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Pittsburgh officials unveil major changes to police response to violent crime

By Megan Guza 7:57 p.m.
Pittsburgh officials on Tuesday announced major changes to police response to violent crime, including a merger of several crime squads and uniform response procedures among the city’s six police zones. “You can’t solve old problems with old ways,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. One of the changes includes merging the homicide …

Elsie Hillman, philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse, dies at 89

By Salena Zito 7:38 p.m.
Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and politicos but could just as easily befriend doormen and waiters, died Tuesday in Pittsburgh. At the height of her involvement …

Baldwin Borough man pleads guilty in white supremacist bombs case

By Brian Bowling 7:24 p.m.
A Baldwin Borough man whose home contained about 20 bombs, bomb-making materials and instructions and white supremacist literature pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device. Borough police arrested Eric Charles Smith, …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh officials unveil major changes to police response to violent crime

By Megan Guza 7:57 p.m.
Pittsburgh officials on Tuesday announced major changes to police response to violent crime, including a merger of several crime squads and uniform response procedures among the city’s six police zones. …

Armstrong

Armstrong County D.A.’s office to head jail escape probe

By Mary Ann Thomas 7:38 p.m.
The Armstrong County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday it is investigating the events leading to last week’s escape of inmate Robert Edward Crissman Jr. from the Armstrong County Jail. Crissman …

Beaver

Groups appeal Shell air permit for Beaver County project

By Tribune-Review 7:39 p.m.
Two environmental groups this week appealed the state Department of Environmental Protection’s granting of an air permit to Royal Dutch Shell for the petrochemical plant it might build in Beaver County. The Clean Air Council in Philadelphia and Washington-based Environmental …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Uniontown man sentenced to 30 months for threatening Obama and his family

By Brian Bowling
A Uniontown man serving a state sentence of 12½ to 25 years in prison will spend 15 more months in federal prison for threatening President Obama and his family, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Joseph H. Savage, 35, pleaded guilty …

Indiana

Polymer Enterprises finds success in specialty tire market

By David Conti
At Pennsylvania’s last manufacturer of air-filled tires, lasers and computers help guide the placement of layers of rubber and other materials on machinery. Human hands do the layering, though. The …

Somerset

Ex-store clerk charged with thefte_SClB $50K worth of lottery tickets in Meyersdale

By Mary Pickels 8:00 p.m.
Police have charged a former cigarette store clerk with stealing nearly $50,000 worth of Pennsylvania lottery scratch-off tickets while she worked. Linda Porter, 58, of Meyersdale, took $300 to $500 worth of tickets each shift she worked between December and …

Washington

Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past

By Chris Buckley
Monongahela’s rich history predates the nation. Now visitors can learn about the city’s past by using futuristic technology. The Monongahela Area Historical Society designed a walking tour that uses a …

Westmoreland

Murrysville oncologist says he had necessary permits to hunt, kill lion

By Kari Andren 7:50 p.m.
A Murrysville oncologist who allegedly shot a lion during an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday he did nothing wrong. In a statement from his …

Education

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …

Pennsylvania

McGinty officially a candidate for Democratic U.S. Senate nomination

By Brad Bumsted 7:07 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Democrat Katie McGinty, a promoter of “clean energy” and environmental protection who ran unsuccessfully for governor, on Tuesday said she will try to become Pennsylvania’s first woman U.S. …

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Tuesday - Aug. 4, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89
NORRISTOWN — Former U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican who became Ronald Reagan’s surprise pick for vice president in his unsuccessful …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fire station fixture beloved in Brookline to get community tribute
He doesn’t sleep there. He does his laundry elsewhere. But if home is where the heart is, there’s little doubt that “Brother George” Gilfoyle long …

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Obituaries

Elsie Hillman, philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse, dies at 89

By Salena Zito 7:38 p.m.
Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and politicos but could just as easily befriend doormen and waiters, died Tuesday in Pittsburgh. At the height of …