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Governor Wolf Waives Fees For Background Checks For Volunteer Children’s Workers

Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday the waiver of the twenty-dollar fees for child abuse clearance and State Police criminal background checks for volunteer children’s workers. Some had feared that the fees and the paperwork involved were affecting the numbers of volunteer candidates for the positions. The fees for other applicants will be reduced from ten…

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Morton Now 4-0 After 2-0 Pirates Shutout Over Milwaukee

Pedro Alvarez homered, and Charlie Morton and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout on Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) avoided a sweep at the hands of last-place Milwaukee by blanking the Brewers 2-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Morton (4-0; 2.05) remained undefeated in four starts since coming off the disabled list…

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Saad Scores Game-Winner As Chicago Evens Stanley Cup Final Series With Tampa Bay

Brandon Saad broke a 1-1 tie with the deciding goal with 13:38 remaining in the game on Wednesday night, and the Chicago Blackhawks tied the NHL Stanley Cup championship series at two games apiece with a 2-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford…

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2015-2016 Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses Now On Sale

The Venango County Treasurer’s office reminds us that 2015-2016 Pennsylvania hunting and fur-taking licenses went on sale this week. To qualify for a resident license, an applicant must have maintained a true, fixed and permanent home in Pennsylvania for thirty consecutive days immediately preceding the start of the application process. July 13 will be the…

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Pension Reform Legislation Approved By State House Committee

A state House committee passed legislation this week that would result in pension reform at the municipal level. The bill approved by the House State Government Committee would change pension benefits for newly-hired municipal workers to a defined contribution plan and remove pension benefits altogether from the collective bargaining process.  There would be no changes…

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Commonwealth Court Rules Governor Overstepped Authority When He Fired Director Of Open Records Office

A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that Governor Tom Wolf overstepped his authority when he fired the executive director of the state’s Office of Open Records during the early days of his administration in January. The Commonwealth Court ruling also ordered that Erik Arneson be reinstated and given his back pay. Outgoing Governor Tom Corbett named…

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House Speaker Turzai Accuses Governor Wolf Of Calling For A de facto Moratorium On Gas Drilling

The Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has accused Governor Tom Wolf of “basically calling for a de facto moratorium” on gas drilling in the state, and said the Governor’s plan would cost jobs and hurt the drilling industry. Mike Turzai told a news conference on Tuesday Wolf’s plan for a severance tax on…

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LeBron Scores 40; Cavs Take 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

LeBron James scored 40 points, and Matthew Dellavedova added 20 on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 96-91 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA championship series. Trailing by 20 points late in the third quarter, the Warriors could only cut the…

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Pirates Fail In Opposing Pitcher’s Major League Debut

Once again, the Pittsburgh Pirates struggled against a pitcher they had never seen before, managing only three hits against the starter in the Major League debut of 2011 first-round draft pick Taylor Jungmann in a 4-1 loss to the last-place Milwaukee Brewers in the middle game of a three-game series played Tuesday night at PNC…

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Giants Rookie Chris Heston Throws Season’s First No-Hitter

San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston fired the 2015 season’s first no-hitter on Tuesday night as he led the Giants to a 5-0 shutout over the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York. Heston allowed only three baserunners, all as hit batsmen, in delivering a no-hitter by a Giants hurler for the fourth…

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