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Pennsylvania Senate passes $30.1B GOP budget; Gov. Wolf veto likely

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 …

Pittsburgh police solve fewer homicides

By Tony Raap
Christopher Richardson died in a burst of gunfire Easter Sunday, not far from the Baptist church he attended that morning with his mother. Someone unloaded several rounds into his gray Volvo near …

Plum officials reassess equipment policy after sexual assault case

By Karen Zapf
The head of policy for the Plum school board expressed surprise Tuesday that a Plum high school teacher kept a school-issued laptop three months after officials placed him on unpaid leave for …

Allegheny

Allegheny County to increase restaurant penalties

By Aaron Aupperlee
The Allegheny County Health Department is on pace to nearly double its restaurant fines, but it’s not enough, the head of the department’s food safety division said. Individual fines are too low to deter restaurants from skirting county food safety …

Armstrong

Union to work while ATI talks continue

By Tom Yerace 1:46 a.m.
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

Beaver County daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

By Jason Mackey
Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey …

Butler

Cranberry woman robbed at gunpoint at apartment complex

By Bill Vidonic
An armed man forced a Cranberry woman into the rear of her SUV before he drove off with some of her belongings, township police said. Taquan Maxwell, 21, of Grove City, is charged with robbery, theft, unlawful restraint and related …

Fayette

Day-old baby dropped at Uniontown hospital by nurse

By Tribune-Review 12:15 a.m.
A day-old baby was dropped by a nurse on Tuesday at Uniontown Hospital, a spokesman said. Just after 6 a.m., the nurse was sitting down in the Family Beginnings Birthing Center with the baby, born by C-section on Monday, said …

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

Presque Isle Downs cancels thoroughbred races because of running deer

By Jason Cato
What do you call a white-tail deer coming down the backstretch? A nagging problem, if you are Presque Isle Downs & Casino. The Erie thoroughbred track canceled races the past three days because a deer darted onto the course and …

Westmoreland

Rival Westmoreland vape shops develop own specialties

By Jacob Tierney
Hi Tech Vapors in Greensburg is filled with a sweetly scented fog. A poster inside says “Let’s get cloudy,” and customers and employees take the ...

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

Pennsylvania Senate passes $30.1B GOP budget; Gov. Wolf veto likely

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 …

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Tuesday - June 30, 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 12:17 a.m.
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 …