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Dem Wolf eyes shale’s ‘golden egg’ to boost school funding

By Melissa Daniels
Tom Wolf, the Democrat who could become Pennsylvania’s next governor, wants to invest more in public education and transportation infrastructure. But to see those plans through, his administration would require hundreds of millions of dollars from taxes on Marcellus shale and potentially from an increase in Pennsylvania personal income taxes. …

Pennsylvania investigators get truck to aid in finding child predators

By Melissa Daniels
Before the Office of Attorney General had a mobile investigations unit, it might have taken six months to process evidence of child pornography at a state lab. A new forensic vehicle whittles …

Mystery continues to surround Hill District slaying

By Margaret Harding  and Michael Hasch
A Hill District woman who died in a spray of bullets told family members she was involved in a criminal investigation but didn’t mention any danger, her sister said on Tuesday. Tamara …

Allegheny

Foundations reject overture from developer on August Wilson Center

By Natasha Lindstrom 6:01 p.m.
The head of a foundation coalition vying for control over the August Wilson Center for African American Culture said Wednesday he will not agree to a compromise with the hotel developer trying to buy the Downtown building. The Heinz Endowments …

Westmoreland

Police searching Level Green area for bank robber

By Joe Napsha 7:01 p.m.
Penn Township police are searching for the man who robbed the Manor Bank branch along Route 130 in Level Green on Wednesday afternoon and ran …

Fayette

Dunbar continues clean-up efforts after flood

By Karl Polacek 6:27 p.m.
Volunteers from Dunbar and surrounding communities are helping the residents of the small Fayette County town clean up after it suffered flooding for the second time in a little more …

Armstrong

Traffic from unofficial bridge detour worries Boyd Road residents in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
A crumbling road that is less than a half-mile long has been discovered by drivers as a way to get around a Hill Street bridge construction project in Manor. But …

Beaver

State police unable to determine source of fatal South Beaver explosion

By Bill Vidonic
The cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple will remain undetermined, a state fire marshal said on Tuesday. Ray Trautvetter, 74, and Janet Trautvetter, 69, died of blunt force trauma July 15 when their home was …

Butler

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in state prison. Butler County Judge William …

Indiana

Indiana County township ‘afraid for the water’ fights waste well

By David Conti
The residents of Grant Township barely outnumber the gas wells dotting strip-mined hills of their northern Indiana County community. Energy companies long have pulled resources from the 26 square miles …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Elizabeth Forward School District fosters high-tech culture

By Patrick Cloonan
When classes begin on Thursday in Elizabeth Forward School District, students will have eBackpack apps to go along with their Apple iPads. As developed by eBackpack Inc. of Rockwall, Texas, …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania investigators get truck to aid in finding child predators

By Melissa Daniels
Before the Office of Attorney General had a mobile investigations unit, it might have taken six months to process evidence of child pornography at a state lab. A new forensic …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Being fired fresh injury for guard
Seldom in the workforce is heroism apparent grounds for dismissal. That’s what makes John “Sarge” Resetar’s situation so confounding. After risking his life while dutifully …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Ex-policeman doted on kids, grandkids

By Tom Fontaine
After serving in the Navy and with Pittsburgh police, Robert Cicchino devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, family members said. “He always helped coaching sports when our sons …