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State slows down on key economic development program

Keystone Opportunity Zone

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is throttling back on one of its signature economic development programs.  The administration of Democratic Gov. More...

Clarification: Gas tax story changed

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 26 about Pennsylvania’s rising gasoline tax, The Associated Press reported that motorists will pay about 78 cents per gallon in tax next year, up from just under 70 cents this year.  More...

General News

Trump supporter who insulted Obamas says it was a ‘mistake’

ALBANY, N.Y. More...

8-year-old transgender boy asked to leave Cub Scout pack

SECAUCUS, N.J. More...

Nonprofit leader who wrote racist Michelle Obama post fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nonprofit group has fired its director after she wrote a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”  More...

Editorial

The Christmas wish

Wanderings

The annual War on Christmas, which began Black Friday, will finally end on New Year’s Day.  There are three main reasons it ends on New Year’s Day.  First, there are football games that displace the energy the easily distracted More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Fake news is a real problem for our political discourse

The subject of fake news has been part of the real news in recent days as social media companies, politicians and legitimate journalists grapple with how to deal with a serious problem.  More...

Lifestyles

Adams Memorial Library lists January activities

Anne Betz, adult programming coordinator, Adams Memorial Library, announced these events will be happening at the 1112 Ligonier St., Latrobe, library during January:  • Tech Tuesday — Jan. 17, 6 p.m. in Quiet Study Room.  More...

Events of Area Interest

Laurel Highlands WBN eyes Jan. 5, 19 More...

SVC math professor named Project NExT Fellow

Dr. Jennifer Diemunsch, assistant professor of mathematics at St. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Man reported missing from Torrance State Hospital  State police at Greensburg report Timothy M. Smith, 36, a patient at Torrance State Hospital in Derry Township, left the facility without permission at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. More...

Latrobe council to get a jump on medical marijuana industry with new zoning ordinance

Following the approval of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program earlier this year, Latrobe City Council is hoping to get ahead of the industry before it puts down any roots by approving a zoning ordinance to regulate any medical marijuana op More...

Derry Borough Council approves 2017 budget with 1.5-mill tax increase

Derry Borough Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a final 2017 general fund budget with a 1.5-mill real estate tax increase.  The proposed tax hike raises the general fund millage from 27 to 28.5 mills. More...

Auto fire quickly quelled

Employees at Camarotes Auto Services on Ligonier Street in Latrobe made quick work of an automobile fire on Tuesday morning. More...

Ligonier Twp. Supervisors meeting moved

The Ligonier Township Supervisors work session scheduled for Tuesday was moved to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the township municipal building, 1 Municipal Park Drive, Ligonier Township.   More...

Local & State News

Give, don’t get taken: State helps donors vet charities

PHILADELPHIA(AP) — It’s the season for giving, but the state of Pennsylvania also wants its residents to be wise when making charitable contributions around the holidays and beyond.  More...

Westmoreland criminal court decisions

This is a list of criminal cases handled by judges in the most recent hearings of Westmoreland County criminal court. Some of these cases involve first-time offenders enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. More...

Death of man shot by Pa. troopers ruled homicide

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A medical examiner has classified as homicide the death of a western Pennsylvania man shot earlier this month by state troopers who said he rushed at them with a knife.  The Allegheny County medical examiner said Tuesday More...

World News

Jewish settler leader calls John Kerry ‘ignorant’

JERUSALEM (AP) - A senior leader of a Jewish settlement council is calling U.S. More...

2nd flight recorder recovered from Black Sea crash site

MOSCOW (AP) - Search teams on Wednesday recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard, the Defense Ministry said.  The first flight recorder was found the previous day and experts ha More...

Obama, Abe decry ‘horrors of war’ at Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The leaders of Japan and the United States sought to remind the world that even the most bitter enemies can become allies, during a historic pilgrimage to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor.  Prime Minister Shinzo Ab More...

Sports

Strong third quarter helps North Hills past Lady Wildcats

A hot start in the third quarter helped North Hills gain control for a 52-42 victory against the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team during Tuesday’s opening game of the Hampton Holiday Hoops Classic. More...

LV’s Miller scores 1,000th point, but DA outlasts Lady Rams, 59-41

Ligonier Valley’s Olivia Miller scored the 1,000th point of her career, but the Derry Area girls’ basketball team used a strong effort in the second and fourth quarters to pull away for a 59-41 victory on Tuesday during the annual Ligonie More...

Tomlin chides Bradshaw for ‘cheerleader’ comment

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t mind Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw criticizing his performance. It comes with the job.  More...

Entertainment

‘Star Wars’ actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her struggles with addiction and mental illness into wickedly funny books, a hit f More...

Teen Vogue writer receives threats after Fox News interview

NEWYORK (AP) — Awoman involved in a heated debate with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson over Ivanka Trump said Tuesday she’s received thousands of angry responses, including being threatened with rape on Christmas Day.  More...

AP Fact Check: Ex-agent didn’t write book outing Obama

(AP) — A widely shared story that claimed a former Secret Service agent outed President Barack Obama as a gay man and a radical Muslim is false. More...

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