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State Revenue Department To Be Open Extra Hours Until April 15 Tax Deadline

As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, the state Department of Revenue will offer extended hours to help those filing their forms. The department’s Taxpayer Service and Information Center will be open weekdays from 7:30 AM until 7:00 PM through next Tuesday, and this Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Help is available online…

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Homers By Alvarez, Snider Lead Bucs To Come-From-Behind 5-4 Victory At Chicago

Travis Snider slammed a two-run, pinch-hit home run, and Pedro Alvarez followed with a go-ahead, three-run longball in a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The victory highlighted the Bucs’ third straight 2-games-to-one series win to start…

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Steelers Release Preliminary Look At 2014 Preseason Schedule

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday released the first information regarding their 2014 preseason football schedule. Dates and times have not yet been worked out. Home games at Heinz Field will have the Steelers hosting the Buffalo Bills in preseason week two and the Carolina Panthers in week four.  Road games will be scheduled against the…

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State Senate Passes Bill To Ban Cash Gifts To Public Officials And Employees

The state Senate has passed a measure banning cash gifts to lawmakers and government employees. The Senate bill would prevent the acceptance of cash gifts for all state and local public officials and employees.  Cash gifts of $250 or more would result in felony charges. Amounts under $250 would lead to misdemeanors. The measure, sponsored…

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Lawmakers Call For Marcellus Shale Severance Tax To Benefit Public Education

As a new state budget year approaches, calls for taxing the drillers of Marcellus shale natural gas are increasing in Harrisburg. A bipartisan group of state Senators and Representatives joined together this week to call for a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania to help fund public education. Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes says…

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Fire Rips Through A Mobile Home In Plum Township

Six fire companies responded to a mobile home fire in northern Venango County late Wednesday night. The blaze on Ridgeview Road in Plum Township was reported around 11:30 PM.  Crews remained on the scene for about four hours. No injuries were reported.  No damage estimate was available.  No other details were released.

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Jokinen Does It Again; Neal Scores Twice In Pittsburgh Shootout Win

For the second consecutive game on Wednesday night, Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal in a game’s shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-5) posted a 4-3 home win over Detroit at Consol Energy Center. Jokinen also scored during regulation play, and teammate James Neal tallied a pair of goals.  Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang returned to the…

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Five Homers Can’t Help Pirates In 7-5 Loss At Chicago

The Pittsburgh Pirates slammed five solo home runs on Wednesday night, but the Bucs managed only one other hit and lost a 7-5 decision to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both homered twice for Pittsburgh (5-3), and Travis Snider added a long ball. Anthony Rizzo tied his career…

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16 Year-Old Suspect Charged In Westmoreland County School Stabbings

A 16 year-old sophomore student at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville has been charged in the multiple stabbings that occurred at the school on Wednesday morning. The suspect, identified as Alex Hribal, has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. Reports now indicate that 24 people were…

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Oil City Man Sentenced For Endangering Child And Showing Pornography To A Minor

An Oil City man has been sentenced to nine months to two years in jail for two incidents that involved minors – one in which he was accused of allowing a two year-old child to wander alone through a Franklin neighborhood, and another in which he was accused of showing pornography to a minor at…

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