Andrew Brucker

Allegheny County Treasurer's Office

Summer U.S. Open accommodations in Oakmont will include at least a 7 percent hotel occupancy tax, thanks to an ordinance passed by Allegheny County Council last month that allows online booking agents like Airbnb and Homeaway to collect and transfer the long-sought after fees.

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A Mercer County school for delinquent youths will cut costs this summer by eliminating its 40-year-old equestrian program to add other activities.

The equestrian program at George Junior Republic School in Grove City consists of 16 horses and a staff with an operating cost of more than $250,000 annually. 

“A delinquent youth spends an average of nine months at the school,” said the school’s CEO, Rick Losasso. “When you think about the actual utilization and the costs associated to it, that goes into our decision-making process.”

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  Corrections officers at federal prisons are not permitted to carry weapons in cell blocks. But that would change if  President Obama signs the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act. 

The legislation would allow guards in medium, high and maximum security federal prisons, including five in Pennsylvania, to carry pepper spray to subdue inmates when necessary. 

The killing of a guard at the prison in Waymart, Pa. led to the proposed change in policy.

Pittsburgh International Airport


Don’t be alarmed if you hear gunshots at the Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday evening.

It’s all part of a drill.

In 2013, a gunman killed a Transportation Security Administration Officer at Los Angeles International Airport. And while there has never been a shooting incident at Pittsburgh’s airport, emergency response officials are preparing for a worst-case scenario.

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The deer once considered a nuisance in Mt. Lebanon, and culled over the past year are serving a new purpose for local food banks.