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Local Unemployment Numbers Drop To Lowest Marks In Five Years

Statistics for the Oil Region for the month of December show some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the area in more than five years. Labor analysts attribute the improvement, even though it may be temporary, to holiday hires, a boom in new jobs in the health industry and no major layoff announcements during the month. Venango…

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Franklin Man Arrested On Charges He Sexually Assaulted A Four Year-Old Girl Ten Years Ago

A Franklin man has been charged after a teenage girl claimed he twice sexually assaulted her back in 2004 when she was four years old. 23 year-old Mark DeLuca was arraigned on charges of indecent assault, indecent exposure and the corruption of a minor.  He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail set…

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Kentucky Man Wanted On New York City Warrant Arrested Near Clintonville

State Police officials say a Kentucky man wanted on a warrant in New York City was arrested at a traffic stop near Clintonville. Troopers at the Franklin PSP station say 38 year-old Julius Doe, from Louisville, was taken into custody after his vehicle was stopped on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Clinton Township…

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Corbett Delivers Budget Address; Hearings Begin Monday

Three weeks of hearings in both the House and the state Senate on Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 2014-2015 state budget will begin Monday. On Tuesday, Corbett unveiled a $29.4 billion spending plan which reflects a spending increase of nearly one billion dollars, or about 3.7 percent.  It’s the largest proposed spending increase since Corbett took…

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Winter Storm Warning Extends Through Wednesday Evening

The National Weather Service tells KQW that the current Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7:00 PM Wednesday evening. Those of us in the Oil Region who experienced anywhere from three to five inches of snow overnight were greeted Wednesday morning by a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.  The precipitation resulted in…

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Corbett Applauds Federal Farm Bill

After delivering his proposed Pennsylvania fiscal year budget on Tuesday, Governor Tom Corbett applauded the passage by the U.S. Senate of the federal Farm Bill. Corbett hailed Congressman Glenn Thompson’s efforts to have the legislation passed, and urged President Obama to sign the bill as soon as possible to help “ensure our farmers remain competitive.”…

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Phone Scam Purportedly Concerning Grandson Costs Local Man $1,000

Police officials in Venango County say a local man was scammed out of $1,000 late last week after a phone call in which he was told that his grandson who lives in Pittsburgh was in trouble in Houston, Texas and needed money. It was only after the victim wired the money that he discovered that…

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Jeffrey Misko Named Venango County’s Chief Public Defender

Jeffrey Misko, an attorney from Erie, has been named chief public defender for Venango County. Misko replaces Amy Johnston, who resigned last month.  He has been an assistant public defender in Crawford County for nearly eight years. Also joining the public defender’s office is Oil City attorney Jeannine Botta-Guth, and rejoining the office where she…

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Governor Corbett Unveils His Proposed Commonwealth Budget

Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposed Pennsylvania budget for the Commonwealth’s next fiscal year on Tuesday. Speaking to a joint session of the state legislature and outlining his budget plans for the 2014-2015 fiscal year which will begin July 1, the Governor proposed a spending plan totaling $29.4 billion, a one billion dollar increase — or…

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Neal’s Goal Gives Pittsburgh A 2-1 Overtime Win Over Ottawa

James Neal scored the game-winning goal with 3:05 remaining in overtime on Monday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for their 16th win in their last 17 home games. Brian Gibbons also scored for Pittsburgh (39-15-2), recording his first NHL power play goal.  Stephane Da…

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