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GOP: Wolf ‘Fresh Start’ campaign violates Pennsylvania law

By Melissa Daniels 8:21 a.m.
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania says Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and his supporters are operating in violation of state election law, while Democrats continue to hammer Republican Gov. Tom Corbett on the Ron Tomalis “ghost employee” controversy. The Republican Party filed a complaint with the Department of State on …

Records show Tomalis reported to work, key Pennsylvania senator says

By Brad Bumsted 8:21 a.m.
HARRISBURG — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Department of Education officials showed him documentation that indicates former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis was not a ghost employee, as political opponents …

DEP to spend $1.45M to snuff coal fire posing threat by Pittsburgh airport

By Natasha Lindstrom 8:21 a.m.
The smell of burning embers and occasional wisps of light smoke escaping from the ground are the only obvious signs something’s cooking beneath a 10-acre patch of land just southwest of the …

Allegheny

Vending business in new hands after pot-growing operation found in Lawrenceville

By Margaret Harding
The former owner of a Lawrence-ville vending machine business sold his company about a month after Pittsburgh police discovered a major marijuana growing operation on the second floor of the …

Westmoreland

New Kensington slaying victims identified

By Chuck Biedka 9:43 a.m.
New Kensington police and the Westmoreland County Coroner have released the names of two people shot to death Wednesday morning. John Russ, 43, of New Kensington, and Shannon Bongartz , 28, of Verona, were killed along the 400 block of …

Fayette

Fayette commissioners clash over jail options

By Liz Zemba
A day after putting a planned $32 million jail on the back burner, Fayette County commissioners are ready to begin exploring other options but remain at odds over what direction to take. Commissioner Vincent Zapotosky said he believes the existing …

Armstrong

Armstrong 911 service restored after 90 minute power loss

By Brad Pedersen
Emergency officials are trying to determine what knocked Armstrong County’s 911 Center out of service for 90 minutes on Wednesday morning and why a battery backup system failed to keep things running. Officials suspect a power surge knocked all of …

Beaver

1 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile …

Butler

Newsmaker: Sara Mantick

By Alex Nixon
Noteworthy: Mantick was the recipient of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes student pharmacists who demonstrate innovation and leadership in the profession of pharmacy. Age: …

Indiana

1 dead, 5 hurt in collision along Route 422 in Indiana County

By Trib Total Media
A 67-year-old Armstrong County man was killed and five others injured Tuesday after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a coal truck on Route 422 in Indiana County. James S. Norris of Kittanning was pronounced dead at …

Somerset

Somerset police suspect robber is targeting seniors

By Paul Peirce
Somerset police are investigating whether an armed robber is targeting elderly borough residents because of separate robbery attempts on Tuesday and early Wednesday. No money was taken during the first robbery attempt, of an 82-year-old man along East Sanner Street …

Washington

Pa. trooper injured in pursuit in Washington County

By Michael Hasch
A state trooper was injured in a crash that occurred during a police pursuit Wednesday night in Washington County. The crash occurred at 8:52 p.m. along West Chestnut Street on the border of North Franklin and Canton townships, emergency dispatchers …

Education

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to get free lunches starting this year

By Bill Zlatos
All students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be eligible for free lunches this school year — even if their families can pay. Schools in the district are among more than 28,000 nationwide where at least 40 percent of students qualify …

Pennsylvania

Records show Tomalis reported to work, key Pennsylvania senator says

By Brad Bumsted 8:21 a.m.
HARRISBURG — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Department of Education officials showed him documentation that indicates former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis was not a ghost employee, as …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Aug. 20, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Masloff’s vibrancy endured
Jenny Bradshaw was the only person spotted at Sophie Masloff’s funeral wearing a stethoscope. “I’d stop by to see her every Tuesday,” Masloff’s home health …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Longtime Pirates scout picked Bonds

By Jacob Tierney
“Dutch” Gray helped shape his hometown team as a longtime scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and leaves a legacy of a sports lover with friends spanning generations. Elmer “Dutch” Gray, …