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Wolf, GOP lawmakers make plans to resume talks after veto

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders agreed Wednesday to restart budget talks after Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan that every Democrat legislator voted against.  More...

Absent state House leaders still voted on school bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

General News

United Ways merge to form United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

The merger to combine United Ways serving Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and southern Armstrong counties into United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania became effective Wednesday, July 1.  More...

Judge refuses to cut sentence for catalyst in torture death

GREENSBURG, Pa. More...

Pennsylvania man, dog drown when SUV overturns in lake

LINESVILLE, Pa. More...

Editorial

Off The Wall

Sugar-coated

Many times in growing up, we were all handed a piece of candy and learned what sweetness was all about. Many more youths craved for more substances containing that sugary flavor that melted in our mouths and even colored our tongues.  More...

For our lawmakers: No budget, no pay

As you read this, Pennsylvania’s budget deadline once again will have come and gone, leaving lawmakers trying to explain how, in failing to agree on a spending plan, they bungled one of their core responsibilities.  More...

Legislators don’t know when to hold

Gambling revenue has declined almost everywhere in the East for the obvious reason that the enterprise has hit its saturation point.  More...

Lifestyles

SVC Summer Theatre now in rehearsals for ‘Into the Woods’

Stephen Sondheim’s Brothers Grimm-inspired musical “Into the Woods” will be the next presentation of St. Vincent Summer Theatre’s 47th season opening on July 9, directed by artistic director Greggory Brandt.  More...

Area Events

Master Gardener open house set for July 11 A Penn State Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Donohoe Center, Donohoe Road, Hempfield Township. More...

Campus Corner

A number of area students were named to the dean's list for the spring 2015 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. More...

Widow of Lt. Eric Eslary to file lawsuit against driver, others

Attorneys for Mary Beth Eslary, the widow of Ligonier Township Police Lt. Eric Eslary, have filed formal notice that she will lodge a wrongful death lawsuit related to the wrong-way crash that killed the beloved officer nearly two months ago.  More...

Ageless Aviation aims to create lasting memories for seniors

Several western Pennsylvania seniors had the chance to experience the flight of a lifetime on Wednesday, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dream Foundations (AADF).  The senior living facility Brookdale Latrobe, formerly known as Emeritus Senior More...

PennDOT centers closed for Independence Day holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this week announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its fullservice center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  More...

Local & State News

‘We Are’ sculpture revealed at Penn State

(AP) — The words “We Are” usually bring the response “Penn State” — and now those first two words have been installed in a 12-foot steel sculpture on the school&rs More...

Kraft shareholders approve sale of company to Heinz

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft shareholders have approved the sale of the company to ketchup maker H.J. Heinz, creating one of the world’s largest food companies with annual revenue of about $28 billion.  More...

Driver fleeing traffic stop crashes into car; 1 dead, 4 hurt

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A driver with two armed passengers in his car fled a construction zone traffic stop early Wednesday, was chased by state police troopers and crashed head-on into another vehicle while trying to exit an interstate, killing hims More...

World News

WORLD NEWS

Many but not all in GOP grouse, showing obstacles and openings as US, Cuba ready embassies   More...

Sports

Arriving home safely

Phillies’ catcher Tucker Knupp goes up to get a high throw, but can’t apply the tag in time on Tyler Cymmerman of the Cardinals during Wednesday’s Latrobe Little League game. More...

Derry Legion wins second straight, holds one-game lead for final playoff spot in district

The Derry Legion baseball team has apparently found its playoff push.  Derry broke a tie with a big seventh inning, getting past host Bushy Run for its second consecutive victory, 4-1, Wednesday in American Legion District 31 play.  More...

Pens acquire Kessel from Leafs in major trade

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity.  More...

Entertainment

Macy’s dumps Trump; NYC reviewing contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Macy’s department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico’s governor and New York City’s mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.  More...

Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.  More...

Colbert interviews Eminem on public-access TV show

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Colbert has temporarily taken over a public-access TV show in southeastern Michigan in an episode that featured rapper Eminem.  More...

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