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A happy ending: Missing dog found near Acme

A missing dog that was last seen at Keystone State Park more than seven weeks ago is now home safe and sound.  Cooper, a black Labrador retriever, was at the Derry Township park July 23 when he got loose from the man looking to adopt him, Sergey More...

Police seize $75,000 in heroin during turnpike traffic stop

A New York man who is a native of the Dominican Republic is in jail after state police seized heroin packaged for “wholesale distribution” from the car he was driving during a traffic stop along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Hempfield Town More...

General News

Baby boys born on back-to-back days outside same Burger King

DENVILLE, N.J. More...

Study shows hormone pills don’t shorten older women’s lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn’t shorten older women’s lifespans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research that transformed thinking on risks and benefits of a once popu More...

Cops: Man’s GPS led him to drive into Pennsylvania river

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a driver’s global positioning system device caused him to drive into a Pennsylvania river.  The (Easton) Express-Times says the motorist wound up in the Lehigh River in Easton shortly after 10:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Wildcats split, Trojans fall in WPIAL section cross-country meets

Greater Latrobe’s crosscountry teams split a tri-meet against Greensburg Salem and Yough, while the Derry Area boys and girls fell at home vs. Penn-Trafford and Norwin.  More...

GL girls’ tennis team young, but experienced

Not too many high school girls’ tennis head coaches could lose five of their top seven players, including one — Tori Rutigliano — who played first or second singles all four of her seasons, and think that their team might be better More...

Wildcats headed back to golf playoffs; GCC girls break team scoring record again

Ligonier Valley falls to Northern Cambria

The Greater Latrobe boys’ golf team is headed back to the playoffs, while the Greensburg Central Catholic girls enjoyed another recordbreaking effort. More...

Lifestyles

IUP announces May 2017 graduates from Westmoreland, Indiana counties

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Monday released the names of students from Westmoreland and Indiana counties who completed requirements for graduation from IUP as of May 2017. Area graduates, their hometowns, majors and de More...

Church news

St. James, Youngstown   More...

University of Iowa welcomes area resident

Callie Shannon of Blairsville 15717 has enrolled at the University of Iowa for the fall 2017 semester, the Iowa City campus reported Tuesday.  * * *  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Latrobe man charged with harassment  State police at Greensburg report Brett Alexander, of Latrobe was charged with harassment after allegedly pushing a 33-year-old Latrobe woman down and punching her in the head during an argument at 3 a.m. More...

GLSB members get update on new elementary school

Greater Latrobe School Board members received an update on the new Latrobe Elementary School construction project at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. More...

LigonierTownship supervisors see major cuts in draft budget

Township, LTMA to share municipal building costs

Ligonier Township officials received their first draft of a proposed 2018 budget for the municipality that revealed they might have to cut more than $173,000 in expenses to keep it balanced.  More...

Beer sales at Sheetz OK’d by Ligonier Township

A few months from now, Ligonier Township residents will be able to walk out of their local Sheetz with a made-to-order sandwich, a gallon of milk and a six-pack of beer.  More...

Repaving runway work underway at Palmer airport

Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo told authority board members on Tuesday that work on the runway at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport has begun.  Plans are for the runway to be closed until Sept. More...

SAMA to host outdoor painting event

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will celebrate its ninth annual Paint Out this fall. From Sept. 28-30, dozens of artists will visit the museum’s plein air painting event to paint a variety of scenes. More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania House GOP hits wall on budget-balancing plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

$1 billion renovation project planned for Pittsburgh airport

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A$1.1 billion reconfiguration project for the Pittsburgh International Airport that has won local approval will include a new landside terminal, an expanded security checkpoint and streamlined baggage system. More...

Whitney-Hostetter VFD issues call report for August

According to fire chief/secretary Tony Matuszky, the Whitney- Hostetter Volunteer Fire Department tackled numerous calls in August.  More...

World News

Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma

LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. More...

Europe leaders answer anger over Irma response in Caribbean

MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) - Wrapping up a sweeping visit to the destroyed island of St. More...

FEMA estimates 25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone

LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. (AP) - Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys’farthest reaches Tuesday, while authorities rushed to repair the lone highway connecting the islands and deliver aid to Hurricane Irma’s victims. More...

Health

Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting checked for cervical cancer isn’t one-size-fits-all: Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus. More...

Autism Speaks Walk set Sept. 17

The Laurel Highlands Walk for this year’s Autism Speaks Walk, sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta, is scheduled 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 17, at Idlewild & SoakZone’s Storybook Forest in Ligonier Township.  More...

30th annual Cal U Health Fair set Sept. 20

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U)’s Health Education Awareness Resource Team (HEART) is going retro, bringing back a M*A*S*H theme last used in the 1990s for its 30th annual Cal U Health Fair.  The free event will be open to Ca More...

Entertainment

All aboard! Derry Railroad Days rolls out this Thursday

Derry will celebrate its founding and railroad heritage at the annual Derry Railroad Days, which gets underway at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, with the Hobo Picnic at A.V. Germano Hall, 100 W. 2nd Ave., Derry Borough. More...

Russian movie chain won’t show film about czar’s love affair

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s largest operator of movie theaters says it has decided not to screen a film about the love affair between Russia’s last czar and a ballerina because of safety concerns in the wake of arson attacks.  The f More...

Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center remained closed Tuesday but appeared to have weathered Hurricane Irma well.  The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  More...

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