Gov. Tom Wolf's tax proposal is being debated today in the state House of Representatives at the state Capitol in the first-term Democrat's effort to break Pennsylvania's 3-month-old budget impasse.

Pa. House debates Wolf's proposal to raise income, drilling taxes

The debate began the day after the governor announced his plan to abandon a previous attempt at raising the sales tax.

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TRAFFIC: North Shore lots, garage open at 4 p.m. for tonight's Pirates game

Also, the Roberto Clemente Bridge and Federal Street are closed due to the Pirates game tonight.

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 The auditor general said he found scant evidence of work by former special adviser on higher education Ron Tomalis.

State audit finds special adviser on higher education 'did little work'

Eugene DePasquale blasts the Department of Education for lack of oversight on advisers and help for academically struggling districts.

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 Kevin McCarthy

Candidates jockey for House Speaker Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

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UPMC, Highmark collide in Supreme Court

The health giants contested language in a consent decree about how Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members should be covered.

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State-owned universities might get cash advances if budget impasse endures

The money would come from the State System of Higher Education's investment portfolio.

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 This undated photo from a MySpace page that appeared to belong to Chris Harper Mercer.

Oregon police fired three times at college gunman before he shot himself

Latest report says officers hit Chris Harper-Mercer with one shot in Umpqua Community College rampage.

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 “This gift provides a permanent stream of critically needed resources to attract and support talented faculty and students,” Subra Suresh said.

CMU announces new endowed chair to attract and support faculty, students

CMU says the fund will provide the school with more flexibility to attract and retain top-notch faculty and a diverse cohort of students.

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Caterpillar that's new to Pennsylvania causing skin rashes

Many cases of the skin rash have been reported in State College and other parts of central Pennsylvania.

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Jury deliberating in case against four alleged members of Homestead heroin gang

The Uptown Crew were among 34 people indicted in 2013 after a wiretap investigation by the FBI, ATF and others.

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Top EU court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

The European Court of Justice found that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

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Zeke's coffeehouse closed for food safety violations

The Allegheny County Health Department cited Zeke's for operating without a permit and other violations.

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U.S. to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-overhaul campaign

The move implements a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

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 Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, left  explains why the laureates were awarded during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, today. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

3 scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the $960,000 award.

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South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

So far, at least 17 people have died in the floods in the Carolinas, some of them drowning after trying to drive through high water.

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Pentagon calls Afghan hospital strike a mistake, seeks accountability

New comments are the most direct acknowledgement yet by the U.S. government that the strike on the hospital was carried out by U.S. forces.

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 Ronna L. Edelstein at PNC Park.

Baseball Lore: A fan’s memory of dad ties together 1960 and 2015

There’s a sense of a bond between 1960 and 2015 when it comes to Pirates and father.

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

He urged farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

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Obituary: Kathleen Carson / Caring cook at UPMC St. Margaret

Longtime cook at UPMC St. Margaret knew her regulars’ names, faces and food preferences and always served them with a smile.

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Pioneering DNA database helping suburban Philadelphia police link, solve crimes

Bucks County officials said today it’s the first county in the nation with multiple police departments to create such a database.

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Highlights of Gov. Wolf's revised tax agenda

Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s newly revised tax agenda and how it is different from the original plan he proposed in March.

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Nation briefs: Calif. has new equal-pay protections

Plus: Senate opens VW probe; Deportations drop; $1.9M drone fine; Chrysler strike planned

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World briefs: Neutrino work earns Nobel

Plus: Overseas cash tallied; No-fly zone rejected; Turkey asked for help; IS strikes Yemen.

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 Denise O'Connor, left, shown here with Dr. Alan Lantzy in December 2013, is the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank's executive director and a longtime lactation consultant.

Pennsylvania’s first milk bank is ready to stock its shelves

The Three Rivers Mother’s Milk Bank in Pittsburgh is ready to stock its shelves to help premature babies thrive.

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 This  NASA photo, taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows dark narrow 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water.

