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‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a more than $30 billion state budget built on a wide-ranging tax restructuring plan that could, if enacted, become the largest tax hike in Pennsylvania history but significantly cut the school property tax. “It’s time for bold change,” Wolf said of his …

Elizabeth Township, McKeesport impacted by ice jam on Youghiogheny River

By Patrick Cloonan 8:39 p.m.
Authorities in southeastern Allegheny County are watching a rising Monongahela River and a growing ice jam on the Youghiogheny River. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for both the Yough …

Pittsburgh police make command staff promotions, changes

By Megan Guza
Promotions in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday brought command staff changes in three zones as well as larger structural changes in the department. “The future is being formed right in …

Allegheny

Elizabeth Township, McKeesport impacted by ice jam on Youghiogheny River

By Patrick Cloonan 8:39 p.m.
Authorities in southeastern Allegheny County are watching a rising Monongahela River and a growing ice jam on the Youghiogheny River. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for both …

Westmoreland

11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters

By Renatta Signorini 9:07 p.m.
When icy floodwaters rose around Aaron Jones’ home on Schmidt Lane in Ligonier Township, he knew it was time to leave. A water rescue team …

Fayette

Police: Suspect in 1970 cold case homicide of 17-year-old dies days before charges filed

By Bob Stiles and Liz Zemba 9:32 p.m.
Prosecutors in Fayette County were just days away from filing homicide charges against a Dunbar man in a 44-year-old cold case when the suspect died. District Attorney Jack Heneks credited …

Armstrong

Three escape North Apollo fire

By Chuck Biedka 6:05 p.m.
Three people escaped an early afternoon house fire in North Apollo Tuesday. Fire Chief Cliff Rearic said Trisha Blumeraitis, her daughter, Darby Blumeraitis, and Darby’s 2-year-old daughter, all of 1213 …

Beaver

Police charge Beaver County sex offender who snuck into Pittsburgh science center

By Adam Brandolph
Pittsburgh police refiled charges Monday against a convicted sex offender police said snuck into the Carnegie Science Center and lied to officers and staff about his identity. Police charged Sherwood …

Butler

South Buffalo family business decides not to rebuild after fire

By Jodi Weigand
A longtime South Buffalo countertop manufacturer has decided not to reopen after a devastating fire in January. Blume’s Solid Surface Products offices, fabrication space and equipment along Freeport Road were …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

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 6:08 p.m.
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

Wolf’s education proposal gets mixed reviews

By Bobby Kerlik
Traditional public school officials applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to pump more than $1 billion more into education and its employee retirement fund but acknowledged the plan will be challenged by the Republican-controlled Legislature. “I’m pleased to see the investment …

Pennsylvania

Sestak kicks off U.S. Senate campaign — with a couple missteps

By Salena Zito 9:32 p.m.
It might not have been the most auspicious start to a campaign for Democrat Joe Sestak, whose formal announcement Wednesday that he’ll walk across Pennsylvania in a bid to unseat …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - March 4, 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: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Former NFL player humbly helped others

By Tony Raap 8:51 p.m.
A number of years ago, Buzz Irvine anonymously paid for the funeral of one of his bank employees. Mr. Irvine, the third-generation leader of NexTier Bank — formerly Citizens National …