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Election 2014
1:05 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Bill Clinton To Campaign In Pennsylvania For Wolf

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Pittsburgh to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

The Wolf campaign said Clinton will lead a mid-day rally Monday at an electrical workers' union hall on Pittsburgh's South Side. Wolf is challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid.

Clinton is the third political celebrity to campaign for Wolf in as many weeks, following separate appearances in Philadelphia by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and first lady Michelle Obama.

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Community
1:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Candlelight Vigil Held For 6 Killed In House Fire

Members of the community have held a candlelight vigil to remember six people killed in a suburban Pittsburgh house fire and to pray for critically injured sole survivor.

About 250 people raised lit candles into the air and sang "Amazing Grace" Sunday night outside the McKeesport house where a woman, her four young children and her disabled father-in-law died early Saturday.

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Community
1:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pittsburgh Wins Gawker.com Ugliest Accent Tourney

Pittsburgh has "won" Gawker.com's ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader's poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.

The gossipy news site set up a tournament bracket pitting what it deemed the 16 ugliest city accents in the United States against one another.

Pittsburgh advanced to the finals by winning readers' votes over Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston.

Government & Politics
5:41 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

PA Porn Email Scandal Prompts Another Resignation

A Pennsylvania county prosecutor is resigning in the wake of a pornographic email scandal that the state attorney general's office says involved him while he was a high-ranking supervisor there.

Rick Sheetz, who led the criminal division until Attorney General Kathleen Kane took office early last year, resigned Monday from a part-time job as assistant district attorney in Lancaster County.

District Attorney Craig Stedman says the email scandal prompted Sheetz's departure, first reported Tuesday by Lancaster Newspapers.

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Higher Education
11:24 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Former Profs Leave $15M to Point Park University

A couple of former part-time professors have left $15 million to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, the largest gift in the school's history.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the gift is nearly half of the school's $31 million endowment.

It was left to the school by the estate of George and Kathleen White, who never attended the school before both of them taught there as part-time professors after moving to the Pittsburgh area in their 50s.

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Pennsylvania
4:39 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Fire Burns 3 Buildings at Flight 93 Memorial

Officials say a fire has burned three administrative buildings at the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst says no injuries were reported Friday afternoon. He did not know the cause or extent of the damage.

He says the affected buildings serve as the park's headquarters and include the superintendent's office.

Litterst says the flames did not affect the memorial itself or construction of the visitors center.

Government & Politics
2:18 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Abruzzo Resigns In Wake Of Claims He Exchanged Raunchy E-Mails

Chris Abruzzo has turned in his resignation as head of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, one week after the attorney general’s office named him among state employees who swapped sexually explicit e-mails on state computers years ago while working for then-attorney general Tom Corbett.

In a letter to the governor, Abruzzo says assertions made by the attorney general’s office have become a “distraction” from the governor’s administration.

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Election 2014
10:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sparks Fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf Campaign Debate

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf take part in a debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event at KYW-TV and KYW-AM on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The second debate between the two became tense as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers.
Credit AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool

A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers.

Corbett and Wolf met during the one-hour "Breakfast with the Candidates" event at KYW-TV and KYW-AM in Philadelphia.

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Public Safety
11:08 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Franklin Regional Stabbing Suspect Can Move to Psych Hospital

A judge has approved moving a 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school to a Pittsburgh-area psychiatric hospital indefinitely.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal, of Murrysville, has been held at a juvenile detention center in Westmoreland County since the April 9 attack. Prosecutors say he stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard with kitchen knives at Franklin Regional High School.

Hribal's attorney contends the boy's mental condition is deteriorating.

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Government & Politics
3:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

In Seeking Wider Hate Crime Law, State Sen. Ferlo Says He's Gay

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker made it public that he's gay while at a news conference with other Democrats to urge passage of legislation that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's hate crime law.

Tuesday's announcement by Allegheny County Sen. Jim Ferlo makes him the first sitting Pennsylvania state senator who is openly gay, and the third state lawmaker.

