Pittsburgh: City studies ID proposal

Pittsburgh is exploring a proposal for ID cards for city residents. The cards, which would be less expensive than the $28.50 state-issued IDs, could supplement school district and workplace IDs, driver’s licenses, library cards and Connect Cards. They could also make it easier for them to have access to social and cultural services.

Pittsburgh: Program seeks to raise employment

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board announced the Platform to Employment program Thursday. P2E will provide work training, behavioral health services and financial counseling for people who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks.

Harrisburg: Kane says judge violated ethics rules

Attorney General Kathleen Kane alleged Friday that State Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin sent “racial, misogynistic” emails using state computers. Eakin had not commented on the allegation to several news outlets. Kane had appeared at a hearing for a second perjury charge.

Harrisburg: Budget impasse harming schools, auditor general says

Seventeen school districts and two intermediate units have borrowed more than $364 million while the state goes without a budget, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. He added the stalemate is forcing schools to focus on financial insecurity rather than education.

West Chester: University bookstore apologizes for selling date dolls

The bookstore at West Chester University apologized for selling 6-inch inflatable dolls and removed them from the store. The packaging said they were self-inflatable, but then said you had to punch the $7.99 dolls to blow them up. Female students protested the sale of the dolls.


Job growth dips

August and September saw the smallest two-month unemployment decrease in more than a year, the Labor Department reported. The job market needs 100,000 new jobs each month to match population growth.

Oregon college student recognized as hero

Chris Mintz, an Army veteran and student at Umpqua Community College, blocked a door against Chris Harper-Mercer during his shooting rampage Thursday. Mintz, who was shot by the gunman, was hospitalized, but is expected to survive. Ten, including the gunman, were killed.

3 dead, 1 injured in Florida shooting

A gunman killed three people before killing himself outside Inglis Town Hall in Northwestern Florida. As of Friday afternoon, officers were still investigating.

Education secretary to resign in December

Arne Duncan, a member of President Obama’s original cabinet, will step down at the end of the year. Deputy Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., will succeed him.


Afghanistan plane crash under investigation

Six crewmen, five civilian contractors and three Afghan citizens were killed after a C-130J plane crashed in Jalalabad Friday. Taliban forces claim to have shot the plane, but authorities are still investigating.


Prehistoric leftovers

A farmer and his friend uncovered the bones of a woolly mammoth while they were digging in a soy field in Southeastern Michigan. The mammoth was probably 40 years old when it was butchered by early humans 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, a University of Michigan professor said.

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