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Operating loss widens at Highmark parent

By Alex Nixon 5:13 p.m.
Highmark Health’s operating loss expanded last year as the company failed to turn profits from its health insurance business and hospital and doctor network in a highly competitive market in Western Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization, formed in 2013 as the parent of health insurer Highmark Inc. and hospital system Allegheny …

Jury sides with Heinz in court battle over ‘Dip & Squeeze’ ketchup package

By Brian Bowling 6:26 p.m.
A Michigan man presented H.J. Heinz Co. with novel ideas on developing a single-serve ketchup package, but the Downtown-based company didn’t use them in developing its “Dip & Squeeze” package, a federal …

Former Pittsburgh teacher to stand trial on felony charge involving student

By Tony Raap 5:59 p.m.
A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of exchanging thousands of text messages with an 11-year-old student will stand trial on a felony charge of attempting to interfere with the custody of …

Allegheny

Former Pittsburgh teacher to stand trial on felony charge involving student

By Tony Raap 5:59 p.m.
A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of exchanging thousands of text messages with an 11-year-old student will stand trial on a felony charge of attempting to interfere with the …

Armstrong

Groundbreaking marks Rayburn company’s faith in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of CWM Environmental’s headquarters will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hills Industrial Park in East Franklin. CWM purchased the 5.2-acre parcel on Park View Drive for $112,500 in September. The …

Beaver

Beaver County school bus driver charged with sexual assault of student

By Tribune-Review
Police in Beaver County on Tuesday charged a school bus driver with the sexual assault of a student. Monaca police charged Angel Torres, 62, of Rochester, with two counts of institutional sexual assault, three counts of indecent assault and one …

Butler

Worker trapped in trench collapse in Butler County is freed

By Bill Vidonic
The construction company involved in a trench collapse Tuesday that injured a man in Butler County had been cited twice by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 2013 safety …

Fayette

350-pound black bear briefly stuck between Uniontown buildings is tranquilized, relocated

By Liz Zemba 5:23 p.m.
A 350-pound black bear was briefly stuck between two buildings in Uniontown late Monday before it was captured and removed, according to city police. Tyrone Washington said he was preparing …

Indiana

Possible child luring investigated in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana are looking for a suspect in a possible child luring this week. The man, described as being in his 50s with a medium to heavy build and driving an orange pickup truck, asked a 10-year-old girl …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Washington County sex offender gets 25 to 50 years in plea deal with Mon Valley victims

By Patrick Cloonan
A convicted sex offender from Washington County has pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving six boys, including youngsters from Elizabeth, Port Vue and Baldwin. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. …

Westmoreland

Authorities release name of Greensburg man who jumped off overpass onto Route 30

By Paul Peirce 6:23 p.m.
The Westmoreland County Coroner has identified a man who took his own life Tuesday by jumping off an overpass in Hempfield and landing on a tractor-trailer traveling west on Route 30. Coroner Ken Bacha said Glenn Branthoover, 56, of Greensburg …

Education

Mon Valley schools honored for commitment to music education

By Patrick Cloonan
A commitment to music can be heard from the stage of East Allegheny’s Logan Middle School. “Ready?” East Allegheny orchestra director Stephen Ehrlich asks 35 string musicians as he holds …

Pennsylvania

District attorney will review grand jury’s report on AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted 6:28 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Wednesday she will “carefully and thoroughly” review a statewide grand jury report that recommends charging Attorney General Kathleen Kane with …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Aprii 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Poll shows Clinton slipping in trustworthiness among voters
Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has hurt her public image and trustworthiness in three presidential election swing states, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Memorial, notes of sympathy for lost eaglets goes beyond overkill
Eagles have abominable reading skills. They are majestic birds of prey whose elegance in flight can have an almost hypnotic effect on observers. But they …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they …

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Obituaries

EMT, counselor spread joy through puppetry

By Craig Smith
Seth Sadock’s mission in life was to put smiles on the faces of those around him. “That’s what Seth did,” said his brother, Jonathan Sadock, 57, of Philadelphia. “If he …