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Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan in place, political analysts said Wednesday. “The Republicans are acting like Republicans, and Wolf is acting like the progressive Democratic liberal he is,” said Colleen …

Wolf vetoes bill privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted 2:08 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill approved by both chambers would have phased …

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Allegheny

Indiana Twp. boy gets long-awaited liver transplant

By Ben Schmitt 12:09 p.m.
Transplant surgery went well early Thursday for an Indiana Township boy with a life-threatening liver condition, his mother said. Lucas Goeller, 2, underwent the procedure at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh …

Armstrong

Armstrong fire departments sharpen river rescue skills

By Brad Pedersen
While most see the fast-moving, high, murky brown waters of Crooked Creek as reason to seek higher ground, about two dozen members of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task Force …

Beaver

Beaver County woman finds man crouching in her bathroom, stabs him with sword

By Megan Guza 12:57 p.m.
Police in Beaver County are looking for a man, recently released from a Florida prison, they say repeatedly raped his girlfriend, broke into several homes trying to hide and attacked another woman, who stabbed him with a sword. The incident …

Butler

Drilling halted at Middlesex well under dispute

By Rick Wills
A Butler County judge issued a stay that halts work at a disputed drilling site in Middlesex. Common Pleas Judge S. Michael Yeager said work at the Geyer well must be halted until July 26 — by which time opponents …

Fayette

Boy, 5, in stable condition after fall from window in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A 5-year-old boy is in stable condition after falling from a second-story window Wednesday night in Fayette County. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. at a home along Frick Street in Hiller, Luzerne Township, according to a Fayette 911 dispatcher. …

Indiana

Halliburton to close Indiana County office

By David Conti
Oilfield services giant Halliburton is closing its Indiana County office as gas drilling customers, pressured by low prices, focus more of their activity in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Washington food bank buys new home

By Jason Cato
The Greater Washington County Food Bank soon will have a new home. The non-profit organization this week completed the $1.1 million purchase of the former Country Fresh Market along Route 40 in Centerville. The new building offers 24,500 square feet …

Westmoreland

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff 11:18 a.m.
Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Wolf vetoes bill privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted 2:08 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill approved by both chambers would …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Communicating in plain English difficult for those fluent in gobbledygook
Those fluent in gobbledygook often find it difficult to speak another language. So it’s not surprising that problems exist with Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s so-called …

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Obituaries

CIA station chief made mark in Indonesia

By Michael Hasch
Hugh Tovar spent much of his life with the CIA and was in the middle of what Newsweek calls “two of the CIA’s most controversial covert action operations during the …