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East Allegheny negotiator responds to proposal from striking teachers

By Patrick Cloonan 10:39 p.m.
East Allegheny School District’s chief negotiator reiterated late Tuesday afternoon that the district extended itself as far as it could financially, but that striking teachers …

Homestead to celebrate one of its own at jazz festival

By Eric Slagle
Steel isn’t the only product that poured out of the Mon Valley back in its heyday. The region produced more than its share of great …

Flexible-use building in the works for Duquesne

By Eric Slagle
An effort is under way to develop a 30,000-square-foot flexible use building in Regional Industrial Development Corporation Riverplace City Center of Duquesne. Allegheny County Council …

East Allegheny teachers to hit the picket lines

By Michael Divittorio
Instead of greeting an influx of students to start the school year, the 133-member East Allegheny Education Association was set to man picket lines on Tuesday, along with Pennsylvania State Education Association officials. East Allegheny association president Cheryl Inhat said …

Driver crashes into Elizabeth Twp. storefront

By Mary Pickels
The owner of an Elizabeth Township hardware store was cleaning up his family business that was damaged Sunday when a driver crashed into the storefront. …

McKeesport Area, South Allegheny districts upgrade school security

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area and South Allegheny school districts are bringing Raptor visitor-management software to their buildings as an additional line of defense in school security. Raptor, …

McKeesport Rib Festival wraps up with Monday concert, fireworks show

By Michael Divittorio
The Sabolcik family has a Labor Day weekend tradition — attending the annual McKeesport Rib Festival at the Bandshell grounds in Renziehausen Park. “I come …

Mother, son displaced by West Mifflin fire

By Eric Slagle
A mother and son were displaced by a fire in West Mifflin on Friday. The pair credited the quick actions of a neighbor for alerting …

Additional negotiating session fails to resolve threatened East Allegheny strike

By Michael Divittorio
Despite a failed contract negotiation session on Friday between East Allegheny School District and its education association, there’s still a chance an expected strike on …

East Allegheny officials confirm strike, notify parents

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
In a letter mailed to parents and guardians on Thursday, East Allegheny School District said the school year will not begin as scheduled. The school board’s letter confirmed the East Allegheny Education Association’s position, which the teachers shared at Wednesday’s …

Electrical problem sparks fire in McKeesport truck

By Eric Slagle
An electrical problem is believed to have caused a truck fire in McKeesport on Thursday. Marlon Barnes said he was driving the Ford F-150 pickup …

‘Shocker’ tourney honors memory of pro wrestler from McKeesport

By Michael Divittorio
A McKeesport-based professional wrestling promotion is making sure its fans remember one of its founding members. Pro Wrestling eXpress will present the seventh annual Sean “Shocker” Evans Memorial Tournament on Saturday in the Wrestleplex at 2125 Beacon St. Bell time …

2nd area Speedway store nears completion

By Michael Divittorio
A Speedway gas station under construction in White Oak is on schedule to open in mid-October, while development of a Speedway store in North Versailles …

Mon River Fleet seeks nominations for Women of Achievement awards

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
The Mon River Fleet is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Achievement awards. Women from across the State Health Improvement Plan partner communities of Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport will be recognized for their achievements promoting better health during …

Sex offender held for court in address registration case

By Eric Slagle
A registered sex offender who was asked to leave a residential facility in Homestead because he allegedly did not comply with house rules has been held for court on charges of failing to notify authorities he had moved. William Thornhill, …

McKeesport Area teacher fired amid sex scandal returns to school

By Michael Divittorio
A McKeesport Area School District teacher who was fired in February 2011 amid a sex scandal is back on the job. Angela DiBattista, a former Cornell Intermediate School fourth-grade teacher, reported for work on Monday, according to her attorney Philip …

East Allegheny teachers maintain strike plans

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
East Allegheny teachers do not plan to return to their classrooms as scheduled on Tuesday, according to their union president. A nearly three-hour negotiating session on Wednesday kept East Allegheny Education Association and the district at a contractual stalemate, which …

Committee to advise Munhall on vacant properties

By Michael Divittorio
A committee is being formed in Munhall to address vacant properties. “It’s not an official committee of the borough that can take action, but it …

