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General News

Doctor who stopped to help 6 teens in car mishap dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit doctor who stopped to help passengers in an overturned car died after being struck by a car herself. More...

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a third straight week, approaching their low points for the year.  More...

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Hiring slows, but US unemployment falls to 10-year low   WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

Our national parks are healthy and growing

There’s a national memorial in our region that is drawing more than 300,000 visitors a year - and I’m not talking about the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. More...

Bulletin Board

The St. Vincent Camerata will perform “Messe Solennelle for St. Cecilia” on Saturday, April 22, in St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Unity Township.  More...

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Lifestyles

Ligonier Valley BPW dinner meeting deadline April 18

Ligonier Valley Business and Professional Women welcomed speakers Leticia Berkey, Dementia Care coordinator, and Kathy Flickinger, Therapeutic Program aide in the dementia wing at Bethlen Communities in Ligonier Township, to the club’s March 28 More...

Campus Corner

Pitt-Greensburg Written/Spoken Series continues Monday with author Barzak

The Pitt-Greensburg Spring Written/Spoken Series will welcome author Christopher Barzak on Monday, April 10, at in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center.  Pitt-Greensburg students Ned Lewis, Tori Phillips and Jess Weiss will open the 7 More...

Go Pink Boots

‘A Walk in the Woods’

I grew up in central Pennsylvania, surrounded by field and forest, but getting into the outback wasn't part of my childhood. Although my parents were raised in Altoona, they'd become big-city people in the dozen years they'd lived in New York.  More...

Drug deaths in 2016 exceed county officials’ expectations

Figures for 2017 could be worse

Despite expanding prevention and treatment options, county officials expected the number of drug deaths in Westmoreland County would swell to a record number in 2016. It was worse than they feared.  More...

Animal rescue group to build area’s first farm sanctuary in Unity Township

Candy Nelson has never shied away from trying something new.  Asalon and spa owner, Nelson’s love of animals led her to establish Animal Friends of Westmoreland, a no-kill animal shelter in 2006. More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

MONDAY, APRIL 10   6:30 p.m., Latrobe City Council, City Hall  7 p.m., Ligonier Valley School Board, high school auditorium (6 p.m. More...

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration sees state job cuts in House GOP budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor warned Friday that a newly House-passed Republican budget proposal would put about 1,500 state employees out of work, with prisons in line for the deepest job cuts.  More...

Duquesne closes its University Press due to budget cuts

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The financially ailing Duquesne University Press is shutting down after 90 years.  More...

World News

US strikes win global praise — but ratchet up Russia tension

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The United States vowed Friday to keep the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. More...

Michigan boy, 11, hangs himself after social media prank

DETROIT (AP) - Tysen Benz was at home when he saw social media posts indicating that his 13-year-old girlfriend had committed suicide. The posts were a prank, but the 11-year-old boy apparently believed them.  More...

Ghastly images of Syrian attack led to Trump about-face

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump first saw the photos Tuesday morning. The images were ghastly. Men and women gasping for breath. Small children foaming at the mouth and in agony. More...

Sports

Young Rams ready for successful season

Four rainouts later, the Ligonier Valley baseball team finally got to start its 2017 season on Monday.  It wasn’t exactly the opener manager John Jones was hoping for, a 6-3 loss to Homer-Center, but at least it was a game.  More...

Weekend athletic schedule changes

Inclement weather continues to impact the area weekend athletic schedule. The District 6 Heritage Conference baseball game between host Ligonier Valley and West Shamokin has been postponed. The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. More...

Steelers’ QB Roethlisberger officially plans to return in 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t quite ready to head off into retirement.  Roethlisberger announced on Twitter Friday that he’s told the Steelers he plans to be under center in 2017.&nb More...

Entertainment

Movie review: In ‘The Boss Baby,’ it’s clear who wears the diapers

Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet.  More...

MTV dumps gender specific categories for Movie & TV Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV has scrapped gender specific categories for its upcoming Movie & TV Awards. In place of the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, this year’s awards will honor a non-gendered Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show. More...

Scarlett Johansson: Ivanka Trump ‘baffles me’

NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson says Ivanka Trump could have a “big impact” by being vocal, and she’s baffled by the first daughter’s reluctance to take a public stance on controversial issues related to her father&rs More...

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