Ferlo isn't running again, and he'll leave the Senate on Nov. 30 after 12 years. Ferlo also notes that he's never denied being gay.

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Public Safety
9:44 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Police Find Rifle Carried By Ambush Suspect

Authorities don't have the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks, but they say they've found the AK-47-style assault rifle that he was carrying.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday that police believe their massive manhunt is hot on the trail of 31-year-old Eric Frein as he travels on foot through northeastern Pennsylvania's heavy forests where he grew up.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Pitt Professor Terrance Hayes Among 2014 MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Winners

In this Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, poet Terrance Hayes poses for a photo at his home in Pittsburgh. Hayes was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation.
Credit The Associated Press

Twenty-one people, many of whom are doing work that touches on race relations, same-sex marriage, climate change and other issues that are dominating the news, have each been awarded "genius grants" from the MacArthur Foundation.

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation this morning has announced this year's recipients of the grants that have been awarded since 1981. Recipients can spend the $625,000 any way they like.

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Sandusky Scandal
2:05 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

NCAA: State Can Keep $60 Million Penn State Fine

College sports' governing body says it is willing to let Pennsylvania control the $60 million fine Penn State is paying over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

The NCAA on Friday asked Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord.

The NCAA says that if Covey agrees, it also will move to end a federal lawsuit against McCord, Gov. Tom Corbett and others that challenges a 2013 state law requiring the money to remain within Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh
10:33 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Sophie Masloff, Pittsburgh's First Female Mayor, Dies at Age 96

Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.

She died at an area nursing home, said Joseph Mistick, Masloff's longtime friend and former top aide.

Masloff took office in May 1988 after the death of Richard S. Caliguiri, and she served until January 1994.

She good-naturedly described herself as an "old Jewish grandmother" and promised when she took office to be at work by 8 a.m. every day except Tuesdays when, she said, "I get my hair done."

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Economy & Business
4:13 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Pennsylania Unemployment Rate Up Slightly for July

Pennsylvania's jobless rate is up slightly but remains better than the national figure. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 5.7 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from June.

“There’s nothing to be alarmed about,” said Sara Goulet, a department spokeswoman. “It’s a very, very small uptick and we do see those periodically. It’s the natural ebb and flow of the employment situation.”

The U.S. rate is currently 6.2 percent.

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Public Safety
5:55 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Police: Storm Drain Caused Car-Swallowing Sinkhole

Crews work Wednesday on large sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a McKnight Road business.
Credit Chris Squier / 90.5 WESA

UPDATE (4:26 p.m. Wednesday): PennDOT Says McKnight Road Not at Risk

Work to repair a sinkhole nearly 40 feet long and 10 feet wide is underway in Ross Township.

The sinkhole opened in front of Hollywood Tans salon right off of McKnight Road Tuesday, swallowing a car – and almost its passenger, Natalie Huddleston of Shaler Township. She was not injured.

According to Steve Cowan, PennDOT district press officer, the sinkhole does not pose any danger to the state-maintained McKnight Road, which is about 15 feet from the edge of the sinkhole.

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Pennsylvania
10:15 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Burrell High School Player Dies After Workout

A western Pennsylvania high school football player collapsed during the year's first practice — a workout designed to acclimate players to hot weather — and died a short time later at a hospital.

An autopsy was planned Thursday the body of 16-year-old Noah Cornuet, a sophomore at Burrell High School in Lower Burrell, about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Environment & Energy
12:04 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

DEP: Lack of Oversight, Human Error Caused Deadly Greene County Well Fire

Pennsylvania investigators have faulted site managers in a report on a Chevron natural gas well fire in Dunkard Township, Greene County that killed a worker in February.

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Community
10:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Group Honors Third Kennywood Coaster as 'Landmark'

The group American Coaster Enthusiasts has named the Thunderbolt a "Coaster Landmark" — the third roller coaster to be so recognized at the Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh.

Kennywood is now the only park in the United States with three coaster landmarks.

The group founded in 1978 has honored 30 coaster landmarks nationwide since 2002.

