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Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries will cut its workforce by about 1,700 jobs, or about 3.6 percent of its 47,000 workers worldwide, company officials said Friday. Spokesman Mark Silvey said the cuts will be spread across all geographic regions so there "is expected to be minimal overall impact to any specific region." PPG is a Fortune 500 company founded in Pittsburgh in 1883 by John Pitcairn Jr. and John Baptiste Ford. Once known for plate glass production, they're now a global supplier of...

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A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive. The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant. They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again...

PA Game Commission

A mother bear and three cubs have been found dead in a Pennsylvania church parking lot. The Pennsylvania Game Commission calls the deaths of the sow and the cubs "highly suspicious" and is seeking information. Wildlife conservation officers responded Tuesday to a report of dead bears in the parking lot of St. Monica's Church in West Wyoming. They discovered a nearly 300-pound female bear and the cubs. The bears showed no signs of bullet wounds or external trauma. The game commission says it...

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Pennsylvania's governor is cleaning up dozens of what he calls outdated and unneeded executive orders that he inherited from seven previous governors. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced he was rescinding 46 of them, some that were established about three decades ago. Six were signed in the past decade. Wolf says many of them involve entities that no longer exist. The list includes a water task force that never reconvened, a public safety communications council that was never set up...

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Police are investigating allegedly Satanic graffiti spray-painted onto a central Pennsylvania church. The vandalism included the digits "666" and upside-down crosses sprayed on the cupola above the roof of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster County's Manheim Township, about 40 miles southeast of Harrisburg. The graffiti was discovered Sunday afternoon. Pastor Michael Rogers said the church has never experienced anything like this. It appeared to be the work of "somebody stupid...

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Federal prosecutors say an inmate's killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying that saw the suspect pause to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying man's pocket. Federal prosecutors detailed the attack in court documents filed Monday, arguing that a jury should see surveillance video showing the 9-minute attack, and 22-minute aftermath in which guard Eric Williams lay dying before other guards arrived. Jessie Con-ui is charged in the February 2013...

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Police in the Pittsburgh suburbs have charged an Uber driver with indecent assault and harassment for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a female passenger. Ross Township police are charging 46-year-old Jehad Abdula Makhoul by summons, so online court records don't list an attorney for him. The woman reported the incident Nov. 22 after she contacted the ride-sharing serving for a ride to a restaurant that evening. During the trip, the victim says Makhoul put his arm around her...

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A retired Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission worker says executive-level managers are "out of touch" and that "jobs/promotions are filled by the politicians" — including positions created for unqualified workers. Oh, yeah, Michael Stuban — the middle manager who filled out the scathing exit interview before he retired on Thanksgiving — hit "reply all," sending the emailed document to all of his more than 2,000 former co-workers. Stuban says he gave the turnpike commission the honest answers he...

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A former University of Pittsburgh student who pleaded guilty to being the go-between for Chinese students who paid to have impostors take college entrance exams for them faces sentencing before a federal judge. Han Tong faces up to three years in prison on Monday, though his attorney is expected to argue for leniency. Tong is one of 15 Chinese citizens charged by federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh last year with conspiring to have impostors take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or other college...

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State police are trying to determine who intentionally killed an elk on an eastern Pennsylvania nature and wild game preserve. Troopers from Bethlehem say the animal was found slain about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Trexler Nature Preserve. The 1,100-acre facility is owned by Lehigh County and is next to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, about 10 miles west of Allentown. It was founded more than 100 years ago as a way to preserve endangered bison and elk herds. Police didn't say how the elk was killed. They...

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Video footage from police dashboard and body cameras remains very difficult to obtain in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court is currently considering what the rules for disclosure should be. In a new survey of public records access in the state, dash cam videos were by far the least likely to be produced upon request. Surveyors asked for videos from 25 specific incidents and were granted access to just five. Four of those five were edited to remove key elements of what occurred, but...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission expects about 550,000 hunters to take to the woods as the state's 12-day deer rifle season opens. The game commission has previously estimated that about 750,000 hunters — or roughly 75 percent of those with licenses — hunt on the opening day of rifle season. But commission spokesman Travis Lau says that estimate is dropping because more hunters are taking deer during archery season. The game commission says archery license sales have increased every year...

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Police in the Pittsburgh suburbs say they're investigating a woman's claims that an Uber driver made unwanted sexual advances. Ross Township police said the woman reported the incident about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The woman says the driver started making advances while driving her to a restaurant. The driver allegedly stopped the vehicle, but the woman says she pushed him away and he continued the ride to the restaurant where she got out and called 911. Police said the woman wasn't physically...

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Southwestern Pennsylvania's two major ski resorts are making snow and planning to open for the season on Friday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort both plan to open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and remain open for the weekend. Seven Springs says on its website that "a blast of cold temperatures allowed our time to aggressively make snow." The resorts are located several miles apart, both about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law that expands the list of firearms permitted for hunting in Pennsylvania to include semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The new law doesn't make semi-automatic weapons legal for hunting in time for the upcoming firearm deer season, which begins Monday. Semi-automatic firearms discharge one shot for each pull of the trigger. The next cartridge is automatically pushed into the firing chamber. The use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting has been debated...