2 held for arraignments in Munhall gun case

By Eric Slagle
Terrick Smith, 21, of Braddock had a small child in his lap and a loaded gun in his waistband when a station wagon in which he was traveling was stopped earlier this month in Munhall, according to testimony from a …

Clairton’s outgoing business manager to mentor successor

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton City School District’s new business manager will work alongside the outgoing administrator through the end of 2014 before managing the district’s finances on her own. The school board ratified the hiring of Hamsini Rajgopal on Wednesday in an 8-0-1 …

$8 million Duquesne Light facility opens in McKeesport

By Eric Slagle
Duquesne Light officially opened its new McKeesport Service Center. The utility company celebrated the opening of the $8 million facility in RIDC Riverplace Industrial Center …

RAD funding hike sought for Renzie Park

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport officials will ask for a record amount of funding during Wednesday’s formal bid for the city’s 2015 Allegheny Regional Asset District grant allotment. Each …

McKeesport police get firsthand look at new crime-fighting tool

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport police believe a new computer forensics truck acquired by the state Attorney General’s Western Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Investigations will help them and other …

Elizabeth officials combat juvenile problems

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth officials said they have increased efforts in dealing with juvenile problems in parks and other areas of the borough. “We added an extra officer on it, and we’re just doing a blitz,” Officer-in-Charge Tim Butler said at a council …

Elizabeth Forward School District fosters high-tech culture

By Patrick Cloonan
When classes begin on Thursday in Elizabeth Forward School District, students will have eBackpack apps to go along with their Apple iPads. As developed by …

Students’ use of iPads a minefield

By Patrick Cloonan
It is the second year of iPads for Elizabeth Forward youngsters — and the second year of bracing for the legal problems that could accompany them, both for the kids and their parents. Other than new students and incoming kindergartners, …

Property transfer blurs lines of Penn-McKee restoration efforts

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
A property transfer involving the former Penn-McKee Hotel is blurring the McKeesport Preservation Society’s vision of restoring the historic site where John F. Kennedy and …

Elizabeth area police continue probe of daylight burglaries

By Eric Slagle
The investigation into burglaries at Elizabeth area businesses last week continues. A male with short hair who was wearing a T-shirt and driving a vehicle thought to be a teal Ford Tempo was identified as a suspect in at least …

Banks Gas Services finds success in jobs outside shale industry

By Chris Fleisher
Tom Banks isn’t interested in chasing work in the Marcellus shale. Instead, he wants the business that Marcellus pipeline contractors have left behind. “We’re really …

Homeless cat population a problem for North Versailles residents, shelters

By Michael Divittorio
Feral cats continue to plague North Versailles Township’s Fairhaven neighborhood. Resident Marlene Gottron and her neighbor Tom Garvin came before township commissioners last month to discuss the issue. Gottron said at a commissioners meeting on Thursday that the number of …

Residents of McKeesport’s Peterson Plan learn about Habitat for Humanity project

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Habitat for Humanity staff and advisers toured McKeesport’s Peterson Plan on Saturday with neighbors who wanted to learn about a green construction project that will …

Police seek public’s help to identify Elizabeth burglaries suspect

By Tribune-Review
Elizabeth Township police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in two burglaries. They released two surveillance photos from the burglaries, which targeted businesses …

Return to classes means it’s time to strike up the bands once again

By Eric Slagle
The neighborhood around White Oak Elementary School has been a music-filled place in recent weeks. The reason? McKeesport Area High School Marching Band has been …

McKeesport anti-violence group takes root

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport officials and residents are taking action against negative perceptions and violence plaguing the city. They met at the Healthy Village Learning Institute along Boyd …

Golfers at Nemacolin Woodlands raise funds, awareness for Center for Victims

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Supporters from corporations, outreach agencies and local government gathered at Nemacolin Woodlands on Friday to raise funds and awareness for the Center for Victims. The …

Steel Valley students to see plenty of changes this year

By Eric Slagle
Steel Valley School District students will have their first full day of the new academic year on Wednesday. But students entering first, sixth and ninth …

McKeesport Area School District upgrades school security, student nutrition program

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District officials say their top priority is the safety of the approximately 3,800 students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. To that end, the district will use Raptor, the nation’s leading visitor-management system for school security. Machines …