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Bill Clinton to campaign in Pittsburgh for Pa. gubernatorial candidate

By Melissa Daniels 11:13 p.m.
Former President Bill Clinton is set to headline a campaign event with Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf on Monday in Pittsburgh. The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the IBEW union hall on the South Side, is billed as a grassroots event to urge voters to go to the polls …

Pittsburgh Area, Moon military commissary opening draws 400 visitors

By Tory N. Parrish 11:01 p.m.
Hundreds of shoppers lined up outside a new commissary in Moon before filing in to admire pumpkin-colored signs and walls, shiny floors and the bargains available Tuesday. About 400 people — politicians, …

Hundreds mourn Pittsburgh trash collector killed by gunfire

By Bob Bauder 10:57 p.m.
Omar Hodges had no enemies, said close friends and co-workers who attended his funeral Tuesday. They find it inexplicable that someone fatally shot the Pittsburgh garbage collector in Carrick on Oct. 13 …

Allegheny

12 selected for jury in Ferrante cyanide-poisoning trial

By Adam Brandolph 11:01 p.m.
A legislative assistant for a local state representative, the manager of a convenience store in Ross and a groundskeeper for a church and school are among the 12 Allegheny County …

Westmoreland

7 in custody after New Kensington drug raid

By Chuck Biedka 9:30 p.m.
A pre-dawn raid at New Kensington apartment early Tuesday yielded drugs, money and ammunition and seven people were taken into custody. Police and Pennsylvania Attorney …

Fayette

Dunbar Township woman, toddler critical after crash

By Tribune-Review
A Fayette County woman and her 20-month-old son were critically injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over multiple times Monday morning, according to state police at Uniontown. Desiree Dawn …

Armstrong

Grants boost tunnel, trail work in Clarion and Armstrong counties

By Brigid Beatty
The Allegheny Valley Land Trust has more than $1 million in funding to fix a defunct and run-down train tunnel and transform it into a safe passage along a recreational trail after being awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris 11:01 p.m.
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her third departure from an administrative …

Indiana

Man accused of sexual contact with teen in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A New York man faces state police allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl at his temporary residence at an Indiana County apartment complex. Justin E. Hoffert, 24, of Durhamville, N.Y., allegedly began talking to the girl …

Somerset

Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …

Washington

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. …

Education

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for a new leader. The board …

Pennsylvania

Schools closed after state police ambush suspect reportedly sighted nearby

By The Associated Press 10:25 p.m.
A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. Officials in the Pocono Mountain School District announced the decision to cancel classes shortly after 5 …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - October 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom 11:06 p.m.
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

Former mayor dedicated to community, ‘children’

By Jason Cato 11:15 p.m.
Charlie Menzemer dedicated himself to his career as a patent lawyer, to public service as a councilman, to pursuits that ranged from showing dogs to fencing and to his family …