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Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. Today, three of the five companies in Alta Vista work in the industry. An energy company is set to start …

State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted 10:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. After apologizing last week for a “lapse …

Pennsylvania overseers reject Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s 2015 city budget

By Bob Bauder 10:18 p.m.
A state-appointed board that oversees Pittsburgh finances on Monday rejected Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed 2015 budget, saying the administration must provide information to support revenue projections of about $513 million. Members of …

Allegheny

Police arrest 14-year-old in connection to bomb threats phoned in to South Hills schools

By Margaret Harding
Pittsburgh police arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of phoning in bomb threats to three city schools, a public safety spokeswoman said Monday. Sonya Toler did not identify the teen because he is charged as a juvenile. She said he is …

Westmoreland

East Huntingdon man, 91, finds 2nd career as a woodworker

By Jacob Tierney
Thomas Springer says his second career as a woodworker is responsible for his long and healthy life. The 91-year-old East Huntingdon resident and World War …

Fayette

Connellsville honors the late Ralph Wombacker

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville honored a man who quietly put so much into projects, including the city’s bike trail through the city’s redevelopment authority, by revealing a memorial pavilion. Ralph Wombacker, former executive …

Armstrong

Valley Township couple goes all out for Halloween

By Brigid Beatty
On a lonely stretch of road in Valley Township, motorists slow to a crawl as ghoulish scarecrows, witches, evil clowns and other ghastly apparitions loom out of the shadows along …

Beaver

Truck wreck snarls traffic in Beaver County

By Tribune-Review 7:06 p.m.
A Beaver County tractor-trailer accident on Route 68 tied up traffic for more than three hours Monday, county dispatchers said. The truck hauling scrap metal overturned about 3:30 p.m. near the Interstate 376 exchange in Vanport. Police closed both eastbound …

Butler

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas 10:00 p.m.
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for a new leader. The board …

Indiana

Man accused of sexual contact with teen in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A New York man faces state police allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl at his temporary residence at an Indiana County apartment complex. Justin E. Hoffert, 24, of Durhamville, N.Y., allegedly began talking to the girl …

Somerset

Somerset priest accused of sexual abuse remains in detention

By Liz Zemba
A Somerset County priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy has assets of at least $1 million, it was revealed during an arraignment hearing Tuesday …

Washington

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. …

Education

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas 10:00 p.m.
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for a new leader. The board …

Pennsylvania

State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted 10:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. After apologizing last week for …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Oct. 20, 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
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
‘Soldier’s soldier’ Army Gen. Austin leads war on ISIS terrorists
For Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, re-engaging terrorists in Iraq now hits close to home. One of the first military leaders into Iraq in 2003, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pennsylvania Supreme Court should get back to boring stuff
HARRISBURG (Exaggerated Press) – In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court today ruled that its members should devote less time to the dispersal …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

‘Lady Cop’ made protecting children her focus

By Tory N. Parrish
Margaret Wagner loved children, so it made sense for her to make a career of protecting them, her daughter said. Wagner spent 31 years working as a school crossing guard …