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Pa. budget status unclear

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Derry Twp. man given ARD after incident at state park

A Derry Township man charged with indecent exposure at a state park last year has been placed in a probation program for first-time, non-violent offenders.  Avery Elton Weeks, 64, of 262 Pizza Barn Road, was sentenced to serve one year in the Ac More...

Churches celebrate Orthodox, Eastern Rite Christmas

The Yule Log will be burning this evening at Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood as part of an ancient Christmas tradition known as the Badjak Service.  More...

General News

Rosebud idling 429 workers, most Pa. mines

Citing unseasonably warm temperatures in November and December, Rosebud Mining Co. is idling most of its Pennsylvania coal mines and putting hundreds of employees out of work.  In all, 429 miners will be temporarily unemployed. More...

Dispatcher mistakenly sends firefighters to wrong DC address

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afire at a northwest D.C. More...

Things to know about Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Players will have a chance Wednesday night at an estimated $450 million Powerball jackpot, making it the biggest lottery prize in nearly a year.  More...

Sports

Rough season continues for Trojans in section loss to GS

A rough season for the Derry Area boys’ basketball team turned a little more so in a 58-32 loss to WPIAL Section 3-AAA rival and host Greensburg Salem Tuesday night. More...

Wildcats press issue against Altoona Area

Big third quarter results in 20-point win

at halftime, although you never would’ve known it.  About all Greater Latrobe head coach Brad Wetzel said at the half of a six-point game against Altoona Area was that his basketball team needed to make a slight adjustment on its full-cour More...

Eyeing the shot

Ligonier Valley’s Collin Smith pulls up for a short jumper over Matt Dill and Nate Fabrizio (50) of United during Tuesday’s District 6 Heritage Conference game. More...

Lifestyles

Annual Christmas outreach ‘a success’

Faith Forward Community Care hosted its annual Christmas outreach on Saturday, Dec. 19, in Latrobe. Dawn Hennessey noted, “This year’s Christmas event was a success. More...

Campus Corner

BJU president’s list   Carter Shean, a freshman business administration major of Latrobe, is among approximately 480 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2015 president’s list, the Greenville, South Carolina, campus report More...

2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program to open Friday

Thousands of girls in the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) council are gearing up for the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins Friday, Jan. 8.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Drugs found after traffic stop  At 1:38 p.m. Dec. More...

At long last, schools finally expecting to get state funds

A collective sigh of relief echoed between local schools recently when the state budget was partially passed in order to begin pumping money to educational institutions.  More...

Overdose death toll reaches triple digits for first time

Once again, the amount of overdose deaths in Westmoreland County swelled from the previous year and in 2015, topped 100 for the first time.  More...

Probation hearing for Shetler Jr. continued

A Westmoreland County judge on Monday continued a probation revocation hearing for Ray Shetler Jr., the New Florence man who allegedly shot and killed a St. Clair Township police officer last year.  More...

Route 22 traffic signal project temporarily delayed

The need to replace a broken part has temporarily halted a stop light project along Route 22 in Westmoreland County.  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) spokesperson Valerie Petersen said an “unexpected issue” has ne More...

UT planners OK request

The Unity Township Planning Commission on Tuesday granted its recommendation for approval for a modification request from the developers of a planned residential development off Route 30.  More...

Local & State News

Court overturns blanket ban on health aides with convictions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court has overturned a lifetime ban that kept health aides with criminal convictions from working with the elderly, sick and disabled.  More...

Man gets prison for double-fatal lawyer blames on diabetes

GREENSBURG, Pa. More...

Man accused of locking ex-girlfriend in trailer, raping her

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police in southwestern Pennsylvania say a man imprisoned his ex-girlfriend in a rural camping trailer for four days, beating and raping her before his parents executed a plan to free her. More...

World News

North Korea says it tested H-bomb, though advance doubted

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test - a powerful, self-proclaimed “H-bomb of justice” that would mark a major and unanticipated adva More...

H-bomb: More powerful than Hiroshima bomb, fits on missile

TOKYO (AP) - The announcement Wednesday from North Korea that it had carried out a nuclear test brought to the front lines of global attention a phrase not often heard since the Cold War - “the H-bomb.”  More...

Armed group in Oregon fears raid; critics decry goals

BURNS, Ore. More...

Health

Medicare is changing: What’s new for beneficiaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it’s coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years. More...

First-of-a-kind drug approvals continued rise in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. More...

Be 1 in a million: Mental health first aid should be ‘as common as CPR’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Today the National Council for Behavioral Health is announcing a new campaign, “Be 1 in a Million,” to train 1 million people in Mental Health First Aid.  More...

Entertainment

NY lawmakers condemn NRA image of photos and bullets

NEW YORK (AP) — Two state lawmakers behind a bill to control ammunition sales are condemning an image published by the National Rifle Association that shows their photos surrounded by bullets.  Sen. More...

Councilman can’t take office because of conviction

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Anewly elected city councilman has been barred from taking office because of a drug conviction from 23 years ago.  More...

Questions and answers about Obama’s executive plan on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s plan to strengthen controls on guns in the U.S. More...

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