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State Supreme Court concludes hearing on UPMC-Highmark Medicare case

By Wes Venteicher 6:26 p.m.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices gave no indication at a Tuesday hearing of whether they would settle a Medicare Advantage contract dispute between Highmark Health and UPMC before the Oct. 15 start of Medicare Advantage’s annual open enrollment period. The Court heard arguments from the feuding nonprofits over whether UPMC may legally stop providing treatment to seniors on Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plans at in-network rates. About 182,000 Western Pennsylvania seniors have Medicare Advantage plans with Highmark …

Pittsburgh council to consider extending business district tax

By Bob Bauder 6:32 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation that would extend a tax on Downtown commercial properties until 2021. The business improvement district levy established by council in 1996 under a five-year sunset provision is assessed to pay for services provided …

Pa. Gov. Wolf pushes ‘broad-based tax increase’ to avoid $2B deficit

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — At a critical point in the 97-day budget stalemate, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and House Democrats on Tuesday will present a revised tax increase plan that Wolf considers necessary to …


Fans out in force to rally for beloved Bucs

By Bob Bauder 5:43 p.m.
Scores of people screaming “Let’s Go Bucs” were audible above the traffic din on Pittsburgh’s Grant Street Tuesday as Pirates fans rallied in the Allegheny County Courthouse for Wednesday’s wild-card …


Seneca Masonic Lodge marks milestone

By Brigid Beatty
A milestone anniversary is fast approaching for members of a Kittanning-based fraternal organization that has deep roots in the community and historical connections that stretch back to the country’s founding. …


Police: ‘Bored’ Shippingport nuke plant worker downloaded child porn

By The Associated Press
Police say a Beaver County nuclear plant worker downloaded hundreds of child pornography pictures because he was bored. FirstEnergy Corp. promptly reported the images when they were found in October 2013, and fired the worker from the Beaver Valley Nuclear …


Butler County government building briefly on lockdown

By Rick Wills
Butler County’s government building was on lockdown for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning after a man punched a woman in the face outside of a courtroom, officials say. The incident occurred after a child custody hearing, said Butler County Sheriff …


Fairchance man’s rape trial opens with testimony by alleged victims

By Liz Zemba
A 30-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man testified Monday that they were sexually assaulted when they were children but waited until they were adults to report the crimes allegedly committed by Richard P. Mayfield. “I was embarrassed and ashamed,” the …


Numerous citations issued during IUP homecoming festivities

By Tribune-Review
Numerous citations were issued during homecoming festivities at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, according to police. At least 29 citations were levied by state, Indiana and IUP police for public drunkenness, according to news releases. Other citations issued during the weekend …


Somerset County priest convicted in child sex case asks for new trial

By Liz Zemba
The attorney for a Somerset County priest found guilty of having sex with three boys at a Honduran orphanage is seeking a new trial. The Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., …


Canon-McMillan drops U.S. Postal Service from condemnation action

By Brian Bowling 5:05 p.m.
A Washington County school district has dropped the U.S. Postal Service from a condemnation lawsuit connected to its new $30 million elementary school complex, a lawyer for the district said Tuesday. Canon-McMillan School District in April filed the lawsuit in …


Latrobe infant found in filth, police say

By Renatta Signorini
An infant living in a Latrobe apartment littered with dog feces and other trash was taken to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of a severe diaper rash on Sunday, according to police. The tenants, Cody Michael Ghrist, 22, and Ashley ...


Audit: Pennsylvania’s education master plan is 16 years out of date

By Tom Fontaine 6:32 p.m.
HARRISBURG — An audit of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education shows that its “master plan” that’s supposed to be a roadmap for statewide education policy has not been updated for 16 …


Wolf still seeking to raise income tax, impose tax on shale-gas drilling

By Brad Bumsted 6:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — House Republicans will proceed with a historic vote Wednesday enabling Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to test support for a tax plan that would increase the personal income tax …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Cut processed foods, cook your own dinner, and maybe live longer
Go ahead, eat an apple a day and see what happens. I’m not going to knock the practice, but I will tell you that I …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Policy viewed as GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s route to relevance
An extended campaign approach that is long on policy — such as the energy plan he detailed Tuesday — could help Jeb Bush make his …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Toomey cash-raising tactic strongly resembles protection racket
Innocent solicitation or sinister shakedown? That depends on your perspective. But everyone probably can agree that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s recent campaign donation request could …

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Resident’s love, energy built a better hometown

By Jason Cato
Born and raised in Pitcairn,  Cheryl Kline never wanted to leave and never gave up giving back to her hometown. “She got me caring about it as much as she …