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Point State Park honored as top-notch public space

By Matthew Santoni
The steady stream of joggers, cyclists, strollers and tourists passing through Point State Park on Wednesday seemed to affirm what a knot of state and local officials were there to commemorate that afternoon: The Point is one of the best public places in America. The Washington-based American Planning Association announced …

Highmark to increase premiums, limit access to health care in new plans

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. is raising premiums on a range of its health plans next year, and some of its 4.2 million plan members could have a narrower choice of doctors and hospitals as the state’s largest health insurer responds to rising …

Big money flows into Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

By Melissa Daniels
Educators, industrialists and laborers in Western Pennsylvania have bet heavily in a governor’s race that’s poised to top campaign spending in the previous contest to win the state’s top elected office. Unions and educators have lined up behind frontrunner and …


Truck accident closes all inbound lanes of Parkway West

By Bobby Kerlik & Tory Parrish 11:07 a.m.
A tractor-trailer crash on the inbound Parkway West in the construction zone has forced authorities to close the highway, PennDOT officials said. The crash occurred at mile marker 64.8 between the Rosslyn Farms and Carnegie exits. Safety concerns in the …


West Newton man found dead in helicopter wreckage near Rostraver Airport

By Mary Pickels 11:34 a.m.
A 60-year-old West Newton man was found dead in the wreckage of his small helicopter in a ravine near the Rostraver Airport Thursday morning. Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, identified the pilot as David Charletta. …


Connellsville Township VFD given $61,750 Homeland Security grant

By Karl Polacek 8:00 a.m.
For volunteer fire companies, the cost of equipment keeps on growing. Grants from various sources help the companies stretch their resources. On Wednesday, Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department was given …


Schools converge for Armstrong County Marching Band Festival

By Leader Times
Six marching bands each took center stage before teaming up for a combined performance at West Shamokin High School’s Jack E. Boyer Field on Wednesday evening. Bands from Apollo Ridge, …


Serbian group opens Aliquippa bowling tournament to public

By Karen Kadilak
Some rollers at the Serb National Federation Bowling Tournament later this month will make history. For the first time in 68 years, people who are not members of the federation …


Investigations firm cuts jobs in 2 W.Pa. counties

By Bill Vidonic
U.S. Investigations Services cut 2,500 jobs nationwide, including positions at its Boyers and Grove City operations, according to the company and local officials. The federal Office of Personnel Management said last month it would not renew two background check contracts …


Indiana County infant hit by bullet will be blind in one eye

By Stacey Federoff
The infant boy who was shot by a hunter’s stray bullet in his Indiana County home will be blind in one eye, his great-aunt said on Wednesday. Beth Sinclair said she lives about eight miles from Jeremie and Stefanie Iverson’s …


Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …


Police identify, release people involved in I-70 collision

By Margaret Harding
State police suspect a woman was on drugs and speeding when the car she was driving veered from a curving onramp and shot into the eastbound lane of I-70 in South Strabane, where her car collided with a SUV loaded …


Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools

By Megan Harris
Three groups with union affiliations on Wednesday pointed to the criminal case against ousted PA Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta as an example why the state’s nearly 180 charter schools need better oversight and stronger accountability. The Center for …


State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery sent explicit emails

By The Morning Call 10:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery forwarded at least eight sexually explicit emails to an employee in the state attorney general’s office who later shared them with more than a …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: August Wilson Center’s fate brings a sigh from advocates for African American cultural facility
Emma Slaughter thinks often about what might have been. The news about developments in the bankruptcy case of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center has her memory …

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Former state trooper was ‘larger than life’

By Joe Napsha
Growing up in Latrobe in the 1940s and ’50s, Pete Buchan was in awe when he saw a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in uniform. Mr. Buchan realize his childhood dream …