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Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session

By Debra Erdley
Relaxed and confident despite sagging poll numbers and a bruising budget battle with the General Assembly, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday he is weighing whether to call lawmakers back to Harrisburg for a special session on pension reform. Corbett made his comments in a meeting with editors and reporters …

TSA fee increase this week arrives with load of complaints

By Bobby Kerlik
Business travel and airline industry groups blasted increased Transportation Security Administration fees imposed on Monday on every plane ticket in the country, saying the rise amounts to a travel tax. The security …

Ukrainian festival will go on in McKees Rocks despite crisis in homeland

By Tom Fontaine
The downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine’s war zone casts a somber tone over Western Pennsylvania’s largest Ukrainian festival, says an organizer of the event that starts Wednesday. “At the same …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust leads applicants seeking increase in Regional Asset District money

By Bill Zlatos
More than 100 cultural and recreational groups are asking for $102.1 million in county money for next year, and some mid-size or big groups such as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are seeking double-digit increases from this year. The trust’s $1.3 …

Westmoreland

Derry Township assault suspect arrested

By Jacob Tierney
A Derry Township man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman repeatedly over five days and threatening to kill her in the same manner …

Fayette

Connellsville Redevelopment Authority director touts revitalization

By Cindy Ekas
Completion of the Great Allegheny Passage and proposed construction of a new hotel has sparked business development in downtown Connellsville. Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, told authority members on Monday night that it is an exciting …

Armstrong

Ford City Council’s police committee recommends eliminating department

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council’s police committee has recommended the borough disband its police department in the hopes of slashing expenses. The three-person committee of council members advised the borough rely on state police coverage instead. Council Vice President Jerry Miklos, who …

Beaver

1 dead, 2 injured in Ellwood City shooting

By Margaret Harding
An apparent domestic dispute led to a shooting that killed a man and injured two people in Ellwood City, state police said. Police charged Jeffrey C. Sack Jr., 22, of Highland Park, Mich., with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly …

Butler

Tumors limit Middlesex boy’s eyesight but not his love of newspapers

By Megan Henney
Family and friends of a Butler County boy are hoping strangers will help deliver what he wants: newspapers from around the world. Sean Tracey, 12, of Middlesex has tumors on …

Indiana

Tours, tastings will be part of experience next month at Homer City distillery

By Kari Andren
Vodka is flowing at Disobedient Spirits, a craft distillery set to open in Homer City after months of dealing with bureaucracy, protests and building renovations,. Distillery President Bob Begg, a …

Somerset

Somerset County man dies of injuries sustained in ATV accident

By Tribune-Review 2:20 a.m.
A Somerset County man has died of injuries sustained in an accident Sunday in Summit Township involving two all-terrain vehicles. Wayne E. Krause, 69, of Meyersdale, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Sunday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, …

Washington

N.C. churches lend helping hands in Western Pa.

By Megan Henney
Armed with paint, shingles and a myriad of other supplies, 130 volunteers from North Carolina churches took to Western Pennsylvania for their 2014 summer mission project, Praise in PA. Volunteers …

Education

Moon Area board again votes to close school, reconfigure elementary buildings, explore merging with Cornell

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School Board on Monday night repeated its action to close Hyde Elementary School and explore the possibility of a merger. “I encourage you to fight on, fight on, fight on,” school board member Michael Hauser said to …

Pennsylvania

Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session

By Debra Erdley
Relaxed and confident despite sagging poll numbers and a bruising budget battle with the General Assembly, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday he is weighing whether to call lawmakers back …

Photo Gallery

Monday - July 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pennsylvania Legislature has embarrassment of shame riches
Shame shouldn’t be in short supply in Harrisburg. So it’s disappointing that the new policy of publicly shaming politicians extends to a select few who …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: PETA’s lettuce offered to aid city
Of all the cities in this country, Pittsburgh would be one of the most difficult for PETA to gain a foothold. After its sports teams, …

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Obituaries

Teacher supported wide range of education

By Rick Wills
There was almost nothing George Lange could not build or fix. “He was a real all-purpose guy. He’d fix the plumbing and wiring at home, even though he was never …