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Derry man charged with harboring, having sex with runaway

A 24-year-old Derry man has been arrested after he allegedly let a runaway teen stay with him and then lied to police who came looking for the girl, who had run away from a court-ordered placement.  More...

Man who threatened family in cemetery waives hearing

A Unity Township man who allegedly threatened a family at Unity Cemetery for a memorial service will face those charges in court after waiving his preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Michael Mahady.  Joseph Stanko, 45, was charged w More...

Latrobe burglary suspect waives preliminary hearing

A Latrobe man facing burglary, theft and related charges waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday and will face those charges at the Westmoreland County Common Pleas. More...

General News

New U.S. citizens sworn in at county courthouse

Six people became U.S. citizens Monday afternoon in a packed courtroom at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. It was an extra special event for Helga Mears, whose son, Common Pleas Judge Scott Mears, administered the oath of citizenship. More...

Push to keep seniors in home, communitybased programs

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs.  More...

Police: Mom groggy after toddler found outside in snow

JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania woman whose toddler son was found crying outside in the snow was groggy when they arrived and possessed various illegal and prescription drugs.  More...

Editorial

Pennsylvania Senate candidates: Where the Democrats stand

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A look at where Pennsylvania’s three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate — John Fetterman, Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty — stand on a selection of issues, from abortion to trade. More...

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Lifestyles

Cobetto Lecture to explore ‘Restorative Justice’April 13

Free, but reservations necessary

The 11th annual Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series on Contemporary Issues will feature Joanne Katz, JD, professor of criminal justice and legal studies at Missouri Western State University.  More...

Church news

Heritage UMC, Ligonier

All are welcome to two upcoming concerts at Heritage United Methodist Church on the Diamond in Ligonier.  More...

Children’s choruses in concert Saturday

Inclined to Sing and The Apprentice Choir, the children’s choruses of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, will present their Spring 2016 Concert 11 a.m. More...

Derry Borough to explore rehab of community park

A once-popular gathering spot in Derry Borough may be getting a facelift. Borough officials will look at steps to rehabilitate Derry Community Park after discussing the matter at Monday’s council work session. More...

Mount Pleasant teen’s attorney asking judge to appoint psychologist

The attorney for a Mount Pleasant teenager charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old friend is asking a judge to appoint a psychologist at the taxpayers’ expense as he attempts to get his client’s case transferred to juvenile court. More...

Maryann Eidemiller final speaker in SVC series on aging, spirituality

Freelance writer Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller will be the third and final speaker in the St. Vincent College (SVC) School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education’s spring series on aging and spirituality at 3 p.m. More...

Westmoreland Cultural Trust announces $700K Palace Theatre renovations

Westmoreland Cultural Trust has announced a $700,000 renovation project at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre.  Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the theatre will undergo painting and plastering of the auditorium and lobby areas, ceilin More...

Local & State News

Republican bill to limit Pennsylvania abortions voted out of committee

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Mistake ballooned Pennsylvania voter party switching by 86K

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania elections officials are blaming a contractor’s human error for erroneously adding 86,000 to this year’s statistics on voters switching their affiliation.  More...

Clinton, Sanders to campaign in Pennsylvania on Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA(AP) — Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will both be campaigning in Pennsylvania.  Clinton is scheduled to address the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, then head t More...

World News

GOP appeals to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama’s health care law and tax credits for children of immigrant More...

Uncertainties shadow California plan for nation-leading wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California’s decision to push its statewide minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 comes with uncertainties that could see the pay jumps postponed if the economy sours or the state budget slumps, while the overall goal of helpi More...

Amtrak contractor confirms work was underway near crash site

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - An Amtrak contractor was doing maintenance work near where a passenger train crashed into a backhoe on the tracks, killing two people outside Philadelphia, but the company said neither its equipment nor its workers were involved. More...

Sports

YWCA Westmoreland announces 2016 Sportswomen award-winners

The YWCA of Westmoreland County will honor female athletes and contributors to the women’s sports and fitness community at a banquet next Tuesday (6 p.m.) at Greensburg Ramada Inn and Conference Center.  Keynote speaker is Tara Zollinger, More...

Wildcats feel they have shot to win WPIAL Class AAA in boys’ volleyball

Drew Vosefski feels his Greater Latrobe boys’ volleyball team has a chance to win it all this year.  More...

Blocking the way

Derry Area’s Ethan Sellong and Bobby Slezak block the spike of Bishop Canevin’s Brendan Shaughnessy during Monday night’s WPIAL Section 2-AA match. More...

Entertainment

Watchdog calls TV ratings flawed, demands overhaul

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The TV content ratings system consistently fails to protect children from adult fare and must be overhauled, a watchdog group said Monday.  The study by the Parents Television Council faulted the 20-year-old system over More...

Clinton, Sanders agree to New York debate ahead of primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed to a Democratic presidential debate next week in New York, ensuring a high-stakes televised showdown ahead of the state’s influential primary.  More...

Indonesia forests minister dams DiCaprio with faint praise

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s environment and forestry minister says Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio lacked complete information when he criticized the destruction of rainforests during a visit to a protected national park l More...

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