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Emails among Governor Wolf’s aides reveal concern over AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Emails shared among top Wolf administration officials show growing concern over the legal challenges facing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including how to fill her position if that should arise and an aide’s comment that her office is “an unholy mess.” The emails, obtained by a Pittsburgh lawyer under …

Pennsylvania Senator Casey pushes for railroad bridge inspectors

By Melissa Daniels
Spending as little as $1 million to double the federal government’s small, underfunded force of railroad bridge inspectors could go a long way toward preventing “catastrophic” derailments, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday. The Federal Railroad Administration employs six bridge …

State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn heard rumors of trouble but said that’s not why he severed relations with companies owned by political consultant Mike Fleck two days before the …

Allegheny

Judge rules McCullough guilty of taking money from elderly woman’s estate

By Adam Brandolph 11:03 a.m.
Former Allegheny County Councilman and solicitor Charles McCullough is guilty of taking money from an elderly woman’s estate and using it for his own benefit, a judge ruled Friday. Allegheny …

Armstrong

State police say escaped Armstrong County inmate has been captured

By Tribune-Review 11:54 a.m.
Escaped inmate and suspected killer Robert Edward Crissman has been caught after a dramatic vehicle chase at about 9 a.m. Friday, state police confirmed. Neighbors spotted Crissman running through yards …

Beaver

Former Economy borough secretary sues over firing

By Brian Bowling 10:17 a.m.
Economy council fired the borough’s secretary in 2014 because of her political affiliation and age, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends. Susan Blum, 66, of Economy had been the secretary for more than 14 years. Council fired her because she …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Additional charges filed in Connellsville vandalism case

By Mark Hofmann
Additional charges were filed Thursday against a Mt. Pleasant man and woman allegedly responsible for the rash of vandalism incidents in Connellsville that occurred in late June and early July. …

Indiana

Indiana County to revise some property reassessment notices

By Greg Reinbold
Despite vocal criticism and protest movements opposing Indiana County’s first county-wide property reassessment in 47 years, the firm responsible for conducting the reassessment has had relatively few property owners schedule informal reviews to address factual errors on assessment notices distributed …

Somerset

Woman charged with assaulting cops in wild Pittsburgh dispute

By Michael Hasch
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Somerset County woman accused of kicking, biting and scratching her boyfriend and several Pittsburgh police officers during what court papers describe as a drunken domestic dispute following a concert in the Strip …

Washington

2-year-old Canonsburg boy nearly drowns, rushed to hospital

By Tony Raap
Paramedics in Canonsburg rushed a 2-year-old boy to a hospital Thursday after he nearly drowned in a swimming pool, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said. It happened about 3:30 p.m. on Linda Court, the dispatcher said. The boy was taken …

Westmoreland

Derry boy recovering at home after high-profile intestinal transplant

By Ben Schmitt
After a monthlong hospital stay, Angelo Giorno walked through the front door of his home with a pressing demand: macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. His ...

Education

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …

Pennsylvania

Grand jury: No criminal wrongdoing by Centre County district attorney

By Tribune-Review 11:42 a.m.
A statewide investigative grand jury found no evidence to support criminal charges against the Centre County district attorney in a case alleging forgery and tampering with records, or theft of services, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday. District Attorney Stacy …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - July 30, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Bethel Park native pedals through handcycling challenges despite disability
Ashli Molinero spent this week in Alaska, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation. Molinero, who lives in the South Side, is participating in the Alaska …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former Virginia Governor Gilmore joins 520 vying for presidency
If you think 17 Republicans running for president is absurd, consider this: When former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore jumped into the GOP primary contests Thursday, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times
For the first time in decades, Jimmy Roach gets to enjoy sleeping in every day. The legendary Pittsburgh disc jockey likes it so much that …

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Obituaries

Oakmont businessman valued golf, community

By Tony Raap
The Ridgeview Golf Club was on the verge of bankruptcy when Dick Fuhrer bought it in 1979. He grew up golfing on the nine-hole course in Chicora, Butler County, and …