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Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP

By Brad Bumsted 1:04 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The General Assembly on Tuesday sent a $30.1 billion budget that doesn’t raise taxes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed it. “It’s what I feared,” Wolf said at a news conference. “I’m going to veto the entire budget.” “You can’t argue with arithmetic,” he added. “This budget simply …

Steelers submit application to host Super Bowl

By Chris Adamski 1:38 p.m.
Formal seeds are being planted for Pittsburgh to host the 2023 Super Bowl. Mayor Bill Peduto and other local dignitaries met with Steelers executives Wednesday morning concerning the city and its NFL franchise staging Super Bowl LVII at Heinz Field. …

Second Pa. friar commits suicide from order under investigation in sex abuse scandal

By Mike Wereschagin 3:10 p.m.
A Blair County friar and secretary of the area’s Franciscan provincial council hanged himself two days after agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided a nearby monastery connected to a sexual abuse scandal, the Blair County Coroner’s office confirmed …

Allegheny

Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher

By Adam Brandolph 3:09 p.m.
A Plum Senior High School teacher accused of having sex with a student and contacting her twice in the last three months, will remain in the Allegheny County Jail until …

Armstrong

Union to work while ATI talks continue

By Tom Yerace
Union steelworkers at ATI Flat-rolled Products plants remain on the job because of a contract extension reached late Tuesday. The contract between members of the United Steelworkers union and Allegheny …

Beaver

Beaver County daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

By Jason Mackey
Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey …

Butler

Cranberry woman robbed at gunpoint at apartment complex

By Bill Vidonic
An armed man forced a Cranberry woman into the rear of her SUV before he drove off with some of her belongings, township police said. Taquan Maxwell, 21, of Grove City, is charged with robbery, theft, unlawful restraint and related …

Fayette

Troopers searching for Fayette County robbery suspect

By Tribune-Review 2:18 p.m.
Police near Uniontown are searching for a man who eluded troopers when they tried to serve an arrest warrant on him this morning at a residence near Laurel Highlands High …

Indiana

Halliburton to close Indiana County office

By David Conti
Oilfield services giant Halliburton is closing its Indiana County office as gas drilling customers, pressured by low prices, focus more of their activity in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Donora-Webster Bridge plunges into Mon River after 106 years

By Chris Buckley 1:02 p.m.
With onlookers lining nearby hillsides, the 106-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge was demolished Wednesday morning, dropped by explosives in a matter of seconds into the Monongahela River. “Everything went as planned,” said …

Westmoreland

Rival Westmoreland vape shops develop own specialties

By Jacob Tierney
Hi Tech Vapors in Greensburg is filled with a sweetly scented fog. A poster inside says “Let’s get cloudy,” and customers and employees take the ...

Education

Pension obligations take toll on school districts

By Debra Erdley
Though Lynna Thomas has nothing but praise for the Greensburg Salem schools, she’s worried. The mother of two from Greensburg is concerned that the school district’s decision to eliminate a pair of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and boost class sizes …

Pennsylvania

Second Pa. friar commits suicide from order under investigation in sex abuse scandal

By Mike Wereschagin 3:10 p.m.
A Blair County friar and secretary of the area’s Franciscan provincial council hanged himself two days after agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided a nearby monastery connected to a sexual abuse scandal, the Blair County Coroner’s office confirmed …

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Wednesday - July 1, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Communicating in plain English difficult for those fluent in gobbledygook
Those fluent in gobbledygook often find it difficult to speak another language. So it’s not surprising that problems exist with Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s so-called …

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Obituaries

Near-death incident never broke musician’s spirit

By Tony Raap 12:39 p.m.
Mary Simcic’s trunk was packed. Her mother arranged for Mary, a musical prodigy at 17, to tour Europe once she graduated high school. But a near-fatal mishap with an airplane …