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Pew Research Center poll shows most Americans take gun rights over control

By Megan Guza
For the first time since the Pew Research Center began asking more than 25 years ago, more than half of Americans say the protection of gun rights trumps the need for gun control. Why Americans changed their minds is unclear: Personal freedom, or skewed perceptions of crime? For some gun …

Methane leaks reportedly decrease in Pennsylvania

By Katelyn Ferral
Methane leaks from shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania continue to decline, even with increased production and more wells going online, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency …

Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s bike share program, won’t require helmets

By Melissa Daniels
State law doesn’t require adult bicyclists to wear a helmet. Neither will Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s bike share program set to begin in May. It’s up to prospective riders to tote their own …

Allegheny

Tree giveaway kicks off Earth Week in Pittsburgh

By Tony Raap
Pete Kossarth isn’t much of a green thumb, but he couldn’t turn down a free tree. The Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission gave away 1,000 sugar maple seedlings Monday at the …

Armstrong

Fire sparks movement to stop vandalism in Ford City

By Brad Pedersen 2:53 a.m.
A pavilion along the Armstrong Trail in Ford City was destroyed by fire started by someone who put a wooden trash can on top of a picnic table and ignited it early Sunday morning. “It’s definitely suspicious and I believe …

Beaver

1 person reported dead in Rochester Borough fire

By Matthew Santoni
At least one person died Sunday night in a fire in Rochester Borough, Beaver County dispatchers said. The two-alarm residential fire was reported on Case Street at about 10:30 p.m. The Beaver County Coroner’s Office was notified that at least …

Butler

Waterline break to cause problems for evening commuters on Rt. 19 in Cranberry

By Tribune-Review
Emergency work to repair a broken waterline closed a portion of Route 19 in Cranberry for several hours on Monday. The road, which was reduced to a single lane between American Way and Smith Drive, reopened by 6 p.m., said …

Fayette

Democratic sheriff candidates in Fayette split on responsibility of office

By Liz Zemba
Candidates for the Democratic nomination for Fayette County sheriff have differing ideas about how to play a larger role in assisting other law enforcement agencies. Jim Custer of South Union …

Indiana

Woman reports sex assault to state police at Indiana

By Tribune-Review 2:49 a.m.
State police at Indiana said they are investigating a report by a 21-year-old woman that she was sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old man. The alleged assault occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Further information was unavailable from …

Somerset

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated …

Washington

10,000 more plots for veterans planned at National Cemetery of Alleghenies

By Tony Raap
The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies plans to add more than 10,000 burial sites for veterans. The proposed 25-acre expansion would include at least 6,500 burial plots and an above-ground …

Westmoreland

Greensburg plastic surgeon pleads not guilty to charges of interfering with painkiller investigation

By Brian Bowling
A Greensburg plastic surgeon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he tried to thwart an investigation into his handling of painkiller prescriptions. Dr. Daniel ...

Education

Brentwood Borough School Board approves major cutbacks

By Stephanie Hacke
Amidst tears and pleas from teachers and community members to save their jobs, a major cutback to staffing and programming was given the go-ahead by Brentwood Borough School Board members Monday night. The move to curtail or alter several district …

Pennsylvania

State parties lean on Hispanic officials to reach Latino voters

By Salena Zito
Hispanic voters will receive plenty of attention from both political parties as Pennsylvanians get ready for the 2016 presidential and U.S. Senate elections. State Democrats said Monday that Shamaine Daniels, …

Photo Gallery

Monday - April 20, 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
State parties lean on Hispanic officials to reach Latino voters
Hispanic voters will receive plenty of attention from both political parties as Pennsylvanians get ready for the 2016 presidential and U.S. Senate elections. State Democrats …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Shuster, PennDOT, Orie Melvin shine in view from life’s sunny side
Time to temporarily sheathe the poison pen. Unless they write exclusively about giggling infants, playful kittens or exceptional fabric softener, most columnists frequently hear from …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let them be little, even if it means a couple scrapes on their knees
Count me among those who believe we’ve gotten too litigious as a society. And the lawsuit that the Meitiv family is about to file against …

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Obituaries

Swissvale homemaker reveled in family, friends

By Bobby Kerlik
Marlene Kaminski loved having a good time with her “gang” and her family, and she was known for her unmatched eggplant parmesan. “My sister-in-law who lives in Florida, she’ll go …