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Relentless winter exhausted PennDOT’s snow removal budget

By Tony Raap
A relentless winter exhausted snow removal budgets across Pennsylvania and pushed the state Department of Transportation to its limit as it fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey released Monday. PennDOT spent $272 million to keep traffic flowing on the state’s 40,000 miles of roadway, …

Allegheny Health Network’s $600M plan to expand reach depends on Highmark

By Alex Nixon
Allegheny Health Network proposes  investing part of $175 million from Highmark Inc. in renovations and technology upgrades at its Allegheny General and West Penn hospitals, anticipating that they will accommodate more patients …

Pitt joins Giant Eagle, sets goal to put more disabled on payroll

By Natasha Lindstrom
The first few times Ryan Cenk applied for a job, prospective employers turned him down because of something he can’t control: his left hand. “It made me kind of sad, but it …

Allegheny

Allegheny County restaurant grading proposal might get an ‘F’

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Jim Ellenbogen had food poisoning once. “It’s not pleasant,” he said. But as Ellenbogen prepares to vote Tuesday on a proposal to post letter grades outside Allegheny County restaurants, the Democrat from Pittsburgh’s Banksville area said he …

Armstrong

PATH silently helps feed needy students in Leechburg

By Joyce Hanz
Ever been so hungry you couldn’t concentrate? Imagine how that affects a child. With more than 40 percent of Leechburg Area School District students eligible for free or reduced lunches, …

Beaver

Further testing needed to determine cause of death for missing Beaver County woman

By Tribune-Review
Further testing is needed to determine the cause of death for a missing Beaver County woman found dead Sunday, according to the Beaver County Coroner’s Office. Kelly Zimmerman, 21, of New Sewickley, was found dead in her car at Brush …

Butler

Butler County commissioner candidates offer view on drilling tax vs. fees

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County government and local municipalities have received millions in impact fees on unconventional gas wells from natural gas drillers. Local leaders have used that money in ways big and …

Fayette

Prosecutors to push for 1st-degree murder ruling in shooting Connellsville student-athlete

By Liz Zemba
The trial for a Philadelphia man accused in the fatal shooting of a Connellsville student-athlete began Monday before Fayette County President Judge John F. Wagner Jr. Hasani Simpkins, 22, is …

Indiana

Fight leads to drug arrest of Philadelphia man in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A Philadelphia man faces drug-related charges after police broke up a fight in Indiana. Borough police responded to a fight on South 7th Street at 1:47 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. In the midst of a large crowd …

Somerset

Vandals break Amtrak train window near Meyersdale

By Tribune-Review
An Amtrak passenger train traveling near Meyersdale in southern Somerset County Friday night was hit by a heavy object, which caused about $1,000 in damage to a glass window, state police at Somerset said. An unknown person threw the object …

Washington

Washington Health buying Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg

By Tribune-Review
Washington Health System plans to buy Southwest Regional Medical Center this summer from Tennessee-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners, the Waynesburg hospital announced Monday. Officials at the Washington-based health system declined to disclose transaction details, including a sale price for the 49-bed …

Westmoreland

Ligonier Township police officer killed in crash; K-9 injured

By Paul Peirce 8:00 a.m.
A crash on Route 30 early Tuesday killed a Ligonier Township police officer when a van struck his sport utility vehicle head-on in front of …

Education

Teachers from China observe autism training at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School

By Jodi Weigand
A group of teachers from China are spending time at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School in Oakmont as part of an autism education training program. The four elementary school teachers who …

Pennsylvania

Relentless winter exhausted PennDOT’s snow removal budget

By Tony Raap
A relentless winter exhausted snow removal budgets across Pennsylvania and pushed the state Department of Transportation to its limit as it fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to …

Photo Gallery

Monday - May 4, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
What’s in a name? A Pittsburgh connection to Britain’s new princess
Like Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation, there always seems to be a Pittsburgh connection to world events — even the naming of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Letting parents keep kids willy-nilly out of class an educational fiasco
The Holocaust. No big deal, right? There’s no reason elementary or secondary school students need to know about the systematic extermination of six million Jews …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Veteran’s flying topped varied list of achievements

By Jason Cato
Pat Sullivan learned to sail and fly, wrote a book and loved tinkering with old cars, especially the 1978 MGB he bought when it was nearly new. He married his …