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‘Free’ wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board has spent nearly $300,000 in legal fees to fight a lawsuit over its “free” wine kiosk initiative. The kiosk maker claims the LCB is to blame for forcing it out of business. More than three years after the LCB pulled the plug on the wine …

Storm could drop 4-6 inches of snow on Pittsburgh area

By Aaron Aupperlee
A major Northeast snowstorm is expected to drop 4 to 6 inches on the Pittsburgh region as early as Monday afternoon. Wet snow fell Sunday night as the temperature hovered above freezing. It was forecast to drop below 32 degrees …

Grandview development plan inches ahead in Mt. Washington

By Tom Fontaine
Plans to redevelop the site of Mt. Washington’s former Edge Restaurant appear to be back on track, with the property owners assembling a development team to tackle the long-awaited project. “With the …

Allegheny

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh doubles goal with $230M pledged in largest fundraiser

By Rick Wills 2:35 a.m.
The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh raised more than double its goal in the largest fundraising effort it has undertaken, church officials said Sunday. The five-year Campaign for The Church Alive! set a goal of $125 million. More than $230 million …

Westmoreland

Delmont man blogs about industrial history of region, exploring long-cold coke ovens

By Mary Pickels
Crunching a quarter-mile across an abandoned, snow-covered stretch of Pennsylvania Railroad tracks near Armbrust, Mike Mance led visitors to the former Hester Coke Works. The dozens ...

Fayette

Big future seen for former Fayette grocery warehouse

By Mary Pickels
Standing inside the cavernous Republic Food Enterprise Center, general manager Mark Swankler envisions a hub of activity: entrepreneurs working at the commercial kitchen-size appliances; a staff preparing food for catered events; produce grown in an on-site greenhouse. “I like the …

Armstrong

Ford City Council overrides veto, police cuts stay

By Julie E. Martin 3:30 a.m.
Ford City Council on Saturday overturned the mayor’s veto of the borough’s tax ordinance, meaning taxes will not go up this year. Mayor Marc Mantini on Jan. 15 vetoed the ordinance, which aimed to keep the borough’s tax rate at …

Beaver

1 person injured after being hit by car in Aliquippa

By Tribune-Review
One person was injured after being struck by a vehicle around 11 p.m. Friday on Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa, emergency personnel said. Beaver County emergency dispatchers said the person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. …

Butler

Fireworks festival hopes to draw crowd to Cooper’s Lake

By Bill Vidonic
No government agency offered any taxpayer-funded carrot to lure the 2015 Pyrofest fireworks show from Allegheny County to Cooper’s Lake Campground in Worth, the head of the Butler County Tourism …

Indiana

One of two killed in Marine chopper crash was from Indiana, Pa.

By Paul Peirce  and Joe Napsha
An Indiana native who as a teen dreamed of being a Marine Corps aviator was one of two people killed Friday in a crash during a helicopter training exercise at …

Somerset

Flight 93 National Memorial to get new leader; director promoted to national position

By Mary Pickels
Jeff Reinbold has vivid memories of one of his first visits to the Flight 93 temporary memorial. “It was January 2003, and the temperature was hovering around zero,” he said …

Washington

Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game

By Jacob Tierney
As the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team prepared Saturday for its first game since the death of one of its own, every player was wearing the No. 44. …

Education

Mt. Lebanon High School to sell its planetarium equipment

By Matthew Santoni
The stars won’t come out again in Mt. Lebanon High School as the district plans to disassemble and sell its 42-year-old planetarium equipment. The planetarium is in the high school’s …

Pennsylvania

‘Free’ wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board has spent nearly $300,000 in legal fees to fight a lawsuit over its “free” wine kiosk initiative. The kiosk maker claims the LCB is to …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Former Senator Santorum preaches sacred value of verbal restraint to pope
To: Pope Francis From: Rick Santorum Re: Exercising verbal restraint Your Eminence: I’m writing regarding the recent remarks I made about you on conservative Hugh …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Surgeon’s dedication to medicine inspired family

By Rick Wills
Francis Perri could barely walk down the street without being recognized, usually by people who wanted to thank him. “I was just in the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon the other …