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City Council approves ordinance requiring paid sick leave

By Bob Bauder 7:19 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Council on Monday approved an ordinance requiring city employers to give employees paid sick days, despite opposition from business owners and organizations who have promised a lawsuit challenging the legislation. Under an amended version of the bill sponsored by Councilman Corey O’Connor of Swisshelm Park, employers with 15 …

Broken water main creates sinkhole that swallows truck in Overbrook

By Tony Raap  and Matthew Santoni 7:21 p.m.
Water gushed from a ruptured 30-inch water main in Overbrook with such force Monday that it smashed the hood and driver’s side door of resident Carl Baumgart’s truck. Within a half-hour, the …

Wolf nominates retired trooper as state police commissioner

By Megan Guza 7:21 p.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major to head the department, seven weeks after embattled former-nominee Marcus Brown withdrew his nomination. Wolf nominated Tyree C. Blocker, 62, who …

Allegheny

Broken water main creates sinkhole that swallows truck in Overbrook

By Tony Raap  and Matthew Santoni 7:21 p.m.
Water gushed from a ruptured 30-inch water main in Overbrook with such force Monday that it smashed the hood and driver’s side door of resident Carl Baumgart’s truck. Within a …

Armstrong

Large crowd mourns Kittanning woman allegedly killed by escapee

By Brad Pedersen 6:17 p.m.
More than 100 people gathered at the Kennedy and Blodgett Funeral Home in Kittanning to mourn Rayburn resident Tammy Long, who was murdered Thursday, after an inmate escaped from the …

Beaver

Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site

By David Conti
Driving south on Route 18 from the Beaver Valley Expressway, it’s hard to believe Royal Dutch Shell isn’t building something on the land it bought in Beaver County. For nearly …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Inaugural Geibel STEM camp gives pupils interactive, fun science experience

By Mark Hofmann
The first STEM Camp at Geibel Catholic Junior Senior High School was held last week with 2-liter bottle rocket experiments and other feats in engineering and science. “STEM is big,” …

Indiana

Indiana County to revise some property reassessment notices

By Greg Reinbold
Despite vocal criticism and protest movements opposing Indiana County’s first county-wide property reassessment in 47 years, the firm responsible for conducting the reassessment has had relatively few property owners schedule informal reviews to address factual errors on assessment notices distributed …

Somerset

Somerset inmate serving life sentence for brutal murder dies

By Tribune-Review
An inmate at the state prison in Somerset County who was serving a life sentence for cutting off the head of a man during a 1987 robbery in Reading died of natural causes Friday afternoon at Somerset Hospital, state police …

Washington

Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past

By Chris Buckley
Monongahela’s rich history predates the nation. Now visitors can learn about the city’s past by using futuristic technology. The Monongahela Area Historical Society designed a walking tour that uses a …

Westmoreland

Zimbabwe alleges Murrysville doctor illegally killed lion

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
The government of Zimbabwe has accused a Murrysville oncologist of poaching a lion outside Hwange National Park in April, catching him in what authorities call ...

Education

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 …

Pennsylvania

Wolf nominates retired trooper as state police commissioner

By Megan Guza 7:21 p.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major to head the department, seven weeks after embattled former-nominee Marcus Brown withdrew his nomination. Wolf nominated Tyree C. Blocker, …

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Monday - Aug. 3, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fire station fixture beloved in Brookline to get community tribute
He doesn’t sleep there. He does his laundry elsewhere. But if home is where the heart is, there’s little doubt that “Brother George” Gilfoyle long …

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Obituaries

Former wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin dies at 84

By The Los Angeles Times 7:23 p.m.
In the 1960s, few American women were placed on a higher pedestal than the wives of the nation’s astronauts. They were symbols of feminine poise, perfectly coiffed mainstays of the home front who waved the flag and raised the children …