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Volunteer groups across Western Pa. mark Earth Week with litter cleanup efforts

By Jason Cato 10:39 p.m.
Boris Weinstein years ago made it his mission to pick up trash that people discard on city streets. He wants Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to simply pick up the telephone. “The mayor is not doing the job on our litter problem, and I challenge him on that,” said Shadyside’s Weinstein, …

Experts say Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane dug her own hole

By Brad Bumsted 11:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Secret documents leaked to a newspaper that sparked an investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be the least of her legal problems, experts say. “As is often the case …

West Penn to test ‘balloon pill’ in weight-loss trial

By Adam Smeltz 11:18 p.m.
Small balloons slipped down the throat and inflated in the stomach could streamline weight loss for millions of obese Americans, an approach doctors will test this year at West Penn Hospital, Allegheny …

Allegheny

Former Allegheny County chief Roddey testifies against McCullough

By Bobby Kerlik 10:11 p.m.
Former Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey testified Tuesday that he resigned from a foundation set up with an elderly widow’s money after Chuck McCullough handed out $10,000 political donations from …

Armstrong

Fire sparks movement to stop vandalism in Ford City

By Brad Pedersen
A pavilion along the Armstrong Trail in Ford City was destroyed by fire started by someone who put a wooden trash can on top of a picnic table and ignited it early Sunday morning. “It’s definitely suspicious and I believe …

Beaver

Authorities investigating as many as 20 dogs found dead in Hopewell

By Tony Raap 10:12 p.m.
Authorities investigating the gruesome discovery of up to 20 dead dogs on a hillside in Beaver County are looking for clues that would tie the deaths to other places where dog carcasses have been found. A man spotted the Beaver …

Butler

Fracking vote in Middlesex delayed

By Rick Wills
The Middlesex zoning hearing board has delayed its vote on a controversial fracking ordinance until May 27. The vote had been scheduled for April 29, but a board member will be traveling then. The zoning board heard many hours of …

Fayette

$3.5M glass sculpture’s story begins, ends in rural community of Dunbar

By Liz Zemba 11:19 p.m.
A $3.5 million glass sculpture by a world-renowned artist that graced a Virginia billionaire’s estate sits crated and virtually unnoticed in the unlikeliest of places — behind a fire engine …

Indiana

Woman reports sex assault to state police at Indiana

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana said they are investigating a report by a 21-year-old woman that she was sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old man. The alleged assault occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Further information was unavailable from …

Somerset

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated …

Washington

10,000 more plots for veterans planned at National Cemetery of Alleghenies

By Tony Raap
The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies plans to add more than 10,000 burial sites for veterans. The proposed 25-acre expansion would include at least 6,500 burial plots and an above-ground …

Westmoreland

Palmer airport eyes $2M state grant to improve terminal access

By Stacey Federoff
A $2 million state grant could boost improvements to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity by improving access to the soon-to-be expanded terminal building. Airport authority members approved a request for the grant last week from the state Department of Community ...

Education

Penn Hills district set to beef up cyber school

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School district is taking steps to strengthen its cyber academy next year in an effort to retain students interested in online learning. High school Principal Eric Kostic said the cyber academy program will operate out of the …

Pennsylvania

Experts say Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane dug her own hole

By Brad Bumsted 11:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Secret documents leaked to a newspaper that sparked an investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be the least of her legal problems, experts say. “As is often …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
State parties lean on Hispanic officials to reach Latino voters
Hispanic voters will receive plenty of attention from both political parties as Pennsylvanians get ready for the 2016 presidential and U.S. Senate elections. State Democrats …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Neighboring districts shy away from Wilkinsburg’s forbidden fruit 10:27 p.m.
To: Wilkinsburg School District board members From: Heyl Consultants LLC Re: Accentuating the  positive When selling an apple, emphasizing the skin’s brilliant red sheen often …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let them be little, even if it means a couple scrapes on their knees
Count me among those who believe we’ve gotten too litigious as a society. And the lawsuit that the Meitiv family is about to file against …

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Obituaries

Swissvale homemaker reveled in family, friends

By Bobby Kerlik
Marlene Kaminski loved having a good time with her “gang” and her family, and she was known for her unmatched eggplant parmesan. “My sister-in-law who lives in Florida, she’ll go …