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Uber, Lyft can operate legally in Allegheny County — for now

By Bobby Kerlik 11:09 a.m.
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft can operate legally in Allegheny County, at least temporarily, the Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. The commissioners voted 5-0 to …

Man asks federal judge to overturn his death sentence for 1994 homicide

By Tribune-Review 11:12 a.m.
A federal judge should overturn a Hazelwood man’s first-degree murder conviction and death sentence because his trial counsel failed to investigate the evidence or ask for a mental health evaluation before advising him to plead guilty, the man says in …

Police clear brief standoff with man in Squirrel Hill

By Tribune-Review 11:15 a.m.
Police took a 59-year-old Shadyside man into custody Thursday morning because he threatened to commit “suicide by cop.” Officers responded to an emergency call at an apartment building in the 200 block of Shady Avenue at about 9:10 a.m. The …

Bucar grilled by City Council, likely to win approval as public safety chief

By Bob Bauder
Members of Pittsburgh City Council said they likely will confirm Stephen Bucar next week as Pittsburgh’s new public safety director, but that didn’t stop them …

Brookline Boulevard paving project finally finished

By Bob Bauder 10:59 a.m.
Months of traffic headaches for Brookline Boulevard residents and businesses end Thursday with the completion of a $5.35 million rehabilitation of the heavily traveled street that was in serious disrepair. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is scheduled to dedicate the upgrades …

Revised anti-nepotism policy lets Allegheny County judges keep family in jobs

By Adam Brandolph 9:45 a.m.
A toughened anti-nepotism policy will prevent Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judges from hiring any more of their relatives, but the kin they already employ can keep their jobs, the new rules say. The court this week updated its policy, …

Fitzgerald stacks legislative wins as Allegheny council members struggle

By Aaron Aupperlee 9:45 a.m.
Allegheny County Council members push legislation Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes into law while their own bills fizzle before they get a vote, an analysis shows. …

Transplant patients in limbo over coverage under UPMC-Highmark pact

By Luis Fábregas
Transplant patients caught in the middle of the UPMC-Highmark battle say a four-week-old agreement between the rivals is confusing, and some fear they will have …

PennDOT to raise speed limit on more sections, but not in Western Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers will have to wait until next year to find out where they can cruise at 70 mph legally in Western Pennsylvania, because PennDOT and turnpike officials on Wednesday omitted the region’s highways from state speed limit increases. PennDOT officials …

Five people wounded in ‘violent day’ in Rankin, North Braddock

By Michael Hasch
Five people were wounded on Wednesday in a rash of shootings in two Mon Valley communities that Rankin police Chief Ryan Wooten called “one of the most violent days we’ve had here in a long time.” There were two incidents …

Fire forces North Side residents from apartments

By Tribune-Review
Six occupants of a two-and-a-half story brick building in Perry South will have to seek shelter elsewhere because a fire damaged their apartment building Wednesday. …

PUC urged to give Uber, Lyft emergency permits

By Tom Fontaine
The state Public Utility Commission should grant emergency permits for ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to operate in Allegheny County, an agency bureau is recommending. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on Thursday on the recommendation from the PUC’s Bureau of …

$24M water filter project at Aspinwall treatment plant nears kickoff

By Bob Bauder
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is set to begin a $24 million filter rehabilitation at its water treatment plant near Aspinwall. PWSA board members …

Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris 9:45 a.m.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …

United States proposes tougher rules for moving crude oil, ethanol by rail

By David Conti
Older rail tankers would be phased out in two years and speed limits would be lowered for trains transporting highly flammable crude oil and other …

Phone scam from Jamaica reported in Allegheny County

By Tribune-Review
A new, “aggressive” phone scam from Jamaica has targeted areas around Whitehall and South Fayette, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. The caller claims to work for Publisher’s Clearing House and tells people they have won a large …

