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Crisis nursery in Larimer will fill a need, founders believe

By Margaret Harding
In the months before Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting, organizers of Pittsburgh’s first crisis nursery heard almost daily from desperate parents. A homeless mother hiding from an abusive …

Autopsy scheduled in death of 2-month-old girl in Larimer

By Michael Hasch
An autopsy is scheduled Thursday on a two-month-old girl who died less than an hour after being found unresponsive at the home of a relative in Larimer, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Mackenzie Hopkins was …

Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States

By Mike Wereschagin 7:41 a.m.
In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania’s post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation …

Authorities plan to withdraw charge against bullied South Fayette student

By Adam Brandolph 7:41 a.m.
A South Fayette teenager’s decision to record a bullying incident with his iPad has “changed everything” for the quiet, reserved boy, his mother said. For …

Would-be drillers quizzed by Allegheny County Council committee

By Aaron Aupperlee
What will likely be a lengthy discussion between Allegheny County Council members and the energy companies asking to drill under Deer Lakes Park started on Wednesday. Barry Osborne, a vice president with Range Resources, and Ed Valentas, a land manager …

Ex-detective picked for Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board

By Margaret Harding
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s nominee for the Citizen Police Review Board said on Wednesday that his experience under the board’s scrutiny gave him respect for the process. “It was their handling of the case that made me appreciative of what …

Foundations team to make offer for August Wilson Center

By Bill Zlatos
Local leaders hope their second attempt to buy the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture will salvage the venue, despite higher offers. Two sources said The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation made …

District attorney’s office takes paperwork from Wilkinsburg Middle School

By Bobby Kerlik
Detectives from the Alle-gheny County District Attorney’s Office spent two hours at Wilkinsburg Middle School on Wednesday and left with paperwork as part of an investigation of funds for an afterschool program. Wilkinsburg police in November charged the program’s former …

Reward offered in six-year-old homicide in Clairton

By Michael Hasch 7:46 a.m.
Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who has been on the run since a shooting in Clairton six years ago. James Garland Watts, 48, who is …

UPMC to city: Go tax our subsidiaries

By Adam Brandolph
The city of Pittsburgh can’t challenge UPMC’s tax-exempt status because it has no employees, but it can go after taxes from the health care giant’s 44 subsidiaries that do, an attorney for UPMC argued on Wednesday in Allegheny County Common …

Wilmerding man going to prison for shootout with police

By Adam Brandolph
A Wilmerding man will serve 5½ to 11 years in prison for trading gunfire with Pittsburgh police officers, an Allegheny County judge ordered Wednesday. Monte Blair, 40, was shot five times in the shootout with Officers Chris Kertis and Andrew …

Peduto says Penguins playoff series will be economic boon

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto gave his tickets to Wednesday night’s Penguins playoff game to a lucky fan outside the Consol Energy Center. The mayor initially …

Carrick man acquitted in 2009 slaying in McKeesport

By Adam Brandolph
A Carrick man who spent five years in jail will be a free man, because a jury acquitted him on Wednesday of charges related to a 2009 slaying in McKeesport. Police charged Robert Pace, 25, with homicide, robbery, conspiracy, burglary, …

Several Duquesne homes damaged in fire

By Tribune-Review
No one was hurt when fire spread through three houses in Duquesne on Wednesday morning. The fire was reported about 4:45 a.m. at a home …

Authorities close drink tax delinquent Pitcairn bar

By Aaron Aupperlee
The Allegheny County Treasurer’s Office closed a Pitcairn bar Wednesday accused of owing more than $3,700 in delinquent drink tax payments. Sheriff’s deputies padlocked Gone Country at The Firehouse Lounge on Second Street, the treasurer’s office reported. The bar, owned …

Newsmaker: Jerry Weber

By Bob Bauder
Noteworthy: Pittsburgh City Council honored Weber with a proclamation for his “passion and dedication” to music and vinyl records as owner of Jerry’s Records in …

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto touts first 100 days in office

