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New Agriculture Secretary Looks To Guard Against Avian Flu In Pennsylvania

State agriculture officials are taking steps to guard against the Avian flu spreading into Pennsylvania, and our new Agriculture Secretary is urging caution and vigilance among poultry farmers. Secretary Russell Redding says he has been in contact with his counterparts in Iowa and Minnesota, two states in which the bird flu has been having a devastating…

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Commission Releases Report On New School Funding Formula

After more than a year of research and work, the bipartisan Basic Education Commission released its much-anticipated report on a new school funding formula for the state on Thursday. The new formula is based on student count, and weighs students based on household income, the need for English language assistance and enrollment in charter schools…

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Authorities Charge, Identify Six Suspects In Clarion “Bath Salts” Mail Delivery

Law enforcement authorities have charged and identified six individuals they say were involved in the receipt through the mail of the drug known as “bath salts” following the delivery of a package of about a liter of the drug to the Clarion Post Office on Tuesday. The arrests are in connection with the investigation into…

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Wednesday’s Phone Disruptions Blamed On Cut Fiber Optic Line In Centerville

The hours-long interruption in telephone service, including 9-1-1 calls, in both Venango and Crawford Counties on Wednesday has been blamed on an excavation mistake in Centerville. KQW has been told that the problems began late Wednesday morning after a contractor’s employee inadvertently cut through a fiber optic phone line. In addition to disruptions in landline…

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Harrisville Woman Accused Of Assaulting State Trooper At A Sandycreek Traffic Stop

State Police officials say a Harrisville woman faces a total of nine charges after she allegedly assaulted a trooper and resisted arrest at an early morning traffic stop in Sandycreek Township. Troopers tell KQW that 21 year-old Haley Trapano was stopped for suspected D-U-I shortly after 1:30 AM Thursday on Pone Lane.  Their report states…

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Bredinsburg Road Should Reopen Mid-Afternoon Friday

PennDOT officials say Bredinsburg Road in Cranberry Township should reopen to traffic by about 3:00 PM Friday afternoon (June 19). The road was closed again this week due to repairs necessitated by landslides. Among other problems, large cracks have been appearing in the pavement.  Recently, PennDOT crews also bolstered the hillside below the road, and undertook…

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Pirates’ Winning Streak Now At Eight; Cole Improves To 11-2

Gerrit Cole took over the Major League lead in wins on Thursday night, improving to 11-2 (1.78 ERA) as the Pittsburgh Pirates raised their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 win over the White Sox (28-37) at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The Pirates (39-27) moved to within four games of first-place St.…

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Governor Still Optimistic About State Budget Talks

Governor Tom Wolf continues to assert that productive budget talks are continuing behind closed doors in Harrisburg. With about a week-and-a-half remaining until the end of the fiscal year, time is running short, but Wolf told Radio PA News this week that the June 30th deadline is not a daunting date. The Governor does acknowledge…

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State House Okays Changes To Background Checks Law

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would revise Pennsylvania’s law regarding background checks for those who work with young people. The changes would include limiting checks for volunteers to those who have direct interaction with children, and exempting infrequent volunteers if they work near someone who has passed the background checks. A revision…

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Bill Linking Teacher Layoffs To Job Performance Passes Early Test In State House By One Vote

By one vote, the state House of Representatives has passed an early vote on legislation which would link teacher layoffs to their job evaluations. That is, the list of reasons for the layoffs of teachers by a Pennsylvania school district would first deal with any educators with ratings of “failing” or “needs improvement.”  To this point,…

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