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RiverQuest short of money, looks for a partner

By Bill Zlatos 12:28 a.m.
RiverQuest, a river-based education program, is so low on cash that it may go out of business. “If we do not have a merger partner by the end of our fiscal year, which is in June, we will begin closing the program down,” said Jim Roddey, president of the RiverQuest …

City’s efforts bolstered to track illegal dumping

By Bob Bauder
An environmental group is giving Pittsburgh six surveillance cameras to spot people illegally dumping garbage. Pittsburgh’s anti-litter coordinator Melissa Rosenfeld said the donated cameras from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful join three others that …

Man found fatally shot in Larimer a mile away from Homewood peace march

By Margaret Harding
Pittsburgh police found the victim of a fatal shooting about an hour before and just a mile away from the start of a peace march through Homewood on Friday. Someone called 911 …

Allegheny

City’s efforts bolstered to track illegal dumping

By Bob Bauder
An environmental group is giving Pittsburgh six surveillance cameras to spot people illegally dumping garbage. Pittsburgh’s anti-litter coordinator Melissa Rosenfeld said the donated cameras from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful join three …

Westmoreland

‘We Are FR’ fund going strong

By Stacey Federoff
A steak house is an unlikely place for a jump in business on Good Friday, but in Murrysville, diners visited Hoss’s on Route 22 in …

Fayette

Former Mystic Inn burns in Republic, Fayette County

By Tribune-Review 1:47 a.m.
Firefighters were responding to a structure fire late Friday night in Republic, Fayette County. Emergency management officials reported that building that once housed the Mystic Inn was fully engulfed in flames. More than 15 fire companies were called shortly after …

Armstrong

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By For The Leader Times 12:14 a.m.
Two survivors of a Wednesday night car crash that killed five people in Armstrong County remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said. Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore and Kristy Ann Schall, …

Beaver

Beaver County victim upset attacker gets only probation

By Bill Vidonic
A 15-year-old boy attacked in his Beaver County school last year said on Thursday he was disappointed that his assailant only got probation. “That really upset me a lot,” said Zach Montgomery of Center. “I’m just afraid that he’s going …

Butler

Police investigate shooting in Muddy Creek

By Tribune-Review
Investigators were consulting with the Butler County District Attorney’s office Friday to determine whether charges were warranted in a fatal shooting late Thursday, state police said. One man was shot to death in a mobile home along Robbie Way around …

Indiana

Blairsville seeks applicants for new meter attendant post

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville has taken a first step toward beefing up enforcement of borough parking meters. At its Tuesday meeting, council voted to advertise for applicants for a proposed new part-time parking meter attendant position that would include additional duties as an …

Somerset

Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said. “‘How’s it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several …

Washington

DEP investigating drilling wastewater leak in Washington County

By Jason Cato 12:29 a.m.
Salts from fracking water that seeped into the ground at a Range Resources facility in Washington County will land the energy company a violation notice and possibly a fine, the Department of Environmental Protection said on Friday. “We, of course, …

Education

District attorney’s office takes paperwork from Wilkinsburg Middle School

By Bobby Kerlik
Detectives from the Alle-gheny County District Attorney’s Office spent two hours at Wilkinsburg Middle School on Wednesday and left with paperwork as part of an investigation of funds for an afterschool program. Wilkinsburg police in November charged the program’s former …

Pennsylvania

Pa. unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2008; 12,000 more enter workforce

By Chris Fleisher
More Pennsylvanians entered the job market last month and some of them are getting hired as the state’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since October 2008. The March unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 …

Photo Gallery

Friday - April 18, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees 12:01 a.m.
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the end of the year. So …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates
Citing a right to participate in democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down limits in federal law on aggregate campaign contributions that individual donors …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Democratic primary voters in South Hills get little info from campaign ads
Carefully review the resolutions. This might come as a surprise, but elected officials’ campaign commercials are not an accurate barometer of their performance in office. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also …

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Obituaries

Engineer made most of opportunities in U.S.

By Nicole Chynoweth 12:01 a.m.
When he immigrated from Chios, Greece, to pursue an education, John Mandalakas appreciated the meritocracy he found in the United States. “There was a fairness — that if you worked …