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OneJet has named Pittsburgh a "focus city" and plans to add daily flights to Hartford, Connecticut and four other cities.

The carrier uses seven-passenger Hawker 400 jets to cater to business travelers. It launched service from Pittsburgh International Airport in May, with nonstop flights to Indianapolis and Milwaukee.

At a news conference Thursday, the company pledged to add nonstop flights to four still-to-be decided destinations later this year, and to hire about 40 pilots, mechanics and other workers in Pittsburgh.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is describing the late publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dick Scaife, as 2015's "most generous American."

The publication on Tuesday put the Mellon banking and oil heir atop its annual ranking of the 50 Americans who donated the most to charity.

In his will, Scaife left $759 million to two foundations and two art museums.

He died on July 4, 2014, but his will was not executed until last year.

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A fourth patient infected during the UPMC mold outbreak has died. The infection was contracted while the patient was being treated at UPMC’s transplant program. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Ben Schmitt, joins us to discuss this latest development.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are returning to the Capitol with growing questions over the state government's increasingly confusing budget situation.

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The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he has "predicted" an early spring.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "forecast" at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Health officials are asking Pennsylvanians to pay attention to travel advisories as they test six to eight people for the mosquito-borne Zika virus. No cases are confirmed yet.

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Residents may not have seen the last of a century-old bridge over the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania that was imploded earlier this week.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the steel from the 107-year-old Hulton Bridge could end up in a construction project once it's recycled by P.J. Greco Sons Inc.

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Part of a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was closed over the weekend due to a massive backup of hundreds of vehicles will be closing again for several hours to allow recovery of one of the tractor-trailers involved.

Turnpike officials say an 86-mile stretch of the westbound lanes of the turnpike between the Breezewood and New Stanton interchanges will be closed for about three hours beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Workers have imploded the old Hulton Bridge over the Allegheny River.

The implosion of the 107-year-old span that connects the Pittsburgh suburbs of Oakmont and Harmar occurred about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania's governor is giving candidates in three special elections for the state House of Representatives a little more time to qualify for the March 15 ballot.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday said the deadlines for parties to file nomination certificates and for political bodies to file nomination papers will be extended by 24 hours for each day election offices in the state Capitol Complex are closed.

The deadline won't be extended past 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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State emergency management officials are urging motorists to stay off the roads in southwestern Pennsylvania, after a winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the region. 

The governor's office reports emergency responders from are performing "multiple driver checks" on vehicles stranded on a stretch of I-76 near Somerset.  

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Pennsylvania is moving to delay the use of exams as a graduation requirement for high school students starting next year.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to postpone the requirement for two years, and Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll sign the bill. The bill has already passed the House unanimously.

The requirement won approval from the State Board of Education in 2013. But under the bill, the requirement now would take effect in the 2018-19 academic year.

About a dozen states have such a requirement.

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A Pittsburgh lawyer says he's no longer seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, now that a longtime district attorney from western Pennsylvania is also running.

David Fawcett said Tuesday that running against Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala would split the western Pennsylvania vote against eastern Pennsylvania candidates.

Pittsburgh-based law firm Reed Smith has cut 45 attorneys and an unspecified number of support staff employees.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the cuts are part of a restructuring of the firm's offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

The firm isn't saying where the layoffs have occurred.

The firm's Pittsburgh headquarters employs 250 of the 1,650 attorneys the firm employs worldwide.

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Tuition at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is increasing by 3.2 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy told the campus in an email that the school's board of trustees has approved the rate increase, which brings tuition to $51,196 a year for undergraduates entering this fall and for those who entered in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Undergraduates who came in the fall of 2012 will pay $50,690 a year. Graduate prices are set at the program level.

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A veteran Democrat state lawmaker from Pittsburgh's western suburbs is retiring.

State Rep. Nick Kotik, of Robinson Township, says he won't run to retain his 45th District House seat this year.

Kotik was elected in 2002 and is the House Democratic Chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee. He is known for leading the contingent of Blue Dog Democrats, socially conservative lawmakers mostly from western Pennsylvania.

Kotik recently turned 65 and says seven terms in the House is long enough to serve.

Kotik lives in Robinson Township.

