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Wolf’s Pa. budget plan seen as having almost no chance

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed shift from property taxes to higher income and sales levies has virtually no chance to pass the GOP-dominated legislature as is, lawmakers and analysts said Wednesday, though he struck a theme appealing to many Republicans and Democrats. “The short answer is no,” Joseph …

Supreme Court split on Obamacare subsidies

By Adam Smeltz
Sharp divisions fractured the Supreme Court on Wednesday over the latest challenge to President Obama’s landmark health care law, energizing critics who want the justices to dump tax subsidies that help millions …

Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellent

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon police are investigating people caught on camera spraying deer culling corrals and bait with deer repellent and urine. J. Merlin Benner, president of Tioga County-based Wildlife Specialists LLC, said the …

Allegheny

Loose barges on the Mon highlight woes of winter’s end

By Tribune-Review 1:20 p.m.
Seventeen barges remain lodged against a train trestle in Duquesne after breaking free Wednesday on the fast-moving Monongahela River. Two towing vessels that were called to remove the barges were …

Westmoreland

11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters

By Renatta Signorini 1:06 p.m.
The rising waters of nearby Four Mile Run touched off what would prove to be a sleepless night for Betsy Kruel. At 1 a.m. Wednesday, the ...

Fayette

Police: Suspect in 1970 cold case homicide of 17-year-old dies days before charges filed

By Bob Stiles and Liz Zemba
David Gallo never forgot his big sister, who died alone, broken and bleeding on the berm of a dark Fayette County highway 45 years ago from being struck by a …

Armstrong

Three escape North Apollo fire

By Chuck Biedka
Three people escaped an early afternoon house fire in North Apollo Tuesday. Fire Chief Cliff Rearic said Trisha Blumeraitis, her daughter, Darby Blumeraitis, and Darby’s 2-year-old daughter, all of 1213 …

Beaver

Central Valley to celebrate School to Watch accolade

By Karen Kadilak
Central Valley Middle School has been recognized by a national group advocating middle school reform, and the Beaver County school plans a community event in May to celebrate. Central Valley …

Butler

South Buffalo family business decides not to rebuild after fire

By Jodi Weigand
A longtime South Buffalo countertop manufacturer has decided not to reopen after a devastating fire in January. Blume’s Solid Surface Products offices, fabrication space and equipment along Freeport Road were …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World Trade Center. “The first …

Washington

Man found fatally shot in Washington

By Tribune-Review
One man was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Washington, according to police. Marius Chatman, 24, of Washington, was pronounced dead about 5:40 a.m. near School and D avenues, according to county coroner Timothy Warco. Police said they received …

Education

School officials hopeful of seeing increases in education funding under Wolf plan

By Patrick Cloonan
Increases in combined basic and special education funding range from 4.38 percent for Norwin to 10.66 percent for East Allegheny under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget. Most other Mon-Yough …

Pennsylvania

Wolf’s Pa. budget plan seen as having almost no chance

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed shift from property taxes to higher income and sales levies has virtually no chance to pass the GOP-dominated legislature as is, lawmakers and …

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Thursday - March 5, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Fourth Street Market serves as oasis in Braddock restaurant desert
When it comes to having a superior dining option, Braddock isn’t as barren a location as people might think. Monica Johnson’s first trip to the …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Allegheny County councilman prepares push for outside prosecutors in police misconduct cases 10:30 a.m.
When Michael Bell received $1.75 million in 2010 to settle his six-year lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wis., police department over the police shooting death of …

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Obituaries

Dermatologist led UPMC residency program

By Tony Raap
Several rounds of chemotherapy didn’t stop Lisa Grandinetti from treating her patients. Dr. Grandinetti, a dermatologist at UPMC, made her final rounds about two weeks ago, despite being in excruciating …