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Area wind advisory canceled

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Pittsburgh today canceled a previously-issued wind advisory for the region.  According to the NWS, gusts decreased to 30 mph or less this morning and are expected to continue to taper off.  More...

Indiana County man’s hearing rescheduled

The hearing of an Indiana County man accused of forcing his way into a former girlfriend’s house and threatening her with a box cutter and two knives in February has been rescheduled until April 8.  More...

High school musical

Michael Stanley as Troy and Rachael Blissman as Gabriella are getting ready for Greater Latrobe Senior High School’s production of “High School Musical on Stage!” Performances are s More...

Route 30 road closures scheduled near Jeannette

A planned road closure of the right lane on Route 30 will begin today as crews continue work on demolishing the former Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette. More...

General News

Bolivar Volunteer Fire Co. lists upcoming events

Bolivar Volunteer Fire Co. recently announced several upcoming events and other information:  END OF THE MONTH TICKET  The next End of the Month $2 Ticket is being sold at this time. More...

Westmoreland County March for Parks set March 19

Register now for the 14th annual March for Parks event, to be held on Saturday, March 19. More...

Call for entries for Novel Art IV at Ligonier Valley Library

Ligonier Valley Library (LVL) is inviting the community to once again be a part of Novel Art, a unique fundraiser to support the library’s digital literacy and technology initiatives.  More...

Sports

Wildcats, Trojans ready for WPIAL Class AA, AA Swimming Championships

The Derry Area girls’ swim team is hoping for another historic outing.  Regardless of the outcome, both the Trojans and Greater Latrobe swimmers hope to advance as many as possible to the state meet.  They will have their opportunity More...

Capitals beat Penguins, 3-2, in possible NHL first-round playoff preview

WASHINGTON (AP) — With almost a quarter of the regular season left to play, the Washington Capitals are cruising toward the playoffs and trying to find different ways to stay focused on the present. More...

SVC’s Bell named PAC Player of Year; Jones, Howard also All-Conference

Following a fourth-straight tournament playoff championship, the St. Vincent College men’s basketball team had a trio of representatives on the 2015-16 All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team and a major award-winner. More...

Lifestyles

‘Innovation and Learning’ lecture March 15 at SVC

The St. Vincent College education department will present a lecture by Dr. Bart Rocco, superintendent of Elizabeth Forward School District, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. More...

Penn State’s Concert Choir to sing Friday

They’ve rocked Heinz Field with the Rolling Stones and performed in Europe, Australia and Canada. More...

Seton Hill Arts Center honored by Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania

The Seton Hill Arts Center has received a 2015 Building Excellence Award from the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania.  The center received the Building Excellence Award for New Construction Between $10 and $25 Million, wh More...

Unity planners approve revision to Excela Health site plan

The Unity Township Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a revision to a planned Excela Health ambulatory care center along Route 30.  More...

Ex-LTS pleads guilty to downloading porn, using work computer for personal reasons

A former Ligonier Township supervisor accused of downloading pornography and performing personal business on computers at the municipal office will avoid jail time after agreeing to a plea bargain with prosecutors.  More...

Steelworkers OK four-year deal with ATI

The United Steelworkers (USW) approved a new contract with steelmaker Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) on Tuesday, effectively putting an end to a lockout that affected 2,200 workers at 12 facilities in six states. More...

City offices closed Friday for Joe Bush’s funeral

All city offices in Latrobe will be closed on Friday, March 4, so that staff may attend the funeral Mass for Latrobe Public Works Director Joe Bush, 65, of Latrobe, who passed away on Tuesday, March 1, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.  More...

DTS okay subdivision

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve the Trainer subdivision on McFarland Road, contingent upon the approval of the Westmoreland County Department of Planning.  Supervisors chairman Vince DeCario said the purpose o More...

Maronite bishop calls for recognition of genocide in Middle East conflict

Maronite Bishop Gregory L. Mansour wanted to talk about more than the plight of the Christians in the Middle East, he said Tuesday night at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township. More...

Local & State News

Grand jury: Two Catholic bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children

ALTOONA, Pa. More...

Money collected after mass stabbing to fund scholarship

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. More...

Pennsylvania police reversed 600 overdoses with antidote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says police officers in Pennsylvania reversed more than 600 heroin and opioid overdoses in a little over a year of carrying an antidote.  More...

World News

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented as 2016 leaders

MIAMI (AP) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, emboldened by commanding victories Tuesday across large swaths of the country, are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House.  More...

GOP leaders: No place for bigotry in the Republican Party

WASHINGTON (AP) - The two top Republican leaders in Congress denounced Donald Trump on Tuesday for his slow-moving disavowal of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.  More...

UN to vote Wednesday on new North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council votes Wednesday on a resolution that would impose the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades. Angola’s U.N. More...

Health

New, stronger FDA warning for Essure birth control implant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators plan to warn consumers more strongly about Essure, a contraceptive implant that has drawn thousands of complaints from women reporting chronic pain, bleeding and other health problems.  More...

Study: First evidence that Zika may cause temporary paralysis

LONDON (AP) — Scientists may have the first evidence that Zika can cause temporary paralysis, according to a new study of patients who developed the rare condition during an outbreak of the virus in Tahiti two years ago. More...

Vegas outbreak: Nevada’s syphilis rate highest in West

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is experiencing the highest rate of syphilis in the West following an outbreak in Las Vegas.  Health officials say it’s part of a national spike in cases tied to increased testing, a rise in anonymous sex tied More...

Entertainment

Talking Trump and barbecue on Super Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a look at highlights from television coverage of Super Tuesday voting in the presidential campaign:  TRUMP’S PODIUM  The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC gave the campaign an hour of primetime co More...

Amy Winehouse’s dad says Oscar-winning doc is misleading

LONDON (AP) — A documentary about singer Amy Winehouse has won an Academy Award, but her father isn’t celebrating. More...

Disney revives ‘High School Musical’ with open casting call

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Disney Channel is reviving “High School Musical.”  The channel said Tuesday it’s starting a nationwide casting search for the latest sequel in the hit TV movie franchise.  “High School Mu More...

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