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Along Fifth Avenue where Pittsburgh’s Oakland and Hill District neighborhoods meet, sit the remnants of concrete foundations and staircases. Trees and wildflowers wrap around broken brick walls and peak through crumbling retaining structures all the way up the hillside.

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Public defender Lisa Middleman, of Franklin Park, will formally launch her campaign for Allegheny County District Attorney Thursday. Her official campaign kickoff will be marked with a gathering at Mr. Small’s Theater in Millvale.

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Earlier this month, Sheetz made headlines when it announced it would be adding bitcoin ATMs to five of its Pennsylvania stores. However, bitcoin ATMs aren’t new to the Pittsburgh area, or to Pennsylvania.

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Amazon will build a new warehouse and distribution center in Findlay Township near Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday. The $30 million facility is expected to create 800 new jobs.

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Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials announced Tuesday the annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta has been cancelled due to an events management company's "failure to deliver on promises." 

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Suspensions among 4th-6th graders are down at Woodland Hills School District. That can be attributed, in part, to a restorative practice program created by the University of Pittsburgh, according to school district administrators. 

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Chatham University researchers have compiled a detailed map of farms and food processors in Pennsylvania, as part of a larger project to educate people about the region's food network.

Audit: Hundreds Wrongly Got Criminal Record For Unpaid Bills

Jul 25, 2019
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People convicted of theft for such minor issues as overdue library books or plumbing bills may not realize they have a record because a district judge in northwestern Pennsylvania misclassified civil claims against them, a state official said Thursday.

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Sharon J. Mink, the controller of the Sports and Exhibition Authority, is facing criminal charges for forging checks and misappropriating funds from her previous job.

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  Travelers with autism and other special needs now have a space where they can decompress from the stress of flying at Pittsburgh International Airport. 

The "sensory space" features soft furniture, whimsical lighting features and a realistic airplane cabin, complete with airplane seat replicas, trays, windows and overhead compartments.

 

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A drop-off site for hard-to-recycle electronics and hazardous waste opens Wednesday in the Strip District. The city of Pittsburgh initiative will be located at 3001 Railroad Street near the 31st Street Bridge.

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Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall was remembered by many as a difference-maker. 

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Native American tribes were the first to settle in western Pennsylvania. The names they gave rivers and towns are still here today, but many leaders of these tribes have been forgotten. Nonhelema, a Shawnee warrior and peacemaker, is one of these figures.

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In front of the Zone One Police Station on Pittsburgh's North Side, a police car blocked the entrance. Its lights were on and a blue wreath hung from its front grill. It was the squad car once driven by Officer Calvin Hall, parked in observance of an End of Watch ceremony to commemorate Hall's death days before.

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The Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood will be overhauled in 2020. Redevelopment of the Shady Hill Center is expected to demolish the existing 4.9-acre shopping plaza to build new retail, apartments and a smaller Giant Eagle.

State Officials Ask For Public's Help Combatting Spotted Lanternfly

Jul 19, 2019
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Pennsylvania state officials are asking for the public’s help in controlling the spotted lanternfly — an invasive insect that is both a nuisance and a threat to crops.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday for a tour of an area in Harrisburg infested with spotted lanternflies, to highlight how the state is dealing with it.

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A fourth alligator was found near Pittsburgh this week.

The Shaler Police Department tweeted Friday that a 2-foot gator was found overnight in front of the Giant Eagle on Butler Plank Road, just off of Route 8.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will only publish a print edition of its newspaper three days a week, cutting its Monday and Wednesday editions as of September 30. The once daily paper cut its Tuesday and Saturday editions last August. 

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It’s going to be really hot in Pittsburgh this weekend. Beginning Friday temperatures will rise, making it feel like upwards of 100 degrees, and state officials are warning of an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke

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Josephine Iovacchini, 76, of Philadelphia, had three of her five grandchildren graduate college in the past two years. She said they gained employment after graduation, respectively in nursing, law and the energy sector.

Iovacchini credits President Donald Trump’s focus on the economy with her grandchildren’s success.

“We couldn’t ask for a better man and I pray to God every night to keep him safe,” she said of Trump.

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A house stands quietly on Homewood’s Monticello Street. All the windows are boarded up. Shingles pop off the eaves. And if you look closely, you can see graffiti beneath a fading layer of white paint. The graffitti is blue, the signature color of the Crips gang.

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Homewood was founded by Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families, but it eventually became one of the city’s poorest and most racially segregated neighborhoods.

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A significant algal bloom is expected to develop in western Lake Erie later this month, though it's unlikely to impact the eastern part of the lake, which borders Pennsylvania.

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On Monday night, the Stringer family heard a familiar voice shouting outside their house.

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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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“An opera is a story that people sing,” said Fred Rogers, in introducing the 1980 episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” featuring his one-act opera “Windstorm in Bubbleland.”

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Pennsylvania Republicans are poised to select a new leader in Hershey this Saturday, and early indications are that the fight to replace Val DiGiorgio could be bruising.

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The Deutschtown Music Festival is Pittsburgh's largest free, standalone music festival, and in its seventh year, it’s still growing.

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Furries are people who have created anthropomorphized versions of themselves, and a Pittsburgh-based researcher has found that up to 15 percent of people with this hobby have autism spectrum disorder. This number includes people who have been diagnosed with autism, but may or may not agree with the analysis, and people who have never received a diagnosis, but self-identify as autistic. 

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Deciding what happens on private property might seem like a basic right. But when it comes to fracking, Ohio and other oil and gas-producing states have laws that can force landowners to lease their underground mineral rights to energy companies.

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