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At 98.8, Pittsburgh's Composite Cost of Living is well beneath the benchmark average score of 104.5, but Pittsburgh has the highest transportation cost of all the regions. 

A new federal report shows homelessness in Pennsylvania is on the rise, bucking trends nationwide and in Erie County.

It's hard to miss investment in Pennsylvania when it takes the form of a downtown high rise or new sports complex, but if you're not in the business community, you may not be aware of the robust -- less visible -- investments that propel the state's economy.

With the last in-your-face accusations hurled, counter charges lobbed, and deft evasions parried at Monday's final gubernatorial primary debate, the four Democrats vying for the chance to take on incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett took to stumping the commonwealth Tuesday in hopes of winning the nomination.

For Squirrel Hill resident Paul O'Hanlon, traversing city streets in the winter months comes with an extra set of challenges. A trip over Pittsburgh's crumbling sidewalks and pothole-ridden streets carries added danger when these same streets and sidewalks are covered with snow and ice.

Republicans are expanding their majorities in Pennsylvania in both the state House and Senate. Some of the winners have to go through a crash course in serving in the General Assembly.

Republican David Zimmerman has been a politician for more than 20 years, but never at the state-level.

The notion of Main Street is old-fashioned: the whole idea of people heading to town to take care of their business. Not the malls. Not online ordering. You might even stop by the post office and mail an actual letter, and you will certainly run into people you know and chat.

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado recently looked at more than 100,000 birth records in the state from 1996 to 2009. They calculated how far each of the mothers lived from an oil or gas well. Lisa McKenzie was the lead author on the study.

Mount Wolf is a little more than 20 miles from the Governor’s Residence and the state Capitol.

So if Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf wins the Nov. 4 general election, would he commute to Harrisburg?


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