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Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 10:31 a.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, and the Obama administration, which has been putting …

DEP releases details of cases of drinking well contamination from drilling

By The Associated Press
Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells. The Department …

Uber and Lyft say they’ll rely on PennDOT inspections for safety

By Bobby Kerlik
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission listened to testimony Thursday from representatives of ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft as well as other transportation companies to gather information as to the adequacy of state regulations. Several commissioners focused most of their questions …

The Progress Fund awarded $2M federal grant

By Tribune-Review
A Greensburg-based community development financing agency has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to loan money to small businesses to boost tourism in Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia, western Maryland and Ohio. The Progress Fund, which provides loans …

Study: Foreign students often leave Western Pa. after getting degrees

By Debra Erdley 10:00 a.m.
Pittsburgh may be missing a potential economic boost because most international students leave the region when they get their degrees, a new study suggests. The study, released on Friday, ranked the Pittsburgh area as the 15th most-popular region in the …

Man from care home dies at Moraine State Park after being pulled from water

By Bill Vidonic
A man died at Moraine State Park Thursday after being pulled from Lake Arthur, park officials said. The 52-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was a resident of a care home in New Wilmington, Mercer County, park Manager Dustin Drew said. …

Poll shows Wolf’s lead over Corbett widening

By Melissa Daniels
A summer of campaigning and advertising did little to revive Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s moribund popularity among Pennsylvania voters, the latest figures show. The results of a poll on Thursday from the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall …

Homeowners warned of bogus land surveyors

By Adam Brandolph
Homeowners should be cautious of people who come to the door claiming to be surveyors, utility workers and delivery men, authorities said on Wednesday. A rash of so-called distraction thefts, which often target senior citizens, has hit Pennsylvania. A distraction …

Blair County judge rejects Kenney appeal

By Richard Gazarik
A Blair County judge has rejected an appeal from a convicted child killer who is serving a life sentence for the beating death of a 4-year-old girl in a case that led to changes in Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services law. …

Public Utility Commission hearing arguments against Lyft

By Bobby Kerlik
Judges from the state Public Utility Commission heard arguments Wednesday from several taxi companies protesting ride-sharing company Lyft’s attempt to get permanent approval. The PUC approved a temporary 60-day approval for both Lyft and rival Uber to operate in Allegheny …

EDMC reaches debt-restructuring deal with creditors

By John D. Oravecz
Education Management Corp. has agreed to turn over an “overwhelming majority” of its ownership to creditors in a deal that would give the struggling operator of for-profit colleges a financial reprieve and wipe out most of its debt. The deal …

Salena Zito Reporting

Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

Brad Bumsted

Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted 10:31 a.m.
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger …