Participation in Medicaid, the state-run health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, has grown by about 10 million in the U.S. over the last 18 months

Pennsylvania moves to keep pace with increase in Medicaid

Nearly one in five Pennsylvanians is a Medicaid beneficiary as of 2015.

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More storms lash Texas after severe weather kills 16

The National Weather Service was issuing a flash-flood watch Thursday for parts of Texas already reeling from torrential rains.

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 Cara Zanella, of North Huntingdon, practices May 7 at Center Ice Arena with her ice dance partner, Lance Holton of Seven Springs.

Skating brings North Huntingdon woman freedom from pain of arthritis

Cara Zanella of North Huntingdon, who skates in part for the physical therapy it offers, is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces growing pressure to resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter faced calls to resign Thursday from politicians and sports figures, but maintained an air of implacability in

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U.S. to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military is seeking ways to improve training and arming of Iraq’s Sunni tribes.

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Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

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Russian political activist is hospitalized with mysterious illness

The wife of a Russian opposition activist hospitalized with a mysterious ailment is urging he be treated elsewhere in Europe or Israel.

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Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore has had 38 homicides so far this month, its deadliest in 15 years.

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Women in Tunisia tell of decades of police cruelty, violence and rape

Women in now-democratic Tunisia have been offering compelling public testimony about decades of abuses under the prior two dictatorships.

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Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

He was indicted Thursday on federal charges he violated banking laws to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to mask “misconduct.”

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Fathers Know Best: When on course with Dad, it wasn’t about the golf

Playing golf with father was all about Dad, not the golf.

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Obituary: Rev. Gary Denning | Pastor of First Baptist Church was ‘not afraid to take risks’

Rev. Denning retired from First Baptist in 2013 after suffering an earlier stroke. He was 65.

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 Chris Patton, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, applies sealer to one of the Adirondack chairs.

Sto-Rox Students' Adirondack chairs to raise funds for teacher's son

Sto-Rox High School construction technology students built the chairs, which will be auctioned to benefit a boy who has Batten disease.

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Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

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North Allegheny directors working to avoid tax increase

The board is expected to vote on the final budget June 24.

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Low-income students in McKeesport to receive Bridge Foundation scholarships

The Bridge Foundation, U.S. Steel and elected officials donated $60,000 for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

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Avonworth hires new assistant superintendent

An Avonworth High School principal will take on the new position of assistant superintendent.

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Peters roadwork to address flooding

The township is planning a major renovation of Moccasin Drive and Old Washington Road over the summer.

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 South Allegheny High School senior Seth Hitchens is shown parts of the laser cutter by J.D. Whitewolf of Red Ant Lasers.  The company is helping students build a laser cutter in teacher Doug Marino's technology education class.

South Allegheny students learn about laser cutters

A portable laser cutter should prove useful for a wide range of subjects at the high school.

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Montour considers budget with no tax increase

The 2015-16 Montour School District Budget is proposed to be $61.466 million and does not call for a tax increase.

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North Allegheny technology advisory committee urges adoption of 1-to-1 initiative

The committee recommended that students in middle and high school have laptops and elementary students have iPads.

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 Madison Schratz and Lucas Carroll.

Canonsburg students among those selected for Nordenberg scholarship at Pitt

Two Canon-McMillan students have been named to the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Big Blue Quest raises awareness of colon and rectal cancers

The walk/run will be held Saturday at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

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Some supervisors question Pa. House bill that would cut six-year terms to two years

A state House bill would provide for second-class township supervisors to be elected to two-year terms.

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Golf classic aims to raise money for South Fayette Foundation

The foundation has brought in $23,000 since 2010. The classic will be held July 13 at Southpointe Golf Club in Cecil.

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Garden at Aiken school in Green Tree promotes healthy lifestyle

Students helped to plant the garden and are learning how to care for the plants.

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World briefs: 90 percent of stockpiles eradicated

Plus: Peacetime deaths a secret; Severe heat kills 1,400; PM pushes for referendum; and more.

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Nation briefs: Obama said recent storms a reminder to prepare for disasters

Plus: Anthrax mishap; HIV treatment; narrowing the “digital divide;” subway advertising; air-traffic facility fire

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School news: Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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 Alex Arch, 16, of Keystone Oaks, shares a laugh during a prom for special needs students Wednesday inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

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Mon Incline reopens after mechanical issue

Shuttle buses transported riders between the incline stations.

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West Carson Street access to Corliss Tunnel to remain closed

The work is part of the $39 million West Carson Street reconstruction project that is scheduled to continue into April 2016.

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Section of Glass Run Road closed today, Friday

The road was scheduled to close from 7 a.m. today to 7 p.m. Friday between Baldwin and Gensler roads.

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 Prosecutors aren’t saying how many students benefited from the alleged college test-taking scheme.

Pittsburgh authorities indict 15 Chinese in college test-taking scheme

Prosecutors said the defendants, including two living in Pittsburgh, defrauded Educational Testing Services and the College Board.

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 There are cheers all around when second-grade students get the right answer in a time-telling exercise at Pittsburgh's Lincoln PreK-5 School.

More than 90 percent of Pa. school districts submit plans for increased funds

Plans show 197 of them would use additional funding to expand high-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten.

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 First-graders Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in June. Faison K-5 is one of five priority schools in Pittsburgh that received federal School Improvement Grants.

Public asked to comment on improvement plans for some Pittsburgh schools

The school improvement plans are required of certain schools in the federal Title 1 program.

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 Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Department of Health, presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a press conference on Tuesday.

County gets $750,000 grant to help launch health initiative

The grant will be targeted to disadvantaged communities to provide, in part, items such as food trucks with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, unveiled in early March, includes $1 billion in new funding for education and reductions to the corporate tax rate and school property taxes.

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

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Government audit faults Philly VA official's psychic party

Earlier this year, federal officials found widespread problems at the facility, including manipulated claims and ignored veteran inquiries.

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 “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” George Pataki said in a video announcing his run for the Republican nomination for president.

Pataki adds socially liberal voice to Republican presidential race

Pataki, who served three terms as governor from 1995 to 2006, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate or the presidency in past years.

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 Teachers, parents and students march in September at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus on Jacks Run Road. Teachers were on strike for 16 days earlier this school year.

East Allegheny teachers reject arbitrator's decision, weigh options

The union said members voted Wednesday to reject the determination made by arbitrator William Miller in final best-offer arbitration.

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Drought feared to raise food prices in Western U.S.

Washington state has declared a drought emergency as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other Western states also deal with a lack of water.

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 This March 17, photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College.

Penn State frat's national office says it respects suspension

Fraternity says it looks forward to working with the university to "effectuate improvements in the Greek system on campus."

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U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states

The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Motorist helps with tire

Plus: Return of lost phone says a lot about city; man gives big assist after a car accident.

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Obituary: Walter Byers | Former NCAA leader who rued corruption

Mr. Byers was one of the 20th century’s most powerful sports figures.

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Obituary: Matthew Frank Antonin Sevcik | Radiologist pushed back against his early dementia

Radiologist Matthew Sevcik, 50, of Sewickley died five years after being diagnosed with early-onset fronto-temporal dementia.

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Ex-South Allegheny teacher to stand trial on charges of inappropriate contact with students

Authorities said the students were 12 and 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.

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Inbound Parkway West closure set this weekend

The inbound Parkway West will be closed for part of the weekend as a construction project continues.

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 Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they pass through the Royal Gallery Wednesday during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

U.K.’s Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen’s Speech

Pomp met politics in the 62nd time the 89-year-old monarch has delivered the annual Queen’s Speech.

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