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A union representing 450 Transportation Security Administration officers in Pennsylvania will rally Friday morning at the Pittsburgh International Airport to call for an end to the partial federal government shutdown.

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When Americans talk politics these days, it’s almost impossible to avoid the subject of President Donald Trump. And that can be a problem.

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The phrase “There Are Black People In The Future” has a new future.

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One of the longest disc golf courses in the world will soon open at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Township.

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Some local feminist activists say a fundraiser to bring a large balloon depicting President Trump as a baby to Pittsburgh's Women's March reveals a larger division between feminists in the city.

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In the early 1900s, Jean Hamilton became the first African-American woman to receive her bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a leader in a field with few women, and is one of a handful of black women under consideration to replace the controversial Stephen Foster statue that once stood in Oakland.

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Soon, people will no longer be having babies at UPMC Mercy in Uptown.

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Earlier this week, gun rights protesters gathered en masse at the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. 

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Pittsburgh police are seeking a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old described as a "high-achieving student."

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The Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection is vast. But one of the more obscure facets of that archive has been turned into one of the more popular attractions at the 57th Carnegie International.

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Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey appears likely to join other Democrats in voting to block a bill he supports later today – the latest move in a government shutdown triggered by President Donald Trump over border security.

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Gun rights activists, some carrying firearms and yellow "Don't Tread On Me" signs, gathered outside of the City-County Building for a pro-gun rights rally Monday afternoon.

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A practice developed in the justice system has proven to be successful in Pittsburgh's public schools.  

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Neighbors of Mt. Lebanon's popular Hitchhiker Brewing Co. have filed a lawsuit against the business, alleging the taproom has failed to monitor the noise levels and behavior of patrons, resulting in diminished property value and emotional distress for community members.

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Allegheny County common pleas judge Kim Berkeley Clark became the first African-American to serve as president judge for the county’s courts during a swearing-in ceremony last week. The landmark shift got no mention at the event, but the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts confirmed Wednesday that the county never before has had a black president judge.

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Everybody should have a few tools around the house – like a crescent wrench and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

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The region’s elected officials, civic leaders, businesses and residents can all agree on one thing: there has to be a better way to get to Pittsburgh International Airport than spending hours on the 28X.

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Every day, roughly 300,000 people commute to Pittsburgh for work. They rely on city roads to get there and city police and fire to ensure their safety while they’re here, all of which costs money. But Pittsburgh, unlike Philadelphia, has no commuter tax to defray that burden.

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Back in 1994, relatively few U.S. cities staged big public art-focused New Year’s Eve festivals; the best known among them was Boston. Pittsburgh joined the list that year with its very first First Night, and it’s become a tradition. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust event marks its 25th anniversary Tuesday.

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The Mattress Factory has settled with a group of current or former employees who said the art museum’s management retaliated against them for criticizing how it handled claims of workplace sexual misconduct.

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If you’re looking to get rid of your Christmas tree, the city has 10 drop-off locations for tree recycling.

Rather than sending your spruce or douglas fir to the landfill, you can offer it to the Forestry and Environmental Services division of the Public Works department to be turned into pine mulch.

You can drop off your tree between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 29 through Jan. 26 at the following locations:

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Pennsylvania needs more teachers and principals. This past semester, eight state universities created programs to recruit and retain more educators. 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Christmas tree farmers, especially in states like Oregon, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, where most of the country’s Christmas trees are grown.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and his administration have been working on a vision to address the city’s most persistent social problems under a single organizing plan, OnePGH.

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In Pennsylvania, unless you live in a big city like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Erie, your fire department is almost certainly made up of volunteers.

A week before the Nov. 6 midterm election, Friendship resident Eric Stoller got a text message he wasn’t expecting.

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New mothers dealing with pregnancy-related mental health disorders can keep their babies with them as they seek treatment at West Penn Hospital's new Alexis Joy D'Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health. 

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Ohio, Aliquippa, Youghiogheny, are all Native American names. Their use in this region is emblematic of how profoundly the area was shaped by tribal communities.

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The Don Tyson Prize is a big one, and for Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German, it came of the blue.

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Nikkia Ingram’s responsibilities at Pittsburgh Brashear High School have outgrown her job title of school security officer. That's because what began as informal mentoring sessions during lunch breaks and weekends has grown to include the creation of a local nonprofit called Cultivating Resilient Youth.

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