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Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey — because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election prospects improved Thursday in one national forecast because its author says members of the Democratic establishment “loathe” challenger Joe Sestak and the other Democratic candidate’s gubernatorial campaign last year was a “flop.” Sabato’s Crystal Ball, ...

Feds: Temple professor offered China data on U.S.-made device

By Assocated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The chairman of Temple University’s physics department schemed to provide American technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud. Xi Xiaoxing, a naturalized U.S. ...

Millions to travel through Western Pa. during Memorial Day weekend

By Melissa Daniels
Those traveling for the Memorial Day holiday will have the company of 37 million others, the highest travel volume for the Memorial Day holiday weekend ...

Group behind Lawrence County casino project gets 6-month extension

By Jason Cato
A beleaguered casino and racetrack project for Lawrence County received yet another lifeline on Wednesday to keep the long-delayed project alive. The seven members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted unanimously to provide a six-month extension to Philadelphia-based investment ...

Jordan Brown’s attorneys plan to appeal to get new hearing

By Chris Togneri
Attorneys for a Lawrence County teen accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiancée will appeal a judge’s decision not to grant a new hearing. “It was expected,” Dennis Elisco, attorney for Jordan Brown, 17, said Thursday. “We think our chances …

Boy Scouts of America should lift ban on gay adults, leader says

By Adam Brandolph
The national leader of the Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer ...

Senators push for full funding for Amtrak

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Senators representing states along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor said Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee should approve all $2 billion the passenger rail service is seeking when the committee takes up a fiscal 2016 transportation spending bill. The Democratic senators criticized ...

‘Sham’ cancer charity penalized by regulators had been sued by Pa.

By Natasha Lindstrom
The “sham” cancer charities accused in federal court this week of bilking more than $180 million from donors — including more than 45,000 from Pennsylvania ...

Pennsylvania Sen. Casey seeks to provide aid to repairing locally owned bridges

By Melissa Daniels
The three suspension bridges spanning the Allegheny River appear to be almost identical, dotting the skyline with pops of yellow and linking Downtown and the ...

Allegheny County Councilman Macey announces resignation as state Senate employee

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, announced Wednesday that he has resigned from state Sen. Jim Brewster’s office in the wake of an ethics violation. The county ethics commission ruled this month that Macey’s employment in Brewster’s McKeesport office as ...

Fewer Pittsburgh-area hospitals lost money last year, agency reports

By Alex Nixon
Fewer hospitals in Western Pennsylvania lost money last year, but a state agency warned that the level of uncompensated care is growing and could further squeeze tight profit margins. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council said Thursday that uncompensated care ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race

By Aaron Aupperlee  and Salena Zito
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited from ...

Brad Bumsted

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants state to share in lottery luck

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If you win big money playing the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state doesn’t get a dime in tax. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to change that. Under a little-noticed part …