Penn Hills

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A former Pittsburgh-area country club that closed six years ago is reverting back to nature, and a local nonprofit wants to protect the space for the community to enjoy. 

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A western Pennsylvania fire chief is faulting a utility company's response to a shopping center fire near Pittsburgh that destroyed several businesses and injured a number of firefighters.

Chief Bill Jeffcoats of the Penn Hills fire department said Peoples Natural Gas didn't get gas service shut off for about five hours after the blaze at Churchill Center was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Every night, 70-year-old Jeanne Delancey goes to sleep beneath a dinner plate-sized patch of mold that surrounds a vent on her bedroom wall.

“I tried to clean it, you can’t even clean it. It doesn’t come off,” she said.

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Penn Hills School District leaders say the district is in good shape for the next school year thanks to a last minute funding increase from the state.

The board unanimously approved a budget and a long-term financial recovery plan Saturday during a rescheduled meeting. The board had postponed its meeting this week as it waited for the state’s general assembly to approve a budget.

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The Penn Hills School District’s financial position is “catastrophic,” according to an Allegheny County grand jury report released Tuesday.

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The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is shutting down three branches at the end of August as part of its efforts to get out of debt. The affected locations are in Penn Hills, Wilmerding and Coraopolis.

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Five years ago, the Penn Hills School District was in $11 million in debt. Today, a recent audit revealed the district is $170 million in debt and is also under investigation for alleged mismanagement of money.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is a part of the team tackling 74 pages of an audit detailing the district’s spending from July 2012 through June 2015 and revealed spending habits that led to what DePasquale describes as “almost unsurmountable” debt.

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Dozens of students and retirees joined residents of Garfield, the North Hills and Penn Hills on Friday urging the Port Authority of Allegheny County to restore some bus routes in those communities. 

As the Penn Hills School District seeks an $18 million bond to cover operational costs, state Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) is asking state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to get the bottom of the district’s fiscal woes.

DeLuca is calling for a full audit of the district’s budget after last week’s announcement that the district would seek court approval for the bond in order to meet debt service, payroll and retirement fund obligations.

Code enforcement officials have condemned a building housing several row apartments near Pittsburgh, after cold weather contributed to ceiling collapses that are leaving 20 people homeless.

Eight of those forced Tuesday to seek other shelter in Penn Hills are children.

Penn Hills officials say nobody was hurt by the crumbling ceilings, but officials have determined the buildings are unsafe.