Motive remains unclear in slaying of Kennedy Township man

By Matthew Santoni 9:45 a.m.
Neighbors were on edge Wednesday as word spread that a Kennedy man was apparently shot and killed inside the home he and his fiancee had …

VA settles 3 more Legionnaires’ cases

By Brian Bowling
The Department of Veterans Affairs has settled three more claims related to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Cheryl Ann Evans sued the VA in April over the Jan. …

Ex-state prison guard lied to marshals about fugitive brother’s whereabouts

By Brian Bowling
A 12-member federal jury on Wednesday convicted a former state prison guard on three counts of lying to federal marshals about his brother’s whereabouts. The marshals interviewed Ralph Currington, 43, of Perry South on Sept. 23 while seeking Frank Currington, …

Bacteria found in bread factory not a health hazard, company says

By Megan Henney
Three Western Pennsylvania grocery store chains voluntarily pulled Schwebel’s Baking Co. products from their shelves Wednesday when a regular assessment uncovered the bacteria Listeria at the Youngstown bakery. Giant Eagle, Kuhn’s and Shop ’n Save all were affected. Both Kuhn’s …

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Allegheny Neighborhoods
Castle Shannon parish plans special Masses for 125th anniversary
Public’s interest in space endures, Western Pa., national groups say
Placement of public car chargers needs to be revved up, experts say
Cell tower plan puts South Park residents on edge
Family’s reunion an opportunity to learn history of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s land, official say
Your Carlynton
Phone scam from Jamaica reported in Allegheny County
Hunt resigns from Carlynton School Board
Bridgeville, Carnegie library directors take differing approaches to plotting programs
Rosslyn Farms’ appeal to switch districts denied again
Carnegie residents point to project as flooding cause
Your Cranberry
Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County
Cranberry group reviving interest in barbershop quartets
Zelienople family relishes opportunity to host children during summer
Glenshaw Boy Scouts earn their wings
Your Fox Chapel
$24M water filter project at Aspinwall treatment plant nears kickoff
Native plant center at Audubon Society site in Fox Chapel to benefit from $12K grant
State grant could give O’Hara sewer project $100K boost
Assessment appeals cost Sharpsburg money
Sharpsburg library makes funding goal
Your McKeesport
Elizabeth prepares for annual Riverfest
North Versailles Township receives fully loaded street sweeper
EPA brings Clean Power Plan hearings to Pittsburgh
Driver escapes serious injury in McKeesport heavy-equipment accident
Lincoln council passes ordinances to help ‘protect residents’
Your Monroeville
Drive-thru window sees major change at Monroeville fast-food restaurant
Your North Hills
Natural playground in Ross fits Montessori model of education
Franklin Park professor honored for making science accessible to students
North Allegheny grad named a Presidential Scholar
St. Alexis festival features ‘a little bit of everything’
Price to park going up for Pine-Richland students
Your Penn Hills
Stunning structures can be seen throughout Penn Hills
Allegheny River Blvd. work set to begin in Penn Hills
Lincoln Park VFD seeks applicants for live-in program
Photo gallery: Pittsburgh East Relay for Life
Penn Hills man drowned, Armstrong coroner says
Your Plum
Summer sessions at Plum library bolster children’s interest in science
Personalized brick campaign to help furnish new Plum EMS building
Obamacare requirements could impact whether Plum handles its own substitute teachers
Your Sewickley
Sewickley farm market builds on sense of community
Sewickley Valley comes to fire victim’s aid
Author discusses new novel at Sewickley bookstore
Sewickley Council approves rezoning request despite spot zoning worry
Sewickley Council OKs one-way Ferry Street
Your South Hills
Baldwin-Whitehall kids camp offers learning, fun combined
Phone scam from Jamaica reported in Allegheny County
Pleasant Hills officials set chicken ordinance
Pleasant Hills officials discuss deer management
Balwin-Whitehall teachers don’t take a vacation when it comes to learning about technology
Your Twin Boros (Oakmont, Verona)
Cambodian students answer Oakmont group’s prayers