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Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan in place, political analysts said Wednesday. “The Republicans are acting like Republicans, and Wolf is acting like the progressive Democratic liberal he is,” said Colleen …

Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted 10:22 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would have phased out more than 600 …

Pittsburgh sues state financial overseer to release gambling money it’s owed

By Bob Bauder 9:56 p.m.
Pittsburgh sued a state-appointed fiscal oversight authority on Thursday because it refused to meet Mayor Bill Peduto’s demand to turn over more than $11 million in state gambling tax money. The lawsuit seeks an injunction from the Allegheny County Common …

Allegheny

Young Nebraska girl’s organs give 2 Pittsburgh-area boys a chance to live

By Ben Schmitt 10:23 p.m.
Lauressa Swedberg smiled through her grief Thursday as she planned a funeral in Nebraska for her 3-year-old daughter, whose donated organs saved two lives in Pittsburgh. And two families rejoiced …

Armstrong

Armstrong fire departments sharpen river rescue skills

By Brad Pedersen
While most see the fast-moving, high, murky brown waters of Crooked Creek as reason to seek higher ground, about two dozen members of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task Force …

Beaver

Beaver County woman finds man crouching in her bathroom, stabs him with sword

By Megan Guza 10:39 p.m.
Police in Beaver County are looking for a man, recently released from a Florida prison, they say repeatedly raped his girlfriend, broke into several homes trying to hide and attacked another woman, who stabbed him with a sword. The incidents …

Butler

Drilling halted at Middlesex well under dispute

By Rick Wills
A Butler County judge issued a stay that halts work at a disputed drilling site in Middlesex. Common Pleas Judge S. Michael Yeager said work at the Geyer well must be halted until July 26 — by which time opponents …

Fayette

Robbery suspect captured near Uniontown Hospital

By Liz Zemba 9:47 p.m.
A Perryopolis man accused of robbing a North Union pool hall while wearing a Spider-Man mask was apprehended Thursday when he tried to exchange some gold items for cash, according …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press 9:09 p.m.
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review 7:41 p.m.
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Washington food bank buys new home

By Jason Cato 9:56 p.m.
The Greater Washington County Food Bank soon will have a new home. The nonprofit this week completed the $1.1 million purchase of the former Country Fresh Market along Route 40 in Centerville. The building has 24,500 square feet of space, …

Westmoreland

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff
Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted 10:22 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would have phased out more …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - July 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Communicating in plain English difficult for those fluent in gobbledygook
Those fluent in gobbledygook often find it difficult to speak another language. So it’s not surprising that problems exist with Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s so-called …

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Obituaries

CIA station chief made mark in Indonesia

By Michael Hasch
Hugh Tovar spent much of his life with the CIA and was in the middle of what Newsweek calls “two of the CIA’s most controversial covert action operations during the …