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Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the second time in two years, the state House on Thursday approved comprehensive legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling the wholesale operation and phasing out most of the 600 state liquor stores. “It is time to get Pennsylvania out of the alcohol system once …

Easter Seals merger in Pennsylvania raises ethics concerns

By Natasha Lindstrom
It started as a merger between two money-losing charities serving people with disabilities. The deal let Easter Seal Society of Western Pennsylvania absorb $6.1 million in assets — some of it earmarked …

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller

By Megan Guza
Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. “Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto said in …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller

By Megan Guza
Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. “Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto …

Westmoreland

Fast-growing Americans for Prosperity opens location in Greensburg

By Craig Smith
In a move that political observers said reflects the importance the Republican Party is placing on the upcoming presidential election, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative, ...

Fayette

Police: Suspect in Uniontown woman’s shooting death considered armed, dangerous

By Renatta Signorini
State police are searching for a Uniontown man they consider to be “armed and dangerous” for allegedly shooting his longtime girlfriend twice in the head along a highway. Terry Walker, …

Armstrong

Bower won’t seek second term as Armstrong County commissioner

By Brad Pedersen 12:14 a.m.
Armstrong County Commissioner Bob Bower is set to retire after 41 years as an elected official. Bower, 66, after earlier saying he was going to wait to see who was …

Beaver

Missing $1.4M triggers probe of tax collection in Baden

By Michael Hasch
The Baden tax collector resigned this week, and auditors found they could not account for $1.4 million in school district tax collections from the last fiscal year, the borough solicitor said Thursday. The resignation was just one of the exhibits …

Butler

Butler County man to serve 4 to 15 years for buying tainted heroin that killed girlfriend

By Bill Vidonic
A Butler County judge sentenced a West Liberty man to between four years and 15 years in state prison for buying his girlfriend a tainted batch of heroin that killed her in February 2014. Shayne Emery, 32, pleaded guilty Jan. …

Indiana

Potential commercial conversion sparks neighbors’ concerns on Blairsville’s South Walnut Street

By Jeff Himler
Neighbors expressed concerns about parking and impacts on traffic and adjacent real estate values as Blairsville Council considered whether to allow potential conversion of a property at South Walnut and Old Main streets from a dwelling to a professional office. …

Somerset

Driver whose van hit school bus in Somerset County charged

By Mary Pickels
A Mt. Pleasant man whose van struck a school bus in Somerset County on Monday, injuring the driver and several students, was charged with four motor vehicle violations. Gregory N. Freed, 21, remained in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown …

Washington

Washington woman killed in rollover crash on I-70

By Tribune-Review 12:21 a.m.
A Washington woman was killed Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County. Vanessa Mutschler, 27, was killed in a rollover crash just before 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 70 in Somerset Township. According to state police, Mutschler was thrown …

Education

North Allegheny, teachers OK early bird contract

By Tribune-Review
The North Allegheny School District and its teachers’ union reached a new contract in what is being called “an early bird settlement,” the district said. The school board’s nine members unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night with the North …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the second time in two years, the state House on Thursday approved comprehensive legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling the wholesale operation and phasing …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Feb. 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Many contributions but few tough solutions for obesity in America
Russian journalist Ilmira Alimguzina arrived in Pittsburgh last week, eager to learn about all things American: history, government and — wouldn’t you know it — …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Vice President Biden’s unusual behavior ingratiates, repels
WASHINGTON — When Vice President Joe Biden stroked 8-year-old Kayla Kosmalski’s face during the celebratory signing of a law benefiting disabled children, no one in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Longtime Pirates fan has long-term designs on his favorite team
Brad Slopey is ready for his annual rite of renewal. As he has done for nearly a quarter of a century, Slopey will board an …

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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

Broadway dancer became kind, skilled professor

By Stacey Federoff 12:08 a.m.
When he was about 3 years old, Ron Tassone stood on his tiptoes to put nickels into the jukebox in his grandparents’ ice cream parlor to move to the music, …