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Highmark members to keep maternity care at UPMC’s Magee in 2015

By Adam Smeltz  and Alex Nixon
At least 120 pregnant women insured by Highmark Inc. will retain coverage this year at UPMC-owned Magee-Womens Hospital under a state-brokered resolution announced Thursday. The agreement means Highmark-covered women can visit the Oakland hospital for maternity care and deliveries at in-network prices through September, Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger said. The …

Psychiatrist: Man accused of setting Homestead fire not competent to stand trial

By Adam Brandolph
A man accused of starting a fire that destroyed three apartment buildings and nearby businesses in the heart of Homestead’s commercial district is not competent to stand trial and would benefit from …

Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire

By Gideon Bradshaw
Smoke wafted from an attic window of a Monroeville home Thursday morning, a solemn reminder of the fire that killed its sole occupant hours before. Allegheny County Fire Marshal Alvin Henderson Jr. …

Allegheny

Highmark members to keep maternity care at UPMC’s Magee in 2015

By Adam Smeltz  and Alex Nixon
At least 120 pregnant women insured by Highmark Inc. will retain coverage this year at UPMC-owned Magee-Womens Hospital under a state-brokered resolution announced Thursday. The agreement means Highmark-covered women can …

Westmoreland

3 in Westmoreland charged in painkiller ring

By Joe Napsha 12:27 a.m.
A North Huntingdon woman is accused of stealing at least 12,000 prescription narcotic pills with a street value estimated at $360,000 while working at Norwin ...

Fayette

Fayette officials reappoint dead man

By Mary Pickels
The recent reappointment of a deceased member to a long-inactive authority board led Fayette County commissioners Wednesday to consider how notifications are handled when appointing or retaining representatives of county boards. “We will be smarter next time,” Chairman Vincent Zapotosky …

Armstrong

Beauty Bash will help send cancer patient, family to Florida

By Brigid Beatty
Beauty stylist Lisa Waldor is trying to turn a casual conversation into a dream vacation in Florida for a customer who has cancer and her family. The owner of Safari …

Beaver

Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case

By Megan Guza
The last time anyone saw Kathy Dolan Heckel, she went on a lunch break in July 1991. She is presumed dead, but her body is missing — a problem that …

Butler

District attorney rejects polygraph deal in molestation case

By Tribune-Review
Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he won’t go along with an agreement that pinned an Oakland Township man’s court case on a polygraph test. Roger L. Young, 65, of Oakland, faces charges of corruption of minors and indecent …

Indiana

Woman pays $178 fine for Westmoreland courthouse conduct

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County woman paid a $178 fine Thursday for causing a disturbance at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg on New Year’s Eve after she took cellphone photographs of public documents. Laura R. Bistok, 37, of Indiana Borough was …

Somerset

Somerset County man dies in mine accident

By Jacob Tierney 12:01 a.m.
A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year. Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating …

Washington

East Bethlehem woman charged in home invasion in which her husband was killed

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Authorities in Ohio apprehended a Washington County woman recently charged in an alleged home invasion last month in West Pike Run. Bobbi Sue West, 30, of East Bethlehem was arrested Tuesday at a residence in Belmont, Ohio, Washington County District …

Education

Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it now means computer-based books, tutoring …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12

By Brad Bumsted 12:01 a.m.
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord unexpectedly resigned Thursday, telling Gov. Tom Wolf that he achieved his goals during six years in office. His spokesman deflected news reports that McCord …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Jan. 29, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Obituaries

Firefighter rose through ranks to chief

By Joe Napsha
When Larry Glass was growing up in Plum in the 1970s, his father would gather his four sons around the television on Saturday nights to watch “Emergency!,” a show about …