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‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted 7:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a $30 billion budget built on a tax restructuring plan that would be the most massive in decades for Pennsylvanians. “It’s time for bold change,” Wolf said in his budget message for the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. The …

Pittsburgh police make command staff promotions, changes

By Megan Guza 7:02 p.m.
Promotions in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday brought command staff changes in three zones as well as larger structural changes in the department. “The future is being formed right in …

State’s highest court to take up legality of Wolf moratorium on death penalty

By The Associated Press 6:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s highest court will decide whether Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty is legal. A Supreme Court order issued Tuesday granted the request by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to review the policy announced by …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh police make command staff promotions, changes

By Megan Guza 7:02 p.m.
Promotions in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday brought command staff changes in three zones as well as larger structural changes in the department. “The future is being formed …

Westmoreland

Spirit Airlines to add daily flights from Arnold Palmer airport to Chicago

By Stacey Federoff 7:29 p.m.
Spirit Airlines will announce daily flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, said airport authority board member Don Rossi. The announcement will be made at a press conference at the airport in Unity. The …

Fayette

Mt. Pleasant council picks police chief

By Rachel Basinger
Mt. Pleasant Borough Council on Monday appointed Doug Sam as the new police chief. “I think this has been a protracted and, at times, contentious process, but we are very, very happy to welcome him to Mt. Pleasant,” said Cynthia …

Armstrong

Three escape North Apollo fire

By Chuck Biedka 4:19 p.m.
Three people escaped an early afternoon house fire in North Apollo Tuesday. Fire Chief Cliff Rearic said Trisha Blumeraitis, her daughter, Darby Blumeraitis, and Darby’s 2-year-old daughter, all of 1213 …

Beaver

Police charge Beaver County sex offender who snuck into Pittsburgh science center

By Adam Brandolph
Pittsburgh police refiled charges Monday against a convicted sex offender police said snuck into the Carnegie Science Center and lied to officers and staff about his identity. Police charged Sherwood …

Butler

Police say teen driver was drinking in Butler ATV crash that killed passenger

By Rick Wills
Police said Monday that they are considering charging the teen driver of an all-terrain vehicle who fled the scene of a crash in Butler County in which his passenger died. Police suspect the male youth, who is 16 and remains …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World Trade Center. “The first …

Washington

Cal U fraternity president cited after police arrest 7 in weekend brawl

By Debra Erdley 7:29 p.m.
The president of a California University of Pennsylvania fraternity was cited for operating a disorderly house on Tuesday, following an investigation of a brawl outside the Sigma Tau Gamma house early Sunday morning. Borough police Chief Rick Encapera said Sigma …

Education

Wolf to outline charter school plan in budget address

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf, who replaced the chairman of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission partly because of his support for additional charter schools in the cash-strapped city, will discuss his plan for charter reform in his budget address Tuesday. The …

Pennsylvania

‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget

By Brad Bumsted 7:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed a $30 billion budget built on a tax restructuring plan that would be the most massive in decades for Pennsylvanians. “It’s …

Photo Gallery

Monday - March 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Brace yourselves, Comcast customers — Newton’s law in full force
Prepare yourself for sticker shock on your Comcast bill. The Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality decision seems certain to send Comcast rates soaring. The …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

New Kensington businessman’s discipline brought success

By Mary Ann Thomas
Working almost full time up until a few months before his death, it’s no wonder that Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, grew the family business Altmeyer’s Bed Bath Home into …