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Bad weather delays Parkway West, Fort Pitt Tunnel lane closures tonight

By Melissa Daniels 4:48 p.m.
Construction work that was going to require single-lane closures Wednesday night on a five-mile stretch of the Parkway West and an inbound lane of the Fort Pitt Tunnel will be delayed because of poor weather conditions, PennDOT officials said. The lanes ...

Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

By The Associated Press 3:33 p.m.
DONETSK, Ukraine — A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a ...

Shania’s first tour in 11 years includes Pittsburgh stop

By USA Today
Shania Twain dropped two bombshell bits of news this morning. First: “I’m finally, after 11 years, going back on tour,” Twain told Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good ...

Weather closes Penn State for first time in 8 years

By The Associated Press 3:31 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State’s main campus is closed for the first time in eight years due to icy roads and forecasts for more snow. The university says dining halls will remain open Wednesday and a 6 p.m. men’s basketball ...

Bangladeshis to speak at Pitt in program against sweatshops

By Aaron Aupperlee
Less than an hour into Mahinur Begum’s shift at the Rana Plaza factory in Savar, Bangladesh, the power cut off. As generators rumbled to life, ...

10th DUI earns Uptown man 1st prison sentence

By Adam Brandolph
An Uptown man with 10 DUI convictions dating back 40 years is going to prison for the first time for drunken driving. Charles Ninness, 59, ...

Monessen school staffer punished for issuing '50 Shades' quiz

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Monessen School District employee who accidentally gave a word search puzzle containing sexually explicit terms to several middle school students last month has been punished, but the nature of the penalty remains a secret. After Tuesday’s school board work session, ...

Controversy over Netanyahu warnings to Congress won’t affect ties, Pittsburgh Jewish leaders say

By Tom Fontaine
One of Pittsburgh’s leading Jewish groups downplayed controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings to Congress that a possible nuclear agreement with Iran threatens his country. Some criticized Republicans for inviting Netanyahu to Washington against the wishes of President Obama, ...

Tax burdens would shift under Wolf budget proposal

By Melissa Daniels
Homeowners, renters, business owners, smokers — the state tax share of all would likely shift under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. The first-term Democrat’s proposal seeks $1.2 billion in new tax revenue and tinkers with rates and programs that affect ...

‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a more than $30 billion state budget built on a wide-ranging tax restructuring plan that could, if ...

Artist born without arms, legs gives Hampton students peek into her world

By Rachel Farkas
Born with no arms or legs and abandoned by her parents, Amy Brooks is the poster child for perseverance. “Let’s face it though, just because my ...