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Transportation challenges rife as Pittsburgh focuses on making fixes

By Tom Fontaine
Lori Minetti often feels stranded in her Carrick home. The closest bus stop used to be across the street. Now it’s almost a mile away, because Port Authority of Allegheny County eliminated the 50 Spencer route four years ago. She walks one of the farthest distances a city resident must …

Governor Wolf’s outreach to lawmakers contrasts with Corbett’s style

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Aaron Kaufer, a freshman House member from Luzerne County, recalls his surprise in January when he opened his office door to find Gov. Tom Wolf standing there. Wolf since …

Use of multiple contractors could leave oil, gas operators open to hackers

By Katelyn Ferral  and Andrew Conte
In the vast network of data, drilling and pipes that’s made Marcellus shale an international energy reserve, computer attacks pose a serious threat. Hackers target energy companies all the time because of …

Allegheny

Transportation challenges rife as Pittsburgh focuses on making fixes

By Tom Fontaine
Lori Minetti often feels stranded in her Carrick home. The closest bus stop used to be across the street. Now it’s almost a mile away, because Port Authority of Allegheny …

Armstrong

Armstrong’s roads less-traveled get funding for drainage improvements

By Brad Pedersen
Drainage on seven less-traveled Armstrong County roads will be upgraded with $100,000 in state funding this year. “Water is really the enemy of any road,” said Gregg Smith of the Armstrong County Conservation District. “The goal is to help divert …

Beaver

Bad pump prompts emergency shutdown of Beaver Valley reactor

By Tribune-Review
The operator of the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport performed an emergency shutdown on one of its two reactors early Wednesday because a pump that moves water to a turbine malfunctioned, owner FirstEnergy Corp. said. Unit 1 shut …

Butler

VA Butler group offers support for military victims of sex assaults

By Rick Wills
Jessie Truitt finished college, earned a master’s degree and gave birth to two daughters between 2005 and 2011. Truitt, 33, remembers almost nothing of those six years. In 2005, an …

Fayette

Connellsville middle schoolers ‘Adopt a Grandparent’

By Karl Polacek
March 27 was the first day for an Adopt a Grandparent program begun by Mia Christie, a seventh-grader at Connellsville Area  Junior High School. Groups of seventh- and eighth-graders went …

Indiana

World traveler to share experiences in Indiana County Parks programs

By Gina DelFavero
St. Augustine opined, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Rebecca Sterley of Indiana has certainly read quite a few pages of …

Somerset

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated …

Washington

New Bentleyville Tavern owner raises the bar on charity

By Chris Buckley
John Rossell gained experience working in restaurants off and on growing up. So buying the New Bentleyville Tavern and Restaurant, 843 Main St., in January 2013 made perfect sense. “I …

Westmoreland

Coming off hill revives Seton Hill University, downtown Greensburg

By Debra Erdley
Twenty-five years ago, tough times seemed to engulf Greensburg. The town’s Main Street was littered with shells of department stores, the result of decades of defections ...

Education

Sto-Rox teachers union upset about possibility of Propel charter school opening in district building

By Tory N. Parrish
A teachers union is seeking answers about the likelihood of Propel Schools opening in Sto-Rox High School, especially because the charter school operator reportedly is surveying the parents of its students about the topic, the union’s president said. Sto-Rox and …

Pennsylvania

Governor Wolf’s outreach to lawmakers contrasts with Corbett’s style

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Aaron Kaufer, a freshman House member from Luzerne County, recalls his surprise in January when he opened his office door to find Gov. Tom Wolf standing there. …

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Sunday - April 19, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Call ‘Islamic terrorism’ what it is: a threat to West, Jeb Bush says
COLUMBUS, Ohio — America’s role as a world leader and coalition builder among nations has weakened under President Obama, allowing “Islamic terrorism” to spread, former …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Does it mean hospitals? Hotels? Clinton’s ambiguous logo baffles voters
Hillary Clinton’s desired destination is the White House, but don’t blame some people for assuming she’d prefer to visit the emergency room. That’s one of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let them be little, even if it means a couple scrapes on their knees
Count me among those who believe we’ve gotten too litigious as a society. And the lawsuit that the Meitiv family is about to file against …

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Obituaries

Pitt professor emeritus advanced application of radio waves

By Bill Vidonic
Nancy Mickle waited several years to break the ice with the man who lived across the hall from her in their Squirrel Hill apartment building, renowned University of Pittsburgh professor …