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Highmark asks patients to ‘Meet Dr. Right’

By Adam Smeltz
Tennille Simonson needed to find a new doctor. She had lost in-network access to her primary care physician at UPMC, their relationship a casualty of disintegrating ties between the hospital system and her insurer, Highmark Inc. Then arrived the invitation: a speed-dating-style event at which Simonson could nibble hummus and …

Development could soon be booming in West End

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh’s building boom, centered for years on Downtown and East End neighborhoods, is spreading into the West End. Developers are focusing on Banksville Road where nearly $3 million is being spent to …

2 from Carrick charged in connection with rash of heroin overdoses

By Jason Cato
The drug epidemic that has claimed countless lives visited a Carrick family this week for the second time. Matthew Stasik, 31, died Wednesday with opiates in his system, and his family said …

Allegheny

Fights reported, shots fired outside Monroeville Mall restaurant

By Bill Vidonic 12:15 p.m.
Someone fired shots in the parking lot outside a Monroeville Mall restaurant as police responded to a report of fights early Saturday, police Chief Douglas Cole said. No one was hit, but one man was hospitalized for injuries during the …

Armstrong

Armstrong’s roads less-traveled get funding for drainage improvements

By Brad Pedersen 9:21 a.m.
Drainage on seven less-traveled Armstrong County roads will be upgraded with $100,000 in state funding this year. “Water is really the enemy of any road,” said Gregg Smith of the Armstrong County Conservation District. “The goal is to help divert …

Beaver

Bad pump prompts emergency shutdown of Beaver Valley reactor

By Tribune-Review
The operator of the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport performed an emergency shutdown on one of its two reactors early Wednesday because a pump that moves water to a turbine malfunctioned, owner FirstEnergy Corp. said. Unit 1 shut …

Butler

Butler County new home sales surge in 2014

By Bill Vidonic
When PPG Industries Inc. transferred Thomas Maziarz from Louisville to Cranberry last year, he and his wife, Kelly, first looked at homes in northern Allegheny County. The Maziarzes, with four …

Fayette

Uniontown freight train derailment blamed on bad crossties

By Liz Zemba
A preliminary report by a local rail company points to defective or missing railroad crossties and fasteners as the reason why a train jumped the tracks in January just steps …

Indiana

IUP backtracks on per-credit tuition plan

By Debra Erdley
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is backtracking on a plan to begin charging tuition on a per-credit basis this fall, since a vote last week by the State System of Higher Education’s oversight board to freeze tuition at the 14-state-owned universities. …

Somerset

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated …

Washington

3 men plead guilty in shooting death of Washington 4th-grader

By Jason Cato
Three men pleaded guilty Friday to roles they had in the 2014 shooting death of a Washington girl. Taniyah Thomas, 10, died in her family’s West Chestnut Street apartment on …

Westmoreland

Marathoner hit by vehicle in Murrysville recuperates

By Renatta Signorini 10:39 a.m.
Surgery to reconstruct a Plum woman’s jaw and sinus cavity this week was successful after a vehicle-pedestrian accident in Murrysville Wednesday, according to the victim’s ...

Education

Sto-Rox teachers union upset about possibility of Propel charter school opening in district building

By Tory N. Parrish
A teachers union is seeking answers about the likelihood of Propel Schools opening in Sto-Rox High School, especially because the charter school operator reportedly is surveying the parents of its students about the topic, the union’s president said. Sto-Rox and …

Pennsylvania

Mt. Lebanon police checking lead on Tenn. teen arrested in school threats

By Brian Bowling
A Nashville teenager whose emailed threats sound similar to those that shut down Seton-La Salle High School this month targeted at least one Pittsburgh school, authorities said. The teen, arrested …

Photo Gallery

Friday - April 17, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Call ‘Islamic terrorism’ what it is: a threat to West, Jeb Bush says
COLUMBUS, Ohio — America’s role as a world leader and coalition builder among nations has weakened under President Obama, allowing “Islamic terrorism” to spread, former …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Does it mean hospitals? Hotels? Clinton’s ambiguous logo baffles voters
Hillary Clinton’s desired destination is the White House, but don’t blame some people for assuming she’d prefer to visit the emergency room. That’s one of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let them be little, even if it means a couple scrapes on their knees
Count me among those who believe we’ve gotten too litigious as a society. And the lawsuit that the Meitiv family is about to file against …

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Obituaries

WAVES veteran embodied ‘forward-thinking’ ideals

By Renatta Signorini
Abby L. Ross never wanted to hear that she couldn’t do something. When she was 20, Mrs. Ross’s mother refused to let her join the military. So she went to …