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The fire chief in Ohio's small town of East Palestine says Wednesday that evacuated residents can safely return to the area where crews burned toxic chemicals after a train derailed five days ago near the Pennsylvania state line. Authorities in East Palestine had warned that burning vinyl chloride that was in five of the derailed tanker cars would send hydrogen chloride and the toxic gas phosgene into the air. They said Wednesday subsequent air monitoring hasn’t detected dangerous levels inside or outside the mile-radius evacuation zone, which stretched into Pennsylvania. Many nearby residents left shortly after the derailment, and others were ordered out before the controlled release of the chemicals because of concerns about serious health risks from it.

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The Lawrence County commissioners by unanimous vote at their regular meeting Tuesday approved a change to the county’s personnel policy barring county employees from working remotely.

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Voters who kept three Pittsburgh-area state House seats in Democratic hands this week effectively also flipped control away from the Republican majority that has run the chamber for more than a decade, one of a handful of legislative bodies across the United States where pa…

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Lawrence County officials say an inmate who spent four days at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital after his arrest was hospitalized for a pre-existing medical condition. 

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Changes in the administrative staff are continuing in the New Castle Area School District with the upcoming retirement of a longtime principal and the hiring of a new one.

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Defense attorneys for actor Alec Baldwin are seeking to disqualify the special prosecutor in the case against him stemming from the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set. In a motion filed Tuesday in Santa Fe-based district court, Baldwin’s legal team argued Andrea Reeb’s position as a state lawmaker prohibits her under state law from holding any authority in a judicial capacity. Reeb, a Republican, was elected to the state House of Representatives in November. Prosecutors dismissed the motion as Baldwin's attorneys creating a distraction. Baldwin and the film-set weapons supervisor have both been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 shooting death of Halyna Hutchins.

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More than 40 employees from the Community College of Beaver County attended a ‘retreat’ to New Castle on Friday, stopping at The Confluence building where a satellite campus will open in the fall. The team spent the day getting to know the city and making plans for recruitment, academics, st…

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A local nonprofit organization is asking any high school senior student in the county to attend the second part of a seminar regarding mental health and drug and alcohol use.

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Democrats have won control of the Pennsylvania House by sweeping three special elections, gaining new power in an important swing state. Democrats won the vacant Pittsburgh-area House seats up for election Tuesday to claim a slim majority over Republicans. The victories bring an end to a dozen years of Republican power in the chamber, though the GOP still controls the Senate. The partisan divide could make it difficult for lawmakers to send priorities to new Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro. Democrats appeared to have won the House last November. But one Democrat died of cancer and two others resigned for higher offices, leaving control of the chamber uncertain.

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A fan publication devoted to Bruce Springsteen says it is shutting down after 43 years, with its publisher saying he's been disillusioned by the talk about ticket prices for their hero's current tour. Backstreets, active as both a website and magazine, is unusual for its journalistic rigor while leaving no doubt of its fan worship. But its publisher wrote that complaints among some fans about high prices for the Springsteen tour that began in Tampa on Feb. 1 left people at Backstreets lacking enthusiasm. Springsteen has said that it's “no fun being the poster boy for high ticket prices,” but said pricing was in line with others in live music.

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Washington state lottery officials say a single winning ticket for a $754.6 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a department store in a Seattle suburb. The winning numbers drawn Monday night were 5, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 7. The winning ticket was bought Sunday at a Fred Meyer store in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. The winner has not yet come forward. It’s the second time a Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Washington state, and both tickets were purchased in Auburn. The first was a $90 million jackpot in 2014. The first was a $90 million jackpot in 2014. Monday's jackpot was the ninth-largest in U.S. history.

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A Mahoningtown man accused of setting fire to a house on Sampson Street on Jan. 4 is now facing more charges when a guard reportedly found suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket in the jail.

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Rescuers are hoping to pull survivors from the rubble before they succumb to the cold two days after an earthquake tore through southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria. The death toll climbed above 7,700 on Tuesday and was expected to rise further. The last two days have brought dramatic rescues, with even some small children rescued from mounds of debris more than 30 hours after Monday’s pre-dawn quake. But there was also widespread despair and growing anger at the slow pace of rescue efforts in some areas, particularly Turkey's hardest-hit province of Hatay. In Syria, residents found a crying newborn still connected by the umbilical cord to her mother, who was dead.

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Authorities in Ohio say air monitoring hasn’t detected dangerous levels of fumes in communities where crews released and burned toxic chemicals from a derailed train. But they said Tuesday that Ohio and Pennsylvania residents living close to the wreckage still aren’t being allowed in their homes. The fire from the controlled release of the chemicals on Monday is no longer burning. Environmental officials say they want to ensure the air is safe before lifting the evacuation order. Some residents from the village of East Palestine say they're nervous about returning even when the evacuation order is lifted.

