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Policy to suspend employees with felony charges doesn’t apply to Pa. AG

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A policy adopted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane requires suspension without pay for any employee of her office charged with a felony, but the rule does not apply to Kane, who is under criminal investigation. Kane was not under investigation when she signed a code of conduct for …

Broad-based tax increases off-limits, GOP leaders tell Gov. Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican leaders are drawing “a bright line” in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, declaring broad-based tax increases off-limits, a top senator said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, …

Uber lowers fares in Pittsburgh

By Melissa Daniels
Morgan McCollum hails an Uber car to get home from her job at McFadden’s on the North Shore about once a week, especially on nights when she leaves late. “Everyone’s always very …

Allegheny

Weather puts county emergency operations into ‘storm mode’

By Michael Hasch
Several Pittsburgh Pirates players made the biggest play of the night when they helped to free a groundskeeper who got swallowed by a billowing tarpaulin that was being pulled over the infield when storms rolled through Alle­gheny and surrounding counties …

Armstrong

Chicora man charged after entering East Franklin home

By Julie E. Martin
A Chicora man found passed out Monday morning in the East Franklin home of a family he did not know has been charged with felonies for burglary and trespassing. Zachary …

Beaver

Man wanted on rape, attempted homicide charges in Beaver County arrested in Fla.

By Megan Guza
A man wanted by authorities in Beaver County on rape and attempted homicide charges was arrested Monday in Florida, about a week since police say he assaulted his girlfriend and hid in a neighbor’s home, where the homeowner stabbed him …

Butler

ACLU asks Butler County developer to drop fracking-related lawsuit

By Rick Wills
The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it sent a letter to a Butler County developer asking him and other residents to drop a lawsuit against five Middlesex residents and two nonprofits. The ACLU contends the suit by the developer …

Fayette

Storm causes scattered power outages in central Westmoreland County, parts of Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A storm that moved through central Westmoreland County Tuesday night left between 1,000 and 2,500 West Penn Power Co. customers without electricity, but the utility said the majority of customers should have their power restored by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Among …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

Somerset man hospitalized after being assaulted; suspect jailed

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is in jail after allegedly beating a man so severely on Sunday that he had to be hospitalized. Rodger Allen Oakes Jr., 28, was charged by borough police with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault in …

Washington

Men responsible for shooting death of 10-year-old Washington girl sent to prison

By Jason Cato
Two gunmen responsible for firing shots that killed a 10-year-old Washington girl in the middle of the night in her apartment will serve lengthy prison sentences, a judge decided Monday. Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski, visiting from Allegheny County, sentenced …

Westmoreland

Storm causes scattered power outages in central Westmoreland County, parts of Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A storm that moved through central Westmoreland County Tuesday night left between 1,000 and 2,500 West Penn Power Co. customers without electricity, but the utility said the majority of customers should have their power restored by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Among the ...

Education

Plum board members reach consensus on new elementary school

By Karen Zapf 12:00 a.m.
The Plum School Board on Tuesday night reached a consensus to proceed with building a new Regency Park Elementary School. “The right thing to do is build a school,” board member John St. Leger said following a nearly hour-long board …

Pennsylvania

Policy to suspend employees with felony charges doesn’t apply to Pa. AG

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A policy adopted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane requires suspension without pay for any employee of her office charged with a felony, but the rule does not apply …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - July 7, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of swimming, the board president at …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Philly’s new vibrancy lures crowds
PHILADELPHIA — Only a year old, in this birthplace of American democracy,  Independence Beer Garden is a landscaped oasis in a once-stark cement portico. It …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Kennywood’s recent issues ‘a bumpy ride’ the park can’t wait to end
What’s happening at Kennywood is enough to cause even Laffin’ Sal to frown in dismay. Sal is the cackling automaton stationed outside the West Mifflin …

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Obituaries

Longtime bus driver worked hard to the end

By Rick Wills 12:01 a.m.
In the hours before he died Friday, Fred Hunker mowed his 2-acre lawn. “He liked to stay busy and to do things. That never stopped. Since he died, so many …