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Unaccompanied immigrants put heavy strain on schools, charities

By Debra Erdley
Cash-strapped public schools and other nonprofit agencies across the country are struggling to take care of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children and teens who flooded the United States’ border, officials say. The number of undocumented children streaming into the country has slowed, but the problem of what to do …

CMU, Pitt researchers help identify genes that contribute to autism

By Adam Smeltz
Small variations in as many as 1,000 human genes could contribute to the risk of autism, a dramatic discovery that Pittsburgh scholars say should influence detection and treatment methods during the next 20 years. “If we can understand which genes …

Pittsburgh still lags in accounting system for off-duty officers

By Bob Bauder 9:31 a.m.
Pittsburgh still lacks a system to track payments private companies and government agencies make to the city when they hire off-duty police officers to provide security at bars, construction zones and special events, officials said Wednesday. That’s despite a federal …

Allegheny

Movie studio owner building in McKees Rocks is $540K in red

By Aaron Aupperlee
The movie studio owner awarded a $2.5 million state grant to build a soundstage and film offices in McKees Rocks owes more than $540,000 in taxes, loans and outstanding payments to contractors, a review of court and tax records shows. …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Historical Society honors late Tribune-Review publisher Scaife, Fort Ligonier trustee emeritus Fagan

By Craig Smith
Two men familiar with the international spotlight — the late Tribune-Review publisher Richard M. Scaife and Charles A. Fagan III, who held domestic and foreign …

Fayette

Inaugural event to initiate Arts Endowment program set for Connellsville

By Nancy Henry 8:12 a.m.
An Evening of Art will be presented Saturday at Murphy Hall in Connellsville. This inaugural event will initiate the Fayette County Achievement in the Arts Endowment. It is being sponsored …

Armstrong

Kittanning gets $3 million grant for downtown improvements

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning borough on Tuesday was given a $3 million grant from PennDOT’s Multimodal Grant fund to continue improvements on Market Street. The money will cover the costs of traffic signal upgrades, curb extensions, new pedestrian crossings and other improvements downtown. …

Beaver

Two people trapped under cars in New Brighton in separate incidents

By Megan Guza
New Brighton emergency services rescued two people trapped under cars in separate incidents Wednesday morning. The first happened about 8:45 a.m. when a woman was struck by a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, who said he did not see her …

Butler

Woman’s body found in Mars home

By Wpxi 9:06 a.m.
A woman’s body was found at a home in Mars Wednesday night. Forensic units are investigating at the house on Tenacity Trail in Adams Township. Troopers were called to the home around 11 p.m. Investigators appear to be looking inside …

Indiana

Candidates for 62nd District House seat air clashing views on state tax revenues

By Greg Reinbold
Two weeks before the Nov. 4 general election, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County provided citizens an opportunity to question candidates vying to represent the 62nd and 66th …

Somerset

Fund set up for 4-year-old Meyersdale girl’s final expenses

By Tribune-Review
As state police in Somerset investigate an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday that killed a 4-year-old Meyersdale girl, a fund has been set up to help pay her funeral expenses. In lieu of flowers, the family of Tailynn Marie Felker, 4, …

Washington

Prospective buyer of The Meadows sues casino’s owner

By Brian Bowling
A Berks County company that announced in May it would buy a Washington County casino and racetrack for $475 million says it is suing the owner to get back the $10 million it paid for a related consulting agreement. Gaming …

Education

Unaccompanied immigrants put heavy strain on schools, charities

By Debra Erdley
Cash-strapped public schools and other nonprofit agencies across the country are struggling to take care of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children and teens who flooded the United States’ border, …

Pennsylvania

State police trooper seriously hurt when hit by vehicle in East Huntingdon

By Stacey Federoff 6:59 a.m.
A state police trooper removing debris from Route 119 was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening, according to state police at Greensburg. The trooper, stationed at the barracks in Hempfield, …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Oct. 29, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee Chair Priebus praises GOP progress
The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: A welcome change for Squirrel Hill
Call them the blight-busters. A group of Carnegie Mellon University students is examining Squirrel Hill’s entrance corridor in an effort to strengthen its barely detectable …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger and the “Twilight Zone.” The …

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Obituaries

Store owner, farmer let customers pay as they could

By Greg Reinbold
Lloyd Kalp had a work ethic not easily matched. He ran his business, Pleasant Unity Appliance, six days a week and raised quarter horses, beef cattle and chickens and grew …