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Oil City Man Charged In August Break-In In President Township

An Oil City man who was the subject of a police search for several weeks last fall was charged this week in an August break-in in President Township. 27 year-old Steven Mendez is accused of prying open a door to a woman’s residence on Henry’s Bend Road, and entering her bedroom.  The woman reportedly said…

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Senate Committee Approves Hutchinson Bill Regarding Federal Regulations On Marcellus Shale Gas Drillers

A state Senate committee this week approved and sent to the full Senate a bill introduced by state Senator Scott Hutchinson, which the Oil City resident says would spare Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas well operations from new regulations intended for Marcellus shale gas drillers. Hutchinson’s office called the new stipulations “onerous.” The Senator claimed that…

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Governor Wolf Says He Will Sign Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill

Within minutes of its passage in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf said he will be “proud and excited” to sign legislation legalizing the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions in Pennsylvania. The House approved, in a 149-to-46 vote, Senate Bill 3 which had been returned to them late last…

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House Bill Setting Formula For School Funding Is Sent To Governor Wolf’s Desk

A bill in the state legislature intended to spell out an equitable funding formula for schools has been sent to Governor Wolf’s desk. The bill termed a Fiscal Code by House Majority Leader Dave Reed passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 149-45.  It would implement the Basic Education Funding Commission formula, and directs all…

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Hornqvist Nets Hat Trick As Penguins Open Stanley Cup Playoffs With 5-2 Home Win Over The Rangers

Patric Hornqvist’s first postseason hat trick and the performance of Pittsburgh’s backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff lifted the Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers in the first game of an opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series played Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Hornqvist scored with 18 seconds remaining in the…

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Saltalamacchia’s Grand Slam Dooms Pirates In 7-3 Game At PNC Park

Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s grand slam with two outs in the sixth inning off Pittsburgh reliever Arquimedes Caminero helped give the Detroit Tigers a 7-3 victory over the Pirates in the third game of a four-game, home-and-home series played Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Caminero (0-2) had retired the first two batters he faced after…

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Powerball Lottery Jackpot Reaches $205 Million

The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in this Saturday night’s Powerball Lottery drawing has been set at $205 million. It will mark the first time the game’s top prize will have topped $200 million since early March when a judge from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania won $291.4 million on a Powerball ticket he purchased during a…

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Lynn Swann Hired As Athletic Director At Southern Cal

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann has been hired as athletic director at the University of Southern California, his alma mater. The 64 year-old Pro Football Hall-of-Famer will replace Pat Haden, whose retirement becomes effective on June 30. Swann played at USC and won a national championship with the Trojans in 1972 before being…

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Fish And Boat Commission Asks For License Fee Control

Following the lead of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the state’s Fish and Boat Commission is asking for some changes in the sales of licenses. State lawmakers have the authority over license rates and rate increases for fishing, boating and hunting, but the agencies which oversee such activities are asking for at least temporary control over the…

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State House Approves Elimination Of Statute Of Limitations In Child Sex Abuse Cases

The state House of Representatives has given final approval to legislation which would reform laws regarding child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. The bill would abolish the statute of limitations for future criminal prosecutions for child sexual abuse, and would increase from thirty to fifty the age at which abuse victims could file civil claims. Those…

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