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In historic vote, Pa. Senate approves bill selling state liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted 1:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state Senate for the first time on Tuesday approved legislation to privatize the state liquor system. “It is a historic piece of legislation to finally put Pennsylvania into the 21st century,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County. The bill won approval 27-22. It goes …

Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up

By Megan Guza 3:42 p.m.
The attorney for a Plum High School teacher charged for the second time with victim intimidation said Tuesday that even if his client contacted the victim, the emails do not merit the charge. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was charged Monday with …

Employee who wrote letter supporting Kathleen Kane got $11,000 raise

By Brad Bumsted 3:08 p.m.
HARRISBURG — An employee who wrote a public letter defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s leadership received a salary increase of about $11,300, state records show. Becky Berkebile, formerly an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, wrote that things …

Allegheny

Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up

By Megan Guza 3:42 p.m.
The attorney for a Plum High School teacher charged for the second time with victim intimidation said Tuesday that even if his client contacted the victim, the emails do not merit the charge. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was charged Monday with …

Armstrong

Trailer fire puts Rayburn family out of home

By Brigid Beatty
A family of three was displaced by a Monday afternoon fire in the trailer where they lived at 195 Staley’s Court Road in Rayburn. Teri Lowers, 43, and her two …

Beaver

Beaver County daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

By Jason Mackey
Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey …

Butler

Cranberry woman forced into trunk of car at apartment complex

By Bill Vidonic 3:33 p.m.
An armed man forced a Cranberry woman into the trunk of her vehicle before he drove off with some of her belongings, township police said. Taquan Maxwell, 21, of Grove City, is charged with robbery, theft, unlawful restraint and related …

Fayette

Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown

By Liz Zemba
A Brooklyn man who took a cab from Philadelphia to Uniontown to surprise his fiancée instead found himself booked into the Fayette County jail when he couldn’t pay the $749 …

Indiana

Halliburton closing Indiana County office

By David Conti 3:23 p.m.
Oilfield services giant Halliburton is closing its Indiana County office as gas drilling customers pressured by low prices focus more of their activity in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals boost patient security

By Mary Pickels
Newly implemented technology and increased visitor security policies are among efforts two regional health care systems are utilizing in their patient care. Monongahela Valley Hospital is working to more securely register patients, while Uniontown Hospital is boosting safety measures for …

Westmoreland

St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

By Renatta Signorini
Eric Kocian is looking for answers. With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, ...

Education

Pension obligations take toll on school districts

By Debra Erdley
Though Lynna Thomas has nothing but praise for the Greensburg Salem schools, she’s worried. The mother of two from Greensburg is concerned that the school district’s decision to eliminate a pair of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and boost class sizes …

Pennsylvania

In historic vote, Pa. Senate approves bill selling state liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted 1:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state Senate for the first time on Tuesday approved legislation to privatize the state liquor system. “It is a historic piece of legislation to finally put Pennsylvania …

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Monday - June 29, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: It’s time to reinvent view from Mt. Washington with Ferris wheel
Pittsburgh needs to think big, think bold, and most importantly, think tall. Perhaps 10 stories tall. The city should simultaneously embrace its inventive heritage and …

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Obituaries

Pediatrician humbly served country, community

By Katishi Maake
As a child in a poor, Slovakian family during the Great Depression, Michael Krak never thought he would go to college. He held that notion through his enlistment with the …