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Dem Wolf eyes shale’s ‘golden egg’ to boost school funding

By Melissa Daniels
Tom Wolf, the Democrat who could become Pennsylvania’s next governor, wants to invest more in public education and transportation infrastructure. But to see those plans through, his administration would require hundreds of millions of dollars from taxes on Marcellus shale and potentially from an increase in Pennsylvania personal income taxes. …

Pa.’s Crime investigators get truck to aid in finding child predators

By Melissa Daniels
Before the Office of Attorney General had a mobile investigations unit, it might have taken six months to process evidence of child pornography at a state lab. A new forensic vehicle whittles …

Mystery continues to surround Hill District slaying

By Margaret Harding  and Michael Hasch
A Hill District woman who died in a spray of bullets told family members she was involved in a criminal investigation but didn’t mention any danger, her sister said on Tuesday. Tamara …

Allegheny

Mystery continues to surround Hill District slaying

By Margaret Harding  and Michael Hasch
A Hill District woman who died in a spray of bullets told family members she was involved in a criminal investigation but didn’t mention any danger, her sister said on …

Westmoreland

Medical pot advocates state their case at town hall meeting with Sen. Folmer in Export

By Kari Andren
Without medical marijuana to ease her chronic seizures, 4-year-old Sydney Michaels will never be able to go to school, said her mother, Julie Michaels. Sydney, …

Fayette

Fayette SPCA closure causes void

By Liz Zemba
The closure of the Fayette SPCA has left communities scrambling to find alternatives for dog control. For now, a Westmoreland County kennel will fill part of the void left by the closure of the 100-year-old facility. “Everybody’s doing the same …

Armstrong

Traffic from unofficial bridge detour worries Boyd Road residents in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
A crumbling road that is less than a half-mile long has been discovered by drivers as a way to get around a Hill Street bridge construction project in Manor. But …

Beaver

State police unable to determine source of fatal South Beaver explosion

By Bill Vidonic
The cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple will remain undetermined, a state fire marshal said on Tuesday. Ray Trautvetter, 74, and Janet Trautvetter, 69, died of blunt force trauma July 15 when their home was …

Butler

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in state prison. Butler County Judge William …

Indiana

Indiana County township ‘afraid for the water’ fights waste well

By David Conti
The residents of Grant Township barely outnumber the gas wells dotting strip-mined hills of their northern Indiana County community. Energy companies long have pulled resources from the 26 square miles …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Largest wave of Allegheny County students welcomed back to school

By Daveen Rae Kurutz  and Megan Harris
More than 77,000 students in Allegheny County were part of the latest and largest wave of Western Pennsylvania children to return to school on Monday. Other school districts will begin …

Pennsylvania

Pa.’s Crime investigators get truck to aid in finding child predators

By Melissa Daniels
Before the Office of Attorney General had a mobile investigations unit, it might have taken six months to process evidence of child pornography at a state lab. A new forensic …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Being fired fresh injury for guard
Seldom in the workforce is heroism apparent grounds for dismissal. That’s what makes John “Sarge” Resetar’s situation so confounding. After risking his life while dutifully …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Ex-policeman doted on kids, grandkids

By Tom Fontaine
After serving in the Navy and with Pittsburgh police, Robert Cicchino devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, family members said. “He always helped coaching sports when our sons …