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No one way to fix Western Pennsylvania’s heroin problem, report says

By Brian Bowling
A report on Western Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic puts part of the responsibility on doctors, who it says don’t properly prescribe opioid painkillers. Many people first become addicted to prescription drugs but move on to heroin because it is cheaper and stronger, notes the report released Monday by a group of …

Deal means foundations can move forward to buy August Wilson Center

By Natasha Lindstrom
The politicians, foundations and passionate patrons backing the financially embattled August Wilson Center for African American Culture won out with a courtroom compromise that jilted a developer whose bid was higher. Dollar …

Corbett: Downtown project will ‘make a huge difference’ in Pittsburgh

By Melissa Daniels 12:00 a.m.
The former Saks Fifth Avenue department store and largely vacant Henry W. Oliver Building will undergo a $134 million renovation with state assistance that Gov. Tom Corbett said is an investment in …

Allegheny

Pitt wins federal grant to train public health workers in food safety, infectious disease control

By Adam Smeltz
The University of Pittsburgh will use nearly $3.4 million in federal grant money to help train public health workers in five states on issues such as food safety and infectious disease control, the school announced Monday. Pitt topped Johns Hopkins …

Westmoreland

Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Allegheny County mental health facility has decided not to treat the Franklin Regional student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates during a knife …

Fayette

Apple Dumpling Festival planned  at Connellsville Presbyterian Church

By Nancy Henry 12:07 a.m.
Thursday is the Apple Dumpling Festival at the Presbyterian Church. You can enjoy an apple dumpling, ice cream and coffee or punch for $5. A sandwich and coleslaw will be available for $3. Apple dumplings will be sold to take …

Armstrong

Six high school bands marching in West Shamokin at annual show

By Brad Pedersen 12:06 a.m.
West Shamokin High School will be this year’s host of the Armstrong County Marching Band Festival Wednesday evening. The 14th installment of the annual show features performances by high school …

Beaver

Beaver Co. commissioners allow deputy sheriffs to escort motorcycle run

By Bill Vidonic
Beaver County commissioners have agreed to allow deputy sheriffs to help escort about 2,000 motorcyclists Saturday on a 70-mile ride through the county to honor Vietnam War veterans. The county took Sheriff George David to court last year, saying he …

Butler

At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe for the picking, police said. …

Indiana

Fundraising under way for Indiana County newborn struck by stray bullet

By Stacey Federoff
Kalyn Iverson said she was shocked to learn her nephew was struck in the eye by a hunter’s bullet just a few days after he was born and wanted to …

Somerset

Somerset County priest charged with child sexual exploitation involving orphanages

By Richard Gazarik
For a decade, a Western Pennsylvania priest traveled to orphanages in Central and South America under the guise of doing relief work. But on Thursday, federal officials arrested the priest, …

Washington

Allenport home of killer riddled by bullets

By Tribune-Review
The Allenport home of a man who authorities say shot and killed his estranged wife apparently was riddled by bullets during the weekend. State police reported that “several shots” were fired at an occupied home on Middle Street at 2:10 …

Education

Corbett announces funding for programs for at-risk students

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett announced $23.1 million in state funding for social and artistic activities in high-poverty, low-performing schools on Monday, including nine in Western Pennsylvania. Among the 64 winners were the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Consortium …

Pennsylvania

Attorney general lets Corbett aides view pornographic images from emails

By Brad Bumsted and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille said Monday that if any judges were involved in exchanging sexually explicit emails Gov. Tom Corbett’s aides reputedly sent when he was attorney general, they will “have to pay the piper.” …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Sept. 29, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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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
Time running out for Corbett to find mud that sticks to Wolf
For Gov. Tom Corbett to have any chance of being re-elected, Republicans quickly have to ramp up the mudslinging. The GOP has taken tentative baby …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because …

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Obituaries

Engineer leaves long-lasting concrete, civic legacy

By Megan Harris
Sandy Ussia and Laura Huch-Kerckhoff see their father in Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington and cities up and down the East Coast. He embraces them in the creamy white and …