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Plum officials: District won’t inhibit ‘constitutionally protected speech’

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf 12:28 a.m.
Just a few hours after student protesters at Plum High School left for the day with the promise to return Tuesday morning, school board members huddled in closed-door discussions. The meeting ended at about 9:20 p.m. Monday with the board not commenting, but member John St. Ledger saying it would …

Grand jury presentment: AG Kane lied, attempted to cover up leak

By Brad Bumsted
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury investigating her and tried to cover up her directive to release secret material to a Philadelphia newspaper last year, according to …

State officials jump into UPMC-Highmark dispute, push binding arbitration

By Adam Smeltz 2:04 a.m.
A state court should force rivals Highmark Inc. and UPMC into binding arbitration to resolve bitter disputes that have left Western Pennsylvanians confused and angry over their access to health care, Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Kathleen Kane said …

Allegheny

Allegheny County Controller Wagner claims rival Flaherty benefits from ‘dark money’

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner wants her opponent and a political committee backing him to identify donors and disclose their contributions, but she refused Monday to release the same information about her campaign. Wagner said controller candidate Mark Patrick Flaherty’s …

Armstrong

Armstrong County Health Center celebrates decades of care

By Brigid Beatty
Armstrong County Health Center this year celebrates an anniversary and its deep roots in the community that have connected neighbors, friends and family members with residents and staff for decades. …

Beaver

Beaver Falls man held for trial in Sheraden double-homicide ‘emoji-cide’ case

By Jason Cato
Text messages sent by a Beaver Falls man, including one showing a series of images, helped prosecutors build what they are calling an “emoji-cide” case. District Magistrate Linda Zucco on Friday ordered Michael St. Clair, 24, to stand trial for …

Butler

Daytona Beach passes Butler for longest parade of Jeeps, but festival organizers vow to retake honor

By Rick Wills 12:18 a.m.
The birthplace of the Jeep just lost the Guinness World Record for the longest parade of Jeeps. Butler County won’t stay in second place for long, if local officials have their way. They plan to snatch back the record in …

Fayette

Gun stolen from Fayette courthouse, used in suicide

By Liz Zemba
Fayette County Sheriff Gary Brownfield said he has implemented security measures in his office because of the theft of a handgun that was used in an apparent suicide. Brownfield said …

Indiana

Troopers seek suspects in Pine Twp. arsons

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana said a field fire and fires in two wooded areas in northern Indiana County on Friday are the work of one or two arsonists. The fires occurred off School and Grisemore roads in Pine Township between …

Somerset

Somerset man gets 10-year prison sentence for meth sales

By Tribune-Review
A 23-year-old Somerset man arrested in 2013 for operating a methamphetamine lab out of his home has been sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of federal supervision after his release. U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson …

Washington

Ringgold band members march to different beat

By Les Harvath
Ringgold High School senior Katharine Hubert has already emphatically circled and starred May 21 on her school calendar, but it has nothing to do with her upcoming graduation. Instead, “moving” …

Westmoreland

Students learn outside at Westmoreland County’s Envirothon in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
Students gripped their pencils as they prepared for an exam, surrounded by trees and open sky instead of their usual classroom walls. They pored over ...

Education

Penn Hills School District brings on former employee as consultant

By Kelsey Shea
Leaders of the financially struggling Penn Hills School District on Monday retained a business consultant to fill in for the business manager, who remains on paid leave. The board voted 7-0 to hire James Calabrese, 73, of Plum, a retired …

Pennsylvania

Grand jury presentment: AG Kane lied, attempted to cover up leak

By Brad Bumsted
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury investigating her and tried to cover up her directive to release secret material to a Philadelphia newspaper last year, …

Photo Gallery

Monday - April 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Hillary Clinton spins political attacks into moneymaker
Hillary Clinton’s two-week-old presidential campaign is looking to turn political attacks into dollars. It could be a lucrative approach, given the number of controversies surrounding …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Plum science teacher Zoldak’s experiments with slime could go ka-boom
Time for a science experiment, Plum School District-style. Time to make slime. Such experiments usually are conducted at the elementary school level, but they do …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Businessman embraced heritage, American dream

By Jason Cato 12:01 a.m.
Nikolaos “Nick” Batis marched into a Monroeville restaurant to meet the girl in which his younger brother was interested. The young Greek immigrant ended up meeting his future wife. “I’d …