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Bradleytown Road Bridge Replacement To Begin Feb. 13

The work to replace a bridge on Route 427 in Plum Township is scheduled to begin on the week of February 13. The project will result in the replacement of a bridge spanning a tributary of Sugar Creek along a section of Route 427 known as Bradleytown Road.  The bridge is currently on the list…

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State Prison In Mercer County Remains Open; Pittsburgh Facility To Close

The state prison in Mercer County will remain open, and only a facility in Pittsburgh will close. Those announcements were delivered Thursday morning by state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. Officials had been expected to announce the closings of two state prison facilities from among a list of five candidates.  The State Correctional Institution at Mercer was…

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Car Strikes Home In Oil City

No serious injuries were apparently sustained late Wednesday afternoon when a car struck a house at the bottom of Mitchell Avenue in Oil City. Police say there were four people in the vehicle which went through a stop sign, crossed West First Street and slammed into the front porch of a home on the 11-hundred block…

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Minor Diesel Fuel Spill Handled In Franklin

A minor diesel fuel spill behind a building on Elk Street in Franklin was contained by local officials on Wednesday morning. The fuel was said to be coming from a pump inside the building.  The flow was shut off, Franklin firefighters laid down absorbent material and the cleanup was completed by a crew from New…

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Blues Blank Pens 3-0; Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped

Despite a four-game winning streak in which they had averaged six goals per game and had outscored their opponents 24-10, the Pittsburgh Penguins could not manage a single goal on home ice on Tuesday night and lost to the St. Louis Blues 3-0. The loss was only the third of the season at home and…

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State Lawmaker Wants To Raise Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage To $15/Hour

A state lawmaker from Dauphin County wants to more than double Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. State Representative Patty Kim is introducing a bill in Harrisburg that would hike the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour by the year 2023.  The minimum is currently $7.25 an hour. Kim told Radio PA News the increase is long…

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Carfentanil – An Elephant Tranquilizer – Is Pennsylvania’s Newest Drug Problem

The battle against opioids in Pennsylvania has taken a new twist – a deadly one – in the form of fatal overdoses. Two recent deaths in Beaver County have been linked to Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid described as much more powerful than other substances linked with heroin. Amazingly, Carfentanil is a product used as an…

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Pitt, Penn State Both Suffer Lopsided Losses

The Pitt Panthers sustained their second-worst defeat ever on Tuesday night, losing 106-51 to Louisville in an Atlantic Coast Conference home game for the Panthers (12-8; 1-6 ACC). The 55-point loss was the worst for Pitt since a 106-13 thumping by Westminster in 1905 – the first year of the Panthers’ basketball program. Pitt shot 25…

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Rep. James Named To Four State House Commitees

State Representative Lee James has been named to four committees in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session in Harrisburg. A House spokesman said this will ensure residents in the 64th Legislative District a strong voice on issues related to taxes, energy development, municipal governments and veterans concerns.  The 64th District covers Venango…

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State Prison Closings To Be Announced Thursday

Thursday is the day in which the Wolf administration is scheduled to announce which two state prisons will be closing. The Mercer State Correctional Institution is on a list of five prisons under consideration for the moves. The process has sparked debate over how the prison staffs will be affected. When the state closed two…

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