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Update: the Borough of Charleroi Water Authority lifted the boil water advisory on 2/16/19. 

The Borough of Charleroi Water Authority is warning residents of parts of Charleroi, Monessen and Speers to boil their water before drinking. 

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The Monongahela River is expected to rise more than 5 feet by Wednesday.

The melting snow mixed with Tuesday’s rainfall is causing the river to surge, says John Darnley with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

“All the local streams and tributaries are basically bank-full,” he said. “And so you should be careful if you’re driving in a low-lying area next to a stream that normally floods.”

Water from the Allegheny River could reach the 10th Street Bypass, but the rise shouldn’t affect portions of the Parkway East downtown.

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Lateresa Blackwell of Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood is a university administrator by day. She also is the proprietor, along with her husband, of the Café on the Corner where, by night and on weekends, she runs a no-charge workforce development program for teens, focusing on hospitality and business.

Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Foundation

Lisa Schroeder will be the first woman to lead one of the region's oldest and most powerful community philanthropies. 

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is asking Norfolk Southern to repay the transit agency nearly $3 million related to a train derailment near Station Square last year.

JaQuay Carter
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Like many areas in Pittsburgh, renovations and major structural changes are taking place in the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood. It is with that in mind that JaQuay Edward Carter says he started the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society in 2018 with an eye toward “restoring neighborhood pride and preserving the pillars of our community’s past.”


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The last of a dozen runaway coal barges was removed this weekend from the Monongahela River, Lt. Shawn Simeral with the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Matt Rourke / AP

A Holocaust survivor who escaped the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and a police officer who was wounded responding to the massacre will be among the guests sitting with first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering moving up the opening day of firearms deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Commission spokesman Travis Lau said the goal of starting on a Saturday would be to provide more opportunity for more people to participate. Historically, opening day of deer rifle season is the Monday after Thanksgiving.

“We believe that there would be a whole array of hunters who now find it difficult to participate in that opening day that would benefit from moving the day,” Lau said.

Parents Of Penn State Pledge Sue Frat Members Over His Death

Feb 1, 2019
Gene J. Puskar / AP

The parents of a Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a night of drinking and hazing have sued 28 members of a shuttered fraternity and a security company hired to help enforce alcohol regulations.

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Snow blanketed roadways during rush hour Friday morning, making many people’s commutes slow and slippy.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Police say a state lawmaker from western Pennsylvania had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the limit for driving when he was pulled over last month.

Gas Driller Seeking To Have PA Man Thrown In Jail For Contempt

Jan 31, 2019
Michael Rubinkam / AP

A gas driller is escalating its campaign against a Pennsylvania homeowner who's long accused the company of polluting his water, demanding that he be thrown in jail over his failure to submit to questioning as part of the company's $5 million lawsuit against him.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The homeless population is especially at risk from the polar vortex that has descended on much of the country, including Pittsburgh, and is expected to last through Thursday. While some are reluctant to take shelter, the arctic temperatures are likely to fill the region’s homeless shelters beyond capacity, according to Dan Palka of Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net.

David Goldman / AP

Pennsylvania health officials have confirmed the first child flu-related death of this year's flu season.

Peter Petokas / AP

 Pennsylvania's Senate is resuming a push to make the Eastern hellbender the state's official amphibian, an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining because of pollution in rivers and streams.

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As citizens attended a recent public hearing to speak for and against an effort to regulate guns within Pittsburgh city limits, Mount Washington resident Brooke Nadonley was doing a different kind of advocacy. 

Lindsay Lazarski / Keystone Crossroads

Authorities say a man pulled a gun on officers inside a Pennsylvania city's police headquarters.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

One of the 12 coal barges that got loose on the Monongahela River last Monday is still partially submerged and resting near the Smithfield St. Bridge. The coal has been removed and the U.S. Coast Guard is figuring out the best way to remove the partially submerged barge.

Jamie Upshaw
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Jamie Upshaw of Hazelwood says it was hard to get a proper autism diagnosis for her youngest son. She says it was even more difficult to find the proper resources her family needed when the diagnosis was ultimately made. Upshaw has since started her own support group, called Autism Urban Connections.

Four Now Dead In State College Shootings

Jan 25, 2019

Updated at 4:04 p.m.

Another victim of Thursday night's shootings has died from his wounds, according to State College Chief of Police John Gardner. 

Steven Beachy, 19, was shot in the torso and taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was then life-flighted to another hospital. Gardner says State College police were notified at 1 p.m. Friday that he had died. 

Original story:

A gunman opened fire at a hotel bar near Penn State's main campus, killing two men and wounding a woman, broke into a stranger's house and fatally shot the 83-year-old homeowner, and then killed himself, authorities said.

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F-15 planes flew over head. A bagpiper played "Amazing Grace."

And dozens of men wearing red berets stood in the pouring rain as family, friends and fellow service members said goodbye to Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin of Hookstown.

The 25-year-old Elchin was killed last November, after a roadside bomb attack in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Three other service members also died in the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in the war in 2018.

Alex Brandon / AP

Dylan Elchin was 8 years old when America's long war started. 

A photo of him as a child shows him wearing his Boy Scout uniform and a red beret as he salutes for the camera. He eventually traded the beret for a much different one: the red beret of an elite Air Force combat controller.

Courtesy Photo / SETpoint



SETpoint is a Pittsburgh-based group offering specialized self-defense training for those who experience the threat of gender-based violence, serving groups both nationwide and here at home.


Gene J. Puskar / AP

Are we getting pounded with snow this weekend or not? 

It's still unclear. 

Matt Slocum / AP

Officials say a ceremony held annually at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday will not be held this year due to the partial government shutdown.

Courtesy Jason Rivers / AR3 Foundation



It's been more than a decade since a Stanton Heights man—along with his family—created the AR3 Celebration of Life Foundation to honor the brother he lost to gun violence. AR3 organizes basketball tournaments and other youth activities to honor the memory of Anthony Rivers, who was murdered in 2008.


Julio Cortez / AP

A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults, has been sentenced to two and a half to 14 years in prison.

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Authorities say DNA and fingerprints helped lead to an arrest in the kidnapping of a Pennsylvania girl nearly 20 years ago.