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Derry council approves new trash, recycling contract

Derry Borough Council on Monday voted to retain Waste Management Inc. as the borough’s trash and recycling services provider, approving a new three-year contract.  The deal goes into effect Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. More...

Democratic candidates to attend Annual Picnic Aug. 15

The Westmoreland County Democratic Committee will host numerous Democratic candidates running in the November general election at the committee’s Annual Picnic, scheduled 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Mammoth Park, Pavilion 2.  More...

General News

US Postal Service reports $586M net loss for spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Monday reported a net loss of $586 million this spring, a big improvement for the cash-strapped agency compared to a nearly $2 billion loss during the same period last year.  More...

New owner: Brunner Island power plant to burn natural gas

EAST MANCHESTER, Pa. More...

State police investigating house fire that kills child

SHARON, Pa. (AP) — Astate police fire marshal is investigating a blaze that killed a child at a home in western Pennsylvania.  Sharon fire department officials confirmed that a child died in the fire that was reported about 11 p.m. More...

Editorial

As Nigeria takes one step forward, we are one giant leap closer to a polio-free world

By Matthew Dowling Rotary 7330 District Governor

Although the world is now 99.9 percent free of polio, the disease persists in some places. More...

What is your obesity costing you?

Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. More...

A better choice

Gov. Tom Wolf last week nominated a better choice to be commissioner of the state police.  Wolf nominated Tyree C. Blocker, who retired in 2005 after working his way up through the ranks of the state police for 30 years. More...

Lifestyles

WTAE Project Bundle-Up online auction opens Aug. 21

An estimated 400 items will be auctioned online beginning Aug. 21 through Sept. 11 during the 29th annual WTAE Project Bundle-Up auction. More...

New series of classic Omnimax films underway

“From the Vault,” a new film series at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater, is bringing classic Omnimax movies back to the giant screen for limited showtimes, it was announced over the weekend.  Each month, Omnimax More...

Events of Area Interest

St. James Peach Festival Aug. 22 More...

Council awards $43K contract for Laveen Street paving work

Laveen Street in Latrobe will be getting a little TLC in the coming weeks after Latrobe City Council voted Monday night to award the bid for the city’s 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Paving Program to K. Dolan Corp. More...

Pennsylvania attorney general to publicly address charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Busy gals

Gina Scheller, of Derry, and Terri Selembo, of Latrobe, were making good use of their cameras last Thursday at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp practice at St. More...

American Legion, USAA return to support multi-state motorcycle run

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of motorcyclists will show their support for the children of America’s fallen servicemembers when they embark on the tenth annual American Legion Legacy Run set for Aug. 23-26.  More...

Local & State News

PSU ex-officials’ case heads to appeals court hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The criminal case against three former high-ranking Penn State administrators is headed to a Pennsylvania appellate courtroom, nearly four years after two of them were first charged. More...

Bunk on a battleship during pope’s Philadelphia visit

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Visitors looking for a place to stay during Pope Francis’ trip to Philadelphia have an unusual option.  The Battleship New Jersey is offering 400 bunks for $75 per person for a night between Sept. 22 and Sept. More...

Police say dogs seeking cupcakes caused small stove fire

ALTOONA, Pa. More...

World News

4th consecutive night of demonstrations in Ferguson brings confrontations, arrests

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested nearly two dozen people in Ferguson during a fourth consecutive night of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  More...

Officials downstream from Colorado mine spill demand answers about possible long-term threats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible longterm threats to the water supply.  More...

Some US rowers fall ill at test event for 2016 Olympics, raising concerns about water quality

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. More...

Sports

Pitt’s Boyd, Blair sorry about DUIs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd says a DUI that’s costing him an appearance in the season opener was a “real dumb mistake.”  The two-time 1,000-yard receiver with potential of being picked in the top More...

Cowboys’ Sean Lee finally full go, but playing it low-key

OXNARD, Calif. More...

After frustrating year, Hackenberg ready to lead Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — With all Christian Hackenberg’s physical gifts, and few college quarterbacks have more, he was still at a loss to fix Penn State’s issues last season.  More...

Entertainment

What Stephen Colbert says about Trump as opening night nears

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With Donald Trump’s presidential bid generating news as well as comedy gold, Stephen Colbert is itching to get his share of the laughs once he returns to the air Sept. More...

CBS News to overhaul 2016 convention coverage

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. More...

UConn hosting weeklong national puppetry festival

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Puppeteers from around the world began descending on the University of Connecticut on Monday to participate in a weeklong festival of all things puppet.  More...

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