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Court validates Highmark Medicare plan that excludes UPMC

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 12:39 p.m. Updated less than a minute ago Highmark Inc.'s low-cost Medicare Advantage plans, which exclude UPMC hospitals and doctors, don't violate an agreement the insurer reached with state leaders, a state court ruled Thursday. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini denied a request by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the administration of Gov.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @LuisTrib: UPMC objects to Highmark court ruling, saying there will be "more uncertainty than ever" for some patients. triblive.com/news/adminpage…

Oct 30, 2014

UPMC objects to Highmark court ruling, saying there will be "more uncertainty than ever" for some patients. triblive.com/news/adminpage…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @LuisTrib: Big win for Highmark. It can continue selling Medicare plan that excludes UPMC, PA judge rules via @followthemoney triblive.com/news/adminpage…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @LuisTrib: Big win for Highmark. It can continue selling Medicare plan that excludes UPMC, PA judge rules via @followthemoney triblive.com/news/adminpage…

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Ferrante murder trial heads into day 6 with testimony on cyanide, Web searches

triblive.com — Toxicologists from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office are expected to continue testifying Thursday about cyanide found in Dr. Autumn Klein's blood - evidence that could undercut defense arguments that the UPMC neurologist didn't die from the poison.

Twin billing | iPreps

blog.triblive.com — Allderdice juniors James Jackson (right) and Timothy Jackson Since the start of the season, Allderdice's Jackson twins have had a singular focus on leading the Dragons to their first City League championship since 1967. That's the longest drought in the City League of any school, open or closed.
Oct 31, 2014

New on #iPreps: Allderdice twins have chance to lead Dragons to first City title since 1967, #TribHS story links: blog.triblive.com/ipreps/2014/10…

Ford City's teamwork, emotion take center stage in semifinal win over Freeport

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 11:36 p.m. Updated 8 minutes ago Ford City volleyball caught an emotional wave and rode it right past the defending WPIAL champs. The fourth-seeded Sabers bounced back from dropping the first set to reach their first WPIAL final with an upset No.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @BillBeckner: Ford City volleyball stuns No. 1 Freeport to reach WPIAL championship match, by @Grubba_Trib / triblive.com/sports/hssport…

Pitt, IUP to experiment with 30-second shot clock

triblive.com — Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, 12:01 a.m. Updated 16 minutes ago Pitt's exhibition opener against Division II IUP at 7 p.m. Friday at Petersen Events Center could provide a glimpse into the future. The Panthers and Crimson Hawks will experiment with a 30-second shot clock that was proposed by coaches and ratified by athletic directors at the ACC's spring meetings.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TribSports: .@HailToPittHoops, IUP to experiment with 30-second shot clock, writes John Harris. trib.me/1xGYsK6

3 named to new Pittsburgh land bank group

triblive.com — Pittsburgh's fledgling land bank authority moved forward this week with Mayor Bill Peduto's nomination of three city residents to serve on its board of directors. The nominees, who are subject to City Council approval, are Karen Abrams, 43, of the Hill District, the Urban Redevelopment Authority's manager of diversity and community; Pittsburgh Finance Director Paul Leger, 70, of the North Side; and state Sen.

Penguins assistant coach Tocchet wants Letang to shoot more on power play

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 11:12 p.m. Updated 15 minutes ago Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet is pleased with the play of defenseman Kris Letang. He isn't disappointed with the league's top power play, either. Tocchet, though, said he believes both Letang and the power play he quarterbacks can improve.

Gorman: Billy Holt's big moment for Albert Gallatin

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 11:03 p.m. Updated 32 minutes ago Billy Holt lined up at fullback, and the 6-foot-1, 350-pound senior took the handoff and scored a two-point conversion for the final points of Albert Gallatin's winless season.
Oct 30, 2014

Column: Billy Holt's big moment for Albert Gallatin was a winning play to punctuate a winless season: triblive.com/sports/hssport…

Chryst calls on another freshman in the wake of Webb’s injury

blog.triblive.com — Pitt coach Paul Chryst sat down with a couple reporters Thursday for a final briefing before the Duke game Saturday. Here are the highlights: - You've heard by now that strong safety Terrish Webb is out with an ankle injury. Freshman Patrick Amara will take his place.
Oct 30, 2014

