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Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted 11:37 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. The Haiti trip in April 2014 is briefly recounted, without explanation, in a criminal complaint accusing Kane of unrelated crimes …

Highmark Health reports $171M operating loss for 1st half of year

By Ben Schmitt and Wes Venteicher 11:37 a.m.
Providing medical care for people who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace costs much more than Highmark Health anticipated, driving an operating loss of $171 million for the company in the first half of 2015. Sicker-than-expected …

Federal tax-fraud investigation appears to be closing in on North Hills businessman

By Jason Cato  and Matthew Santoni
A federal tax-fraud investigation appears to be closing in on a North Hills businessman who made headlines more than a decade ago with a mansion near Sewickley that prosecutors claim he outfitted with a swimming pool, murals and a cadre …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh schools chief Lane stepping down next summer

By Tribune-Review 1:13 p.m.
At the end of the current school year, Pittsburgh Public Schools will need a new superintendent. Linda Lane, who has been with the district since 2007, announced Friday that she …

Armstrong

Armstrong River Hawks to debut alma mater, fight songs tonight

By Brad Pedersen
The new anthem of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School will debut tonight before the River Hawks first football game. “There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not asked about the new school’s alma mater, so we’re excited to get …

Beaver

No one hurt in commercial fire in Monaca

By WPXI
Firefighters were called to a factory in Beaver County late Thursday. As many as 10 fire units were called to Anchor Hocking on 9th Street in Monaca shortly before 11 p.m. There was not much visible damage, but workers said …

Butler

Freeport Area to explore options for storing maintenance equipment

By Jodi Weigand
Now that Freeport Area Middle School, high school and future athletic complex will all be located at the campus on Route 356 in Buffalo Township, the district is evaluating whether it needs additional storage space for maintenance equipment and school …

Fayette

Hiring of 8 full-time prison guards in Fayette County OK’d

By Liz Zemba
Fayette County is looking for a few good corrections officers. Warden Brian Miller on Thursday said he is lining up potential candidates to fill eight full-time positions approved by the salary board. He anticipates recommending a number of individuals for …

Indiana

Shelocta woman’s body found in camper trailer

By Tribune-Review
State police in Indiana are investigating the death of a Shelocta woman whose body was found Tuesday in a camper trailer on private property. According to police, Rita Blystone, 49, was found between 10 and 10:40 a.m. in the camper, …

Somerset

Fourth youth implicates Somerset priest in sexual abuse, prosecutors claim

By Liz Zemba
Federal prosecutors have identified a fourth minor whom they contend a Somerset County priest attempted to photograph in the nude when he traveled to Central and South America, allegedly to …

Washington

Washington County man killed in tractor accident

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County man died Tuesday when he lost control of his tractor and rolled over several times on a hill, the county coroner said. James McDade, 55, of Amwell lost control of his tractor about 10:45 a.m. while traveling …

Westmoreland

4-year-old transplant recipient Angelo Giorno dies, hospital says

By Ben Schmitt 2:49 p.m.
Angelo Giorno, the 4-year-old boy who captivated the region following an intestinal transplant in July, has died, a spokeswoman at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of …

Education

Pittsburgh schools chief Lane stepping down next summer

By Tribune-Review 1:13 p.m.
At the end of the current school year, Pittsburgh Public Schools will need a new superintendent. Linda Lane, who has been with the district since 2007, announced Friday that she …

Pennsylvania

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted 11:37 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. …

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Thursday - Sept. 3, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Dancing Dems illustrate path to expression for presidential hopefuls
Imagine if this occurred in the presidential race. Thankfully, they didn’t twerk. But seven Democratic state House members, including Ed Gainey of East Liberty, did …

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Obituaries

Longtime Pittsburgh firefighter stayed active in service to city

By Bob Bauder
Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr. was an “old-school” Pittsburgh politician who grew up hauling coal on the streets of Manchester and went on to head a powerful North Side family that …