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Layoff notices are going out to more than 500 Pennsylvania state employees because of a dispute over additional state funding for unemployment compensation services. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said roughly 520 employees will have received the notices by Tuesday. The employees' last day on the job will be Dec. 19, when the Wolf administration plans to close unemployment compensation service centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster. Labor and Industry Department spokeswoman...

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The wife of a police officer slain the line of duty says he was "the best friend anyone could ever ask for," was adored by their four children and was always chasing "bigger dreams."

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A western Pennsylvania school district has averted a teachers' strike after an overnight bargaining session resulted in a tentative contract. Teacher in the Greensburg-Salem School District has planned to strike Wednesday morning, halting classes for nearly 3,000 students in this district 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. The last contract expired in July and the sides last met in October, before beginning a last-ditch bargaining session at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Nine hours later —by 3 a.m. Wednesday —...

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Big changes are coming to beer sales in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday that will allow the state's more than 1,000 beer distributors to sell suds in any quantity. That includes individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers. The law takes effect in 60 days. Also, it lets bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allows consumers to legally participate in beer-of-the-month clubs that ship beer directly to...

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The first of two days of funeral home visitation are set to begin for a western Pennsylvania police officer slain in the line of duty. The visitation for Canonsburg Officer Scott Bashioum is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Beinhauer Funeral Home in Peters Township. His funeral is Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania. Bashioum was killed and fellow Canonsburg Officer James Saieva Jr. was injured when Michael Cwiklinski shot both with a...

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Shell Chemicals has purchased land in Beaver County's Potter Township near the site where the company has proposed the construction of an ethane cracker plant. The Beaver County Times reports Shell paid $6.5 million for its latest acquisition of 13.7 acres along state Route 18. A portion of the land once housed the industrial insulation company VersiTech. The purchase of that land was the last big domino to fall in Shell's plan for the proposed plant. Shell now owns nearly every parcel on the...

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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired a new attorney to handle the appeals of her perjury and obstruction conviction and related jail sentence. The Goldberg Katzman law firm confirmed that attorney Joshua Lock has been hired by Kane, but otherwise declined comment. Kane is free on bond while she appeals her conviction and 10- to 23-month jail sentence. A jury found the 50-year-old Democrat guilty of felony perjury and other charges for leaking grand jury material to the...

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Pennsylvanians have voted to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges. The constitutional amendment approved Tuesday will let judges remain on the bench until the end of the year in which they turn 75. That's five years longer than currently allowed. Passage of the ballot measure means Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor won't have to retire next month, and Democratic Justice Max Baer won't have to step down at the end of next year. The measure went before voters this...

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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says he has voted for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, revealing his choice after saying for months that he hadn't been persuaded. Toomey said after voting Tuesday night near his Allentown-area home that it was a tough call for him. Toomey's Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, had tried to make Toomey's indecision in the presidential stakes a high-profile campaign issue, characterizing Toomey as unable to stand up to Trump. Toomey had been highly...

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Pittsburgh City Council has voted to approve a measure that will let it censure or fine members up to $500 for discussing "secret" executive session meetings. Pennsylvania's Open Meetings Law lets municipal bodies meet secretly to discuss litigation, labor negotiations, personnel matters, criminal investigations or the purchase or lease of property. But the law doesn't require those matters to be discussed privately, nor does it ban elected officials from speaking about them. In the matter...

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will spend the last day of the campaign in Pennsylvania. Trump will hold a rally at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton. Clinton will stop at the University of Pittsburgh for a noon rally before traveling to a rally in Philadelphia Monday night. She'll be joined in Philadelphia by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and...

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has assessed a contractor more than $3 million in damages because a major Pittsburgh bridge was wholly or partially shut down for 24 days after a construction fire. PennDOT says a spark from a blowtorch ignited plastic piping and a construction tarp on the Liberty Bridge on Sept. 2. Contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. says it hopes to negotiate a lower amount of "liquidated damages" that accounts for the "hard work" the company did to limit the bridge...

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Five new Pennsylvania laws are now in place to address the state's opioid addiction and abuse problem, including limits on how much can be prescribed in an emergency room or issued to children . Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed the legislative package, which includes a mandate that doctors check the state's prescription drug monitoring database when they prescribe opioids, not just for first-time patients. Other measures would set up safe opioid prescribing training in medical...

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike is trying to shame trucking firms and other commercial haulers into paying more than $1.5 million in unpaid tolls. One firm, Green Coast Logistics of South Plainfield, New Jersey, owes the bulk of that money, more than $678,000 stemming from more than 7,000 violations. The violations occur when vehicles drive through EZPass lanes and don't have an electronic toll-paying device attached -- or don't have enough money in their EZPass account to cover the tolls. The...

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The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell beer for off-site consumption in any amount, including six-packs and growlers. The bill, approved Monday, would let manufacturers ship up to 192 ounces of beer to consumers each month. Consumers would also be able to buy mixed drinks at the state's sporting venues that currently sell beer. The legislation now heads to the state House of Representatives. A spokesman for Wolf was non-committal Monday...

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