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Universal Allegheny County library support gets a push

By Bill Zlatos
Across Allegheny County, 23 of the 24 communities that lack their own libraries don’t provide funding to nearby libraries that their residents may visit. Those figures in a report titled “21st Century Library Service in Allegheny County” highlight the tension …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

2 dead in New Kensington shooting; woman says male victim her son

By Chuck Biedka 6:08 p.m.
The man gunned down inside a car on a New Kensington street Wednesday has been identified by his family as John Russ, WPXI has reported. Russ was shot at about 8:25 a.m. outside of his home at 464 Fourth Ave. …

Your Carlynton News

Tony Hawk to perform at Carnegie skatepark

By Tribune-Review
Celebrity skateboarder Tony Hawk will be one of the first to break in the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie, officials announced Thursday. Hawk and other members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team will present a free exhibition skate starting at …

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry woman found dead in car that went over embankment

By Tribune-Review
A Cranberry woman was found dead in the wreckage of her car off Route 19 in Jackson Tuesday, township police said. Sharon Petrich, 66, likely went off the road several hours before the car was spotted around 7:55 a.m. by …

Your FoxChapel News

Cooper-Siegel Community Library to host volunteer session to help children learn to read

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara resident Amy Ogren spends one lunch hour each week reading Dr. Seuss, “Amelia Bedelia” and “Rainbow Magic” books — not your typical adult fare. “I get so much out of it,” said Ogren, adding the selections are made by …

Your Hempfield News

Fun Party Stores in Hempfield are last 2 shops to close

By Joe Napsha
Fun Party Stores will close its two remaining stores in Hempfield this fall, ending 31 years of selling party supplies, children’s costumes and holiday items to customers, the family owners said. The Fun Party Stores outlet at Eastgate Plaza and …

Your Latrobe News

Changes await students at Latrobe, Ligonier Valley, Derry Area

By Nicole Chynoweth, Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
Students in the Greater Latrobe, Ligonier Valley and Derry Area school districts might not be excited to give up their summer vacation and return to school, but officials have been working hard to prepare with improvements to buildings as well …

Your McKeesport News

White Oak school starts foreign language academy program

By Eric Slagle
Nicholas Martino, 9, learned a little Spanish last year when he was in third grade. He liked the experience and has high hopes for the new school year at Francis McClure Intermediate School in White Oak. “I like different languages …

Your Monroeville News

Officials eye remedy for collapsed pipe that caused Monroeville flood

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville officials said a flood last week that trapped a woman in her Chevy Cavalier was the result of a collapsed drainage pipe under the Monroeville Plaza near William Penn Highway. “The pipe rotted out, and with the debris getting …

Your Mon Valley News

Monessen man’s homicide trial set

By Renatta Signorini
Jury selection for a Monessen man accused in two cases of homicide and attempted homicide is set to begin Sept. 8. Attorneys expect the trial for Earl Vatelle Pinkney, 20, to last five or six days. Pinkney is accused of …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant police chief Ober retires

By Rachel Basinger
Mt. Pleasant Borough officials are looking for a new chief of police. This week, council accepted the retirement resignation of Stephen Ober. Ober has held the chief position since 2003. Ober was recently hired as a police officer for the …

Your Murrysville News

Franklin Regional stabbing suspect Hribal’s attorney seeks more time to prepare

By Rich Cholodofsky
The defense attorney for the Murrysville teen charged with the April knife attack at Franklin Regional High School wants more time to file pretrial motions. Attorney Pat Thomassey filed court motions on Thursday in which he said county prosecutors have …

Your North Hills News

Photo Gallery: Science Programs at the Northland Public Library

By Tribune-Review
The Carnegie Science Center presented two programs for children Aug. 7 at the Northland Public Library in McCandless. One was “Chemical Creations Discovery Day,” for children in the third or higher grades. The other was “Growing and Shrinking,” for children …

Your Norwin News

Irwin native among military personnel kept waiting for return of personal vehicle

By Bill Zlatos
The military says it has begun auditing the process by which vehicles are delivered to overseas personnel who are coming home. Media reports put the number of complaints about missing cars or delayed shipments to the United States at 250 …

Your Penn Hills News

Officers involved in shootings relay physical, emotional toll of incidents

By Margaret Harding
The stress of shooting someone in the line of duty was enough to put Penn Hills police Officer Duane Yenchik in the hospital. Yenchik, 61, fatally shot Anthony Watts, 32, of Penn Hills in 1996 when Watts approached him with …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn Township hires public works director

By Bob Stiles
Penn Township commissioners hired on Monday a man with 22 years experience in local government to fill the newly created job of public works director. Scot E. Fodi, 44, last serving as township manager in Middlesex Township, Butler County, will …

Your Plum News

Plum library steps into shoe-recycling benefit program

By Karen Zapf
Plum Borough Community Library Director Marilyn Klingensmith always is on the lookout for outreach and fundraising opportunities. When Klingensmith received in the mail a packet about a shoe-recycling program, she wanted to learn more. “I thought, ‘this is kinda cool,’” …

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley church librarian knew that’s where she belonged

By Gary Horvath
Sewickley has added the distinction of being home to one of the top librarians in the country. Ruth White, who has lived in Sewickley with her husband, Sherman, since 1994, in July was named the Outstanding Congregational Librarian of 2014 …

Your South Hills News

Pleasant Hills man charged in user’s heroin death

By Brian Bowling
Giving addicts and their families practical information about avoiding and dealing with overdoses is one of several proposals an advisory group to U.S. Attorney David Hickton is considering to reduce overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania. The group met for two …

Your Twin Boros News

Cambodian students answer Oakmont group’s prayers

By Emily Balser
For Cambodian student Chan Oudom Im, coming to the United States is like being in a dream. Im, who arrived in Oakmont on Tuesday, is one of five Cambodians to come to the United States for three months as part …