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Philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse Elsie Hillman dies at 89

By Salena Zito 3:07 a.m.
Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and politicos but could just as easily befriend doormen and waiters, died Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Despite her enormous wealth and influence, she loved simple things: Kentucky Fried Chicken, costume jewelry, driving her own car and calling people “dearie,” even …

Pittsburgh officials unveil changes to police response to violent crime

By Megan Guza
Pittsburgh officials on Tuesday announced major changes to police response to violent crime, including a merger of several crime squads and uniform response procedures among the city’s six police zones. “You can’t …

Murrysville oncologist says he had necessary permits to hunt, kill lion

By Kari Andren
A Murrysville doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday he did nothing wrong and was working at his medical practice during the time officials claim …

Allegheny

Thrival concert event moves from Bakery Square to LTV site in Hazelwood

By Tom Fontaine
About two dozen musical acts could help drum up interest in a sprawling Hazelwood site where $1 billion in development is planned, officials said. “We think we can get some eyeballs on the site and help with revitalization of that …

Armstrong

Armstrong County D.A.’s office to head jail escape probe

By Mary Ann Thomas
The Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday it is investigating the events leading to last week’s escape of inmate Robert Edward Crissman Jr. from the Armstrong County Jail. Crissman …

Beaver

Groups appeal Shell air permit for Beaver County project

By Tribune-Review
Two environmental groups this week appealed the state Department of Environmental Protection’s granting of an air permit to Royal Dutch Shell for the petrochemical plant it might build in Beaver County. The Clean Air Council in Philadelphia and Washington-based Environmental …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Uniontown man sentenced to 30 months for threatening Obama and his family

By Brian Bowling
A Uniontown man serving a state sentence of 12½ to 25 years in prison will spend 15 more months in federal prison for threatening President Obama and his family, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Joseph H. Savage, 35, pleaded guilty …

Indiana

Polymer Enterprises finds success in specialty tire market

By David Conti
At Pennsylvania’s last manufacturer of air-filled tires, lasers and computers help guide the placement of layers of rubber and other materials on machinery. Human hands do the layering, though. The …

Somerset

Ex-store clerk charged with theft $50K worth of lottery tickets in Meyersdale

By Mary Pickels
Police in Somerset County have charged a former cigarette store clerk with almost 400 counts of theft and other offenses for allegedly stealing nearly $50,000 worth of state lottery scratch-off tickets from her employer. Linda J. Porter, 58, of Meyersdale …

Washington

Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past

By Chris Buckley
Monongahela’s rich history predates the nation. Now visitors can learn about the city’s past by using futuristic technology. The Monongahela Area Historical Society designed a walking tour that uses a …

Westmoreland

Murrysville oncologist says he had necessary permits to hunt, kill lion

By Kari Andren
A Murrysville doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday he did nothing wrong and was working at his ...

Education

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …

Pennsylvania

McGinty officially a candidate for Democratic U.S. Senate nomination

By Brad Bumsted 3:16 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Democrat Katie McGinty, a promoter of “clean energy” and environmental protection who ran unsuccessfully for governor, on Tuesday said she will try to become Pennsylvania’s first woman U.S. …

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Tuesday - Aug. 4, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse Elsie Hillman dies at 89 3:07 a.m.
Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and politicos but could just as easily befriend doormen and waiters, died Tuesday in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Emptying an inbox can be better than cleaning out the closet
Microsoft just alerted me that my mailbox is nearly full. That’s a sure sign that it’s time once again to respond to some of the …

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Obituaries

Forest Hills school secretary dedicated life to children

By Rick Wills
A mother of seven and a longtime school secretary, Johanna Gray never could get enough of children. “She loved working with kids. There were kids at the schools where she …