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Minority employment report: Diversified workforce lacking in Western Pa.

By Aaron Aupperlee
Western Pennsylvania won’t have the talent to fill its employment needs if the region does not diversify its workforce, contributors to a minority employment report released Thursday said. The younger workforce lacks more than 100,000 people to fill jobs the retiring workforce will leave open, said Jim Futrell, a vice …

‘Bus rapid transit’ link from Oakland to Downtown slow to actualize

By Melissa Daniels
Six years of discussions and almost $6 million in public money are behind a proposal to build a dedicated transit link between Oakland and Downtown. But key details, including the precise route, ridership levels and the economic impact on Uptown, …

Wolf reverses Corbett, says deal between Highmark, UPMC doesn’t limit continuity of care to very ill

By Alex Nixon
Gov. Tom Wolf reversed a decision by his predecessor Thursday, making it easier for Highmark Inc. insurance subscribers to stay with their UPMC doctors. The move by Wolf, a Democrat, settles a disagreement between UPMC and Highmark over a provision …

Allegheny

Mother, baby found dead in Millvale apartment

By Tony Raap 5:17 p.m.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a mother and baby who were found dead Friday morning in their Millvale apartment. Sara Kessler, 22, died in the apartment a week …

Westmoreland

Ligonier-based group sponsors rafting adventures to help ease veterans’ anxiety

By Nicole Chynoweth
His thirst for adventure and exploration gone, the Army veteran struggled with deep anxiety and depression. “I’ve always been active, and then with these conditions, I ...

Fayette

Over the falls — Cucumber Falls that is — go 3 kayakers in Ohiopyle

By Liz Zemba
Kayaking over Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a near-impossible run paddlers have pondered for decades, usually over late-night beers in the watering holes near the 20,500-acre park in …

Armstrong

Search for bomb turns up nothing at Kittanning school

By Brad Pedersen
A bomb threat on a piece of notebook paper caused Kittanning High School officials to usher students to the gymnasium at the south end of the building while the other …

Beaver

Drug charges filed against Monaca mother, daughter in teen’s death

By Bill Vidonic
A Monaca mother and daughter sold an anti-anxiety medication to a borough teen who later died of a drug overdose, police say. Danielle Hrelec, 41, and Brandi Spohn, 20, have an April 2 preliminary hearing on charges of drug possession …

Butler

Seneca Valley special-needs student left on bus

By Rick Wills
A school bus company that transports Seneca Valley students fired a driver and monitor who left a special needs child on a bus for several hours this week. The driver and monitor worked for AJ Myers & Sons, said Linda …

Indiana

Saltsburg boosts part-time police ranks, gets request to patrol dams

By Gina DelFavero
The Saltsburg Borough Police Department added another part-time officer to its ranks as the borough council hired Matt Pollock at its Monday meeting. Pollock recently graduated from the police academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has worked as an emergency …

Somerset

Over the falls — Cucumber Falls that is — go 3 kayakers in Ohiopyle

By Liz Zemba
Kayaking over Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a near-impossible run paddlers have pondered for decades, usually over late-night beers in the watering holes near the 20,500-acre park in …

Washington

Man found fatally shot in Washington

By Tribune-Review
One man was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Washington, according to police. Marius Chatman, 24, of Washington, was pronounced dead about 5:40 a.m. near School and D avenues, according to county coroner Timothy Warco. Police said they received …

Education

Armstrong School District considers Saturdays in order to make up for missed time

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District officials are attempting to make up unscheduled snow days without having to reschedule its June 3 graduation ceremonies. That may require holding classes on one or two Saturdays, officials said. The district canceled classes Thursday — marking …

Pennsylvania

Attorneys seek new trial for Jordan Brown in Lawrence County

By Chris Togneri
Attorneys for a Lawrence County teen accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiancée asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges or grant him a new trial. Common Pleas Judge John W. Hodge did not rule or set a timetable …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - March 5, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Wolf aide dances past the truth
Katie McGinty certainly is nimble on her feet. I don’t know how Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff would do on “Dancing with the Stars,” …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Allegheny County councilman prepares push for outside prosecutors in police misconduct cases
When Michael Bell received $1.75 million in 2010 to settle his six-year lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wis., police department over the police shooting death of …

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Obituaries

Football star’s mom embraced life with gusto

By Craig Smith
With her sons Mike and Ashton playing football at Aliquippa High School, Charlotte Ditka spent a lot of time in her kitchen. “They would drink a half-gallon of milk when …