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Allegheny County Republicans failed to elect a new leader last week – so they are taking another shot at it next Saturday, this time with one fewer candidate and a different set of rules.

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With a new roof and exterior brickwork, the 103-year-old Wilkinsburg Train Station is looking for tenants. The historic structure sat vacant for nearly 50 years and is in the midst of a significant restoration.

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One day after WESA reported that local Democratic Party leaders had no means of removing a committee member accused of physically accosting a black 13-year-old boy, a newly elected county councilor says it’s time for the party to change its rules.

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By some standards, poison hemlock is a rather pretty plant, identifiable by its tall, dotted stalk and delicate, white, umbrella-shaped blooms.

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A Pittsburgh city firefighter and member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee is facing misdemeanor charges for his role in a racially charged altercation, recordings of which have led to controversy online and on the airwaves. 

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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh says a dozen people — including six babies — are being treated for the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA.

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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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Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation barring Pennsylvania's municipalities from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags and other containers, wrappings and bags.

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Cindy Valent says her youngest son Curt had a smile “that would light up a room.” He loved sports like baseball and hockey — he aspired to have a job that paid well enough to afford Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets. 

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At first glance, Tustin Park looks pretty modest. The tiny park – some call it a “tot lot” – sits on a side street in Uptown, and consists mainly of some playground equipment, a water fountain, and a few tall trees.

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Western Pennsylvanians breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week when it was announced that UPMC and Highmark had reached a 10-year agreement, though not everyone insured by Highmark will have access to all UPMC medical facilities.

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Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party resigned Tuesday, hours after the Philadelphia Inquirer published details of lewd text messages he allegedly exchanged with Irina Goldstein, a Philadelphia City Council candidate. 

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A colorful makeshift book drop box sat in front of the podium in the lobby of the United Steelworkers building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday evening. One by one, employees stated their names and positions with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. They then dropped their signed union cards in the drop box. 

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Two western Pennsylvania health care giants have a deal that averts the looming breakup of their business relationship, an agreement that prevents disruption and higher costs for many patients.

From Saw Mill Run to Nelson Run to Glass Run, there are about 80 roads in Allegheny County that include the word “run” in their names. No one sprints down these streets, but the word is ubiquitous in the region.

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The Woodland Hills School Board passed a plan to furlough up to 70 positions districtwide and approved a 3-percent property tax increase.

 

The board approved the 2019-20 district budget in a 5-3 vote Wednesday night. 

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Police reform was a top concern when Democrats on Allegheny County Council interviewed a dozen candidates seeking to replace the late Charles Martoni on Monday. 

After Another Fire, Allegheny County Issues Emergency Order For US Steel’s Clairton Plant

Jun 17, 2019
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The Allegheny County Health Department has issued an emergency order for U.S. Steel to comply with air pollution regulations at its Clairton plant or stop making coke there, after a fire at the plant early Monday knocked out its air pollution controls for the second time in six months.

U.S. Steel said late Monday it had restored the pollution controls at the plant, where “normal operations have resumed.”

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Authorities have released the names of two people killed by a lightning strike in a Pennsylvania county park.

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NBC's "Late Night" host and former SNL head writer and cast member Seth Meyers didn't grow up in Pittsburgh, but his dad did. He says his father's pride in the city was something he inherited and one of the reasons he considers Pittsburgh his ancestral home. 

Meyers returns to those roots Friday night to play two back-to-back shows at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. He jokes that this is the one stop of his tour where he can correctly pronounce the neighborhood "S'Liberty" to an audience who will understand. 

A Tick Researcher's Tips For Staying Safe Outdoors

Jun 13, 2019
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The rise of Lyme disease cases in Pennsylvania has been alarming. There were 10,000 in 2018, and that’s more than in any other state. The illness can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash in its early stages, and if left untreated, more serious health issues like arthritis and nervous system disorders. 

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The city of Pittsburgh confiscated more than 30 exotic and domestic animals from a home in Beechview Tuesday. 

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First responders to the Sept. 11 attacks testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ahead of a vote to reauthorize a fund to compensate those harmed in the aftermath of the 2001 strike. Among those who addressed a House subcommittee was former late-night talk show host Jon Stewart, who shamed members. Among those absent was western Pennsylvania's Guy Reschenthaler.

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A national initiative to improve childhood literacy has now found its way to McKeesport, in Pennsylvania’s first permanent laundromat library. 

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As students wrap up the school year and head for the pool and camp, early childhood and elementary educators hope that they also spend a good amount of time with books.

4.0 Earthquake Hits Northeast Ohio

Jun 10, 2019

Updated 4:17 p.m., 6/10/19

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit the Cleveland area around 10:50 a.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter was in Lake Erie, approximately four kilometers north-northwest of Eastlake.

Eastlake police and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency say they received no reports of injuries or damage, but that people flooded their phone lines asking what had happened.

USGS says reports of those who felt the earth move came in from as far west as Toledo and as far east as Pittsburgh.

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Public safety officials in Pittsburgh report having captured another alligator, the third found in the Steel City in the past month.

Officers responded at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday after a 2-and-a-half-foot alligator was found on the porch of a home in the Carrick neighborhood. 

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Fifty years ago police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar frequented by LGBTQ clientele in New York City. Those inside, led by transgender women of color tired of harassment and oppression, fought back. 

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The black-and-white photo shows a helmetless soldier being dragged out of the English Channel. His hands are tightly balled and his knees scrape across the rock-strewn shore. Two fellow Americans grip his arms on each side, desperately lugging the man’s almost limp body away from danger.

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