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is looking to spur manufacturing, help poor residents open bank accounts and offer free Internet in the City-County Building, according to …

Methane emission levels by shale natural gas drillers disputed by EPA, researchers

By David Conti
Increased regulations and improvements in the natural gas industry continue to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government said Tuesday, although a study shows regulators might be missing some measurements. The Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual …

Former Allegheny County Airport Authority chief getting $134,000 severance

By Bobby Kerlik
The Allegheny County Airport Authority’s decision to oust President Brad Penrod will cost the agency $134,375 in severance pay, plus medical benefits and perhaps early pension payments, officials disclosed Tuesday. The authority will pay for Penrod’s medical benefits for 18 …

Defense experts tell of disease they say claimed 4-month-old from Castle Shannon whose father is charged with homicide

By Adam Brandolph
A medical expert’s testimony about a 4-month-old boy’s death could determine whether an Allegheny County judge sends a Castle Shannon man home or to prison. Police charged Jason Gmuer, 35, with homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children …

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Allegheny Neighborhoods
Churches throughout Allegheny County host sunrise Easter services
Bethel Park brewpub gets council’s approval
Teens from Western Pennsylvania high schools work to address global water shortage
Construction of Allegheny County sports complex fields delayed
Mt. Lebanon School District might add international students to fortify budget
Your Carlynton
Authorities plan to withdraw charge against bullied South Fayette student
Carnegie skatepark construction heats up like the weather
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley reaffirm security in wake of FR school stabbings
Voluntary tutor sessions popular with Carlynton students
Carnegie uses state allocation to update road paving schedule
Your Cranberry
Briefs: Cranberry Lego workshop hopes to spark kids’ interest in engineering
Your Fox Chapel
Aspinwall seeks help collecting ticket fees
O’Hara votes to seek bids for community center
O’Hara, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, Sharpsburg join forces to save on street paving costs
Volunteers sought to pull weeds from Trillium Trail
McCormick starred in 3 sports in high school
Your McKeesport
East Allegheny wins Kennywood’s Education Days contest
Duquesne City School District in tug-of-war over contract proposal
Munhall dispatch to switch to county 911 by end of May
West Mifflin mayor seeks to use county airport ‘to its fullest potential’
Reward offered in six-year-old homicide in Clairton
Your Monroeville
Monroeville technical school not your father’s shop class
‘Hit list’ could result in expulsion beyond this school year for Gateway student
Cost cited as reason for pulling police officer from Gateway Middle School
Monroeville’s rival hospitals come in handy
Police say Gateway Middle School student compiled hit list
Your North Hills
Vincentian Academy looks at expansion plans
West View schedules neighborhood cleanup day for April 26
Annual North Hills Interfaith Gathering to celebrate different traditions
Student activity fee at Pine-Richland could be raised
Pine-Richland officials look to improve curriculum consistency
Your Penn Hills
Penn Hills Library director introduces kids to ‘talking’ drums
Penn Hills police will hold first of new crime-prevention meetings, focus on ID theft
Penn Hills council meeting cancelled
Verona’s Steel City Rowing Club fundraiser to showcase ‘garage brewers’
Film Forward series dives deeper into documentaries
Your Plum
Elementary school program in Plum shows fun and math can be in same equation
Ex-Plum officer’s hearing set for April 23
Plum EMS center bids to be submitted
School attack next door hits Plum residents hard
Hockey game scheduled in May to benefit Plum EMS
Your Sewickley
Sewickley Herald honors: Memorial Day celebration crew recognized
Keep your family organized with a command center
St. James youth in Sewickley say ‘YES’ to helping others
Quaker Valley property owners could face tax increase
Quaker Valley board to begin interviewing superintendent candidates
Your South Hills
Vocal resident banned from all Baldwin-Whitehall district property
Shredding program set in Pleasant Hills
Baldwin EMS assistant chief honored for safety
WJH held drill day before FR incident
Jefferson Regional volunteers downplay individual achievements
Your Twin Boros (Oakmont, Verona)
Oakmont council OKs Speedway project