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New members join August Wilson Center board

By Natasha Lindstrom 5:16 p.m.
The coalition of foundations that owns the August Wilson Center for African American Culture announced Thursday two new board members and a $300,000 infusion to help the newly debt-free center begin its second start. Former Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority economic development director Michael Polite, chairman and CEO of urban property …

Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration site goes live

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is now the 23rd state to provide online voter registration. Thursday’s launch of the Internet-based system was promoted by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes during a news conference at the suburban Harrisburg headquarters …

Hill District groups asks why locals not part of Penguins project design opportunity

By Tom Fontaine 3:48 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins hired a pre-eminent Danish architectural firm to design apartments and public spaces at the former Civic Arena site in a move that raised new concerns from a Hill District …

Allegheny

New members join August Wilson Center board

By Natasha Lindstrom 5:16 p.m.
The coalition of foundations that owns the August Wilson Center for African American Culture announced Thursday two new board members and a $300,000 infusion to help the newly debt-free center …

Armstrong

State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty 5:06 p.m.
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his …

Beaver

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear Mike Veon’s appeal

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear arguments in the appeal of former Rep. Mike Veon. Veon, 58, formerly of Beaver Falls, was sentenced to six to 14 …

Butler

Butler County man charged for allegedly stealing from mother’s estate

By Tony Raap 4:09 p.m.
A Butler County man is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his mother’s estate in Allegheny County. James M. Porro, 43, of Mars was arraigned Thursday on …

Fayette

Pedestrian killed after he was struck by SUV on Route 51

By Tribune-Review
A man died Wednesday after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while walking along Route 51 in Fayette County, state police at Uniontown said. Police identified the victim as Daniel Ferguson, 51, of Uniontown and formerly of Florida. He …

Indiana

Indiana County man accused of sex assault, making threat

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County man was jailed Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his residence and threatening to kill her, state police at Indiana said. Arthur James Winch III, 37, of Rhine Road in Center, is accused of having …

Somerset

Coroner identifies man killed in Somerset County crash

By Tony Raap
A coroner has identified a man killed in a crash early Sunday in Somerset County. Harry Keen’s vehicle overturned and struck a traffic sign and utility pole at 12:45 a.m. on Water Level Road in Milford Township, state police and …

Washington

Deadly heroin was laced with fentanyl, district attorney says

By Jason Cato 5:01 p.m.
Lab tests confirmed that at least some heroin that caused deadly and dangerous overdoses this month in Washington County was spiked with fentanyl, District Attorney Gene Vittone said. Federal investigators helping with the investigation into nearly 30 overdoses, including three …

Westmoreland

Inspectors find deficiencies at Living Treasures Animal Park in Donegal

By Bob Stiles 3:54 p.m.
A Westmoreland County animal park that was found out of compliance with federal law during an inspection in July has corrected those deficiencies, the facility’s ...

Education

McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when staffers will share their expertise …

Pennsylvania

Audit: Cheyney University failed to document student eligibility for nearly $30M in federal aid

By Debra Erdley 4:47 p.m.
Pennsylvania taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $30 million in federal student loans and grants that were awarded to students at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Aug. 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: For some like ex-President Carter, humor helps in cancer battle
When former President Jimmy Carter announced this week he has advanced melanoma, he displayed a rare combination of grace and acceptance. His dignity was impressive. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Who in GOP field will seize Trump’s populist mantle?
On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, in 1964, Barry Goldwater forecast a “stunning upset” for himself in the presidential election just days away, with …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: For more than 30 years, defeat has had the Edge on development
The white flag has been raised again. The property that has yet to encounter a developer it couldn’t conquer, the former Edge restaurant site on …

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Obituaries

Hard-working Sewickley Township farm matriarch passes away at 83

By Joe Napsha
Rising at 5 a.m. to milk 40 to 50 cows on the family’s dairy farm in Sewickley Township, then getting 11 children ready for school without running water meant Jean …