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‘Save Chatham’ protesters ordered to leave Shadyside campus

By Debra Erdley 1:53 p.m.
A group of Chatham University alumna said they took their protests about the school’s proposal to go co-ed to the streets Wednesday morning, after they were asked to leave the grounds of the Shadyside campus. “About five minutes after we arrived at Mellon Center, campus security told us to leave, …

Indictment alleges scheme defrauded government of $10 million

By Brian Bowling and Andrew Conte 3:29 p.m.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced the indictment Wednesday of five people throughout the Northeast for using stolen identities to file fake federal tax returns. In all, Hickton said the five sought $21 …

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett wants candidate Wolf to release tax records

By Melissa Daniels
Six months before the general election, Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign has zeroed in on the Democratic primary’s frontrunner with a demand to publicly release his tax returns and stick to a …

Allegheny

Indictment alleges scheme defrauded government of $10 million

By Brian Bowling and Andrew Conte 3:29 p.m.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced the indictment Wednesday of five people throughout the Northeast for using stolen identities to file fake federal tax returns. In all, Hickton said the five …

Westmoreland

Husband to stand trial in Derry middle school teacher’s murder

By Rich Cholodofsky
The attorney for a Hempfield man who is charged with killing his wife two years ago said on Tuesday that a June trial will focus …

Fayette

Election board rejects ballot referendum on Fayette County prison issues

By Liz Zemba
During a meeting described by one resident as a farce, two Fayette County commissioners on Tuesday rejected a 3,500-signature petition seeking to give voters a say in construction of a $32 million jail. Acting in their capacity as the Election …

Armstrong

Medical company moves into Northpointe to do clinical testing

By Brad Pedersen
A company at the forefront of developing an early cancer detection system now calls Armstrong County its home. NanoVision Diagnostics, a Freeport company that is doing clinical testing of a high-powered optical microscope that detects cancer-related irregularities in DNA, moved …

Beaver

Earthquakes could affect Beaver Valley nuke plant more than first thought

By David Conti
Earthquakes could affect the Beaver Valley Power Station more than engineers thought when they built the plant’s two nuclear reactors in the 1970s, according to a review that regulators ordered because of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The initial review …

Butler

State-owned universities to learn about child-abuse prevention

By Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will begin a new child abuse prevention initiative this week at Slippery Rock University. The Butler County campus will host a two-day training session April 24-25 for “Stop It Now!”, a program designed to train teams …

Indiana

Indiana County paving contractor could be fined in fatal accident

By Paul Peirce
An Indiana County paving contractor could be fined $23,800 for 17 alleged safety violations in connection with an Oct. 18 accident that killed a worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday announced the citations and penalties against K. …

Somerset

Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said. “‘How’s it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several …

Washington

Federal judge says copy of critical Cal U audit was leaked

By Richard Gazarik 3:09 p.m.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors likely leaked a copy of an audit critical of former California University of Pennsylvania president Angelo Armenti Jr. and then refused to afford him a chance to clear his name, …

Education

Duquesne teachers accept fact-finder recommendations for contract

By Megan Harris 12:00 p.m.
Duquesne teachers unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a fact-finder recommendation to end the district’s contract dispute with its board of education. Negotiations began in January 2012. “We fully understand the financial constraints the district faces, and we have made every …

Pennsylvania

Pa. men to plead guilty to smuggling equipment to Middle East

By Tom Fontaine 2:39 p.m.
Two Pennsylvanians agreed to plead guilty to charges related to illegally smuggling equipment to countries in the Middle East, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. “Our special agents work tirelessly every day to pursue those who flout our export control laws and …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - April 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the end of the year. So …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates
Citing a right to participate in democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down limits in federal law on aggregate campaign contributions that individual donors …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Even crooks know UPMC’s full of it
The criminals have made their case, and it’s convincing. Pity they aren’t involved in the protracted legal dispute over whether Western Pennsylvania’s largest employer does, …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also …

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Obituaries

Banker relaxed by serving community

By Bobby Kerlik
Mike Solomon never hesitated to get involved in his community. The longtime West Homestead resident belonged to organizations that included the Steel Valley school board to the Steel Valley Arts …