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Peduto blasts Wolf’s plan to borrow $3B to shore up pensions

By Bob Bauder and Melissa Daniels
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to borrow $3 billion to shore up the state pension systems that, collectively, need approximately $50 billion to meet retiree obligations. In an interview with Tribune-Review editors and reporters, Peduto said pension bonds from the 1990s totaling nearly $300 …

Pittsburgh is planning to add network of bike lanes through Oakland

By Melissa Daniels 2:11 p.m.
Pittsburgh plans to add a network of bike lanes through Oakland, a neighborhood where college students and commuters on bicycles compete daily with cars for lane space in crammed rush-hour traffic. “You …

Family struggles after pregnant woman shot, killed in Brighton Heights

By Tony Raap
A mother of five young boys — with another child on the way — died in a burst of gunfire while walking to a corner store to pick up milk for her …


‘Greed is not criminal,’ says judge in McCullough trial

By Adam Brandolph 3:12 p.m.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Lester G. Nauhaus will render a verdict Friday morning in the oft-delayed theft trial for former Allegheny County Councilman and Solicitor Charles McCullough. Lawyers in the case delivered their closing arguments Thursday in the …


Escaped inmate called armed, dangerous and homicide suspect by police

By Brigid Beatty 4:15 p.m.
An escaped inmate at the center of a police manhunt stole a truck and guns from a Rayburn home and may have killed someone after walking away from the Armstrong …


Former Economy borough secretary sues over firing

By Brian Bowling 1:30 p.m.
Economy council fired the borough’s secretary in 2014 because of her political affiliation and age, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends. Susan Blum, 66, of Economy had been the secretary for more than 14 years. Council fired her because she …


Zelienople woman captures 4th shuffleboard gold medal at National Senior Games

By Sandra Fischione Donovan 3:05 p.m.
Ruth Parker had played shuffleboard for a dozen years while living in Florida with her husband, Art. When the couple, both in their 90s, moved back to the Pittsburgh area …


Man with handgun robs Fayette County bar, patron

By Paul Peirce 1:24 p.m.
State police in Uniontown are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a busy Fayette County bar with a handgun early Thursday and fled with cash from the register and a patron. The robbery occurred at 12:37 …


OSHA to investigate Indiana County workers’ exposure to cadmium

By Tribune-Review
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating the circumstances at a metal and alloys plant that caused a number of employees to be exposed to cadmium, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The agency was notified Tuesday after fewer than 20 …


Woman charged with assaulting cops in wild Pittsburgh dispute

By Michael Hasch
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Somerset County woman accused of kicking, biting and scratching her boyfriend and several Pittsburgh police officers during what court papers describe as a drunken domestic dispute following a concert in the Strip …


Federal judge rules oil and gas lease for Washington County tract is valid

By Brian Bowling
Range Resources-Appalachia LLC and NiSource Energy Ventures LLC have a valid lease to the oil and gas under a 151-acre plot in Washington County, a federal judge ruled Monday. Rugh and Sherry Mason of Donegal claimed in the lawsuit that …


Arraignment scheduled for Penn Hills woman accused of transporting $1M worth of heroin along turnpike

By Renatta Signorini 3:19 p.m.
Family members of a Penn Hills woman accused of transporting 2,000 bricks of heroin through Westmoreland County held a prayer circle outside of district court …


Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …


State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids

By Brad Bumsted 3:13 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn heard rumors but said that’s not why he severed relations with companies owned by political consultant Mike Fleck two days before the …

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Wednesday - July 29, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Bethel Park native pedals through handcycling challenges despite disability
Ashli Molinero spent this week in Alaska, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation. Molinero, who lives in the South Side, is participating in the Alaska …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
‘Real’ people, solutions at heart of GOP ad blitz in Pa.
A nearly $1 million online, radio and television advertising blitz in Pennsylvania aims to portray a different side of Republican values than those emphasized by …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Bicyclists get all the love in a city that still prefers 4 wheels
Someone needs to stand up for the gas guzzlers. A rampant anti-car conspiracy appears to be happening in Pittsburgh. At the least, a concerted effort …

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Outdoorsman was loving family man

By Nicole Chynoweth
As the namesake of a nine-piece high school band, Jimmie Knapp and His Orchestra, James Knapp was known for his talent in playing the accordion. When people in the community …