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Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted 12:18 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan in place, political analysts said Wednesday. “The Republicans are acting like Republicans, and Wolf is acting like the progressive Democratic liberal he is,” said Colleen …

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer 12:37 a.m.
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pitt researchers using grant to find cures for viruses from mosquitoes

By Ben Schmitt 12:37 a.m.
There’s no cure for a variety of mosquito-borne viruses that Department of Defense officials fear could someday be developed into bioterrorism agents. “If someone would ever spread a virus via an aerosol, …

Allegheny

Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph 12:18 a.m.
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was jailed because police charged …

Armstrong

Armstrong County task force takes on flooded creek

By Brad Pedersen 1:18 a.m.
While most see the fast moving, high, murky brown waters of Crooked Creek as reason to seek higher ground, about two dozen members of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task …

Beaver

As much as $27K missing from Ambridge Water Authority, police say

By Bill Vidonic
Police are investigating how thousands of dollars went missing from the Ambridge Water Authority, the borough’s police chief said Wednesday. A water authority employee has been suspended with pay, authority solicitor Garen Fedeles said. Neither he nor police Chief James …

Butler

Drilling halted at Middlesex well under dispute

By Rick Wills
A Butler County judge issued a stay that halts work at a disputed drilling site in Middlesex. Common Pleas Judge S. Michael Yeager said work at the Geyer well must be halted until July 26 — by which time opponents …

Fayette

Troopers searching for Fayette County robbery suspect

By Liz Zemba
A Perryopolis man accused of robbing a North Union pool hall while wearing a Spider-Man mask was the subject of an hours-long police manhunt on Wednesday. Shane Shipley, 27, is …

Indiana

Halliburton to close Indiana County office

By David Conti
Oilfield services giant Halliburton is closing its Indiana County office as gas drilling customers, pressured by low prices, focus more of their activity in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years

By Chris Buckley
With onlookers lining nearby hillsides, the 106-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge was demolished Wednesday morning, dropped by explosives in a matter of seconds into the Monongahela River. “Everything went as planned,” said …

Westmoreland

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff 1:04 a.m.
Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer 12:37 a.m.
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted 12:18 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan in place, political analysts said …

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Wednesday - July 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Communicating in plain English difficult for those fluent in gobbledygook
Those fluent in gobbledygook often find it difficult to speak another language. So it’s not surprising that problems exist with Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s so-called …

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Obituaries

CIA station chief made mark in Indonesia

By Michael Hasch 12:01 a.m.
Hugh Tovar spent much of his life with the CIA and was in the middle of what Newsweek calls “two of the CIA’s most controversial covert action operations during the …