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Health Rankings Report Has Mixed Findings For Pennsylvania

There are some mixed findings for Pennsylvania in the new America’s Health Rankings Report from United Health Foundation. The 2014 edition of the rankings puts Pennsylvania near the middle of the pack as the 28th-healthiest state.  On the downside, obesity has risen from 12.5 percent to 30 percent of the state’s population since 1990, and…

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Oil City Man Charged In Thrift Store Break-In And With Resisting Arrest

An Oil City man has been arraigned on seven charges following a break-in at an Oil City thrift store. Oil City Police say they responded early Monday morning to a report of someone breaking windows in the Emerald Street area and discovered 18 year-old Preston Rice hiding behind a clothing rack. Officers say Rice resisted…

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Crosby Skates; Bennett Has The Mumps; Fleury, Bortuzzo And Maatta Are All Tested

While team captain Sidney Crosby skated on his own before the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice session on Wednesday morning, the Penguins have confirmed that Beau Bennett also has the mumps, and teammates Marc-Andre Fleury, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta – all of whom are feeling ill – were being tested for the mumps. At least fifteen…

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Final Court Submissions In Franklin General Authority Lawsuit Due Monday

Venango County President Judge William White has given the two sides in the Franklin General Authority lawsuit until Monday, December 22 to submit to his bench the last of their paperwork supporting their arguments in the case. White’s order was handed down following a two-day trial in Venango County Court that proceeded even though Franklin…

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Legislation To Be Reintroduced To Reduce Size Of Pennsylvania Senate And House

A state lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature. The proposed Constitutional amendment would reduce the number of state Senate seats from fifty to forty, while the House would shrink from 203 seats to 121. State Senator Judy Schwank, from Berks County, tells Radio PA News a…

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Titusville’s City Budget Contains A 4-Mill Tax Increase

Titusville City Council on Tuesday passed a $3.9 million budget for 2015 which will contain a four-mill real estate tax increase. The spending plan provides for $400,000 more in expenditures than the most-recent budget.  City officials estimate the property tax hike should bring in about $270,000 to $290,000 in extra levies next year. The tax…

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Environmental Groups Warn Of Pitfalls From Pennsylvania Pipeline Plan

Energy companies have announced plans for hundreds of miles of gas pipelines to crisscross Pennsylvania, but environmental groups are expressing their concerns about what it could all mean. The pipelines are being constructed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus shale region of the western half of Pennsylvania to transit points in the east, but…

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Franklin Man Rolls Car, But Escapes Injury

A Franklin man walked away from a Clarion County rollover accident without injuries Tuesday. State Police officials say the incident happened shortly after 6:00 AM Tuesday on Route 322 just west of downtown Clarion. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 53 year-old David Christian had just passed another vehicle on a hill when it left…

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Keith Ferraro Named Clarion University Wrestling Coach

Interim coach Keith Ferraro has been named the head wrestling coach at Clarion University. Ferraro has served as interim coach since the resignation of Troy Letters as coach in September.  He has been a Clarion assistant coach since July, 2012. A native of Brookville, Ferraro won three District 9 high school championships and was part…

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Oil City Council To Take Final Vote On 2015 Budget On Thursday

Oil City Council plans to take its final vote on the city’s 2015 budget at their meeting on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 18). Council gave their preliminary approval to the $16.6 million spending plan in a meeting held December 4.  They had previously shot down a proposal that would have raised property taxes by nearly two…

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