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Tax on shale-gas drillers would punish industry, Turzai says

By Brad Bumsted 9:05 p.m.
STEELTON — A 5 percent severance tax on shale gas drilling that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to announce would be punitive and would hurt a burgeoning industry in the long run, House Speaker Mike Turzai warned Monday. The Marshall Republican said he has not seen details of Wolf’s budget proposal, …

Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign

By Salena Zito 9:56 p.m.
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, his campaign …

4th suspect in shooting of Homewood security guard surrenders

By Megan Guza 10:04 p.m.
A fourth suspect in the shooting death of a Homewood security guard surrendered to police Monday morning. Kevin Ford, 28, of Lincoln-Lemington, is charged with homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. A warrant was issued Feb. 26. …

Allegheny

Teacher conduct under spotlight in Pennsylvania

By Tory N. Parrish
Pennsylvania law bans sexual contact between teachers and students, regardless of students’ ages, but as reports of teacher improprieties surface, experts say school districts must tell staff that inappropriate conduct won’t be tolerated. There are state mandates to train staff …

Westmoreland

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World ...

Fayette

Carnegie Free Library plans Big Book Sale

By Nancy Henry
Saturday, the Big Book Sale at Carnegie Free Library will be held 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. This sale is sponsored twice a year by the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library. Hundreds of gently used books are sorted for shoppers to …

Armstrong

Armstrong commissioners race growing each day

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning Republican is joining the race for election to the Armstrong County Commissioners. Scott Davis, 56, is the fifth Republican candidate to announce plans to run for a seat …

Beaver

Police charge Beaver County sex offender who snuck into Pittsburgh science center

By Adam Brandolph
Pittsburgh police refiled charges Monday against a convicted sex offender police said snuck into the Carnegie Science Center and lied to officers and staff about his identity. Police charged Sherwood Stevenson, 76, of Independence, Beaver County, with providing false identification …

Butler

Police say teen driver was drinking in Butler ATV crash that killed passenger

By Rick Wills 10:04 p.m.
Police on Monday said they are considering charging the driver of all-terrain vehicle who allegedly fled the scene of an accident under the influence of alcohol after crashing and leaving a passenger dead. Police also suspect that the male youth, …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World Trade Center. “The first …

Washington

Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

By Craig Smith
John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through a candy store window. He’s …

Education

ALICE program aims to protect students from active shooter in school

By Matthew Santoni
The training session in Hampton certainly looked real. Dana Wachter, a Pressley Ridge administrator posing as a teacher, told her “students” to hide beneath their desks and be quiet just …

Pennsylvania

Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign

By Salena Zito 9:56 p.m.
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, …

Photo Gallery

Monday - March 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign 9:56 p.m.
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Brace yourselves, Comcast customers — Newton’s law in full force
Prepare yourself for sticker shock on your Comcast bill. The Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality decision seems certain to send Comcast rates soaring. The …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Centenarian enjoyed travel, needlework

By Jason Cato
Anne Sabo thought she could squeeze in a few more minutes of shopping while on shore in France. Though the crew warned that the cruise ship would leave on time, …