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Feds approve compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 8:53 p.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, and the Obama administration, which has been putting pressure on 24 states that didn’t expand Medicaid under the president’s divisive Affordable Care Act, each claimed victory. Wolf supports the Obama plan. Corbett said his alternative to expansion allows the state to “reform a …

Former McCandless ice cream shop owner convicted of sex charges

By Adam Brandolph 7:18 p.m.
The former owner of a McCandless ice cream shop sexually abused two underage sisters over a five-year-period, mostly inside his Marshall home, an Allegheny County jury decided Thursday. The jury of seven men and five women found David F. Higginbotham, …

City won’t make Labor Day deadline to hire police chief

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will miss his Labor Day deadline for naming a new police chief, but said he hopes to announce a hiring next week. Peduto said he is interviewing candidates picked from a list of 11 — four …

Allegheny

City won’t make Labor Day deadline to hire police chief

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will miss his Labor Day deadline for naming a new police chief, but said he hopes to announce a hiring next week. Peduto said he is interviewing candidates picked from a list of 11 — four …

Westmoreland

Facebook fans fancy ‘I’m So Greensburg’

By Dave Knoepfle 8:55 p.m.
Devotees fancy the Facebook phenomenon “I’m So Greensburg.” Started as a friendly challenge in July between friends Erik Masaln and Joey Ramsey to determine who …

Fayette

Police hunt for North Union shooter

By Tribune-Review 6:54 p.m.
State police in Fayette County are seeking information on a shooting that left two people wounded in North Union Wednesday night. Jared William Rivera, 29, of Uniontown, and Mark Samuel Goldbert, 29, of Clarksburg, W. Va., were shot at 8:26 …

Armstrong

Workers shaken by news Kittanning Foodland will close

By Brad Pedersen
The owner of Foodland in East Franklin is keeping his business plans to himself as 85 workers at the store wonder about their futures in light of this week’s announcement …

Beaver

State police unable to determine source of fatal South Beaver explosion

By Bill Vidonic
The cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple will remain undetermined, a state fire marshal said on Tuesday. Ray Trautvetter, 74, and Janet Trautvetter, 69, died of blunt force trauma July 15 when their home was …

Butler

Man from care home dies at Moraine State Park after being pulled from water

By Bill Vidonic 7:38 p.m.
A man died at Moraine State Park Thursday after being pulled from Lake Arthur, park officials said. The 52-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was a resident of a care home in New Wilmington, Mercer County, park Manager Dustin Drew said. …

Indiana

Indiana County township ‘afraid for the water’ fights waste well

By David Conti
The residents of Grant Township barely outnumber the gas wells dotting strip-mined hills of their northern Indiana County community. Energy companies long have pulled resources from the 26 square miles …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity

By Chasity Capasso
Avonworth’s new two-story primary center for kindergarten through second grade opened Monday and is easing overcrowding in the growing school district. “Our elementary school was bursting at the seams,” Superintendent …

Pennsylvania

Feds approve compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 8:53 p.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, and the Obama administration, which has been putting …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Being fired fresh injury for guard
Seldom in the workforce is heroism apparent grounds for dismissal. That’s what makes John “Sarge” Resetar’s situation so confounding. After risking his life while dutifully …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Ex-policeman doted on kids, grandkids

By Tom Fontaine
After serving in the Navy and with Pittsburgh police, Robert Cicchino devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, family members said. “He always helped coaching sports when our sons …