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Ferrante defense’s opening statement points to wife’s symptoms

By Bobby Kerlik and Adam Brandolph 3:58 p.m.
One of the most-anticipated trials in Allegheny County in recent years began Thursday afternoon. University of Pittsburgh researcher Robert Ferrante, 66, is accused of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide. Dr. Autumn Marie Klein, 41, collapsed at the couple’s Schenley Farms home on April 17, 2013, and died three days …

New movie studio coming to McKees Rocks

By Jason Cato 3:50 p.m.
The Pittsburgh region’s first newly constructed movie studio should open in 2015, developers announced Thursday. Island Studios in McKees Rocks plans to expand by building 60,000 square feet of sound stages with …

Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted and Natasha Lindstrom 2:23 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Traffic Court judge whom Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute for allegedly accepting a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet …

Allegheny

Ferrante defense’s opening statement points to wife’s symptoms

By Bobby Kerlik and Adam Brandolph 3:58 p.m.
One of the most-anticipated trials in Allegheny County in recent years began Thursday afternoon. University of Pittsburgh researcher Robert Ferrante, 66, is accused of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide. …

Westmoreland

Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop

By Joe Napsha 2:46 p.m.
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday hammered Democrat Tom Wolf over his proposal to raise the state income tax during a campaign stop in Westmoreland County, claiming …

Fayette

Frazier’s $22M school construction project moving on schedule

By Cindy Ekas
The $22 million construction of a new elementary/middle school in the Frazier School District is moving ahead on schedule. Nate Mallory, project manager for Massaro Construction Co., updated school board members on the project’s status at Wednesday night’s school board …

Armstrong

Tom Wolf to visit Leechburg on Saturday

By Tribune-Review 3:51 p.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf will be making a stop Saturday in the Alle-Kiski Valley. Wolf will make a campaign stop at the Twisted Thistle restaurant on Market Street in …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Zappala impersonator rips off Butler County business, state police say

By Michael Hasch 5:26 p.m.
A man pretending to be Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has ripped off at least one store in Butler County by telling employees he had been shorted on merchandise he purchased, state police said Thursday. The employees …

Indiana

Plea entered in slaying on Indiana County trail

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County man avoided a potential sentence of life in prison by pleading guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday, the third day of his trial for luring a man to a walking trail in Clymer, where he was shot and …

Somerset

Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …

Washington

Wanted sex offender caught hiding in homemade fort in Washington County

By Chris Togneri
Had David Darell David, a fugitive child molester, stayed inside his elaborately-concealed hideout, police might have walked right past him. “He was standing up. That’s why we saw him,” Brooke …

Education

Apollo-Ridge school bus safety program aims to drive message home

By Braden Ashe
They’re sometimes not given the respect they deserve, but when motorists don’t heed the message on the stop arm of a school bus, the results can be catastrophic. No one …

Pennsylvania

Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted and Natasha Lindstrom 2:23 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Traffic Court judge whom Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute for allegedly accepting a $2,000 …

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Thursday - October 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch 4:44 p.m.
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t …

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Obituaries

Former Scoutmaster found God in nature

By Mary Pickels
Henry Hawley loved spending time outdoors. “That’s when he felt closest to God. He enjoyed his church, but there was nothing in the world like time in the woods to …