PC speaks prior to Duke game. Pitt locker room blog wp.me/p3FoP4-wt

Hackers' new Dyre malware infects W.Pa. computers, vexes FBI cyber agents

Rossi: The best Penguins defense is ... a potent offense

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Updated 2 minutes ago Paul Martin, the free agent to be who presumably isn't in the Penguins' long-term plans, offered this obvious albeit accurate observation about physical defensemen and NHL rosters: "You'd like to have a couple."
Oct 30, 2014

Know your role. Shut their mouths. Keep trying to score. COLUMN on what will be serve #pens >> trib.me/1xGrvNW via @TribLIVE #nhl

5 Cal U football players arrested for assault; Saturday's game canceled

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 6:06 p.m. Updated less than a minute ago California University of Pennsylvania canceled its football game Saturday after five players were arrested for their alleged roles in a violent assault. California borough police Chief Rick Encapera said the early morning assault left a 30-year-old man with a severe brain injury.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @TribLIVE: 5 Cal U football players arrested for assault; Saturday's game cancelled | TribLIVE trib.me/1tnfH2x

Police: Man wanted in fatal state trooper ambush captured

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 6:53 p.m. Updated 13 minutes ago DUNMORE, Pa. - A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @TribLIVE: Police: Suspect wanted in fatal state trooper ambush captured | TribLIVE trib.me/105suMZ

Rossi: Building in a new way

blog.triblive.com — OK, so I know that it is most likely nobody noticed one of my columns did not appear in the Trib on Wednesday. Still, since this might happen from time and time again, the least I can do is explain. As noted before , and again after that, I am a bit uneasy with this new gig.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @RobRossi_Trib: When roles change, so does the way of dealing with those you cover. A new 'Flip Side' view >> wp.me/p4RKeR-56 #pe…

Oct 30, 2014

When roles change, so does the way of dealing with those you cover. A new 'Flip Side' view >> wp.me/p4RKeR-56 #pens #steelers

Mylan's 3Q profit triples on strong U.S. sales

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 4:39 p.m. Updated 29 minutes ago Mylan Inc. more than tripled profit in the third quarter on strong sales of generic drugs in the U.S. and demand for EpiPen, Mylan's branded treatment for severe allergic reactions.

Frye: Hunting for story takes patience

blog.triblive.com — Bob Frye, the Trib's outdoors reporter, has heard a lot of controversy over hunting deer on private, fenced-in farms, so he decided to see one for himself. Turns out Pennsylvania has more deer farms than any state but Texas. But convincing an owner of one to let him tell the story required patience.

Vanaski: Let's face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many

triblive.com — Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 11:58 p.m. Updated 1 hour ago It's the day before Halloween, so there's really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger and the "Twilight Zone." The latter, for those unaware, was a popular 1960s sci-fi TV show.
Oct 30, 2014

For some the mask lasts longer than for Halloween. Celebrities get new faces for forever. Spooky. bit.ly/1E5c5Hh writes @NafariTrib

Oct 30, 2014

For some, the mask lasts longer than for Halloween. Celebrities get new faces for forever. bit.ly/1E5c5Hh writes @NafariTrib

Movie studio owner building in McKees Rocks is $540K in red

triblive.com — The movie studio owner awarded a $2.5 million state grant to build a soundstage and film offices in McKees Rocks owes more than $540,000 in taxes, loans and outstanding payments to contractors, a review of court and tax records shows.
Oct 30, 2014

Movie studio owner in McKees Rocks, awarded $2.5 million in state grants, owes $540K in back bills bit.ly/1wNAxfr via @tinynotebook

Oct 30, 2014

Movie studio owner in McKees Rocks, awarded $2.5 million in state grants, owes $540K in back bills bit.ly/1wNAxfr via @tinynotebook

Oct 30, 2014

The state gave $2.5M to a movie studio owner in McKees Rocks who owes $540K in back taxes & bills: bit.ly/1wNAxfr by @tinynotebook

Woman's body found in Adams home

triblive.com — Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 8:57 a.m. Updated 22 minutes ago Family members who became worried after a 42-year-old woman didn't return phone calls discovered her dead in an Adams home late Wednesday with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and her 5-month-old child by her side.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @mhardingTrib: Woman found dead of apparent gunshot wound to head in Butler Co home, 5 mo old baby unharmed @meganguzaTrib reports triblive.com/news/butler/70…