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 Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities of the state House and Senate were unable to reach a deal on an annual spending plan before the fiscal year began July 1.

State budget impasse drags into third month

Eugene DePasquale, the state auditor general, said his staff will tally the delay’s cost for school districts

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Wolf nominates ex-state revenue official to serve on Turnpike Commission

Barry Drew served as deputy secretary of administration in the Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011.

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TRAFFIC: Inbound Parkway West closures continue tonight

The inbound side will close tonight and Thursday night.

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 A woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill, during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Although the meeting with U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios was part of plans to redesign the $10 bill, several in attendance said they wanted to see a woman on the $20 bill.

Debate flares over Alexander Hamilton’s successor on the $10 bill

Historians see heated debates on which woman should replace Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary, on the front of the $10 bill.

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 The $3.5 million renovation project will replace the rails and safety cables and renovate the cars and stations on what the authority says is the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S. It opened in 1870 and has undergone four previous renovations.

Mount Washington merchants fear effects of renovations on Mon Incline

Shiloh Street businesses are girding for the impact of a 12-week construction project that will close the incline.

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 Johnson Estate Winery, just over the border in Westfield, N.Y., is seeking grape pickers to help with the harvest on Sept. 7 to 8. Pickers will be paid $10 per hour and, if they do three hours, a sandwich and a piece of pie.

Lake Erie winery invites people to pick grapes on Labor Day

The “GRAPE PICKERS WANTED” sign went up recently in front of the Johnson Estate Winery, just over the state border in Westfield, N.Y.

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Senate Dems get 34th vote to hand Obama victory on Iran deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote this morning.

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Top candidates to replace Hamilton on $10 bill

Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have their supporters for placement on the $10 bill.

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Markets on edge as policymakers flex muscles

Investors now predict the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate rise that had been expected as early as this month.

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 Fran Tunno in seventh grade.

Back to School: Nun’s lesson about good deeds has had long payoff

Sister Generosa taught me the value of helping others long ago, and I am grateful now for the lesson.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit board opens up its deliberations

The AIU, which offers special education services, looks to “right-size” with staff cuts and potential sale of building.

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 Thai authorities arrest a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok on Aug. 17.

2nd arrest made in deadly Thailand shrine attack

Police in Thailand have arrested a man they believe was the key bomber in the terror attack that killed 20 people.

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 President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Tuesday while hiking to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska.

In Alaska, Obama obliges some critics and takes a hike

President Barack Obama on Tuesday hiked to a receding Alaskan glacier to make visible his concerns about climate change.

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Obese at 50? Midlife weight may affect when Alzheimer’s hits

Midlife obesity can speed Alzheimer’s onset, National Institute on Aging study finds.

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Migrant crisis in Europe grows

Hungary on Tuesday briefly barred hundreds of refugees from boarding its trains in Budapest.

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Planned Parenthood loss could burden other health centers

Lousiana’s intent to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics threatens the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

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Video shows deputies shooting San Antonio man with raised hands

San Antonio deputies appear to have fatally shot a man who had his hands up, video shows.

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World briefs: 3 journalists arrested on terror charges

Plus: Accused teacher kills self; protesters stage sit-in; “holy war” against corruption; Kim skips celebration; activist arrested

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National briefs: California curbs solitary confinement

Plus: West Point professor resigns; Chimps denied legal rights; Smoking at record low; College pot smoking increases.

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 Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, said Tuesday of personal health responsibility: “We own it. It’s our health. It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

On its 25th anniversary, Jewish Healthcare Foundation putting a new focus on personal health

“It’s our health,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

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 Jeffrey Schwartz, with human and monkey skulls, in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall, in 2009.

Pitt paleontologist wants to limit the genus Homo to Homo sapiens

Pitt’s Jeffrey Schwartz stirs controversy with his Science magazine article stating that some human species don’t belong in the genus Homo.

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 Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel, on Tuesday.

Pope Francis allows absolutions for abortion

Pope Francis is making it possible for women to confess directly to any Catholic priest, who can forgive without a bishop’s permission.

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TRAFFIC: PennDOT reverses direction of Parkway West closures through Thursday

Several construction projects continue this week, with overnight closures on the Parkway West.

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 The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum in Niles, Ohio, honors President William McKinley, born in the small town not far from Youngstown.

Ohio residents lament removal of McKinley name from Alaskan peak

Ohio lawmakers blocked the proposed name change for Mount McKinley for years, and denounced the decision to restore the Mount Denali name.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state that were released Monday night .

