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DA’s decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit

By Adam Brandolph
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. will play a key role in whether Leon Ford gets a chance at millions of dollars from a civil lawsuit against Pittsburgh before a federal jury even hears the facts of the case, legal experts said on Tuesday. An Allegheny County jury …

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted 6:51 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such occurrence this …

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels 6:51 a.m.
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up at night. …

Allegheny

Embattled VFW mulls image among declining numbers

By Rick Wills 6:51 a.m.
Since its founding in 1914, the Veterans of Foreign Wars has worked to establish the Veterans Administration, forge the GI Bill after World War II, develop the national veterans cemetery …

Westmoreland

Mt. Pleasant hospital sets ‘exceptional’ example

By Kari Andren
Excela Health Frick Hospital was lauded by state health officials on Tuesday for having no regulatory violations or major life-safety issues throughout a two-year state …

Fayette

Blight ordinance passed by Connellsville City Council

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville City Council unanimously passed the long-debated abandoned property and vacant structure ordinance Tuesday night. The ordinance will take effect in 10 days. However, a possible trigger-clause amendment may be …

Armstrong

YMCA program expands to help adults with special needs

By Brigid Beatty
Janet Cravener showed off her bright-pink water shoes minutes before getting into the pool in the YMCA in Kittanning, clutching a pair of foam dumbbells to use in an exercise …

Beaver

Western Pa. colleges to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields

By Aaron Aupperlee 6:57 a.m.
Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students for jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, which on Wednesday will change …

Butler

Western Pa. colleges to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields

By Aaron Aupperlee 6:57 a.m.
Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students for jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, which on Wednesday will change …

Indiana

IUP student charged in stabbing attack

By Tribune-Review
A Virginia man was charged Tuesday in connection with a stabbing near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. William A. Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., is charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence by Indiana Police Detective John Scherf. …

Somerset

Jefferson Hills woman faces charges in accident that killed 2 in Somerset County

By Joe Napsha
An Allegheny County woman was charged Tuesday with causing the death of two people on March 8 in a two-vehicle accident about seven miles southwest of Somerset, state police at Somerset said. Amy Oblack, 26, of Jefferson Hills, is accused …

Washington

16 to be furloughed at Cal U; 14 positions will go unfilled

By Richard Gazarik
California University of Pennsylvania will lay off 16 employees and leave 14 positions unfilled because of declining enrollment. The announcement was made on Tuesday during a faculty-staff convocation on campus, university spokeswoman Christine Kindl said. Employees who are losing their …

Education

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels 6:51 a.m.
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up …

Pennsylvania

Big break in trooper ambush probe: suspect’s abandoned SUV

By The Associated Press 7:03 a.m.
BLOOMING GROVE — Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Sept. 16, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Obituaries

Caring Realtor eased stress of moving for clients

By Rick Wills
When Joan Rosselle’s out-of-town clients visited Pittsburgh to look for a home, she would go beyond what was necessary to make them feel comfortable. “She cared about people. She wanted …