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Ferrante trial set to begin Thursday afternoon

By Adam Brandolph 11:49 a.m.
One of the most-anticipated trials in Allegheny County in recent years begins Thursday afternoon. University of Pittsburgh researcher Robert Ferrante, 66, is accused of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide. Dr. Autumn Marie Klein, 41, collapsed at the couple’s Schenley Farms home on April 17, 2013, and died three days …

Canadians more fearful, aware after ‘very rare’ attack in Ottawa

By Andrew Conte and Aaron Aupperlee 11:33 a.m.
The attack on Canada’s capital Wednesday will have a major, lasting impact on the psyche of a country unaccustomed to such incidents, experts and average citizens said. For too long, Canadians have …

CDC: Pennsylvania, 5 other states set to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana 11:33 a.m.
Pennsylvania is one of six states that will monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken countries under new protocols, federal health officials said Wednesday. Starting Monday, all travelers to the United States whose flights originated …


New movie studio coming to McKees Rocks

By Jason Cato 12:54 p.m.
The Pittsburgh region’s first newly constructed movie studio should open in 2015, developers announced Thursday. Island Studios in McKees Rocks plans to expand by building 60,000 square feet of sound …


Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop

By Joe Napsha
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday hammered Democrat Tom Wolf over his proposal to raise the state income tax during a campaign stop in Westmoreland County, claiming …


Frazier’s $22M school construction project moving on schedule

By Cindy Ekas
The $22 million construction of a new elementary/middle school in the Frazier School District is moving ahead on schedule. Nate Mallory, project manager for Massaro Construction Co., updated school board members on the project’s status at Wednesday night’s school board …


Program bridges several disciplines for Kittanning students

By Brad Pedersen 11:55 a.m.
A physics class changed the way Kittanning High School junior Natalie Foster looks at bridges. “When I drove across a bridge before, there was never the question of if it …


Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …


Butler redevelopment agency declares it’s broke, in debt

By Rick Wills
The head of Butler city’s Redevelopment Authority says the agency is broke, which the mayor is blaming on overly optimistic revenue and development projections made years ago for the city’s baseball stadium and other projects. “People had high hopes of …


Plea entered in slaying on Indiana County trail

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County man avoided a potential sentence of life in prison by pleading guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday, the third day of his trial for luring a man to a walking trail in Clymer, where he was shot and …


Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …


Wanted sex offender caught hiding in homemade fort in Washington County

By Chris Togneri
Had David Darell David, a fugitive child molester, stayed inside his elaborately-concealed hideout, police might have walked right past him. “He was standing up. That’s why we saw him,” Brooke …


Apollo-Ridge school bus safety program aims to drive message home

By Braden Ashe 12:34 p.m.
They’re sometimes not given the respect they deserve, but when motorists don’t heed the message on the stop arm of a school bus, the results can be catastrophic. No one …


Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted and Natasha Lindstrom 1:40 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Traffic Court judge whom Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute for allegedly accepting a $2,000 …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t …

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Former Scoutmaster found God in nature

By Mary Pickels
Henry Hawley loved spending time outdoors. “That’s when he felt closest to God. He enjoyed his church, but there was nothing in the world like time in the woods to …