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Many schools have delayed opening after a blast of snow moved through western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is operating on a 2-hour delay Monday morning. 

Several inches of snow covered roads and slowed motorists in the Pittsburgh area Monday.

Penn State Trainer Who Testified In Frat Death Case Quits

Feb 9, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Penn State said Friday its head football trainer is resigning, a year after he was inside a fraternity house when a pledge suffered fatal injuries during a night of drinking and hazing.

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Friday marks two big events: National Pizza Day and the deadline for the state legislature to create a new congressional map and submit it to the governor. (However, lawmakers said Thursday they would not be able to meet the Friday deadline.) 

Matt Rourke / AP

Bill Cosby's lawyers say they'll need to postpone his April 2 sexual assault retrial if some of his other accusers are allowed to testify.

The comedian's lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday that they'll seek a delay to allow them more time to investigate allegations from the 19 women prosecutors are seeking to call as witnesses.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh is expected to get as much as 5 inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning's commute – and the city says it's prepared.

Matt Slocum / AP

A Roman Catholic bishop has issued some guidelines on how his 78 parishes in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties should deal with flu and the Mass.

Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic on Wednesday encouraged parish leaders to promote prudent and beneficial practices.

Priests should eliminate the practice of exchanging the sign of peace, or tell parishioners to do so without making physical contact. Communion should not be distributed from the chalice and if using a chalice, parishioners who are ill or fear they are becoming ill should not receive it.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pennsylvania State Police are asking for donated horses to join a Hershey-based mounted patrol unit.

The agency on Wednesday issued a call for geldings between 5 and 15 years old. Officials say draft horses or draft-crosses are preferable.

The 26-horse unit performs searches, crowd control, security and patrols, as well as participates in parades and similar events.

Horses have to be at least 16 hands tall, which is 5 feet 4 inches at the shoulder, and can't be 18 hands or larger.

They must be able to be safely housed with others horses in a stable.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Snow is falling across Pennsylvania and that's causing some schools to delay opening or close for the day.

Motorists are asked to urge caution, especially on roads that have not been treated.

Temperatures in the western part of the state remain below freezing. Elsewhere, snow is mostly sticking on the grass and untreated surfaces because temperatures are at or above freezing.

The snow is expected to taper off from west to east on Tuesday.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Police on Monday were focusing on phone records to try to piece together how a group of friends wound up at a Pennsylvania self-serve car wash, where a gunman lying in wait in the early morning hours killed four of them and injured one who managed to hide.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Steven "Stevo" Sadvary is scoring and cutting glass in his Squirrel Hill studio, his sheepdog sitting by his side.

It's a unique place -- an otherwise unused level of a parking garage where several artists have set up work spaces. Panels and shards of brightly-colored glass are packed onto shelves lining the wall, and mosaics of all kinds hang on the walls and rest on tables. It's mostly Sadvary's own work, but occasionally one of his students' pieces. 

Victims' Families: Jealousy Drove Car Wash Shooting Suspect

Jan 29, 2018
Cayleigh Myers / via AP

  A man suspected of gunning down four people at a Pennsylvania car wash was driven by jealousy, according to family members of the shooting victims.

State police said Timothy Smith, 28, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle and a handgun and was wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels inserted when he opened fire early Sunday morning at Ed's Car Wash in Saltlick Township, a rural town about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

State police say at least five people were killed in a shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash.

WPXI-TV reports the shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in Melcroft.

Melcroft is about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh

The victims were identified only as three men and two women. At least one other person was wounded and was taken to a hospital, but further details on that person's condition were not immediately released.

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A 14-year-old boy was arrested and weapons including a semi-automatic rifle and throwing knives were seized from his home after an alleged threat to shoot other students at Uniontown Area High School, authorities said Friday.

State police in Fayette County said the weapons were found in the teenager's bedroom Thursday night in Henry Clay Township after authorities learned of the threat allegedly made on a school bus against four Uniontown Area High School students.

Giving Military Families A Hand-Up With MilitaryShare

Jan 27, 2018
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It is drilled into soldiers to care for others before yourself. To be self-sufficient.

Keith Srakocic / AP

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and weapons including a semi-automatic rifle and throwing knives were seized from his home after an alleged threat to shoot other students at a western Pennsylvania high school, authorities said Friday.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and then leading law enforcement on a four-day manhunt with the help of his mother.

The Westmoreland County district attorney's office has filed a notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Rahmael Holt is convicted of first-degree murder.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

UPDATED: This story was updated at 4:38 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. 

A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school will spend at least 23 years in prison with a maximum of six decades.

A judge sentenced 20-year-old Alex Hribal to 23.5 to 60 years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $269,000 in restitution.

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A letter containing what investigators are calling a "biohazard" has been sent to a Pennsylvania police barracks and has sickened three employees.

Officials Piece Together Chaotic Events After Officer Killed In Harrisburg

Jan 19, 2018
Marc Levy / AP

Investigators are working to piece together the chaotic sequence of events that led to a deputy U.S. marshal being shot to death while serving an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania's capital city, while colleagues are remembering him as the "cream of the crop."

Matt Rourke / AP

Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades.

US Marshal Killed While Serving Warrant, Suspect Also Killed

Jan 18, 2018
Brett Sholtis / WITF

The name of the Deputy U.S. Marshal killed in the line of duty this morning in Harrisburg has been released.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Parts of Pennsylvania are dealing with light snow, while others face a bitter cold day.

Some schools in the central and eastern portions of the state have closed or delayed opening Wednesday because of the snow. Motorists are advised to slow down while road crews work to clear highways.

The Poconos face the greatest accumulations.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the city shouldn’t be seeing any more snow from this storm. However, bitter cold will remain, partially because of the snow pack on the ground.

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

When Caitlin Venczel moved to Bellevue with her family in 2014, she didn’t like going outside. At that point, the Shenango Coke Works was still in operation just down the Ohio River on Neville Island.

“There was a smell in the air," Venczel said. "When we would go outside to play, we’d bring our daughter outside and we could smell it. It made me so nervous, I’d bring her right back inside.

"I felt stuck in my house.”

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

In a statement released Tuesday, Mayor Bill Peduto said the city needs a better strategy to address snow and ice on Pittsburgh streets.

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Hearst Magazines plans to lay off 145 employees at the Pennsylvania publisher that owns Men's Health and Runner's World.

Matt Rourke / AP

Jurors couldn't agree the first time around whether to accept a woman's story that she was sexually assaulted over a decade ago by Bill Cosby.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Two men are suing Pennsylvania's governor and Transportation Department officials to challenge a state law that suspends driver's licenses for even the most minor drug convictions.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Eight guards were taken to a hospital after they were sickened while searching cells at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.

The search was being done in the jail's E Pod on Tuesday.

In a statement, chief deputy warden David Zetwo said several of the guards "began sweating and experiencing elevated heart rates." Zetwo says officials are investigating what may have caused the symptoms.

The guards were evaluated and released from the hospital.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

First there was the snow. Then it was biting cold. Now snow and freezing rain are moving across Pennsylvania.

The precipitation has started in the western part of the state and motorists around Pennsylvania could face slick driving conditions throughout Monday as the storm moves east.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding.