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Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. The Haiti trip in April is briefly recounted, without explanation, in a criminal complaint accusing Kane of unrelated crimes of …

Highmark Health reports $171M operating loss for 1st half of year

By Ben Schmitt and Wes Venteicher
Providing medical care for people who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace costs much more than Highmark Health anticipated, driving an operating loss of $171 million for the company in the first half of 2015. Sicker-than-expected …

Federal tax-fraud investigation appears to be closing in on North Hills businessman

By Jason Cato  and Matthew Santoni 12:04 a.m.
A federal tax-fraud investigation appears to be closing in on a North Hills businessman who made headlines more than a decade ago with a mansion near Sewickley that prosecutors claim he outfitted with a swimming pool, murals and a cadre …

Allegheny

Report: 96.7 percent of Allegheny County students have been immunized

By Tribune-Review
The vast majority of students in Allegheny County have received complete immunizations, county health officials said in a report issued Thursday. Officials at the county Department of Health said the 96.7 percent immunization rate recorded in April was slightly lower …

Armstrong

Company supplies industry worldwide with products made in South Buffalo

By Brigid Beatty
AP Services – a manufacturing company in Armstrong County that makes products for the power industry at home and abroad – is thriving, hiring and was recently recognized as a …

Beaver

Court upholds murder conviction of former Bridgewater councilman

By Adam Brandolph
The state Superior Court on Monday upheld the sentence and third-degree murder conviction of a former Bridgewater councilman who killed a woman in 1979. Gregory Scott Hopkins, 68, is serving eight to 16 years in prison for the death of …

Butler

3 named to do jobs of former South Butler School official

By George Guido
It’s going to take three people to replace Jason Davidek, who recently left the South Butler School District for another job. On Wednesday, the school board is expected to hire Jennifer Webb to a newly established, part-time position of communications …

Fayette

Hiring of 8 full-time prison guards in Fayette County OK’d

By Liz Zemba 1:29 a.m.
Fayette County is looking for a few good corrections officers. Warden Brian Miller on Thursday said he is lining up potential candidates to fill eight full-time positions approved by the salary board. He anticipates recommending a number of individuals for …

Indiana

Shelocta woman’s body found in camper trailer

By Tribune-Review 2:23 a.m.
State police in Indiana are investigating the death of a Shelocta woman whose body was found Tuesday in a camper trailer on private property. According to police, Rita Blystone, 49, was found between 10 and 10:40 a.m. in the camper, …

Somerset

Fourth youth implicates Somerset priest in sexual abuse, prosecutors claim

By Liz Zemba
Federal prosecutors have identified a fourth minor whom they contend a Somerset County priest attempted to photograph in the nude when he traveled to Central and South America, allegedly to …

Washington

Washington County man killed in tractor accident

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County man died Tuesday when he lost control of his tractor and rolled over several times on a hill, the county coroner said. James McDade, 55, of Amwell lost control of his tractor about 10:45 a.m. while traveling …

Westmoreland

Inmate charged with smuggling drugs into Westmoreland prison

By Tribune-Review 2:23 a.m.
A female inmate at the Westmoreland County Prison was charged this week with attempting to smuggle drugs in her shoe into the county lockup. Christina Joann Porterfield, 24, of Greensburg, was charged by county detectives with possession of a controlled substance ...

Education

Sto-Rox High School announces early dismissal because of heat

By Tribune-Review
Sto-Rox High School dismissed students at 12:15 Thursday because of high temperatures forecast for the day. Thursday’s high temperature was 90 degrees, reached at 3:49 p.m. at Pittsburgh International Airport, according to the National Weather Service based in Moon. The …

Pennsylvania

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. …

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Thursday - Sept. 3, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Dancing Dems illustrate path to expression for presidential hopefuls
Imagine if this occurred in the presidential race. Thankfully, they didn’t twerk. But seven Democratic state House members, including Ed Gainey of East Liberty, did …

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Obituaries

Longtime Pittsburgh firefighter stayed active in service to city

By Bob Bauder 12:01 a.m.
Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr. was an “old-school” Pittsburgh politician who grew up hauling coal on the streets of Manchester and went on to head a powerful North Side family that …