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A Pennsylvania water authority has turned down a $65 million grant that would have allowed the group to replace its 100-year-old water system.

The Cambria Somerset Authority voted to reject the offer Thursday, saying the deal was legally feasible for the public authority.

Commercial Real Estate Financing CEO Terry Smith says his firm is distributing $400 million in United Nations grants for green energy projects. Smith says he could give the authority funds to replace all 22 miles of pipelines, but the board would have to sign an agreement by Monday.

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Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing in a Pennsylvania sexual assault case has been postponed until next month to give the defense more time to prepare.

Court records show the evidence hearing has been rescheduled from February 2. The hearing had been set for next week.

Cosby is charged with indecent aggravated assault over a 2004 encounter at his Philadelphia-area home with a former Temple University employee.

Prosecutors say they have new evidence that helped them file charges just before the 12-year deadline expired.

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Pennsylvania's state treasurer is extending a $2 billion line of credit to prevent the state government from bouncing checks amid a seven-month-old budget fight between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Special elections are now scheduled to fill four open seats in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Michael Stack said Wednesday he scheduled a special election April 26 to replace Dominic Pileggi in the Senate's 9th District in Delaware County. Pileggi, a Republican, resigned Tuesday after being elected to a county judgeship.

April 26 is also the date of the Pennsylvania primary election.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he is rejecting parts of a $30.3 billion state budget plan that's already a record six months overdue, but he's freeing up over $23 billion in emergency funding.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn't saying yet what he'll do with the budget bill on his desk as a state government impasse threatens to enter its seventh month.

The Wolf administration isn't saying whether it'll announce a decision Monday.

The House and Senate have no plans to return this week. Efforts to pass a bipartisan budget package supported by Wolf stalled last week.

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Gov. Tom Wolf is facing a decision over what to with a last-ditch spending bill sent to him without the increase in public school aid he had sought.

House Speaker Mike Turzai formally signed the bill Thursday morning and sent it to the Democratic governor's desk. Wolf's office says no decision is likely before Monday.

Republicans are urging Wolf to sign it, and stop the borrowing, layoffs or service delays by school districts, counties and social services agencies struggling to get by without state aid.

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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn't saying whether he'll sign a budget bill sent to him by the Senate in a last-ditch bid to break a six-month stalemate before Christmas and get money flowing to schools and social service agencies.

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There are signs of a potential breakthrough in Pennsylvania's budget stalemate just three days before Christmas.

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Gov. Tom Wolf says the 500,000 Pennsylvanians who have signed up for health care under the Medicaid expansion are part of keeping a campaign promise he made in last year's election campaign.

Wolf joined state Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and health care advocates to mark the milestone Thursday at a news conference at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Wolf, a Democrat who expanded Medicaid eligibility under the federal Affordable Health Care Act soon after he took office in January, says he hopes the number of enrollments will continue to grow.

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The Pennsylvania Senate's Republican leaders say they're going to send more budget-related bills to the House and then leave Harrisburg, with plans to return within six hours if needed.

President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman didn't report any concrete progress during a Thursday morning meeting with House Republican majority leaders over how to end a 5-month-old budget stalemate.

But Scarnati says the tenor of their discussions is good as they try to resolve their differences.

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to ban Donald Trump from the city after the Republican presidential candidate called for a national ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

Nutter calls Trump's proposal "ignorant" and says if he had the power, he'd ban Trump from the city. He saysPhiladelphia doesn't have "any room for that kind of stupidity."

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A top aide to Pennsylvania's attorney general is in court Monday defending charges he snooped on emails to keep tabs on a grand jury investigation involving boss Kathleen Kane.

A defense lawyer has argued that Patrick Reese wasn't aware of the court order protecting the emails.

Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese with criminal contempt the same day in August they charged Kane with perjury and obstruction.

Kane denies charges that she leaked grand jury material and then lied about it.

 

Police say the man suspected of fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer refused to drop his weapon, but it's unclear if he or the officer fired first.

Ray Shetler Jr. has been released from the hospital. The 31-year-old from New Florence was arraigned Monday on a homicide charge stemming from the shooting Saturday night of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed, who was responding to a domestic dispute.

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