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Point State Park honored as top-notch public space

By Matthew Santoni
The steady stream of joggers, cyclists, strollers and tourists passing through Point State Park on Wednesday seemed to affirm what a knot of state and local officials were there to commemorate that afternoon: The Point is one of the best public places in America. The Washington-based American Planning Association announced …

Highmark to increase premiums, limit access to health care in new plans

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. is raising premiums on a range of its health plans next year, and some of its 4.2 million plan members could have a narrower choice of doctors and hospitals as the state’s largest health insurer responds to rising …

Big money flows into Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

By Melissa Daniels
Educators, industrialists and laborers in Western Pennsylvania have bet heavily in a governor’s race that’s poised to top campaign spending in the previous contest to win the state’s top elected office. Unions and educators have lined up behind frontrunner and …

Allegheny

Lawmakers demand answers on Legionnaires’ outbreak from new Veterans Affairs Secretary

By Mike Wereschagin 12:34 p.m.
The Veterans Affairs Department still hasn’t told Congress who it disciplined for a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Pittsburgh two years ago, six Republican lawmakers said in a letter asking the agency’s new secretary to involve himself. “The lack of …

Westmoreland

West Newton man found dead in helicopter wreckage near Rostraver Airport

By Mary Pickels 12:27 p.m.
A 60-year-old West Newton man was found dead in the wreckage of his small helicopter in a ravine near the Rostraver Airport Thursday morning. Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, identified the pilot as David Charletta. …

Fayette

Connellsville Township VFD given $61,750 Homeland Security grant

By Karl Polacek
For volunteer fire companies, the cost of equipment keeps on growing. Grants from various sources help the companies stretch their resources. On Wednesday, Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department was given …

Armstrong

Schools converge for Armstrong County Marching Band Festival

By Leader Times
Six marching bands each took center stage before teaming up for a combined performance at West Shamokin High School’s Jack E. Boyer Field on Wednesday evening. Bands from Apollo Ridge, …

Beaver

Serbian group opens Aliquippa bowling tournament to public

By Karen Kadilak
Some rollers at the Serb National Federation Bowling Tournament later this month will make history. For the first time in 68 years, people who are not members of the federation …

Butler

Coroner identifies Cranberry woman who died in McConnells Mill fall

By Rick Wills 12:22 p.m.
A Cranberry woman fell to her death while trying to retrieve a camera Wednesday evening in McConnells Mill State Park, Lawrence County, park officials said. Cheryl Goebel, 58, was with her husband taking pictures of fall foliage when she dropped …

Indiana

Indiana County authorities investigate suspected homicide in Blairsville

By Tribune-Review 12:27 p.m.
Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman said Thursday morning he is investigating a suspected homicide that occurred about midnight Wednesday in Blairsville. The body was taken from a home on Stewart Street late Thursday morning. Police remained at the scene into …

Somerset

Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …

Washington

Police identify, release people involved in I-70 collision

By Margaret Harding 12:28 p.m.
State police suspect a woman was on drugs and speeding when the car she was driving veered from a curving onramp and shot into the eastbound lane of I-70 in South Strabane, where her car collided with a SUV loaded …

Education

Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools

By Megan Harris
Three groups with union affiliations on Wednesday pointed to the criminal case against ousted PA Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta as an example why the state’s nearly 180 charter schools need better oversight and stronger accountability. The Center for …

Pennsylvania

State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery sent explicit emails

By The Morning Call 10:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery forwarded at least eight sexually explicit emails to an employee in the state attorney general’s office who later shared them with more than a …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Oct. 1, 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
Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: August Wilson Center’s fate brings a sigh from advocates for African American cultural facility
Emma Slaughter thinks often about what might have been. The news about developments in the bankruptcy case of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center has her memory …

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Obituaries

Former state trooper was ‘larger than life’

By Joe Napsha
Growing up in Latrobe in the 1940s and ’50s, Pete Buchan was in awe when he saw a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in uniform. Mr. Buchan realize his childhood dream …