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Program pairs Western Pa. students with businesses to solve real problems

By Tory N. Parrish
A school-to-business partnership in which students work with executives to solve complex problems is on a growth track. About 70 South Fayette and North Allegheny Intermediate high school students in the Global Passport Project were asked to come up ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Arnold man to stand trial in drug overdose death

By Chuck Biedka 1:21 a.m.
One of three people charged with causing the heroin overdose death of a Lower Burrell woman was ordered to stand trial Wednesday while a second defendant waived charges to court. After a preliminary hearing, Demetrius T. Houser, 19, of Third Avenue, ...

Your Carlynton News

Bridgeville jam session gains a following

By Alex Felser
At first, David Bateman had reservations about joining an informal group of musicians in Bridgeville. “My friend called, and I said this looks fun (but) I didn’t know about a Tuesday afternoon. I mean, what are we doing playing at a ...

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry stretch among roads in Butler County to be repaired

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry officials are waiting to see how repaving Freedom Road will affect motorists using the heavily traveled stretch of road to detour around a bridge project in neighboring Allegheny County. PennDOT District 10 officials met March 19 with municipal and county ...

Your FoxChapel News

Aspinwall business owner’s gifts warm bodies, hearts

By Tawnya Panizzi
Local furrier Ken Briskin used his family business in Aspinwall to help turn the region’s homeless plight from heartbreaking to heartwarming. The Fox Chapel man donated pieces of old mink coats to help warm the homeless in Pittsburgh. He crafted them ...

Your Hempfield News

Authorities release name of Greensburg man who jumped off overpass onto Route 30

By Paul Peirce 12:29 a.m.
A tragedy that played out in public on Tuesday when a man took his life by jumping off an overpass onto a tractor-trailer on Route 30 in Hempfield put the spotlight on an alarming and growing problem in Westmoreland County, ...

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe ear-biting suspect loses bid for reduced bail

By Renatta Signorini
A request to reduce bail for a Latrobe man jailed on charges of biting off another man’s ear was denied by a judge Tuesday. Wesley David Kimmick, 23, has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison since February on $15,000 bond ...

Your McKeesport News

Controversial McKeesport building destroyed by fire

By Patrick Cloonan 2:34 a.m.
A building with a controversial history was destroyed in an early Wednesday morning fire. McKeesport Fire Chief Jeff List said first crews on the scene found “a heavily involved commercial structure fire” at 3711 Walnut St. It was known recently …

Your Monroeville News

Challenger bid denied, 3 incumbent Dems unopposed for Monroeville Council

By Gideon Bradshaw
With the sole challenger out of the picture, the three incumbents on Monroeville Council will run unopposed in the May 19 primary after a judge sided with a resident who challenged the nominating petition filed by the only person seeking ...

Your Mon Valley News

‘Sleep out’ event in Rostraver highlights homeless vets

By Chris Buckley 12:41 a.m.
Nearly one in four homeless people in the United States is a military veteran – 300,000 in all. Out to draw attention to homeless vets’ plight, a North Belle Vernon woman will hold a “sleep out” outside the Rostraver Walmart. The 24-hour ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Retired Mt. Pleasant-area engineer authors essay collection

By A.J. Panian
Mt. Pleasant Borough native Glenn D. Cooper spent more than 20 years pondering that which is, which fittingly is the title he gave to a book he recently authored, he …

Your Murrysville News

Export resident colors ‘eggstravagant’ Easter creations

By Patrick Varine
When Carol Rose is feeling up to a creative challenge, she grabs some beeswax and orders an ostrich egg from Minnesota. If that sounds strange, then you don’t know pysanky. Rose, 61, has been practicing the Ukrainian and Polish tradition of intricately ...

Your North Hills News

La Roche program to focus on protecting children

By Bill Zlatos
The 10th annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference, focused on the plight of children, is set for April 9 and 10 at La Roche College in McCandless. La Roche is leading the conference, free and open to the public, with Brother’s ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa
A Norwin health teacher responsible for telling students about the dangers of drug abuse has been charged with selling heroin, police said Friday. Lisa Marie Rodnicki, 37, of Irwin, the daughter of Norwin Superintendent William Kerr, was arrested during a …

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills officials deny employee ‘hit list’ after personnel changes

By Kelsey Shea
Despite the recent departure of six Penn Hills School District employees, officials said there’s no employee “hit list.” The employees, including the superintendent, have left since November. At least two other employees are suspended or on leave. Officials have said that ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn Middle school student wants to steer bikes to disadvantaged kids

By Chris Foreman
Aaron Sloan wants to create a new life cycle for old bikes. As a service project to help celebrate his bar mitzvah, the Penn Middle School seventh-grader is organizing a bicycle drive next week so that idle rides can hit the ...

Your Plum News

Former Plum teacher says he warned district about possible inappropriate conduct

By Karen Zapf
A former Plum School District employee claims he warned school officials nearly two years ago about a teacher’s possible inappropriate behavior with female students. JROTC instructor Scott Kolar emailed board members on Feb. 20, three days after police arrested teacher Joe ...

Your Sewickley News

Improvisation keeps Sewickley troupe on toes in ‘Spelling Bee’ production

By Tom McGee
Even the actors aren’t sure how the first 2015 production by Sewickley Area Theater Company will go. The troupe will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 9-11 and 16-18 in Quaker Valley Middle School. The comedy features improvisation ...

Your South Hills News

Austrian students make themselves at home in Baldwin

By Stephanie Hacke
Pittsburgh’s countless bridges and breathtaking skyline fascinated a group of Austrian students and teachers visiting the area. “I was surprised at the way the skyline is so nice to look down on from Mt. Washington,” said Austrian English and French ...

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont Dems endorse council convert

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont’s Democratic Party announced it is endorsing a council convert but not supporting a seated Democratic councilwoman in May’s primary election. The party issued a statement saying Elena Colianni, one of two Republicans remaining on the seven-member council, has changed her ...