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A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills.

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A fourth alligator was found near Pittsburgh this week.

The Shaler Police Department tweeted Friday that a 2-foot gator was found overnight in front of the Giant Eagle on Butler Plank Road, just off of Route 8.

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Penn State is keeping in-state college tuition flat across the sprawling university system for a second year and for the third time in five years.

The school's board, meeting in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, voted Thursday for a plan that will maintain full-time tuition for lower-division Pennsylvania resident undergraduates at its main campus at about $17,400 annually.

Out-of-state college students at the University Park flagship will have to pay $660 a year in additional tuition.

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Police say a "person of interest" in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer is in custody.

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A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers.

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The Pennsylvania Attorney General has announced a partnership that will target straw purchases of guns in Philadelphia and educate women about the dangers of the illegal practice.

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The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 officers with an intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts.

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Online casino-style gambling is now available around the clock in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that two casinos passed this week's tests to begin operating online gambling portals 24 hours a day for patrons statewide who are at least 21 years old.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are the only other states where online casino gambling is legal.

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A nonprofit arts organization has raised concerns over what the chief executive called a "declining level of public safety" in an area of downtown Pittsburgh that's being redeveloped.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has focused for decades on the economic and cultural development of a once-seedy 14-square-block section of the city's downtown area.

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Pittsburgh police confirm an off-duty officer critically wounded in a street shooting over the weekend has died of his injuries.

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Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up 6 percent next year for both E-ZPass users and cash customers.

Turnpike officials announced Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had approved the increase slated to start Jan. 5 on all sections and extensions except for three "cashless" toll facilities in western Pennsylvania.

Officials said the increase is needed to meet escalating debt service costs and to maintain aging roads.

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The husband of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has been acquitted of misdemeanor charges related to a trip to Detroit. 

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Pennsylvania is joining the short list of states where online casino-style gambling is available.

State regulators on Monday are allowing Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia and Penn National's Hollywood Casino near Hershey to launch online gambling portals to patrons statewide as part of a three-day test.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are the only other states where online casino gambling is legal.

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Seven states and more than 60 prosecutors and other law enforcement officials are opposing efforts by Philadelphia's top federal prosecutor to block a proposed drug injection site from opening in Philadelphia.

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Pennsylvania's governor says his administration doesn't plan to spend any state money to help restart a massive Philadelphia refinery shut down since explosions and a blaze damaged it last month.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that his administration is analyzing whether the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex can be restarted.

The administration says barriers to getting it back in operation include the fire damage, safety and contamination concerns and competition from more modern refineries.

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The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says its 10-year-old African lion has died.

Razi's death was announced Wednesday.

Officials say the lion had suffered for years from seizures. He had a grand mal seizure on Sunday and fell in his exhibit, breaking his jaw.

Veterinary and zoo staff determined that it wasn't in Razi's best interest to attempt the difficult surgery he would need.

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A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain is putting Bitcoin ATMs in six shops around the state and one in North Carolina, giving customers the ability to buy and sell the cryptocurrency with U.S. dollars.

Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday it has teamed up with Coinsource to put the ATMs in the five Pennsylvania stores and a shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Ryan Sheetz, a vice president at the company, says the chain is always trying to be innovative and give customers what they want.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission says there are too many bald eagle nests for the agency to count on its own and it needs the public's help.

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Pennsylvania is offering aid to school districts to pay for accommodations for students who are homebound while recovering from a serious injury or illness.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill last week after it passed the Legislature unanimously. 

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A street shooting in downtown Pittsburgh has left two men critically injured.

City police say the shooting occurred around 11:10 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Penn Avenue. 

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The largest oil refinery on the East Coast is extending the termination date for employees by another six weeks to better prepare the property for "possible sale and restart" following a devastating fire, the company said. 

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A coalition led by the attorneys general of Illinois and New York has filed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf has commuted the sentence of the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman in a 1975 killing, clearing the way for his release.

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The owner of an alligator that escaped from a Pittsburgh home last month is facing charges stemming from the discovery of numerous animals at the residence.

Police filed 33 counts of neglect against Mark McGowan on Tuesday, along with single counts of animal cruelty and recklessly endangering another person.

Authorities started investigating McGowan after "Chomp," a 5-foot-long alligator, was found along a city street June 6.

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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh says a dozen people — including six babies — are being treated for the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA.

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Legislation to help Pennsylvania's counties afford new voting machines before next year's election is wrapped up in the politics of voting and election laws.

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he'll decide later in the week whether to sign or veto a bill that was opposed by the vast majority of his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature.

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature authorizes borrowing $90 million to help counties underwrite a total voting-machine replacement cost that could exceed $100 million.

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is confirming that he'll run for Congress and seek next year's Democratic nomination for the Harrisburg-area 10th District held by four-term Republican Rep. Scott Perry.

DePasquale made the announcement on social media Sunday. The Associated Press reported last week DePasquale had told Democratic Party figures that he planned to run.

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Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation barring Pennsylvania's municipalities from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags and other containers, wrappings and bags.


Legislation on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk allows his administration to take over Pennsylvania's online health insurance exchange in a bid to save money for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Highlights of the spending package advancing in the state Legislature for Pennsylvania state government's 2019-20 fiscal year starting July 1, as well as the fate of key initiatives proposed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf: