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Transplant patients in limbo over coverage under UPMC-Highmark pact

By Luis Fábregas
Transplant patients caught in the middle of the UPMC-Highmark battle say a four-week-old agreement between the rivals is confusing, and some fear they will have to switch hospitals. “It’s terrible. I’ve been asking questions for two years, and they keep telling me they don’t know. They just totally ignore you. …

PennDOT to raise speed limit on more sections, but not in Western Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers will have to wait until next year to find out where they can cruise at 70 mph legally in Western Pennsylvania, because PennDOT and turnpike officials on Wednesday omitted the region’s highways from state speed limit increases. PennDOT officials …

Fitzgerald stacks legislative wins as Allegheny council members struggle

By Aaron Aupperlee 11:58 a.m.
Allegheny County Council members push legislation Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes into law while their own bills fizzle before they get a vote, an analysis shows. A rule that requires council committee members …

Allegheny

Uber, Lyft can operate legally in Allegheny County — for now

By Bobby Kerlik 12:56 p.m.
Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft can operate legally in Allegheny County, at least temporarily, the Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. The commissioners voted 5-0 to allow the companies to operate …

Westmoreland

Man tries to lure teen into white van in Hempfield, police report

By Tribune-Review 12:55 p.m.
A man driving a white Ford van allegedly attempted to lure a 15-year-old boy into his vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Hempfield Township, according to state police. The previous day, the same suspect allegedly followed the boy on foot in the …

Fayette

Fayette County Fair celebrates 60th anniversary

By Mark Hofmann 10:22 a.m.
The 60th annual Fayette County Fair officially kicked off today — another year that will continue to live up to this year’s theme, “Treasure The Memories.” Events include the opening …

Armstrong

EPA finds no contamination from Parks Township nuclear dump

By Mary Ann Thomas 11:36 a.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not find any radiological or chemical contamination from the nuclear waste dump in Parks Township in the sediment of the Kiski River or water in the abandoned coal mines under the dump. The EPA …

Beaver

Beaver DA believes girls might have lived had dad responded faster

By Jason Cato 12:02 p.m.
Beaver County authorities on Thursday charged the parents of two young daughters, who died this month after a dresser fell on them. Police arrested David Beatty and Jennifer Beatty, both …

Butler

Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County

By Michael Hasch
Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west …

Indiana

Infant suffers head injuries in Indiana County crash

By Tribune-Review
A 1-year-old boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for head injuries sustained in a two-car crash on Route 422 in Indiana County Wednesday evening. According to state police, the crash occurred at about 7:45 p.m. in Armstrong when …

Somerset

Police charge women with theft and fraud; one at large

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County woman was charged in an incident of fraud and theft involving a Boswell man, and police are looking for an alleged accomplice. According to state police, Samantha Jo Humbert, 28, of Rockwood and Shannon Beth Lester, 37, …

Washington

More Washington Co. residents to get on public water lines

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will provide about $8.4 million in low-interest financing for water main extension projects in Washington County. It will enable Pennsylvania American Water to bring public water service to about 230 households that depend on private …

Education

Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay off as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris 11:58 a.m.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …

Pennsylvania

PennDOT to raise speed limit on more sections, but not in Western Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers will have to wait until next year to find out where they can cruise at 70 mph legally in Western Pennsylvania, because PennDOT and turnpike officials on Wednesday omitted the region’s highways from state speed limit increases. PennDOT officials …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like …

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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: Dermody fuzzy on pension history
History apparently wasn’t House Minority Leader Frank Dermody’s best subject in school. Dermody, D-Oakmont, had harsh words on Monday for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett when …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Police major was decorated WWII vet

By Mary Pickels
Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way” was a theme of sorts for Homer Redd. And those who dealt with him in his former capacity as a state trooper quickly learned things …