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Judge: UPMC must provide in-network access to Highmark Medicare members

By Adam Smeltz 10:54 p.m.
More than 180,000 seniors who rely on Highmark Inc. for Medicare Advantage will keep in-network access to UPMC at least until 2019, Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini ordered Friday. His three-page decision commands the Downtown-based rivals into binding arbitration to resolve other disagreements they cannot settle on their own …

Judge dismisses UPMC ‘data breach’ lawsuit

By Adam Brandolph 10:40 p.m.
An Allegheny County judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against UPMC for a data breach last year that affected several thousand employees. The lawsuit claimed the health care giant left its employees vulnerable to attackers, allowing hackers to steal their …

Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh asking Supreme Court to hear case

By Aaron Aupperlee 10:44 p.m.
A challenge to the Affordable Care Act from two Western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses has a strong chance of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys and legal experts familiar with the high …

Allegheny

Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh asking Supreme Court to hear case

By Aaron Aupperlee 10:44 p.m.
A challenge to the Affordable Care Act from two Western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses has a strong chance of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys and legal experts familiar with …

Armstrong

Man dies trying to escape fire at his North Buffalo home

By Brigid Beatty 9:18 p.m.
A 74-year-old man died of smoke inhalation Friday morning while trying to escape from a fire that broke out in his North Buffalo home at 642 Bunker Hill Road. Dale …

Beaver

Allegheny Intermediate Unit to distribute $530,000 in STEAM grants to 28 school districts

By Katherine Schaeffer 8:45 p.m.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity announced Friday it will distribute $530,000 in STEAM grants to 28 school districts in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Chevron Corporation, the Claude Worthington Benedum and the Grable …

Butler

300 units on 47 Cranberry acres near starting point

By Bill Vidonic
Dirt could be moving by July 1 on 300 residential units on 47 acres in Cranberry once tagged for a multi-million dollar UPMC/Pittsburgh Penguins sports complex. Adjacent to sprawling office buildings, including those for Westinghouse and PPG, the planned Village …

Fayette

Ice Miners not returning to Connellsville

By Jason Black 10:45 p.m.
After calling Connellsville home for one season, the Keystone Ice Miners, a team within the North American Hockey League, has folded. “Obviously we are disappointed that we couldn’t get it …

Indiana

Work planned on East Pike Road in White

By Tribune-Review 9:06 p.m.
Travel restrictions could be in place as soon as Monday for milling to be done on a section of East Pike Road, PennDOT officials said. The work is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on that section of the road …

Somerset

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …

Washington

Former chief of juvenile probation in Washington County pleads guilty to theft and records tampering

By Jason Cato 10:39 p.m.
Washington County’s former chief juvenile probation officer pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to allegations he pocketed money intended to pay for a mixed martial arts training class that never occurred. Daniel Clements, 47, of Aliquippa pleaded guilty to theft …

Westmoreland

Juvenile status hearing, trial delayed in Franklin Regional stabbings

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard will next appear in court June 22. Westmoreland County ...

Education

For some W.Pa. high schoolers, summer a time to hit books at universities

By Katherine Schaeffer
Summer break is traditionally a time for family vacations, afternoon baseball games and lazy days at the pool, but some Pittsburgh-area high school students enroll in a summer enrichment program at one of the city’s universities, using the time to …

Pennsylvania

Bigger version of Dutch artist’s giant rubber duck coming to Philadelphia

By The Associated Press 10:53 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — An 11-ton, 61-foot high yellow rubber duck designed by a Dutch artist will be floating on the Delaware River at next month’s Philadelphia Camden Tall Ships festival. A …

Photo Gallery

Friday - May 29, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Santorum right to sidestep ghosts of presidential campaigns past
When you’re running for president, you don’t want poltergeists interrupting your pronouncements. In announcing his latest White House bid on Wednesday, Rick Santorum returned to …

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Obituaries

Patriotic veteran enriched lives with music, magic

By Mary Pickels
Ladd Jasper and his twin brother, Lee Jasper, so closely resembled each other that one could easily pass for the other — and sometimes did. “He and my dad enlisted …