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Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it now means computer-based books, tutoring and games that aid instruction. Her students even take exams ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Driver leaps from sliding truck just before it topples down hillside in Fawn

By R.A. Monti
The Alle-Kiski Valley was hit with a slick dose of winter weather Thursday when a late morning rain became freezing rain, then snow. According to the National Weather Service Pittsburgh, the snow was potentially bad enough to cause whiteout conditions for ...

Your Carlynton News

Former library director returns to Carnegie library

By Tribune-Review
Diane Klinefelter has returned to her role of library director at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall after a three-year hiatus. She is returning to a position she held from October 2006 to March 2012 and maintaining her role ...

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry native ready to step back into spotlight on CLO stage

By Kyle Lawson
Amanda Pulcini last stepped off the stage in Pittsburgh as a motherly fat cat, and soon she’ll return as a playful sex kitten. It’s just another plot twist for Pulcini, 29, a Cranberry native, who said she’s learned the importance ...

Your FoxChapel News

Aspinwall school students focus on community during Catholic Schools Week

By Tawnya Panizzi
From bowling to basketball to breakfast with guests, students at Christ the Divine Catholic Teacher Academy in Aspinwall have a schedule brimming with excitement this week. But Principal Mark Grgurich said the activities are geared to filter love and friendship to ...

Your Hempfield News

Southwest Greensburg girl works to get 5,000 boxes of cookies donated

By Renatta Signorini
Most nights, Emily Milliron Ruggieri slides a wooden dining room chair into a corner of her parents’ living room with a crayon in her hand. “Emily, you just got Maine,” said the 7-year-old’s mother, Suzanne Milliron Ruggieri of Southwest Greensburg, ...

Your Latrobe News

Kennametal plans plant closings, job cuts in fallout from oil and gas decline

By Alex Nixon
Kennametal Inc. is accelerating layoffs and plant closings and may unload business units as the Unity-based toolmaker becomes the latest company to take a financial beating from production cuts by the oil and gas industry. The company declined to say ...

Your McKeesport News

2 firefighters injured battling Munhall blaze

By Eric Slagle
Two firefighters were injured battling a house fire in Munhall on Friday. The men slipped off an extension ladder after losing control of a fire hose, falling about 15 feet. Munhall fire Chief Ed Pletsch said a Munhall firefighter is …

Your Monroeville News

Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire

By Gideon Bradshaw
Smoke wafted from an attic window of a Monroeville home Thursday morning, a solemn reminder of the fire that killed its sole occupant hours before. Allegheny County Fire Marshal Alvin Henderson Jr. said in a statement that the fire started in ...

Your Mon Valley News

Monessen woman dies in truck-car crash on Route 51 in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review 5:14 p.m.
A 26-year-old Monessen woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday on Route 51 in Franklin Township. State police in Belle Vernon reported Sasha Green died when she apparently lost control of her 2012 Ford Focus at 9:15 a.m. ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant Township woman reflects on recent turmoil in France

By A.J. Panian
Nearly one year ago, United’s Randi Smail embarked on a four-month stint of study in France, a time interspersed by exploration of the country’s historical and cultural riches, along with …

Your Murrysville News

Murrysville group marks 40 years of helping folks enjoy the great outdoors

By Patrick Varine
Four decades ago, Carl Patty and John Funk just wanted to make sure they’d be able to hunt and shoot in their hometown. Today, the organization they formed with like-minded Murrysville residents to ensure those activities — the Sportsmen and Landowners ...

Your North Hills News

Drug enforcement effort in Hampton yields two arrests

By Michael Hasch
Two people were arrested Thursday in Hampton by members of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team who are trying to disrupt drug trafficking in and around hotels and motels. Patrick McCurry, 35, of Gibsonia and Tricia Schneider, 26, of ...

Your Norwin News

3 in Westmoreland charged in painkiller ring

By Joe Napsha
A North Huntingdon woman is accused of stealing at least 12,000 prescription narcotic pills with a street value estimated at $360,000 while working at Norwin Pharmacy and selling them to a Hempfield woman. In turn, that woman allegedly sold them to ...

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills water main break creates car-swallowing sinkhole

By Tribune-Review
Officials were finishing repairs Wednesday afternoon in Penn Hills on a section of road affected that collapsed when a water main broke. Nick Bianchi, director of the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority, said a crew completed repairs on the 12-inch main early ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Up to 12 Penn-Trafford students might be charged in ‘sexting’ case

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township police are preparing to file criminal charges against several Penn-Trafford High School students accused of distributing fully or partially nude photos. Police anticipate between six and 12 students will be charged through an investigation after the confiscation of cellphones ...

Your Plum News

Plum snow response beefed up

By Karen Zapf
Procedures to beef up clearing snow-covered roads in Plum that were decided during a closed council committee meeting were put into action during this week’s snowstorm. Councilman Steven “Skip” Taylor said Monday that six public works employees were deployed at the ...

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley couple bring Victorian grandeur back to home

By Gary Horvath
When Rich and Veronica Flati bought their 349 Walnut St., Sewickley, home in 2006, they saw it as a “fixer-upper.” Almost nine years later, they’ve nearly finished a full restoration of their Victorian home — and historians in the community have ...

Your South Hills News

Medical examiner identifies man in Pleasant Hills police standoff as Justin Hay

By Tony Raap
Authorities identified a 42-year-old man suspected of shooting his father before turning the gun on himself during a police standoff in Pleasant Hills as Justin Hay, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The standoff began about 5:45 p.m. ...

Your Twin Boros News

Landlord regulations tighten in Western Pennsylvania municipalities

By Jacob Tierney
A spate of blazes in McKeesport rental properties, including one that killed six people in October, has the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office teaming up with the city to dust off a decade-old law cracking down on landlords. McKeesport is just ...