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Statewide program planned to train first responders on hazards of natural gas vehicles

By Craig Smith 5:24 p.m.
First responders will have to deal with new challenges — and use different techniques — if called to battle fires or crashes involving vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas, officials planning a statewide training program said. Since compressed natural gas is catching on as a fuel source — the Pennsylvania …

McCord to plead guilty to federal charges from campaign fundraising

By Brad Bumsted Brian Bowling  and Mike Wereschagin
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord on Friday acknowledged that he “stepped over the line” when raising campaign money for his failed gubernatorial bid, and his lawyers said he intends to plead …

Sale of Deflategate chocolate football nets $20K for charity

By The Associated Press
A dented chocolate football created by a Canonsburg candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity. The ball created by Sarris …

Allegheny

City crews getting ready for winter storm expected Sunday, Monday

By Melissa Daniels 6:34 p.m.
Road crews throughout Western Pennsylvania are prepping for anywhere from 3 to 12 inches of snow through Sunday and a rough Monday morning commute. Forecasts call for snow and freezing rain beginning Sunday overnight through Monday afternoon, according to a …

Westmoreland

Hempfield man receives long-overdue Bronze Star for World War II service

By Greg Reinbold
Daniel Romano wasn’t sure his congressman’s office had the right guy. Romano, 92, a World War II veteran, said he was surprised when he learned he ...

Fayette

Canteen displays dish out pieces of Connellsville history

By Marilyn Forbes 5:15 p.m.
When it was planned, the Connellsville Canteen was to be a replica of the original canteen that served World War II troops in the city in the 1940s. Now the …

Armstrong

Arts on Allegheny seeks donors

By Brigid Beatty
Arts on the Allegheny has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign to ensure the music keeps flowing along Kittanning’s Riverfront Park this summer. This will be the nonprofit’s eighth year …

Beaver

Ambridge fire brought quickly under control

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters battled a fire at an Ambridge church Saturday, emergency dispatchers said. The fire, first reported around noon at the United Presbyterian Church at Ninth Street and Maplewood Avenue, was reported under control within 20 minutes, according to dispatchers. No …

Butler

Butler County skiers ready for Special Olympics

By Rick Wills 5:18 p.m.
Rosalind Pitzer likes the thrill of speed and the feel of cold air rushing against her face. Even more than that, making new friends is Pitzer’s biggest attraction to the …

Indiana

Fatal shooting over food puts Indiana County man in prison

By Paul Peirce
An Indiana County man, who was so angry at a friend for “mooching” food that he fatally shot him during Memorial Day weekend, apologized to the victim’s family Friday before he was sentenced to 41⁄2 to 10 years in prison. …

Somerset

Somerset County man dies in mine accident

By Jacob Tierney
A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year. Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating …

Washington

Suicide support group at Monongahela Valley Hospital looks to fill void

By Mary Pickels 5:10 p.m.
Perceiving an unmet need in the sections of Fayette, Washington and Greene counties where he works, psychologist Sam Lonich will lead a new suicide bereavement support group at the Monongahela …

Education

Twin Rivers Intermediate students get hands-on science lessons

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District’s Twin Rivers Intermediate students learned about animals, snow and space travel Thursday. It was the fifth installment of the school’s monthly Science Day. This school year, …

Pennsylvania

Statewide program planned to train first responders on hazards of natural gas vehicles

By Craig Smith 5:24 p.m.
First responders will have to deal with new challenges — and use different techniques — if called to battle fires or crashes involving vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas, officials …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Jan. 30, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: When you’re done reading this, take a break from sitting
Get up. Sitting can be hazardous to your health. Just when I thought I’d heard about every possible disease in the world, along comes the …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Nation sick of Obama blunders, Perry tells state Republicans
Americans have had enough of domestic and foreign relations blunders perpetrated during President Obama’s six years in office, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday. …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Obituaries

Attorney’s military bearing belied giving nature

By Melissa Daniels 6:47 p.m.
Skip Beamer was a man who spoke his mind e_SEmD to friends, to strangers, to opponents in the courtroom. But as friends recall, he spoke to everyone. “He would say …