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Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase real estate tax rate

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh real estate taxes would increase for the first time in more than two decades next year under Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed $505.9 million budget. Peduto on Monday proposed a 0.5-mill real estate tax hike to help cover a $35 million shortfall projected for 2015. Blaming the situation on past …

Taxes at forefront of 1st Pa. governor debate between Corbett, Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf traded charges over taxes and education in their first debate before Pennsylvania voters choose their next governor on Nov. 4. Trailing …

Coal gathering opens with dour assessment, political vitriol

By David Conti
Mining executives and leaders of related industries heard a series of bleak messages about the market for coal as they gathered on Monday in Pittsburgh for an annual conference at a time …

Allegheny

Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase real estate tax rate

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh real estate taxes would increase for the first time in more than two decades next year under Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed $505.9 million budget. Peduto on Monday proposed a …

Westmoreland

At 87, Rostraver man still entertaining polka fans

By Stacey Federoff 12:11 a.m.
He’s been playing violin for more than seven decades, but John Huchrowski believes his staying power isn’t because he’s the best. “I’m not a musician. …

Fayette

Volunteer program circles around poverty problem in Connellsville

By Mark Hofmann
A poverty-solution initiative is growing in Connellsville with the naming of a chairwoman and co-chairwoman and a second poverty awareness day. Circles of Connellsville Area is a branch of a …

Armstrong

Emerald ash borers taking toll in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
Several trees near power lines in Freeport and Ford City will be taken down by West Penn Power workers in October because they were killed by an invasive species of …

Beaver

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled off a narrow Beaver County …

Butler

Mother sues Butler County Jail, Butler Memorial Hospital after son dies in custody

By Brian Bowling
Medical staff at the Butler County jail and Butler Memorial Hospital failed to provide a Richland man with proper medical treatment, leading to his Nov. 12, 2012, death, the man’s mother claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. Lynn Greygor, …

Indiana

Indiana County mother gets jail term for toddler’s drowning

By Renatta Signorini
Tonya Thomas grabbed two tissues before she stood before an Indiana County judge on Monday morning to hear her punishment. The 27-year-old mother wiped away tears as she expressed grief over her son’s drowning in February 2013 to Judge William …

Somerset

Somerset Area tax collector accused of stealing more than $65K

By Joe Napsha
A Somerset woman is accused of stealing more than $65,000 from the Somerset Area School District while collecting taxes from local businesses for the past two school years, the district attorney’s office said. Deborah June Miller, 50, allegedly turned over …

Washington

Finleyville maker of luxury kids’ structures learns from housing bust

By Chris Fleisher
Stephen Chernicky is in the business of realizing children’s dreams. There have been times when it has seemed a nightmare. “Building a play house is not the hard part,” said …

Education

School counselors’ duties expanding with growth of social media

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she’s a counselor herself — at Norwin …

Pennsylvania

Taxes at forefront of 1st Pa. governor debate between Corbett, Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf traded charges over taxes and education in their first debate before Pennsylvania voters choose their next governor on Nov. …

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Tuesday - Sept. 22, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Trust the issue in Fla. governor race
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Take away their cars? Not so fast
They need their wheels. You might not think that many Allegheny County officials require round-the-clock access to newer model vehicles paid for or leased at …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Executive set example as family man, mentor

By Rick Wills
Relatives think Nick Coholic’s last words were “Go Pitt,” which they say would not have surprised them. “They had the Pitt game on the radio on Saturday. They think he …