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Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellent

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon police are investigating people caught on camera spraying deer culling corrals and bait with deer repellent and urine. J. Merlin Benner, president of Tioga County-based Wildlife Specialists LLC, said the photos taken by his infrared game cameras show people at some of the automatic feeders and corrals taking …

Federal jury says gas company shorted owners on royalties

By Brian Bowling 5:27 p.m.
A natural gas company underpaid the royalties it owed property owners for gas it extracted between 2006 and 2012, a federal jury decided Thursday. Nine Greene County property owners claimed in the lawsuit that Energy Corporation of America improperly charged …

Audit: Pitt oversight of youth camp staff backgrounds spotty

By Natasha Lindstrom 7:40 p.m.
The University of Pittsburgh failed for years to review whether adults running youth camps at university facilities had cleared required criminal and child abuse background checks, a state audit found. The university since has taken steps to correct that spotty …

Allegheny

Loose barges on the Mon highlight woes of winter’s end

By Tribune-Review 7:18 p.m.
Seventeen barges remain lodged against a train trestle in Duquesne after breaking free Wednesday on the fast-moving Monongahela River. Two towing vessels that were called to remove the barges were …

Westmoreland

11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters

By Renatta Signorini
The rising waters of nearby Four Mile Run touched off what would prove to be a sleepless night for Betsy Kruel. At 1 a.m. Wednesday, the ...

Fayette

Markleysburg man dies in crash on Route 40

By Tribune-Review 6:54 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY HENRY CLAY Driver, 32, dies in Route 40 crash A Markleysburg man was killed Wednesday night in a vehicle accident on Route 40 in Henry Clay, authorities said. Jon Kohlmeyer, 32, was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma at …

Armstrong

Armstrong tourist bureau rethinking vote to move to East Franklin

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong County Tourist Bureau is rethinking its recent decision to move out of Kittanning to the Belmont Complex in East Franklin this year. “We’re looking at all of our options before we decide when, or even if, we end …

Beaver

Drug charges filed against Monaca mother, daughter in teen’s death

By Bill Vidonic 5:54 p.m.
A Monaca mother and daughter sold an anti-anxiety medication to a borough teen who later died of a drug overdose, police say. Danielle Hrelec, 41, and Brandi Spohn, 20, have an April 2 preliminary hearing on charges of drug possession …

Butler

Seneca Valley special-needs student left on bus

By Rick Wills 5:15 p.m.
A school bus company that transports Seneca Valley students fired a driver and monitor who left a special needs child on a bus for several hours this week. The driver and monitor worked for AJ Myers & Sons, said Linda …

Indiana

Train hits PennDOT truck plow in Indiana County, driver not hurt

By Tribune-Review 6:38 p.m.
A PennDOT driver escaped injury early Thursday morning when the snow plow truck he was driving in northern Indiana County slid into a ditch and a train hit the front plow, a spokeswoman said. The accident occurred at the intersection …

Somerset

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World Trade Center. “The first …

Washington

Man found fatally shot in Washington

By Tribune-Review
One man was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Washington, according to police. Marius Chatman, 24, of Washington, was pronounced dead about 5:40 a.m. near School and D avenues, according to county coroner Timothy Warco. Police said they received …

Education

School officials hopeful of seeing increases in education funding under Wolf plan

By Patrick Cloonan
Increases in combined basic and special education funding range from 4.38 percent for Norwin to 10.66 percent for East Allegheny under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget. Most other Mon-Yough …

Pennsylvania

Wolf’s Pa. budget plan seen as having almost no chance

By Brad Bumsted 6:03 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed shift from property taxes to higher income and sales levies has virtually no chance to pass the GOP-dominated legislature as is, lawmakers and analysts said Wednesday, though he struck a theme appealing to …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - March 5, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Fourth Street Market serves as oasis in Braddock restaurant desert
When it comes to having a superior dining option, Braddock isn’t as barren a location as people might think. Monica Johnson’s first trip to the …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Allegheny County councilman prepares push for outside prosecutors in police misconduct cases
When Michael Bell received $1.75 million in 2010 to settle his six-year lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wis., police department over the police shooting death of …

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Obituaries

Dermatologist led UPMC residency program

By Tony Raap
Several rounds of chemotherapy didn’t stop Lisa Grandinetti from treating her patients. Dr. Grandinetti, a dermatologist at UPMC, made her final rounds about two weeks ago, despite being in excruciating …