August 1, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Insurer threatens to sue if state tries to take $200M

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State begins registering doctors for medical pot program

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General News

Stars react to Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard’s death

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the announcement Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor (portraying pilot Chuck Yeager in 1983’s “The Right Stuff”) Sam Shepard died last week at age 73: More...

Seas rise, trees die: Climate change before your eyes

PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. (AP) - They’re called “ghost forests” - dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change.  More...

Judges: No special elections for redrawn NC districts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges have rejected a request to hold special elections next March in state legislative districts once new lines are drawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering. More...

Editorial

6 things we need to stop saying to bereaved parents

Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. More...

COMMENTARY

Opinion: For God’s sake, let them eat cake

The mantle of religious freedom has been grossly distorted when we Christians are using it to deny a couple entering the covenant of marriage their dream wedding cake.  More...

GUEST EDITORIAL

Those stubborn earmarks

Old habits die hard in Washington, and earmarks, typically tacked on to legislation for purely political reasons, are a Capitol Hill compulsion that’s especially hard to kick.  More...

Sports

Steelers’ Tuitt seeks breakout season

The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva with a new contract at the beginning of training camp. It appears as if fourth-year defensive end Stephon Tuitt is next in line for an extension. More...

With Pryor, Doctson, Redskins hope bigger is better at wide receiver

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kirk Cousins knew he recognized the guy at the Cleveland rest stop last summer who was trying to blend in with the crowd. Even with his hood up, former Jeannette High School standout Terrelle Pryor sticks out. More...

Knock down the pass

Pittsburgh Steelers’ second year cornerback Artie Burns knocks down a pass intended for wide receiver Cobi Hamilton during Monday’s training camp practice at St. Vincent College.   More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Heroin found in new car at Burrell Twp. dealership   State police at Indiana report a stamp bag containing suspected heroin was found in a new car at the Tri-Star Auto Group along Route 22 in Burrell Township at 11:12 a.m. Monday, July 31. More...

Xcoal Energy & Resources to supply coal to Ukraine

Pact worth about $79 million

A locally based company, via a deal brokered by the U.S. government, will supply coal to one of the largest power companies in Ukraine to meet upcoming wintertime demand. More...

County prison warden: Most new prison inmates need drug treatment

The nationwide opioid epidemic continues to put a strain on local officials, and the Westmoreland County Prison is no different. More...

Outside In School escapees steal van, crash in Ligonier

Police are searching for two juveniles who allegedly stole and crashed a van after escaping from Outside In School in Fairfield Township Monday afternoon.  More...

Diocesan drug education and prayer service events continue

The Diocese of Greensburg will continue its series of Summer Diocesan Drug Education and Prayer Service Evenings this month. The sessions are part of the diocesan response that Bishop Edward C. More...

Local & State News

Rep. Lou Barletta to seek US Senate seat held by Bob Casey

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. More...

Food fight erupts over Pennsylvania ‘Pierogi Festival’ name

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania celebration of a popular Polish treat is embroiled in a food fight after a suburban Chicago chamber of commerce threatened a trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of the name “Pierogi Festival.” More...

Company snaps up 10 Coke bottling franchises in Pa.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A franchise that already controlled a couple of local Coca-Cola bottlers in Pennsylvania has snapped up 10 more in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia.  More...

World News

Scaramucci out of White House job as John Kelly takes charge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job - and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff.  More...

Kelly flexes muscle his first day on the job at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly - then secretary of Homeland Security - offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.  More...

Trump on tricky legal ground with ‘Obamacare’threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a tricky legal situation.  More...

Lifestyles

Blairsville Elks Auxiliary 406 lauds 3 of 4 scholars

Blairsville Elks Lodge 406 Ladies’ Auxiliary will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its next meeting, slated Tuesday, Sept. 5.  Marge Patz, secretary, noted a buffet dinner will be served prior to the meeting at 6 p.m. More...

Ligonier Salvation Army Back to School sign-ups scheduled Aug. 7-11

The Ligonier Salvation Army has scheduled sign-ups for the 2017 Back to School Program Monday through Friday, Aug. 7, through Aug. 11, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More...

Phipps lists August events, camps, classes

An abundance of special events, camps and classes await visitors at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in August: More...

Entertainment

Jenna Coleman: Casting a female ‘Doctor Who’ is ‘genius’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. WOMAN POWER More...

‘13 Reasons’ might have triggered suicide searches online

CHICAGO (AP) — Apopular TV series that showed a teen ending her life may have triggered a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it.  That’s according to a new study about the show “13 Reasons Why.” Net More...

Rowling apologizes for claiming Trump ignored disabled boy

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging that U.S. More...

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