Kennywood's Jack Rabbit and Racer roller coasters were previously honored as landmarks by the group. All three are traditional roller coasters with wooden frames and tracks.

Transportation
11:24 am
Thu July 24, 2014

PUC Approves Emergency Ride-Sharing Permits

The state Public Utility Commission has approved emergency permits for two ride-sharing companies that have been operating in the Pittsburgh area.
 
The companies have come under fire over concerns that drivers, their vehicles and their insurance don't meet regulations for taxi cabs and other similar services. The companies have argued their services are just as safe but have been targeted because they don't fit neatly into current public transportation regulations.
 

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Public Safety
9:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

2 Dead in Beaver County House Explosion

Authorities say a man and woman were killed in an early morning house explosion in a rural area of Western Pennsylvania.

Emergency dispatchers in Beaver County say the blast was reported at about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the residence in South Beaver Township, about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Officer Jesse Richman said the victims, who were in their mid to late 60s, were inside the ranch-style home at the time.

Public Safety
10:12 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Officer Honored For Franklin Regional Stabbing Response

A retired school police officer has been honored for handcuffing a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a suburban Pittsburgh high school.

Fifty-nine-year-old William "Buzz" Yakshe is one of six national recipients of the Regional Exceptional Service Award given by the National Association of School Resources Officers.

Yakshe retired in May, after helping subdue Alex Hribal following the April 9 stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Yakshe was a Murrysville police officer assigned to the school.

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Jerry Sandusky
10:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Kane Report: Politics Had No Role in Sandusky Probe

A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, by a former federal prosecutor blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.

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Transportation
5:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Commission OKs Another Boost In PA Turnpike Tolls

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up for the seventh straight year.

The turnpike commission Tuesday approved a 5 percent increase that will take effect in January.

Officials say the increase will be applied evenly to cash and electronic E-ZPass tolls — marking the first time in three years that cash tolls are not subject to a steeper increase.

About three out of four turnpike drivers now use E-ZPass.

Transportation
9:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Peduto Slams PUC Over Ride-Sharing Suits

Regulators want two ride-sharing companies to stop doing business in Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement is pursing cease-and-desist orders against San Francisco-based ride-share companies Lyft and Uber.

The companies have five days to respond.

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Public Safety
11:46 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Use Of Force During Gay Pride Arrest Investigated

A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival.

Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.

The officer, Souroth Chatterji, says he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched her in the side so he could handcuff and arrest her. He accuses her of fighting with him and kicking him in the groin.

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Education
11:26 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Pittsburgh Diocese Closing Another K-8 School

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is closing a second K-8 school in as many weeks due to declining enrollment.

The diocese says St. John the Baptist Parish in Monaca, Beaver County, has asked permission to close its school because it had only 97 students enrolled in grades K-8. Last week the diocese announced it was closing Holy Child School in Bridgeville, which had only 82 pupils this year, and only 53 enrolled for the fall.

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Government & Politics
4:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge Takes On Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's law banning recognition of same-sex marriage says he saw no proof that same-sex marriage destroys the strength of families.

Judge John E. Jones III spoke Monday on WITF-FM's hour-long show "Smart Talk."

He was responding to a statement by Bishop David Zubik of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh read to him by the show's host. But Jones says a link between family strength and same-sex marriage hasn't been proven.

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Community
11:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Heads Up: US Navy's Blue Angels To Fly Over Pittsburgh Today

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flying aerobatic squadron plans to fly over Pittsburgh at low altitudes for a photo shoot.

Blue Angels press officer Eric Rowley says that on Wednesday six F/A-18 Hornet jets plan to make at least three passes over downtown Pittsburgh between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. The formation is expected to fly between 500 and 1,500 feet above the ground, near Point State Park.

The Blue Angels will also be performing at the Latrobe Air Show on June 7 and 8.

Public Safety
2:10 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

School Stabbing Suspect Waives Court Appearance

A 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his high school outside Pittsburgh has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

By waiving the hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, Alex Hribal and his defense attorney acknowledge that Westmoreland County prosecutors have enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

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