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‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a more than $30 billion state budget built on a wide-ranging tax restructuring plan that could, if enacted, become the largest tax hike in Pennsylvania history but significantly cut the school property tax. “It’s time for bold change,” Wolf said of his …

Pittsburgh police make command staff promotions, changes

By Megan Guza
Promotions in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday brought command staff changes in three zones as well as larger structural changes in the department. “The future is being formed right in …

Controversy over Netanyahu warnings to Congress won’t affect ties, Pittsburgh Jewish leaders say

By Tom Fontaine
One of Pittsburgh’s leading Jewish groups downplayed controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings to Congress that a possible nuclear agreement with Iran threatens his country. Some criticized Republicans for inviting Netanyahu to Washington against the wishes of President …

Allegheny

Artist born without arms, legs gives Hampton students peek into her world

By Rachel Farkas
Born with no arms or legs and abandoned by her parents, Amy Brooks is the poster child for perseverance. “Let’s face it though, just because my challenges are visible and …

Westmoreland

Flooding forces evacuation of Ligonier Township residents

By Renatta Signorini 7:40 a.m.
Heavy rain and ice contributed to flooding this morning in Red Rock Club, a private cottage community, in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County. Bob McDowell, chief …

Fayette

Connellsville planners OK hotel proposal

By Karl Polacek
The proposed 54-room Cobblestone Hotel, to be built on Connellsville’s North First Street, took another step closer to construction Tuesday when the Connellsville Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the …

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

Police charge Beaver County sex offender who snuck into Pittsburgh science center

By Adam Brandolph
Pittsburgh police refiled charges Monday against a convicted sex offender police said snuck into the Carnegie Science Center and lied to officers and staff about his identity. Police charged Sherwood …

Butler

Police say teen driver was drinking in Butler ATV crash that killed passenger

By Rick Wills
Police said Monday that they are considering charging the teen driver of an all-terrain vehicle who fled the scene of a crash in Butler County in which his passenger died. Police suspect the male youth, who is 16 and remains …

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 7:18 a.m.
An unidentified man was shot to death in Washington early Wednesday morning. Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said the victim, found near School and Donnan avenues around 4 a.m., is currently unidentified in a news release. The man died of …

Education

Wolf’s education proposal gets mixed reviews

By Bobby Kerlik
Traditional public school officials applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to pump more than $1 billion more into education and its employee retirement fund but acknowledged the plan will be challenged by the Republican-controlled Legislature. “I’m pleased to see the investment …

Pennsylvania

‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a more than $30 billion state budget built on a wide-ranging tax restructuring plan that could, if enacted, become the largest tax …

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Tuesday - March 3, 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: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Former NFL player humbly helped others

By Tony Raap
A number of years ago, Buzz Irvine anonymously paid for the funeral of one of his bank employees. Mr. Irvine, the third-generation leader of NexTier Bank — formerly Citizens National …