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Jury selection to begin for New Florence man’s murder trial

Jury selection is set to begin today in the capital murder trial of a New Florence man charged with fatally shooting a St. Clair Township police officer in 2015. More...

Come on in, the water’s fine? Uh, no thanks

A group of plungers take their first steps into the icy Conemaugh River to help raise funds for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive during the annual Blairsville Polar Plunge on Sunday morning. More...

General News

Era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is making a comeback

WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. More...

Prisoners to use seized pot-growing kit on food for poor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A state prison will use equipment seized from an illegal marijuana grower to cultivate vegetables for poor people.  More...

9-foot-long snake’s escape leads to school early dismissal

BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Around 400 students at a suburban St. Louis school got part of the day off Friday after a 9-foot-long boa constrictor wriggled out of her aquarium, setting off a frantic search. More...

Sports

Trojans head to Hershey for PIAA team mat playoffs for first time

WPIAL second-place finish is highest in DA team history

HOUSTON, Pa. — Derry Area head wrestling coach Mike Weinell had a welldeserved smile on his face, even after falling in the WPIAL championship match, 50-23, to Burrell on Saturday at Chartiers-Houston High School. More...

GL to honor more former wrestlers prior to match

Prior to three of Greater Latrobe’s four home matches this season, the wrestling program chose to honor past members of the team who have become successful in the business and professional ranks. More...

Rams begin conference playoffs vs. West Shamokin

Ligonier Valley’s march to the District 6 Heritage Conference boys’ basketball championship begins tonight.  The Rams will host West Shamokin today (7 p.m.) in a semifinal-round playoff matchup in the Heritage Conference championship More...

Lifestyles

Bestselling author coming to Children’s Book Festival

Whether you are the parent of a young child, or are a kid at heart, you are bound to be familiar with the hugely popular “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series. More...

Area Church News

LVAC Lenten series to start Feb. 14   Janet Riordan of the Ligonier Valley Association of Churches announced that the Lenten Luncheons/Services will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.  More...

Megashow returning to Somerset March 24-25

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset County Builders Association announce the return of the Megashow Home, Garden and Business Expo March 24-25. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

No injuries reported in snow plow crash State police at Indiana report no one was injured when the right side-wing snow plow attachment on a 2005 Mack CV713 truck driven by Brandon Shirley, 32, of Blairsville, struck a parked 2011 Ford F-150 at 2:26 More...

Local author tells ghost stories in Ligonier

Celebrated local author Ronald Murphy shared tales of the haunted and supernatural of Westmoreland County with a small crowd on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Ligonier's Crumpets Tea Shop. More...

SVC spirituality, aging series set to begin Feb. 21

St. Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education will begin its 16th series of talks on Spirituality and Aging at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on campus.  More...

Day of prayer, awareness for human trafficking Feb. 10

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Local & State News

Emergency repair planned Feb. 6-7 for portion of I-70

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has determined that an emergency repair will be required for the bridge that carries Indian Hill Road over Interstate 70 at the Arnold exit (Exit 44).  More...

Bridge closure slated in West Newton

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) advises motorists that crews will be working on the West Newton Bridge (Route 136) over the next few weeks. From Feb. More...

Deadline extended for campus sexual assault prevention grants

The deadline has been extended for schools to apply for grants to address sexual assault on campus, Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said.  The It’s On Us PA grant applications, which are available on the departm More...

World News

Outside Yemen’s rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SANAA, Yemen (AP) - In the rocky highlands outside of Yemen’s rebel-held capital, it quickly becomes clear how the Arab world’s poorest country remains mired in a stalemated civil war.  More...

Baltimore parking ticket amnesty program nets $2.1M in 2 days

BALTIMORE (AP) — A parking ticket amnesty program in Baltimore has netted more than $2.1 million for city coffers over a two-day period.  The Baltimore Sun reports that the totals collected as of Friday evening only reflected electronic pa More...

Amtrak crash: Screams, cries, awakening to a ‘nightmare’

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - Passengers aboard the Amtrak train that slammed into a freight train before dawn Sunday described being jolted from slumber as seats ripped away, awakening to screams and crying. More...

Health

Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender

CHICAGO (AP) — Far more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests.  More...

Brain-healthy habits to embrace

(Metro) — Cognitive decline is a condition that is often associated with aging, but even middle-aged people can experience memory loss or cognition issues.  More...

Fainting spells for elderly linked to blood clots

(Metro) — Falls are one of the greatest risk factors for injury among the aging population. When falls are attributed to fainting spells, people may be very eager to get to the source of the fall. More...

Entertainment

Humor, social messages proliferate at a tame Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Super Bowl ads ran the gamut from tame humor to ... tame messages about social causes. More...

Police: Florida man threatened to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey

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7 weeks later, ‘Jumanji’ is no. 1 at box office

NEWYORK (AP) — The heir to “Titanic” is ... “Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle”? More...

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