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Businesses in McKees Rocks struggle amid $39M revamp of West Carson

By Tory N. Parrish
A Sunoco in McKees Rocks used to bustle each morning as commuters stopped for gas, coffee and snacks on their way to work, the owner said. Now, business at the gas station on Stanhope Street is down at least 40 percent ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Lower Burrell 5th-grader illustrates power of kindness with cancer charity

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Georgia Brothers never knew her grandfather, but that didn’t stop her from being inspired by him to help others. Georgia, 11, of Lower Burrell started “Change for Cancer” in 2013 to raise money to help local people and families coping with ...

Your Carlynton News

Bridgeville steelworkers union group to disband after 30 years

By Dona S. Dreeland
The upcoming meeting of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees in Bridgeville will be its last. The local chapter is disbanding Tuesday, largely because of dwindling numbers. SOAR, formed in 1985, has served as the political arm of the United Steelworkers, ...

Your Cranberry News

MSA Safety products in demand to protect workers in dangerous jobs

By John D. Oravecz 11:00 a.m.
When four firefighters were forced to jump from the third story of a burning building in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2007, they didn’t have modern bail-out systems built into their self-contained breathing apparatus — the mask and air-tank gear they wear. ...

Your FoxChapel News

Fox Chapel native honored for maternity clothes with built-in technology

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Blake Uretsky dressed with her fake baby bump and went shopping at maternity stores. She was doing research. Uretsky was studying how maternity clothes fit pregnant women, as well as the styles available for mothers-to-be. The Fox Chapel native and senior ...

Your Hempfield News

Hempfield votes to fill public works job with interim director Cisco

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors voted Monday to fill an open post with a township employee. Doug Cisco, 42, is the new director of the public works department. Cisco had been appointed interim director in October in response to the departure of former director Mike ...

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe police seek driver of red cargo van

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe police department are looking for a man driving a red cargo van after he followed a 13-year-old girl Thursday. The man is described as white, in his late 50s and partially bald with a beard, according to a post …

Your McKeesport News

Snow causes collisions, delays in Mon-Yough area

By Patrick Cloonan
Snow that came in waves from Sunday afternoon through Monday night scrambled plans throughout the Mon-Yough area. Slick roads prompted at least one serious Monday morning accident. Schools canceled Monday night activities, including a McKeesport Area School District meeting for parents of ...

Your Monroeville News

Settlement reached between Monroeville, former manager

By Gideon Bradshaw
A former Monroeville manager will receive $45,000 in back pay in addition to retirement benefits as part of a settlement with the municipality. In exchange, Lynette Mc­Kinney, 48, of Monroeville will drop lawsuits she filed over her termination a year ...

Your Mon Valley News

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley 11:20 a.m.
California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a lawyer and former longtime counsel to the Pennsylvania NAACP, was found dead in his university office Sunday night. A spokesman for the Washington County Coroner’s Office said Brown, 67, died of …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant library’s writers circle publishes books, garners awards

By A.J. Panian
The busy garble of small talk spiked with jags of bright laughter slows to an eventual stop, as silence suddenly soaks the back room of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library. …

Your Murrysville News

Murrysville Atria’s damaged by fire

By Patrick Varine 11:30 a.m.
The kitchen area of Atria’s Restaurant on the 4000 block of William Penn Highway was damaged in a fire early Monday morning. Crews from Murrysville Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 were called to the scene around 12:23 a.m. Fire Chief …

Your North Hills News

Charges officially dropped against Ford, who is recovering from surgery

By Adam Brandolph
A judge on Monday agreed to allow the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to officially withdraw remaining charges against Leon Ford, who was shot and paralyzed by a Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop in November 2012. A jury in ...

Your Norwin News

To open STEM center by fall 2017, Norwin board has 1 month to OK plan

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board will have about a month decide whether to proceed with plans for a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, center if it wants the facility ready for the class in fall of 2017, according ...

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills superintendent resigns

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas K. Washington on Monday night, according to a statement from spokeswoman Teresita K. Kolenchak. Washington came to the district in 2011, replacing acting Superintendent Stephen Vak. In his tenure, ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn Township commissioners hear from supporters of shale drilling

By Chris Foreman
Supporters of shale drilling stepped up this week to discourage Penn Township commissioners from imposing local regulations that could curb unconventional gas wells from operating on the largest of the township’s private properties. Since a public hearing last May about updates ...

Your Plum News

Flood victims’ family to receive $1.5M in damages

By Bob Bauder
Government agencies have agreed to pay a total of about $1.5 million in damages to the family of a Plum woman who drowned in 2011 with her two young daughters during a flash flood on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park, ...

Your Sewickley News

Quaker Valley hires resource officer for $65,000

By Bobby Cherry
A former Keystone Oaks School District resource officer has been hired at Quaker Valley. Quaker Valley School Board last week approved a five-year contract for Aaron Vanatta, 40, of Washington County. He was hired at $65,000, district spokeswoman Angela Yingling said.Vanatta, ...

Your South Hills News

Crews attempting to repair water main break in Brentwood

By Tribune-Review 9:18 a.m.
Crews are attempting to repair a 6-inch water main break Tuesday in Brentwood, officials said. The break is near the intersection with West Willock and Brownsville roads, Penn American spokesman Gary Lobaugh said. The line is affecting six customers and …

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 ...