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Minority employment report: Diversified workforce lacking in Western Pa.

By Aaron Aupperlee 7:32 a.m.
Western Pennsylvania won’t have the talent to fill its employment needs if the region does not diversify its workforce, contributors to a minority employment report released Thursday said. The younger workforce lacks more than 100,000 people to fill jobs the retiring workforce will leave open, said Jim Futrell, a vice …

‘Bus rapid transit’ link from Oakland to Downtown slow to actualize

By Melissa Daniels
Six years of discussions and almost $6 million in public money are behind a proposal to build a dedicated transit link between Oakland and Downtown. But key details, including the precise route, ridership levels and the economic impact on Uptown, …

Wolf reverses Corbett, says deal between Highmark, UPMC doesn’t limit continuity of care to very ill

By Alex Nixon
Gov. Tom Wolf reversed a decision by his predecessor Thursday, making it easier for Highmark Inc. insurance subscribers to stay with their UPMC doctors. The move by Wolf, a Democrat, settles a disagreement between UPMC and Highmark over a provision …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh chess tournament likely to include pair of grandmasters

By Matthew Santoni 7:32 a.m.
Two heavyweights of the competitive chess world, a pair of grandmasters from the former USSR, could meet this weekend at the Continental Chess Association’s 2015 Pittsburgh Open at the Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport. Gata Kamsky, a New York resident who …

Westmoreland

Ligonier-based group sponsors rafting adventures to help ease veterans’ anxiety

By Nicole Chynoweth 7:32 a.m.
His thirst for adventure and exploration gone, the Army veteran struggled with deep anxiety and depression. “I’ve always been active, and then with these conditions, I ...

Fayette

Fay-West hit first by flooding, then by snow

By Karl Polacek
The Fay-West area suffered the wrath of Mother Nature on two fronts Wednesday and Thursday. First came flooding, and then came the snow. The snow started to fall heavily Wednesday …

Armstrong

Saturdays considered as snow makeup days

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District officials are attempting to make up unscheduled snow days without having to reschedule its June 3 graduation ceremonies. That may require holding classes on one or two Saturdays, officials said. The district canceled classes Thursday — marking …

Beaver

Drug charges filed against Monaca mother, daughter in teen’s death

By Bill Vidonic
A Monaca mother and daughter sold an anti-anxiety medication to a borough teen who later died of a drug overdose, police say. Danielle Hrelec, 41, and Brandi Spohn, 20, have an April 2 preliminary hearing on charges of drug possession …

Butler

Seneca Valley special-needs student left on bus

By Rick Wills
A school bus company that transports Seneca Valley students fired a driver and monitor who left a special needs child on a bus for several hours this week. The driver and monitor worked for AJ Myers & Sons, said Linda …

Indiana

Train hits PennDOT truck plow in Indiana County, driver not hurt

By Tribune-Review
A PennDOT driver escaped injury early Thursday morning when the snow plow truck he was driving in northern Indiana County slid into a ditch and a train hit the front plow, a spokeswoman said. The accident occurred at the intersection …

Somerset

Over the falls — Cucumber Falls that is — go 3 kayakers in OhioPyle

By Liz Zemba 7:32 a.m.
Kayaking over Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a near-impossible run paddlers have pondered for decades, usually over late-night beers in the watering holes near the 20,500-acre park in …

Washington

Man found fatally shot in Washington

By Tribune-Review
One man was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Washington, according to police. Marius Chatman, 24, of Washington, was pronounced dead about 5:40 a.m. near School and D avenues, according to county coroner Timothy Warco. Police said they received …

Education

School officials hopeful of seeing increases in education funding under Wolf plan

By Patrick Cloonan
Increases in combined basic and special education funding range from 4.38 percent for Norwin to 10.66 percent for East Allegheny under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget. Most other Mon-Yough …

Pennsylvania

Attorneys seek new trial for Jordan Brown in Lawrence County

By Chris Togneri
Attorneys for a Lawrence County teen accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiancée asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges or grant him a new trial. Common Pleas Judge John W. Hodge did not rule or set a timetable …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - March 5, 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: Wolf aide tangoes past the truth 7:32 a.m.
Katie McGinty certainly is nimble on her feet. I don’t know how Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff would do on “Dancing with the Stars,” …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Allegheny County councilman prepares push for outside prosecutors in police misconduct cases
When Michael Bell received $1.75 million in 2010 to settle his six-year lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wis., police department over the police shooting death of …

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Obituaries

Football star’s mom embraced life with gusto

By Craig Smith
With her sons Mike and Ashton playing football at Aliquippa High School, Charlotte Ditka spent a lot of time in her kitchen. “They would drink a half-gallon of milk when …