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Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana

By Brad Bumsted 8:12 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Advocates for legalizing medical marijauna said Tuesday the odds for lawmakers to pass a bill have improved this year. The political odd couple of Sen. Mike Folmer, a conservative Republican, and Sen. Daylin Leach, a liberal Democrat, will try to get the medicinal cannabis bill on Democratic Gov. …

NTSB: Better oversight needed to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents

By Mike Wereschagin 8:05 p.m.
Operators and regulators of the country’s largest natural gas pipelines need to beef up safety to prevent major accidents like the explosion that torched a section of Interstate 77 in Sissonville, W.Va., …

WVU frat pledge had fatal blood-alcohol level more than 6 times legal limit

By Aaron Aupperlee 8:05 p.m.
Nolan Burch, a West Virginia University freshman who died at a fraternity in November, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.493, more than six times the state’s legal limit for driving, Morgantown, W.Va., …

Allegheny

Police say burglars caught in the act in Beechview

By Tony Raap 8:03 p.m.
Pittsburgh police arrested two men in connection with a home burglary in Beechview. Dion Rooney and Joseph Solomon, both 21, are charged with burglary, conspiracy and related crimes. The burglary …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Prison visitation goes digital

By Rich Cholodofsky
Video visitation for inmates at Westmoreland County Prison started Monday in a months-long delay. After a successful three-week trial period when the online visits were free, county prison officials began charging $15 for a 25-minute session. “They’re working through a lot of ...

Fayette

Major storm skips past Fay-West area

By Karl Polacek
The mountain areas in Fayette and Westmoreland counties received from 3 to 6 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, but the lower elevations around Connellsville received less than 3 inches, …

Armstrong

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an undetermined amount of money. The …

Beaver

Beaver Falls woman who drove police car while handcuffed to stand trial

By Bobby Kerlik
A Beaver County woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and fleeing at speeds of 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back will stand trial, a district judge ruled Monday. Roxanne Rimer, 27, of Beaver Falls was trying …

Butler

Bober released as Wuerl school president to concentrate on building new St. Kilian church

By Tribune-Review 7:07 p.m.
Bishop David Zubik has released the Rev. Charles Bober as president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School so he can concentrate on the construction of a new St. Kilian’s Church for Adams and Cranberry townships, the Diocese of Pittsburgh …

Indiana

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

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

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley 8:20 p.m.
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer and former longtime counsel to …

Education

Bober released as Wuerl school president to concentrate on building new St. Kilian church

By Tribune-Review 7:07 p.m.
Bishop David Zubik has released the Rev. Charles Bober as president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School so he can concentrate on the construction of a new St. Kilian’s Church for Adams and Cranberry townships, the Diocese of Pittsburgh …

Pennsylvania

Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana

By Brad Bumsted 8:12 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Advocates for legalizing medical marijauna said Tuesday the odds for lawmakers to pass a bill have improved this year. The political odd couple of Sen. Mike Folmer, a …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Jan. 27, 2015

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

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: Former Senator Santorum preaches sacred value of verbal restraint to pope
To: Pope Francis From: Rick Santorum Re: Exercising verbal restraint Your Eminence: I’m writing regarding the recent remarks I made about you on conservative Hugh …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Baseball lover shared lifelong passion by coaching

By Jason Cato
Steve Katz approached a lifelong dream come true of participating in a baseball fantasy camp with the enthusiasm of a rookie call-up. He trained for a year and a half, …