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Wolf signs 2-year halt in Keystone Exams’ graduation mandate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A requirement that Pennsylvania students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school was put on hold Wednesday for at least two years, although Gov. Tom Wolf said he remains committed to accountability.  More...

Angela’s Angels to hold prom fairs/gown sales

In honor of its 10th year anniversary, Angela’s Angels in Latrobe will be holding prom fairs/gown sales to accommodate all princesses this prom season.  More...

Wolf to seek another boost for pre-K programs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. More...

General News

FBI’s hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned

(AP) — Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mi More...

Kansas university mason finds 88-year old note at stadium

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A mason working on a Kansas university building has found an 88-year-old handwritten note that gives a glimpse into the lives of laborers in 1928. More...

Chief: Basketball team accuse of ‘assaults’ over 10 years

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Sports

Trojans hope to continue ‘special’ mat season in WPIAL semis

Face Freedom Area, seek one of three spots in state playoffs

the conversation and chuckled a bit when it was recounted to him.  He was discussing the prospects of his 2015-16 Derry Area wrestling team and did so confidently. More...

Trojans falter late in first half, fall against West Shamokin, 46-25

The final 90 seconds of the first half couldn’t have been any worse for the Derry Area boys’ basketball team.  The Trojans saw a six-point deficit quickly balloon into a 12- point hole by the break and, to make matters worse, they al More...

Pens’ Evgeni Malkin to miss two games with injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss a two-game road trip through Florida this weekend.  More...

Lifestyles

Penn State issues December 2015 commencement list

The fall 2015 commencement list for The Pennsylvania State University is now available, the University Park campus announced Wednesday.  More...

WCCC Outstanding Teacher Award presented

Westmoreland County Community College students, faculty and administrators rewarded Kathy Mendus-Dlugos of Greensburg for her excellence in education with the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Award presented by WCCC President Tuesday Stanley.  More...

Events of Area Interest

AARP Chapter 4907 meeting Feb. 15   More...

Keystone Exams to stay graduation requirement at Derry Area HS

Despite Gov. Tom Wolf signing a bill to delay a requirement that Pennsylvania high school students must pass the Keystone Exams to graduate, the test will still be used as a standard at Derry Area.  More...

Auditor general: Staff shortage led to millions in OT costs at Torrance

Long-term staff shortages at Torrance State Hospital resulted in an overworked staff and hefty overtime payments that cost the state millions, state auditor general Eugene DePasquale revealed on Thursday.  More...

Hearing continued for officer charged with attempted rape

The preliminary hearing for a part-time Mount Pleasant Borough police officer accused of attempted rape has been continued.  John Andrew Brown’s hearing before Magisterial District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel was scheduled for this afternoon More...

AG warns of new phishing email scam

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office this week warned Pennsylvanians of a new phishing email scam in which scammers have misrepresented themselves as being affiliated with the Social Security Administration (SSA).  More...

Fund drive raises $67,000 for victims of knife attack

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania pizza shop is gearing up to disburse $67,000 to victims of a high school knife attack.  More...

Local & State News

Man sentenced in Wal-Mart check scam targeting hundreds of customers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who cashed $300,000 worth of counterfeit checks using personal information stolen by peeking over the shoulders of hundreds of Wal- Mart customers was sentenced to prison Thursday.  More...

Cheating probe underway at Pennsylvania state police academy

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Activists: Fire shelter chief for $1,000 purebred collie

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is on leave over accusations by online activists that she paid a breeder $1,000 for a purebred collie puppy rather than adopt a rescue dog from the shelter.&nbs More...

World News

Brazil health official confirm Zika spread via transfusion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case o More...

For Brazil’s Carnival fans, even Zika can’t stop the party

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito’s dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. More...

Analysis: Clinton moves aggressively to hold off Sanders

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) - Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged.  So on Thursday, she took matters into her own hands.  More...

Education

Greater Latrobe wins Most Mechanical award in science center contest

Greater Latrobe Senior High School won the Most Mechanical honor in Carnegie Science Center’s Chain Reaction Contraption Contest on Friday, Dec. More...

GLSD celebrates MLK Jr. Day

AmeriCorps members who are working in the elementary schools in Greater Latrobe School District planned and hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. event which was open to the community on Jan. More...

GLto host Parent Information Night Feb. 8

Greater Latrobe School District will host a Parent Information Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. More...

Entertainment

Coldplay to honor past, present and future at Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band’s Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future.  At a press conference Thursday, the band said that they will have the Youth Orchestra of More...

TV deal means Las Vegas fans won’t miss Super Bowl after all

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas football fans won’t miss the Super Bowl after all.  Cox Communications says it struck a deal with the local CBS affiliate Thursday, ending a bitter rate dispute between the cable provider and KLAS-TV that h More...

Country legend Merle Haggard cancels February shows

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