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Aging weather satellite may be leaving forecasters with a large blind spot

By Brian Bowling
Federal cost overruns and delays helped keep a new weather satellite from launching in time to prevent gaps in long-range forecasting, possibly leaving forecasters with a blind spot when it comes to tracking some large storms, the government and weather scientists say. One of the National Weather Service’s polar satellites …

Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Dustin Himes moved to Pennsylvania from Olympia, Wash., where he could get marijuana legally to treat pain from an injury. “You talk to people in Pennsylvania, and they look at …

SEC alleges BNY Mellon bribed foreign investors by handing internships to their relatives

By Chris Fleisher
Securities regulators are considering charges against Bank of New York Mellon, alleging that it violated federal bribery laws by giving internships to relatives of foreign officials to win business managing investments for their country. The bank disclosed in a regulatory …

Allegheny

Ex-Steelers QB Batch creates sports medicine startup at Pitt

By Megha Satyanarayana
Former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch is among a group of partners who have created a new sports medicine partnership at the University of Pittsburgh. Impellia will develop fitness, human performance …

Westmoreland

New Derry woman charged after mail delivery of 4 pounds of marijuana

By Paul Peirce
A New Derry woman has been charged with multiple drug violations because authorities were tipped off that she was receiving packages of marijuana in the mail. Patricia E. Hancock, 42, is charged by Derry police with manufacturing and delivery of a ...

Fayette

South Connellsville Mayor Casini arraigned in gun case

By Mark Hofmann
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for South Connellsville Mayor Peter Matthew Casini on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition after police allege he transferred and purchased a gun …

Armstrong

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an undetermined amount of money. The …

Beaver

Beaver Falls woman who drove police car while handcuffed to stand trial

By Bobby Kerlik
A Beaver County woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and fleeing at speeds of 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back will stand trial, a district judge ruled Monday. Roxanne Rimer, 27, of Beaver Falls was trying …

Butler

Bober released as Wuerl school president to concentrate on building new St. Kilian church

By Tribune-Review
Bishop David Zubik has released the Rev. Charles Bober as president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School so he can concentrate on the construction of a new St. Kilian’s Church for Adams and Cranberry townships, the Diocese of Pittsburgh …

Indiana

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

Somerset

Meyersdale teenager cited for sword assault

By Tribune-Review
A 14-year-old Somerset County boy was cited to juvenile court for assaulting another teen at a home in Meyersdale on Jan. 16. State police in Somerset said the Meyersdale boy attacked another 14-year-old boy, who was visiting from Bedford County, …

Washington

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer and former longtime counsel to …

Education

Pennsylvania’s teacher pension system scores D plus, National Council on Teacher Quality says

By Megan Harris 8:27 a.m.
Young teachers just joining the Pennsylvania education system may not see much bang for their pension buck, according to a report issued Tuesday. Pennsylvania’s teacher pension system carries the third highest unfunded liability in the country, findings from the National …

Pennsylvania

Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Dustin Himes moved to Pennsylvania from Olympia, Wash., where he could get marijuana legally to treat pain from an injury. “You talk to people in Pennsylvania, and they …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Jan. 27, 2015

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

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: The Strange Case of Mayor Peduto and ‘Undercover’ Mr. Chadwick
For a guy who doesn’t exist, Ed Chadwick certainly seems to be alive and well. If you believed Chadwick was going away after a heavily …

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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

Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

By Tory N. Parrish
Al Sovek was old-school and honest about who he was, his daughter said. “He was a traditional man-of-the-house kind of guy. He worked. He provided for his family,” said Denise …