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Veto, special session studied by Corbett to push Pa. pension reform

By Brad Bumsted 12:01 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is strongly considering using his veto power on Thursday to strike funding for the Legislature and calling a special session on pension reform, sources close to the governor say. The legislature’s operating budget would be $280 million in the 2014-15 budget. There’s $50 million …

Suspect freed after Swissvale, city police disagree on who jails him

By Margaret Harding
Tyra Perkins’ relief dissolved into panic when she learned that Swissvale police arrested and then freed the man accused of dislocating her shoulder during an assault because police weren’t willing to take him to jail. “I’m still shaking,” said Perkins, …

Western Pa. hospitals test robot using ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria

By Adam Smeltz
Part electric bug zapper, part “Star Wars,” light-blasting robots are emerging as Western Pennsylvania’s newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections blamed in thousands of patient deaths nationwide. “We’re not going to make the …

Allegheny

Bethel Park woman drowns while trying to save son

By Staff and Wire Reports 2:38 p.m.
Authorities say a Bethel Park woman drowned in Lake Erie while attempting to save her 9-year-old son and his friend after high winds blew the boys’ inner tube into deep …

Westmoreland

Jeannette council rejects referendum on switch to volunteer fire department

By Richard Gazarik 2:14 p.m.
Jeannette’s career firemen still have a career. City Council did an about-face Wednesday night and rejected a proposed ordinance that would have allowed voters to …

Fayette

Game commission officer: Deer in East Huntingdon possibly had ‘severe infection’

By Karl Polacek
A doe that reportedly attacked Rachael McGough, manager of the Sherwin Williams store, in the Countryside Shopping Center in East Huntingdon on Tuesday morning was probably not ill with any disease that would infect humans. WCO Michael Papinchak, the game …

Armstrong

County’s annual rodeo to benefit HAVIN shelter

By Brigid Beatty
Organizers and participants of the 19th annual Fort Armstrong Championship Rodeo are gearing up for Friday and Saturday evening’s events at the Crooked Creek Horse Park in Manor Township. That’s …

Beaver

Beaver County sheriff takes stand in his defense during trial

By Bill Vidonic 12:13 p.m.
Beaver County Sheriff George David took the stand Thursday morning to begin testimony in his trial on charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats and intimidation of a witness. Thursday marked the fourth day of testimony in Beaver County Court. …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School nears completion

By Rachel Farkas
The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry will drench students in natural light. Darren Lloyd, the school’s chief designer, said natural light was used as a building …

Indiana

3 charged with heroin trafficking in Indiana County

By Richard Gazarik
Derrick Clemons of Indiana County once tried to outsmart police by hiding cocaine in his crotch during an arrest for drug dealing, narcotics agents said. Clemons, 36, never held a …

Somerset

Law renames Windber bridge for slain state trooper

By The Associated Press 2:35 p.m.
A Windber bridge is being renamed for a state trooper who was fatally shot by a man chased following a drunken traffic accident in 2002. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported that the bill was signed into law this week renaming …

Washington

Ohio man charged with helping players win at roulette at The Meadows

By Jason Cato
An Ohio man will appear in Washington County next week on allegations he schemed to help players win at the roulette table when he was a dealer at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Robert M. “Rudy” Valle, 56, of Wintersville …

Education

Private Goddard School signs deal to open branch Downtown

By Sam Spatter  and Megan Harris 11:23 a.m.
Working parents in Downtown will have a new child care option in April. The Goddard School, a national, private, early-childhood education provider, leased space on the first floor of Piatt …

Pennsylvania

Corbett signs Pennsylvania budget, vetoes legislative funding

By Brad Bumsted 2:56 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday signed a $29.1 billion, no-tax-hike budget but vetoed a portion of the legislature’s funding, intending to put pressure on lawmakers to rein …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 9, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Scaife’s values will live on
When Hillary Clinton stepped into the Trib’s offices in March 2008, Dick Scaife shook her hand firmly and smiled. I watched in awe because I …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: PUC picks up where comedians leave off
Material this amusing is Improv-worthy. If you’re in the mood for uproarious comedy, there’s no reason to wait until the next time Jerry Seinfeld comes …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s about the mark we leave
This week, I’ve been thinking about how people you don’t know — or barely know — can affect your life in major ways. If it …

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Obituaries

Shoemaker was loving, gracious in adversity

By Joe Napsha
When James Bauccio was a boy, he and his family endured the hardships of living under the German army’s occupation of Sicily during World War II. He, his mother and …