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Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would have phased out more than 600 state wine and spirits stores and allowed beer distributors and grocery stores with eateries to sell  liquor and …

Fireworks displays costly, but W. Pa. communities feel obligated

By Bob Bauder
Butler residents nearly went berserk this year when Mayor Tom Donaldson said the city could not afford an annual Independence Day fireworks display. They attacked him on social media, condemned him at …

Young Nebraska girl’s organs give 2 Pittsburgh-area boys a chance to live

By Ben Schmitt
Lauressa Swedberg smiled through her grief Thursday as she planned a funeral in Nebraska for her 3-year-old daughter, whose donated organs saved two lives in Pittsburgh. And two families rejoiced while perched …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh Regatta will go on without boats, water events

By Tom Fontaine 11:58 a.m.
Organizers of this weekend’s EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta said Friday they canceled all scheduled boat races because of hazardous river conditions. “Obviously it’s very disappointing, but it’s still going …

Armstrong

SummerFest kicks off in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Close to 50 crafters and food vendors were hard at work Thursday afternoon setting up booths throughout the Ford City Memorial Park just hours before the opening ceremonies of the …

Beaver

Beaver County woman finds man crouching in her bathroom, stabs him with sword

By Megan Guza
Police in Beaver County are looking for a man, recently released from a Florida prison, they say repeatedly raped his girlfriend, broke into several homes trying to hide and attacked another woman, who stabbed him with a sword. The incidents …

Butler

Oxford filing seeks to overturn award of VA project to Cambridge

By Bill Vidonic
Oxford Development is asking a federal judge to stop work at the Veterans Affairs outpatient health care complex in Center, Butler County while the company tries to overturn the award of the construction contract to another developer. Federal Judge Victor …

Fayette

Investigation into dropped baby at Uniontown Hospital continues

By Tribune-Review
A police investigation into the circumstances that resulted in a nurse dropping a newborn baby at Uniontown Hospital is ongoing, according to a city police detective. Detective Donald Gmitter said the day-old infant sustained a skull fracture when dropped at …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Washington food bank buys new home

By Jason Cato
The Greater Washington County Food Bank soon will have a new home. The nonprofit this week completed the $1.1 million purchase of the former Country Fresh Market along Route 40 in Centerville. The building has 24,500 square feet of space, …

Westmoreland

Purple Heart recipient Krinock to lead July Fourth parade in Latrobe

By Craig Smith
In a room filled with plaques and citations from Congress, the state House and Senate and the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor, Paul ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer 12:53 p.m.
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would have phased out more …

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Thursday - July 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Don’t let the naysayers derail Pittsburgh’s bid for Super Bowl LVII
Levi’s coming to town. It’s not a done deal. But it’s all but official that Pittsburgh will be the site of Super Bowl LVII, or …

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Obituaries

Mom’s helpful nature benefited community

By Matt Faye
Stella Butler had a passion for helping others, constantly putting the needs of her community ahead of her own, her family said. “Helpful, generous, good-natured,” daughter-in-law Ardella Butler said. “She …