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GNC will expand its testing of supplements in settlement with NY

By Chris Fleisher
GNC Holdings said it will expand testing of herbal dietary supplements beyond what federal law requires as the industry comes under increased scrutiny. The Downtown-based vitamin and supplement retailer announced a deal Monday with the New York attorney general to settle accusations that the company was selling products that were …

Pittsburgh, Heinz Endowments to partner in eco-friendly development

By Tom Fontaine  and Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Heinz Endowments plan to announce an initiative Tuesday that will focus on redeveloping about 500 city acres in environmentally friendly, sustainable ways. A website for the …

Pgh. International leader strives to inject Pittsburgh flavor into airport

By Melissa Daniels
At the San Francisco airport, travelers can practice yoga in a mirror-walled room. Vancouver has a ceiling-height aquarium stocked with native species; Nashville, a Gibson guitar-themed cafe. New Allegheny County Airport Authority …

Allegheny

Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business pleads guilty to swindling the bereaved out of $90K

By Adam Brandolph  and Megan Guza
Money is not enough to cover the damage done by Curtis Eakman, the former owner of a Penn Hills headstone business who swindled 56 mourning family members out of more …

Armstrong

Lenape students work on Habitat house in Kittanning

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical students are putting their training to good use in Kittanning. Students from the electrical and environmental control classes are teaming up with the Armstrong County Habitat for Humanity …

Beaver

Ramp projects across Western Pennsylvania to start this week

By Tribune-Review
Ramp improvements intended to reduce wrong-way crashes will begin this week on highways in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, PennDOT said. Shoulder restrictions will be in place on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as crews install signs, high-visibility …

Butler

Butler County’s burgeoning tourism industry provides economic boost

By Bill Vidonic
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry is expected to draw more than 400,000 visitors a year who, tourism officials expect, will infuse millions of dollars into Butler County hotels, …

Fayette

Red Cross says blood supply runs short in Greater Allegheny region

By Karl Polacek
An urgent need for certain blood types is being blamed on the snowstorms of March. “So, basically, storms that we had in March cancelled more than 200 blood drives, or …

Indiana

Clymer woman dies in 2-vehicle crash in Homer City

By Jacob Tierney
A 75-year-old Clymer woman was killed in a crash on Route 119 in Homer City on Friday night. Madeline Ralston was the passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, traveling north near Sanso’s Italian Deli, according to the Indiana …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Charges against Wash High aide accused of having sex with student withdrawn

By Adam Brandolph
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office on Monday withdrew charges against a teacher’s aide accused of having sex with a student inside her car because the victim did not show up to court. Prosecutors charged Tracy Ardeno, 45, an aide …

Westmoreland

Laurel Mountain Ski Resort discusses planned revival

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ligonier Township resident Kim Bellas-Matrunics, 48, loved to ski with friends at the Laurel Mountain ski area when she was a kid, eating Christmas cookies ...

Education

Mon Valley schools honored for commitment to music education

By Patrick Cloonan 6:48 a.m.
A commitment to music can be heard from the stage of East Allegheny’s Logan Middle School. “Ready?” East Allegheny orchestra director Stephen Ehrlich asks 35 string musicians as he holds …

Pennsylvania

Former Pa. Gov. Corbett: From pension critic to collector

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, a vocal advocate for pension reform, is collecting a $38,765 state pension, retirement system records show. He withdrew a $118,378 lump-sum payment based …

Photo Gallery

Monday - March 30, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Ohio governor Kasich, a McKees Rocks native, considers presidential run
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Gov. John Kasich said Monday he’ll decide soon whether to make a run for the White House in 2016, saying he …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate ‘humanity’ contract
UNITED FEDERATION  OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they …

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Obituaries

Mom gave back to nation, communities, churches

By Jason Cato
With her husband serving in Europe during World War II with the Army, Josephine Baker wanted to support the effort. She donned a military uniform and shuttled military officials who …