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Pa. Gov. Wolf’s general counsel tied to $358M bond project winner

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — General Counsel Denise Smyler’s aide approved using the Philadelphia law firm that Smyler co-founded to work for a state authority on a $357.5 million bond issue. Smyler, top lawyer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, “had no prior knowledge” that the Ahmad Zaffarese law firm she left as a …

Analysis: Chlorine to curb Legionnaires’ eating away at pipes at VA sites

By Adam Smeltz
Chlorine treatments meant to stop dangerous bacteria that can lead to Legionnaires’ disease are eating away metal pipes across the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare’s plumbing system, threatening long-term damage that could cost …

Ligonier Township mourns K-9 officer killed in wrong-way crash

By Paul Peirce
As police and firefighters worked to save the life of Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary early Tuesday morning, the officer’s partner, a German shepherd named Blek, stood by him, holding first-responders …

Allegheny

Highmark to pay disputed claims filed by rival UPMC

By Tribune-Review 12:12 p.m.
Highmark Inc. has agreed to pay about 30,000 outstanding claims filed by UPMC providers and facilities since Jan. 1, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday. He said the move means affected Highmark insurance customers will not be billed for the balance …

Armstrong

Manor students thank first responders with free oil changes

By Brad Pedersen 10:48 a.m.
Lenape Technical School’s automotive students thanked emergency crews with free oil changes in their personal vehicles Tuesday. “The kids really took well to this project and were really proud to …

Beaver

Most welcome, but some question plans for Beaver County cracker plant

By The Associated Press
A proposal by Shell Chemical to build a petrochemical plant in Beaver County drew praise from those who say it will boost the region’s economy, and criticism from those who fear it will harm the environment, despite assurances from the …

Butler

Butler County man accused of selling deadly drugs

By Bill Vidonic 11:51 a.m.
A Butler County man will stand trial on charges he supplied fentanyl and fentanyl-laced laced heroin to a man who died of an overdose in April, according to court documents. Mark E. Noah, 48, of Callery remained in the Butler …

Fayette

Veteran detective dies of suspected ‘cardiac event’ during drug investigation in Fayette County

By Michael Hasch
A veteran investigator from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office died Tuesday, having become ill while taking part in a federal drug investigation in Fayette County, officials said. The detective — identified by the district attorney’s office as Paul J. …

Indiana

Fight leads to drug arrest of Philadelphia man in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A Philadelphia man faces drug-related charges after police broke up a fight in Indiana. Borough police responded to a fight on South 7th Street at 1:47 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. In the midst of a large crowd …

Somerset

Vandals break Amtrak train window near Meyersdale

By Tribune-Review
An Amtrak passenger train traveling near Meyersdale in southern Somerset County Friday night was hit by a heavy object, which caused about $1,000 in damage to a glass window, state police at Somerset said. An unknown person threw the object …

Washington

Teen killed when car strikes Monongahela building

By Chris Buckley
One person died early Tuesday after crashing his vehicle into a building in the Black Diamond section of Monongahela. Robert Kovalcik, 18, was pronounced dead 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at Monongahela …

Westmoreland

Ligonier Township mourns K-9 officer killed in wrong-way crash

By Paul Peirce
As police and firefighters worked to save the life of Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary early Tuesday morning, the officer’s partner, a German shepherd ...

Education

Teachers from China observe autism training at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School

By Jodi Weigand
A group of teachers from China are spending time at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School in Oakmont as part of an autism education training program. The four elementary school teachers who …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Gov. Wolf’s general counsel tied to $358M bond project winner

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — General Counsel Denise Smyler’s aide approved using the Philadelphia law firm that Smyler co-founded to work for a state authority on a $357.5 million bond issue. Smyler, top …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - May 5, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
What’s in a name? A Pittsburgh connection to Britain’s new princess
Like Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation, there always seems to be a Pittsburgh connection to world events — even the naming of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fans defend last vestige of Monroeville Mall’s zombie epidemic
Seldom does a minor mall renovation attract international attention. But the removal of a Monroeville Mall footbridge, a minor footnote in Western Pennsylvania’s rich cinematic …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Ambassador 1st to serve in post-Soviet Armenia

By Rick Wills
Harry Gilmore, the United States’ first ambassador to Armenia, met many challenges in his nearly four decades in the Foreign Service. “We were in Armenia in some of the darkest …