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UPMC, Highmark disagree over payment of medical claims for children

By Luis Fábregas 11:04 p.m.
UPMC on Wednesday accused rival Highmark Inc. of denying 154 claims for children undergoing treatment at UPMC-owned hospitals and clinics, but the insurer shot back by saying the claims have been paid. The disagreement over access to the region’s sole pediatric facility touches off an emotional debate in the years-long …

Pittsburgh City Council clears path for lower Hill District development

By Melissa Daniels 8:51 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Council moved forward Wednesday with developing the former Civic Arena site in the Hill District, granting tentative approval to a special zoning district and making plans to study adding discounted housing there and elsewhere in the city. Council …

Man killed in SUV rollover on Parkway East In Pittsburgh

By Tony Raap 10:39 p.m.
A man from Dallas, Texas, died Wednesday after being thrown from an SUV in a rollover crash near Oakland, according to state police. David Alexander, 62, was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital …

Allegheny

UPMC, Highmark disagree over payment of medical claims for children

By Luis Fábregas 11:04 p.m.
UPMC on Wednesday accused rival Highmark Inc. of denying 154 claims for children undergoing treatment at UPMC-owned hospitals and clinics, but the insurer shot back by saying the claims have …

Westmoreland

New Derry woman charged after mail delivery of 4 pounds of marijuana

By Paul Peirce
A New Derry woman has been charged with multiple drug violations because authorities were tipped off that she was receiving packages of marijuana in the mail. Patricia E. Hancock, 42, is charged by Derry police with manufacturing and delivery of a ...

Fayette

South Connellsville Mayor Casini arraigned in gun case

By Mark Hofmann
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for South Connellsville Mayor Peter Matthew Casini on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition after police allege he transferred and purchased a gun …

Armstrong

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an undetermined amount of money. The …

Beaver

Beaver Falls woman who drove police car while handcuffed to stand trial

By Bobby Kerlik
A Beaver County woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and fleeing at speeds of 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back will stand trial, a district judge ruled Monday. Roxanne Rimer, 27, of Beaver Falls was trying …

Butler

Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games

By Jodi Weigand
A few weeks ago, Tom Henschel of Winfield sat in the same seat in the Los Angeles Coliseum where he watched Green Bay and Kansas City take the field for …

Indiana

Indiana County man injured in rollover crash along Route 22

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County man was seriously injured late Tuesday in a crash along Route 22 in Derry Township, police said. Wayne J. Kowalewski, 47, had to be extricated from his 2015 Jeep Compass after the accident at 11 p.m. near …

Somerset

Meyersdale teenager cited for sword assault

By Tribune-Review
A 14-year-old Somerset County boy was cited to juvenile court for assaulting another teen at a home in Meyersdale on Jan. 16. State police in Somerset said the Meyersdale boy attacked another 14-year-old boy, who was visiting from Bedford County, …

Washington

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer and former longtime counsel to …

Education

Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph 9:02 p.m.
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it now means computer-based books, tutoring …

Pennsylvania

New Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan institutes Wolf’s gift ban at commission

By Bobby Kerlik 10:54 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has a new board chairman, and his first act Wednesday was to ban employees from accepting gifts, which have been a source of corruption within the …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: The Strange Case of Mayor Peduto and ‘Undercover’ Mr. Chadwick
For a guy who doesn’t exist, Ed Chadwick certainly seems to be alive and well. If you believed Chadwick was going away after a heavily …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

By Tory N. Parrish
Al Sovek was old-school and honest about who he was, his daughter said. “He was a traditional man-of-the-house kind of guy. He worked. He provided for his family,” said Denise …