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Democratic lieutenant governor nominee and state Sen. Mike Stack made his fall campaign debut on the statewide electoral stage Monday, and he covered all the bases.

Stack in a 20-minute stump speech at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, blasted incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for public school funding cuts, giving a severance tax pass to Marcellus Shale drillers and failing to work with the Legislature despite its current Republican majorities.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday took a tour 200 Ross St., which houses, among other offices, the Bureau of Building Inspection and Department of City Planning.

BBI Chief Maura Kennedy said they were showing off the long-awaited implementation of a decades-old technology: as of this month, every employee in the building finally has Internet access.

Don and Becky Kretschmann have been supplying more than a thousand customers with organic produce through community supported agriculture, or CSA, since 1971. Now, they’re afraid of losing their business altogether.

When a June 15 video surfaced of a Pittsburgh police officer pulling a 19-year-old girl, Ariel Lawther, from a crowd of PrideFest attendees by the hair and neck just before punching her several times, the incident became the first high-profile allegation of police misconduct made during Mayor Bill Peduto's watch.

Health professionals, lawyers and U.S. senators met in Washington Tuesday to explore the challenges faced by coal miners suffering from black lung disease.

The U.S. Department of Labor will look to hire two administrative law judges and bring back a retired judge in Pittsburgh in 2015 to handle growing black lung claims, according to Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu.

The 4-year-old girl, who reaches just past her father's knee, can't stop smiling on a warm, Sunday afternoon. She giggles while blowing bubbles at her parents, stopping every few seconds to tug at her floral-printed dress and talk about Disney princesses and her freshly painted pink fingernails.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water.

The Legislature's break for summer leaves some highly debated bills stranded and potentially dead in a Legislature where Republican majorities in both chambers have failed to hasten the ride to the Republican governor's desk.

It's never too early to start thinking about Election Day. With fewer than five months to go in this year's gubernatorial race, we asked Pennsylvania residents what would surprise the next governor about their city or community.


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