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UPMC, Highmark disagree over payment of medical claims for children

By Luis Fábregas
UPMC on Wednesday accused rival Highmark Inc. of denying 154 claims for children undergoing treatment at UPMC-owned hospitals and clinics, but the insurer shot back by saying the claims have been paid. The disagreement over access to the region’s sole pediatric facility touches off an emotional debate in the years-long …

Pa. police departments worry order on criminal seizures hurts bottom line

By Megan Guza
Carnegie police still benefit financially from a drug bust seven years ago that netted the department more than $45,000 in cash it seized by collaborating with federal agents. “That money really aided …

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to sign order barring drilling of new oil, gas wells in state forests, parks

By Katelyn Ferral
Oil and gas companies once again will be barred from drilling new wells under state forests and parks in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf is set to sign an executive order reinstating a …

Allegheny

Wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow bearing down on Pittsburgh area

By Wpxi 11:18 a.m.
PITTSBURGH — A wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow is possible throughout much of the Pittsburgh area Thursday. Severe Weather Team meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said the precipitation seems …

Westmoreland

3 in Westmoreland charged in prescription narcotics operation

By Tribune-Review 1:06 p.m.
The Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against three Westmoreland County residents who allegedly diverted thousands of prescription oxycodone and other narcotic pills over a one-year period, The estimated street value of the is at least $360,000, according to Attorney …

Fayette

Fayette officials reappoint dead man

By Mary Pickels
The recent reappointment of a deceased member to a long-inactive authority board led Fayette County commissioners Wednesday to consider how notifications are handled when appointing or retaining representatives of county boards. “We will be smarter next time,” Chairman Vincent Zapotosky …

Armstrong

Beauty Bash will help send cancer patient, family to Florida

By Brigid Beatty
Beauty stylist Lisa Waldor is trying to turn a casual conversation into a dream vacation in Florida for a customer who has cancer and her family. The owner of Safari …

Beaver

Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case

By Tribune-Review 1:00 p.m.
A Beaver County man has been charged with murder in a 24-year-old cold case for which a body has never been found. Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver, has been arrested and charged in the apparent death of Katherine “Kathy” Dolan …

Butler

Butler County housing exec on leave

By Bill Vidonic
The executive director of the Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Butler County is on an “indefinite” leave for reasons the authority’s attorney did not disclose Wednesday. Perry O’Malley has headed the agency for 17 years and was relieved of his …

Indiana

Police hunt for man who allegedly stole DVDs, threatened to stab security officers at Blairsville store

By Paul Peirce
State police in Indiana are seeking the public’s help in locating a robber who pulled a knife on security officers after attempting to steal about $700 worth of DVDs from …

Somerset

Meyersdale teenager cited for sword assault

By Tribune-Review
A 14-year-old Somerset County boy was cited to juvenile court for assaulting another teen at a home in Meyersdale on Jan. 16. State police in Somerset said the Meyersdale boy attacked another 14-year-old boy, who was visiting from Bedford County, …

Washington

Meadows Casino dealer whose conspiracy case was dropped charged with selling drugs

By Jason Cato
Weeks after prosecutors dropped a case against a Washington County casino dealer accused of scheming to fix table games, state police filed drug charges against him. Troopers charged Robert M. “Rudy” Valle, 56, of Wintersville, Ohio, with dealing prescription painkillers …

Education

Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it now means computer-based books, tutoring …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12

By Brad Bumsted 1:16 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord unexpectedly resigned Thursday, saying he would leave office to return to the private sector on Feb. 12. McCord offered no explanation in his letter …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: The Strange Case of Mayor Peduto and ‘Undercover’ Mr. Chadwick
For a guy who doesn’t exist, Ed Chadwick certainly seems to be alive and well. If you believed Chadwick was going away after a heavily …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Obituaries

Firefighter rose through ranks to chief

By Joe Napsha
When Larry Glass was growing up in Plum in the 1970s, his father would gather his four sons around the television on Saturday nights to watch “Emergency!,” a show about …