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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

Popular Super Bowl, March Madness traditions prohibited under state law

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Picked a square in your office Super Bowl pool yet? If you did, good luck. Oh, and you broke the law. Under state law, such pools — whether for the Super Bowl or “March Madness” — are illegal. So were such ...

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

Westmoreland road salt stockpiles full, ready for whatever winter brings

By Alicia Mcelhaney
Thanks to a mild winter, local communities have been able to enjoy financial savings and hold on to road salt stockpiles. In a typical year, Pittsburgh sees about 22.7 inches of snowfall by Feb. 1 and a seasonal snowfall total of ...

Your McKeesport News

Psychiatrist: Man accused of setting Homestead fire not competent to stand trial

By Adam Brandolph 9:27 p.m.
A man accused of starting a fire that destroyed three apartment buildings and nearby businesses in the heart of Homestead’s commercial district is not competent to stand trial and would benefit from up to 60 days in a state mental ...

Your Monroeville News

Contract talks reach impasse for Monroeville, police

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville officials have reached a stalemate in negotiations with police representatives during attempts to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement, as municipal officials expect a tight budget for 2016. Municipal manager Tim Little said officials have reached an impasse in negotiations with ...

Your Mon Valley News

Donora man apprehended after North Belle Vernon pharmacy robbery

By Chris Buckley
A Donora man who allegedly robbed a North Belle Vernon pharmacy at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon was found hiding under a nearby swimming pool deck, police said. Police said Gregory Allen Rodgers, 29, held up Standard Pharmacy on Broad Avenue around ...

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 8:36 p.m.
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 9:20 p.m.
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

Federal grand jury indicts man for violating poultry law while operating illegal slaughterhouse in his Jefferson Hills home

By Brian Bowling
Hankering for black-market chicken? Then 83-year-old Xia Xue Vue was the man, according to federal authorities. Vue ran an unlicensed, uninspected home-slaughter meat delivery business from houses in Jefferson Hills and Pittsburgh’s West End, despite 20 years of animal cruelty citations, ...

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 ...