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Transplant patients in limbo over coverage under UPMC-Highmark pact

By Luis Fábregas
Transplant patients caught in the middle of the UPMC-Highmark battle say a four-week-old agreement between the rivals is confusing, and some fear they will have to switch hospitals. “It’s terrible. I’ve been asking questions for two years, and they keep telling me they don’t know. They just totally ignore you. …

PennDOT to raise speed limit on more sections, but not in Western Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers will have to wait until next year to find out where they can cruise at 70 mph legally in Western Pennsylvania, because PennDOT and turnpike officials on Wednesday omitted the region’s highways from state speed limit increases. PennDOT officials …

Fitzgerald stacks legislative wins as Allegheny council members struggle

By Aaron Aupperlee 9:45 a.m.
Allegheny County Council members push legislation Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes into law while their own bills fizzle before they get a vote, an analysis shows. A rule that requires council committee members …

Allegheny

Bucar grilled by City Council, likely to win approval as public safety chief

By Bob Bauder
Members of Pittsburgh City Council said they likely will confirm Stephen Bucar next week as Pittsburgh’s new public safety director, but that didn’t stop them from peppering him with questions …

Westmoreland

United States proposes tougher rules for moving crude oil, ethanol by rail

By David Conti
Older rail tankers would be phased out in two years and speed limits would be lowered for trains transporting highly flammable crude oil and other …

Fayette

Fayette County Fair celebrates 60th anniversary

By Mark Hofmann 10:22 a.m.
The 60th annual Fayette County Fair officially kicked off today — another year that will continue to live up to this year’s theme, “Treasure The Memories.” Events include the opening …

Armstrong

Late afternoon fire destroys Manor home

By Brad Pedersen
Fire destroyed a home on Iseman Hill Road in Manor late Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from several companies responded to the home of Christopher and Christi Fedderman but were unable to …

Beaver

Aliquippa parents charged in deaths of daughters

By Jason Cato 10:09 a.m.
Beaver County authorities on Thursday charged the parents in the deaths of their two young daughters, who died this month after a dresser fell on them. Police arrested David Beatty …

Butler

Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County

By Michael Hasch
Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west …

Indiana

Infant suffers head injuries in Indiana County crash

By Tribune-Review
A 1-year-old boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for head injuries sustained in a two-car crash on Route 422 in Indiana County Wednesday evening. According to state police, the crash occurred at about 7:45 p.m. in Armstrong when …

Somerset

Police charge women with theft and fraud; one at large

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County woman was charged in an incident of fraud and theft involving a Boswell man, and police are looking for an alleged accomplice. According to state police, Samantha Jo Humbert, 28, of Rockwood and Shannon Beth Lester, 37, …

Washington

More Washington Co. residents to get on public water lines

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will provide about $8.4 million in low-interest financing for water main extension projects in Washington County. It will enable Pennsylvania American Water to bring public water service to about 230 households that depend on private …

Education

Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris 9:45 a.m.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …

Pennsylvania

PennDOT to raise speed limit on more sections, but not in Western Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Drivers will have to wait until next year to find out where they can cruise at 70 mph legally in Western Pennsylvania, because PennDOT and turnpike officials on Wednesday omitted the region’s highways from state speed limit increases. PennDOT officials …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like …

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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: Dermody fuzzy on pension history
History apparently wasn’t House Minority Leader Frank Dermody’s best subject in school. Dermody, D-Oakmont, had harsh words on Monday for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett when …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Police major was decorated WWII vet

By Mary Pickels
Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way” was a theme of sorts for Homer Redd. And those who dealt with him in his former capacity as a state trooper quickly learned things …