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Legislation Would Regulate Navigators Who Help Enroll Health Insurance Customers Under The Affordable Care Act

Navigators who help enroll health insurance customers under the Affordable Care Act would undergo some extra scrutiny under legislation that has been approved by a state Senate committee. The bill would require the navigators to undergo criminal background checks and to be certified with the state Insurance Department. Senator Don White, the chairman of the…

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Unemployment Numbers Drop Again In Most Of The Oil Region

Unemployment figures were lower once again in most of the Oil Region in December. Numbers released Tuesday by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry reveal, for instance, that the jobless rate in Venango County slipped from 4.7 percent in November to 4.6 percent.  Crawford County also reported a rate of 4.6 percent, down from…

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Tax Season Is Scam Season

The state Attorney General’s office reminds us that tax season brings with it a number of different scam attempts. Officials say the A-G’s office is already receiving reports about a telephone scam in which callers pose as I.R.S. agents, reference certain personal information that was presumably attained through hacking, and then aggressively demand taxes owed. …

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Former State Treasurer Rob McCord Offered Plea Bargain In Extortion Case

Former Pennsylvania treasurer Rob McCord is expected to plead guilty in a plea agreement proposed Monday by federal officials in an extortion case. McCord stands accused of utilizing threats to attempt to obtain contributions for his campaign for Governor last year.  The case became public late last week just after McCord had announced his resignation…

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State Health Officials Urge Pennsylvanians To Get Measles Vaccines

Even though most of the hundreds of measles cases about which we are starting to hear have been reported on the West Coast, Pennsylvania health officials are advising our state’s residents to be immunized against measles as soon as possible. The state’s Health Department has warned of the possibility of the exposure to measles in…

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Jamel Artis Records 32 Points As Pitt Edges Bryant 72-67

Led by a career-high 32 points from Jamel Artis, the Pitt Panthers edged the Bryant Bulldogs 72-67 in non-conference play on Monday night at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. Artis went 11-for-17 as Pitt improved to 15-8. Dan Garvin led Bryant (10-11) with 24 points, also a career high. Pitt will next face Syracuse…

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Mid-Winter Is A Down Time For Blood Donations

This is the time of year when donations to local blood banks usually dwindle, but officials say the need is always present. The recent Christmastime holidays followed by a wintry January combine to make this a difficult time of year to get people to donate blood.  Representatives of state blood banks tell Radio PA News…

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New Powerball Lottery Jackpot Estimate – $317 Million

And the big prize gets even bigger! Lottery officials are now estimating the annuity value of Wednesday night’s Powerball Lottery jackpot at $317 million.  The one-time cash value of the prize is currently estimated at $220.6 million. No one matched every number drawn in Saturday’s Powerball game.  Four Pennsylvania players will win $10,000 apiece after…

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State Senate Creates Coal Caucus

A new committee in the state Senate wants to emphasize the relevance of Pennsylvania’s coal industry. The Coal Caucus will be chaired by Republican Senator Gene Yaw and Democrat John Wozniak.  Members say they want to ensure that coal remains a vital part of Pennsylvania’s economy and its industrial base. Senator Yaw pointed out to…

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Franklin Chamber To Accept Man And Woman-Of-The-Year Nominations Through February 11

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce says they will continue to accept nominations for their Man and Woman-of-the-Year Awards through Wednesday, February 11. The two residents selected for the honors will be recognized at the Chamber’s 102nd annual dinner scheduled for Thursday, March 12 at the Quality Inn and Conference Center in Franklin. The awards…

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