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Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry

By David Conti
Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water that comes from shale gas wells. The traditional method of …

Lure of tuition aid, gifts draw college students to ‘sugar daddy’ sites

By Natasha Lindstrom
“Don’t judge me,” the Pittsburgh university student said nervously to a close friend as she prepared to answer a question she had suspected was coming. After almost dropping out of college because …

‘Line is definitely blurry,’ state police say of dating websites and prostitution

By Natasha Lindstrom
Pennsylvania State Police are going undercover to root out potential prostitution arranged through dating websites, officials said. “We’re actively pursuing these types of cases,” confirmed state police Lt. Eric Hermick of the Butler barracks. Troopers work with vice, computer crimes …

Allegheny

Commander: City police working to improve accountability

By Brian Bowling
Pittsburgh police are taking steps to improve their accountability, including the establishment of an Office of Professional Responsibility, police Cmdr. Eric Holmes said Saturday during the 17th Summit Against Racism. …

Westmoreland

Woman killed in Washington Township crash

By Jodi Weigand
One woman was killed and two injured in a head-on collision Saturday evening along Route 66 in Washington Township. According to police, Jeannie M. Heltion, ...

Fayette

Big future seen for former Fayette grocery warehouse

By Mary Pickels
Standing inside the cavernous Republic Food Enterprise Center, general manager Mark Swankler envisions a hub of activity: entrepreneurs working at the commercial kitchen-size appliances; a staff preparing food for catered events; produce grown in an on-site greenhouse. “I like the …

Armstrong

Ford City council overrides veto, police cuts stay

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City council Saturday overturned the mayor’s veto of the borough’s tax ordinance, meaning taxes will not go up this year. Mayor Marc Mantini on Jan. 15 vetoed the ordinance, which aimed to keep the borough’s tax rate at 17.4 …

Beaver

1 person injured after being hit by car in Aliquippa

By Tribune-Review
One person was injured after being struck by a vehicle around 11 p.m. Friday on Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa, emergency personnel said. Beaver County emergency dispatchers said the person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. …

Butler

Slippery Rock University gets board OK to begin physician assistant program for rural areas

By Debra Erdley
Slippery Rock University could begin training physician assistants to work with special needs populations in rural communities as early as summer of 2016 under a new program approved Thursday. The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education …

Indiana

Former Indiana County drilling executive going to prison

By Brian Bowling
A former Indiana County gas drilling company executive said Friday he started stealing from his employer in 2004 after one of his sons was diagnosed with severe autism. “I started to drink and gamble,” said Larry Winckler, 54, of Indiana. …

Somerset

Flight 93 National Memorial to get new leader; director promoted to national position

By Mary Pickels
Jeff Reinbold has vivid memories of one of his first visits to the Flight 93 temporary memorial. “It was January 2003, and the temperature was hovering around zero,” he said …

Washington

Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game

By Jacob Tierney
As the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team prepared Saturday for its first game since the death of one of its own, every player was wearing the No. 44. …

Education

Suburban Catholic schools grow in Western Pennsylvania

By Tony Raap
Enrollment at the region’s Catholic schools continues to dwindle, but there is growth in a handful of suburban areas, according to statistics from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The number of …

Pennsylvania

State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Private law firms could reap millions of dollars in fees from civil litigation they are pursuing on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers. But don’t ask state Attorney General Kathleen …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - Jan. 24, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Air Force files shed no light on truth about Kecksburg’s UFO incident
The truth about the Kecksburg UFO incident is out there somewhere. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, you won’t find it among 130,000 declassified Air Force documents recently …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Funeral director was admired for professionalism

By Bill Vidonic
No matter whether the name was Heinz or Caliguiri, or Smith or Jones, funeral director Frank Koren helped each family the same way, his son said. “He was proud of …