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Highmark Health reports $171M operating loss for 1st half of year

By Ben Schmitt and Wes Venteicher 7:25 p.m.
Highmark Health on Thursday reported an operating loss of $171 million for the first six months of 2015, which it attributed to the performance of individual health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark’s insurance business and Allegheny Health Network. In a press release, Highmark has said the cost of medical care for the individual policyholders was higher than expected. Additionally, Highmark said Allegheny Health Network …

Former Highmark CEO sues health insurer for $32 million

By Matt Santoni 7:25 p.m.
Former Highmark CEO Dr. Kenneth Melani has sued his former employer, alleging the company fired him in 2012 because he refused to fire a woman with whom he was having a relationship, according to a complaint filed late Wednesday in …

Alcosan rents banner plane in attempt to win contest with Cleveland

By Aaron Aupperlee 4:22 p.m.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will take to the skies over Heinz Field on Thursday to urge people to attend its annual open house this month. The authority rented an airplane that …

Allegheny

Alcosan rents banner plane in attempt to win contest with Cleveland

By Aaron Aupperlee 4:22 p.m.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will take to the skies over Heinz Field on Thursday to urge people to attend its annual open house this month. The authority rented an …

Armstrong

Company supplies industry worldwide with products made in South Buffalo

By Brigid Beatty
AP Services – a manufacturing company in Armstrong County that makes products for the power industry at home and abroad – is thriving, hiring and was recently recognized as a …

Beaver

Court upholds murder conviction of former Bridgewater councilman

By Adam Brandolph
The state Superior Court on Monday upheld the sentence and third-degree murder conviction of a former Bridgewater councilman who killed a woman in 1979. Gregory Scott Hopkins, 68, is serving eight to 16 years in prison for the death of …

Butler

3 named to do jobs of former South Butler School official

By George Guido
It’s going to take three people to replace Jason Davidek, who recently left the South Butler School District for another job. On Wednesday, the school board is expected to hire Jennifer Webb to a newly established, part-time position of communications …

Fayette

Uniontown first responders use antidote to revive man who overdosed on heroin

By Joe Napsha
An unconscious Masontown man who overdosed on heroin was revived Tuesday afternoon in the Uniontown police station parking lot by emergency medical responders who administered an opiate antidote, city police said. Kyle Matthew Pokorny, 31, of North Washington Avenue was …

Indiana

Indiana County coroner: Death of 19-year-old student found on IUP campus not suspicious

By Tribune-Review
The body of a 19-year-old Indiana University of Pennsylvania student from Cambria County was found early Tuesday morning on a street on the IUP campus, according to the Indiana County coroner. Devin Michael Lecomte of Ashville, was discovered lying on …

Somerset

Fourth youth implicates Somerset priest in sexual abuse, prosecutors claim

By Liz Zemba
Federal prosecutors have identified a fourth minor whom they contend a Somerset County priest attempted to photograph in the nude when he traveled to Central and South America, allegedly to …

Washington

Washington County man killed in tractor accident

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County man died Tuesday when he lost control of his tractor and rolled over several times on a hill, the county coroner said. James McDade, 55, of Amwell lost control of his tractor about 10:45 a.m. while traveling …

Westmoreland

Inmate charged with smuggling drugs into Westmoreland prison

By Tribune-Review
A female inmate at the Westmoreland County Prison was charged this week with attempting to smuggle drugs in her shoe into the county lockup. Christina Joann Porterfield, 24, of Greensburg, was charged by county detectives with possession of a controlled substance ...

Education

3 named to do jobs of former South Butler School official

By George Guido
It’s going to take three people to replace Jason Davidek, who recently left the South Butler School District for another job. On Wednesday, the school board is expected to hire Jennifer Webb to a newly established, part-time position of communications …

Pennsylvania

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted 7:25 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh area drug traffickers if wiretaps came into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. The Haiti trip last April is briefly recounted, without …

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Thursday - Sept. 3, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Harrisburg’s ongoing dramas reminiscent of high school hijinks
At Pennsylvania High, the school year got off to a disturbing start. The troubles began early on the first day of classes. They occurred even …

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Obituaries

State trooper one of many hats for Mason from Greensburg

By Mary Pickels
James Ernette encouraged family members to get involved in the printing business he founded, and he mentored them along the way. After retiring, he helped his daughter, the company’s new …