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Cost-of-living raises boost salaries of top Pa. officials

By Melissa Daniels
It pays to be on the payroll of Pennsylvania state government. An automatic 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase will boost salaries of lawmakers, judges, the governor and his Cabinet. That means the base salary in one of the nation’s largest state legislatures will eclipse $85,000 next year, a more than $5,000 …

CMU scientist receives top tech honor from White House

By Megha Satyanarayana
President Obama on Thursday gave the country’s top honor in technology and innovation to Mary Shaw, a computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University. Shaw was one of nine recipients of the National …

Snow removal crews from Pennsylvania hit the road to help Buffalo

By Bobby Kerlik
When the Buffalo Bills called Chuck Lantzman to help dig out Ralph Wilson Stadium, he loaded up his “Snow Dragon” at his North Side business and planned to head north on Friday. …

Allegheny

School bus accident in Pleasant Hills sends 3 to the hospital

By Bobby Kerlik 11:23 a.m.
A school bus accident Friday morning in Pleasant Hills sent two special needs students to the hospital, Allegheny County officials said. The accident occurred with a Kia sport utility vehicle …

Westmoreland

Higher property taxes in Westmoreland County ruled out despite $15M budget gap

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County commissioners said Thursday that there won’t be a property tax increase next year despite a projected deficit of $15 million. Commissioners revealed a preliminary $340 million budget for 2015 that anticipates declines in revenue and increases in proposed expenses, ...

Fayette

Monongahela man held for trial in heroin death in Belle Vernon

By Mary Pickels
A Monongahela man was held for trial Thursday for allegedly injecting a lethal dose of heroin into the arm of a friend. Terrence Lee Kelly, 42, is accused of injecting an overdose of heroin into the arm of Brian “Opie” …

Armstrong

Armstrong students put Thanksgiving feasts on the table

By Brad Pedersen 10:47 a.m.
Thanksgiving may have been more than a week away, but West Shamokin senior Scott Bish had his sights set on one thing as teacher Angela Poster addressed her methods of …

Beaver

Child flown to Pittsburgh hospital after being struck by car in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
A child was flown by emergency helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after being struck by a car Thursday in Beaver County, emergency dispatchers said. The accident was reported at 7:46 p.m. along Penn Avenue in New Brighton, not far from …

Butler

Fire sweeps through house in Jackson

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters responded to a house fire along Garing Lane in Jackson Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel said the house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Butler County emergency dispatchers said they did not have any …

Indiana

IUP student found pinned under car still in critical condition

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was pinned beneath his car in Indiana after a jack failed remained in critical condition Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Nicholas Landman, 19, who is from Grindstone, Fayette County, was injured …

Somerset

ATV victim’s family seeks deal in fatal crash in Somerset County

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County last month are trying to reach a plea agreement on charges stemming from …

Washington

Monongahela man held for trial in heroin death in Belle Vernon

By Mary Pickels
A Monongahela man was held for trial Thursday for allegedly injecting a lethal dose of heroin into the arm of a friend. Terrence Lee Kelly, 42, is accused of injecting an overdose of heroin into the arm of Brian “Opie” …

Education

Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores

By Tom Yerace
Despite having the lowest state profile scores among area schools, Valley Junior-Senior High School interim Principal Jon Banko said positives can be found. Banko, who is also assistant to the superintendent, discussed the recent state School Performance Profile scores before …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania unemployment rate drops to six-year low

By Chris Fleisher 11:19 a.m.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate sank to a six-year low in October as employers added 12,600 jobs. The unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point last month to 5.4 percent, the Department of Labor & Industry reported Friday. Total nonfarm jobs …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Nov. 20, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Insurers’ feud helps enrollees
The health insurance heat is on. Way on. Starting Saturday, people who don’t get health insurance at work can shop for coverage on the year-old, …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former Va. Sen. Webb launches presidential exploratory committee
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, became the potential presidential contender on Wednesday by announcing he would form an exploratory committee. Webb, 68, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Wolf must face hairy situation
The situation’s strong anti-shaving component is impossible to ignore. Pennsylvania’s first facially hirsute leader in eight decades has an opportunity to help Pittsburgh land a …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school …

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Obituaries

Nurse advanced field with knowledge, initiative

By Renatta Signorini
Mary Jane Hunter Dillon was a pioneer. The Derry Township woman held respected positions throughout her nursing career and even saved her husband’s life thanks to her training, her daughters …