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The Lawrence County Democratic Party will host a petition signing from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

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A man has been charged with homicide in the shooting and killing one police officer, and wounding a second officer after they responded to a domestic disturbance call in western Pennsylvania. Thirty-one-year-old Johnathan Jermia Morris is charged in Allegheny County with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and attempted murder, and assault of a law enforcement officer in the shooting Monday afternoon in McKeesport. Authorities allege that he fired at officers responding to a domestic call, killing 32-year-old officer Sean Sluganski and wounding a second officer. Morris was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a third officer; court documents don't list a defense attorney.

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Residents of Lawrence County are not under any evacuation orders as a result of the train derailment, fire and Monday's release of potentially toxic gases in East Palestine, Ohio.

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A man who was driving a car that struck a running pedestrian early Dec. 23 in Neshannock Township has been charged with homicide by vehicle.

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New Castle City Council gave formal commendations Thursday to crossing guards Jeanette DiMuccio and Malgorzata Wilkins.

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Crews in Ohio are beginning to release toxic chemicals from five cars of a derailed train near the Pennsylvania state line to reduce the threat of an explosion. Flames and black smoke billowed high into the sky from the derailment site Monday afternoon. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency confirmed the controlled release was underway. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine earlier ordered residents near the site to evacuate. DeWine said residents need to leave the area because of the risk of death or serious injury. Officials believe most, if not all of the people, ordered to leave had already left before officials issued the warning.

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The federal government’s pandemic-era prohibition against kicking people off Medicaid is ending, meaning that hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania face losing free health insurance. Many people who stand to lose Medicaid coverage have no idea that the changes are coming. That's according to advocacy organizations who do outreach to the poor. Enforcing the eligibility rules will be a massive bureaucratic task for the new administration of Gov. Josh Shapiro. All told, state caseworkers must resume enforcing eligibility rules April 1 for more than 3.6 million people who are on Medicaid. Those who are no longer eligible — or who didn’t submit information — will be guided to low-cost programs.

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A garage at 616 Allen Street was already engulfed in flames Saturday when a call was placed to 911.

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A fire that broke out in a two-story east side home Thursday night left two women and a child without a home.

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Authorities in western Pennsylvania say one police officer has been fatally shot and another seriously wounded while responding to a domestic call. The McKeesport mayor’s office confirmed the officer’s shooting death Monday. The city is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Pittsburgh. Officials asked people to keep the department in their thoughts and respect the privacy of the officers' families "during this tragic and traumatic time.” The McKeesport Area School District said all schools and buildings were on an exterior lockdown due to police activity nearby, a lockdown that was later lifted. A news briefing was being held Monday afternoon.

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Mahoning Township fire Chief Francis “Poncho” Exposito described Friday night’s train derailment fire in East Palestine, Ohio, as “the largest fire I’ve ever seen.”

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A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

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Harry Styles won album of the year at the Grammy Awards, taking home the top honor on a night that Beyoncé dominated and became the ceremony’s most decorated artist. Beyoncé won her 32nd award Sunday, breaking a 26-year-old record. But as in years past, the album of the year honor eluded her. Styles took home three awards Sunday. Still, Beyoncé stands alone on her Grammy throne, surpassing surpassed the late conductor Georg Solti with her 32nd career win. She thanked her husband Jay-Z and her family for supporting her. Bad Bunny opened the Grammy Awards with a festive, high-energy performance that brought many of the audience including Taylor Swift who rose to her feet and danced near her table.

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State Rep. Marla Gallo Brown (R-Lawrence) participates in a blessing of the office ceremony Friday with Fr. Benjamin Barr of Holy Spirit Parish.

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The Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council was awarded $150,000 for Project Invest in PA Hemp, which aims to attract investment in the hemp industry.

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Charles Kimbrough, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor who played a straight-laced news anchor opposite Candice Bergen on “Murphy Brown,” has died. He was 86. The New York Times first reported his death and his son confirmed it Sunday to The Associated Press. He died Jan. 11 in Culver City, California. Kimbrough played newsman Jim Dial across the 10 seasons of CBS hit sitcom “Murphy Brown” between 1988 and 1998, earning an Emmy nomination in 1990 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. He reprised the role for three episodes in the 2018 reboot. He was born May 23, 1936.

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A smoldering fire has persisted in a tangle of dozens of freight cars, some carrying hazardous materials, that derailed in Ohio near the Pennsylvania state line. An evacuation order remained in effect and environmental authorities kept a wary eye on air quality monitors. About 50 cars derailed in East Palestine at about 9 p.m. Friday. No injuries to crew, residents or first responders have been reported. East Palestine officials said emergency responders were monitoring but keeping their distance from the fire. Officials say the evacuation zone covered a 1-mile-radius. Schools and village offices will be closed Monday.

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The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated $747 million after no one beat the odds and won the top prize in Saturday night’s drawing. The numbers drawn were: 2, 8, 15, 19, 58 and Powerball 10. The $747 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs Monday night is the ninth largest in U.S. lottery history and the latest in a string of huge lottery prizes. Someone in Maine won a $1.35 billion Mega Millions prize less than three weeks ago and a California player won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot last November.

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