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VA secretary: Special advisory board will help fix system’s problems

By Luis Fábregas 9:45 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The chief of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs vowed Friday to fix systemic failures at the beleaguered agency and lamented what he sees as a constant negative focus. “It’s hunting season at the VA,” Secretary Robert McDonald told the Tribune-Review about attacks aimed at the …

First Amendment experts decry Plum authorities’ warning to students

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf 9:54 p.m.
Students who talk, text, email, tweet, or post comments on Facebook about the ongoing sexual abuse investigation at Plum High School could be subject to questioning and arrest by law enforcement, school …

Mylan raises bid for fellow drugmaker; Perrigo says ‘no’

By Alex Nixon 9:36 p.m.
Mylan NV started a hostile takeover bid for fellow generic drug maker Perrigo Co., telling the company’s stockholders Friday it will pay them $31.2 billion if they tender their shares. The board …

Allegheny

Upper St. Clair lawyer pleads guilty to dealing in crack

By Brian Bowling
An investigation into a Hill District heroin ring turned up an Upper St. Clair lawyer dealing in crack, a federal prosecutor said Friday. The lawyer, Guy Amatangelo, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack and possession of a firearm …

Armstrong

Feds to Ford City: 60 days to repay $581,000 grant default

By Julie E. Martin 9:46 p.m.
Ford City has less than two months to pay off a $581,000 debt or come to an arrangement with the federal agency levying it. In a letter dated April 22 Paul Matyskiela, interim regional director of the U.S. Economic Development …

Beaver

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

By Jason Cato 9:52 p.m.
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

Complaint alleges Butler candidate mixing politics, military service

By Bill Vidonic 9:54 p.m.
The Navy confirmed Friday it is investigating a complaint that a Republican candidate for Butler County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court improperly used photos of himself in uniform in …

Fayette

Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese

By Debra Erdley 9:52 p.m.
Reality was still setting in for the Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Greensburg, as he met Friday morning with representatives of his new flock at the Bishop …

Indiana

Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese

By Debra Erdley 9:52 p.m.
Reality was still setting in for the Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Greensburg, as he met Friday morning with representatives of his new flock at the Bishop …

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

Police investigate possible murder-suicide in Bentleyville

By Michael Hasch
State police said a well-known Washington County entrepreneur apparently shot and killed his wife before taking his own life. The bodies of Carmine P. Verno, 69, and Caryn L. Verno, …

Westmoreland

Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese

By Debra Erdley 9:52 p.m.
Reality was still setting in for the Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Greensburg, as he met Friday morning with representatives of his …

Education

North Allegheny OKs $20.5 million in contracts for renovations

By Tory N. Parrish 7:32 p.m.
The North Allegheny School Board has approved $20.5 million in renovations for Marshall Middle School and Bradford Woods and Marshall elementary schools. The work will include a new student dropoff driveway at Marshall Elementary, and installing security cameras, repairing masonry …

Pennsylvania

3-judge panel in Montgomery County will hear Kane contempt case

By Brad Bumsted 9:54 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Three Montgomery County judges — a Democrat and two Republicans — will preside over arguments Monday on whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, should be held in …

Photo Gallery

Friday - April 24, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
‘Grainy white powder’ found in letter to U.S. Rep. Doyle’s office
A staff member in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle opened a letter that contained a grainy white substance, causing Capitol police to …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Health-minded, trendy diners doom landmark eatery Del's
Historically, this is a big blow to Pittsburgh’s Little Italy. For 65 years, Del’s Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo was one of the first things motorists …

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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

Family man applied effort to wide range of talents

By Jacob Tierney
Bill Marting’s keen intelligence and curiosity about the world brought passion to all he did. He had a wealth of hobbies, including painting, modeling and woodcarving. “He could draw, he …