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Pittsburgh asks judge to let abortion buffer zone remain during legal challenge

By Brian Bowling 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh should be allowed to continue enforcing an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance while five activists challenge its constitutionality, the city argued in court documents filed Wednesday. The city contends its 15-foot buffer zone ordinance doesn’t have the First Amendment problems that led the Supreme Court to strike down Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zone law. It allows activists to talk with women entering the clinic in a “conversational tone” instead of having to shout their messages …

Police obtain warrant against North Side 17-year-old in Penn Hills shooting

By Margaret Harding 11:48 a.m.
A teenager found with empty pockets, no shoes, and a gunshot wound to his stomach in Penn Hills told officers a teen he met in a court-ordered supervision program shot him Wednesday, court records show. Allegheny County Police obtained an …

Unaccompanied immigrants put heavy strain on schools, charities

By Debra Erdley
Cash-strapped public schools and other nonprofit agencies across the country are struggling to take care of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children and teens who flooded the United States’ border, officials say. …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh asks judge to let abortion buffer zone remain during legal challenge

By Brian Bowling 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh should be allowed to continue enforcing an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance while five activists challenge its constitutionality, the city argued in court documents filed Wednesday. The city contends its 15-foot buffer zone ordinance doesn’t have the First Amendment …

Westmoreland

State trooper struck by SUV in Westmoreland faces more surgery, long recovery

By Stacey Federoff 11:33 a.m.
A state trooper struck by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday night as he picked up debris on Route 119 in East Huntingdon has undergone two surgeries and will spend weeks in the hospital recovering, police said. “He’s got some serious …

Fayette

2 Fayette commissioners oust Ambrosini as board chairman

By Liz Zemba 12:03 p.m.
Two Fayette County commissioners voted to oust the board chairman during a special meeting on Thursday. Democrat Vincent Zapotosky, with the support of Republican Angela Zimmerlink, took over the leadership post from Al Ambrosini, a Democrat. The change comes after …

Armstrong

Kittanning gets $3 million grant for downtown improvements

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning borough on Tuesday was given a $3 million grant from PennDOT’s Multimodal Grant fund to continue improvements on Market Street. The money will cover the costs of traffic signal upgrades, curb extensions, new pedestrian crossings and other improvements downtown. …

Beaver

Two people trapped under cars in New Brighton in separate incidents

By Megan Guza
New Brighton emergency services rescued two people trapped under cars in separate incidents Wednesday morning. The first happened about 8:45 a.m. when a woman was struck by a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, who said he did not see her …

Butler

Woman’s body found in Adams home

By Megan Guza 12:50 p.m.
Family members who became worried after a 42-year-old woman didn’t return phone calls discovered her dead in an Adams home late Wednesday with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and her 5-month-old child by her side. State Trooper Dan …

Indiana

Candidates for 62nd District House seat air clashing views on state tax revenues

By Greg Reinbold
Two weeks before the Nov. 4 general election, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County provided citizens an opportunity to question candidates vying to represent the 62nd and 66th …

Somerset

Fund set up for 4-year-old Meyersdale girl’s final expenses

By Tribune-Review
As state police in Somerset investigate an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday that killed a 4-year-old Meyersdale girl, a fund has been set up to help pay her funeral expenses. In lieu of flowers, the family of Tailynn Marie Felker, 4, …

Washington

Prospective buyer of The Meadows sues casino’s owner

By Brian Bowling
A Berks County company that announced in May it would buy a Washington County casino and racetrack for $475 million says it is suing the owner to get back the $10 million it paid for a related consulting agreement. Gaming …

Education

Unaccompanied immigrants put heavy strain on schools, charities

By Debra Erdley
Cash-strapped public schools and other nonprofit agencies across the country are struggling to take care of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children and teens who flooded the United States’ border, …

Pennsylvania

Court validates Highmark Medicare plan that excludes UPMC

By Alex Nixon 12:49 p.m.
Highmark Inc.’s low-cost Medicare Advantage plans, which exclude UPMC hospitals and doctors, don’t violate an agreement the insurer reached with state leaders, a state court ruled Thursday. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini denied a request by Attorney General Kathleen Kane …

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Wednesday - Oct. 29, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee Chair Priebus praises GOP progress
The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: A welcome change for Squirrel Hill
Call them the blight-busters. A group of Carnegie Mellon University students is examining Squirrel Hill’s entrance corridor in an effort to strengthen its barely detectable …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger and the “Twilight Zone.” The …

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Obituaries

Store owner, farmer let customers pay as they could

By Greg Reinbold
Lloyd Kalp had a work ethic not easily matched. He ran his business, Pleasant Unity Appliance, six days a week and raised quarter horses, beef cattle and chickens and grew …