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Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted 11:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such occurrence this early in the fiscal year in at least 14 years. The fiscal situation 21⁄2 months since the Republican-controlled …

Police: Barracks ambush suspect sought mass murder

By The Associated Press 10:48 p.m.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill …

DA’s decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit

By Adam Brandolph 9:05 p.m.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. will play a key role in whether Leon Ford gets a chance at millions of dollars from a civil lawsuit against Pittsburgh before a …

Allegheny

DA’s decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit

By Adam Brandolph 9:05 p.m.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. will play a key role in whether Leon Ford gets a chance at millions of dollars from a civil lawsuit against Pittsburgh …

Westmoreland

Southmoreland student injured in school assault

By Karl Polacek 11:15 p.m.
A Southmoreland High School student spent five hours in surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday after being attacked on school property. Lydia Nelson told WPXI, Trib Total Media’s news partner, her son, Isaac Nelson, had to have surgery done to …

Fayette

Uniontown woman charged in robbery spree

By Mary Pickels
A Uniontown woman has been charged with robbing two city businesses and attempting another robbery on Sunday night. Amber Jane Reinhart, 31, was arraigned before District Judge Michael Metros on numerous counts of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, …

Armstrong

Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash

By For The Leader Times
State police are awaiting lab results to confirm that drugs or alcohol caused a driver to run his car into another waiting at a red light, which started a chain reaction of crashes involving two other cars on Saturday night …

Beaver

Beaver County man admits to stealing hundreds of thousands from employer

By Brian Bowling
A Beaver County man on Monday admitted in federal court to stealing money from his former employer by submitting invoices from a fake company. Peter A. Kalemon, 45, of Aliquippa pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud. As a …

Butler

New BC3 classes prepare students for energy industry jobs

By Rick Wills
Butler County Community College is adding four energy classes to its curriculum this fall, part of a strategy to prepare students for employment in the booming natural gas industry. The …

Indiana

IUP student charged in stabbing attack

By Tribune-Review
A Virginia man was charged Tuesday in connection with a stabbing near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. William A. Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., is charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence by Indiana Police Detective John Scherf. …

Somerset

Windber man pleads to stealing from church’s African fund

By The Associated Press
A Windber man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Wirick pleaded guilty Monday in Somerset County to taking the money from Angels of East Africa, a charity founded …

Washington

State awards six Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Education

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels 11:09 p.m.
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted 11:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Sept. 16, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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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
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania 11:03 p.m.
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Obituaries

Caring Realtor eased stress of moving for clients

By Rick Wills
When Joan Rosselle’s out-of-town clients visited Pittsburgh to look for a home, she would go beyond what was necessary to make them feel comfortable. “She cared about people. She wanted …