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Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP

By Brad Bumsted
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  and Bob Bauder 8:54 p.m.
The year 2023 could prove to be “Super” for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have taken the first step to bring the Super Bowl — the 57th edition at the home of 57 Varieties? …

Second Blair County friar commits suicide in province under sex abuse investigation

By Mike Wereschagin  and Brad Bumsted 8:53 p.m.
A Blair County friar hanged himself two days after agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided another, nearby monastery connected to a sexual abuse scandal, the Blair County Coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday. The Rev. David Kaczmarek, 53, died around …

Allegheny

Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph 8:46 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

As much as $27K missing from Ambridge Water Authority, police say

By Bill Vidonic 8:13 p.m.
Police are investigating how thousands of dollars went missing from the Ambridge Water Authority, the borough’s police chief said Wednesday. A water authority employee has been suspended with pay, authority solicitor Garen Fedeles said. Neither he nor police Chief James …

Butler

Drilling halted at Middlesex well under dispute

By Rick Wills 5:47 p.m.
A Butler County judge issued a stay that halts work at a disputed drilling site in Middlesex. Common Pleas Judge S. Michael Yeager said work at the Geyer well must be halted until July 26 — by which time opponents …

Fayette

Troopers searching for Fayette County robbery suspect

By Liz Zemba 8:53 p.m.
A Perryopolis man accused of robbing a North Union pool hall while wearing a Spider-Man mask was the subject of an hours-long police manhunt on Wednesday. Shane Shipley, 27, is …

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 8:53 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

Marinucci again sentenced to life in prison with no parole

By Rich Cholodofsky 8:53 p.m.
Angela Marinucci was resentenced Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole for the 2010 torture slaying of a mentally disabled woman. The resentencing was …

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 Blair County friar commits suicide in province under sex abuse investigation

By Mike Wereschagin  and Brad Bumsted 8:53 p.m.
A Blair County friar hanged himself two days after agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided another, nearby monastery connected to a sexual abuse scandal, the Blair County Coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday. The Rev. David Kaczmarek, 53, died around …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 1, 2015

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

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
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 …