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Bacteria levels in water at VA Butler Healthcare too high

By Bill Vidonic 10:37 p.m.
Crews will disinfect water lines at the main building of the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare facility this weekend because testing found higher levels of bacteria than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency. No illnesses have been reported among veterans or staff and the VA hasn’t identified the type of bacteria, …

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce 10:40 p.m.
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a weapon later …

Allegheny County cutting ties with Corizon Health after deaths of 2 inmates at county jail

By Michael Hasch 10:33 p.m.
The unexplained deaths this week of two more inmates in the Allegheny County Jail are not the only reason County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says a decision was made to cut ties with Corizon Health Inc., a nationally known but controversial …


Baldwin-Whitehall teacher charged with assault for hitting male student in chest

By Stephanie Hacke 10:19 p.m.
A Baldwin-Whitehall middle school teacher is charged with assault because police say he struck a student in the chest, causing the boy to black out and hit his head. Whitehall police on Wednesday charged math instructor Brian Matthew Paulos, 43, …


Bradys Bend veteran creates Memorial Day tribute to fallen warriors

By Brigid Beatty
Marine veteran Silvio Andreassi of Bradys Bend has been busy making crosses out of scrap wood in his garage to build a Memorial Day display for his front yard honoring …


Hopewell hall of fame, museum celebrates retro arcade games

By Michael Machosky
You might be old enough to know the feeling of quarters burning a hole in your pocket. You might know the fear that somewhere there are alien invaders/asteroids/giant centipedes going …


Slippery Rock library gains money match to replace undersized home

By Rick Wills 7:22 p.m.
A generous couple somewhere in Slippery Rock craves anonymity. The two pledged to give as much as $300,000 in matching funds for construction of a new library in the borough, …


Washington County native to lead Farmington arts center

By Barbara Starn 7:26 p.m.
Every organization operates on a business model. Shauna Soom, the new executive director of Touchstone Center for Arts and Crafts, Farmington, hopes to apply that philosophy to her position so …


Community-owned grocery store considered for Blairsville

By Gina DelFavero
It has been five years since the Blairsville BiLo supermarket closed its doors. In those five year, developers have continued to pursue, but have yet to attract, another mainstream grocer to fill that void in Blairsville’s downtown district. In a …


Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce 10:40 p.m.
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …


Former Ringgold guidance counselor facing sex charges

By Rick Bruni Jr. and Jeremy Sellew
A former Ringgold High School guidance counselor was accused Wednesday of having sex with a student while she was employed by the district. Lianne Danko, 33, of Rolling Hill Farm …


Hempfield pair caught in vehicle scam

By Liz Zemba 9:57 p.m.
A Hempfield couple figured they were helping a fellow soldier prepare to deploy to Afghanistan when they agreed to buy a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado they ...


U.S. Steel gives $60,000 to scholarship program to help Mon-Yough area schools

By Patrick Cloonan
Five Mon-Yough area parochial schools will benefit from $60,000 that U.S. Steel donated to the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program conducted by Bridge Educational Foundation. “This program has the ability …


Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey — because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election prospects improved Thursday in one national forecast because its author says members of the Democratic establishment “loathe” challenger Joe Sestak and the other Democratic candidate’s …

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Friday - May 22, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans
The collective jaws of veterans in Western Pennsylvania hit the floor when former Veterans Affairs regional director Michael Moreland last week resurfaced from out of …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: When it comes to vintage items, Munhall store owner an old hand
In a world of one-click online ordering, this place is an anomaly. If you want some of Too Groovy’s vintage pop culture products, forget about …

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Talented musician taught, arranged, composed

By Craig Smith
When the Pittsburgh Symphony needed an extra trumpet player for gigs at New York’s Carnegie Hall during the 1950s, they called Bob Haberman. “We took three busloads of guys,” said …