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State Agencies Join Forces To Deal With Projected Superstorm

Preparations continue among state agencies for the major snowstorm moving toward much of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the state Department of Health are joining forces to help state residents deal with the storm and its aftermath. Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency on Thursday, and…

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Lawmakers Continue To Try To Restore Governor’s Line-Item Veto Cuts

The state Senate has already put together a bill that would restore funding cuts to prisons which were made by Governor Tom Wolf in his line-item veto of a state budget bill passed by the legislature just before Christmas. Now a group of Senate Republicans is assembling a measure which would restore funding to programs in…

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Kessel Scores Two As Pens Earn Rare Home Win Over Philadelphia

Phil Kessel scored twice for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, leading the Pens to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby and Trevor Daley added goals for Pittsburgh (22-17-7), who beat the Flyers at home for the first time in nearly three years, and for only…

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Wisconsin Nips Penn State 66-60 At Bryce Jordan

Ethan Happ’s 20 points paced Wisconsin to a 66-60 victory over Penn State on Thursday night in Big Ten Conference basketball play at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. Nigel Hayes added 15 points for the Badgers, who improved to 11-9 (3-4 Big Ten). Brandon Taylor scored 13 points for the Nittany Lions (11-9;…

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Governor Wolf Issues Emergency Declaration Prior To Impending Major Storm; Weather Should Have Little Impact On The Oil Region

Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday issued a declaration of a state of emergency in advance of a major winter storm which is expected to affect much of Pennsylvania on Friday and part of the weekend. The same storm is expected to have little or no effect on those of us here in the Oil Region.…

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Two VisionQuest Residents Tabbed As Suspects In Franklin Tobacco Shop Burglary

Franklin City Police have identified two VisionQuest residents as the suspects in a January 9 burglary at a tobacco shop in downtown Franklin. Police officials say 18 year-old Daniel Alvarado and 18 year-old Jeremiah Bonett have been charged with burglary and other counts in a early morning break-in on Liberty Street.  Investigators say they identified…

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State Senate Votes To Delay Keystone Exams Requirement

Legislation now headed to the Governor’s desk would delay the implementation of the Keystone Exams as a requirement for graduation from high school. The state Senate voted unanimously to delay for two years the requirement that a student must first pass the Keystone Exams before he or she could earn a high school diploma.  The…

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Bills To Shrink Pennsylvania Legislature Pass Committee

The Senate State Government Committee has placed its stamp of approval on a pair of Constitutional amendments that would shrink the size of the state legislature. A Senate bill to cut the number of state Senators from 50 to 45 and the House of Representatives from 203 to 153 passed the committee by a 9-to-2…

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Plan Unveiled To Overhaul Pennsylvania’s Legislative Redistricting Process

A state lawmaker wants to change the process for redrawing legislative boundaries in Pennsylvania. House and Senate districts are redrawn every ten years following the U.S. Census, and the process is based on the state’s population and the shifts in such.  Normally, the boundaries are determined by the party in power in Harrisburg.  State Senator…

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State Senator Wants Law Requiring The Reporting Of Lost And Stolen Guns

A call is being made by one state Senator to require the reporting of lost and stolen guns to law enforcement officials. State Senator Larry Farnese, from Philadelphia, says access to illegal guns in his area of Pennsylvania is widespread, as it is in all of the state.  Farnese says Pennsylvania residents are not currently required…

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