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Report: Drug overdoses kill at least seven Pennsylvanians each day

By Brad Bumsted 10:27 p.m.
HARRISBURG — At least seven Pennsylvanians die each day from drug-related causes, a report released Wednesday shows. Overall, there were 2,489 drug-related deaths statewide in 2014, said the report by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association. Philadelphia, Allegheny, Bucks, Delaware and York counties recorded the most fatal incidents. In Western Pennsylvania, …

Controller releases report on Allegheny County finances

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner on Wednesday released a condensed version of the nearly 400-page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Wagner’s Popular Annual Financial Report, a 14-page booklet, details county revenue, expenses and operations with photos, graphs and tables. The report …

Highmark to pay disputed claims filed by rival UPMC

By Alex Nixon  and Adam Smeltz 7:24 p.m.
Highmark Inc. will pay UPMC for about 30,000 medical claims the insurer had disputed since the beginning of the year, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday, but the resolution didn’t end the bickering between the two companies over the issue. Highmark, …

Allegheny

Controller releases report on Allegheny County finances

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner on Wednesday released a condensed version of the nearly 400-page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Wagner’s Popular Annual Financial Report, a 14-page booklet, details county revenue, expenses and operations with photos, graphs and tables. The report …

Armstrong

Manor students thank first responders with free oil changes

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical School’s automotive students thanked emergency crews with free oil changes in their personal vehicles Tuesday. “The kids really took well to this project and were really proud to …

Beaver

Most welcome, but some question plans for Beaver County cracker plant

By The Associated Press
A proposal by Shell Chemical to build a petrochemical plant in Beaver County drew praise from those who say it will boost the region’s economy, and criticism from those who fear it will harm the environment, despite assurances from the …

Butler

Butler Area board approves consolidation; 5 schools to close

By Rick Wills 10:27 p.m.
Despite months of protests and a school board campaign filled with opponents of school consolidation, Butler Area School school directors Wednesday voted to close five of the district’s 11 elementary schools. Board members voted 7-2 in favor of closing Broad …

Fayette

CAHS musical theater arts students to present ‘Despicable Me’

By Mark Hofmann
The Connellsville Area High School Musical Theater Arts students will put on the stage version of the hit animated film “Despicable Me” on May 27. The show will follow a …

Indiana

Fight leads to drug arrest of Philadelphia man in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review 7:43 p.m.
A Philadelphia man faces drug-related charges after police broke up a fight in Indiana. Borough police responded to a fight on South 7th Street at 1:47 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. In the midst of a large crowd …

Somerset

Donors, volunteers prune Flight 93 Memorial Groves

By Tribune-Review 8:50 p.m.
Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial volunteers, along with five Davey Tree Expert Company staff members, spent six hours Saturday pruning 1,500 trees in the park’s Memorial Groves. The groves are dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew of United …

Washington

Teen killed when car strikes Monongahela building

By Chris Buckley
One person died early Tuesday after crashing his vehicle into a building in the Black Diamond section of Monongahela. Robert Kovalcik, 18, was pronounced dead 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at Monongahela …

Westmoreland

Ligonier Township mourns K-9 officer killed in wrong-way crash

By Paul Peirce
As police and firefighters worked to save the life of Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary early Tuesday morning, the officer’s partner, a German shepherd ...

Education

Butler Area board approves consolidation; 5 schools to close

By Rick Wills 10:27 p.m.
Despite months of protests and a school board campaign filled with opponents of school consolidation, Butler Area School school directors Wednesday voted to close five of the district’s 11 elementary schools. Board members voted 7-2 in favor of closing Broad …

Pennsylvania

Report: Drug overdoses kill at least seven Pennsylvanians each day

By Brad Bumsted 10:27 p.m.
HARRISBURG — At least seven Pennsylvanians die each day from drug-related causes, a report released Wednesday shows. Overall, there were 2,489 drug-related deaths statewide in 2014, said the report by …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - May 6, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
What’s in a name? A Pittsburgh connection to Britain’s new princess 7:43 p.m.
Like Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation, there always seems to be a Pittsburgh connection to world events — even the naming of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fans defend last vestige of Monroeville Mall’s zombie epidemic
Seldom does a minor mall renovation attract international attention. But the removal of a Monroeville Mall footbridge, a minor footnote in Western Pennsylvania’s rich cinematic …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Ambassador 1st to serve in post-Soviet Armenia

By Rick Wills
Harry Gilmore, the United States’ first ambassador to Armenia, met many challenges in his nearly four decades in the Foreign Service. “We were in Armenia in some of the darkest …