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No Surprise: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts More Winter

At his annual appearance at his Jefferson County home, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. According to legend, if Phil emerges from his lair and sees his shadow, his prognostication will be for a continuation of winter.  If there is no shadow, spring is expected to arrive early. Most usually, the prediction, like…

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Roxanne Gonzales Named Executive Dean At Venango College In OIl City

Education consultant Roxanne Gonzales has been named the new executive dean at Venango College of Clarion University in Oil City. Gonzales, a former professor at the University of New Hampshire will succeed Chris Reber, effective July 1.  Reber became president of Community College of Beaver County last year. Gonzales has served as national president of both…

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Cochranton Man Sentenced To Jail For Pair Of Assaults On Franklin Man

A Cochranton man was sentenced last week to eight months to two years in jail for a pair of assaults on the same Franklin man and a physical attack on a Franklin woman last July. 47 year-old Darnell “Kato” Butler, formerly of Franklin, entered guilty pleas in December to three counts of simple assault.  In…

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Another State Senator Proposes A Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, KQW reported that a state Senator is proposing legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage by nearly three dollars an hour to $10.10.  Senator Christine Tartaglione says the time is right, what with President Obama having called for a national increase and some nearby states having already made the jump to higher pay. Now,…

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Legislation Proposed To Turn Responsibility For Issuing Antlerless Deer Licenses Over To The Game Commission

Proposed legislation would change the way antlerless deer hunting licenses are issued in Pennsylvania. The bill would give the responsibility for distributing the licenses to the state Game Commission.  Currently, they are only issued through county treasurers’ offices. Bill sponsor Representative Gerald Mullery tells Radio PA News the current system is antiquated. Mullery says licenses for…

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National Fuel Drops Gas Supply Charge By 12 Percent In Quarterly Adjustment Filing

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation announced Friday that they will be lowering their gas supply charge by more than 12 percent (12.23%). The new rate becomes effective Sunday (Feb. 1). The decrease in the rate reflects a quarterly adjustment made by the company, which is required to pass on to its customers, dollar-for-dollar, the costs…

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Pittsburgh Marijuana Charge Against LeGarrette Blount Dropped; Community Service Time Completed

Prosecutors in Allegheny County announced Friday that a marijuana charge against Super Bowl competitor LeGarrette Blount has been dropped now that Blount has completed fifty hours of community service. Blount will start Sunday night at running back for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.  He helped the Patriots qualify for…

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Wind Chill Advisory Posted Through Saturday Morning

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a Wind Chill Advisory which they say will be in effect from 7:00 PM Friday evening (1/30) through 10:00 AM Saturday morning (1/31). A Wind Chill Advisory means that a combination of very cold air and strong wind will produce low wind chill readings.  This could result in…

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Governor Wolf Reinstates Drilling Ban In State Parks And Forests

New Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on Thursday which bans the issuance of new oil and gas leases in state parks and forests. That order reinstates a similar moratorium originally put into place in 2010, but lifted under the administration of Governor Tom Corbett. In signing the order, Wolf said this is…

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Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord Resigns; Reports Immediately Surface About Alleged Investigation Into Campaign Funds

Nearly immediately after Thursday’s unexpected announcement by Pennsylvania’s state treasurer Rob McCord that he has resigned, effective February 12, media reports began to surface regarding an alleged investigation into missing campaign funds and McCord’s possible involvement. McCord has been state treasurer for about six years.  Last spring, he unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor…

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