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EPA talks on pollution limits trigger protests, arrests Downtown

By David Conti
The national debate over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants reached its loudest and most contentious point on Thursday at a Downtown corner. During a lunchtime break from testimony on proposed federal rules, hundreds of protesters fresh from a clean-air rally with Mayor Bill Peduto confronted thousands of union …

Pa. senator investigates Rocky Mountain high at taxpayers’ expense

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State taxpayers paid almost $5,000 for Sen. Daylin Leach and three aides to travel to Denver to assess how legalization of marijuana is working and what effect it’s having on …

It’s lights out for Bayer sign on Mt. Washington

By Alex Nixon
Bayer Corp. will no longer pay to have its name in lights on Mt. Washington. The Robinson company said Thursday it didn’t renew a 21-year-old contract with Lamar Advertising for the iconic …

Allegheny

Liberty Tunnel set to close; other highway projects around Pittsburgh also to start

By Bobby Kerlik
The orange cones just keep coming for commuters. PennDOT announced that the inbound Liberty Tunnel will close Tuesday night for nearly three weeks around the clock as crews paint the tunnel. The tunnel closure will begin at 8 p.m. and …

Westmoreland

Sewickley Township fraud case reopens old wound for New Stanton woman

By Bob Stiles
Mary Lou Peden picked up a newspaper on Tuesday and read a story about a man whose name she can’t forget. “I was sick,” Peden …

Fayette

Voters to decide fate of Connellsville’s paid fire department

By Mark Hofmann
The referendum to eliminate Connellsville’s paid fire department will head to the Fayette County Election Bureau to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. During a special meeting on Thursday, council unanimously voted to direct the city clerk to submit …

Armstrong

Vendors at the heart of annual folk festival in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Hours before Thursday evening’s start of the 43rd annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, Kittanning’s Riverfront Park was buzzing with activity — filled with the aroma of roasting meat and the …

Beaver

Notorious killer Baumhammers granted public defender

By Brian Bowling
A Mt. Lebanon man whose racially motivated April 2000 shooting spree ultimately killed six people will get a federal public defender to handle the federal appeal of his death sentence, a judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer …

Butler

Former IU4 director enters guilty plea to stealing from agency

By Brian Bowling
The former head of a regional public education agency apologized on Wednesday in federal court for stealing some of its money. Cecelia H. Yauger, 56, of Grove City pleaded guilty to a single count of stealing money from a federally …

Indiana

Man’s body found in fire debris of Blairsville restaurant

By Paul Peirce
David E. Chaek could barely hold back tears as he looked across East Market Street at the smoking remains of “Chaek’s Window,” a landmark ice cream stand his family operated …

Somerset

Woman, teenager charged after iPad theft, resale in Confluence

By Tribune-Review
State police at Somerset allege that a woman sold an iPad to another woman in Confluence even though she knew that a teenage boy stole it. The juvenile, whose name was not released, allegedly stole an Apple iPad from a …

Washington

Former Washington County judge awaits word on trial over seized cocaine evidence

By Jason Cato
A former Washington County judge accused of swiping cocaine evidence could learn by year’s end whether he faces trial or clears a major hurdle in beating the charges. At a …

Education

Impending school construction project funds in Pennsylvania pipeline

By Megan Harris  and Matthew Santoni
Legislators let a two-year moratorium blocking state funding for new school construction projects expire last month, expanding a financing process that is overcommitted by $1.7 billion statewide. The state’s 11-step approval pipeline contains 340 building projects, of which about 200 …

Pennsylvania

Pa. senator investigates Rocky Mountain high at taxpayers’ expense

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State taxpayers paid almost $5,000 for Sen. Daylin Leach and three aides to travel to Denver to assess how legalization of marijuana is working and what effect it’s …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - July 31, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Belated edition of ‘Dear Eric’
I’ve neglected you. Sorry about that. It’s been too long since I used this space to publicly respond to some of the more interesting critiques …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Rocco deserves same respect human officer would receive
In the battle of Toms for governor,incumbent Republican Tom Corbett’s stances on issues such as education reform, Marcellus shale drilling and taxes have made his …

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Obituaries

Minister quick to share time, talents, love

By Kari Andren 8:56 a.m.
Pastor Michelle Wobrak was an expert at navigating disagreements and coaching people through them, family members said. She would keep an open mind in listening to everyone’s arguments, even if …