State Department redacts material deemed sensitive in Hillary Clinton’s emails

None of the documents had been marked classified at the time, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

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 An injured national guard officer is carried away by comrades Monday outside the Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine. One person was killed and over 100 wounded after an explosive device was thrown during a protest.

Grenade explodes outside Ukraine's parliament during nationalist protest; 1 officer killed

It was the worst violence in the capital since the government took power in February 2014.

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 A Franklin & Marshall College poll last week found a wide, bi-partisan majority of registered voters believe state lawmakers should not be paid during budget negotiations when the budget is late.

Voters say: No budget, no pay for Pennsylvania lawmakers

Republicans, Democrats and Independents in a Franklin & Marshall College poll favor not paying lawmakers until a budget is approved.

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 A migrant, hoping to cross into Hungary, plays with a child Monday along a railway track outside a village in Serbia.

Austrian border backup and confusion challenge Europe amid migrant crisis

Europe is mired in border traffic backups, jam-packed refugee trains and policy chaos as it deals with its mounting migrant morass.

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Former LCB official faces charges of accepting kickbacks

Prosecutors said James H. Short Jr. took cash, gift cards and meals from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages.

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 "We need to be prepared for the possibility that Iran will violate the agreement,” Sen. Bob Casey said.

Sen. Bob Casey says he will support Iran nuclear deal

“It is the best option available to us at this time,” the Democratic senator said today.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Pennsylvania attorney general, supporters mobilize against potential ouster

AG Kathleen Kane was charged Aug. 6 by Montgomery County authorities with leaking information to a Philadelphia newspaper.

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 Surrounded by the media, David Moore, center, and his partner David Ermold attempt to apply for a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Kentucky clerk, citing ‘God’s authority,’ defies court ruling on gay marriage

As Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses.

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Westinghouse High coach on leave after report of student injury

The district received a report a Westinghouse student was injured while “being admonished” by one of the team’s assistant coaches.

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Health happenings for Sept. 1, 2015

Health and fitness-related news listings for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

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Thai prime minister says main suspect in bombing arrested

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said today the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border.

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 Lt. Charles J. Gliniewitz

Hunt goes on for 3 suspects in killing of Ill. police officer

A Illinois manhunt was ongoing for three suspects in the fatal shooting a 30-year police veteran who had encountered and pursued them.

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 Freda Ellis

Obituary: Freda Ellis / August Wilson’s sister served in many roles

Freda Ellis -- sister of the late playwright August WIlson -- was a beloved force in the community.

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Two Cal U students face charges stemming from fight

Police said one of the students threatened to use a gun during the fight.

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 About 200 members of the Chester Upland teachers union in suburban Philadelphia voted unanimously last week to work without pay as the new school year opens Wednesday.

Some teachers in Phila. area heading back to school without a paycheck

The district, struggling with financial problems for years, is on the edge of insolvency and cannot make payroll, officials said.

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 The scene at Bayardstown Social Club, with Slim Forsythe and His New Payday Loners performing in the background.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Bayardstown Social Club in Strip makes a quick success of socializing

Born on a vacant lot on Penn Avenue, Bayardstown is a bring-your-own party to which everyone’s invited, including kids and dogs.

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U.N. said to summon leaders to closed-door climate change meeting

The New York meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27, a day ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Republicans wary of Donald Trump’s populist tone on taxes

He says he would raise taxes in certain areas, particularly on corporations that he believes do not act in the best interests of the U.S.

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China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies

The databases included security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms.

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World Briefs: Poland blocks site of alleged Nazi treasure

Plus: 3 hurricanes make history; Fred nears Cape Verde; Jains win legal victory; China blames journalist; and more.

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National Briefs: Anti-Semite convicted in 3 slayings

Plus: Clerk must issue licenses; deputy was shot 15 times; hiker was clinging to life; meeting on new $10 bill; found $20 nets $1 million.

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Eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced to life in 2 killings last year

Fifty-six-year-old Garry Flyte of Eldred Township entered the plea Monday in Monroe County to first-degree murder charges.

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Genetic tests pushed to help prevent some deaths

The research announced by Medtronic found an association between a single gene and 50 percent higher odds of some irregular heartbeats.

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Outbound Parkway West overnight closures begin tonight

Through Wednesday, outbound closures begin at 9 p.m. from the Fort Pitt Tunnel to I-79 with inbound single-lane traffic in the same area.

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 Betsy Hawley is the director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, founded at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children's palliative care

Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.

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PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for pope's visit to Philly

Roadwork will be suspended from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

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