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PennDOT worker injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic 6:55 p.m.
A helicopter flew one PennDOT paint truck worker Thursday to a Pittsburgh hospital because he was injured when the truck overturned into a creek in Beaver County. Two other workers in the truck were hurt as well. The vehicle overturned in the 500 block of Grange Road in Brighton around …

Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana 7:37 p.m.
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed up at Allderdice High School with a …


Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana 7:37 p.m.
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed up at Allderdice High School …


Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water

By Kari Andren
From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling …


Central Fellowship Church, Connellsville, pastor retires after 31 years

By Rachel Basinger 4:56 p.m.
After completing seminary in Minnesota, Pastor Ray Keefer and his wife Sandy never knew their choice to move back to the Connellsville area to sell their home would result in …


Fire ravages Dayton area meat-packing plant

By Julie E. Martin
Owners of a Dayton area meat-processing plant ravaged by fire early Wednesday tracked through the ruins in the afternoon, quietly surveying damage done to the business they had purchased only …


Woman sues Beaver County shelter, alleges discrimination

By Brian Bowling 7:06 p.m.
A Beaver County women’s shelter demoted and then fired its finance director because she has paraplegia, a condition that makes it hard for people to move their legs, the woman claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Renee Walker of …


Virus found at South Butler school

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 6:27 p.m.
An “identified case” of enterovirus D68 has been found at South Butler Primary School, according to the South Butler School District. The virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children. A district spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. …


Blairsville district judge placed on leave

By Rich Cholodofsky
Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega will be placed on paid administrative leave on Monday as state police at the Indiana County barracks continue to investigate her alleged involvement in a …


Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …


Range Resources to pay $4.15M fine, close old gas drilling impoundments

By David Conti 7:33 p.m.
Range Resources Corp. agreed to pay the largest state fine levied against a Pennsylvania shale driller and close five drilling wastewater impoundments in Washington County because of leaks into soil …


State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris 5:25 p.m.
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …


Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officer

By The Philadelphia Inquirer 6:56 p.m.
SCRANTON — Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper’s funeral as a manhunt for …

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Thursday - Sept. 18, 2014

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Battlefield, ballfield fascinated Civil War buff

By Craig Smith
Jack Halvey loved chasing down pop flies in the infield and studying the history of the Civil War. “He played softball three times a week up until about four years …