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Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase real estate tax rate

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh real estate taxes would increase for the first time in more than two decades next year under Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed $505.9 million budget. Peduto on Monday proposed a 0.5-mill real estate tax hike to help cover a $35 million shortfall projected for 2015. Blaming the situation on past …

Taxes at forefront of 1st Pa. governor debate between Corbett, Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf traded charges over taxes and education in their first debate before Pennsylvania voters choose their next governor on Nov. 4. Trailing …

Coal gathering opens with dour assessment, political vitriol

By David Conti
Mining executives and leaders of related industries heard a series of bleak messages about the market for coal as they gathered on Monday in Pittsburgh for an annual conference at a time …

Allegheny

Civil rights organization urges developer to scrap hotel plan for August Wilson Center

By Natasha Lindstrom
A judge denied the receiver’s request to delay a sheriff’s sale scheduled by Dollar Bank on the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, court records filed on Monday show. …

Westmoreland

Identities of theft suspects sought by Penn Township and state police

By Tribune-Review 7:49 a.m.
Penn Township police and state police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects who are believed to have used stolen credit cards to purchase …

Fayette

Community Field Day fundraiser planned at East Park in Connellsville

By Karl Polacek 7:59 a.m.
The first Community Field Day fundraiser, an idea developed by Connellsville Area Junior High eighth-grader Carlee Shreve, will be held on Sunday in East Park to raise funds for the …

Armstrong

Churches band together in Kittanning to fight hunger worldwide

By Kathleen Edwards
The atmosphere in the tiny fellowship hall was electric. Music blared from the speakers, people cheered and the feeling of victory was in the air. It was like a pep …

Beaver

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled off a narrow Beaver County …

Butler

Mother sues Butler County Jail, Butler Memorial Hospital after son dies in custody

By Brian Bowling
Medical staff at the Butler County jail and Butler Memorial Hospital failed to provide a Richland man with proper medical treatment, leading to his Nov. 12, 2012, death, the man’s mother claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. Lynn Greygor, …

Indiana

Indiana County mother gets jail term for toddler’s drowning

By Renatta Signorini 9:42 a.m.
Tonya Thomas grabbed two tissues before she stood before an Indiana County judge on Monday morning to hear her punishment. The 27-year-old mother wiped away tears as she expressed grief over her son’s drowning in February 2013 to Judge William …

Somerset

Somerset Area tax collector accused of stealing more than $65K

By Joe Napsha 7:49 a.m.
A Somerset woman is accused of stealing more than $65,000 from the Somerset Area School District while collecting taxes from local businesses for the past two school years, the district attorney’s office said. Deborah June Miller, 50, allegedly turned over …

Washington

Finleyville maker of luxury kids’ structures learns from housing bust

By Chris Fleisher
Stephen Chernicky is in the business of realizing children’s dreams. There have been times when it has seemed a nightmare. “Building a play house is not the hard part,” said …

Education

School counselors’ duties expanding with growth of social media

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she’s a counselor herself — at Norwin …

Pennsylvania

Taxes at forefront of 1st Pa. governor debate between Corbett, Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf traded charges over taxes and education in their first debate before Pennsylvania voters choose their next governor on Nov. …

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Tuesday - Sept. 22, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Trust the issue in Fla. governor race
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Take away their cars? Not so fast
They need their wheels. You might not think that many Allegheny County officials require round-the-clock access to newer model vehicles paid for or leased at …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Executive set example as family man, mentor

By Rick Wills
Relatives think Nick Coholic’s last words were “Go Pitt,” which they say would not have surprised them. “They had the Pitt game on the radio on Saturday. They think he …