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Joyce Meggerson-Moore, of Stanton Heights, has led New Horizon Theater for more than two decades as chair of its Board of Directors, and, over the years, she has filled several other roles with the organization, such as company cook and chauffeur.

Matt Rourke / AP

Lottery officials say many machines around Pennsylvania had been offline for most of the day due to a service outage.

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Artist JJ Tiziou is practically drowning in space travel memorabilia. 

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Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has returned home after she was detained by police in Detroit on Tuesday. Her attorney, Heather Heidelbaugh, said officers handcuffed Wagner's husband when he tried to get back into their hotel room. 

Dinosaur Tracks Make Fresh Impression At Valley Forge Park

Mar 6, 2019
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The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail.

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Imagine you are out and about around Pittsburgh, and you stumble upon a hand-knitted heart along with a message that brightens your day.


Spreading kindness through creativity is the mission of the PGH Handmade Hearts initiative. According to Barbara Grossman, the ingredients that go into it are a combination of creative expression and love.

Amy Sisk / 90.5 WESA

The Lewis and Clark expedition is often thought of as a story about the West, but its earliest stages can be traced up the Ohio River to Pittsburgh where Meriwether Lewis set out in a keelboat to meet up with William Clark.

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Authorities say a Pennsylvania mother who admitted to letting her sons store fentanyl at her house has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 60-year-old Dorothy McCracken was sentenced to 36 months of federal probation for conspiring to distribute fentanyl.

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Police have captured an emu that's been on the run in Pennsylvania.

Northern York County Regional Police say the large bird was caught Tuesday after residents spotted it walking through backyards and on roadways.

Police say animal wranglers with Ellis Animal Services walked the bird to a local emu farm where it has been corralled with other emus.

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Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of Pennsylvania customers following high winds that roared through the commonwealth, knocking down trees and power lines.

PPL Electric reported more than 20,000 customers without power and said crews were responding to nearly 900 damaged sites. The company says hundreds of workers from other states will help with what it called "a multi-day restoration effort."

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Pope Francis called for an “all-out battle” against child abuse this weekend at the end of a four-day summit that brought bishops and other church leaders from around the world to the Vatican.

The meeting, focused on clergy sex abuse, came six months after a Pennsylvania grand jury last year detailed accusations over a span of several decades against 300 priests in six diocese across the state.

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While building trails in Mt. Washington’s Emerald View Park several years ago, Nathaniel Broadus noticed some of his fellow African-American colleagues working in the park, but rarely using and enjoying its scenic trails.


The realization led him to organize monthly “Black-Packing Nature Excursions.”


Gene J. Puskar

UPDATE: As of Monday night, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission said utility companies across the state were still working to restore power to 146,000 people. See our earlier story below:


Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania after high winds roared through the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

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Authorities say a landslide has caused a road and home to collapse in western Pennsylvania.

The landslide occurred Friday morning in the Perry North section of Pittsburgh. The cause was not immediately known.

No injuries were reported. But it's not yet clear if anyone was in the home at the time.

The home on Semicir Street was destroyed, except for a fire escape that remained standing.

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School officials in Pittsburgh say a kindergartener was found with a handgun on a school bus.

Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the gun was found in the student's backpack Monday after school was dismissed. The student attends the Pittsburgh Faison K-5 school.

Pugh says another student alerted the bus driver to the weapon, and the gun was removed without incident. She says parents were notified via the district's phone system.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pittsburgh region could get hit with 4 inches of snow, just in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

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Even on a wet February day, the gray skies and constant rain does not stop Allegheny CleanWays from doing what it does best. Volunteers are removing piles of trash from empty lots, alleyways and residences in Homewood.

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Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating the theft of 13 stained glass windows from a shuttered church in suburban Pittsburgh.

The Mon-Valley Initiative says a passer-by noticed the theft Thursday at the 126-year-old former First United Presbyterian Church in Braddock.

The church, built in 1893, shut down in 2017 and was purchased by the nonprofit last year for housing. Spokesman Jason Togyer said officials planned to retain many of the original features.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

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. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

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.

Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA



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.”


Mick Stinelli / 90.5 WESA

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.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

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

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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.