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67 who blew lid off VA scandal claim agency retaliated against them

By Mike Wereschagin
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating six whistle-blower claims at five VA medical facilities in the Pittsburgh-based Veterans Integrated Services Network 4 region, the Tribune-Review has learned. They are among investigations into 45 Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide, according to testimony before Congress this week by Special Counsel Carolyn …

Gov. Corbett signs Pennsylvania state budget, vetoes legislative funding

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Intraparty warring among Republicans broke out on Thursday when Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29.1 billion budget but vetoed 20 percent of the GOP-dominated legislature’s operating budget, intending to pressure …

Residency option for Pittsburgh police affirmed by Allegheny County judge

By Bob Bauder  and Margaret Harding
An Allegheny County judge on Thursday affirmed an arbitration decision that permits Pittsburgh police to live outside city limits. Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville ruled that an arbitration panel had legal authority to decide that officers can live outside …

Allegheny

‘Hero’ mom from Bethel Park drowns in Lake Erie trying to save son

By Matthew Santoni
Kristen Stefan’s Facebook page is peppered with photos of her smiling son, a digital album of her devotion to him. Friends and neighbors bore witness to that devotion on Thursday …

Westmoreland

Doctor for prosecution to evaluate Franklin Regional stabbing suspect’s mental state

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teenager accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School will undergo a mental health evaluation by the prosecution’s doctor. Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. signed a court order …

Fayette

Fayette County jail project clears hurdle

By Tribune-Review 12:29 a.m.
Fayette County’s planning commission on Thursday gave conditional final approval to a land development plan for a new jail, according to Sara Rosiek, director of planning, zoning and community development. The $32 million Justice and Rehabilitation Center is to be …

Armstrong

PennDOT to fix falling road on Route 28 in Boggs

By Brad Pedersen 12:28 a.m.
Next week, state officials will start stabilizing a portion of Route 28 in Boggs that has been collapsing for the past several years. PennDOT engineers blame soft clay and soils …

Beaver

Defense rests after Beaver County sheriff takes stand during his trial

By Bill Vidonic
More than two years since he was accused, Beaver County Sheriff George David sat before a jury on Thursday, calmly denying that he threatened an online reporter with his service …

Butler

State police investigate Prospect wreck

By Rachel Farkas
State Police are investigating an accident at routes 422 and 528 in Prospect. Police said the accident occurred at 9 a.m. Route 422 had to be closed in both directions, but has since reopened. …

Indiana

Blairsville location among WyoTech campuses for sale

By Jeff Himler
Corinthian Colleges is hoping to sell its WyoTech career college division, including the Blairsville campus, as a unit to a new owner under an agreement with the U.S. Department of …

Somerset

Quecreek mine rescue transforms life of farm owner

By Alicia Mcelhaney
As the 12th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine rescue approaches, the owner of the dairy farm where nine miners were trapped underground for 77 hours shared on Thursday how the …

Washington

Ohio man charged with helping players win at roulette at The Meadows

By Jason Cato
An Ohio man will appear in Washington County next week on allegations he schemed to help players win at the roulette table when he was a dealer at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Robert M. “Rudy” Valle, 56, of Wintersville …

Education

South Fayette denies Trib’s request for information on possible high school expansion

By Tribune-Review
The South Fayette School District on Thursday denied the Tribune-Review’s request for documents pertaining to a possible high school expansion. The request, filed under the state’s open records law, sought cost estimates the school board discussed for expansion options in …

Pennsylvania

Gov. Corbett signs Pennsylvania state budget, vetoes legislative funding

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Intraparty warring among Republicans broke out on Thursday when Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29.1 billion budget but vetoed 20 percent of the GOP-dominated legislature’s operating budget, intending …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - July 10, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Scaife’s values will live on
When Hillary Clinton stepped into the Trib’s offices in March 2008, Dick Scaife shook her hand firmly and smiled. I watched in awe because I …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Animal kingdom could help Pittsburgh save money
Try to outdo Dr. Dolittle. Some people might think that suggestion to Pittsburgh officials would do little to solve the city’s financial problems. But perhaps …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s about the mark we leave
This week, I’ve been thinking about how people you don’t know — or barely know — can affect your life in major ways. If it …

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Obituaries

Chef embraced work, hobbies with intensity

By Mary Pickels
Richard Dudas learned to cook as a child, cracking breakfast eggs over a campfire with his father at the family’s cabin in Somerset County. He later graduated from Westmoreland County …