Water on Mars helps confirm Duquesne University research

Only microbes that breathe and metabolize metals such as arsenic could survive on Mars, says Duquesne University biologist John Stolz says.

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 An early-onset Alzheimer's patient undergoes a brain scan at UPMC Presbyterian, part of a study at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center.

Pittsburgh businesses learning to deal with customers struggling with dementia

Training programs are launched to prepare Pittsburgh businesses to deal with customers with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

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TRAFFIC: Part of Smithfield Street, Downtown to close for 7 months

A northbound lane and parking lane on Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed from Fourth to Fifth avenues.

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 The 3-D technology was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2011, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC began using it in September of that year.

3-D mammograms now covered by insurance in Pa.

Pennsylvania women can get 3-D mammograms after Gov. Wolf administration announces insurance must pay for them.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf has been scrambling to line up support for what could be a key test vote in the state House on Wednesday.

Wolf still working to get votes for his budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on Tuesday unveiled a revised version of his tax proposal.

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Potential bidder on old Mars school wants to see appraisals

The Mars Area school district, under the advice of solicitor Tom King, is keeping appraisals secret on old Middlesex Elementary building.

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Tips to make a business more Alzheimer's friendly

There are techniques employees can do to create a helpful place for those who have dementia.

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Five-member ICA board now has 3 vacancies

Mayor Bill Peduto, who has been feuding with the oversight authority, questions whether the board now has enough members for a quorum.

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 Rich Fitzgerald says that, according to his budget proposal, most county departments would see a 1 or 2 percent increase due to normal cost of living adjustments.

Fitzgerald’s 2016 budget has no property tax hike

For the 14th year out of the last 15, the proposal would be without a millage hike for Allegheny County residents.

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Most Allegheny County vehicle owners will pay for more for registrations in ’16

County council approved a measure that would add $5 to the state’s $36 annual registration fee.

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Suspect in Philadelphia killing arrested in Braddock

Police say Dominic Rountree shot his brother repeatedly following a verbal spat.

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Students uninjured in crash involving car, Pine-Richland School District bus

The bus was carrying about two dozen students when it collided with the other vehicle.

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7 charged in counterfeit scheme that defrauded business in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

The bogus bills were used at locations that included jewelry shops, gas stations, Target and Walmart stores, restaurants and Rivers Casino.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Jim Thorpe’s body to remain in town that bears his name

The justices refused to hear an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma.

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 Paula Busanic, a former teacher at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood, said she left the school in 2009 because she was frustrated with the lack of respect and empathy she received from her colleagues and administrators who are able to hear.

Small group of protesters criticizes deaf school's program

The protesters say the school administration does not enforce the use of ASL by non-deaf people in the school.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust, in conjunction with GFour Productions, is presenting “Menopause the Musical” Oct. 14 at the Palace Theatre.

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Moon Area revives merger talks with Cornell

Curt Baker, Moon Area superintendent, presented a proposal to the school board Monday night.

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 Arthur B. McDonald in Kingston, Ontario, today.

Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald win Nobel Prize in physics

Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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 Ambassador John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda, the president of the General Assembly 68th session, speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters in 2013.

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

John Ashe faces conspiracy- and bribery-related charges along with five others.

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 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sept. 27 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State THON organizers to review 'canning' safety in wake of crash that killed student

Vitalya Sepot, 19, of Branford, Conn., was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sept. 27.

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 Police stand outside of the Community College of Philadelphia today while police searched the school after a report of a person with a gun.

Philadelphia college searched after report of armed person

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that there were no reports of shooting or injuries.

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Pennsylvania's new online voter registration draws thousands

More than 20,000 were new registrants and the rest were people who changed the information on their registration.

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NATO warns Russia over airspace violations

The warning underscored the heightened risk of a wider conflagration as Russia escalates its intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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New marine reserves declared in Maryland, Mich.

The new protected waters in the United States are the first to be designated as such in 15 years, the White House said in a statement.

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 The Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, where the high court started a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

The justices rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer.

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Boehner: House to vote for speaker Oct. 29, other jobs after

It was a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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