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Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 10:31 a.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, and the Obama administration, which has been putting pressure on 24 states that didn’t expand Medicaid under the …

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto won’t make Labor Day deadline to hire police chief

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will miss his Labor Day deadline for naming a police chief, but said he hopes to announce a hiring next week. Peduto said he is interviewing candidates picked …

August Wilson Center’s financial woes leave little guys in a lurch

By Natasha Lindstrom
Richard Harkins wants the $1,227 paycheck he earned in  October. The 35-year-old stagehand knows his claim amounts to pocket change against the $10 million in debts plaguing the August Wilson Center for …

Allegheny

Squabbling over money continues in ‘kids for cash’ civil suit

By Brian Bowling 12:05 p.m.
A Pittsburgh investment banker and a Luzerne County lawyer are accusing each other of withholding crucial information in advance of an Oct. 6 hearing in a federal civil lawsuit related to the “kids for cash” scandal. The hearing concerns whether …

Westmoreland

Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce to honor Arnie’s pal ‘Doc’

By Stacey Federoff
Donald “Doc” Giffin didn’t grow up in the Latrobe area, but the Crafton native has adopted the home of his boss and friend, legendary golfer …

Fayette

Saturday is time to ‘Pray Connellsville’

By Mark Hofmann
Saturday will be the day to “Pray Connellsville,” a one-of-a-kind prayer service in Connellsville. Volunteers from various churches will offer prayers for the city. “A while back, it became clear to me one of the greatest strengths the church has …

Armstrong

Funding cuts leave Armstrong food banks operating on ‘wing and a prayer’

By Brad Pedersen
Demand at food pantries in Armstrong County is rising amid cuts in funding to feed the needy families. “We’re dealing with our monthly state money being cut in half,” said …

Beaver

State police unable to determine source of fatal South Beaver explosion

By Bill Vidonic
The cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple will remain undetermined, a state fire marshal said on Tuesday. Ray Trautvetter, 74, and Janet Trautvetter, 69, died of blunt force trauma July 15 when their home was …

Butler

Retired state trooper settles lawsuit over racial harassment complaint

By Brian Bowling 11:34 a.m.
The state paid $36,700 to settle a retired Hispanic state trooper’s federal lawsuit alleging seven former supervisors either racially harassed him or ignored the harassment by others, a spokesman for the agency said Friday. Steve R. Sheldon claimed the agency …

Indiana

Indiana County’s Grant Township will fight wastewater disposal well

By Kari Andren
Grant Township supervisors voted unanimously on Thursday to defend an ordinance banning a wastewater disposal well, plunging the rural, northern Indiana County municipality into a federal court battle with Pennsylvania General Energy Co. Board members voted 3-0 to continue fighting …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Ex-North Allegheny student says school failed to stop assaults

By Brian Bowling
A former North Allegheny Intermediate High School student claims in a federal lawsuit filed late Wednesday that school officials failed to stop other students, particularly athletes, from repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her in school hallways and at school events …

Pennsylvania

Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 10:31 a.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Rubber, Corbett expected to hit road as polls show likely loss in governor’s race
The smell of burning rubber is wafting through Pennsylvania. It is the scent that results when the accelerator is floored, but the vehicle remains in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Former longtime Steelers publicist Kiely dies

By Alan Robinson and  michael Hasch
Ed Kiely, a longtime aide to Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., a former team publicist and important behind-the-scenes figure as the franchise segued from a perennial loser into a Super …