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Highmark members to keep maternity care at UPMC’s Magee in 2015

By Adam Smeltz  and Alex Nixon
At least 120 pregnant women insured by Highmark Inc. will retain coverage this year at UPMC-owned Magee-Womens Hospital under a state-brokered resolution announced Thursday. The agreement means Highmark-covered women can visit the Oakland hospital for maternity care and deliveries at in-network prices through September, Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger said. The …

Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord unexpectedly resigned Thursday, telling Gov. Tom Wolf that he achieved his goals during six years in office. His spokesman deflected news reports that McCord is under …

Judge orders nonprofit tax form release in case against IRS

By Natasha Lindstrom
In a precedent-setting move, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Internal Revenue Service must release a series of nonprofit tax forms in electronic, searchable formats. The decision has the potential to …


Beloved North Side gardener gets new truck, paid for by her neighbors

By Chris Togneri 9:34 a.m.
Becky Coger still doesn’t understand all the fuss. More than three months after a drunken driver destroyed her ancient little pickup, Coger shook her head as she stood next to …


Rostraver Democrat aims for 1 of 3 open spots on Westmoreland County bench

By Rich Cholodofsky
Chris Huffman of Rostraver has announced he will be a candidate this year to serve as judge on Westmoreland County’s Court of Common Pleas. “I can ...


Porterfield: Donegal Christian school plans blood drive

By Pam Porterfield
There will be a blood drive at Champion Christian School’s North Campus in Donegal, 1076 King’s Way, 1 to 7 p.m. Monday. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to sign up for a specific time, visit or …


Wintry mix makes for slick roads in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A midday mixture of rain and snow Thursday left crews scrambling to treat slippery roads throughout Armstrong County. The county received less than a half-inch of snow, but the cold temperatures made driving hazardous and led to eight minor accidents …


Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case

By Megan Guza 9:34 a.m.
The last time anyone saw Kathy Dolan Heckel, she went on a lunch break in July 1991. She is presumed dead, but her body is missing — a problem that …


Charges expunged against retired Slippery Rock professor in ’61 lunch-counter protest

By Natasha Lindstrom 9:34 a.m.
Thomas Gaither recalls feeling a mix of nervousness and purpose as he led a peaceful march along Rock Hill, S.C.’s Main Street that clear-skied morning of Jan. 31, 1961. Onlookers …


Homer-Center eyes school budget with $500K deficit

By Jeff Himler
Officials at Homer-Center School District may dip into the district’s fund balance in the 2015-16 school year to help cover a projected funding shortfall for estimated expenditures of about $16 million. Meanwhile, the district is hedging its bets on a …


Somerset County man dies in mine accident

By Jacob Tierney
A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year. Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating …


Overnight snow delaying schools in western Pennsylvania

By The Associated Press 7:51 a.m.
Overnight snows were delaying classes at more than 200 western Pennsylvania schools, though major arteries were mostly clear and morning commuters were seeing few delays. Trib news partner WPXI keeps a comprehensive list of school delays and closings on its …


Twin Rivers Intermediate students get hands-on science lessons

By Michael DiVittorio 10:26 a.m.
McKeesport Area School District’s Twin Rivers Intermediate students learned about animals, snow and space travel Thursday. It was the fifth installment of the school’s monthly Science Day. This school year, …


Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord unexpectedly resigned Thursday, telling Gov. Tom Wolf that he achieved his goals during six years in office. His spokesman deflected news reports that McCord …

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Thursday - Jan. 29, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Veteran inspired by lifelong fascination with flight

By Craig Smith 8:33 a.m.
Bob Cline got hooked on airplanes as a kid. “He was just fascinated by them,“ said his daughter, Nancy J. Eggert of West River, Md. Even a week’s stay in …