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People in the justice system often rely on law libraries for information, especially if they can’t afford an attorney. Sometimes those situations are complicated by mental health challenges.

U.S. Soldier From Western PA Dies From Wounds In Afghanistan Blast Last Week

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The Pentagon says that a fourth soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 24 years old and from Export, Pennsylvania.

Three other service members were killed in the explosion last Tuesday near Ghazni, and two others were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

One Of Town's Saga Of Few Jobs, Chronic Pollution And The Coming Chemical Boom

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East Liverpool could be considered beautiful, sitting along the Ohio River, with a view of the foothills. 

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Teenagers are using marijuana more than cigarettes, and they try it before their first tipple, according to recent studies. 


In a recent ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that employers are legally responsible for protecting workers’ sensitive information, and that companies who don’t safeguard personnel data can now be found negligent and become subject to financial losses.

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Bill of Rights Day was born in strife: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the order creating it on Dec. 15, 1941 – just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was Roosevelt’s way of marking the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

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Experts gathered in Pittsburgh Friday said the country could be on the precipice of a new AIDS epidemic.

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Nine non-federal hydroelectric power plants exist in the Pittsburgh region, and if all goes to plan, a tenth will supply the University of Pittsburgh with a significant portion of its energy by 2022.

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This weekend, the commonwealth’s politicos are headed out-of-state for the annual Pennsylvania Society gala.

The expensive gathering is a longstanding tradition—and so is criticizing it.

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From tree and light displays to baked goods, music and shopping, the holiday season brings with it scores of Yuletide traditions in Pittsburgh.

For 57 years, they've included the Carnegie Trees display in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Architecture. The museum's Women's Committee erects five colossal Colorado spruce trees every winter, curatuting each to a unique theme. This year, members looked to Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik to set the tone.

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It's empty, cavernous and quiet. A pristine shopping center just 30 years ago, the Century III Mall in West Mifflin now lists just 14 stores on its website. But among its vast swath of empty storefronts is also a thriving comics store.

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A Penn State University student group is helping soothe sick students with a chicken soup delivery service.

Pennsylvania State Lawmaker Gets Probation In Bribery Case

Nov 30, 2018
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A state representative convicted of taking $4,000 in bribes from a confidential informant received probation Friday from a judge who was critical of the undercover investigation that snared her.

Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 23 months of probation and ordered to repay the money to the state attorney general's office.

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The assembly plant recently targeted by General Motors in Ohio's Mahoning Valley served as an economic lifeline for thousands of locals over the years. The announcement Tuesday effectively closes the Lordstown plant and six others next year as part of a larger campaign to restructure operations. 

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic.

Report Shows Nationwide Increase In Uninsured Children

Nov 30, 2018
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Pennsylvania's population of uninsured children decreased slightly amid a nationwide increase in uninsured children. 

For the first time in at least 8 years, the number of uninsured children rose in the U.S., according to a study from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. 

In Pennsylvania, 125,000 people 19 or younger didn't have health insurance in 2017, the report states. That's 1,000 fewer children than in the previous year. 

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The convenience store franchise Wawa says it is partnering with a suburban Philadelphia brewery to create a limited edition beer.

Wawa's Winter Reserve Coffee Stout, brewed by 2SP Brewing Co., blends Wawa's Winter Blend coffee into a stout beer. The beer will be launched on Dec. 6 at a Wawa store in Chadds Ford — the only Wawa in Pennsylvania that sells beer.

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The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is expansive — a person could spend hours walking the different exhibitions. But what's on display is only a small portion of what's in the museum's possession.

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Pittsburgh's bike sharing system Healthy Ride opened its 100th station in the city Thursday, at the corner of Penn Avenue and Winebiddle Street in Garfield.

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The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate is requesting Lindsey Williams provide records proving her eligibility to serve in Harrisburg next year.

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A series of listening sessions across the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh begins Thursday.

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In a withering opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Wednesday that Allegheny Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel must be removed from a case involving a convicted sex offender. The 13-page opinion expressed “substantial doubt as to [McDaniel’s] ability to preside impartially and provide a fair tribunal,” after the judge refused to comply with an order to correct her original sentence in the case.

Pennsylvania Nuclear Plants Could Be Saved, Report Says, If Lawmakers Act

Nov 29, 2018
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Pennsylvania could avoid a “devastating and permanent blow” to its economy and environment if it considers the ways other states have helped bail out their own failing nuclear plants, according to a long-awaited legislative analysis.

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Pennsylvania's Democratic governor is setting up a commission to look for ways to improve the state's redistricting process.

Pennsylvania Commits To New Voting Machines, Election Audit

Nov 29, 2018
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Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push Pennsylvania's counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020.

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There is no safe level of lead in the blood for kids. We know kids are exposed to lead through water, and lead paint in older homes and even in schools.

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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane reported early Thursday to a suburban Philadelphia county jail to begin serving a sentence for leaking grand jury material and lying about it.

Leaky Coal Ash Pond Seeks New Pollution Permit From DEP

Nov 29, 2018
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The largest coal ash pond east of the Mississippi is asking the state for a new pollution discharge permit. Little Blue Run, on the Pennsylvania – West Virginia border, has been closed for the past two years, but needs the permit because it’s still discharging toxic metals into nearby streams.

Little Blue Run was built in the 1970s and, unlike modern impoundments, it is unlined. That means it can leak contamination into the ground beneath it, which can seep out into nearby streams.

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Gov. Tom Wolf said this week that he wants to change the way Pennsylvania pays for transportation.

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The Trump administration decided to roll back President Obama’s clean power plan in August. That plan was announced in 2015 and was called the “single most-important step” the United States had taken in fighting climate change.