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Highmark members to keep maternity care at UPMC’s Magee in 2015

By Adam Smeltz  and Alex Nixon
At least 120 pregnant women insured by Highmark Inc. will retain coverage this year at UPMC-owned Magee-Womens Hospital under a state-brokered resolution announced Thursday. The agreement means Highmark-covered women can visit the Oakland hospital for maternity care and deliveries at in-network prices through September, Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger said. The …

McCord to TV reporter: ‘I look forward to talking about’ resignation

By Brad Bumsted 1:02 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord will talk about reports that federal investigators are looking into his campaign finances “in the right way, at the right time,” he told a Philadelphia news …

Charge dropped against former Steeler Blount after community service

By Adam Brandolph 12:05 p.m.
A district judge on Friday dismissed a drug charge against former Steeler LeGarrette Blount because the Super Bowl-bound running back completed his court-ordered community service, his lawyer said. West View District Judge …

Allegheny

Charge dropped against former Steeler Blount after community service

By Adam Brandolph 12:05 p.m.
A district judge on Friday dismissed a drug charge against former Steeler LeGarrette Blount because the Super Bowl-bound running back completed his court-ordered community service, his lawyer said. West View …

Westmoreland

West Point Elementary checked for gas odor, students sent home or to Wendover

By Tribune-Review 3:01 p.m.
Teachers, staff and any students in West Point Elementary School in Hempfield Township were evacuated Friday while authorities investigated a possible odor of gas inside. Officials said the school in the Hempfield Area district was evacuated just before 11 a.m. …

Fayette

Monessen woman dies in truck-car crash on Route 51 in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review 3:00 p.m.
A 26-year-old Monessen woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday on Route 51 in Franklin Township, Fayette County. State police in Belle Vernon reported Sasha Green died when she apparently lost control of her 2012 Ford Focus …

Armstrong

EPA urges further review of nuclear waste dump in Parks Township

By Jodi Weigand
There’s enough anecdotal information about additional radioactive contamination at the Parks Township nuclear waste dump to “warrant further investigation,” a recent federal Environmental Protection Agency report concluded. The report summarized a review of documents related to questionable former disposal practices …

Beaver

Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case

By Megan Guza 12:24 p.m.
The last time anyone saw Kathy Dolan Heckel, she went on a lunch break in July 1991. She is presumed dead, but her body is missing — a problem that …

Butler

Charges expunged against Butler County man in ’61 lunch-counter protest

By Natasha Lindstrom 12:24 p.m.
Thomas Gaither recalls feeling a mix of nervousness and purpose as he led a peaceful march along Rock Hill, S.C.’s Main Street that clear-skied morning of Jan. 31, 1961. Onlookers …

Indiana

Homer-Center eyes school budget with $500K deficit

By Jeff Himler
Officials at Homer-Center School District may dip into the district’s fund balance in the 2015-16 school year to help cover a projected funding shortfall for estimated expenditures of about $16 million. Meanwhile, the district is hedging its bets on a …

Somerset

Somerset County man dies in mine accident

By Jacob Tierney 2:49 p.m.
A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year. Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating …

Washington

Overnight snow delaying schools in western Pennsylvania

By The Associated Press 2:35 p.m.
Overnight snows were delaying classes at more than 200 western Pennsylvania schools, though major arteries were mostly clear and morning commuters were seeing few delays. Trib news partner WPXI keeps a comprehensive list of school delays and closings on its …

Education

Twin Rivers Intermediate students get hands-on science lessons

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District’s Twin Rivers Intermediate students learned about animals, snow and space travel Thursday. It was the fifth installment of the school’s monthly Science Day. This school year, …

Pennsylvania

McCord to TV reporter: ‘I look forward to talking about’ resignation

By Brad Bumsted 1:02 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord will talk about reports that federal investigators are looking into his campaign finances “in the right way, at the right time,” he told a …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Jan. 29, 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: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Obituaries

Veteran inspired by lifelong fascination with flight

By Craig Smith
Bob Cline got hooked on airplanes as a kid. “He was just fascinated by them,“ said his daughter, Nancy J. Eggert of West River, Md. Even a week’s stay in …