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Film tax credits bill would bump up state budget

By Jason Cato
With two months left in the fiscal year, Pennsylvania’s film tax credits are gone — as is a healthy portion of money available next year and beyond. Critics say the state Film Office willingly pays for projects with future money, refuses to award unclaimed credits, and approves corporate subsidies such …

Patients nationwide die waiting as 1 in 5 kidneys rejected by doctors

By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas 11:33 a.m.
Every time the phone rings, Joyce Biearman wonders whether there’s a kidney waiting for her. Biearman, 57, who recently moved from South Fayette to Wheeling, W.Va., has lived like this for three …

Pope Francis inspires incredible optimism

By Megan Harris
The first Jesuit, first Latin American and first with his name, Pope Francis exudes love and inclusiveness the way his predecessors radiated wisdom and encouraged philosophical debate. One year later, he remains …

Allegheny

Region’s 911 centers need upgrades to keep up with wireless technology

By Bill Vidonic
The next generation of wireless devices will enable users to text or tweet 911, but emergency service centers won’t be able to receive those messages without expensive upgrades, and the …

Westmoreland

North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple

By Paul Peirce
A Hawaiian honeymoon should have been the beginning for the bride who grew up in Murrysville and the groom from North Versailles. In a storybook …

Fayette

Cause of Republic blaze under investigation

By Tribune-Review
A state police fire marshal will be asked to determined the cause of a blaze that gutted a former Fayette County landmark, a fire chief said Saturday. The fire started about 10:30 p.m. Friday and destroyed the vacant Mystic Inn, …

Armstrong

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By For The Leader Times
Two survivors of a Wednesday night car crash that killed five people in Armstrong County remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said. Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore and Kristy Ann Schall, …

Beaver

Beaver County victim upset attacker gets only probation

By Bill Vidonic
A 15-year-old boy attacked in his Beaver County school last year said on Thursday he was disappointed that his assailant only got probation. “That really upset me a lot,” said Zach Montgomery of Center. “I’m just afraid that he’s going …

Butler

Easter sermons in Butler County offer messages of hope, love

By Rachel Farkas and Bill Vidonic
On Easter Sunday, the Rev. James F. Murphy will tell parishioners of St. Fidelis Parish in Connoquenessing the story of how a woman tells her husband that she wants to …

Indiana

Indiana County chase ends with car in pond

By Tribune-Review
A car being chased by police plunged into a pond late Friday, forcing emergency responders to expedite rescue of a passenger, state police at Indiana said. Kevin C. Vasbinder, 21, of Mentcle allegedly fled from police about 11 p.m., when …

Somerset

Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said. “‘How’s it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several …

Washington

DEP investigating drilling wastewater leak in Washington County

By Jason Cato
Salts from fracking water that seeped into the ground at a Range Resources facility in Washington County will land the energy company a violation notice and possibly a fine, the Department of Environmental Protection said on Friday. “We, of course, …

Education

District attorney’s office takes paperwork from Wilkinsburg Middle School

By Bobby Kerlik
Detectives from the Alle-gheny County District Attorney’s Office spent two hours at Wilkinsburg Middle School on Wednesday and left with paperwork as part of an investigation of funds for an afterschool program. Wilkinsburg police in November charged the program’s former …

Pennsylvania

Film tax credits bill would bump up state budget

By Jason Cato
With two months left in the fiscal year, Pennsylvania’s film tax credits are gone — as is a healthy portion of money available next year and beyond. Critics say the …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - April 19, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the end of the year. So …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates
Citing a right to participate in democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down limits in federal law on aggregate campaign contributions that individual donors …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
State officials on webcamera would be a site to see
The enthrallment over the eagles eventually will subside. What does the state game commission do then? Since December, the commission and PixController Inc. of Murrysville …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also …

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Obituaries

Boxer ‘Hurricane’ Carter, famously wrongly convicted, dies at 76

By The Associated Press 11:39 a.m.
TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said …