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House defeats governor’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted 3:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state House on Wednesday shot down Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed plan to raise the personal income tax from 3.07 to 3.57 percent and levy an extraction tax on natural gas drillers. House Republican leaders had invited Wolf to offer his plan to rank-and-file lawmakers to see whether …

Trump falls to Democrats in latest poll of swing states

By Salena Zito
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Ben Carson are currently the best general election candidates in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State …

3 arrested in connection with slaying of teenager in Knoxville

By Megan Guza 3:12 p.m.
Pittsburgh police on Tuesday charged three men in connection with the September killing of a teenager in Knoxville, according to police. Daquan Shafic Moore, 20, Romier Nevels and Antwan Martinez, both 17, …


$9M sought to finish turning Penn Circle in Pittsburgh to two-way streets

By Melissa Daniels 2:50 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s economic development officials are seeking about $9 million to finish a long-running attempt to undo urban planning mistakes in East Liberty. The Urban Redevelopment Authority wants to finish converting what was once the one-way loop known as Penn Circle …


Gather up the family for spooky stories in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
The Ford City Library will be taking to the streets Thursday to host a chilling storytelling session. Families are invited to bring a blanket and gather on the lawn that …


Shell, Center water authority reach agreement on relocating water source

By Tribune-Review
Royal Dutch Shell announced an agreement Tuesday with the Center Township Water Authority to relocate the authority’s water supply source, which is on the site of the company’s proposed petrochemical plant in Potter, Beaver County. The announcement marks another step …


Charges pending in Butler County Rottweiler attack

By Michael Hasch
Charges are pending against the owner of the two Rottweilers that state police say attacked a 70-year-old woman in Butler County this week. The victim, Martha Crawford suffered severe injuries to her arm and leg when she was attacked by …


Connellsville boy enjoys VFD visit; 3-year-old asks for fireman’s coat, hat

By Mark Hofmann
A Connellsville boy burned in a September fire received a special tour of the city’s volunteer fire department this week — something his mother said made him very happy. Holly …


Numerous citations issued during IUP homecoming festivities

By Tribune-Review
Numerous citations were issued during homecoming festivities at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, according to police. At least 29 citations were levied by state, Indiana and IUP police for public drunkenness, according to news releases. Other citations issued during the weekend …


Somerset County priest convicted in child sex case asks for new trial

By Liz Zemba
The attorney for a Somerset County priest found guilty of having sex with three boys at a Honduran orphanage is seeking a new trial. The Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., …


Canon-McMillan drops U.S. Postal Service from condemnation action

By Brian Bowling
A Washington County school district has dropped the U.S. Postal Service from a condemnation lawsuit connected to its new $30 million elementary school complex, a lawyer for the district said Tuesday. Canon-McMillan School District in April filed the lawsuit in …


New Florence assistant fire chief charged with having sex with juvenile

By Nicole Chynoweth 1:55 p.m.
The assistant chief of the New Florence Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with repeatedly having sex with a juvenile who applied for the borough’s junior fireman program in 2013, according to court documents. Kenneth Eugene Steiner, 56, began exchanging text ...


Audit: Work of adviser in Pa. Dept. of Education hard to pin down

By Tom Fontaine 2:50 p.m.
Former Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis showed up for work after he became a special adviser on higher education, but it remains a mystery what he did, according to a …


House defeats governor’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted 3:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state House on Wednesday shot down Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed plan to raise the personal income tax from 3.07 to 3.57 percent and levy an extraction tax …

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Tuesday - Oct. 6, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Cut processed foods, cook your own dinner, and maybe live longer
Go ahead, eat an apple a day and see what happens. I’m not going to knock the practice, but I will tell you that I …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Policy viewed as GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s route to relevance
An extended campaign approach that is long on policy — such as the energy plan he detailed Tuesday — could help Jeb Bush make his …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Kane must stay busy amid load of bad publicity
While she allegedly is corrupt, no one can accuse her of being a couch potato. The smell of smoke around Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane …

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Lady Luck found joy in family, bingo, dancing the polka

By Katelyn Ferral
Anna Ruhle Westerman lived a life that mattered to those whose paths she crossed. The daughter of Austrian and German immigrants, Mrs. Westerman grew up in Millvale and raised her …