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When the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell power plants were closed last fall, PJM officials assured customers and legislators that the power grid’s reliability would not be affected.

However, many southwestern Pennsylvania customers were asked to limit power consumption when temperatures reached a record low last week.

As Pittsburgh Public Schools considers closing another school to help avert a million-dollar budget deficit in 2016, three new charter schools are clamoring for their own share of students ... and of public tax dollars.

Red and blue crayons were in high demand at Lincoln Charter School as fourth-grade students illustrated their support by designing Valentine's Day cards that will be sent to active American military troops.

The Lackawanna County Government Study Commission hired a former FBI agent as a private investigator to look into complaints the commission received about the operations of several county and county-related agencies.

New data shows many Advanced Placement tests in Pennsylvania are almost exclusively taken by white and Asian students.

In 2008, just one Hispanic student sat for the AP Computer Science test, compared to 181 white students.

Highmark Inc., Pennsylvania's largest health insurance company, has signed 46 percent of the state's Obamacare enrollments so far.

The Pittsburgh insurer announced Tuesday that 37,132 customers as of Monday had purchased health coverage on the federal marketplace and were receiving coverage as of Jan. 1.

The federal government is toughening limits on how much storm water can enter rivers and lakes.

Last year ended on a high note for U.S. employment, with December ticking off 238,000 new private-sector jobs, topping the previous month for the best showing of 2013, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

The city of Erie's chief lawyer said today he is considering whether to appeal a state Commonwealth Court ruling that struck down a 38-year-old city ordinance that had banned firearms in city parks.


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