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Montgomery County DA Ferman to review grand jury report on AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is under political pressure as she decides whether to charge Attorney General Kathleen Kane with crimes recommended by a statewide grand jury, and the “public wants accountability as well,” a political analyst said. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way for …

Wines claimed to be toxic with arsenic won’t be pulled by state Liquor Control Board

By Jacob Tierney
State Liquor Control Board officials say they have no plans to pull any wine off the shelves based on a highly publicized class-action lawsuit filed in California claiming some popular lower-priced wines …

2 Western Pennsylvania veterans’ suicides raise questions

By Adam Smeltz
Marine Corps veteran David J. Cranmer, 28, had plenty going for him: a young daughter, a marriage, a good job. The Iraq war veteran from Brentwood certainly had no history of suicidal …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh diocese of the Roman Catholic Church eliminates fees for marriage annulments

By Natasha Lindstrom 12:25 a.m.
The process still may be lengthy and dredge up painful memories, but getting a marriage annulled by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will no longer cost a dime. Bishop David Zubik announced Wednesday the Pittsburgh diocese eliminated all fees for …

Armstrong

Groundbreaking marks Rayburn company’s faith in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of CWM Environmental’s headquarters will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hills Industrial Park in East Franklin. CWM purchased the 5.2-acre parcel on Park View Drive for $112,500 in September. The …

Beaver

Merged Beaver County congregation benefits from sharing resources

By Karen Kadilak
About 300 people are expected for a service Sunday in the Central Valley High School auditorium, celebrating the merger of two Beaver County churches. City Reach Church Central Valley will mark its grand reopening on Easter. The church formed in …

Butler

Worker trapped in trench collapse in Butler County is freed

By Bill Vidonic
The construction company involved in a trench collapse Tuesday that injured a man in Butler County had been cited twice by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 2013 safety …

Fayette

350-pound black bear briefly stuck between Uniontown buildings is tranquilized, relocated

By Liz Zemba
A 350-pound black bear was briefly stuck between two buildings in Uniontown late Monday before it was captured and removed, according to city police. Tyrone Washington said he was preparing …

Indiana

Possible child luring investigated in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana are looking for a suspect in a possible child luring this week. The man, described as being in his 50s with a medium to heavy build and driving an orange pickup truck, asked a 10-year-old girl …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Washington County sex offender gets 25 to 50 years in plea deal with Mon Valley victims

By Patrick Cloonan
A convicted sex offender from Washington County has pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving six boys, including youngsters from Elizabeth, Port Vue and Baldwin. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. …

Westmoreland

Authorities release name of Greensburg man who jumped off overpass onto Route 30

By Paul Peirce
A tragedy that played out in public on Tuesday when a man took his life by jumping off an overpass onto a tractor-trailer on Route 30 in Hempfield put the spotlight on an alarming and growing problem in Westmoreland County, ...

Education

Keystone Oaks beginning full-day kindergarten

By Matthew Santoni
Keystone Oaks schools will start full-day kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year with the hope that the district’s youngest students will learn more with more time in the classroom. “We …

Pennsylvania

Montgomery County DA Ferman to review grand jury report on AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is under political pressure as she decides whether to charge Attorney General Kathleen Kane with crimes recommended by a statewide grand …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Aprii 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pennsylvania Dems post delegate selection plan
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party on Wednesday took the “first, but critical, step” toward selecting delegates for the party’s 2016 national convention in Philadelphia. The selection …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Memorial, notes of sympathy for lost eaglets goes beyond overkill
Eagles have abominable reading skills. They are majestic birds of prey whose elegance in flight can have an almost hypnotic effect on observers. But they …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: What to do with a $2,000 plaque honoring Ravenstahl?
Pittsburgh City Council this week approved a policy for naming city facilities or property after individuals. This is good, because apparently the previous policy was …

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Obituaries

Teacher from Mt. Lebanon kept home, made repairs around house

By Matthew Santoni 12:20 a.m.
Joan Kiser grew up in the South Hills in the midst of the Great Depression and didn’t make much money as a teacher, but frugality, persistence and wise investments let …