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Prosecutors float possibility of jail time for former Justice Melvin

By Bobby Kerlik 2:40 p.m.
Allegheny County prosecutors say that if former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin doesn’t have to write apology letters to judges across the state, she should be resentenced and face incarceration on corruption charges. Prosecutors made the claim Tuesday in a filing to the state Supreme Court. Melvin, 58, of Marshall appealed her conviction last week to her former colleagues on the Supreme Court after Superior Court upheld the conviction, except for a portion …

No one way to fix Western Pennsylvania’s heroin problem, report says

By Brian Bowling
A report on Western Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic puts part of the responsibility on doctors, who it says don’t properly prescribe opioid painkillers. Many people first become addicted to prescription drugs but move …

Deal means foundations can move forward to buy August Wilson Center

By Natasha Lindstrom
The politicians, foundations and passionate patrons backing the financially embattled August Wilson Center for African American Culture won out with a courtroom compromise that jilted a developer whose bid was higher. Dollar …

Allegheny

Prosecutors float possibility of jail time for former Justice Melvin

By Bobby Kerlik 2:40 p.m.
Allegheny County prosecutors say that if former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin doesn’t have to write apology letters to judges across the state, she should be resentenced and face incarceration on corruption charges. Prosecutors made the claim Tuesday …

Westmoreland

Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Allegheny County mental health facility has decided not to treat the Franklin Regional student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates during a knife …

Fayette

Apple Dumpling Festival planned  at Connellsville Presbyterian Church

By Nancy Henry
Thursday is the Apple Dumpling Festival at the Presbyterian Church. You can enjoy an apple dumpling, ice cream and coffee or punch for $5. A sandwich and coleslaw will be available for $3. Apple dumplings will be sold to take …

Armstrong

6 high school bands marching in West Shamokin at annual show

By Brad Pedersen
West Shamokin High School will be this year’s host of the Armstrong County Marching Band Festival Wednesday evening. The 14th installment of the annual show features performances by high school …

Beaver

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling 1:02 p.m.
A federal judge on Tuesday denied Nicholas Trombetta’s motion to boot the public from a hearing on his motion to have the judge dismiss the criminal charges against him. Trombetta, the founder of Midland-based Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, is charged …

Butler

At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe for the picking, police said. …

Indiana

Fundraising under way for Indiana County newborn struck by stray bullet

By Stacey Federoff 11:29 a.m.
Kalyn Iverson said she was shocked to learn her nephew was struck in the eye by a hunter’s bullet just a few days after he was born and wanted to …

Somerset

Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore airport

By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — A Somerset County man has been arrested at the Baltimore-Washington airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag. The Transportation Security Administration says its officers …

Washington

Washington Co. district attorney suspends deputy prosecutor

By The Associated Press 11:04 a.m.
The Washington County district attorney has suspended a deputy prosecutor with pay because a judge ruled the deputy purposely withheld evidence. District Attorney Gene Vittone said that he was looking into Deputy District Attorney Joseph Zupancic’s future, but otherwise declined …

Education

Corbett announces funding for programs for at-risk students

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett announced $23.1 million in state funding for social and artistic activities in high-poverty, low-performing schools on Monday, including nine in Western Pennsylvania. Among the 64 winners were the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Consortium …

Pennsylvania

Shooting victim identified in Lawrence Co. home invasion

By Margaret Harding 11:51 a.m.
State police identified the shooting victim they described as an accomplice in a Lawrence County home invasion. Mariek Payne, 20, of New Castle died of a single gunshot wound to the back, state police said Tuesday. Police charged Anthony Welsh, …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Sept. 30, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Time running out for Corbett to find mud that sticks to Wolf
For Gov. Tom Corbett to have any chance of being re-elected, Republicans quickly have to ramp up the mudslinging. The GOP has taken tentative baby …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because …

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Obituaries

Engineer leaves long-lasting concrete, civic legacy

By Megan Harris
Sandy Ussia and Laura Huch-Kerckhoff see their father in Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington and cities up and down the East Coast. He embraces them in the creamy white and …