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Students defy standardized tests, ‘opt-out’

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This “opt-out” movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts ...

Federal judge who blocked Obama immigration order painted as unbiased

By Carl Prine
Conservatives applaud Andrew S. Hanen for his temporary restraining order on a key element of President Obama’s immigration policy. Liberals criticize him for blocking a White ...

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski to run for U.S. Senate

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is expected to announce on Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held ...

Voters wishing to cast ballot in May 19 primary must register by Monday

By Tribune-Review
Voters wishing to cast a ballot in the May 19 primary election must register by Monday. People can register in person at their county’s election office or by mail using a form available online at www.votespa.com or many state and county ...

Joan Orie Melvin sends 2nd, more contrite round of letters to judges

By Bobby Kerlik
Apology letters from convicted former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin hit the mailboxes of judges across the state this week, a part of her sentence on corruption charges. An Allegheny County jury in 2013 convicted Melvin, 59, of Marshall ...

Call ‘Islamic terrorism’ what it is: a threat to West, Jeb Bush says

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio — America’s role as a world leader and coalition builder among nations has weakened under President Obama, allowing “Islamic terrorism” to spread, former ...

Wagner says she's fighting opponent and Fitzgerald in campaign

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says it’s two against one in her fight to keep her job. She called her challenger, former Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty, ...

Wolf order on home care workers illegal, conservative think tank says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania sent out secret ballots for a “union ambush election,” backed by two larger unions and aided by an executive order from Gov. Tom Wolf, a conservative policy group charged Tuesday. A spokesman for ...

Hillary Clinton lays out tenets of campaign

By The Associated Press
MONTICELLO, Iowa — Hillary Clinton declared herself a “champion” for struggling families Tuesday, offering a full-throated embrace of economic and good-government policies promoted by liberal Democrats at the first formal event of her young presidential campaign. “I think it’s fair to ...

New Jersey Governor Christie calls for changes to Social Security, Medicare

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying that the “American people have the appetite for hard truths,” called Tuesday for cutting Social Security benefits and raising Medicare premiums for future upper-income retirees and hiking the retirement age. Although several other ...

Incumbent coroner, underling seek Dem nod in race for Fayette coroner

By Mary Pickels
In the race for Fayette County coroner, the physician who has held the post since 1990 will face off against one of his deputies for ...

Rubio tells supporters he is running for White House

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio entered the presidential race Monday by offering the nation a younger generation of leadership that breaks free of ideas “stuck ...

Allegheny County controller battle picks up steam as primary nears

By Aaron Aupperlee
Editor’s note: A profile of Chelsa Wagner, Mark Patrick Flaherty’s opponent for the Democratic nomination for county controller, will appear Wednesday. Mark Patrick Flaherty carries ...

Governor Wolf appoints business recruiter to advise on energy and manufacturing

By Natasha Lindstrom
Gov. Tom Wolf has tapped Democrat and lawyer-lobbyist David Sweet to fill a new advisory position the governor says he established to stimulate growth and ...

Council members seek Democratic nomination for Fayette County controller

By Liz Zemba
Two men who are elected councilmen in their communities are vying for the Democratic nomination for Fayette County controller. Scott Abraham, 51, a Fairchance councilman, said ...

Hillary Clinton starts presidential campaign

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton began her long-expected campaign for the White House on Sunday, attempting for a second time to become the first female president in the nation’s history. “I’m running for president,” Clinton said in a video posted on her ...

Hillary to apply fresh strategy to presidential campaign, experts say

By Salena Zito
Hillary Clinton’s low-key social media announcement Sunday indicates the type of presidential campaign she’ll run, experts said — intimate, with personal stories to connect with ...

Democrats aim to unseat Spring Hill incumbent in Pittsburgh City Council race

By Bob Bauder
North Side Democrats can choose from among two longtime community activists and a resident with deep community roots as their next Pittsburgh City Council representative. ...

Influx of new members favors Flaherty as Steel City Stonewall Democrats vote on Allegheny County controller endorsement

By Matthew Santoni
The Steel City Stonewall Democrats voted overwhelmingly to endorse Mark Patrick Flaherty for Allegheny County controller as a recent influx of members broke entirely for Flaherty. The 90-26 vote occurred Sunday afternoon in the Strip District. The Flaherty campaign recruited many ...

Incumbent Balzer seeks 2nd term vs. political newcomer in Westmoreland County Controller race

By Rich Cholodofsky
In the three years since he took office, Westmoreland County Controller Jeffrey Balzer has had some run-ins with other elected officials. Balzer contends that’s part of ...