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Point State Park honored as top-notch public space

By Matthew Santoni
The steady stream of joggers, cyclists, strollers and tourists passing through Point State Park on Wednesday seemed to affirm what a knot of state and local officials were there to commemorate that afternoon: The Point is one of the best public places in America. The Washington-based American Planning Association announced …

Highmark to increase premiums, limit access to health care in new plans

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. is raising premiums on a range of its health plans next year, and some of its 4.2 million plan members could have a narrower choice of doctors and hospitals as the state’s largest health insurer responds to rising …

Big money flows into Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

By Melissa Daniels
Educators, industrialists and laborers in Western Pennsylvania have bet heavily in a governor’s race that’s poised to top campaign spending in the previous contest to win the state’s top elected office. Unions and educators have lined up behind frontrunner and …

Allegheny

Photos offer clue to assailant in fatal North Side Pittsburgh stabbling

By Margaret Harding
Every night, Darnell Ivy, 60, looks at a photo of the man Pittsburgh police say stabbed his brother to death. “I keep thinking something is going to jump in me …

Westmoreland

Pets rescued from Westmoreland house fire

By Tribune-Review
Several family pets were rescued from a blaze on Wednesday that caused moderate damage to a home along Route 130 in Unity. “No one was …

Fayette

Connellsville Township VFD given $61,750 Homeland Security grant

By Karl Polacek
For volunteer fire companies, the cost of equipment keeps on growing. Grants from various sources help the companies stretch their resources. On Wednesday, Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department was given …

Armstrong

Program helping Armstrong jail inmates earn GED diplomas

By Brigid Beatty
Armstrong County Jail inmate Elizabeth Duncan, 29, has been doing time keeping busy with plenty of reading, writing and arithmetic so she can pass her high school equivalency test. Duncan …

Beaver

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …

Butler

Investigations firm cuts jobs in 2 W.Pa. counties

By Bill Vidonic
U.S. Investigations Services cut 2,500 jobs nationwide, including positions at its Boyers and Grove City operations, according to the company and local officials. The federal Office of Personnel Management said last month it would not renew two background check contracts …

Indiana

Indiana County infant hit by bullet will be blind in one eye

By Stacey Federoff
The infant boy who was shot by a hunter’s stray bullet in his Indiana County home will be blind in one eye, his great-aunt said on Wednesday. Beth Sinclair said she lives about eight miles from Jeremie and Stefanie Iverson’s …

Somerset

Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …

Washington

Police identify, release people involved in I-70 collision

By Margaret Harding
State police suspect a woman was on drugs and speeding when the car she was driving veered from a curving onramp and shot into the eastbound lane of I-70 in South Strabane, where her car collided with a SUV loaded …

Education

Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools

By Megan Harris
Three groups with union affiliations on Wednesday pointed to the criminal case against ousted PA Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta as an example why the state’s nearly 180 charter schools need better oversight and stronger accountability. The Center for …

Pennsylvania

Big money flows into Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

By Melissa Daniels
Educators, industrialists and laborers in Western Pennsylvania have bet heavily in a governor’s race that’s poised to top campaign spending in the previous contest to win the state’s top elected office. Unions and educators have lined up behind frontrunner and …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Oct. 1, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: August Wilson Center’s fate brings a sigh from advocates for African American cultural facility
Emma Slaughter thinks often about what might have been. The news about developments in the bankruptcy case of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center has her memory …

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Obituaries

Former state trooper was ‘larger than life’

By Joe Napsha
Growing up in Latrobe in the 1940s and ’50s, Pete Buchan was in awe when he saw a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in uniform. Mr. Buchan realize his childhood dream …