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Bill Clinton to campaign next week for Tom Wolf in Pittsburgh

By Melissa Daniels 10:32 a.m.
Former President Bill Clinton is set to headline a campaign event with Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf on Monday in Pittsburgh. The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the IBEW union hall on the South Side, is billed as a grassroots event to urge voters to go to the polls …

Demand for hazmat suits due to Ebola outbreak triples firm’s production

By Alex Nixon
Demand for more protective hazmat suits is boosting production at an American chemical and plastics company as fears grow that the Ebola virus may spread. Hospitals and health clinics are being outfitted …

Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. The court’s order called the material “extremely …

Allegheny

Jury selection for Ferrante trial begins today

By Tribune-Review 8:57 a.m.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in one of Allegheny County’s most watched murder cases in years. University of Pittsburgh researcher Robert Ferrante, 66, is charged with homicide in the cyanide poisoning death last year of his wife, Autumn …

Westmoreland

Seven in custody after New Kensington drug raid

By Tribune-Review 10:57 a.m.
A pre-dawn raid at New Kensington apartment early Tuesday yielded drugs, money and ammunition and seven people were taken into custody. Police and Pennsylvania Attorney …

Fayette

Dunbar Township woman, toddler critical after crash

By Tribune-Review 8:17 a.m.
A Fayette County woman and her 20-month-old son were critically injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over multiple times Monday morning, according to state police at Uniontown. Desiree Dawn …

Armstrong

Grants boost tunnel, trail work in Clarion and Armstrong counties

By Brigid Beatty
The Allegheny Valley Land Trust has more than $1 million in funding to fix a defunct and run-down train tunnel and transform it into a safe passage along a recreational trail after being awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School has interim principal

By Megan Harris 10:59 a.m.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School has changed principals. Kellie Abbott is no longer listed as principal on the Cranberry school’s website. Sister Patrice Hughes of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill is now listed as interim principal. Hired …

Indiana

Man accused of sexual contact with teen in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A New York man faces state police allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl at his temporary residence at an Indiana County apartment complex. Justin E. Hoffert, 24, of Durhamville, N.Y., allegedly began talking to the girl …

Somerset

Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press 9:42 a.m.
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …

Washington

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. …

Education

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for a new leader. The board …

Pennsylvania

Schools closed after state police ambush suspect reportedly sighted nearby

By The Associated Press 9:36 a.m.
A northeastern Pennsylvania school district closed its schools Tuesday after at least two reported sightings of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. Officials in the Pocono Mountain School District announced the decision to cancel classes shortly after 5 …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Oct. 20, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns 9:04 a.m.
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pennsylvania Supreme Court should get back to boring stuff
HARRISBURG (Exaggerated Press) – In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court today ruled that its members should devote less time to the dispersal …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

Cantor was passionate about church, heritage

By Aaron Aupperlee
When Michael Drabik led the Divine Liturgy during Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock, he would occasionally slip in a hymn or verse in an …