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Online sales, promotions give Pittsburgh-area stores global reach

By Bob Bauder
Jessi Donahue didn’t have a website when she opened Bronzed Tanning Salon in Upper St. Clair three years ago. That changed quickly after her Facebook page lit up with requests for her imported makeup. “When I was getting messages from ...

Alle-Kiski Valley News

British labor organizers show solidarity with ATI workers locked out in Harrison

By Tom Yerace 12:31 a.m.
Locked-out steelworkers at the Allegheny Technologies Inc. plant in Harrison learned firsthand Tuesday about labor struggles in Great Britain. Members of United Steelworkers Local 1196 in Brackenridge, locked out of the ATI plant since  Aug. 15, hosted a group of nine ...

Carlynton News

Chartiers Valley students get creative after school

By Samson X Horne
Chartiers Valley middle- and high school students are learning more than how to build unique items during the Makeshop after-school program. Funded by a $9,500 grant from the nonprofit Sprout Fund, Chartiers Valley teachers oversee the student-run program that promotes learning ...

Cranberry News

Robotics program has Rowan students seeing ‘GreenE’

By Maritza Eloff
GreenE Academy has partnered with Rowan Elementary School to bring a computer program to the school. Lego WeDo Robotics and Lego EV3 have been brought into the school for grades 2 to 4, courtesy of GreenE Academy, which focuses on ...

Fox Chapel News

Fox Chapel bus driver fired for letting students change clothes on bus

By Tony Raap
A bus driver for a transit company that contracts with the Fox Chapel Area School District was fired for permitting some students to change their clothes on the bus, police told the Tribune-Review late Friday. The driver hasn’t been charged, but ...

Hempfield News

Founder of Z&M Cycle Sales in Hempfield killed in Florida motorcycle crash

By Joe Napsha
James McMahan, the founder of a well-known Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership on Route 30 in Hempfield, loved to sponsor fundraisers involving motorcycle rides that benefited children, said a longtime friend and employee. “He contributed to Westmoreland County charities for 27 years — ...

Latrobe News

Greater Latrobe doesn’t intend to raise taxes above index set by state

By Mary Pickels
Financial matters are likely to dominate the agenda at the Dec. 15 voting meeting of the Greater Latrobe School Board. The board agreed at its Tuesday committee meeting to place on the agenda a resolution to not raise taxes above the ...

McKeesport News

Auberle ‘Real Talk’ session with police gets heated

By Patrick Cloonan
Auberle residents peppered two law enforcement officers with questions and comments about police policy during a “Real Talk Discussion” conducted Monday by Take Action Mon Valley. “I don’t like any police officers,” said one of the 30 Auberle residents, mostly teenagers. “How ...

Monroeville News

Hanukkah event aims to warm, benefit Monroeville community

By Emily Balser 12:01 a.m.
The Chabad Jewish Center is combining its celebration of the beginning of Hanukkah with giving to the needy this year. The center will host a free community event with the theme “Fire on Ice.” “It could be the coldest of the winter, ...

Mon Valley News

Owner of North Belle Vernon studio Snapshot 47 turns hobby to business

By Chris Buckley 12:24 a.m.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Young Professionals of the Mon Valley, open to anyone from age 21 to 42, was created “to attract, retain and develop the next generation of Mon Valley professionals.” This series profiles some of those young professionals.) ...

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant Area School Board puts limit on taxes for 2016-17

By Rachel Basinger 12:09 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Area School Board does not plan to go above the Act 1 index in 2016-17. On Tuesday, the board passed a resolution indicating that any tax increase will not exceed the Act 1 index of 3.2 percent, or …

Murrysville News

FR designers recycle Roaring ’20s at Garbage Bag Gala

By Patrick Varine
When Franklin Regional junior Alexis Meeker was younger, she and her grandmother designed and sewed some of her clothing. “I’ve always liked (design),” she said. Meeker’s most recent design had a slightly different spin: It had to be made completely out of ...

North Hills News

Royal Dutch Shell to close Franklin Park office in 2016

By David Conti
Royal Dutch Shell plans to close its Franklin Park office next summer and move most of the 180 workers involved in gas and oil drilling there to its U.S. headquarters in Houston. The move is the latest sign of retrenching among ...

Norwin News

Irwin man accused of strangling dog he adopted from shelter

By Tribune-Review
An Irwin man who adopted a black Labrador retriever mix from a Westmoreland County shelter is accused of strangling it, borough police said. Jason E. French, 33, told Irwin police he killed the dog, Apollo, on Tuesday because it wouldn’t stop ...

Penn Hills News

Penn Hills NJROTC teams learn about robots by building them

By Kelsey Shea
First Sgt. Martin Kenderson’s classroom at Penn Hills High School is abuzz with the sound of drilling and quiet deliberation as his students work in teams at tables covered in wires, PVC pipe and Styrofoam. Students in the NJROTC program ...

Penn-Trafford News

Penn Middle School plans to upgrade tech at library

By Tom McGee
The library at Penn Middle School is getting a high-tech makeover. Fundraising efforts through GoFundMe are underway to implement more technology at Penn Middle School through a library media center. The project will expand on technology that is already available at ...

Plum News

Official: Plum SD trying to provide better communication, training in wake of sex scandal

By Karen Zapf
Plum school officials said they are taking seriously the community’s mandate for better communication as a result of the teacher-student sex scandal by providing more information on the district’s website and training employees, students, coaches and sponsors about a policy ...

Sewickley News

Sewickley movie theater group names new director

By Bobby Cherry
A Sewickley-based nonprofit group seeking to open a two-screen movie theater by September has a new executive director. Village Theater Company board members last month named Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers as the group’s director. “With less than a year until we open our ...

South Hills News

Baldwin residents welcome return of police substation

By Stephanie Hacke
Kristie Dutko said she hopes a recent uptick of vandalism she’s noticed in her Baldwin Borough neighborhood will cease now that the police substation across the street from her apartment has reopened. “We’re thrilled,” said Dutko, 43, who lives in ...