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Sandusky cover-up case unusually shrouded

By Debra Erdley  and Adam Smeltz 8:45 a.m.
Two years since former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky began serving time for sexually abusing young boys, the case against three top university officials accused of covering up his crimes is grinding on slowly in a Harrisburg court …

State tries to improve its rollout of school profiles

By Megan Harris
Almost a year since the state bungled its disclosure of school performance profiles, Pennsylvania lacks an official release date for its latest batch, Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said on Friday. “We’re thinking late September, but we won’t have …

Pennsylvania allots $681M for cloud-based data storage

By Melissa Daniels
As state government attempts to keep up with increasing demand for computer storage space, Pennsylvania will spend a projected $681 million to establish one of the largest cloud-based data systems among state governments. Pennsylvania this summer began a seven-year contract …

Unusually cold winter, spring reduces population of Western Pa. stink bugs

By Alicia McElhaney 11:31 a.m.
Western Pennsylvania residents will most likely get a reprieve from stink bugs this year, but it doesn’t mean they will be gone forever, experts say. …

Health system with patients in Mercer County victim of hackers

By Adam Smeltz
A cyberattack that siphoned personal information from several million people is striking an undisclosed number of patients in the Mercer County area. Sharon Regional Health System is an affiliate of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc., which disclosed this week that …

Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records on Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited …

Many in Pennsylvania can still get benefit of Affordable Care Act

By Alex Nixon
Alicia Donner left her job with an environmental nonprofit last month, a move that cost her employer-sponsored health coverage. But the 27-year-old from Wilkinsburg wasn’t worried — she enrolled in a health plan through the online marketplace established under the …

State Superior Court upholds conviction, sentence of former Justice Melvin

By Adam Brandolph
Forcing former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to write letters of apology to her staff and every judge in Pennsylvania could rehabilitate her …

PUC greenlights temporary operating license for Uber

By Bobby Kerlik
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a temporary operating license for ride-sharing company Uber, meaning that it can operate legally for 60 days in Allegheny County. While the order gives legal status to the company, the practical effect …

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

West Penn Power to pay $1.3 million state fine

By Tribune-Review
West Penn Power will pay a reduced fine of $1.3 million for failing to miss an incremental deadline to reduce electricity use by its customers. The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved the fine, which the utility and regulators …

Salena Zito Reporting

Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

Brad Bumsted

Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records on Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited a state parking garage, a …