the first step of transit to the island.

Cuba’s status gives Global Links hope for new medical exchanges

The nonprofit Global Links has been circumventing the trade embargo for 21 years, but now hopes to make exchanges a two-way proposition.

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 Annmarie Duggan.

Pitt Theatre Arts grows in programs and shows

The University of  Pittsburgh expands to five productions in 2015-16, when it will spend more time in the Charity Randall campus theater.

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Gay rights supporters push beyond marriage to broader legal protections

Some members of Congress want to pass federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing.

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Kerry, in Vienna, begins effort to complete nuclear accord with Iran

U.S. officials have almost discounted the notion a deal will be made by Tuesday’s deadline, hoping to get a final accord to Congress.

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Tunisia pledges tough security post-attack, as tourists flee

Tunisia, Kuwait and France were still reeling from terror attacks this week  that left dozens dead.

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Israel looking to expel Africans despite demand for their labor

Israeli government moves to expel some African migrants is opposed by some Israelis who say it violates the country’s traditions.

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With health care law on firmer footing, GOP weighs next steps

After Supreme Court ruling favoring the Affordable Care Act, the opposing reaction in Congress and courts is likely to be far from unified.

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Obituary: The Rev. Albert W. Bowe Sr. / Pastor who was full of joy

The Rev. Albert Bowe, Sr. loved to sing and serve his church.

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