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    McKeesport Area first-grader brings toy gun on school bus
    McKeesport Area School District officials are investigating an incident in which a first-grader had a toy gun on a school bus. In a letter sent to parents and guardians by … -- By Michael Divittorio
    Retired U.S. Marine general key speaker
    Growing up in the Valley Inn section of Carroll, David Papak was thinking more about ballfields than battlefields. “My whole world revolved around sports,” said Papak, a retired Marine brigadier … -- By Chris Buckley
    Monessen pressed on sewage project
    Monessen Council and the Mon Valley Sewage Authority must reach an agreement on where to install a state-mandated sewage holding tank – and time is becoming a factor. City engineer … -- By Rick Bruni Jr.
    Raptor system helps to protect Ringgold students
    Clay Shell contends too many school districts suffer from what he calls “the ostrich syndrome.” They bury their heads in the proverbial sand and falsely believe school violence – from … -- By Chris Buckley
    New Kensington officials eager to demolish 3 fire-ravaged buildings
    New Kensington officials are trying to raze three fire-ravaged buildings along 10th Street as quickly as possible. Council this month declared the adjacent buildings, from 405 to 419 10th St., … -- By Liz Hayes
    Kiski Area sells school building
    The Parks Township building that formerly housed Laurel Point Elementary will be redeveloped for business use. The Kiski Area School Board, which voted in May to close the school, approved … -- By Braden Ashe
    Freeport volleyball team's other foe is complacency
    The WPIAL volleyball playoffs begin this week, and for the first time, defending Class AA champ Freeport is the team to beat — on paper. Freeport e_SEmD the WPIAL champ … -- By Matt Grubba
    Allegheny Valley board reduces transfer to $1.5M
    The Allegheny Valley School Board on Monday trimmed a transfer of money into a fund dedicated for building work. After discussion, the board lowered the amount being transferred into the … -- By Brian C. Rittmeyer
    Stretch of Freeport Road rezoned
    The Harrison Township Commissioners cleared the way Monday for the development of Sheetz and CVS stores along Freeport Road. At the conclusion of a public hearing, the commissioners unanimously agreed … -- By Tom Yerace
    City Theatre offers sweet, supportive take on Shanley's 'Outside Mullingar'
    Those who know John Patrick Shanley are most likely familiar with him for his drama “Doubt: A Parable,” which earned him a Pulitzer and a Tony, or his screenplay “Moonstruck,” … -- By Alice T. Carter
    VA seeks input on services at Ford City clinic
    Increased services and a possible change in location are in the works for a Ford City outpatient clinic for veterans. Veterans Affairs will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday … -- By Brad Pedersen
    For all but 2 minutes vs. Steelers, Texans played 'pretty good game'
    The Texans were focused on 73 seconds. In a span of less than two minutes, there were two Houston turnovers, an 8-yard kickoff return and three Steelers touchdowns, all just … -- By Chris Harlan
    Armstrong County to try Welshman on indecent assault, related charges
    A citizen of Wales residing in Leechburg will stand trial in Armstrong County Court on charges that he inappropriately touched two young girls on several occasions last year. Lee Brian … -- By Chuck Biedka
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    Congress examines NSA official's part-time job
    WASHINGTON — A Senate committee and an outspoken congressman are seeking further information about a deal under which a top National Security Agency official is being permitted to work part-time … -- By Reuters
    Suspect in Va. disappearance charged in rape
    FAIRFAX, Va. — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington in 2005. The indictment … -- By The Associated Press
    Navy civilian goes on trial for diverting $2M to brother of his boss
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss’s brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle … -- By The Associated Press
    'Halloween Nights' planned at Connellsville tech center
    Head up to the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center for some scary entertainment when the first “Halloween Nights” will be presented on school grounds for two evenings of fun … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Discipline Pitt's only option against Georgia Tech
    Pitt coach Paul Chryst is trying to build a football program based on discipline, trust and accountability. One game won’t constitute a referendum on those items, but it’s clear Pitt … -- By Jerry DiPaola
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    550 W.Va. coal miners failed drug tests in two years
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the last two years, more than 550 West Virginia coal miners have temporarily lost their mining certifications because they failed a drug test. State Office of … -- By The Associated Press
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    Monessen police break up fight
    One Clairton man was assaulted and two or three gunshots may have been fired, but no arrests were made following a clash that occurred when some Clairton High School football … -- By Chris Buckley
    Dugan, Pascarella selected for IUP's Hall of Fame
    Two local exceptional student-athletes were part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Marissa Dugan, a star softball outfielder from Albert Gallatin High School, along with … -- By Bruce Wald
    Fawn fugitive Filous captured, jailed
    A Fawn man wanted by police for domestic assault and fleeing police was arrested without incident Sunday night in a West Tarentum residence. Richard Filous, 31, of 665 Donnellville Road, … -- By Chuck Biedka
    Scheduling latest problem for Mon Valley police
    Preparing schedules for his officers is one of the most daunting tasks Monessen police Chief John Mandarino is required to perform. And he’s not alone. In the Mon Valley, many … -- By Jeremy Sellew
    Hundreds mourn victims of McKeesport house fire at candlelight vigil
    The day after six people — including four children — died in a swift-moving house fire in McKeesport, hundreds of family members, friends and neighbors visited the house holding candles … -- By Tory N. Parrish
    Pitt students clean up Mon Valley neighborhoods for annual service day
    University of Pittsburgh students made their way through the Mon Valley for their service project during Pitt’s seventh annual Make a Difference Day. They spent Saturday clearing trash and debris … -- By Michael Divittorio
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    Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent tourney n'at
    Pittsburghers talk funny n’at. The city has “won” Gawker.com’s ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader’s poll with more than 54 percent of the … -- By The Associated Press
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    Dunbar Township woman, toddler critical after crash
    A Fayette County woman and her 20-month-old son were critically injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over multiple times Monday morning, according to state police. Desiree Dawn Baker, 21, … -- By Tribune-Review
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    WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over
    ABUJA, Nigeria — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria’s containment of … -- By The Associated Press
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