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More women taking care of funeral business

By Julia Kramer, Point Park News Service: Sue Striffler realized at 16 that she wanted to follow her father into the funeral business. She eventually transformed their family company into a seven-home chain in the Mon Valley. She is one of many women transforming the funeral business, which is undergoing a gender change, experts say. Joe Marsaglia, dean of students... Read More

Hazardous ammonia near 1.5 million Pennsylvanians

By Bill Heltzel, PublicSource: Journalism students at Point Park University, who also work for the Point Park News Service, contributed to this story. Ammonia, a toxic gas the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as extremely hazardous, is the most widely used dangerous chemical in Pennsylvania. One in every eight Pennsylvanians — 1.5 million people — lives close enough to facilities that... Read More

Red Kettle Campaign keeps ringing throughout the year

By Emily Balser, Point Park News Service: More than 10,000 Salvation Army ringers collect money for its Red Kettle Campaign across Western Pennsylvania this year. They are most visible at the holidays, but the money helps provide for those in need all through the year. “It doesn’t just go toward Christmas,” said Virginia Knor, director of marketing and public relations... Read More

Rural school districts feel the sting of budget cuts

By Megan Guza Point Park News Service Bentworth Middle School sits tucked along a winding, rural road off the main street of the Borough of Bentleyville. The sprawling building looks out onto a cow pasture. To its right, a farmhouse. Superintendent Charles Baker says the building – just five years out of construction – is a far cry from the... Read More