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Regional Unemployment Climbs In February, Except In Mercer County

Unemployment numbers climbed in the Oil Region in February. In numbers released late last week by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry, Mercer County was the only county surrounding Venango County to see jobless figures drop in February.  Unemployment there slid from 5.3 percent in January to 5.2 percent. In Venango County, where 1,500…

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New Details In This Week’s Major Drug Bust; 13th Suspect Arrested

Additional details released concerning this week’s regional drug bust reveal that a thirteenth suspect has been arrested and charged. Law enforcement officials now say the investigation into the sale of illegal drugs began last June with allegations of a controlled buy of crack cocaine by a police informant through a man police now say was…

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Kessel, Penguins Remain Hot; Pens Beat Nashville 5-2

Phil Kessel scored twice on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Kessel has scored 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists) in his last 22 games, and the Penguins (44-25-8) have won ten of their last 11 contests.  With Thursday’s win, Pittsburgh moved past…

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George Washington Wins NIT

Kevin Larsen scored 18 points, and Patricio Garino added 14 on Thursday night, leading George Washington to their first NIT championship in a 76-60 victory over Valparaiso at Madison Garden in New York. Joe McDonald tallied 13 points for the Colonials (28-10), and Tyler Cavanaugh recorded 12, but it was Cavanaugh who was named the…

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Pirates Leave Florida With 13-8 Win Over Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates used three home runs to forge a 13-8 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday afternoon in the Bucs’ preseason finale played in Port Charlotte, Florida. Sean Rodriguez slammed a grand slam, Matt Joyce added a three-run shot and Francisco Cervelli contributed a solo homer.  Michael Morse went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and…

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Meadville Couple Charged In $132,000 Theft From Crawford County Social Club

A Meadville couple was arrested Thursday and was charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office in the theft of about $132,000 from a Crawford County social club. The office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane says 53 year-old Timothy Lewis was the lodge administrator and his wife, 50 year-old Debra Lewis, was the manager of the…

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Former Lakeview Youth Wrestling Coach Charged In Alleged Actions Against 12 Year-Old Wrestler

A Stoneboro man has been charged in an incident reported to have occurred at a wrestling practice at Lakeview Elementary School last month. State Police officials at the Mercer County station say 41 year-old Daniel Osborne is accused of grabbing a twelve year-old boy by the ankles and tossing him across the mats.  Investigators say…

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Pirates Settle For 4-4 Tie With Boston In Final 2016 Game In Bradenton

Andrew McCutchen slammed his sixth home run of the spring on Wednesday afternoon, and Gregory Polanco homered twice, but the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-20-2) settled for a 4-4 tie with the Boston Red Sox in the Bucs’ final preseason “home” game of 2016, played in Bradenton, Florida. Jason Rogers also drove in a run for the…

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Twelve Arrested Wednesday In Regional Drug Bust

Twelve people, including eight Venango County residents, were arrested Wednesday in a series of drug busts coordinated by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the state Attorney General’s office. Specific details involved with the charges were expected to be released on Thursday.  It is believed the suspected criminal activity dates back to…

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Study Shows Bike Share Programs Increase Real Estate Values

Researchers say they have found a side effect of bicycle share programs like those launched last year in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Boston College and Stevens Institute of Technology used the real estate website Zillow to determine the real value of bike share systems.  They say they found that property…

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