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Pa. Supreme Court: Highmark Medicare Advantage members to retain access to UPMC

By Wes Venteicher
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday preserving in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors for 182,000 Western Pennsylvania seniors with Highmark Inc.’s Medicare Advantage health insurance plans until 2019. The state’s highest court affirmed a Commonwealth Court decision from May favoring Highmark in a dispute over language in …

Slain St. Clair officer walked into ‘worst nightmare’ for police

By Paul Peirce
As police Officer Lloyd Reed Jr. lay mortally wounded in the darkness on the ground outside a New Florence house, he grasped his radio to make a final call. He had been …

Pittsburgh region’s philanthropic sector at top of nation’s pack

By Natasha Lindstrom
Large charities in greater Pittsburgh have more assets, bring in more contributions and spend less on fundraising than most of their counterparts nationwide, a charity evaluator found. This region’s philanthropic sector is …


Group reports ethnically charged comments in Moroccan taxi driver’s Hazelwood shooting

By Megan Guza 9:30 a.m.
A Moroccan taxi driver shot in the back on Thanksgiving morning in Hazelwood did not tell police that the gunman made ethnically charged comments, but a civil rights group that spoke with him told investigators, who continued to examine the …


Babies welcomed to the world in holiday style

By Brad Pedersen
More than a dozen students from Lenape Technical School’s Life Skills program are making sure babies born in Armstrong County this month are in the Christmas spirit. This marks the …


Victim in ATV crash in Beaver County identified

By Staff Wire Reports
The Beaver County Coroner’s Office on Saturday identified a man who drowned after crashing his all-terrain vehicle into a pond. Robert Wright, 60, lost control of his ATV on Bessor Road near Fombell behind the Zelienople Municipal Airport shortly after …


Appeals court upholds sentence of man convicted of fatal shooting outside ‘The O’

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a five- to 15-year manslaughter sentence for the Lincoln-Lemington man who shot and killed a former Slippery Rock football player outside the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland in the summer of 2013. Isiah Joshua …


Uniontown man charged with rape

By Tribune-Review
A Uniontown man is accused of raping a woman in a Lincoln Street residence. Darian Harris, 19, is charged by Uniontown Police with two counts of rape, three counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, and one count …


Indiana County school employee allegedly showed 2 students an inappropriate photo

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating a staff member at Marion Center High School who apparently allowed two students to view an inappropriate photo, according to a news release. Police said the student victims are a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. …


Alpine touring skiing movement faces uphill climb in Western Pa.

By Aaron Aupperlee
Skiing uphill might not make sense to the uninitiated at first. People opt to fight gravity and slipping to trudge uphill when chairlifts whisk other skiers and snowboarders to the …


Absenteeism high on first day back after Peters Township teacher strike

By Tom Fontaine
More than 1,700 students in  Peters Township School District — 42 percent of the enrollment — missed school Friday, the first day of classes since a 21-day strike by teachers, counselors and nurses, a spokeswoman said. “We anticipated attendance would …


Slain St. Clair officer walked into ‘worst nightmare’ for police

By Paul Peirce
As police Officer Lloyd Reed Jr. lay mortally wounded in the darkness on the ground outside a New Florence house, he grasped his radio to ...


North Allegheny 7th best school in national ranking, moves up 2 spots

By Tony LaRussa
North Allegheny School District made the top 10 list for the best schools in the country for the second consecutive year in the Niche K-12 National Rankings, which was originally known as College Prowler. The distinction of best district belongs …


Cheyney University’s accreditation in jeopardy over financial woes

By Elizabeth Behrman 9:30 a.m.
A regional accreditation body has placed Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on probation because there is “insufficient evidence” that the school has the institutional resources to meet accreditation standards. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, based in Philadelphia, placed the …

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Monday - Nov. 30, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: To pay or not to pay: Hospital’s bill for procedure or insurer’s rate?
Every five years, George Pallis gets a battery for the defibrillator that helps his heart beat. Time to change the batteries, his doctor told him …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
The gender card is a loser for Democrats
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Group on the WATCH for killer toys finds danger in every playtime
Beware the life-threatening fake excrement. You’d think the only threat a gag gift designed to provoke gags of revulsion would pose would be to good …

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Nature lover spread joy of home ownership

By Rick Wills
Marge Doak knew the importance of home — specifically, the importance of finding the right home. “She really enjoyed seeing people get into a place that they could call home. …